Shii Ann goes and fetches some treemail. It tells them that they might "make some friends" today, and immediately, Mogo Mogo senses a merge. Furthermore, the treemail came with a small can of green, tribe-colored paint that Jerri says they "don't know what to do with yet." So they do nothing. Kathy smirks to the camera that "if [she] was a betting woman," she'd say that it's a merge. Put money on it, Kathy! Do it! Lex interviews that he just doesn't have any idea what the green paint is for, which tends to suggest to me that he hasn't watched the show enough ["or didn't pay enough attention when his tattooed as was rocking Burning Man or whatever the hell postmodern feral hippies do" -- Wing Chun], and then he says that because they don't know what to do with it, they've decided just to bring it with them. Weenies. I also love the fact that Lex inquisitively smells the paint. Mmm, non-toxic.
Over at Chapera, there is no such hesitation. They have decided to dive directly into the paint and paint each other all over. Jenna talks about how they did "fun stuff" like bulls on the guys' chests and little dots on the girls' faces...yeah. Lots of fun. Tom describes the mutual painting in some way ending with "pokey-pokey rubbie-rubbie," and he's not even talking only about Rob and Amber. (POW!) We watch Tom do his best imitation of a stampeding bull, which is...pretty good. Maybe a little too good, actually. I would be surprised if there's a little cattle blood there somewhere. Alicia interviews that they don't know whether it will be a merge, but that they know something's up.
Idyllic Stretch Of Beach Shot #8398 from the editors' vault brings us to an open area where Jeff, unsurprisingly, is waiting. He invites Chapera in and notes that they're "looking good" with their crazy painted bodies. I normally don't waste time envying the little flat tummies, but I will admit that the sun painted over Amber's belly button is pretty cute. The asterisks above her boobs? Not so good. You don't want people to be looking at you like, "Hmm, something makes me think I can't exactly trust her boobs, but I can't really explain it." Jeff next invites Mogo Mogo in, noting for Chapera that Ethan is gone. "Good," mutters Amber. HA! My sentiments exactly. Mogo Mogo looks stupid for not being painted now, and Kathy tries to play it off by mocking Chapera with a little "looking dandy" comment, which is fooling no one. Jeff makes note of the fact that given a can of paint, Chapera used it on each other and Mogo Mogo did nothing. He asks Rob if Chapera's painting was "a sign of team spirit." Rob says yes, they were "havin' a good time over they-ah, paintin' each oth-ah." Kathy is asked why Mogo Mogo did nothing, and she claims that it's because they like to save things -- "conserve." You can't blame them, after all. You never know when you might need that green paint later. There are some pretty crazy storms in Panama, after all, and nothing staves off rain like, you know, green paint. Lex, on the other hand, just shrugs and says, "My canvas is full." Hee. I admire a guy who knows his limitations. ["I don't. YES, Lex, we see your tattoos and now we know you're a genuine certified nonconformist bad-ass, so SHUTTIE." -- Wing Chun]