Probst welcomes the castaways to Survivor Palau. He points out that behind them is a beach, and that beach is where they're headed. And on the beach, there are two machetes, a map to water, and -- interestingly enough -- two immunity necklaces. One is for the first woman to reach the shore, and one is for the first man. Because girls and boys can't compete with each other, lest the girls all lose and go home and cry, just like they did that time when the store was out of Midol and Hello Kitty stationery. They're about a mile from the beach at the moment, and they have the option of either continuing to paddle or jumping off and swimming. Jeff suggests that everyone decide what they're doing, because "this game is on." On, I tell you! In one of my favorite moments, a gentleman in a pink shirt abruptly stands up to make a move, like, "Now begins the scuffle! Look, I appear to have a head start!" And when he turns around and sees that no one else is going anywhere, he kind of sheepishly sits back down. His underwear will be first up the flagpole a little later, I'll tell you that right now. The entire group decides to continue paddling, and then Probst bids them adieu and jets off to make out with his college-aged girlfriend while thinking of Colby.
The paddling continues. And then we see an interview with James ("Steelworker"), who looks earnestly at the interviewer and says, "Jay-uff's a sumbitch. Ah tell y'at." So that's pretty much who James is, in one brief moment. And he has large ears by which you shall know him. "Hay-ll, ah thought we gon' get, yooo know, some breakfast food'n water or som'n," James complains. "Hay-ll, no. I knew he's gon' say some'n like 'at, and he's gon' say, 'The game is awn.' Som'n told me we wuz pretty much in trouble." So I guess those are James's thoughts on...global warming?
My goodness, there certainly are a lot of nice shoulders on that boat. Coby ("Hairstylist"), who was the pink-shirted gentleman of a moment ago, interviews that on the way in, everyone was wondering whether to jump out of the boat and swim for it. A woman in jeans and a lace top (interesting choice) gets up and makes her way clumsily toward the back of the boat, but she falls into each person's lap in turn, which kinda ruins the "Now I will take control of the game!" effect she's going for. It's more like "Now I...oh, excuse me...will get...I’m sorry, is that your foot?...will get myself to the back of the -- oof!...sorry, sorry, wait...." Caryn ("Civil Rights Lawyer"), a short-haired woman, explains that there was a lot of jockeying that wasn't entirely clear in intent, but everyone suspected each other of trying to get to the best possible spot for when they made it to shore. So you can mark that as your first "It appeared that some people were attempting to win!" moment of lost innocence. As the boat approaches the beach, lace-top woman sits at the very rear of the boat (which is the leading part). She moves restlessly. Paddling continues.