History Channel Episode 3 Onlyseason 9, takes place during days 12 to 16. There are nine contestants left at the beginning of the episode.
This is a recap and review of episode 3. At the end, I will provide some guesses as to who will last until the end and who could successfully hunt a bear.
Spoilers to follow!
Adam – “Treefort Dude”
Of all the contestants in this episode, we follow Adam the most. He has a productive few days at first, building a fireplace in his house out of moss with clay and cob of grass on willow branches. I learned that weaving a fence and plastering it is called “mud and mud”. He added a weather cap on the chimney to keep out the rain, which was a great idea.
He spends a few days fishing but catches nothing, which probably comes as no surprise to anyone who spends time outdoors (and to those of us who have seen most seasons of Only). After his failure, he performs a jig he calls “Do the Hungry Dance,” which was… fun.
A few days later, he explores the nearby lands and comes across a large bolete mushroom. Despite hunting (“glass”) for bears, he manages to catch a grouse, which he cooks with mushrooms, cranberries, and Labrador tea.
After starting the episode by showing us his fucus seaweed stew, Igor doesn’t do much. He starts making a hut with a floor (because of the muskeg he’s stuck in), but doesn’t get very far. I admit he was singing it at home until he walked off camera with his saw…and he came back with that grouse! Respect earned by Igor the Grouse Chopper!
Benji begins his segment by showing off the beautiful morning clouds. He then explains that he hasn’t created a permanent shelter yet, since he likes to sleep on the ground. He just waits until the snow falls, Benny!
However, Benji has a good attitude, as he never lets setbacks get him down. He appears invigorated by the land and catches fish and a squirrel. The significant action of the episode is when he stalks a pack of beavers. He manages to hit one, but it gets away. As a Canadian, he admitted that he wasn’t too sad about their loss, as they are our national animal.
When we see Juan Pablo, he hasn’t eaten meat for more than ten days, so he decides to go out and explore. He finds bear tracks and makes a plan to lure the bears to a specific location so he can hunt one. He sets a trap and a bell using the cans he found and baits them with bits of grouse. I’m skeptical, but what do I know?
We see Karie Lee for only a few brief moments. She washes her hair and shows the process of building her shelter, which involves digging in the dirt to reveal clay, which has a higher R-value than moss or other materials. I thought R-value only applied to insulation or windows, so that’s a fact I can mention at parties!
Jessie spent most of the episode building her permanent shelter. The woman is a beast! She is building a shelter that looks bigger than most people’s garages. She knocks over huge logs, carrying three at a time even though each one weighs 35 pounds.
Your cabin combines elements of other shelters (berm, shed, etc.), and frankly, it looks amazing, despite all the calories you’re burning building it.
He also finds a lot of berries and creates traps to catch squirrels. He catches two, and the second almost broke my heart when the mother squirrel came crying. I will not lie; I probably would have left at that point if it was me.
But, she uses this moment to make a point about our impact on the environment, how, despite seeing the deaths we cause firsthand when we live off the land, that’s causing less harm than our lifestyle in the age modern.
As such, I’m moving Jessie into my top three, along with Adam and Tiemojin. If she can witness the grieving of a mother squirrel without breaking down, I think she has a good chance of overcoming the emotional challenges of Only!
When it comes to hunting a bear, Juan Pablo is the only one who has really made an effort. But then again, there’s Igor the Grouse Chopper…
The next episode aired last night, June 16, on the History Channel.
I apologize for the delay in this review – StackTV posted the episode a few days later in Canada on Amazon Prime. Hopefully it was a one time mistake and I’ll have the next review for you in time!