Then he goes deep and says that, in her past, she had to be really conscious of how she looked and her weight, and how tough that must have been. Lisa is just nodding as tears run down her face. Penner goes on about how Lisa was the breadwinner for her family, so she had to pretty and funny and liked by everyone or her family would go down the tubes. Lisa asks, "How do you know?" and Penner says that it's his business too. And really, anyone who's ever seen or read an interview with a former child star knows that these are the issues she would have. Lisa interviews that she knows Penner is scrambling for his life in the game, but he's hitting some deep issues with her after a lifetime of having to sing and dance and, "Do you love me, Mommy?" (I'm paraphrasing). Penner concludes that she may be finally ready to deal with her what she gave up and what it's done to her. Penner says he loves her and they hug, and she thanks him for showing understanding. I think that was about 50/50 game play and sincere caring on Penner's part; I hope that he and Lisa stay friends after the game. I smell a Lifetime movie! Anyway, Lisa interviews that she's been on stage since she was seven years old and learned to get love from being likable. And she doesn't know if she will survive if she does the wrong thing and people don't like her. The editors have got to be thrilled with Lisa's "journey"; it's one of the most compelling I've ever seen on this show.
Time for Reward! The tribe enters and they have to stand in a mud puddle? That gives you a clue as to what they'll be doing. They will be divided into teams, and each have to scale an A-frame, crawl through mud, dig up a bag, go through rice (EVIL) and deliver the bag to a platform. Once all four bags are delivered, they have to shoot the balls into a basket, which is actually a metal funnel about twelve feet high. The winning team will take school supplies and toys to a local village and have a feast with the locals.
They do a schoolyard pick, but we don't get to see it. Since they have an odd number, Abi is left out -- she doesn't get reward. Here's a shocker as to the teams: one is Skupin, Artis, Pete and Lisa and the other is Penner, Carter, Malcolm and Denise. I do love that Abi was chosen last. After Lisa!
Anyway, they start with Skupin and Penner going head to head. Skupin finds his bag in the mud first, but Penner finds all four bags for his team and pulls them up, so his teammates don't have to dig through the mud. This, of course, puts his team behind... for now. Lisa and Carter are up next and Carter catches up to and passes her. The way these people slide down the A-frame, which appears to be made of wood, makes me really nervous about splinters. Anyway, the former Kalabaw team gets all four bags on the platform while the former Tandang team is still working on number three, so they can start shooting baskets.