Ready, and...go! They stand. They stare. It always seems like there should be pistols or fireworks or a floor show to mark the beginning of one of these challenges. And then there are some fades to mark the passing of time, and Jeff says, "Twenty minutes." "Left?" Steph asks. "In," Jeff responds. "You've only been up there twenty minutes." Steph does not look happy. At one point, Rafe manages to sneak a hand up to fling his glasses off, which is pretty impressive, but fails to make the "S" appear on his chest as he apparently planned. Jeff announces the passing of the forty-minute mark, and Howlie agrees. Jeff asks everyone how often they've had immunity. Steph and Danni once; Rafe four times.
We approach the one-hour mark, and Jeff warns them that it's about time to release one rope. He counts down from five, and then they all have to let go of one rope or the other. Basically, as soon as they release ropes, they all are screwed on the balancing part. Steph is the first in trouble, then Danni, then Rafe. But the interesting thing is that they all swing from the one rope they have left, and as long as they hang on the rope and don't let their feet touch, they aren't out. So they scrabble around, all three of them, but there's absolutely no way to get back up onto the platform once you fall off. One at a time, however, they get their feet back to the platform and lean their bodies against the side of the frame. So now they're sitting at an angle, with their backs against the frames and their feet propped up on those swiveling platforms, which they can move over to meet where their feet are. I'm not sure if this was envisioned at all, but it was very interesting how this challenge started out one way and then went another way. So now, they're sitting against the frames, and Jeff says it's going to be about "how long can you stay in this position." At an hour and a half, Jeff reminds them that they're about to have to let go with both hands. This means a couple of things. Most obviously, it means that they can't pull on the rope to shift their weight around anymore. But it also means that they can no longer touch the frames they're leaning against with their hands, because their hands are off-limits.