At Pagong, night-vision shots of Gervase and Joel are constructed to look like plotting, since the earlier challenge was done at night but didn't appear as secretive as this scene does. Gervase says that for this first time it's looking like they might become the final six and that they have to stick together. Joel picks at something on his face and tells us, "When they do merge these tribes, if we're not sticking together as a tribe, they're gonna pick us off one by one," which sounds very ominous when he says it, not at all like they'll be packed off to the Pulau Tiga Golf and Tennis Resort for the remaining twenty or so days. The next morning, the entire team sits around and discusses how they need to stick together and Gervase uses the "pick them off one by one" expression that he learned last night. Joel tell us that everyone on the team except Gretchen has said they'd never vote off a Pagonger. When directly asked by Gervase whether she'll join their voting block, the camera shows her walking away without giving a response although we don't really know if that's what happened. The way these things are filmed I should be writing, "although we don't really know if that's what happened" after every sentence like the "in bed" game with fortune cookies. In a confessional, Gretchen says, "I don't really see myself joining a voting alliance. But if it's somebody that I'm thinking of voting off, that would be great, I'll vote along with everybody else." I would hope she wouldn't not vote along with everybody else if she planned on voting for that person anyway, so this makes sense. Colleen says that Joel seems to be ignoring the fact that he might be the next one off, and Gretchen says that "Ladies' Man" has irritated everybody in the tribe. Suddenly, they all morph into a pack of angry wolves and rip Joel to shreds as he cowers behind the chickens. They might as well have, anyway. Joel insists that he's not a chauvinistic, and in the next moment Jenna tells us that the physical challenges are just "feeding his ego." In a confessional, Joel says, "I haven't wrecked anything; I haven't broken anything; I haven't lost any competitions," and Colleen says, "You know he's Golden Boy, he's Mr. January. He's gonna have a calendar. He's Captain America. Really." He's Superman. He's Captain Crunch. He's Mr. Clean. I think we get it. Joel adds modesty to his list of admirable traits when he says, "I can't really think of anything that I've done that's bad." Then Gretchen and Jenna take turns picking on Joel for picking on them. Gretchen seems perturbed that he tried to help her open the lid of something when she was struggling with it. That dastardly demon! We are treated to a montage of Joel bossing the Pagong women around and questioning (the horror!) their knowledge of cooking rice. At the end of this tribute to Joel's finest moments, he claims once again in a confessional, "I'm not chauvinistic," and then he makes a grimace and raises his eyebrows in a gesture that I took as discomfort but we're intended to interpret as sarcasm.
Episode Report CardJoanna: B+ | 628 USERS: C+
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