For those who didn’t watch I’ll give you a quick run-down. They arrived in Vanuatu by boat. Warriors met them at the beach, threatening them, screaming, it was a traditional slightly scary island welcoming. The women were separated and made to sit in the sand; the men got to sit on chairs and drink kava with the chief. Brady said it was one of the nastiest things he had ever tasted. The older men of the tribe make it. They sit around and chew on this indigenous plant root. They then spit it into a big bowl and let it ferment before drinking. (Why the older men you ask? Apparently their saliva is better.) Brady said his mouth went instantly numb. The chief instigated a competition that the contestants could climb up a 20-foot pig-greased wooden pole to retrieve a spirit stone. Boys to try first, then the women. Quite dramatically, he pointed to Brady to go first.
Watching it with him back in Los Angeles, I asked what was going through his head as he climbed. He said he would never have been able to return to work or the SWAT team if he had fallen face-first into the sand. It took about 20 seconds to climb in television time, but in real life a lot longer. The heavens opened up as soon as he grabbed the stone. The rain looked fake and I thought they had added it for special effect, but. no, it was instant and a little freaky. Brady now has a great bond with the spirits.
We watched from our local hang with about 150 friends and work colleagues (see photo). It was fun and I loved watching Brady in the challenges. He was kind of bossy but I know how much he HATES losing. When the fat guy Chris couldn’t get across the balance beam I wanted to slowly twist his legs off. He just gave up. Brady was extra mad and extra frustrated watching it. Because of that fat man my guy wouldn’t have food or water for another three days.
So the camps are boys against girls. As anxious as I had been about him snuggling up to a girl at night, it would have been much better for Brady. All chicks love him. I think climbing the pole was amazing and also stupid. Everyone now knows how strong he is. I think the men are threatened. The fact that they had the chance to vote off the hopeless fat guy and didn’t is a bad sign. Looks like he got rewarded for being a loser. Now that I think of it, there are a few men on his team who may not like strength, brains, and muscles. This could turn into Survivor of the fattest.