Back at Sook Jai, the tribe members strut down the beach as Jake voice-overs that the structure is now sufficiently advanced that they don't need to worry about it anymore. Fish have washed up on shore, and the tribe considers eating them, even though they're all dead. Erin tells us that they'll look for shellfish instead. Meanwhile, Robb, Stephanie, and Jed laugh over how few crabs they think the others will bring back. Jed condescendingly explains that they only need one or two people to gather food from an area that's as big as a kitchen. I wonder if Jed believes that doing the exact opposite of what the other members of his tribe want him to do is somehow going to further his plight in this game. When the tribe was working on the shelter, all he could talk about was getting food. Now that they're finally interested in getting food, he's suddenly scoffing at the idea? The foraging Sook Jai members bash little axes against the side of the rocks to shake the oysters loose. I wonder if they'll also get some crackers for their crab legs. And some little bibs, too. And are those oysters, or barnacles? Jake is excited that they'll get to eat today, and Erin explains that they found a lot of food, but that it took a long time to crack the oysters off the rocks. Shii Devil thinks it was rewarding to work as a team, focused on one issue. That's such Human Resources lingo. Maybe she'll soon offer a seminar on the show's benefit plan. As they return to camp, Jed doesn't look happy to learn that the tribe has been successful in gathering food. Shii Devil expected that the others would be happy and ready for a meal, but instead she says it was "kind of strange." "Strange" does not even begin to describe the fact that Stephanie, Jed, and Robb refuse to eat the food the others bring back. Shii Devil anthropologizes that "food is one of the things that humans share to show affection for each other," and she's frustrated that the others didn't want to partake. She tells us that they have very few happy moments on the island because they're fighting against nature and against each other. She says they all have to work together as a team "before the good times."
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.