Ashley, meanwhile, is having a very bad day. Bob takes her outside for a talk. She says that with Drea gone, she feels completely on her own. They were apparently BFFs, and now Ashley feels adrift. Bob tells her that it's okay for her to be by herself, because she's gotten where she is based on her own efforts. He wants her to make it all about Ashley, 24-7. Ashley realizes that it might be a good thing to be 100% on her own, and Bob tells her that when life tests you, you have the potential for greatness. Crisis resolved, and without any screaming, even!
Oh, and then its time for more Dr. Huizenga and his inner age bullshit. Michael's real age used to be 54, with an 84% chance of getting a catastrophic disease. Now is inner age is 42, and he has only a 31% chance of spontaneously combusting. Things are looking better for 31-year old Michael. On day one, Ashley learned that she was diabetic. Now, her blood sugar is normal, and her insulin is right where it should be. She no longer has diabetes, which is good news. Dr. H. tells her to keep doing what she's doing.
After that thankfully brief interlude with Dr. Death, it's challenge time. When the contestants first came to the show, they began laying the foundation for a healthy life. They all have the building blocks they need to reach their goals, but how they use them determines how well they stack up against the competition. One false move, and everything they have can come crashing down -- exactly like today's challenge. Each contestant has 175 building blocks, and their job is to stack them so they can get from the ground to some very high scaffolding, and get their individual banners. The first player to finish the challenge gets a one-pound advantage at the weigh-in. That one pound could, of course, mean staying or going, so everyone realizes its importance. Conversely, the person who finishes last gets a one-pound disadvantage. I don't like how they've started penalizing the people who come in last this season -- it just seems mean, especially when you have people who are older or injured.
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.