10,000 BC Episode 7
*For a brief background to the show, a who’s who, and who is still participating please scroll to the bottom.
Captain Caveman eat your heart out.
Mel continues in her self appointed leader role and she take Josie & Jodie foraging. They are looking to top up the small amount of rations with wild root vegetables and to collect willow to make things with. There is no way that Mel has been a shrinking violet up until now and that’s not a criticism against her but how the show has been edited. It looks ridiculous that Mel suddenly comes to the fore after a month of not seeing her on camera at all.
After 3 nights in the production camp medical tent, Paul is deemed well enough to go back to the camp. It’s no surprise though that having been back in the camp just 5 minutes and he pissing people off straight away. He disregards anything that Mel has said / has planned and decided that the time has come to go out hunt and he won’t returning to camp until he has caught something. Actually he was of the opinion that the rest of camp that would agree to his plan and it was originally “and WE won’t return to camp until WE’VE caught something” but Mel put him in his place.
Its the morning after the first night, that some of the tribe have slept in the communal bed and apart from some rolling into each other they had the best sleep so far. However JP wants an extra hour in bed as he was up 3 times in the night to keep the fire going. Fair enough because no one else wants to keep the fire going through the night. I’d want to have a lay in if I was JP.
Mel, Mike, Josie and Jodie go back to the lake, whilst Paul and JP go trapping.
While down at the lake Mel holds an impromptu meeting, which seems a little unfair seeing as Paul and JP aren’t there to defend themselves. This is then proved when JP over hears about it on the crews radio (I’m sure that was no mistake).
Understandably JP and he starts to head back to camp to be alone but Paul convinces him to stay and help with the snares, to prove them wrong.
At the end of the day Paul goes back to camp but JP remains in the woods, alone with his thoughts. The others return to camp shortly and find out whats happened but they appear to be past caring as they feel JP is not pulling his weight.
Whilst still in the wood JP speaks of the breakdown of his relationship with his mother, just before his father died, 15 year ago when she had a mental breakdown. This experience has made him realise he is misses her and that all he wants to do is tell her he loves her. He has been drinking and partying pretty much non stop since his father died and this experience was to be his rehab.
Paul is still not happy with the amount of food they have though and thinks they are surviving instead of thriving. So he takes Mike out to check the snares, sadly there is nothing trapped but instead there are signs that a cheeky boar has been coming up really close to the camp. This shows that the animals are no longer afraid and quite frankly couldn’t give a flying fuck about the new humans.
Josie and Jodie try to clear the air with JP as, quite rightly, it can’t continue like this for the next three weeks. Unfortunately JP is still hurt and defensive so he’s not interested and wants to walk.
Looks like I spoke too soon, JP had a hot rock on the end of bed last night and it caught the bed on fire. Sorry but PMSL. Paul had a laugh with JP about it but Mike is taking it very seriously, he is a firefighter after all. However it seems a little harsh when he says JP needs to go because of the incident. He had previously warned JP to using the hot rocks responsibly but lets be honest unless you’re a fireman you wouldn’t think that after using for all this time with no problems, that they could cause a fire. Same as that Nutella jar on a window sill that’s in the news today!
JP is still talking of walking and no one can be bothered to talk him out of it but as the leader of the tribe Mel wants to take him down to the lake, one last time to clear the air and see if she can change his mind. On the journey there she admits that she honestly thinks he hasn’t been pulling his weight but she knows he is a nice guy. JP affirms that he has not been himself the whole time he has been there. JP shows his strengths whilst down at the lake and Mel is impressed with all his effort. JP however adamant on going home so that he can re-start the relationship with his mother.
At first light Paul and Mike go out hunting with a spear and bow & arrow. It looks like this might be a more improved bow to the one the tribe were given at the start of the experiment. They are look like they are hitting the target 9 times out of 10. Paul and Mike come across a deer but despite trying to be as quiet as possible the deer scarpers.
After two hours they admit defeat and decide to return to camp with nothing to show and for the first time Mike gets really emotional as what he had hoped to get from this experience was “To be the man that my daughter thinks I am”. The disappointment of still not getting a ‘Kill’ to provide for the tribe has hit him hard.
JP goes foraging with Josie as she wants to take the opportunity to try and convince him to stay but she also points out that people are getting pissed off with hearing he wants to walk every five minutes. They have a good heart to heart like he did with Mel.
When the tribe gather to say their goodbyes to , they all thank him for his effort in the last few days. He becomes tearful and apologetic that he is leaving and he doesn’t want people to feel he is letting people down or shirking responsibility. He remembers something his mum used to say to him “You start things but don’t finish them”. This is the extra push that JP needs to stay because he not only wants to makes his mum proud but also show her that he has finally turned a corner and is now finishing things he starts.
Mel thinks he was sincere in his promise that he won’t quit. Jodie however is of the opinion that JP is like a broken record about leaving and can’t understand why he has decided to stay when he clearly hates the whole thing.
JP realises that he needs to “stop being quitter and start being a finisher”
What is 10,000BC about?
20 volunteers, from a cross section of people of the 21st Century, were sent into a Bulgarian hunting reserve, similar to prehistoric Britain, to survive 8 weeks in the Stone age, without any help from 2014 (Filmed through October & November 2014)
The chosen ones for the experiment, from a cross section of modern day Britain are:
Paul Barnes – Lorry Driver (Wanna be Bear Grylls and someone that clearly lives on his
own for a reason)
Mike Soumelides – Simms – Firefighter (All round handy guy to have around and always
positive. Has a degree is hugs)
Josie & Jodie O’Rourke – Bookmaker / Event Manager ( Mother & Daughter )
John Paul Mullen (JP) – Club Promoter (Looked like he might walk to begin with but has
knuckled down and getting on with it / Chatterbox)
Melissa Selling – Prop Maker (Possible contestant for Where’s Wally?)
Steve Nicholson – Archer (Amateur survivalist / Tribe Leader / Strategist) – WALKED
Rachel Harding – Education Assessor (Mother of the Camp / Organised)
Paul Wilshurst – Fence Contractor (Stubborn But Hard Worker)
Mary Harding – Student
Alice – Restaurant Maitre D’ (Willing to help out every day)
Perry Brookes – Landscape Gardener (Geezer) – WALKED
Kym Hall – Marketing Manager (Strong, Organised, Natural Leader) – WALKED
Oliver Farr – Electrician (Terris’s Boyfriend / Survivalist Skills / Keen to Try Anything and
Embrace Stone Age Life) – WALKED
Terri Perry – Florist (Oliver’s Girlfriend/ Positive Person / Kind & Caring) – WALKED
Caroline Mortimer – Retired Secretary (Stone Age enthusiast) – UNABLE TO CONTINUE
Aamer ‘Bobby’ Hussein – Council Duty Manager (“We’re gonna die out here” / Self
Proclaimed Lazy) – WALKED
Tom Reader – Digital Content Creator (Keen team member/ not shy of hard word work/
Nature Lover) – WALKED