Michael confers with Ashley before the challenge begins. It turns out that he's worked a few years in construction, which no one really knows. Ashley hasn't had much luck in the challenges, so Michael wants to help her so she doesn't get the disadvantage. She's prepared to follow exactly what he's doing. The challenge begins, and for safety's sake, everyone is harnessed. Everyone has a different strategy. Michael tells us that he grew up with his father saying to do something right or not at all. He plans to construct a sturdy tower, perhaps with some railings and an escalator. I bet he has mad Lego skills. Ashley follows Mike, but isn't so sure about Mike's painstaking strategy, which entails spending a lot of time on the bottom level. She bails on him. Even Sami has no idea what Michael is doing. Eventually Michael has no idea what he's doing, either, as he looks around and sees that everyone else is halfway finished while he's building a super-sturdy structure that is still quite low to the ground.
Daris appears to be in the lead, with Sam, Koli, and Ashley right behind him. He attempts his first climb, scrambling to beat Koli and Sam. However, Sam gets to the top of his structure at approximately the same time. Getting to the flag entails scrambling up a piece of scaffolding. Daris struggles to haul himself up, as does Sam. That looks like it hurts. This challenge requires some serious upper arm strength, I think. Both guys need another few blocks to raise themselves a bit higher, so they can better grasp the scaffolding. Daris gets up there first and makes another attempt to get on the scaffolding. And he does it! He climbs like a cute little curly-headed monkey and grabs his flag. Daris is the winner, and gets the one-pound advantage. He tells us that he's always been a quiet guy who was afraid to lead the pack, but now he has more pride in himself. This is the first challenge he's won, and he feels like he can do it now.