Next is the treadmill. The top three will make it to the pool. Hollie says that running is really difficult for her, but she has a pretty extensive swimming background, so she kept telling herself that if she could make it to the pool, she'd be all set. Bill tells us how much he misses his family, and we get to see a photo of his cute kids. Kae and Bill are pretty much assured a spot in the pool, with Bryan and Hollie battling it out for third place. Sami yells for them both to fight for their family. Hollie makes it, beating Bryan by a few seconds. They both look awfully tired. I would probably be dead by now.
And then, Kae, Bill, and Hollie have to do forty lengths of the pool to determine who wins the prize. Kae tells us that she was going to try her best even though she's not a strong swimmer, but she was nervous, since Hollie is a swim coach. Oh wow, that does give her a huge advantage. Sami looks absolutely terrifying, like one of the bad girls in Tattle: When to Tell on a Friend, the ABC Afterschool Special about the kids on the swim team who try cocaine. Get off the dust, Sami! Hollie basically smokes the others, throwing in a few butterfly strokes at the end. She wins with a healthy six-lap lead. She interviews that she's done things that she never thought she could do physically or mentally, and it's overwhelming. Bill says that in ten weeks, he's gone from being barely able to get out of bed to doing a triathlon. He tears up and says that he can't wait for his family to see this, because they're going to be real proud. Oooh! I totally got a tear myself.
Sami then drops the bomb. In addition to the trip home and immunity, Hollie has won the power to also give one player of her choice a twenty-four-hour trip home and immunity. Hollie seems stressed. Isabeau tells us how much she wants to go home to sleep in her own bed and visit her boyfriend. And I mean, in this situation, you pretty much have to give the prize to someone with kids, right? You don't want to be responsible for their delinquency later on in life. Sami reminds her that she can be strategic. Hollie is not comfortable with the decision. Part of her wants to choose someone who misses their family, to give them an extra boost, and part of her wants to make the strategic decision that will help her get to the end in the game. Hollie says she has to do it from the game point, and so she picks Julie. I don't toooootally get the strategy. I guess it's that Julie hasn't shown herself to be a terribly strong competitor, so she'd be better to have around in the end than someone who's probably going to push you below the yellow line eventually. Sami tells Hollie and Julie that they still have to weigh in when they return, and that if they gain weight, their immunity is gone. Oooh, that must be the stinky Neil rule. Good. Hollie hopes that this won't be an issue for her, and that she can enjoy the reward she's been given. Amy, who misses her family a lot, is bawling. Hollie hopes that people don't hold a grudge, and thinks that in the long run, she made the best possible choice.