Survivor
Girls Gone Wilder

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A bird soars. A lot of birds soar. Dramatic music plays as the tribes row alongside one another beside before colliding. Hee. Peachy coaches them to the shore of a tiny island before warning them to retrieve all their stuff, because they won't be returning to their boats. Peachy announces that they already know from their treemail that they'll be merging today. Oh, Peachy's wearing his pretty blue shirt! He further narrates that they started as two tribes of men and women, then "integrated" into joint tribes. HeiDDi sticks her tongue out at Peachy and wriggles it around. Technically, she's not sticking her tongue out at Peachy, but I don't know if that's better or worse than sticking it out for no reason at all. Today, Peachy announces, they'll form one tribe, and they'll stay with that tribe "for the rest of [their] days....in the Amazon." He pauses awkwardly after the "rest of [their] days" part, making it sound like they're going to die there. Peachy also explains that the game now switches to an individual competition -- all reward and immunity challenges will be solo efforts.

Peachy orders the contestants to remove their buffs, and reveals that their new tribe color is either red or orange. I can't quite tell on my crappy television, but let's go with red because it's a nicer color. Peachy announces that they'll have an entirely new home, and thus will have to craft a new shelter, come up with a new name, and paint a flag. He arms them with a map and boat, handing the map off to HeiDDi. As they head off, Butch immediately scoops up Deena's hand, telling her that he feels like he's known her since the first day of the game. Aw. Rob hugs Christy and introduces himself; Christy enthusiastically tells us in an interview that she's happy and surprised to have made the merge. She raises both hands in a hairy-armpitted expression of victory. Rob makes his way over to HeiDDi and gives her a big hug, while Jenna looks bored and politely pats Davey Rockett's back as they embrace. In an interview, Davey Rockett tells us that the "surge" of having reached this point in the game after battling each other for so long was terrific, because they've successfully accomplished something. The tribe paddles along past very tall trees growing in the middle of the water. Cool. A familiar croc slinks by.

The new tribe's boat crashes into shore, conveniently appearing in videotaped footage in case Deena wants to sue for whiplash later. Seriously, it looks like that end part of the log flume ride right before you're supposed to get off. We see a meal laid out on the ground, and Roger tells us in an interview that it was the "feast to end all feasts." The contestants run over, celebrating the chocolate, salsa, and Coors Light. There are also several baskets, which the tribe thinks must contain hamburgers, but it's yet another exquisite American meal: hot dogs! Gold-filled hot dogs, apparently, judging by the tribe's excitement. Various other bowls reveal slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, and pickles, the last of which Butch seems particularly excited about. The pickles are flying, man! In an interview, Davey Rockett tells us that they're at a new point in the game with new people and "new friendships to be made." He cites a "flurry of excitement" during which no one was thinking about the game. Except all the women, but he doesn't know that yet. Instead, he tells us that they were just enjoying the meal and celebrating the merge. Davey Rockett passes around beer, and everyone toasts each other. Alex -- whose toasting hand is empty -- makes a series of frantic hand gestures that may or may not include a "thumbs up." I've read on the forums that this is some sort of AA gesture, but I've never seen it before -- not in any of the myriad made-for-television movies I've seen or by a Backstreet Boy, anyway.

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