The Cootes arrive at the Excalibur, which Jennifer recognizes because she's been there "a couple times." As much as I knock the Pollards for not traveling enough outside of their comfort zone, I think the Cootes travel too much. If you even count trips to a cheesy theme hotel in Vegas as traveling, which I really don't. Jake jumps out of the limo before it comes to a complete stop, which is a great way to get run over. Where are the safety precautions, NBC?? It's not like Jennifer is going to look out for her son's best interests, so someone has to. There are two "rocks" with swords stuck in them. They have to pull them out and when they find one with a letter on it, keep it to unscramble the name of the next location. On their way to Excalibur, the Pollards wisely keep their eyes out for hotel names so they'll know as many as possible for the next round. Don't fill your head with names like "Bellagio," Aaron -- only the nastiest, cheapest, and most run-down theme hotels are featured on this show.
Jennifer has "Mandalay Bay" spelled out in swords before the Pollards even arrive. They set off just as the Pollards are arriving. When they see the Pollards behind them, they scream and Jennifer wonders how they got there so quickly. Maybe they cheated like you always do? The Pollards get to work and Amie quickly realizes the name is Mandalay Bay, thanks to the fact that it was one of the hotels she saw on their way to Excalibur. The Cootes can still see the Pollards from their limo when they get back in the limo and set off for Mandalay Bay and they are beside themselves. Sorry, Cootes, but you aren't going to win. The producers know that someone else needs a turn to win a prize and they're giving it to the Pollards no matter what, just like they did back in Branson. You think it's a coincidence that the Pollards only win and the Cootes only lose when it's a non-elimination round?
Soon enough, the Pollard limo passes the Cootes. Cheating is wrong, but I do love watching the Cootes be so miserable in defeat. The Pollards arrive at the Mandalay Bay and get out of the limo in search of their dad. Somehow, both families got a key with a room number on it, so that's what they're looking for. The Cootes are hot on the Pollards' heels, but the Pollards get in an elevator and on the floor first. Ron, Keith, and Reno are waiting in a room. The door opens ... and it's the Pollards of course. Keith is devastated. Ha ha! Even though there's no way this was fair and square, he's still incredibly upset over it. Amie claims that her family won with "class and humility," even though they jumped up and down and screamed and celebrated just as much as the Cootes do when they win. Reno says the Pollards are staying in this room tonight with $500 to spend. I guess they have a lot of cash left over from forgetting to have another stupid contest to win a gift-store shopping spree at the Roadkill CafĂ©. The Cootes finally arrive and Cassidy buries her tear-stained face in face in Keith's chest. This is so not worth crying about. Ron says it feels good to "beat" the Cootes, even though they really didn't, and even if they did, Ron had nothing to do with it. Amie says the room is amazing, but the most important thing to learn is how to be a true winner. And also in Aaron's case, perhaps some basic geography wouldn't hurt. In the spirit of being a true winner, Amie invites the other two families up to her room to show off what she won over them. The Cootes aren't going for it, and actually refuse Amie's invitation. Instead they angrily storm back to the RV and act like giant babies and generally miserable people.