As the women work on the palm fronds for the shelter, the guys ask if they're "giving them some corn rows," and there is laughter all around. Sundra says that it's not really about race with their team -- they're "a bunch of city kids." She thinks lack of experience with these surroundings is more important to them than the fact that they're black. The show carefully includes the part where, at one point, young Nathan reacts to one suggestion with, "That is so ghetto." Nathan ("Retail Sales") claims that while they're doing fine, "Black people don't like to be told what to do." I don't know that any
people really like to be told what to do, dude. At least not people who get on this show. Pity the leaders and how they tend to go home early. At one point, Stephannie gently refers to her effort to understand how Sekou is suggesting they build the shelter as "trying to figure out his vision." There is a pause. "I have a dream!" Sekou responds, and they all laugh. Sekou ("Jazz Musician") says that he has "leadership" and has been able to pull the group together. (No, Sekou, no!) There is a reference to the shelter as "low-income housing," and it's interesting, because this is the same kind of stuff that's getting Cao Boi in trouble over at Puka, but it's not seeming to bother Hiki at all. You'd almost think that groups this small, where the social stuff is taking place at a micro level, tend to be dominated by individual, rather than ethnic, personality variations. Go figure.
Shark in the water.
And now Raro, with its ill-gotten chickens, paddles toward its island. Adam ("Copier Sales") says that he doesn't really care about divisions by race. He insists that race isn't important. It doesn't matter what race you are; it's the kind of person you have in your tribe. (Doink.) Jonathan ("Writer") (and also, "Dude Who Was On The Nanny And The Naked Truth And Was In The Last Supper With Cameron Diaz, So Don't Be All "Writer," You Actor) says that it really is a "social experiment." But he doesn't think that "cultural similarities" will make groups more "cohesive."
"Great haul," someone observes, because Raro wound up with a honkload of booty. They are privileged! (Doink.) Jessica ("Roller Girl") (is that her job?), who is covered with tattoos and is wearing long green stockings, says that they were all just excited about pulling in so much more of the material goods than everyone else! (Doink.) Among other things, it appears that they wound up with both of the available chickens. Jonathan says that he took the chicken away from Puka, and the team stashes its two chickens under a crate. (Chicken: "Okay, now I'm in the dark. This is, like, the worst boat ride I have ever taken in my entire life. Can I get a flashlight, at least?")
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