The Axis of Skeevil goes off on what is allegedly a fishing trip, but is obviously just an opportunity to admire themselves and discuss how mean all the other women are. And no one should pick on them in their weakened state. I mean, they're not saying they're weakened, but honestly, it's a week and a half in, and they look like they've spent the last four months in the hospital recovering from tuberculosis. In a voice-over, Heidi refers to herself as "a cute little girl," and talks about how "it's very easy to get ganged up on." God, who refers to herself as "cute" this much? And again, she refers to all the other women as "the bigger girls." And again, words fail me. Shawna expresses in the boat that she feels a little bit bad about being a big lazy-ass while the other women are working. Heidi responds by saying something about playing the game that doesn't make any sense, because playing the game has nothing to do with being a lazy-ass. Being a lazy-ass is its own curse and its own reward. Shawna interviews that she sensed that the "older women" might take out after her, Heidi, and Jenna -- although she seems to understand that work ethic, and not great beauty, would be the reason. She refers to the Axis, incidentally, as the "meek, or prissy, or whatever" girls, rather than the "cute girls." Of the Axis, Shawna is definitely the least Skeevil, if only for having that precious teaspoon of self-awareness.
Shawna next explains that she's been friendly with Deena, so she thought that an alliance between Deena and Skeevil might be the best way to keep everyone safe. We see the Axis approach Deena, who quickly agrees to the alliance. (By the way, you can see in this scene a good shot of Heidi's developing case of what I think of as Starvation Elbow. If you've ever seen it, you know what I'm talking about. It's kind of unsettling.) Deena interviews that she has nothing in common with the Axis, but she thought it would make a good alliance, and she thought she might be better able to boss them around than she would have had she allied with anyone who had brains of their own. Shawna explains that the alliance is set now, so Joanna and Jeanne are doomed. Doomed!
On Day 11 over at Tambaqui, the sun sparkles cheerily on the river. We see a bird swoop down and snag a fish and then fly off -- see, guys? It's not that hard. I would love to see one of the guys do that. Now, we see Dave, Alex, and Matthew fishing together. Alas, there is no swooping. Matthew excitedly tells the others that he's got a big fish on the line. Indeed, he pulls into the boat the first really dinner-sized fish we've seen them catch -- a peacock bass with lovely round markings on the sides. Hey, cool fish. As the fish celebration continues, Matthew voices over that he's reaching out to make connections with other people in the tribe. He thinks that his efforts are beginning to show "fruit," not that there's anything wrong with that. He then returns triumphantly to camp to show off his prize. At the sight of the fish, Butch hugs him -- without even bothering to put down the machete. Butch flunked out of machete safety training, I do believe. Anyway, they're all terribly excited to have acquired an actual fish that appears to be worth cooking, rather than using as part of a diorama about life in the Amazon. Alex interviews that the team is working well now, and building up good momentum.