Suddenly, the boats and the S14 are out in the water, but how they got there, we'll never know. Peachy stands on a floating dock and welcomes them to the race. He explains that each tribe has five containers anchored to the ocean floor at various points along the course. The tribes will paddle out in a "criss-cross" fashion, unclip the five boxes, load them on the boat, and return to the finish line. Peachy calls it a "criss-cross" course, but really it's a collision course, because the paths of the two tribes are designed to intersect along the way. Peachy says that the reward is a choice between comfort: blankets, pillows, and three lanterns with fuel; or sustenance: a week's worth of rice. Peachy brags, "The winning tribe gets to decide; the rest of it goes home with me." Rotu will sit out two members because they outnumber Maraamu, but that doesn't quite seem fair, since those extra members were allowed to help with the raft's construction. Paschal practically springs off the raft to sit this one out, and Neleh follows.
The challenge begins and -- wow! -- Sean is actually rowing...for now, anyway. The tribes are pretty much neck and neck as they approach the first couple of crates, and even the anticipated collisions are anti-climactic as they gently push off each other. Where's the hair-pulling and the kicking? Where's the biting of the eel-bitten finger, and kicking of the injured toe? Why is Sean yelling nothing about Hunter's oppression on the other boat? In any case, John with the split fingernail is in one of the front positions, which involves pulling up the rope with his bad hand. Sean, meanwhile, can't even manage the unhooking of a box without Hunter. Both boats -- nearly fully loaded now -- are starting to sink a bit. Nearing what looks to be their second-to-last crate, Maraamu overshoots the rope, and as they struggle to get back to it, Hunter makes the heroic effort of jumping from the raft, swimming down, and untethering the crate by hand. They lose a little time this way, but not as much as if they'd waited for Sean to lift a finger and right their course in the first place. When they come to the final crate, Rotu and Maraamu are dead even again. So the race comes down to the final row to shore as both boats continue to sink little by little. Rotu, at one point, appears to be moving sideways, but it's just the camera angle as we see that they've pulled ahead nearing Peachy's finish line. Maraamu's Rob is more spazzing than rowing at this point, which is admirable compared to Sean, who we see is not even putting his oar in the water. Seriously, he's pretending to row, and then he stops doing even that. He's obviously learned a lesson from Sarah. So Rotu wins and Hunter looks pissed off; the other members of Maraamu just look sad. Rotu takes a vote, and comfort wins out, so Peachy volunteers to deliver the blankets, pillows, and lanterns to their camp. Peachy dismisses Maraamu -- including Sarah, who is not even out of breath -- with a half-hearted "nice effort."