Striking It Rich a Second Time
On the island, we predictably focus on Dirk and his Bible. Rudy says he's religious, but would only bring a bible for toilet-paper purposes. Dirk explains that he just likes quiet time and meditating. He has trouble finding tapioca, which will contribute to his being voted off the island very soon. Oh, hey, it is! He's voted off with very little explanation. It goes by really fast. In his closing words, he thanks the lord and says it's been a wild trip. He also talks about Jesus Christ, and joining him in Heaven one day. He says he was completely surprised by the vote and thought he'd go the distance. And then he asks about the footsteps that were next to his as he walked along the beach and how they disappeared during rough times, but Jesus just tells him to shush about that.
Back on the island. Joel and Gervase are engaging in witty banter about the difference between cutting off a chicken's head and twisting it off. Oh yeah, Joel's a big old dummy. And the banter's not witty. This is a mere segue into Joel's segment, which means he's the next one voted off. Big, manly music plays as we see him at the health club where he works. His audition tape shows him in his car talking about how he's pretty responsible. And he will be the survivor. He will win, he says, because he's in great shape. Of course. Good luck to you. He points out how spontaneous he is by taping his thing in the car. Whatever, you tool. It's not spontaneous if you have to point out how spontaneous you are. In his interview tape, he comes across even more full of himself and aloof. He talks about landing a client who wasn't planning on using his company. Yeah, let your corporate wins compensate for your tiny package.
On the island, the Joel=Male Chauvinist thing is rehashed. Jenna comments on how the physical challenges are just feeding his ego. The spear-throwing competition makes him feel like a He-Man. Jenna says he's condescending to the ladies. She seems bitter. He's even condescending to Gretchen who is, like, ten times more manly than he is. We get our first glimpse of Colleen in a while, bitching about the way Joel treats the women. Even Gretchen gets in a dig about how he doesn't trust her to cook the rice. Joel says, to end all discussion, that he is definitely not a chauvinist. We'll see at tribal council, buddy. Gretchen points out his flaws in her vote for him. Jenna repeats what Gretchen said. "Moo," she adds, which doesn't make sense without showing what led to that comment. Colleen votes for him because he has a good job and doesn't need the money. "The nature phone said so," Greg says, in his vote for Joel. See ya, He-Man. In his closing words, Joel says the girls had an inferiority complex. He singles out Gretchen as having a problem with him. He stops just short of calling them "dirty little bitches." He also thanks Mom and Dad. This is probably crushing him into a slightly less He-Man version of himself.