Rich lays out some planks, a towel, and a pillow (they get pillows on the island?!?!) to create a makeshift bed. He looks up at the skies and thinks about the "End of Days" (his Biblical reference, not mine). Rich is splayed out, talking about home. Everybody else sleeps, including Sue, who has her hand bandaged. Rudy stirs in his sleep, his keen Navy Seal intuition alerted to my typing about Sue, a possible attacker. Everybody looks really, really glum. I miss Colleen and Gervase. Commercial to break the monotony.
This week's Target non-sequitur "Go Together" ad campaign: jean jacket and Jolly Ranchers / Zip-off pants and Ziploc bags. My vote would have been masking tape and push-up bra / Pepto-Bismol and Lays Wow! chips.
Day Thirty-Five. Rudy and Sue are walking along the beach. Under some branches, Sue says, "Oh!" There's a pail holding dark mud that reads, "Dig In!" "Dig in," Rudy says. "Dig IN!" Sue enunciates. Inside the mud, they find a laminated clue. It reads:
It might be a dirty job
But now it's up to you.
Make like a hog at the volcano
For an ice-cold brew.
Which is odd, because that used to be Miller Lite's jingle. After a little sky shot, we get our first glimpse of Just Jeff, who intones that "old friends are becoming new enemies." Except for you, right Jeff? Everybody loves you, Jeff. With your single slices of pizza and your videotapes from home for everybody but Jenna. It's all about you, isn't it, JEFF!?! Excuse me, sorry. I got carried away there. Ahem. Anyway, Jeff explains as the survivors slog through the forest that they will be playing in the same amazing volcanic mud that formed the island. He's hoping to calm things down after the recent tension, and says this will be therapeutic mud bathing. As they gather, Jeff explains that this is "a different kind of blowout." Hey Jeff, I know exactly what you're thinking there, buster, so don't think I don't. Jeff announces that one Bud Light will be part of the reward. ["The wateriest beer in creation is considered a reward? I'd have sat that one out till someone coughed up a Murphy's Stout, myself." -- Sars] Then the winner will get whisked away, blindfolded, to a secret bar, where they will have more Bud Lights and then get to watch the first five minutes of the first episode of Survivor. (Or read the recap -- their choice.) Jeff says, "I'm gonna set my beer aside" as they do this. He gets to drink beer through all this? No wonder he keeps his cool so well, even through a testicle injury. The rule for the challenge is they have to fill up a bucket with mud, using only their body as a transport device for the mud. I'm thinking long hair and baggy shorts (not to mention Machiabellian proportions) will have the advantage.