What have I done today to make me feel proud? I didn't eat the Oreos! Yet.
And before we get into the episode, I want to thank all of you lovely people who wrote to weigh in on the theory about the Tracey heart attack. Though there was some support for the theory, a number of people (some of whom were doctors and nurses and others of whom had read or heard about it somewhere) seemed pretty certain that Tracey had rhabdomyolysis. One nurse practitioner explained it as such: "Rhabdomyolysis is when there is extreme muscle wasting, and the muscles begin to break down into the kidneys. It can happen in cases with severe dehydration (likely Tracey), and extreme exercise (there's no way her body was used to running a mile). Thing about rhabdo is, your muscles CONTINUE to break down for days. So while she was hospitalized, I'm sure she would have been on IV fluids to rehydrate her, and more or less "flush" the toxins out. Plus, that's why the number went UP even after she was out of the hospital." A med student also wrote, "CPK is released from the muscles when they are injured -- in the muscle, it's a marker for crush injury, muscular dystrophy, and yes, strenuous exercise. So probably Crazy Tracey just worked harder than she has in a really long time and her muscles were all, 'What the fuck?!?!' and got all injured and whatnot. That seems like the most probable scenario." So, as much as I love a conspiracy theory, it really may be the devil who is helping Tracey, rather than a producer fix to keep her quiet.
Okay, now on with the show. We enter with the Black Team returning from last week's elimination, minus Dina. Rudy was close with Dina and is kind of sad about it. He asks the Black Team members what the deciding factor was, and Amanda basically says that it comes down to friendships and who on the team will push her and stay by her side. She interviews that Daniel, Shay and Abby are all her good friends, which, given that Danny had immunity, left Dina as her only option. And hey! Then it's the return of angry Liz! She interviews, "They come in acting like they're all teary eyed, and 'Oh it was so difficult.' Oh, kiss my ass. You know damn well it wasn't difficult." So bitter! This rant is near perfect. To improve it, I would merely replace "ass" with "grits." Liz hopes that the next time they have to boot someone that Danny is immune again, so they get to learn what a difficult decision is. Damn kids, get off my lawn!