Blind Guy Erik's alone still. Jeff's still beating himself up about the brain lapse which left Erik by himself. He and Ike reunite with Erik and what follows in Jeff's TH is either really honest and introspective or kind of dickish. Based on how he has watched out for Erik thus far, we can probably give him the benefit of the doubt it's the former when he says he really had to leave his individual expectations at the door for this expedition because of Erik. "I can only go as fast as my brother can go."
Gypsies, Country Boys, No Limits, Football Players and Team Kansas are battling for the lead in this lame challenge. Seriously -- gathering water again? Team Kansas needs two girls to carry a big bucket together. When they nearly drop it, Kelsey warns they "can't get bickery with each other." Bickery. Yup. NY Firemen, Cops, Mom's Army, and Fab 3 all deal with the bucket challenge easily. Jim from Cops says he's been working with the SWAT team for 13 years and working as a unit is what they're used to. Fab 3's Kari confides that she finds it irritating how bossy her brother AJ can be, but she says this as AJ smartly overrides her choice of bucket. She, however, has a point about his leadership complex. As he leads them off, he coaches his team. "Deep breaths, everyone." Gah.
Country Boys read the instructions for reaching the next checkpoint. They will be inflating kayaks and paddling 4.3 miles down the Magoon River through rapids. They've managed to overtake Gypsies who are now in second place. As they take off, we watch Football Players and Team Kansas finally figure out the buckets. Team TH for Team Kansas has them all standing around like dopes just to verify the small bucket was the best choice. Country Boys are the first to reach the river. Nick explains that they all have whitewater experience and they've amazingly gone from seventh to first place since Stage 1. Gypsies arrive while Country Boys inflate their kayaks. Gypsy Eric admits it was intimidating to arrive there to see Country Boys' muscles bulging -- an odd concession in what's supposed to be a fierce competition. No Limits arrives at the river at this point, too.