Everything Old Is New Again
In the immunity challenge, it was time for beam-walking and the occasional grudge match over water. Ethan almost picked up a permanent dent in his skull when he beaned himself on the edge of the pool. What pisses me off enormously about this segment is that they very specifically do not show what Hatch did to Sue, though the Probst voice-over vaguely alludes to a "close encounter." They specifically cut away right before he smacks his crotch into her, and it irritates the crap out of me that they didn't show it, considering that it takes about five seconds and was worth about an episode and a half worth of story. That starts to look extremely disingenuous and ass-covering to me, and it really bugged me that they seemed intentionally to try to avoid showing what it was that made Sue so upset. They don't show Hatch saying, "Want some," they don't show the two consecutive intentional contacts...it's very hard for me to understand how they'd justify that decision. But anyway. Chapera won the challenge, so Mogo Mogo was forced to go to tribal council. And debates raged for two weeks, and the rivers turned to blood, and blah dee blah. Hopefully, somebody at least learned the lesson that direct-contact challenges should perhaps not be performed naked. A radical notion, I know.
Back at Mogo Mogo, although the original plan had been to take out Ethan, Colby shifted gears and went after Hatch. Jerri tattled to the Great Naked One, who tried to rally some support from Kathy and Shii Ann to get rid of Colby, but in the end, it wasn't enough. Hatch was sent on his way, much to the relief of many of us who were beginning to find his routine thoroughly irritating. Hatch tried to put on a happy face on his way out, but nobody was buying. He hated losing, and it showed. He interviews that he really hopes that there's a lot of "sophisticated game-playing" that resulted in his ouster. But he doubts it. Every time he opens his mouth, I like him less and less, I'll tell you that much.