It's not looking good for Ryan in Discovery's Naked and Afraid XL challenge. Last week he decided to leave the group and while he seemed to be thriving all alone, a sickness came over him and a lion came about. In "The Sickness," things get worse for the Tsonga Basin team when they all become ill.
Alyssa, Darrin, Jake, Kim, Phaedra, Stacey, Steven and Tawny were all blindsided by Ryan's decision to leave the group. Most of the team felt like it was a selfish move when all hands on deck were needed. Tawny fell ill and had to tap out of the challenge leave, Alyssa, Darrin, Jake, Kim, Phaedra, Stacey and Steven down two members.
This week another sickness braces the group and it looks like there are going to be some serious hurdles to overcome. The pain becomes so bad that Ryan is forced to call a medic. They fear he's got internal bleeding or that his kidney is failing, so he's removed from the challenge.
The rest of the group get ready to make the trek to the river. It's no surprise that Jake has become the leader. They all make it to the tree with the fruit on it that Ryan found. All, except for Stacey, began to gorge on the fruit. The group arrives to the beach and immediately hear a warthog being killed by some kind of large animal.
Jake and Steven go exploring for food and a place to set up camp. The two of them come across a snake that they kill. Darrin is starting to worry about Ryan's whereabouts. Jake and Steven come across Ryan's den. Of course, he's not there. Instead, they find his video diary and decide to watch it back. Jake and Ryan rush back to tell everyone not to eat the fruit. However, it's too late and they're all starting to feel ill.
With this new information, the group starts to freak out. Darrin thinks that the place that they've stopped at is a bad one. No one really listens to him, so he and Kim go looking for a better place. Jake is so sick that he's unable to help with any set up. Darrin wants to move into Ryan's den but Kim doesn't think it'll comfortably fit the whole group. He also thinks that the source of Ryan's sickness came from his under cooked lizard and not the fruit.
Jake keeps throwing up but he doesn't seem to be getting any worse. Phaedra stays behind to watch over him as the rest go to tidy up and enforce Ryan's den. Darrin tries to step up as leader in Jake's absence but many are not welcoming of his ideas. Phaedra starts getting a really vicious stomach pain. It becomes so intense that she's forced to call in the medic team.
The medics decide to take her to bush camp. This does not mean that she's gone forever. The rest of the group sees the stretcher coming but they all assume that it was coming for Jake. The group is briefly reassured when they see Jake hobbling towards them but the fact that Phaedra is being taken away scares them all.
Darrin becomes focused on getting firewood before night fall. Steven goes wandering off on his own. Alyssa goes to check on Jake, who is starting to feel worse. The girls call a medic in for him. The medics take him to the camp as well because they believe that the fruits were contaminated.
As night settles, Phaedra's pain is only getting worse and the medics send her to the hospital. Back with the group, Kim begins to experience pain in her diaphragm. The medics are called in for her as well. She's started screaming and that has attracted some lions to their den. Kim is evacuated from their campsite. After all the medics leave, the rest of the group start to hear loud sounds from the lions.
"The Sickness"was a pretty rough episode to watch. These contestants seem to be in some real danger, constantly pushing themselves to survive in these tough situations for 40 days and 40 nights. Who will survive the remainder of the challenge? Fans can continue to follow the Naked and Afraid XL challenge on Sundays at 10 PM on Discovery.
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