Thursday night's episode of "Survivor: Vanuatu" found Rory Freeman -- the solitary male member of the Yasur tribe -- working to carve a niche among his female tribemates. He never missed an opportunity to play up his strength and his work ethic, hoping to impress his value upon the tribe and save himself should Yasur face tribal council.
Face a tribal council they did -- and it seemed Rory's efforts paid off. When it came time to cast the ballots, the Yasur women broke their gender alliance and sent real estate agent Lisa Keiffer home.
Yasur has been unable to defeat Lopevi in either a reward or an immunity challenge since the teams mixed up members. While the Yasur group struggled with the new mixed-sex identity and individual tribemates bickered over chores and who might be voted out, the Lopevi tribe has been thriving. Julie Berry seems especially comfortable in her new Lopevi home -- at ease enough to sunbathe in the nude among her male tribemates.
"I like flirting," she said. "I could flirt all day long."
But is it leisure or strategy?
Reward challenge found the tribe running amok through a mud pen, chasing down sludge-slathered pigs. The first team to capture and pen ten pigs would win a reward of steak and eggs. Lopevi ran full speed ahead, while Yasur lost time after Eliza Orlins failed to nab a pig. Lopevi took the reward and reveled in their first protein-rich meal in days.
Lopevi also emerged victorious in a strenuous water-based immunity challenge, where tribe members swam through a series of sea obstacles, transporting puzzle pieces of a Tiki statue. Lopevi gained a fast lead after the Yasur tribe's Leann Slaby hit the wall at one obstacle and could swim no further.
Moved to tears at the thought of another tribal council, Leann said she felt simultaneously that she deserved to go, but wanted to stay.
Keiffer earlier had a dispute with Ami Cusack over whether she could be trusted. The repercussions proved fatal when it came time for tribal council. Both Eliza and Leann were spared, despite costing the team wins at both reward and immunity, and Lisa was sent home.
The loser of tonight's episode will be interviewed on Friday's The Early Show.
Unaired insider video and a "Survivor" fantasy league are featured on the official "Survivor" Web site.
By Lauren Johnston