On Day 4, Colton Cumbie formed an alliance with fellow Manono tribe members Leif Manson, Tarzan Smith, Jonas Otsuji, and Troyzan Robertson after being told by Salani member Sabrina Thompson that he needed to attempt to bond with the guys. Revealing to the 4 men that he was in possession of a Hidden Immunity Idol, the men agreed to stick together. Colton dubbed them the "Misfit Alliance," due to the alliance being comprised of people he viewed as "random".
Downfall of the Muscle Alliance
The alliance was rivaled by the opposing Muscle Alliance consisting of their de facto leader Matt Quinlan, Bill Posley, Michael Jefferson, and Jay Byars. Colton quickly grew annoyed with Bill's peppy attitude and wanted him gone when Manono had finally lost immunity. However, the other members of the Misfit Alliance wanted to get rid of Matt since he was the Muscle Alliance's leader and their biggest rival. The rest of the alliance got their way and Matt left in a 7-1-1 vote.
The alliance soon felt betrayed after Leif informed Bill (the Misfit Alliance's next target) that Colton had considered getting rid of him over Matt on Day 9. Michael, wanting to gain some leverage in the game, informed Colton that he saw the two men talking and that they seemed to have a good conversation going. Colton informed Leif that his betrayal now sealed his fate in the game. Despite the rift, the Manono tribe won Immunity. However, Colton considered giving up Immunity after a heated confrontation between him and Bill. Tarzan took the most offense to the situation, scolding Leif and telling him that no matter whether he agreed to give up Immunity or not, he was leaving. However, Bill left in a unanimous 7-1 vote.
After Bill's departure, the two tribes learned they would be swapped. The Misfit Alliance kept their numbers on the original Manono tribe, only losing Troyzan. Colton began to work his magic and got the girls on his side, and ultimately formed an alliance with Alicia Rosa. The clearly weaker Manono tribe lost their Immunity Challenge, and Colton, who originally wanted Christina Cha gone, switched his target to the much stronger Monica Culpepper. The Misfit Alliance decided to cover their tracks by saying that the target was Tarzan, blindsiding Monica in a 5-2 vote.
The Fall of Colton Cumbie
During the next episode, Colton had fallen ill, developing pains in his abdomen, severe dehydration, along with constant vomiting. It was determined by the Medical team that Colton was suffering from acute appendicitis and had to be removed from the game for surgery on Day 16. With their leader gone, Jonas quickly attempted to take the reins as the new Misfit leader, targeting Colton's former ally Alicia.
The two tribes merged into Tikiano, and the Misfit Alliance began to crumble. On Day 18, Tarzan pulled in Michael, strategizing and saying that it was a good idea for the men to stick together. Michael, however, preferred to stick with Jay, Troyzan, and the women of Salani rather than with Leif, Jonas, and Tarzan. Michael approached Jonas about the plan, in which Tarzan had included his name, despite never bringing up the idea to him. Jonas and Tarzan then got into a huge argument over the ordeal. After the Immunity Challenge, the majority targeted Jonas for his likability and wit, viewing it as a threat. Tryozan confronted Jonas and told him what was going on. Realizing he was in danger, Jonas apologized to Tarzan, and all of the men made a pact to target Kat Edorsson. However, at Tribal Council, Jonas fought hard to stay in game, expressing his disgust that the tribe would get rid of him over physical threats such as Michael. Tarzan took offense to this, calling it disrespectful that Jonas would throw Michael under the bus. Jonas then brought up the Misfit Alliance's decision to target Kat. Tarzan denied any involvement and stated that it was all Jonas' idea, once again turning on his former ally. Tarzan voted along with the majority, and Jonas left in a 10-2 vote (Leif staying loyal to his alliance).