Graphic warning! Inappropriate for young viewers! Parental discretion advised! At Ogakor Day 18, Colby sleeps in a hat with fur earmuffs. We see an ominous shot of Keith starting the tribe's fire. Tina tells us, "It's a have-to-win day." Lamber says if they lose the challenge today, they "will be down four to six." She has to think really hard about the math. She announces that the other team "will probably pick [them] off one by one" as if that's a novel concept. Colby tells us the others are ready to "lay down and die" if they lose this challenge, but that it's "not happening with this kid." Jerri tells us there's a "weird tension" in the camp, which she needs to get away from. She is bothered that Colby only wants to think about the game, while Tina and Lamber prefer to braid each other's hair and reminisce about college. Meanwhile, no one is thinking about her, except maybe Mitchell back in New Jersey.
Colby says he needs to think about the game and that he's planning on being more selfish when the tribes merge. Meanwhile, Jerri is sprawled out in her very dirty, little white crocheted top looking like the skank she is. Or like alligator bait. She tells us she sees the merger as an opportunity to "finagle [her] way into the other tribe a bit and mix things up and freak some people out," but I think she knows she's played herself out with Ogakor. She tells us she's going to "cause a big ruckus" and "wreak a little havoc" when the tribes merge.
At Kucha, Nick's not very worried about a lack of fish because they can just eat Dureet Toes and Mountain Dew. How many vomit-free meals can you really get out of Dureet Toes and Mountain Dew? This whole scene is very suspenseful. As the ominous music beings, Jeff washes out a black shirt. Alicia walks by the water in her white swimming suit. Elisabeth sleeps in the hammock and fingers her necklace. I keep waiting for something terrible to happen, but I'm excited because I don't see any horses so I think Rodger and his collarbone are safe. We see a shot of the glaring sun, and then a still bird on a branch. Suddenly there's a scream and the bird flies away. We then see Mike screaming and squatting down in the sand. As he goes to rest his head in his hands, he looks down and it's as if this is when he realizes he's burnt them. He takes off for the water and plunges in.
Meanwhile, the other Kucha members are slightly immobilized, which I think is a combination of shock and misunderstanding of the severity of the situation. It's not like Mike hasn't already burned himself twice this episode, and he can be something of a drama queen. They realize, with Nick's help, that Mike inhaled smoke and passed out into the fire. Suddenly Mike leaves the part of the river he's in, dashes across the bank, and then back into a different part of the water. I can't figure out why. After confirming that he'd fallen into the fire, we see his hands, which look like they've been skinned. Through his groans and shouts he tells the others he can't decide whether to try to bend his hands and that the pain keeps intensifying. My pain intensifies as I watch this. Rodger tells Mike to stay out of the deep water in case he passes out again. Mike is worried because his hands are stiffening up. Elisabeth cheers him on and tells him to "stay strong," which seems well intentioned but mildly inappropriate. She then joins Mike in the water where she pats his back, murmurs supportive words, then looks down at his hands and says, "Oh, my God" which probably wasn't all that encouraging for Mike to hear. Alicia joins them in the water and brings Mike a water jug. There's a horrible burned patch on his shoulder. It's bright red. Rodger Gump catches on and asks, "Was he bent over, workin' on the fire?" and then adds that life is like a box of chocolates and that chocolates melt when you put them in a fire.