At La Mina on Day 6, the team is discussing the prospect of going out to do some fishing, and Sally and Nick agree to go out and try the fishing spear. They agree that nobody really knows what they're doing with it, so they'll just have to try it out. Terry demonstrates how to use it a little bit, and then he says, "Just remember to hold onto it." He kind of makes it look easy, which was probably a mistake. Sally and Nick paddle out, and she starts in with the spear. She wonders out loud if she should have practiced more, and she specifically talks about how bad it would be to lose it. As she explains in an interview, we see her take the spear and wrap the band around her wrist, just like you're supposed to. What we do not see is how she actually manages to lose the spear. Which...she does. She immediately dives to try to find it, but the water is too deep, and she can't get to it. Nick tells Sally as she bobs next to the raft that she doesn't need to freak out over it; it's the kind of thing that can happen. Which I appreciated, because it's pretty much true. Sally feels horrible, and is very nervous about coming back to the tribe with news that she lost the spear. When she gets back and tells Terry and Very Pale Dan, they give her the evil eye.
Terry rather ridiculously interviews that he has "no doubt" that they would have "tons of fish" if they had the spear. Of course, not everyone with a spear has always had tons of fish, and if Terry really felt that way, he could have gone out with the spear himself. The only thing I fault Sally for at all is that she should maybe have practiced in shallow water, but again, that's something anyone on the tribe could have suggested. If you agree that somebody is going to go out and try the spear and do her best, then if it gets lost by accident, then it's not like you can act like it's a character flaw. It's the kind of thing blowhards like Rupert love to get all pissy about, on the theory that they never make mistakes, ever. Furthermore, they have other fishing equipment, so if Terry is so fucking brilliant with fish, he should go out and catch some. In other words, this definitely made me like Terry less, even though I completely understand that he's frustrated. Being a tough guy doesn't make it okay for you to be a jerk, Tom Cruise characters.
Immunity challenge time. Jeff brings the tribes out to a beach. There, he asks how they're doing. Misty talks about how her team is trying to be upbeat and so forth, not getting down on themselves and down on their situation. Jeff turns to Casaya, and Shane immediately starts ranting that the situation is so dire, and that he's not going to pretend it isn't, and that the idea of pretending you're doing great to intimidate the other tribe is so bogus. Honestly, I think that other people just aren't as completely undone by the horror that is DAY 6 as Shane is. "Physically, we're wrecked," Shane insists. Again, not everybody is suffering from nicotine withdrawal so severe that it could knock down chimneys, so Shane should probably speak for himself.