For the PoV competition, everyone heads outside into the back yard (the competing couples wearing color-coded hardhats) to find it all rainy and fogged up, with an obviously Jericho-themed playing field set up. It's on after this, you know. Adam explains that the idea is to "restore communication to the outside world" by stringing lengths of cable from a "generator" across a series of eye-level "utility poles." And where will they find those cables? Hidden inside giant barrels of peanuts, of course. Hell, CBS had to do something with them, right? Props to the network for figuring out a way to use them in the Big Three's worst reality show instead of giving them to the needy or something.
The competition begins. It's harder than it looks, because the cables are all different lengths, and the poles are different distances apart. Also, they swivel, so you may be able to attach the cables on one side without the other. "We were definitely lost," James DRs, totally missing the point of this whole cross-promotion. Everyone starts by just putting up cables haphazardly as soon as they find them, except for Joshuah and Sharon, who end up winning.
So now that they've "restored communication," they get to have a news ticker come on and flash a few headlines. "McCain remains the frontrunner" is the first headline, which thrills Amanda. Except she's also thrilled that Barack Obama is leading Hillary Clinton. So she's the Mitt Romney of the house. Joshuah gets his stereotype on by being glad to have a Britney update. And the last headline? "The Hudson River Virus is threatening those cut off from the outside world." Oh, now what? James thinks this is some kind of hint, having to do with the fact that the four colors of the hardhats happen to match the colors of that stupid puzzle in the guinea-pig cage. Every player has a weakness, and James's is the guinea-pig puzzle. James hopes to find another clue related to that whole thing. Because that worked out so well last time.
Sheila gets tired of watching Allison hang out with everyone but Sheila. So she goes off on a rant to Natalie in private about how much Allison sucks. Or what she thinks is private, because the walls don't go all the way to the ceiling and Joshuah is listening on the other side. Natalie's like, "Whatever." Fortunately for her, Sheila is too busy being crazy to notice.
Sheila then buttonholes Matt in the pantry, yapping away about how betrayed by Allison she feels. Shouldn't this wait until Allison, you know, does something bad to Sheila? Matt does a great job of not poking the crazy, making polite noises until he can duck out of there, just after Sharon runs away from the door where she's been listening in.