Bryant "Get Bent" Gumbel next makes Michael show his hands to the audience. Bryant says that Michael has suffered the most of everyone, and no one points out that the "wild" boar suffered more. He goes on to say that Michael has been going around saying that falling into the fire was a good thing. Michael explains that going on the show "transcends" money or prizes and that the "spiritual growth," the "family growth," and most particularly the "new skin growth" has been the greatest experience. He then chokes up and says that a million dollars couldn't buy what happened to him. But I think probably a ten spot could buy just about anyone a good shove into a fire if you ask the right person.
Paraphrasing Colby, Bryant says the environment and the elements were the dominant factors in the competition. None of the S16 choose to "quibble with that." Jeff is wearing makeup. Mrs. Donaldson is like Mr. Hanky -- leaving her crappy marks all over the place. Jeff says it seemed to get much harder after he left. He then says that Kucha had it easier because they were "kickin' Ogakor's butt." Bryant asks what the tribe's names mean and when Jeff starts to answer that "kucha" means "kangaroo," Bryant cuts him off and asks what Jeff really calls them; he says, "Ogaboring." I personally prefer what our very own posters came up with: the Ogre Corps. Colby good-humoredly tells Jeff the game is over, and Tina sounds serious when she adds, "Get over it!"
Nick says he never felt hungry after the first day, but that he felt weak and dizzy. He says that the degree of their hunger and exhaustion didn't translate on television. Jerri says that Kucha never experienced hunger the way that Ogakor did. She tells us that after she left, she watched Elisabeth and Nick suffer, and "[she] thought it was kinda funny." She giggles and then bursts into full cackle. Nick and Elisabeth look unamused. Then Mad Dog busts in and says she could feel her stomach shrinking after just a couple days; she said she was "losing weight, feeling good." And proudly adds, "If only I coulda stayed there for a couple more weeks, I'd be wearing a thong." She'll be here all week, folks. Try the fish. Bryant points out that handsome Mitchell thought the crew would feed them when the cameras were off. Mitchell says he thought the crew would throw him an apple: "Look at me! I'm seven feet tall, I weigh like a buck ten." I guess his personality didn't have a passport. Like the Mitchell we knew and didn't love, he then says that he was probably voted off because the lack of food hit him the hardest. Rodger says that they once went thirty-four hours with no food, and that on Thanksgiving day -- he knew because Nick was keeping a calendar -- all they had was macadamia nuts.