So there's a huge scaffolding built over the pool, from which several cables attached to small platforms are dangling. Ed tells us that it's "imperative" that he and Jacklyn win, which makes me think he's automatically going to lose, as does anyone on any of the Bachelor shows who slips up and reveals an IQ over 80. So this contest is a combination of the "mental" and physical -- one person on each team will sit on one of the platforms, while his or her partner answers trivia questions. Each question incorrectly answered will result in one of the cables attached to the partner's seat being cut. After three cut cables, the contestant only will have a metal bar from which to hang; from there on out, it's pure stamina. Whichever couple's representative outlasts the others wins his or her team's right to send another couple home. Three of the couples pick their dude to sit, figuring that their upper-body strength will come in handy, but Nick and Rachel go against the grain. I'm all for doing things differently, but in the short time I've known him, Nick has not exactly made me think he's going to be Bachelor Pad Trivia Rain Man, and sincere apologies to Dustin Hoffman for that one.
So: Which girl was first into her bikini this season? It's Donna, and everyone gets it right. Which person in this season's Pad was from the earliest season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? The answer is Erica, and only Nick (showing me up) and Sarah get it right, so Ed and Tony each lose a rope, not that one seems to have much of an effect. Which woman in the house this season did not compete in the "Falling For Love" competition? It's one of the twins, but Nick goes wrong, picking Brittany when in fact it was Erica. Rope cut for Rachel. Right before the Hot Sludge Fundae competition, there was a shakeup. Who was David's partner before the switch? It's Jamie, and everyone gets it but Blakely (she went with Sarah). Tony loses a second rope. What was the first competition on Season One of Bachelor Pad? It was Twister, and only Sarah pulls it, so the others lose a rope, and Tony loses his seat and begins his hang. Who took her bikini top off on a group date in Vegas in Season One? I can't believe the answer isn't "everybody," but it's Natalie, and everyone gets it right. Tony looks like his love for his son isn't reaching his deltoids. Which two contestants on Bachelor Pad 2 were mothers? Just like that, Tony falls. Weak sauce, bro. The answer is Ella and Michelle, and the remaining women get it right, while Nick only gets half the answer, leaving Rachel to lose another rope and her seat. Erica R and Michael S (seems appropriate to use grade-school abbreviations) were on Bachelor Pad twice; who is the only other repeat offender? Rachel falls. Sarah gets it right with Gia. At this point, Ed is hanging and Chris hasn't even lost one rope, so let's cut to the chase: Ed falls just as Chris is about to lose his first rope. Harrison invites Chris and Sarah to "think" things over and get back to him with a decision, and I assume there's no rush given that there's still over an hour and a half in this God-forsaken show.