Much less amused by the skiing? Aaron. Who is complaining and complaining to the point where I think he's actually interfering with his own ability to get the hang of it. He also seems like he has a really high center of gravity -- is it the pecs? -- and finds this unduly difficult. In other developments, Kristy falls on her ass. Aaron keeps calling out that he wants to switch, and that "this is not safe." Hayden urges him to keep going. He falls. Hornio observes, and when Rebecca notices how Aaron is struggling, they ditch and head for Accuracy. Aaron falls again. This time, he just lies on the ground, defeated.
Commercials. The replacement of the iconic Gap Holiday ads with iconic Old Navy fleece ads at Christmas time is perhaps one of the most depressing advertising-related developments ever.
When we return, Aaron is dragging himself to his feet. Meredith and Maria head for Accuracy, though it's very hard to tell just how far behind they are. Gus and Hera are peg-throwing, and in fact, they are the first to finish the pegs. The skiers are making their way down the hill, and both Kristy/Lena and Bolo/Lori seem to be figuring out how to do it well enough to stay on their feet.
Kris and Jon polish off the pegs. Gus and Hera are doing the axe, and she's the one throwing it. When her first attempt fails, Gus tells her to hold it in both hands over her head and throw it that way. We get a glimpse of an interview in which she admits that from time to time, her father does know what he's talking about. Yeah, I hate that, too. And then she takes the axe in both hands, raises it over her head, and throws it. And indeed, it buries itself in the stump. Elsewhere, Spazpants finishes the pegs. Hornio actually quits Accuracy and completes the rare Detour Double-Bald-Snark, heading back to the skis. The rain continues as Kris buries the axe in the target. And then Gus hits the target with an arrow, and Gus and Hera are in first place heading out of the Detour. And good for them. The clue tells them that it's time to drive to the pit stop at Nesheimstunet. It's a 1,000-year-old "traditional farm," and the last team to check in "may be eliminated." Gus and Hera take off. Jon hits the arrow target, and they're out of there in second place. In the car, he and Kris are smiling and laughing, apparently just generally having such a good time that it doesn't occur to them to fight. I'd point out that they're in just as good spirits as before, despite the fact that they suffered from at least some significant navigational problems on the way to the Viking Village.