So much for the theory that it was time for the women to turn the tables in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
Crafty Russell Hantz was still calling the shots when Thursday's episode ended, having recruited the vulnerable Candice to the Villains' side, which was enough leverage to get Sandra to abandon her plan to take revenge on Russell. With Candice's help, Russell's alliance voted out Amanda.
And what looked like a schism between "King" Russell and his queen, Parvati, when it was teased last week, turned out to be just a lovers' spat.
Sure, Russell was angry that Parvati had hidden an immunity idol from him.
"You didn't tell me anything about it when I saved your ass," he fumed.
"Oh, chill out," retorted Parvati.
Later, she told the camera: "Russell wants to be in control because he thinks he's the godfather of this game. Having me have an idol he didn't know about makes him feel like he's not in control and scared a little bit, but that's kind of what I wanted anyway."
Russell didn't waste too much time brooding over Parvati and her idols, however, but got down to business grooming Candice, who was tripping over herself to compliment him and the Villains on their tribal council blindside, when Parvati's playing of two hidden immunity idols led to J.T.'s ouster.
"That was a good one. I'm impressed," she enthused.
"Right now the ship is sinking and you know that. Somebody, one person has to jump and that one person is going to be very crucial to what happens later on in the game," coaxed Russell.
Ammunition for his campaign was provided by Danielle after the reward challenge.
In a game of shuffleboard, the blue team of Danielle, Amanda and Colby won the reward: a night in Robert Louis Stevenson's former mansion (the author is buried in Samoa, host Jeff Probst told them).
There, in a bedroom of the stately home, where the trio ate popcorn and watched a DVD of Treasure Island, we had a mini-Survivor girl fight after Danielle found a clue to a hidden immunity idol in a bowl of popcorn and a suspicious Amanda scooped it from where Danielle had dropped it next to the bed.
Colby, looking annoyed that his movie-watching had been interrupted by Danielle chasing Amanda around the bed and trying to wrestle the clue away from her, didn't have the gumption to back his former Hero tribemate, telling Amanda to give the clue back to Danielle.
Danielle shared it with Russell and Parvati back at camp and, in a bit of payback, Russell got to the idol before Danielle did and concealed it from her and Parvati.
He used it to seal the deal with Candice, showing it to her to gain her trust.
"I'm not sure that I trust Russell 100 per cent, but it's a big thing that he showed me the hidden immunity idol," Candice told the camera.
Meanwhile, the former Heroes, unaware of Candice's treachery or that Russell had an immunity idol, were plotting with Sandra to get rid of him.
Rupert declared Russell "a piece of garbage" while Sandra was out for revenge. "This is for Courtney, Boston Rob and even Coach, who I don't care about, but I'll stick him in there, too," she said.
Of course, Candice tattled to Russell that the Heroes were after him and ratted out Sandra, as well.
But even after Sandra delivered that news, the gullible Heroes refused to concede that Candice had turned on them.
They did at least one thing right: assuming that Russell would get possession of the immunity idol, they switched their vote to Parvati just before tribal council, too late for Candice to warn the Villains.
But it was all for naught. Even had Sandra stuck to her guns and stuck with the Heroes, Candice's vote combined with those of Russell, Parvati, Danielle and Jerri had them outnumbered. And it was clear to Sandra after she made a last-ditch attempt to sway Candice before the vote which way the wind was blowing (or should we say rain, since there was an awful lot of it this episode).
But Russell was still uncertain enough to play the immunity idol, needlessly as it turned out (Parvati rolled her eyes and mouthed the words "You wasted one"). The Heroes at least had the satisfaction of seeing Russell and Parvati rattled at her name being written down, but it was Amanda whose torch got snuffed.
"Okay Jeff, I know you've been waiting forever to do this," Amanda laughed, walking off without any farewells to her tribemates.
Afterwards, she repented not keeping the clue to the idol that she'd swiped from Danielle but confided, "I think the rest of the game is going to be absolutely crazy and I'm kind of glad I'm not a part of it, to be honest."
Next week, according to the promos, we're in for more tension between Russell and Parvati. The show airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on Global.