We return to Morgan, Camp of the Hot Damn, We Won a Shower! Andrew interviews that this was the first time Morgan got to see the Drake tribe look uncomfortable. "We just really smoked those guys," he says. And it's true. "A lot of it was Rupert," he allows, "but if you saw us in the boat, the Morgan tribe was perfectly in sync." I agree with him -- Rupert did contribute with the diving, but I think that, considering how Drake performed, even if Ryan-O had been doing the diving instead of Rupert, the difference would have been enough that they would have won anyway. I think Drake lost that challenge for itself, and I don't think Rupert could have helped that tribe enough to make the difference. Even if Rupert had done the steering instead of Jon, it didn't appear that he could have done it much better than Osten, and if he had done the diving, he couldn't have done it any better than Shawn. That challenge seemed to come down to steering and paddling, both of which Morgan did just about perfectly without much of a contribution from Rupert. It would probably have been closer had he been with his team, but I don't see any way to conclude, as we will later learn Rupert did, that it would have gone the other way with any level of certainty. As we see shots of a suddenly happy Morgan tribe, Andrew says, "We've proven to ourselves that we can win."
That's actually the biggest reason why throwing the challenge was so dumb. Drake let Morgan up off the mat. Drake had Morgan so beaten down that, had Drake won the last immunity challenge (which we don't know that they would have, but if they did) and forced Morgan to send somebody home, it might well have been smooth sailing until the merge -- maybe the first clean sweep ever, with a merge at eight-two. ["Well, probably not, because the producers would have fixed a challenge before the merge so that it wasn't totally lopsided. I mean, let's be sensible, here." -- Wing Chun] Now, Morgan has its feet under it again, which is not only going to make them more of a pre-merge force, it's also going to give the Morgan members more fire post-merge, because they won't feel like such incredible losers. Not that anyone will feel as much like a loser once they get to spend some time in the company of Idiot Jon. It's like hanging around jockeys to make yourself feel taller.
Tijuana very nearly merges the molecules of her face with the bath products they've received from the reward challenge. "I cannot wait to wash my body," she chuckles in an interview. "I just feel like the nastiest person on earth right now." God, considering they haven't even had a single change of clothes with them, I'll bet. I once took a long Amtrak ride and couldn't take a shower for...I think it was three days, and I was absolutely miserable. No amount of washing in the bathroom is any substitute for actual clean water running over you, and I suspect that no amount of wiggling around in the ocean without soap is, either. Ryan-O says that, back at home, he wouldn't be so crazy about the girly scents that the bath products are carrying, but right now, it smells pretty good. Heh. Andrew talks about setting up the shower, which they will hang from a palm tree. Darrah makes a pretty much incomprehensible speech about how there was really nowhere to hide in the shower, so the guys helpfully turned away and didn't look at her nakedness, which she appreciated. I have a feeling Ryan-O may have rigged up a system of highly reflective palm fronds or something, but we'll let her have her illusions that the Morgan men weren't dogs about it. The camera guys, of course, have no compunction on this point, and they do take a few lingering stares at her artfully covered naked bod, thank you very much. "The Morgan tribe seems to be riding a high," Ryan-O says. And who gave it to them? Ah, yes. That would be the stupid, cocky members of the Drake tribe. Fools that they are.