In a conversation that is imported from much later in the episode (as this entire sequence seems to be), Andrew asks Lill if she really doesn't think that Darrah is strong in challenges. "She's a hundred and two pounds," Lill remarks, leaving it at that. Andrew clarifies that he's talking about endurance and stamina, and Lill half-heartedly goes along with the highly questionable proposition that Darrah can legitimately claim that much. Lill once again mentions to Andrew her frustration at Osten's quitting. Andrew sticks up for Osten, of course, maintaining that Osten didn't really quit, but just talked about it a lot. I would again lobby for a rule providing that if you say you want to quit, they should drop down in a helicopter and haul your ass away in a burlap bag, because listening to people yap about quitting is just about the most uninteresting thing ever, aside from listening to a bunch of girls sitting around talking about how pretty their implants are. In an interview, Andrew insists that in spite of Osten's weenie little threats about quitting, he's still their best physical asset, so they couldn't very well afford to have him go. Osten is seen sitting on the beach, posing with burly limbs splayed, being all I-am-a-physical-asset. Osten now interviews perceptively that Morgan isn't winning any challenges right now, but that he's just going to use that as "motivation." He also says that now he's not doing the whole quitting thing after all, because he talked it over with God. And God totally told him not to quit, because God cares deeply about who wins Survivor.
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]