A mirror sits on the beach, and Clay ambles toward it. It's not Harry Potter's Mirror of Erised, so sadly, when Clay looks into it, he will not see himself surrounded by nothing but fine asses. Spotting the mirror, he says, "Oh hell, a mirror." He then becomes immediately transfixed. He mutters to himself, "Oh, crap," and says, "Look at this? I'm nothin'!" He finally breaks away from his reflection, and shouts to the others about the new treemail. They want him to read aloud the clue, but he insists that it's something they need to see for themselves. Finally, Clay reveals that there is a mirror, and Ted yells in response, "Don't look at it too much -- we don't want it to crack!" Hee. As the others head over, Clay tells them, "Y'all [sic] not gonna believe the wrinkles in my face!" Why won't they believe the wrinkles in his face when they see him every day? Does the fact that there's a mirror now allow them more clearly to see Clay and his wrinkles? In an interview, Clay tells us that with his new wrinkles he looks like he's about sixty years old. We see a particularly gnomish pre-Survivor picture of Clay, and since he wasn't an especially youthful forty-nine-year-old going into the game, I don't see what's so surprising about the way he looks now. Anyway, Clay goes on about his wrinkles some more, and then Helen reads the clue aloud: "Behold the magic mirror, you've never looked so great/ This is no illusion: you've really lost some weight!/ Compare yourself to these photos taken just before the game./ You may return to regular size, but you'll never be the same." Helen distributes suitably rustic, framed photographs of each of the S5, taking particular pleasure in Brian's "chubby face." In an interview, Jan tells us that she immediately started laughing at her photograph because of her fat cheeks, but I think the pigtails alone are pure comedy. That aside, I don't understand Jan's amazement: I'd think she'd be far more surprised by what she sees in the mirror than by what she sees in the photograph. After all, she should be far more accustomed to the way she looks pre-Survivor than how she looks now. I can see if they were reacting with surprise to each other's photos, but they shouldn't be much shocked by their own. Jan tells us she had "some bosoms" in the photograph, but now looks like a "stick figure." Clay kisses his photograph and exclaims, "I am hot, y'all!" before Helen proceeds to point out how chubby everyone else is in their pictures.
Episode Report CardJoanna: B- | 496 USERS: C+
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