A frog pounces upon and eats an insect. I wonder if that means something. Sometimes, I cannot grasp the symbolism, because it is so nuanced. At these times, I go and lie down.
The next morning, the final four are barely awake before they start complaining about how hungry they are. Denise tells us that this will be a "tough fight" to make it past F4. "Tough fight," "lost cause"...what's the diff? She insists that "this is a life-changing experience." And she doesn't know the half of it, unfortunately, given that it's going to change her life from "pitiful sob story" into "cautionary tale about feeling overly sorry for yourself." They receive treemail suggesting that they're going to take part in one more reward challenge, which will give them the opportunity to eat. Amanda says she's "going to cry." She says that having no food has sent her into a bad mood for a few days, and this reward is hugely important to her as a result.
Reward challenge course. Probst is waiting. He explains that this challenge puts them to the test against "our version of the Great Wall Of China." Oh, Lord. That sounds terrible. I don't exactly place my faith in Mark Burnett Productions and their ability to replicate cultural marvels. I fear flags, plastic, and somebody at the end with a gong. I can sort of see the higher-up non-creative executive type all, "You know, great season, Marky, but NOT ENOUGH GONGS. Why the hell aren't there more gongs? Isn't this China? They had more gongs on The Gong Show, and I don't think Chuck Barris was entirely Chinese. Get on that, would you?"
At any rate, this basically is an obstacle-course challenge, made up of stairs and a little bridge you have to build from planks and so forth. It ultimately requires puzzle-solving at the end as well. First to finish will win, and what's the reward? Food, of course. Specifically, pizza and beer. And pop. And brownies. I can't believe that pizza has black olives on it. That would ruin the entire thing for me, seriously. A reward should be a democratic and ubiquitous pizza, not something with aggressive, gross black olives. ["Looks like I'm also taking Todd on my pizza reward, then." -- Sars] Jeff insists that this food will comfort you; this food will very nearly love you back. You must have this food! This food will write you letters that explain the way this food feels. And, of course, you'll be stronger going into the immunity challenge. Because of the wonderful food.