The dreaded clip show
As it turns out, the men went to a salon for some kind of day of beauty in between the second and third tasks. Incidentally, if the sign shown isn't misleading, this is the same spa where the men later overpaid for a leg wax, so that might explain why this was the first place they went -- it was the place they knew of where you could get a leg wax. Bowie explains that they went to the spa to try the "feminine route," on the theory that by acting like women, maybe they could win like the women were winning. Troy asks Sam whether he's supposed to get "butt-naked" for his massage, and Sam seems to tell him to leave his boxers on. In a quick interview, a robed Troy says that he feels like "an adult film star getting ready to get prepped, I mean, almost like I'm goin' in for a rub and a tug, and it's kinda makin' me a little nervous." Hee. Oh, Troy. Troy receives his massage from a large man, and tells us that he was more nervous about that than he's ever been in the Boardroom. Well, sure. Because -- boys touching! Each other! Ew! They should make a constitutional amendment against that. Or at least one that says if you do that, you can't file your taxes jointly. Because -- boys, filing jointly! Ew! Troy tells us that he went into the massage a child, and emerged a new man. Well, all right, then.
In the third task, the teams were told that they had to negotiate for a series of items. Amy feared that the men would be masters at negotiating, but Sam was in charge of the task, which meant that they were actually masters of pretty much nothing. Sam filled Boyfriend Bill's head with all manner of ridiculous football metaphors, which Boyfriend Bill did his best to ignore. Because what else can you do with a pantload of football metaphors? When the task was over, the women had saved twice as much as the men, giving them three wins in a row. Trump thought he might never hire another man. In one of the rare tastes of new material in the episode, Sam calls his dad for help before the Boardroom. Apparently, he asks his dad to tell him what his strength is. He thanks Dad and hangs up, and then he tells Bowie and Nick that he asked Dad what the most important part of a team was, and Dad said "a strong leader." Hee. Dad, I think, failed to pick up on exactly what kind of a pep talk Sam was looking for. Bowie and Nick laugh.