When I imagine Naked and Afraid: Cambodia, I think mosquitoes, and rain, and snakes. So much fun. Do you think areas that Naked and Afraid visits ever tout the amount of misery that is shown in the show? I would never like to visit any of the places shown on N&A, it all looks so desolate and even the places that are lovely, are infested with plague-carrying bugs. I once got over 350 mosquito bites while visiting Minnesota and that ended my desire to visit nature … ever.
Let’s meet this week’s people who are braver than me…
Carrie Booze (that’s right, Booze. Says the woman with the last name “Freeze.”), age 25 from Denver, Colorado. This single lady is a former Marine who currently works in nightclub marketing. And she’s a part-time model. She learned to build shelters and to fish from her brother, and studied emergency survival operations with him. What made her want to learn survival was the desire to travel the world and live in self-sustaining environments.
Skills: Land Navigation, Building Shelters, Plant identification, Fishing
Tom Touw, is a 40-year-old defense contractor who was born in the Netherlands but was raised in Arizona. This dude loves to travel and has traveled the world. Tom was a boy scout and a member of the military and has served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Skills: Tracking, Land Navigation, Bow Drill and Fire Plow, Fire Starting, Shelter Building, Trapping, and Water Collection.
It’s pretty awesome that we have two former military survivalists. I expect that their skill sets will be high, and hopefully they can bother keep their egos in check.
It’s kinda funny that this episode, we’re introduced to Tom and Carrie at their homes while they’re getting ready for their adventure. Tom and Carrie both have access to their survival items, so when we see that awkward moment where they peek into their burlap tote bags like it’s Christmas morning,those liars already know what’s inside.
They also get to experiment with their video cameras. Tom’s has already been on other Naked and Afraid episodes because “It reeks. It stinks like B.O. and campfire. That will be me.” I am so glad I don’t have a smellavision.
Carrie selects a machete for her survival item and Tom has a fire starter. But not one of the garbage orange ones, he actually has a flint and steel.
My research-loving husband informs me that Carrie has appeared in Maxim.com’s Hometown Hotties. I’ll post a link to her photo shoot here. You’re welcome and thanks to my husband for “sacrificing” his time looking at nearly-naked pics of Carrie. I’m going to make a wild guess that Carrie’s bosom isn’t natural. Just a guess. Who knows if having saline-filled chest will keep her warmer at night.
At the start of their adventure, both survivalists are given PSRs. Tom’s is 6.6 out of 10 and Carrie has a 6.4 out of 10.0. This seems low to me because they both earned automatic 5.0s because they each have served in the military. So if their own skills only added a 1.6 and 1.4 to their scores, these two must not have much experience.
At this point I’ll pause. This episode was a total bore except for the fact that Tom and Carrie loathe each other. I’m going to be very light on the rest of the episode and try to highlight their conflicts.
Tom is chatty. Carrie says that she likes it now, but it may drive her F@#$ing bonkers soon.
After they step over an absolute army of ants, they locate running water and set up camp on a rock.
Tom mentions that he loves his wife dearly and doesn’t want to jeopardize anything. Tom’s Discovery bio says he’s single so I’m confused. His bio also says some of his skills are fire making and shelter building. He’s feeling awkward because his partner is smoking hot. On night one, When Carrie tries to snuggle for warmth, Tom thinks it feels wrong to be close to anyone but his wife. If you’re afraid of poking your partner, put your tote-bag over your man-bag!
How is Carrie so dirty already? It’s day 2. But, she looks amazing covered in filth. She’s like a freaking Cover Girl.
Tom comes up with a plan to boil water. Even though the water they have access to is flowing, they still need to boil it to kill of the wicked, kill-you parasites that it’s infested with. Tom takes long lengths of thick bamboo, fills them with water and sets them in the fire. Once the water steams, on a few more minutes and the water is safe to drink. This is utterly genius.
Tom’s obsessed with getting firewood, but not with finding food. Perhaps her royal hotness could look for food.
