In an early signal of one of the more annoying developments of late, we hear Andrew call Osten "OT" during a conversation with Tijuana about how they need to get the aforementioned OT all "fired up" for the next challenge. As Osten and his sagging shorts do something with a pole and some water, Andrew explains to us that every tribe member has to "check his mental infirmities at the door." Too bad Andrew forgot to leave his ego in the old drop box, huh? He also says that everyone has to "suck it up." You know, for a guy who is such an up-sucking devotee, it's interesting that he has no problem with Osten's complete failure to suck up anything except oxygen badly needed by others. Andrew closes with a vow to help Osten become the "awesome, larger-than-life individual he was when he set foot on this beach." Wow. If you see my eyeballs, please send them to me. (Snail-mail only!) They rolled right out of my head when Andrew said that, and I've been looking for them ever since. By the way, I don't read a lot of the CBS online stuff, but I did recently get to read Andrew's background material, and if you needed any more reasons to hate him, note that he has said that he admires Nelson Mandela for having "outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted a troubled nation." No, really. NO, REALLY. Just thought I'd throw another log on the fire of smoldering hate. Burn, Andrew, burn! ["It's always amusing when you come across a really dumb guy who thinks he's really, really smart. Also, Miss Alli, I think I may know part of why Andrew bugs you so much: he reminds you of Roddy." -- Wing Chun]
Cheery lute-like music takes us back to Camp Drake, a.k.a. Happytown, where we actually open on Big Dolphin and Baby Dolphin skimming through the water side by side. Could things be any more idyllic over at Happytown? Where are the cartoon bluebirds alighting on the shoulders of the participants? Where are the giant rattan baskets of fruit and cream? Where are the dancing girls? Anyway, Drake is eating breakfast while discussing whether to take a trip out in the boat to look for the buried treasure. Rupert is hoping for a big bottle of rum. Yo-ho-ho and all that. Burton explains to us that the map/clue to the treasure chest makes reference to leaving at the right time, so they're all thinking that means low tide, which is "the only way time affects things around here." Accordingly, most of Drake goes off in the boat at low tide to treasure-hunt. Michelle explains that they went out in search of landmarks, but the more they looked around, the more places they found where something could be hidden. As we see a lot of what looks like rather random digging, Trish interviews that she wants to find the treasure very badly. She says that it's very frustrating to know that they might be missing out on "warm clothes or junk food." Aw. I've certainly been comforted by a flannel shirt and a Hershey bar on occasion, so I get that. A high, wide, very pretty shot of Shawn standing on a flat expanse of rock demonstrates just how unlikely it is that they're going to find this thing before the show is good and ready to have them find it, which presumably isn't until they get the third clue.