The next course is live grubs, which look just like the grubs they ate in the first season of Survivor. As the insects squirm and ooze on the plates, Linda yells in alarm, "They're livin'!" Peachy points out that they don't taste that bad, and then James and Alwan have a delayed reaction to the fact that live grubs indeed move. Peachy reveals that this course is a time trial, and that only the two loved ones who finish eating the three grubs fastest will move on to the next round. Jenny looks particularly distressed, and tears up while shaking her head at Peachy. Alwan attempts to drink his grubs, which doesn't seem to me like a particularly promising route to take, while Jenny continues to shake her head in dismay at Jake. Helen's husband may have had a problem with the water roach, but he's all about the grubs. He finishes almost immediately, and Helen is so excited she knocks the sunglasses off her face. By some absolute miracle, Jenny manages to finish next, so that's it for the other loved ones. Peachy dismisses Jeff after deeming him "quite a gamer," and Jan cries some more over her departing "baby boy." Clay and Linda exchange more "I love you"s, but this time aloud. Peachy snottily tells Alwan that he "just got outplayed," and that it's part of the game. As Alwan heads off, Ted requests that he pass on his "I love you"s, and Alwan says of course he will. He then takes off his hat causing Clay to bust out with, "Oh, you [sic] bald too!" Hee!
Peachy is as amazed as I am that Jenny made it this far and asks, "Who knew? Who expected this?" while looking over the two unlikely finalists. He then brings out a live tarantula housed on a glass-domed plate, and Jenny is obviously disturbed because she can't stand spiders. Peachy removes the lid from the spider plate and showily forces it to crawl up his arm while slowly explaining to James and Jenny, "That's a tarantula. Obviously alive. It's got a lot of fur on it. But it's absolutely harmless." And what's with the "lot of fur" announcement? Jenny thinks Peachy can't possibly ask them to eat that, causing Peachy to produce another plate, which he uncovers to reveal a second, boiled tarantula. It's black and very hard-looking. Peachy stresses that it's not alive -- and I hope so, what with the boiling and all -- and that it's "like a peach." Given that I can't imagine in what way a boiled tarantula is anything like a peach, I'll take that as a shout-out. The loved ones will have one minute to eat the boiled tarantula, and if neither finishes in that time, they are both eliminated and will leave without seeing either loved one. If they succeed, they both advance to the final round. The challenge begins, and Jenny attempts to shove the entire thing into her mouth while Jake advises her to "swallow it as quick as you can!" A chewed-up leg falls out of her mouth. James approaches the spider-eating more methodically despite the gagging and the fact that his eyes are spontaneously rolling back in his head. Peachy announces that they both can do anything: "You took three grubs!" We see more shots of struggling, insect-eating loved ones, and finally James finishes. With twenty seconds to go, Jenny appears to be having difficulties, but then she pulls through. Crying, she asks, "Do I want this bad or what?" She whines that she's waited a long time for this, and thirty-three days just does not seem that long to me. Jenny then snits that she's "doin' it," and attempts to stare down James, who just looks at her blankly in response.