It's turning to dusk, and Vu gives the four kids their coins that they "deserve." "Well done." Msaada voice-overs that she's felt very much at home. Msaada thanks Vu in her language, even on behalf of Theo and Laterrian. Vu smiles. She really seems like a terrific woman. Though they never officially said she was the "Mission Mayor," I'm right now dubbing her the best mayor of the year. She then sends them to the hut to give back the threads, and Holly voice-overs about the cultural experience of the whole thing. Kathryn plays with the kids and laughs. The village women dance. James takes a photo from on top of the short bus. A silhouette against the deepening night.
Cut crazy-jarringly to the outside of a Conoco gas station. Are we still in South Africa? Who knows. The kids sit in the short bus as Msaada argues that Theo and L.T. should have joined the others in the ceremony. James and Msaada agree that this is Laterrian's culture, and he should therefore feel obligated to go. That's a stupid argument, by the way. Laterrian explains that the way he grew up, if someone dies, they're dead. No afterlife. ["Then what was that shit about Jesus?" -- Wing Chun] Msaada says she did not want to kill animals and she doesn't advocate it, but she went through with it. Theo butts in and says that he carries his belief system wherever he goes, and it doesn't matter what people are doing where he his, he's going to believe what he believes. As in, the races not mixing and disliking Asians? Theo says that he feels persecuted. Oh, please, Theo. No one is persecuting you. "This is God's earth and I'll go anywhere." You will, Theo? You promise? Um, I choose Guam. Now, go. Buh-bye. Kathryn suggests to Laterrian that it was culture shock that made him reject the mission. Laterrian slaps down that idea: "It has nothing to do with being shocked." (While typing that last sentence, I briefly thought I was referring to the fact that Nicolas Cage does so many and such shitty movies. That's not a joke, I literally hallucinated while typing. I need to go to sleep.) And...bong! Credits. Yeeeeessss!
Next up on Road Rules...the kids sitting in a room. Theo yodels, "The Real World has come to reclaim their beloved Shorty." The dog. Finally with the fake Sony dog. The Real World's Melissa says, "We're about to do some tribal warfare." Theo says some of his patented nonsense about the competition heating up. James and Laterrian crazy, shirtless dancing around a fire pit. Laterrian and David fighting over a stick. Huge worms on a plate for "worm-eating competition." Kathryn turning red and shaking while eating a worm. Hee. Holly almost gags in the background. Someone says something about lesbians in the water and Melissa yells back, "I am still strictly dickly, thank you." I love how The Real World keeps showing up on Road Rules but not vice-versa, as far as I know. It's so Slash doing some guest-playing on his not-famous brother's album. Poor Road Rules. Always the bridesmaid...never the good television.