It's now Day 35, and Teresa notices that the mail is early. She returns to the boma and announces that treemail has arrived; she makes sure they're all ready to listen before she reads the clue aloud. This particular clue has a title, which is "Reward Haiku"; it goes as follows: "A surprise visit/ For one whose brain is sharpest/ Who will claim it?" The gong sounds, and Asian-sounding music plays in the background. To their credit, it's not Chopsticks. Lex Loser can't believe that there's even the possibility of a visit from home, because they're in the middle of nowhere. Because Australia and Pulau Tiga were just a Southwest's flight away from the U.S. Tom points out that the clue could, instead, refer to the possibility that one of them will be surprising someone else with a visit, and then Kimj notices that the clue doesn't say "a surprise visitor." They all "hmmm" and "I wonder" and Ethan posits that maybe they'll have to write a poem or something. Kimj wants to be reminded what a haiku is, because she thinks her husband may have inadvertently written one. Lex Loser smugly says a haiku is "a Japanese poem" because he knows he's got this challenge in his back pocket. He points out that the clue is actually written in haiku, and then Tom yelps, "Oh my God, I can't even say haiku!" Gong!
The S5 arrive at the challenge, where five easels holding oversized word jumbles await them. Seriously. Word jumbles! Back in the first season, didn't I joke that they would eventually resort to this? Peachy shows up and tells them that the day's challenge is "strictly mental," and will not require endurance. He's acting all tough to compensate for the fact that it's such a lame challenge. He says tells the S5 that the challenge will consist of locating twelve Swahili words in the puzzle. Each time they find a word, they should circle it within the puzzle, cross it off the corresponding list. The key to the game, Peachy says, is that each word will intersect with at least one other word in the puzzle. Once they have found and circled all twelve words, they should locate all of the intersecting letters and unscramble them to create an English word. That word is not "lame." They'll also receive a hint to help them unscramble the final English word. I thought it would be fun to transcribe what the twelve words are, but I can't quite make out two of them, and it seems stupid to include all of them but two. For the record, "vongonya" sounds like a venereal disease to me. A two-part reward awaits the winner; the puzzle answer is a clue to the first part, and Peachy promises to explain the second part later. He assures the S5 that it will be "a great reward." He then asks, "Shall we get it on?" as he did last week, and someone should probably tell him not to say that anymore unless he really means it. Or else they need to get a contestant who will take him up on it.