Anthony and Austin walk back together after a disappointing tribal council. AJ was never in their alliance, but they missed a chance to get Shay out. They hope that merge is next, otherwise it will likely be Anthony who gets voted out.
[Confessional] Anthony: Usually tribes merge at twelve, and right now there that's how many people are left. I should be good because if everything plays out right, I'll be able to go back to my old tribe at merge.
[Confessional] Shay: I'm glad to have made it through that tribal council, but now they're all gonna target me at merge. I assume that's next so I need to keep myself safe somehow.
[Confessional] Austin: I think I'll make final six or so just based on the fact that I always seem to be a swing vote. I want a reward though, a movie one should be coming up soon...
The tribe discusses the possibility of a merge coming up and how the alliances will shift at merge. The first merge boot is often a dramatic one, and they expect this one to be the same.
Back on the Kanza Tribe, the tribes discuss the aftermath of Corey getting voted out.
[Confessional] Jimmy: Based on how the votes keep going (the way I don't want them to), my future doesn't seem too bright. I'll have to do something to shake things up at the merge.
[Confessional] Daniel: Being the last member of my original tribe left on this new Kanza Tribe, I feel like I need a merge to help me out. I do have my idol though to keep me safe if we don't merge.
[Confessional] Steve: Depending on who got voted out from the other tribe, we should be going into merge with a seven to five majority. It should be easy sailing to the final.
The tribes get a good night sleep and await the merge. Nothing happens on Day 19, but the tribes pack up and prepare to move their locations on Day 20.
Both tribes are excited to meet up, and they receive tree mail that instructs them to go to a new beach as they are now merged. They arrive at their beach and receive their new merge buff, a black one. Awaiting them is a feast, which Jimmy knows there will be a clue to the idol at. As soon as they sit down Jimmy scans the area for where the idol clue might be. He sees a scroll in the center of a bowl of M&Ms that are at the feast. He grabs the scroll very conspicuously, and puts it in his pocket. Everyone notices and calls him out on it. Jimmy tells them they aren't going to see it as he's been in minority since Day 1 and he doesn't have to help them. Not only that, but as Jimmy has wolfed down his food he throws the rest of the food on the ground and begins to cover it all in sand. Jimmy has had it with this group of people, and hopes by causing a commotion it'll create chaos around camp.
[Confessional] Jimmy: These people can fall in a fire for all I care. I'm tired of the tight alliances and Zeptis and Austin's undying loyalty to them. Maybe the other tribe will take me in, but after the disaster I caused at camp my only hope will be finding the idol.
[Confessional] Steve: I don't know why Jimmy would do that, we could have all made final seven easily but now it's going to be a mess for the next few days.
[Confessional] Nick: Aw hell no, another fat one ruining the day for everyone. Can anyone say shocker?
[Confessional] Zeptis: The food.........
[Confessional] Austin: The food.........
[Confessional] Anthony: The food.........
After the chaotic merge feast, the rest of the people begin to talk to each other about strategy. Both tribes are pretty angry with Jimmy, but Houston and Daniel recognize that they might need to keep Jimmy in and try to get him to vote with them. Houston tells Daniel he'll work on it.
Houston tells Jimmy that Daniel and him can protect him. He shares with Jimmy that Daniel has an idol and even if it's 6-6 in the vote that Daniel can idol Jimmy if they vote him out. Houston goes away hoping he's secured Jimmy's vote.
[Confessional] Jimmy: Daniel has an idol? I think it's time everyone knew. I'm not going to be a sixth wheel to everyone else's alliances.
Jimmy calls a meeting around the fire and tells everyone that Daniel has an idol. Daniel and Houston are shocked that this happened after they offered him safety for so many rounds. The entire camp goes back to being in a state of disarray after Jimmy's reveal.
Day 20 comes to an end, and the tribes await an immunity challenge on Day 21.
