When we come back, we watch the footage of everyone puking at the beginning of the season again. I'm not sure I needed to see that, particularly when Judd pukes about a gallon of water onto the ground. Oh, and Brandon's "festering sores" are featured as well. I can't believe Jeff isn't going to ask Bobby Jon about feeding his infected flesh to the minnows. Back at the reunion, Jeff talks to Brandon about his injured shoulder. What goes through his head when he tries to describe the walk? He says that you can't really describe it and how difficult it was. Jeff asks if Brandon has ever done anything that compares, and Brandon says that he's, like, been hiking, but nothing like this. Brandon's hair is...shorter, but it's still stupid. It's like his hair still has no plan. Jeff calls out Brandon as being, like Rafe, one of the "moral compass" people who got all caught up in the ethical difficulties. Would Brandon play differently if he had it to do over again? Brandon thinks he wouldn't. He goes on to talk ruefully about how the game is ugly and brings out bad qualities in people. It really does make you wonder what show he thought he was going on, because this show is pretty much...you know. Always like that. "It's a really mean game," he says. Bleh.
Now, Jim. Jim has all this firefighter experience, and then he comes out, his arm falls off, and he has to go home. Jim says that he still had a great time, and he insists that he'd do it all over again just to be there for three days. "The arm's doing good, and I'm going to Did-neyland," he says, just like that. I'm not sure he really would have been great television.
And now, Brian. He is, predictably, the only one Judd decides he simply must impersonate and mock, and Jeff goes on about how Brian told them he was a student of the game. It's sort of bullshit, because everybody says what they say to get on the show, you know? I think throwing your application tape back in your face is pretty weak. Not unfair, just weak. Brian starts, I think, to get after Jeff for making fun of the fast way he talks, which is part of What People Make Fun Of About Brian and probably always have. Jeff asks Brian what he didn't anticipate. Brian doesn't quite answer the question -- the question he answers is really, "If you're so good, why did you lose?," which is what Jeff really wants to ask him, which Brian picks up on, because he's just a tiny bit smarter than Jeff Probst, you know? What Brian says is that the game involves a lot of luck, and that you have to be at peace with that. He knows he might have been able to play better and stay longer, but that you can't solve everything. In particular, he points out the way they were like, "You have tribe pride! Fuck you!" Although he doesn't say "fuck you," and I wish he had. As I have already said. "You have to be okay with luck being a factor," he says. If I could sew that into the underwear of everyone who ever goes on this show, the world would be a much happier place. Jeff clarifies that he's not picking on Brian, even though he totally is. Wuss. At least admit it. He calls Brian "delightful," and I agree.