At the top, they get harnessed in, and Eric talks about being high up. Some Old Dude talks to them about not getting near the edge when they're excited and not clipped in. All right, old-timer. Someone has drawn a chalk body outline down below. The Mayors show up with money: six thousand dollars. They announce that the kids will pair up into teams of two, and go across the wires, just holding onto each other, face to face. Steve says the wires are "a freaking hundred and eight feet" off the ground. Hee. Douchebag. It's sixty feet across. Each boy-girl team gets two chances only. Kendal jumps up and down and claims Eric as her teammate. Shane and Rachel -- the Gays -- are together. "Gay Pride," says Rachel. Darrell and Sarah don't pick each other, but are stuck together, bitches Sarah.
Shane and Rachel are first. It seems pretty hard. Shane says it feels much higher. They talk to each other and encourage one another, and make fake tension as we go to commercials.
Back. Shane and Rachel shimmy across and keep going and finally make it. Rachel screams like she's hurt. Everyone cheers. Kendal announces that they must feel very good.
Sad music plays as Sarah and Darrell go. Sarah tells us that she's not used to relying on people. Awwwwww...she's nearly crying. They start out, both kinda bitching at each other. Mostly Sarah. Darrell says it's all cool until he tells her she can lean on him. She stupidly leans on him and goes into the splits and they fall. Darrell camera-talks that it's his fault. They console each other as they go. It's funny how I can both laugh and have complete apathy at the same time. Human emotions are cool.
Eric and Kendal. "Front, slide," they say. Kendal wants to go slower. "Shh, quiet!" she says, adding, "Focus." I'm sure that was what she was saying last night. Kids watch from dorm windows. (I would so find a way to chuck eggs at them or something if I were in college and Road Rules dared to come to my campus.) Eric and Kendal shake. Talk. Shake. Talk. "Don't lose it," everyone yells. Then they fall. Kendal says it really freaked her out. As they hang in the air, Kendal tells us that it was a "highly emotionally charged moment," so she grabs Eric and kisses him. Hee. They make out on the way down. Eric voice-overs that it was sweet and sensual. Yeah. Really. In a totally non-sensual way.
Sarah tells Darrell that it's not fear, but being cold that's the problem now. Darrell thinks they can do it if they stay focused. Ha. They try again. Kids cheer below. They slide, slide, shake, and Sarah says Darrell was getting anxious. Rachel can't watch. They fall. It's over. Kendal cries up top. Sarah says she dropped the ball and they failed their first mission and it feels horrible. It feels good from where I'm sitting.