The tribes arrive at the challenge for their first individual immunity challenge. This one will involve eating some of the most disgusting things on the island. At first, they will compete in two groups of six. The three that finish their dish first on each side will move on to the next round. The groups are as follows:
Group 1: Austin, Nick, Shay, Steve, Daniel, and Houston.
Group 2: Zeptis, Anthony, Quinn, Ian, Jimmy, and Alex.
The first item that they have to eat is two beetle larvae. The first group struggles for awhile. Houston is the first person to finish the dish with ease. Despite being a "picky eater", Shay recognizes her need to win and holds her breath and completes the dish. Lastly, Austin is able to finish the beetles and advance to the next round. In group two, Zeptis finishes first followed by Anthony, and then Quinn. Jimmy is out and realizes his only hope might be finding an immunity idol now.
Round two will force the players to eat a plate of shipworms. They are easy to swallow whole, and Anthony is able to complete it first. Zeptis finishes second and Shay finishes the worms third despite massive complaints afterwards. In round three, the three players must eat a balut which is a chicken fetus. Shay and Zeptis pretend they are just eating chicken and are able to move on somehow. The last item that the players must eat is a portion of pig brains. Zeptis is too emotionally unstable from the tribe killing Pancakes, that he is afraid these are from Pancakes and quits on the spot leaving Shay as the last one standing, winning immunity.
The tribe is done and must go back to their beach to await tribal council tonight.
[Confessional] Shay: I don't even know how I won. All I know is that these people underestimate me.
Post-Challenge Day 21Edit
Jimmy is on a crazy search for the idol. Whether he finds it or not, he decides that he will tell everyone that he does have one and that he's going to play it tonight. Jimmy tells Zeptis and Austin that he is going to vote Daniel, and that they should inform the rest of the old Yevapai Tribe that he is going to do that. Daniel, Quinn, and Ian discuss that they're going to vote out Jimmy regardless of whether he finds the idol or not. They figure Jimmy will vote out someone like Steve so if he does have an idol, Steve will go.
[Confessional] Daniel: I don't want to use my idol tonight, but if I hear they're voting me I might have to. They might still have a 7-5 majority.
[Confessional] Quinn: This will be an interesting vote. People are pretty pissed at Jimmy for the merge feast thing and for revealing that Daniel has an idol. At least Daniel is. I'm not sure how the vote will fall.
[Confessional] Alex: Leave it to Jimmy to mess everything up for everyone. The real question is whether or not he really found an idol. If he did and uses it, whoever he votes might be the one to go.
Before leaving for tribal council, Jimmy throws water on the fire and rips down the shelter without anyone seeing. Everyone walks off to await the vote. When they arrive, the questions asked at tribal council center around Jimmy's activities post-merge. They discuss the possibility of an idol, and wonder how that will impact the game.
It's time for the vote. Ian, Houston, Nick, and Anthony vote.
Steve: [shows vote as Jimmy] If you have the idol more power to you, I know I'm not going and you've been after me since the beginning. Bye.
Shay, Alex, and Quinn vote.
Daniel: [shows vote as Jimmy] I'm so unsure if I'm the vote or not. I heard I was but we'll have to see if I decide to try to idol you out.
Austin and Zeptis vote.
Jimmy: [shows vote as Daniel] I hope you get out with the idol in your damn pocket.
The vote is tallied. The person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and would like to use it, now is the time to do so. Everyone looks at Jimmy and Daniel and holds their breath.
After a long pause, Daniel stands up to play his idol. All votes for Daniel will not count.
First vote: Daniel, does not count.
Second vote: Daniel, does not count.
Third vote: Jimmy
Fourth vote: Jimmy
Fifth vote: Jimmy
Sixth vote: Jimmy
Seventh vote: Jimmy
Eighth vote: and the ninth person voted out, Jimmy. Please bring me your torch.
Jimmy, the tribe has spoken. It's time for you to go.
Eleven remain, who will be voted out next time, on Survivor: The Cove?