The other three teams who actually came prepared -- Bates & Anthony, Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan -- jump in and start diving for pearls. It's deeper than I thought, maybe twenty feet or so, but they don't have to go all the way to the bottom. There are, like, long underwater clotheslines they have to get to, with strings of shells hanging several feet below them, but the top of each string is only six or eight feet below the surface. I'm not sure Dave & Connor even need masks, snorkels and fins to do this. Bates & Anthony interview about how it was tough but amazing, and working together helped. "Even with our brains, two are better than one," Bates says with what is quickly becoming their trademark self-deprecation. Beth & Mona are delivered to the "Take a Trunk" area nearby and are quickly fitted with dive helmets as they lower themselves into the water. The first one down is a little scared at first, but calms herself by watching the fish and stingrays going by. Her partner joins her and they talk about how communication is key in roller derby: "When you're on the track and skating, it is happening so fast and it's happening while people are hitting you." I can think of a few episodes of this show that might have been improved with a little hitting. Here, they manage to communicate nonverbally through the process of dragging the trunk over to the umbrella area. One day I hope to see Bora Bora's undersea umbrellas with my own eyes.
The next batch of three teams -- Idries & Jamil (one of whom narrates, "Just getting in the water, it was just so deep and it was everywhere"), Pam & Winnie and Chuck & Wynona -- begin the pearl task, each team working its own area. Although Wynona seems to be more or less sitting this one out, because Chuck's the better swimmer. Also not swimming together are Joey & Meghan, who have devised an efficient new system where Joey throws lines of oysters onto the boat, where Meghan pries the shells open. Plus this way she can tell him to go back for more as soon as she comes up empty, which she seems to be doing a lot.
Dave & Connor run back to the chapel and get their snorkel stuff -- upset about their mistake -- and tell their water taxi driver to go as fast as he can. Like it's his fault.