Speaking of the Frats, they're bickering again, and again, it seems a little prickly. They're getting into the kayak, and they're frankly not really sure what they're doing. "Stop making a fuckin' production, get in the boat," Drew snipes. "Sit your fat ass down," Kevin says. Drew: "If this thing tips..." Kevin tells him to shut up.
Guidos hiking up the mountain. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- these guys are pretty dang fit for fifty. In fact, Joe tells us he's fifty-one. Hmm. At the top, they check out the Detour and pick the Climb. (As did everybody else.) "It's no problem at all," says an obviously concerned Bill. "We're in the mountains all the time skiing." Huh? Skiing? What does that have to do with anything? Skiing is down. Rock-climbing is up. I don't think it's time spent in the mountains that's terribly relevant here, but I suppose this is the Guidos' usual self-motivating superior dance being choreographed yet again. They begin the climb.
The Frats are still struggling in the kayak. Drew points out that between the two of them, they weigh over four hundred pounds, so Kevin has quite a task with the paddling.
At the climb, Bill runs into trouble. "I don't think I can do this," Bill says plainly. "I thought there was going to be more assistance." Excuse me? "Assistance"? Like people to wait on you? What is he talking about? You climb the rock, dude; it's not a faked-up stunt. Joe doesn't quite want to give up. He gently says, "Honey, would you try and let me go first?" Awwwwwwww. "Honey." Hee. I'm telling you, if they'd given me more Relationshippy Guidos, I think I would have liked them a lot more. Bill is willing to let Joe try, but really thinks he doesn't have the physical strength to do it. In an interview, over footage of himself clambering past Bill, Joe says their strength is that they're so "complementary" because they know each other's strengths and weaknesses, and frankly, as much as I can't stand these guys most of the time, I'll give them this point without question. Joe manages to get up the rocks; he then turns and gets Bill up there, too. He explains that "seeing your partner actually do something and achieve something that you know is very difficult for him...just makes your heart burst." Well -- awww, sort of, but on the other hand, eeew. Bursting hearts? POW! Kinda hard on the aorta. Nevertheless, this is undoubtedly the Guido highlight of the entire race so far. Not being ahead is very, very good for them. They high-five and read the S/L/T clue.