When we return from commercials, Amazon Rob is picking up a piece of treemail. He interviews that they were thinking the challenge wouldn't be until later, but today's as good as any day: "We'll probably just be thirstier tomorrow." Heh. I missed him. He takes the new team flag back to camp, and he's wearing a dive mask. He tells the folks that he has good news and bad news. The good news is that there's another pole to sleep on (attached to the flag). He considers the dive mask to be the bad news. Boston Rob thinks the dive mask looks like a good thing. Boston Rob invites Sue over for the reading of the clue, but she remains flat on her back -- not that the grungy water is bothering her. Boston Rob reads the treacherous poetry of the week, which includes a mention of "a show of unity" -- which makes Rob pause, look over at Sue, and say, "U-NI-TY," which again, I thought was a little funny -- and ends with a mention of going to see "the man of flame." "That must be Richard Hatch," Amazon Rob offers. Hee. Amber interviews that she thinks this is an immunity challenge, but that they're also hoping they might get fire, because they certainly are having no luck. Amazon Rob, meanwhile, is all excited about the challenge because he will get to see who else is playing. And because he's as much a groupie as he is a player, that's a big moment for him.
We swoop in the direction of the immunity challenge, and are brought to a stretch of beach where Jeff is waiting. He calls in Chapera, and they stand before the Prince of Peach. He asks them if they want to know who they're playing against, and they say yes. Time to bring in Mogo Mogo. They all say hello to each other, and Amazon Rob strains for a view of Jenna M.'s boobies. Or, I should say, another view. Jeff asks Hatch if he's surprised at anyone he sees from Chapera. "Count them gone, Jeff, count them gone," he says, waving his hand dismissively. I don't know if he remembers, but he really wasn't openly contemptuous of everyone the first time the way he's being now. He was in interviews, but not so much to their faces. I think he's waaaaay overplaying his hand. He's also really not being funny, even in the way I used to think he was funny. "He hasn't changed at all, has he, Sue?" Jeff asks. She shakes her head knowingly in exasperation. Alicia comments sarcastically, "His team looks like they love him already." Jeff tells them that of course, twelve people is not enough, so there's another tribe. Come on in, Saboga. And the best part, by far, is the eye-rolling, tooth-gnashing grimace that overtakes Colby at the sight of Jerri. Or so it appears. Richard does look happy to see Rudy. Ethan, as they enter, is biting his thumbnail, because that's how nervous and aw-shucks he is. As has been the case every other time he has been on screen, I react to him with instant, instinctive hate. Everyone is also very interested in Rupert, who if the timelines I've heard can be believed, they've seen for several episodes by the time this all happens, but haven't gotten to know before.