The teams arrive at the reward challenge, which Peachy describes as "a good old-fashioned Survivor obstacle course." The route includes a cargo net; the "timber tumble"; a rope climb (of which the S8 have the option to climb a rope or a rope ladder in order to ring a bell); the belly crawl (which turns out, for some contestants, to be the same as the timber tumble); three climbing walls; a ladder assembly; and the final use of said assembled ladder to scale the finish line: a ten-foot wall. "Under the African sky," the members of the victorious team will then have their own private "outdoor movie experience" with candy, popcorn, and "all the Mountain Dew [they] can drink." On hearing that this is the reward, the S8 mostly look perplexed. The teams will compete in heats; the first round pits Brandon and Frank against Tom and Kimp. Off to a good start, Tom continues to amaze me in the challenges. Then again, he's only forty-six years old, and I'm deceived by the fact that he looks like he's in his mid-sixties. We hear Peachy advise Brandon to "hold up" at one point, so maybe the partners have to complete each phase of the challenge together, even though no one else bothers, and through the rest of the challenge, Brandon never waits for Frank. Peachy instructs the teams that their first person may approach the ladder construction area, but can't start working until the other teammate arrives. It's difficult, during this challenge, to tell who's ahead, and by how much. We watch Lex Loser conclude that Brandon and Frank are ahead and that "it's theirs," and so it is. I'm fairly positive that Tom yells "Bitch!" as he struggles with the ladder; meanwhile Brandon positively prances across the finish line.
Round two finds Lex Loser and Teresa competing against Kimj and Ethan. Surprisingly, Kimj and Ethan make it through without killing themselves or each other. In fact, they both appear to spend less than 50% of the challenge falling over. They have a good pattern down: Ethan climbs over the "timber tumble" while Kimj crawls under it. Then Ethan climbs the rope while Kimj climbs the rope ladder. As they endure the belly crawl, Ethan keeps telling Kimj to "get that butt down." Hee. Lex Loser is a really good belly crawler, but so are snakes. Kimj, who was holding her own very well in the early part of the challenge, is suddenly behind, and Peachy tells Ethan, "You can't start on the ladder without her, though." Ethan advises Kimj to take her time, and I'll bet he's a pretty good soccer coach. Lex Loser and Teresa evidently have a difficult time with the ladder construction because suddenly Kimj and Ethan are crossing the finish line hand-in-hand.