This week’s participants are headed to Dominica, and island north of Venezuela. I love when Naked And Afraid heads to islands, I always forget that even the most beautiful resort is a few tiki huts and indoor plumbing away from being uninhabitable.
Let’s meet this week’s participants …
In a relationship
Corinne is a registered dietician and her interest in survival grew out of her love of obstacle racing. She is also a trained wilderness medic.
In her pre-insertion video, Corinne says that she doesn’t want a manly-man partner. Cut to…
Chris has been fishing since he was a child and has also camped since he was a wee lad. He served in the U.S. Marines for 4 years and he’s an Alpha male with an unfortunate Jersey accent. “Ain’t no rest for the wicked.”
Each participant gets to choose a survival item for use on the survival adventure.
Corinne chooses a big cooking pot
Chris picks an awesome multi-tool that can cut, saw, poke and do everything short of start a fire on its own.
Primitive Survival Rating (PSR)
They head towards the beach.
Chris is a big guy. He may be one of the largest guys Naked and Afraid has had. He’s gonna get hungry. Corinne looks like Anna Kendrick’s twin.
They get cranking on a shelter and spend much of Day 1 wasting energy in search of “the perfect spot” and end up choosing the first spot they saw.
After they settle on a location, the team starts weaving fibers together. And while it looks pretty, it seems like a waste of time for Day 1. Get stuff on your shelter. Lots of it. Just pile it up. Any Day 1 shelter is going to leak. Any Day 1 shelter is going to be cold. Do your best to survive and regroup for day 2. And really, Chris isn’t worried, “I don’t see a cloud in the sky, so we’ll be dry for 24 hours.” Those end up being famous last words as a downpour arrives at 3am.
Chris is eating his words after the night before’s storm. They set to reinforcing their shelter. They butt heads a little after Chris spends hours chopping a log.
Chris plans to make a fish trap and start a fire. Corinne makes herself an outfit. Let’s hope the fisher king can catch some fish. Once the trap is set, they start on their bow drill. The bow drill looks awesome, but quickly breaks. They decide to try a fire saw to make their fire.
The audio for using the fire saw is almost pornographic and after a lot of grunting, and sweating, Chris collapses, spent.
Chris and Corinne are chilly in their shelter and they snuggle together in the most intimate way I’ve ever seen on Naked and Afraid. Instead of spooning, they’re laying face to face with their arms around each other. Chris was hoping for a love connection …
They spend the next few days trying to build fire. And failing. They’re sources of food are coconuts and sea urchins, which sounds like a feast compared to past Naked and Afraid episodes, but it’s not enough for them. And at some point, I saw bananas lying on the ground in their camp.
Chris checks the fish trap and it’s empty. Has a fish trap ever been effective on Naked and Afraid? Maybe in Season 1? But back on shore, Chris finds a length of rope that should make using a bow drill easier. Corinne is too tired to help, and stamps off. “I hate being on the island with him. I just want to get the @#$% away from him.”
I’m no longer such a fan of Anna Kendrick’s twin.
Corinne is mega-bitchy towards Chris. His retort? “I know girls that would kill to be on an island with me for 21 days.” That night, Corinne refuses to spoon with him.
Corinne still refuses to talk to Chris. You’re only hurting yourself when you refuse to snuggle. you can still lie butt to butt and give the cold shoulder.
Corinne has fled camp. Chris is concerned, but “I’m not a babysitter, I’m not a psychiatrist and I’m not a daddy…I am a member of a team.”
Corinne is off crying in the jungle … again. She taps out. She doesn’t have the courtesy to tell her partner she was struggling before tapping out. That’s pretty classless. Because maybe she’s a tough competitor but her idea of “roughing it” may be camping out at Burning Man or doing a Tough Mudder race. But, when you don’t communicate, you don’t survive.
Chris is super pissed that his partner left, but he’s going to keep forging ahead on his own …
He’s not going to miss her when she’s gone.
He’s not going to miss the way she walks,
he’s not gonna miss the way she talk,
oh, he’s sure not going to miss her when she’s gone.
(And he’s going to tap on her pot. Just kidding.)
Within mere TV moments of Corinne rolling away in a car, Chris makes fire. Success! And vindication!
Chris is in search of crabs. And finds an ornery black crab. It’s a pretty adorable crab. Chris has done one of the smartest survival things ever and made a stew with hearts of palm and the crab. Take note future survivalists. When you make stew, you ‘re not burning your food, you’re sure it’s cooked, and you’re not losing any of the weight or size of the meat due to shrinkage. It might be the most delicious-looking N&A meal ever.
Chris starts making plans for extraction. He needs to carry an ember 2 miles to a different beach.
Chris developed an ingenious way for carrying fire. He’s filled his cooking pot with embers and put ember into a piece of bamboo. In the bottom of the bamboo he’s cut a notch to hold the handle of the pot. His bamboo ember carrier erupts in flame just as he reaches his extraction point.
Once he gets a massive signal fire raging, Chris becomes one of the most screwed participants in Naked and Afraid history. He got to his extraction point and he lit his fire, but then he’s told, “Oh, the boat can’t get to you. Now you have to swim through shark-infested waters to get to that boat. Have fun!” Instead of freaking out, like I would have, Chris mans up and swims like a total bad ass.
Once one the rescue ship, Chris chows well-earned Doritos. Mmmm, Doritos.
“I came in here cavalier and cocky. I’m sorry that Corinne didn’t make it. But it was a great experience for me.”
At first, I thought Chris was a total a-hole and I would have cringed to have been his partner, but he turned out to be a great guy who would have been an awesome partner. He always understood the task at hand and was willing to push himself to exhaustion to get stuff done.
Corinne was a complete pain in the fanny. I should have known something was up when her name, instead of being pronounced, “Cōr-ĭnn,” it was mega-bitchy “Cōr-ēēn.”
Over the course of the experience, Chris lost 21 pounds. Corinne lost 12 pounds in her shortened time on Dominica.
Chris’ PSR raised from 7.1 to 7.9 out of 10.0
Corinne’s PSR fell from 6.1 to 4.9 out of 10.0
Like Naked And Afraid? Check out these recaps:
Season 3, Episode 1: Namibia, Episode 2: Andros Islands, Episode 3: Cambodia, Episode 4: Nicaragua, Episode 5: Argentina, Episode 6: Dominica, Episode 7: India, Episode 8: Nicaragua, Episode 9: Botswana
Season 2, Episode 1: Peru, Episode 2: Madagascar, Episode 3: Fiji, Episode 4: Belize, Episode 5: Malaysia, Episode 6: Bolivia
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