Many thanks to Erin, who sent this terrific recap in while I was at the Nick Offerman show. Ten gold stars for you, Erin.
I AM PEACEFUL, I AM POWERFUL, I AM PURE!
Chris and Julia open the show walking across the wobbly bridge – seriously thought Julia was going to stack it, that would have made good live TV! Ha! They cross live to the camp very quick to check out the celebs, with comments about Anthony and Fev being clean shaven for some reason …
Boredom must really be setting in. While Paul is away from camp for a few moments they set Akmal up to tell a joke that isn’t really funny but they will all laugh hysterically at, so they can gee up Paul. I feel like these mini prank moments are “you had to be there” moments.
More Chris and Julia and then we get a clip about all the Celebs missing home –the novelty of the situation starting to wear off.
Much hype about Warnie deep and meaningful with the celebs to be shown later in the episode – better be worth it!
Anthony and Bonnie chat about their respective marriages. Anthony talks about his relationship with Tim, his husband, and how they got married in NZ, and they discuss gay marriage in general.
Chris and Julia comment after this about how they are getting good, real conversations so early in the series.
Laurina’s reaction to being selected for Tucker Trial ain’t pretty! The others all give her positive thoughts. She is teary, apparently not upset but emotional. Warnie gives her a good pep talk, telling her to remain calm and to at least give it a go.
Right before they show the Tucker Trial Chris and Julia reveal they are going to show some behind the scenes footage during it, because it is vital to telling the full story.
Laurina arrives for the trial and talks about how emotionally exhausted she is. She must take getting voting in very personally. They explain she must lie in the “viper room” – basically a coffin – for 12 minutes, while 45 snakes join her. She must last 12 minutes; one star for each minute. She says she will think of her boyfriend.
Behind the scenes, they show the producers talking her through the rules. Laurina has a long-sleeved shirt on she plans to button up tight so nothing can get in. The producer is really keen for her to just wear a singlet, however, she is adamant about wearing the shirt. Not being able to convince her, they bring over Dr Chris to talk to her and, for her own safety, he basically tells her she must lose the shirt.
Back “on camera”, she gets in, lies down, they drop in some corn then “open the viper room”. She actually manages to remain incredibly calm throughout the whole thing. Seven minutes in the lights go out. After another minute or two Chris even has to tell her to her to be quiet as there is a head of the snake RIGHT near her head – she keeps talking, until Chris basically shouts at her to shut up, or something will bite! Even in the last minute two of the snakes (which both look like they would be as long as Laurina is tall) seem to be mating on her, she manages to lie completely still.
— #ImACelebrityAU (@ImACelebrityAU) February 4, 2016
Finally time’s up. Chris and Julia are in awe. Laurina comes out just about delirious, having almost enjoyed the whole thing!
She tells Chris and Julia she meditated chanting to herself the phrase “I am peaceful, I am powerful, I am pure!”. Very proud of herself she heads back to camp. Back at camp they are all very excited to hear about the trial and look forward to a full dinner later that night!
A snippet containing much laughter about Bonnie having worn Val’s knickers! And this group seem very happy to “flaunt it” – even if they don’t “have it”!
Laurina invents a clay mask for her face – the boys think it’s hilarious. Thou Fev is seen giving his skin a quick rub, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him with a face mask on by the end of the series, ha!
Anthony and Bonnie have a chat about Versace wine glasses and whether they can go in the dishwasher. Paul stops by, with a look of agog on his face. He has no idea what they are on about; clearly there are no “Fursace” glasses in his house. They talk in depth about what kind of glass certain drinks should be served in. They tell Paul a drink tastes much better when presented in Versace or Waterford. I hope Anthony never comes to mine; his drink will taste disgusting in my Ikea crystal!
Apparently Chris and Julia have been copping flak for “canned laughter” on the show, so they show all the crew; there are lots of people in their tree house, putting the show together.
The food bag arrives. Tonight it’s angel fish and ricotta for the vegos. They seem pretty happy with the food, and give the chefs a big hurrah for their cooking efforts when it’s plated up.
Finally we get to the hyped Shane chat with some of the girls about his relationships. He and Simone still get on really well he says, despite what you read in the gossip pages. Apparently Liz and Hugh Grant are really good friends. When Shane would come back to Aust, Hugh would go for the weekend but was never around when Shane was there… The girls suggest that probably means there was more to it than just friends! He talks about not wanting more kids unless he was to fall head over heels in love with someone new.
To boost the celebs’ ego a bit they play Beat the Tweet – they must read out some tweets and have to guess who it could be about … they do pretty well with their guesses.
Time for Chris and Julia to pop in and deliver the news about the next Tucker Trial. Akmal and surprise, surprise, Laurina, will be doing Croc Bait, something about being stuck in a clear box in croc-infested waters. Annnnddd that’s all until Sunday night!
PS from Juz: Check out this tweet from Dr Chris just before the show aired:
— Dr Chris Brown (@BondiVet) February 4, 2016