Now here's a quandary for you, in keeping with the puzzle theme of the challenge. Osten, who has already told us that he's not a strong swimmer, goes out into the water wearing the mask on his forehead. Why would a guy whose team still has more puzzle pieces left on the beach than in the water go into the water? Don't know. Why would he do it knowing he can barely swim? Don't know. Why would he wear the mask, but not actually put it over his eyes? Don't know. But that's what he does. Meanwhile, Rupert has retrieved the piece from the water, and Jon has gotten another piece from the beach, so Burton heads again into the water. Ryan-O tells Osten to put the damn mask on already, but Osten ignores him and dives under with it covering his very valuable forehead. Wouldn't want to get it all...I don't know...salty, I guess. ["I'm sure that's the ostensible reason. GET IT?! Ostensible! God, I'm funny." -- Wing Chun] But then, as Osten realizes that his feet are quite a bit off the bottom, he starts to panic. Jeff asks him if he's okay, and he says he's not. You can actually tell from the girly screaming. Jeff instructs him to hold onto the course-marker rope, and then sends Ryan-O and Andrew out into the water to help him. Drake continues collecting puzzle pieces as Ryan-O and Andrew go to rescue Osten. Oh, look, it's a floating brain trust. I'm surprised they don't collaborate on a book while they're out there dog-paddling around. Anyway, it isn't clear exactly what the boys do when they reach Osten, but soon, all three of them are making their way back up the beach. "Way to not quit," Jeff says, desperate for something to congratulate them about other than their natural buoyancy.
Ryan-O now goes into the water to fetch for Morgan as Trish goes for the last Drake piece in the sand. It's hard to tell, but it looks like this piece is buried exceptionally far under the edge of the water, so she's trying to dig it out of very wet sand that's constantly being re-flooded. Andrew goes to snag the Morgan piece that's closest to the water, and it just doesn't look like it's anywhere near as difficult. Trish continues battling even to clear the sand long enough to get at the piece, let alone get her hands wrapped around it or get it out of the very heavy, wet slop it's under. This just didn't look quite fair to me. ["Oh, this challenge could have been completely rigged, but Morgan managed to biff it anyway, through its unstoppable suck." -- Wing Chun] Anyway, Andrew tags Darrah, who wears the mask out into the water. You'll remember that they specifically kept her on the theory that she would be great at challenges, and this eighth piece is the first time they've sent her out. She sure is a valuable commodity. I'll bet Lill couldn't have done this at all, don't you? Of course, Morgan kept Osten for challenges, too, so...maybe they have a special magic double-deke strategy that involves a lot of losing. That's it. They've got Drake right where they want 'em.