Peachy announces that they've now been in the Amazon for twenty-seven days; he thinks the most common thoughts in their heads during this time have been of food. Jenna says, "I'll be the first to say it!" as if there's some shame in admitting to hunger. He announces that they'll be getting food today, as a "nice Amazonian menu" has been prepared for them. The kicker? The meal will consist of all "Amazonian delicacies," which Peachy speculates they've seen around their camp and could be vital in a real survival situation. The challenge will consist of four courses, and the last two to finish in each round will be eliminated until two remain in the finals. Peachy reclaims the idol from Jenna, and proclaims immunity back up for grabs. The tribe draws numbers to determine their places at the table, and I don't know why that matters, but fair is fair. Peachy finishes up with, "Hope you brought an appetite!"
The S8 line up and remove the lids from their plates to reveal giant, crunchy-looking insects which Peachy calls "Amazonian grasshopper[s]." He adds that they're bigger than "traditional grasshopper[s]." So this is, like, an alternative grasshopper? Like, he listens to Morcheeba and Dashboard Confessional? Peachy adds that Amazonian grasshoppers are also "a little tastier," than regular grasshoppers, and lies that he has tasted one when Alex calls him out. Peachy explains that he'll need to see their empty mouths, but it doesn't matter if it "comes back up" afterwards. The first six members of the tribe to "finish their grasshopper[s]" move on to the next round.
The challenge begins, and everyone digs in while Jenna daintily nibbles. Alex complains that it's "a little dry," while Christy retches from the start. Suddenly, a non-fazed Matthew is done, becoming the first to advance to the second round. Rob Base(ment) looks around at the others, while Christy covers her mouth and gags some more. Deena finishes next, followed by Alex, who has a really long tongue. Rob Base(ment) chews and chews and chews, then echoes Matthew's concern about the grasshopper's dryness; he insists that it doesn't taste that bad, but is really hard to swallow. Butch looks both confused and pained. Christy is still struggling, and Peachy orders her to "get the rest in," followed by some gestures that look like imitation sign language. In response, Christy gags, stuffs some more grasshopper in her mouth, rolls her eyes, bends at the waist, and spits it out. Sounds like the lyrics to a twisted children's song to me. Jenna announces that she's sorry but she'd rather eat manioc, and wouldn't they all rather eat manioc? Peachy disbelievingly questions her confidence in feeling safe from the vote, and Jenna responds that she's not confident, but she just can't do it. Rob Base(ment) is still chewing and shaking his head, causing Peachy to point out that he needs to hurry up because he still has half of it left. Meanwhile, in response to Peachy checking on how he's doing, Butch responds, "I'm enjoying it!" Peachy keeps coaching Christy, who giggles through her gulping and retching while on the sidelines, Matt happily says, "Oooh, crunchy." Christy's noises are really liquidy, and as my friend Andy pointed out, it's a good thing Christy's deaf so she can't hear how nasty she sounds. Mid-chew, HeiDDi and Rob Base(ment) carry on a conversation about how difficult it is to swallow grasshopper. Finally, Rob Base(ment) gets it all down and waves around a black tongue; Butch finishes fifth, and a teary-eyed Christy prevails. She wriggles her tongue around in disbelief while HeiDDi looks confused and pissed off. Christy retches some more.
So HeiDDi and Jenna are eliminated, which is the exact opposite of the last challenge, and much more satisfying. The remaining competitors uncover their bowls to reveal ten squirmy creatures Peachy calls "coconut worms." Peachy thinks they've likely already eaten them at camp, and it should just be a matter of who can eat them the fastest. So we're supposed to believe they've been eating these wriggling, oozing things for the past twenty-seven days when they can't even eat manioc without complaining about it? Four will advance through this round, while two will be eliminated. Peachy begins the challenge, and they all pick up their bowls like they're finishing up a bowl of soup, except Butch, who's popping them in his mouth like he's at the movies. Either they employed some subtle time-lapse photography, or Matt is done in two seconds. He drank them! Deena, Alex, and Christy finish next, so Rob Base(ment) and Butch are eliminated, causing Alex to say, but not mean, "Sorry, buddy."