Tom and Steph again, up to three balut. Jeff asks Steph if she's thinking about what she's eating. "Eggs," she says. "Just don't look at it." "I got a chirp out of that one," Tom says easily. He certainly has the ability to act totally unconcerned about this. Tom clears his mouth first. "Damn, Tom," Stephenie says. She finishes eating. As she does, Tom announces that he could "feel the feet a little" on the last one. Oh, Tom. Steph finishes.
Now, it's time for Ian and Bobby Jon to eat four each. Eating, eating, eating. Chewing, chewing, chewing. Bobby Jon finishes first, but then Ian finishes as well. Unsurprisingly, we are going to have a tiebreaker, and unsurprisingly, it will consist of each team sending its strongest player to eat five balut, and this time, it will be a race. These always end like this, so I'm not sure why we have to go through such an elaborate dance. The tiebreaker pits Tom against Bobby Jon, and I realize that Bobby Jon ate the four pretty quickly, but if it's me on Ulong, I send Steph. This whole thing is partly mind over matter, and she's just mentally tougher than Bobby Jon. But they don't; they send Bobby Jon, the challenge choker of days past, who has lost to Tom repeatedly already in such a wide variety of arenas that I barely know what's left, besides archery and the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Tom and Bobby Jon do this quite differently, in that Tom goes one at a time, just eating them as fast as he can, while Bobby Jon stuffs them all into his mouth and then works on swallowing in stages. It's kind of tragic, the way Bobby Jon has it all in his mouth but can't get it down. He's trying very, very hard, but he cannot do it. When Tom shows his empty mouth at last, Bobby Jon tries to show his, too, but his mouth is still full of duck, so that's not going to work. Man, if I've ever seen pathos on this show any greater than Bobby Jon desperately flashing a mouthful of partially chewed embryonic poultry, I don't know what it is. Bobby Jon stares at Tom with reverence and hate as Tom takes a swig off the bottle of Scope. "Man, I almost had him," Bobby mutters to Steph as they leave empty-handed. Again. Koror takes its basket of goodies and heads back, victorious. Again.
Later, Koror returns to camp with its toiletry basket, and Katie reminds us of how they won it. Ian gives a particular shout-out to his love for the Scope Citrus Splash mouthwash, now available at a store near you. Janu interviews that the mouthwash was "tingling," and this was "wonderful." And then we watch her spit a lovely arc across the frame. I understand how much they all love the feeling of a fresh mouth, but if it were me, man, I wouldn't be able to think about anything else until I had washed my hair. My hair would be so revoltingly greasy by this point that I would have come back to camp, run out into the water, dunked my head, and been lathering by the time the camera crew caught up with me.