The challenge begins, and objects start flying everywhere except in the baskets. Tom, incidentally, is wearing a stars-and-stripes hat. Ethan gets two items in fairly quickly; then Kimj gets one; then Lex Loser. Ethan scores a third and then -- as he's long overdue -- trips. Kelly whines that her board keeps breaking. The game proceeds until Peachy announces that Ethan has only two items remaining; Lex Loser has three, and Brandon has four. When Ethan is down to one item: the rope, Kimp laughs at herself for still having none. My hatred of Kimp, by the way, has significantly diminished since the start of the season. Peachy announces, "Ethan, you're on your last one, but Lex [Loser] is right on your heels!" Brandon berates himself, and Kelly finally gets one in, causing Peachy to exclaim, "Kelly, welcome to the game!" The end of the game, but still. Ethan wins -- because this is nothing like hacky sack or soccer -- and it looks like Brandon really wanted those goats based on his frustrated disappointment. Kimj earnestly congratulates Ethan on the victory, then Peachy tells him "the deal": he'll take care of Ethan's goats overnight and will fetch Ethan in the morning. He suggests that Ethan might like to bring along with him to the village some additional items for bartering. As we go to commercial, the goats look concerned. As well they should.
It's Day 23 at Mofo Maji. The tribe members gather belongings for Ethan to trade, as he says, "at the old marketplace or wherever." Brandon tells Ethan that if his hat can get stuff for everyone, that's fine. Ethan shows us the hat collection he's amassed and says, "This hat wants something sweet; this hat might want a belt or a bracelet; this hat wants..." Kimj cuts him off and exclaims, "Anything!" And Ethan concludes, "Anything...other than this hat." Hee. And another hee. But when they get kicked off, or when they win the million, can't they go trade their own hats for bracelets? I can see asking Ethan for food, but why not wait and do your own accessorizing? As the tribe eats, Peachy arrives with a big "Yo, Ethan!" and he sounds just like my friend Greg. It's uncanny. Peachy is all smirky as he asks how their breakfast is. Lex Loser says, "We got a little gray gruel goin'." Ethan shows Peachy his intended bartering items; then Peachy asks the others to walk Ethan to the Survivor truck, where Peachy points out that it's the same driver who dumped them in African on the first day. They all reminisce and mock the driver by imitating him. Peachy is yelling, "Up, up, up, up," but the driver never told them to go up, did he? Ethan climbs on the truck and says, "Hey, goats." Peachy then says he's afraid Ethan will be unable to handle the goats by himself, and that Ethan should pick someone from the tribe to help him out on the mission. In a confessional, Ethan tells us the situation was hugely political and he didn't want to pick anyone. He picks Lex Loser only because he came in second in the challenge, and everyone yells that it's a good choice because they're happy to be free of Lex Loser for a day. Frank teases, "If you gotta trade Lex [Loser], you know, get some more."