We return to La Mina on Day 7, where they're very happy about all the booty they just collected. Terry rattles off the things they got, including the tarp to add to the good shelter they already have. "I'm really stoked for my team," he says. That evening, they stretch the tarp over the shelter frame, and when it starts to rain later, it looks like it stands them in relatively good stead. Someone suggests that they "think about Bruce for a minute." Frankly, that's the last thing I would want to do. I'd be like, "Okay, the key is not to think about Bruce." They do all agree that for him to be stuck out there like that for the second time is not a happy development. Terry interviews that it wasn't easy to decide to send Bruce, but knowing what a leg up he gave his team, they didn't see much choice. "I wouldn't want to be him," Terry adds.
On Exile Island, we join Bruce, who is indeed having no fun at all in the rainstorm, and who doesn't particularly want to be himself either. He reminds us that he hadn't been with Casaya for even twenty-four hours before he got shuttled off again. He adds that he's been on Exile Island more than he's been with any particular tribe. He also says that there was no time for him to look for the idol with all the storming going on. "It seems like every night is miserable here," he adds.
The next morning at Casaya, Courtney is boiling water, so they apparently did get their fire situation straightened out. She voices over that it was "evil" of La Mina to send Bruce back to EI, meaning that she hasn't experienced nearly enough evil. It seems that losing the reward and then having Bruce leave on top of it put the tribe into a real funk. As the rest of the tribe members sit around the fire, Shane is off to the side, perched on a tree stump, like he's from a children's book called Junkie The Pooh. He comments that he really likes sitting there. He tells the group that it's for when he's thinking, and Courtney corrects him by saying that it's his "time-out stump." Heh. He calls it his "Thinking Seat," which doesn't mean "Shane's seat, with which he does most of his thinking," which I would have supported. No, he's thinking furniture. He announces that he'd like for no one else to sit on his Thinking Seat, and there is some light chuckling, because it all appears to be in fun at this point. Courtney questions why it has to be his, however, and Shane goes into this bizarre freakish ranting thing, where he's bellowing about how he just wants HIS SEAT and HE WANTS ONE and he wants THIS ONE and it all gets really strange. It's like...he thinks it's funny, maybe? Or it started out that way? The best part is that Aras interviews that the problems in the tribe come from the personalities. "I'm in an alliance with three nutballs," he announces. Good reason not to solidify your alliances ten minutes after meeting people and then go around making enemies out of everyone else as if you have the entire game knocked.