The families return to their RVs. The Cootes put their third cube into the 4-cube puzzle, and Jennifer says she thinks that the fourth cube will be the final piece that will tell them where they need to go next. I wonder how she came up with that? Could it be that it's because Reno told everyone that at the beginning? The RVs arrive in Hollywood, and the families think it's awesome and exciting because they don't have to live there. The RVs arrive at the Roosevelt hotel for a really awkward dinner with the Coote and DiSalvatore families in adjacent booths. Shockingly, there is little to no conversation between the two families. Actually shockingly, Jennifer interviews that she has no idea why the DiSalvatores like her family. It might have something to do with the fact that you guys don't like them and you're really unpleasant and you cheat to win and then you brag about it. And so, the Cootes reminisce about the first challenge and how the DiSalvatores accused them of cheating, which I still think they did. But all Reno did was hold a cue card in front of his face, so they got away with it. But then their prize was a dinner on a concrete bridge with two strangers, so the joke was on them. Jennifer says she'd rather be in the final two with a family the Cootes were close with, but I don't think that family exists.
Meanwhile, the DiSalvatores are talking about all the fallen families, and how sad it was to see them go. And then the Cootes are talking shit about the DiSalvatores and openly pointing at them. And then! We see some previously unseen footage from last week when Keith and Silvio were at the top of the zipline and Keith did an amazing impression of Silvio, saying "I'm from da Bronx! I shit my pants like a little girl!" Who is this guy? I really thought people grew up and stopped being assholes when they settled down and had children and stuff, but I guess not. I mean, can you imagine how bad the Cootes are when they aren't trying to look good for the cameras? While everyone else would rather be at the end with another family they like, Silvio has it right when he says it's great to be here against the Cootes, because beating them will feel great. Silvio loudly proposes a two-table-wide toast to both families, the grandmas, and this crappy show. The Cootes obligingly raise their glasses, and then Jennifer says that Silvio is "full of shit." Well, so are you for going with his toast if you thought it was fake.
The next morning, Reno is poolside with a Reno-sized breakfast in front of him. Why is this show encouraging him to eat more? Whatever happened to all of those shows that made their stars eat less and turned them all anorexic? The families arrive and are invited to eat whatever escaped Reno's greedy paws. Amy interviews that she expected the Cootes to make the finals. She didn't, however, expect the DiSalvatores to. I think it's safe to say that no one did. Some butler-looking guy walks out with a tray with a sheet over what are obviously the last two cubes. And suddenly, we're back to what appears to be the beginning of the show, where Reno tells us that seven families began, only two are left, Route 66, exciting adventure, grand prize, etc. etc. And then there's a commercial break.
Back from break, the butler-looking guy walks out yet again with the tray of cubes. This show is going backwards and forwards through time more than an episode of Lost. Reno hands the cubes to the families personally so there won't be anymore shenanigans, and then the families set about completing the puzzle. Father Coote tells us YET AGAIN that the four cubes went together to complete a puzzle. But can you put the four cubes together to complete a puzzle? And how many families began this challenge, and is said challenge exciting? And what road are they driving on? Both families figure out they're going to Santa Monica Pier in short order and head out. Silvio is so ready to beat the Cootes at the last challenge that he can't think of enough synonyms for "beat."
On the Coote RV, Jake is screaming about getting fired up. Things are actually calm and quiet on the DiSalvatore RV for the first time in the history of this show, as Silvio makes a speech about how much time they spent together and stuff while he also interviews that his family seriously needs the money, more than his wife and kids know. I get not telling the kids, but leaving the wife in the dark? Kinda lame. Also, how could Amy possibly have thought it was a good idea to leave Silvio in charge of the family finances? She deserves to be poor if she's going to let her money be managed like that. The RVs set out for the pier, and Cassidy checks out some stock footage of the Beverly Hills sign while Jake says what up to his homie Gs out the window. Good thing he's in Beverly Hills, or that would be a great way to get shot.
Finally, the RVs arrive at Pacific Ocean and the families get to see the ocean for the first time! Or, as Amy says, smell it. She thinks it smells delicious. Try putting your feet in it, Amy. Last time I did that near the Santa Monica pier, I got stung by a stupid jellyfish. And there's Santa Monica pier! Jake wants to go on the rollercoaster, even though it's actually pretty small and lame. Jennifer says the kids can enjoy Santa Monica and California after they win. Which means if they don't win, she won't let them go sight-seeing.
Finally, the families arrive for their final challenge. I could not be happier, mostly because that cube thing was incredibly boring and stupid. Either make it a race with a prize, or do something else. The families walk across the beach towards Reno. For the fiftieth time, he congratulates them for being the final two families and reminds them that they're competing for $100,000, a year's worth of gas from the product placement gas station, a trip back to Los Angeles, and four round-trip tickets on the crappy product placement airline. Will the cost of checking bags be included with that? Because if not, it's not worth it.
And now, the challenge: there are two giant maps of America with the route they took traced on them and eight stops along the way that they must match with eight cubes with pictures on them of the family in front of various landmarks, some from the trip and some not. They have to figure out which picture goes with which stop. Ah, so many memories I'd rather not have. Like the Midpoint Café. And that movie theater. And everywhere else. And then there are the decoy pictures of locations the families didn't go to that look much more exciting than the ones they did. The first family to match all the cubes correctly wins. That's it? That's the big game-winning challenge? Jennifer interviews that she expected the final challenge to be "a little bit harder." For real, Jennifer. The DiSalvatores, of course, are very nervous about this because, as Blake tells us, his father never paid any attention to any of the challenges. But he does think his father will be able to press the button at the end well, so apparently that will be his job.
Go! The Cootes get their first cube in correctly at Wrigley Field and then another one at the Big Texan. And then a third one at that Drive-In. Meanwhile, the DiSalvatores actually should have an advantage in this challenge because all four of them are able to lift a cube each, whereas the Coote children are too small to do so. Unfortunately, they also have Silvio, who thinks they visited the Lincoln memorial. In Oklahoma. And I think Amy thinks the Niagara Falls are the Hoover Dam. Back with the Cootes, they're also starting to have trouble with the decoy pictures. Over at the DiSalvatores, Silvio is obsessed with Lincoln, thinking the Lincoln memorial is the same as Lincoln's house, which isn't even a stop on the map anyway. The kids have to inform him that the Lincoln memorial is not the same, and is in Washington D.C. But he decides to try it anyway, and the DiSalvatores buzz in with the incorrect answer. "Stop touching things!" Amy orders Silvio. Meanwhile, the Cootes think they've got it right. But they d