And then Hatch got menaced by a foot-long shark. He milked it so hard that it's not surprising that we wound up with an overdose of cheese. Shii Ann found it "Hemingwayesque." Somebody needed to give Shii Ann a dose of Demigod Antidote before she started building shrines to Hatch, topped off by pictures of his naked ass and encircled with purloined shark teeth.
And then there was the shelter-building challenge. So much for limited rations and difficult conditions -- have a big box of tools! And rope! Ring bell for service! Amber got understandably hot and bothered watching Boston Rob build the Chapera shelter, while over at Mogo Mogo, Jenna M. was thinking about her sick mom, and didn't have her head in the game. At Saboga, Rupert insisted on building the shelter down into the sand in order to maximize the odds that it would collapse in the middle of the night and kill everyone, and when Jerri objected, Rupert treated her like she was such an idiot that he could barely bring himself to bother talking to her. Ethan called the idea "a little ambitious," but the contractor who visited them later basically called it a disaster waiting to happen. And not waiting very long, either. In other news involving shelters not built on foundations of insanity, Mogo Mogo's treehouse shelter was a tiny bit shaky, while Chapera's Rob/Tom collaboration was rock-solid. They got the win.
At the immunity challenge, Jenna M. quit to go home and be with her mom. But nobody tipped her off, no sirree, just an instinct she had. A little feeling. A little voice in her head. At hearing her difficult news, most people gave her hugs, but others (Rupert, primarily) handed out some judgment for "quitting." And eight days after she got home, her mom died. So, you know, it seems like she did the right thing, whether or not she did it because the game was kicking her ass.
Then, there was a horrible storm, and Saboga's shelter did just as badly as one could have suspected, in that it essentially burned down, fell over, and sank into the swamp. Chapera's, however, held up just great. Which is a good thing, because an intrusion by rain would have gotten in the way of the Amber/B-Rob snugglefests that were just starting to take wing. Because the members of Chapera are not blind, said snugglefests did not escape the notice of others.