In time-lapse, the clouds clear away, and Jonathan uses the bell to summon the kids to the chapel. "Thankfully, the sun is out and it's warming up," Jonathan tells us at home. The kids cheer appreciatively. Jonathan announces that it's time for another showdown. And what's at stake this time? Same thing as last time; the showdown represents a chance for them all to change their class and their salary (although composition of the individual Districts will remain the same). He sends them all off to change into their showdown uniforms. Wow, not a good day to be running around outside in a t-shirt. "I do not want to lose this Upper Class position because you get the biiiig paaaay," Jared interviews, reclining on a hay bale in the barn, in which he has presumably stashed his collection of Faberge eggs. We see everyone getting changed and ready, and it looks like they got colored Bonanza City sweatshirts as well as t-shirts to wear. The Blue team's Olivia, 12, from Indiana, whom we've never met before, thinks her team is going to "rock it." The Yellow team meanwhile decries the Blue team's arrogance. Green cheers, and one of its members, Savannah (10, from Kentucky), says that Yellow deserves to be made laborers so they can actually do some work. "They're as lazy as a sack of potatoes," she drawls. So that's who she wants in charge of cleaning the outhouses? Think, Savannah!
When the kids get to the showdown field outside of town, it's warmed up even more, because most of them have foregone their sweatshirts. There's a rather large artifact in the middle distance. Kelsey (Yellow, 11, from Pennsylvania) says, "I saw this huge, blue thing and I was like, 'What is that?'" No, it's not an IKEA store; it's an inflatable, 45-foot water slide. "And don't worry, guys," Jonathan adds. "It's heated!" The kids erupt excitedly, as they do. Jonathan explains that this is one of their reward options in the event that every team finishes in an hour. If the Council picks that, they can put it in the center of town and use it whenever they want. DK thinks that'll make the whole town into an amusement park. It'll be an amusement park in which you have to cook your own food and wash your own clothes, but maybe there's a case to be made that that's preferable to being charged twelve dollars for a hot dog. Jonathan tells them that choice number two is under the rusty barrel he's standing next to, but they won't get to find out what's in there until afterwards. Too bad the show was too cheap to spring for a 46-foot crate to hide that water slide in.
So here's the challenge, and again, it's water-based. Again: brr. The kids have to use the stacks of PVC plumbing pipes and joints in front of them to transport water from pumps on one end of the field to different-colored water wheels way on the other end of the field. And the pipes have to go through a veritable obstacle course -- through an outhouse, a barrel, and a wall with many pipes sticking out of it (only one of which will work). And they're going to have to do it with the water running. Brrr! Just like last week, the first team to complete the task and return to the finish line gets to be Upper Class, the second gets to be Merchant Class, and so on. Laurel interviews, "It would be pretty embarrassing to get last place twice in a row." It certainly would. Not that that's a spoiler or anything.