Megan Gale: ‘I just keep sobbing’
Supermodel Megan Gale made a surprise appearance on Tuesday's episode of Australian Survivor, delivering a heartfelt message to partner Shaun Hampson.
Hampson's tribe had just won a reward challenge, meaning each member had an opportunity to visit a private "open-air cinema" to enjoy snacks and a video message from home.
Hampson's message was from Gale, his partner of eight years and mother of his two children.
"Hello, friend. How are you?" she began.
"The kids miss you so much, and I miss you so much. I knew that I would, but I think I underestimated just how much I'd miss you … This is my third take at doing this because I just keep sobbing, so I'm going to try and get through this without crying," she said as tears welled in Hampson's eyes while he watched.
"I love you, I miss you, I can't wait to see you again. Go for it, baby!"
Hampson said hearing from his partner after more than three weeks apart had reinvigorated him: "Seeing Megsy on screen, it was like … chicken soup for the soul. It give me everything I needed for the rest of the game."
The popular player, nicknamed "Horse" by his tribemates, told news.com.au this week that he'd been careful to admit to the other contestants that his partmer is one of Australia's most famous models.
"I just sort of left it. I didn't want to walk in and go 'Hey guys, my partner's Megan Gale!' That felt strange," he said.
WAS THIS THE STUPIDEST SURVIVOR DECISION EVER?
That same reward saw Hampson's Champions tribemates hand a stunning advantage to arguably this season's most dangerous player, male model David Genat.
Having made a few enemies in the game and having played his only immunity idol at the last tribal council, Genat knew he'd be going home soon without some sort of miracle.
It came sooner than he could've imagined: Deciding the order in which members could visit the open air cinema and watch their messages, the tribe agreed that those with young children should go first - with Genat, a dad of three, first in line.
He could scarcely believe his luck.
"At a reward like this, when they're letting people go one at a time to experience something by themselves, there is 100 per cent going to be an idol or an idol clue in that vicinity," he said in a to-camera interview.
"After picking that order, it dawns on me that there's probably going to be a clue hidden in the open-air cinema," tribemate Daisy said with a heavy sigh.
Once alone in the cinema, Genat largely ignored the video message from his family as he spilt litres of popcorn onto the ground, quickly finding a precious immunity idol hidden within.
Returning to his tribemates, Genat delivered an Oscar-worthy performance to ensure they believed he'd done nothing but sit and watch his heartfelt message from home. "How can a man be so sad if he's found an idol?" Genat reasoned as we watched him faux-sob.
"It was awesome to see Dave and how it touched him … like, it really gives you a human side of these people that you're playing against," tribemate Johnny said.
David had a different take: "They're soooo dumb! I'm just too GOOD at this game," he cackled.
KING OF THE JUNGLE GETS HUNGRY
Genat's closest ally in the game, returning player Luke Toki, provided the episode's funniest moment during his turn in the open-air cinema.
Toki tried his best to manically juggle scoffing down as much food as he could while also intently listening to the emotional message from his family back home. He just about managed to do both:
Australian Survivor airs 7:30pm Sundays to Tuesdays on Ten.