After that, it's time for lunch. And by lunch, I mean a product placement. Yes, they'll all be dining at a klassy TGI Friday's restaurant. Everyone pretends to be happy about this except for Ashley, who wins my heart with a temper tantrum when her mother wakes her up too quickly. The families crowd into the restaurant and eat its reasonably-priced wares. Dee notes that families are starting to divide into groups, with the Pollards, DiSalvatores, and Ricos on one side and the Cootes, Montgomerys, and Favereys on the other. It might have something to do with the fact that Amie still can't pronounce the Favereys' last name correctly. After lunch, Ricky Rico bonds with Aaron Pollard and says he always wanted an older brother. Aw.
After the break, the families are heading for Amarillo, Texas. Yes! That's near where the giant aluminum siding cross is! But the challenge won't be there, unfortunately. Instead, it's going to be at a steakhouse. The Ricos psych themselves up for success. Silvio gets all dramarama and says he put the family in the bottom three, so he'll have to get them out of it. Lenny Faverey explains that Ashley sprained her thumb, no doubt the result of another temper tantrum. Dee kindly offers her daughter some ice. Ashley declines, but asks for water and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich cut into fours. Things like this make me not want to be a mother, even though Ashley says thank you. Over in the Pollard RV, Amie makes her feelings known as to which family she wants to see gone: the Favereys. Her family is wearing purple and blue in honor of the DiSalvatore and Rico family colors. She then encourages her children not to get "ugly" after the contest no matter who wins and who loses. Yes, but it's kind of ugly before the contest to cheer on two of the families and not the third one. Come on, Amie. You're the one who talked about how important it was to have class. Oh, and now I see you're encouraging your son to make a shirt cheering on the Ricos and the DiSalvatores, but not the Favereys. Gross. Isn't life -- and especially this show, although it feels like it's been on forever -- too short for stuff like this?
The families arrive at the challenge. I see that the Faverey color is also blue, so there goes Amie's plan to not wear the Faverey colors. Also, way to run out of colors, Great American Road Trip producers. You couldn't have gone with black? Or brown? The losing families arrive, and Reno checks in on Ashley and her sprained thumb. She says she's fine. Awesome. Anyway, the challenge has nothing to do with the steak house they're in except that they're using its parking lot. Basically, there are a bunch of prop objects loosely related to Texas, and the families place them all on a small map of Texas as well as themselves. The slowest family to do so will be eliminated.
The Ricos go first. Erica says one handicap for their team is the fact that Ricky is the youngest and smallest of all the kids. Way to make him feel like it's all his fault, Mom. Reno says go, and the Ricos grab all the props. Ricardo starts stacking the largest items while his family collects the rest of the smaller props. Disaster strikes when Ricardo manages to hurt himself on a bale of hay. Oh, after the commercial, we find out that he twisted his ankle. As I said in my other weecap tonight, I recently sprained my ankle, so I feel for Ricardo here. Even though he's being kind of a baby about it. While he's groaning and stacking something, one of his other towers falls over. Also, is that a George W. Bush head I see? Way to recycle props from other challenges, show. By the way, George W. Bush wasn't born in Texas. He was born in Connecticut. The Ricos get everything and themselves on the map and Reno stops the clock. Ricardo immediately checks out his ankle. Apparently, it looks bad, but they still managed a time of four minutes and twenty seconds.
The Favereys are next. Lenny's so nervous his head is about to explode. He doesn't handle pressure well, does he? Reno says go, and the Cootes cheer the Favereys on because that's how their family cliques roll. Lame on both the Pollards' and the Cootes' parts. The Favereys grab the big props first and Lenny starts to stack while the kids and mom go for the other props. Lenny actually has a smart idea to put the hollow and bottomless oil derrick prop over the barrel, which saves a lot of space. The Favereys are doing well, but when they stand on the Texas and ask Reno to stop the clock, he does not. That's because there's still a prop on the ground. Oh, Favereys. Ashley sees it and grabs it with her bad thumb, and the delay didn't hurt them in the end -- they did it in three minutes and forty-nine seconds. They're thrilled to bits, while the Ricos look like they just watched their dog get shot. Dee credits their non-loss to Ashley, who could use the redemption after her temper tantrums this week. The Cootes congratulate the Favereys, while the Pollards are noticeably not happy at their win. Dee says "it's okay, I know what's goin' on, it's okay sweetie," to Amie in an attempt to be nice and extend a friendly hand, to which Amie nastily says "don't push it, sister, don't push it." Amie! What the hell? Where is your Southern hospitality? "I just want to be friends, that's all. I don't know what happened," Dee says. Amie is not about making friends today, though. What a good example she's setting for her kids! Amie tries to explain away her behavior by saying she thought Dee was taunting her, but I really don't think she was. For shame, Amie. For shame.
The DiSalvatores go last. They approach the props with their usual chaos, although Silvio and Mason grab two large props and save themselves some time. Dee interviews that she was rooting for the DiSalvatores to go home over the Ricos. That's right, Dee. There is much screeching from Amy. So much screeching. It's just awful. But they somehow manage to come through, creating an unstable, unorganized pile of stuff that manages to hold up long enough for the win. Reno says they did it in two minutes and forty-six seconds. Danny Rico starts to cry. Blake DiSalvatore does not bask in the glow of victory because somehow, with those parents, he managed to learn how to be a good winner and not make the Ricos feel worse than they already do.