After the commercials, we are back at miserable old Raro on Day 23. They complain about the cold. They complain about the smell. But Jonathan isn't relaxing with the complainers. He's out in the water trying to catch food, and he's telling us in an interview that the rest of the tribe has apparently not noticed that its current strategy is causing it to suck major quantities of wind. He thinks that the tribe might just be "demoralized from losing." A known occupational hazard of losers, that. Jonathan insists that the reason they're losing is failure to work as a tribe, as opposed to, say, bad swimming, lame-ass digging, and a basic inability to remember the difference between "Northwest" and "Northeast." He says that his decision was to "give [his tribemates] an example of another way to be in the tribe, and that is, work your ass off all the time." Now, you'd think this was a relatively tame sequence, but you would be wrong, because Jonathan is hanging all the fish he catches from his crotch, which is really strange-looking. And that's the most generous way to put it, believe me. You can kind of imagine a guy having that dream, similar to Chandler in the first scene ever of Friends, dreaming that his hoo-ha turned into a phone and his mother called.
Speaking of which, a total tangent: do yourself a favor and listen to the first twenty minutes of this episode of This American Life. You can stream it right online, and I don't mind if you do it right now and then come back to the recap. You may have heard the story a million times, but I certainly hadn't, and I laughed until I couldn't breathe. And...end of tangent.
Jonathan gives the tribe all the fish, after first removing them from his crotch, and they're all very happy. (The tribe, not the fish.) (Well, probably the fish also.) (Okay, I just grossed myself right out.) This bit about Jonathan and food looks like it could be one of the few situations in which you actually can help yourself by being good around camp, because while they'll cut him loose eventually, the other Raro members do look to be nearly incompetent on their own, and everyone likes the occasional chance to eat, especially if they can't win any challenges. Adam looks like one of those guys who likes to pick fights with smaller guys but couldn't catch a chicken or a fish if his life depended on it, and Nate seems to be too busy trying out new old slang to get food, and I don't think any of the "girls" is going for it.