Wearing grass necklaces, the team members sit and watch a dance presented by the locals. Ami calls the traditional dance "amazing." It really is pretty cool, and as Ami explains, there are no instruments in the very musical presentation -- it's just voices, clapping, and foot-stomping. Ami calls it "amaaaazing" again, and says it was "like out of a book." Because native populations, as you know, are largely fictional. And then the group is offered the opportunity to join in the dance, which they do. It's pretty cool, seeing them all get into the game, and watching Chris try to pick up the steps and Chad stomp the WonderFoot. The song ends, and a guy tells Chris that "it's time for the kava ceremony." Chris agrees. Oh, Chris. You should have thought twice about that one, buddy.
Bowls of kava are brought to the group, and Chris explains that everyone had his or her own bowl. As is explained by Eliza, they were told to chug the whole thing, and then spit out the last swallow. "This bowl was enormous," Eliza says. She goes on to describe the kava as tasting like "mud mixed with water and vodka." Heh. That's a pretty funny description, actually. I've never had kava, but somehow, I think I've had things just as bad. They all drink, and they all spit. And it's not regular spitting, either. It's like, "PTH-AH!" Because kava is really something, I think. Eliza goes on to tell us, with her trademark childlike wonder, that right after she drank it, her mouth and her tongue started to go numb. Now I know I've had it. Indeed, in the footage of the post-chug moments, Eliza has that "blink-blink" look I associate with people who have just surpassed their limits with one swallow. Not that she doesn't always have that look, actually. Chris assures us that "kava is powerful." And you can tell that he doesn't just mean that it's powerful in the spiritual sense. It's powerful in the "knock you on your ass" sense.