Meanwhile, Kelly and BuffJon head into the martial arts center. Elsewhere, the miserable Team Who continues to struggle to get to the subway station. David looks miserably over the driver's shoulder, while Jeff calls out that it's only half a mile or so, so it can't be too hard to find. The only thing that redeems the misery of this scene is the shot that allows you to check out Jeff's eyes. In my happy dream world, everyone's eyes would be that strange blue-gray color. "He has no fucking idea where we have to go to," David says miserably as he sits back into the back seat. I guess the good news is that the driver has no idea what David is saying, most likely. Jeff rubs his pretty eyes with his gloves.
Reichen wears a panicky expression as Chip voices over that the task involved "a plate of freshly-cut octopus." He remarks that the plate was still moving, as we look on and see that, indeed, this is the case. In one of the absolute funniest and freakiest things they've ever shown, Reichen puts one in his mouth and tries to chew it, and as he explains in a voice-over, while he tried to chew and swallow it, its tentacles attached themselves to his teeth. Aaaaaack. It's just brilliant, the way you can actually watch his face go from "Eh, this isn't so bad, I'll just lie back and think of sushi," all the way to "Holy mother of...it's in my mouth and it's resisting." He pulls it out of his mouth and throws it onto the plate. Which it crawls off of. Eeeewwww. Chip battles his gag reflex as he tries to work through his plate. "Are we allowed to vomit?" Reichen asks the waitress, and she waves her hands frantically. Which I think means, "We'd really rather you didn't." I think that's a pretty common policy in your better restaurants. Chip voices over that more than anything, it was the sheer quantity of octopus they were expected to eat that created the problem.
Strong Hands. BuffJon is preparing to punch through the boards. WHAM! He gets the first set on his first try. "Did it hurt?" Kelly asks curiously, and he goes into a cartoonish crane kick pose that I thought was a little funny. Kelly thinks so, too, and grins at him. He does the second set, remarking, "That one hurt." He does the third set, so now it's Kelly's turn. As usual, BuffJon wants to coach her, and as usual, she'd rather he wouldn't. Her first attempt does nothing, as she seems in part to misjudge the distance so that it might have worked if her arm was longer, if that makes sense. BuffJon voices over that he knew she was in some pain after the failed attempt, but to her credit, she does really try to suck it up and not bitch. She voices over that she wanted to burst into tears, but didn't.