For whatever reason, Jeff decides to poll the rest of the castaways, including people who aren't even on Jenna's tribe, about what they think of her decision. Alicia takes the opportunity to point out haughtily that she would never have some in the first place. Kathy looks over at Alicia, like, "Step off, Pushyface," and says, "Jenna admits her mistake." ["See, I would totally think that privately -- and do think that, by the way -- but I would never say so to Jenna's face when she was in the process of crying." -- Wing Chun] Amber, all crying and stuff, says she feels really bad for Jenna, and asks to give her a hug. Permission to hug granted. Hugging ensues. Jeff then pushes the issue with Jenna as to whether she's leaving because the conditions are too difficult. She insists that she could handle it, just like she did before, so that's not the issue. And this, too, I'm sort of inclined to believe, because the conditions have gotten much better over the last couple of days. They have better shelter now, they have fire and water -- if she had left back during the really desperate part when everybody was really extra-deprived, I'd be more inclined to think she was just flaking out, but I think now, the conditions aren't much worse than they were in the Amazon. There's also something about the way she says, "I need to be there, sitting by her bed, whether she's awake or not" that makes me think Jenna's given it a fair amount of specific thought, as far as whether, if Mom won't know anyway, she really needs to go. Jeff asks Boston Rob what he thinks. "I don't think it's right to even [sic] question her motives," he says. "We don't know what she's thinking, or how she's feeling. I'm not one to get emotional, and I know inside right now, I feel butterflies. [Butterflies?] So I say we just support her decision and go from here." Jeff asks Rupert for his view. "I feel bad for her," he says. "but, you know, to quit...." He shakes his head. "It's a hard decision." Right. That's definitely what Jenna should be thinking about. Don't go home to Mom, because you'll be a quitter. As if you ever could, or ever should, weigh those two things against each other. Now, time for the bizarre insights of Big Tom: "Before I left, I told my family, I made a commitment. I was comin' here, not stayin' home. If they all got killed in a car wreck, don't call me. I'll be there after it's over. Now, I made that decision for Big Tom, and a lot of people are different than Big Tom." Also, your family already being dead in a car wreck is "different than" somebody having cancer and you having a week left if you want to see them. Tom's responding to a question about a situation in which there is something you can do by talking about a situation in which there is nothing you can do, so the comparison seems totally inapt to me. Still, I appreciated that he allowed for the fact that everybody might make this kind of decision differently.
Episode Report CardMiss Alli: B+ | 1116 USERS: C+
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