Carrie is frustrated and wants to explore in search of a greater experience.
And she’s bored to death.
Is it because I’m no longer 25, that she’s starting to annoy me? So far, she and Tom have the cushiest Naked and Afraid experience yet. They have fire … they have water … they have no rain … they have shade … they have no bugs … Why so much complaining?
Tom is shocked that surviving isn’t good enough for Carrie. I’m sure that much of the Naked and Afraid experiences are totally dull. There’s a lot of sitting around and lying around and walking around. When you’re surviving in a remote location you’re unlikely to come upon a circus.
Carrie decides to take a hike in search of food. And heads downstream to and area I’ll call, “Crocodile Cove.” And finds clams. A bunch of them (like 8). This would be a great appetizer in a restaurant, but for them it’s the first food we’ve seen them consume. Tom rigs a cool bamboo contraption where they can steam the clams, but he is pissed off because Carrie didn’t bring back firewood with her.
After they eat, Carrie freaks out at Tom and questions his survival skills. We’ve seen a lot of Tom’s fire maintenance skills and his wizardry with bamboo, but he hasn’t made much of an effort to find food. But if you can’t have food, at least you have a bad-ass fire and lots of cool bamboo kitchen stuff. Carrie can twirl bamboo like a majorette while she yells.
I’m totally impressed that Tom took Carrie’s rant a lot better than most people would have. If Carrie would have been partnered with Justin from Episode 2, he would have gutted her. But Tom was calm, and perhaps he has experience dealing with volatile personalities.
At this point, Naked and Afraid introduces the Twitter hashtag, #RumbleInTheJungle and I get a little excited that the tension might boil over into a Thunderdome situation.
Tom and Carrie hate each other. Tom wishes he was given a different partner.
Carrie says Tom is a weight dragging her down.
Tom is overworking himself to spite Carrie, and Carrie lays there doing nothing out of spite as well.
Carrie says being with Tom is being with an ex-boyfriend who you won’t leave because he still has your CDs in his truck. I’m not sure this makes sense because no one has CDs anymore.
Nothing happens other than Carrie and Tom still hate each other.
Tom is going to hike back to Clam Beach (I like Crocodile Cove better) leaving Carrie to tend the fire. He finds a whopping 7 clams, but after boiling them, they find that most of them are dead and inedible. Wah-Waah.
Carrie: “We have a saying in the military. “Officers can give orders and do nothing.” Ouch!
I wonder if the Melissa depicted in Tom’s shoulder tattoo loves how much eyeliner the tat has. It’s righteously foxy.
Carrie is so ready to be done with this experience. She loves doing selfies in the confessional camera.
Just before Carrie and Tom are about to leave camp, Tom spills all of the water that they’ve prepared for their extraction hike.
Then Carrie makes more water and she spills water. Hunger makes them stupid and grouchy.
Carrie “You’re diluted.” Obvs she’s not a genius. Deluded. Or delusional. But not diluted.
Carrie nakedly stomps off, leaving her partner. Alone with lots of water, but no map to the extraction point. When he finds her, she’s 2 miles upstream.
To reach their extraction point, they need to travel downstream, so Carrie Boobs has headed in the wrong direction. Headed in the correct(ish) direction, they emerge on the cove in the wrong spot. With the time running out in the episode, the helicopter decides to pick them up anyway.
Afterwards, Carrie says “Hate is a strong word. We strongly dislike each other.” Are they still going to be Facebook friends or follow each other on Twitter?
Over the course of 21 days, Tom lost 24 pounds and Carrie lost 11 lbs. But the songle most shocking aspect of the show was the change in their PSRs.
Tom’s fell to a 5.4 out of 10 and Carries dropped to a 4.8 Yikes! They must have mega-pissed off the producers of Naked and Afraid!!
What did you think of this week’s episode? Was Carrie a bitch? Was Tom a wimp? Who would you have rather had as your partner?
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