Survivor
Question Of Trust

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The Bean Scene

Boran is resting. A tumbleweed rolls across the landscape; wait, that's just Diane lying on the ground. The tribe spots the flag which designates their camp, and I notice that Jessie is the only woman in the tribe actually carrying anything. By now, the men are dragging the stretchers. Clarence and Ethan make efficient use of their time by designing a "tribal handshake."

Samburu arrives at their camp, and Kim proclaims, "This rocks!" I think a lot of things "rock!" according to Kim. Lindsey is irritated that Frank rushed them to get to the flag. Carl asks what branch of the service Frank served in, and Frank snarls, "I was in the American branch, called Freedom." Huh? The only thing Carl is carrying is a spear. The Samburu tribe makes a big huddle and keeps grabbing each other's heads.

Thirteen Ghosts. Can Shannon Elizabeth carry a movie? Certainly. If those thirteen ghosts also have breasts and the movie is pitched to seventh-grade boys.

Silas checks Samburu's treemail, and alerts the others to a message with an Electric Company-style "hey, you guys!" The mail reads that the tribe's "traditional African dwelling is in serious need of repair." An aerial view reveals that their home is basically a semi-circle of shrubbery, and we're told the only protection from predators is a fence made of thorny brush. They are told to do three things immediately: secure the fence; keep a fire going all night long; and always keep two people awake at all times to look out for night-hunting animals. They so have security out here. Carl and Teresa shotgun sentry duty for the first night. The tribe is told that they'll share their water supply with "local game" at a nearby stream. Back on the Frank bashing, Kim P. tells us that she likes to bond with people, and doesn't need "the military in [her] life." (She might feel a greater need for the military since this was filmed.) Brandon explains the tribe's drastic water situation: they broke three gourds of water on the trek to camp, and they didn't cap a fourth gourd which meant the water "turn[ed] into, like, turpentine." He says they are "so screwed" if they don't get water in the next half hour.

Meanwhile at Samburu, Lindsey warns the others to "look out for those deadly giraffes!" Then they start joking about tampons and "tamponos" and laughing about it. Where are the seventh-grade boys? I know they must be around there somewhere! Oh, yes. They're buying their tickets for Thirteen Ghosts. Or not. We then go to a confessional with Linda who points to herself and proclaims, "Mother Africa!" I'm not sure she's trying to say she's Mother Africa, but I'm not sure she's not, either. She goes on about what a tremendous amount of respect she has for the land, and makes a point of saying she's been there before; she doesn't enjoy the light-hearted conversation about "tamponos" and thinks it's disrespectful. She says, "This is where it all started, folks...in Africa!" If I wanted a history lesson, I'd watch the Discovery Channel. I'm tuned in for the lunacy and the cat-fighting. Linda is an enunciator. Also, her hands could use two good puppets.

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