The fans came by boat. The favorites came on helicopters. They met on the beach with host Jeff Probst and were immediately sent to a reward challenge. The winner would receive flint and 20 pounds of beans in addition to the regular supplies at camp.
In a physical variation of take-away the ring, the favorites won. Both tribes were taken to their beach. Let the games begin.
At the fans camp Gota, Shamar and Matt clashed over what needed to be done first. Shamar thought the needed to start fire so they could have water to drink; Matt wanted to build a shelter. In the end, the tribe worked together to start fire and got a shelter built, too. Matt wasn't necessarily impressed with the former U.S. Marine. "I guess I had higher expectations from a Marine."
Reynolds was concerned about the camaraderie in his tribe with another challenge coming up that they couldn't afford to lose.
Meanwhile, over at Bikal favorite Malcolm wanted to make a great first impression on his tribe. Many alliances were talked about but nothing seemed to gel to this observer. Although on Gota,, Reynolds and Alli seemed to be a little closer that the others. They formed an alliance with Eddie and Hope. Eddie thinks they are the "cool kids table."
Who went home? After the favorite Bikal tribe lost the immunity challenge, Francesca Hogi, 38, a favorite who went home first on "Survivor: Redemption Island." And now is the first person to go home first two times. She's an attorney in Brooklyn and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. She was always strategizing. Made Phillip distrust her both times and he seemed to be orchestrating the game at this point. That's a little scary. "To be voted out first twice," Francesca said, "would be the worst thing ever."
Who should have gone? Part of the tribe wanted to get rid of Andrea. She is loyal to Phillip. She thinks Brenda is playing her own game.
Most valuable player: Michael of the fan Gota tribe seems to be a calming influence on his tribe trying to keep the peace.
Best quote: "Dawn is honest to a fault," Cochran said about Dawn, "Unless she's playing a new game."
Next time: Brandon sees his life in the game is coming to an end and he may revert to being a Hantz. "I want to go out with a bang."
Probst observation: "You're biggest problem is there' a group of fans who knows they can beat you," he said to the favorites, "And they're looking to do it again."
Lifestyle editor Cynthia Rolando is a 26-season “Survivor” veteran. Leave me some comments about your "Survivor" thoughts or e-mail email@example.com.