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And with that, she and Jason basically retire from the episode. I assume its because they are boning in the jungle and not because they are the next couple to go and producers would rather us not bond with them. The zombie monkey Shauna, who is looking more monochromatic by the day is stuck with a useless Ryan and she is vocal about his uselessness. He has now noticed what I believe turned off Christian (the first to be turned off wins!) about her. She shouts and frenetically orders Ryan around while doing nothing of value herself. Too bad he’s so weak he has to suck up to that nutjob to stay on.
Ryan is disappointing Shauna who interviews she is “sick and tired of taking care of someone”. I guess it is a hard life being a zombie. When you suck someone’s brains out you probably then have to do a lot of care-giving to make the relationship last. Give me GI Summer any day. She never bothers shouting, because she’s too busy winning the challenge herself.
The next phase is jumping off a cliff into a lagoon. Ali freaks and Chase basically gives a short pep talk and then goes ahead and gently pushes her in. She fall/jumps mid-panic attack and again his training with the Marines has proven invaluable in these situations.
She needs someone tough and capable and instead of being furious, appreciates that without the push she would’ve waited all day. Also he’s hot, NBC is totally doubling down on this guy.
All teams put together nets pretty easily and advance to the pool. Frankly, I am once again floored by the lack of drama and incompetence. I can only conclude everyone does more homework than MrsMiaWallace and saw last season which probably had similar challenges so the contestants may have been tougher than they looked and knew somewhat the situation they were facing. I just think fear of heights is common and jumping into waters of untested depth is idiotic. I do realize NBC obviously checked for safety and divers were probably hovering below the surface in case someone slipped or Jenny M needed to be pulled from her cryogenic underwater lair for an emergency bad joke. However, knowing that and feeling that are different things and even looking at the challenge makes my hands sweat a little!
All the other teams jump – Summer hesitates for a second and then goes for it and Dr. Cox feels he may have met his equal at last. Too bad his scale doesn’t have a higher level than himself or he would realize equal is not what Summer is. That Amazon needs to be on a tougher show. Tara and Jesse are working well together, she surprises him by jumping without issue and is really working hard despite coming across as a bubbly princess initially. Cina is afraid and so makes Jason go first to make sure it’s safe and then quickly goes for it. Cockney Ben is the more nervous one and wisely steps away from the edge before committing, but Ginger Jen dives in immediately like a toy soldier by his side. Yanina and Ken float down on clouds of love. I’m pretty sure the way they handled this challenge is an obvious metaphor for each relationship, but I really appreciate we are not getting any platitudes on love being a leap and blind faith and blah blah Chris Harrison bullet to the brain.
Now we meet the old man Jenny M had to blow in a faux Dominican farmer’s hut. The budget of this show does not allow for any attempt at authenticity and I appreciate that, it looks like something put together as a prop for a play during vacation bible camp. I’m saying this “old man” is one of the producers that just hasn’t shaved for a week. He doesn’t speak and simply points to a sign indicating what the net is for.