The S7 arrive, clueless in more ways than one, at the challenge site: an abandoned boma. Peachy is happy to strip Lex Loser of the immunity dog collar. Or maybe I'm just happy and projecting my emotions on Just Peachy. I do that sometimes. The members of Mofo Maji sit on stumps as Peachy announces that the challenge will test how well they each remember the "African story" he will tell them. He points out that contained within the boma are seven gated stations (which looks like outhouses). In each one, there is a question and two ostrich eggs. The competitors will break open the ostrich egg corresponding to what they think is the correct answer to the question, and if they are right, the egg will contain a colored leather swatch that they will tie to a staff. Only one of the S7 at a time is allowed in a station. The first person back in the circle at the center of the boma with five of the seven questions answered correctly and five leather ties on his/her staff wins immunity.
Peachy tells the gathered members of Mofo Maji, "Okay, story time." Basically, the story goes on, and I could retell it here, but I won't. There's goat sacrificing and blood drinking and tooth extracting and ear piercing and special gum finding and head shaving and family shaming and then there's body dragging and dying and hyena feeding. And right in the middle of the story there's penis cutting. In any case, Peachy concludes, "From birth to death, a hard life." He then says, "Let's get it on," but he doesn't mean what Marvin Gaye means. Really, I would have been far more interested in watching the S7 enact the trials of the Masai warrior, but maybe that's just me.
The challenge begins, and Lex Loser knows that while searching for the gum of the special tree, a warrior subsists solely on food provided by others. He gets a leather swatch. Frank knows that when a warrior dies, the other warriors shave their heads; Frank gets a colored swatch as well. The wrong answer for this question was, "He is taken from camp and left in the bush for hyenas to eat," and I thought that was right, too, so I'm confused. I think these are trick questions. Tom gets one wrong and says, "Oh, hay-ell!" Kimj knows that the most important aspect of the circumcision is the reaction of the warrior. Again, a trick question: her other choice was finding the special gum, and really that seems more important to me, because if the warrior does not find the special gum, then the ritual can't even begin. But maybe this is why I do poorly on logic tests. Ethan is asked what must be done when a child is born, and he does not know that a goat must be sacrificed. Actually, he probably does know that, but he gets tripped up by yet another trick question: the almost correct answer which claims that the mother must drink for four days the blood of a cow when it's actually the blood of said sacrificed goat. At this point, Lex Loser, Frank, and Kimj are tied with one each, and I fear the challenge will go on forever, but it speeds up. Kimp knows that the best day for any ritual is the eighth day of moonlight. Teresa, like Kimj, remembers that it's the "the reaction of the warrior" that counts. Lex Loser answers a question which has the correct response of "the piercing of the ear," and then we see Frank gets another one right, too. It's much more fun to see Tom mess up and respond with another "aw, hay-ell!"