The tribes merge this week, which Taj sees as an opportunity to put her secret alliance into action and Douche and Tyson see as an opportunity to team up with desperate Jalapeño members against Brendan. Much is said about both plans, and so neither of them actually happen. Brendan and Sierra say nothing to Taj and Stephen about the alliance, causing Taj and Stephen to think they've decided to stay with Tempura since they have the majority. On the contrary, Brendan's just lying low until Joe and J.T. are voted out to strike. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell anyone else about this plan, so when J.T. presents Stephen with an alliance with Douche, Tyson, and Debbie, he's all for it. Why would Douche and Tyson turn against their own tribe? Because they're in love with themselves and because J.T. and Stephen made sure Douche knew that Brendan had the immunity idol. Brendan told Douche he didn't have it, and so he is a liar and Douche is in full-on fake warrior mode, ready to cut off dragon heads and mount unicorns and whatever other creatures exist in his fantasy world. None of that matters in the end, though, because Joe's leg wound becomes too infected to ignore and he's air-lifted out of the game.
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