Over And Over, They'll Be A Fool For You
Old news: Adam rides the zip line and cries like a girl. It's time to go to the Viking Village.
In the Viking Village, Jonathan's lecture to Victoria about how proud he is of himself actually goes farther than we saw in the original episode. I realize this is hard to believe. He also seems to be having a little trouble getting used to interviewing, given that he looks like a complete freak as he stares directly into the lens, like he's at spring break in Fort Lauderdale and this is his only shot at the MTV camera. He babbles that what really matters in the game is slowing down and trying to, as he says, "be the game." And that reminds me of Troy, and now I'm all sad. And then he's full of some more crapola about challenging down to the core and yap yap yap make a million dollars without spending a penny of your own and I did it all through real estate and you can too and Amway can help you and the government will give you $25,000 in cash just for asking and you too can become rich from coin collecting. Shut up, Inspiration T. Cornpone. What's wonderful about this sequence, if you're paying attention, is how the editors of the show are getting so good at letting the guy be hoist on his own petard, because without comment or particularly intrusive music or anything, they just keep showing footage of him talking and talking and talking, and every time they cut to more of him talking, the point becomes clearer. In fact, I believe they couldn't have made the point any more clearly if they had put up graphic of a hammer, then a screwdriver, then a wrench, then a pair of pliers, then a flashing red arrow pointing at Jonathan's face. In the best moment of all, Jonathan lifts his arms while saying to Victoria with great earnestness, "Don't doubt yourself." She nods. "Can you wash your shirt?" she asks. "You really stink." It's so sad that she probably means that literally, and that he will probably take it as such. Of course, in truth, the kind of stink he stinks will never come off in the shower. His or mine.
It turns out that Lena and Kristy battled bugs at the Viking Village. Or Lena did -- Kristy didn't really know about it. As we watch an interview with the sisters, Lena explains about the bugs, which takes Kristy by surprise, since apparently Lena did not share this news so as not to share the upset. "You cheater!" Kristy says with mock indignation, In the cabin, Don laughs as Lena surveys her surroundings and then sprays the bed with bug repellent. I'm not really sure that's a great cure, but then, I have begun to doubt my pest-control abilities ever since I spotted a piece of fluff off my pajamas out of the corner of my eye the other night while watching TV, only to pluck it off and find that it was an extremely large beetle. That will take some getting over, people. I'm still squirming, in all honesty.