The women, too, have spotted their tribal flag -- which, to the producers' credit, is not pink. Heidi tells us that she was excited to be there, and then the girls debate where to go ashore. Shawna -- who's not been all that exemplary with the ropes so far -- ties them off. High-fiving ensues, but Christy interrupts their revelry to tell them something. She insists that it's not a big deal, but that there's something the others should know: she's deaf, and wants to keep it from the other tribe. She explains that she wears a hearing aid in one ear and has no hearing in the other at all, but she does read lips. In an interview, Janet tells us that the tribemates were surprised, and that Christy asked them to speak slowly and look at her directly when they talk so that she can read their lips. Christy then confesses that she didn't hear any of their talk on the boat, like their names, where they lived, and their professions. The women reintroduce themselves and shake hands with her. In an interview, Christy explains that although it might have been the wrong time to share the news, she couldn't keep it to herself anymore. Jenna then tells us that she doesn't know how Christy will be able to work with the group if she can't hear well, and she doesn't know how that will work out. Good to know they picked such open-minded people this time around. Deena promises Christy that they won't "tell the boys," and as we go to commercial Christy dramatically ties her hair back in a slow-motion shot.
We rejoin Tambaqui still on Day 1. The men all talk at once as they debate their next move. Butch gently tries to take the lead, and points out that no one wants to assume the role of leader because they're all afraid of being voted off first. He acknowledges that it's ironic that he's stepping up. He suggests that they spread out and regroup to exchange ideas. In an interview, Rob tells us, "Maybe you think you meet a guy named Butch from Illinois that's a redneck, you think he's not that sharp; God, he is." He eagerly says he likes Butch a lot. Next, Alex explains that the tribe found a great spot for the camp on a sloped higher ground so the water won't pool. Roger -- obviously threatened by Butch's ability to lead without offending -- tries to take the lead, but with far less diplomacy. We see that the men have split up and are hacking and stomping at logs and branches with varying degrees of enthusiasm and success. Ryan says, "It's all good in the neighborhood," and Dave adds, "It's all gravy, baby!" Rob tries to join in but misses egregiously: "I think I missed my calling in life as a lumberjack!" Hee again. I think a favorite is emerging. Roger asks the others to confirm that a can contains kerosene because his "smeller's gone." They indulge him and confirm that it is indeed kerosene. Dave tells us that starting the fire was easy with kerosene and a flint. He says that they had no problems at all making the fire as we see shots of them all bumping hands to make sure the camera catches them having a part in the tribe's success.