At Ulong, however, things aren't so cheery. Angie, saddened by the failure of Jeff and Jesse to reappear thus far, says that she doesn't see how the Koror bathroom could have been anywhere near as good as theirs. She suffers from some lack of imagination, you'll notice. Ibrehem -- whose pecs look weirder to me by the day as he gets hungrier -- says that it's starting to look to him like they didn't win. "It's looking kind of grim," he says. And if anyone knows grim when they see it, it would be Ulong.
Over at Koror, the awesome construction crew works on the shelter. The team talks about how huge the reward is -- maybe the best one ever, I'm thinking -- and they can barely stop smiling long enough to say anything. Ian explains that the new shelter is great for them, and that it's "a palace." They are given what looks like a simple A-frame deal with a thatched roof, and it really is quite enormous and lovely, especially compared to what they had before. It makes me want to go directly to Home Depot and...HEY! They tricked me. Anyway, the new shelter appears to have sleeping mats, too, and Katie explains that it included some goodies like a lantern and a picnic table and some other stuff. "It makes the quality of life here so much better," she quite reasonably says. And then as a housewarming gift, they get two bottles of champagne, which Tom calls "the most delicious thing you ever tasted." And then Ian and Tom are ballroom dancing, and Caryn is giggling her ass off, and life is just getting stranger and stranger.
That night, Ulong is digesting yet another defeat. "I don't get it," Steph says. "Damn." "It's probably just because they haven't won one yet," James says, referring to (I guess) reward challenges and suggesting that Koror received a sop from Production in order to even things out. Hee hee. "No, that's BS," Steph says. Well, obviously. James says, somewhat unnecessarily, that he "was confident that [they] had it." But...no. "It's a shame," he says, and then he tries to parlay the misery into some kind of argument that this will make them more hungry, and they'll be more likely to win the immunity challenge. I don't think so, James. There is a sublime level of suck that simply cannot be spun. James claims that in the upcoming challenge, they will "run right through 'em like a dang bulldozer." I didn't know that in the south, they used "dang" to mean "toy."