August 4th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
“The Colony’s” second episode of the new season opened two hours after last week's attack, and the colonists decided that they need to step up their security.
On their fourth day in the encampment, the participants woke up exhausted, scarred and feeling dirty. They began building window blockades and defense screens to deter attackers, but the power tools they’d found earlier were running low on juice, meaning they didn’t have the proper equipment, or electricity, to heighten security.
After a lot of whining about the loss of battery power in the tools they’re lucky to even have, the colonists decided they needed to make a generator.
They had three car batteries that were low on energy, but Sally the auto-mechanic was there to save the day (once again) by putting together abandoned car parts to build the generator.
But of course it wouldn’t be that easy – they soon realized they didn’t have any fuel to run the generator. Luckily, Deville the retired contractor knows how to make gas out of animal fat, a little trick he picked up as a kid. Good thing the crew just so happened to find those rotting pig carcasses the other day. And what do you know: There were enough dead pigs to make about a gallon of fuel that could last them a long, long time.
All this luck makes you think about how perfect these opportunities are for each colonist to contribute a skill. Now we only have to figure out what secret talent the model Becka has.
After a disgusting ten minutes of pig carcass gathering, (where we got to see the group in their underwear!), Jim decided he was going to build a bridge so that they could sweep the creek with fishing nets. His work did look a bit questionable, but he’s a carpenter after all.
We did eventually find out what Becka’s skill is, and that would be washing her hair. While a few members looked on with disdain, Becka used some of their valuable drinking water to freshen her ‘do.
The crew started cutting up the pigs to render the fat into oil, and Jim finished his bridge – which really was quite impressive for something made from nails and plywood. But, unfortunately, sweeping the creek with the nets didn’t yield anything, and the group grew discouraged of ever being able to hunt food. With half of their canned goods eaten, the colonists were rightly worried that if they couldn't fish they'd starve.
Deville decided it was time they went fishing in the bayou, where there's bound to be more animals than in the creek. Jim and Deville set off for the bayou with fishing poles that they, for some reason, didn’t try using before. While Deville fished, Jim went hunting through the brush and found two snakes. He (too) calmly and (very) skillfully cut off their heads and brought them home for supper. Becka decided they tasted like “chish” – that would be chicken and fish.
After super-Jim dangerously, but necessarily, welded two parts of the generator together, the colonists were ready to get it working. Artist/inventor George purified the pig fat as best he could, and brought the gallon of oil to the rest of the group to be put to the test.
Long story short, it worked. The participants got their tractor running on straight pig fat, and now they have a way to recharge their batteries.
The episode ended with the colonists celebrating their electric victory, needlessly running power tools and putting up lights in their now secure home.
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