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Episode Two, June 29, 2004
There's a rumor going around that summer in the States is winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Obviously, no one told Western Australia. By eight in the morning, it's ninety degrees. And it settles into a balmy hundred and four most days (twenty degrees hotter if you're foolish enough to stay inside your tent). The girls are melting in the heat and--let's be honest--eyeliner was not meant for these conditions.
It's still a whirlwind of fun for the girls, but their competitiveness is starting to come out. Adrienne is clearly a strong personality and she's not bothered speaking her mind. This will either work for her or against her as the days roll along--only time will tell. Cortney is about as sweet and good-natured as you could imagine. But sometimes sweet and good-natured can get lost in the shuffle with all these women and so little time. None of us are quite sure what to make of Mary at this point, she makes everyone laugh--that much is for sure. And it seems like all of them are suspicious of Marissa. I don't know if they don't like her or if they just see her as their toughest competition, but there have been some seriously uncomfortable moments around the campfire.
It's fascinating to watch the personalities change when Jack is around. One minute there are angry looks and catty barbs and the next, it's all smiles and roses. He senses something is not right but none of them want to tell.
At night, the ladies sleep in one of the camps with Jack a little way off in his own tent. Out in the bush, there's a guy named Christian sleeping on the ground (when he sleeps at all) and keeping an eye on the camp. A few nights after they arrived in their second camp, a pack of wild dingoes came wandering down the hill looking for something to eat (resist the urge to shout out, "A dingo ate my baby!"). Christian chased them back into the wilderness. Imagine that--one guy, no knife or gun, chasing more than twenty wild dogs away. The girls never knew that they had almost been lunch.
Jack is starting to get a bit sleep deprived. Between the shoot schedule and his middle of the night duties as snake/bug remover he's rarely snoozing for more than two hours before someone starts shrieking and he has to come to the rescue. There's a little part of him that likes it, I think, being the man of the camp. But the charm starts to wear thin about the fifth time in a single night that you find yourself roused from bed over a wayward spider.
I'll reserve judgment until I get to know them better, but I'm getting a sense of why, exactly, each of these girls is here. It feels like a couple are here for their fifteen minutes of fame, a chance to be on TV. Some are here for the adventure and a few are genuinely hoping to meet someone they could fall in love with. I'm not naming names just yet; I need a little more time to decide for sure.
Of course, that's the hardest part for Jack right now. Trying to find out who these women really are, what they really want and whether there's a real connection. All with the cameras rolling, the sun pounding, the bugs crawling and the clock ticking away toward the next elimination.