Night falls at Sook Jai, and someone whimpers in a tiny voice, "Good night, everybody." That just had to be Penny. Jed tells us that he can't sleep in the fort, so he, Stephanie, and Robb choose to bed down in the sand instead. I can understand -- sort of -- how Jed is moronically stubborn, but how is he getting Stephanie and Robb to go along with him? Also, do they not understand that they need a majority before segregating themselves from the other members of the tribe? As Robb says, "I think it's gonna be a nice clear night, dudes," Mark Burnett rolls the fog machine in, and cues the "stormy weather" track on his sound effects CD. Thunder booms and lightning flashes. ["Now do they understand why shelter is not 'superfluous'? Dumb-asses. They all deserve to get pneumonia." -- Wing Chun] Stephanie pulls her hat down over her head as rain starts to fall, and a drop drips off her nose, leading to a sudden visual flash of my mother-in-law standing in the kitchen over a big, food-filled pot.
Sook Jai's flag rustles in the wind. It's still nighttime, but Stephanie is the only one left out in the rain. Morning on Day 5 dawns and rain trickles down. The other members of the tribe are awake inside the tent. Shii Devil is glad they completed the shelter, which kept the rain out. Jake points out that there are little holes in the tribe's roof, but thinks that one or two more layers will make it "dry as toast." Penny whimpers, "I sure would like some toast" as Jake covers her up with a rain suit. Shii Devil tells us how "interesting" it is that Jed snubbed the shelter then came to sleep under it. ["If by 'interesting,' you mean 'hypocritical' and 'asinine.' I hate you, Jed." -- Wing Chun] In an interview, he says he slept well and barely got wet during the night. He's not worried about whether it's okay with the others because, although he might not have worked on the shelter, he did fetch the water, and they should know he might choose to sleep there. Meanwhile, no one has seen Stephanie yet. Quite possibly because she's still curled up in fetal position by the fire's last dying ember. Jake tells us he has no "earthly idea" why Stephanie chose to remain out in the rain, despite her insistence that the coals were warm and also that she "absolutely loves the rain." I absolutely love the rain, too, but not sleeping in it. Ken thinks it's "very weird" that Stephanie spent all night in a torrential downpour; he says it seemed "pig-headed" to him, and points out that she's sick now. Shii Devil says it's "not wise" to be out in the rain with a cold. If Stephanie gets sick, Shii Devil thinks they will lose immunity and then "the game will really begin." Stephanie, meanwhile, can't even hold her head up.