We enter with Arthur talking to Jesse and feeling quite self-satisfied about how things are going for them. A flashback reminds us that Arthur guzzled more chocolates than a human should consume, and then sent Jay and Jen to be on the opposing Red Team while appropriating Sarah and Deni as human sacrifices. His goal, he tells Jesse, is to stay there as long as they can, and he promises that they're in a good position to stick around for a few weeks. This is a conversation that would lead one to believe that Arthur is going to be toast by the end of the episode. As usual, Jesse is completely silent as Arthur babbles. Arthur tells us that this is a week for him to keep his eyes and ears open and his mouth shut. He's done a bang-up job of that so far, hasn't he?
The Red Team has lost two members in the last two weigh-ins, and so they are redoubling their efforts to not suck. And they'll start at this week's pop challenge. Sami tells the teams that they'll be tied together with a rope, and will have to untie themselves. The team to untie itself fastest will win. Hannah tells us that she's not a sailor, and is probably going to have a hard time going against farm boys/pig ropers Rulon and Justin. The winning team will receive a key to the gym, and will in fact be the only team allowed in the gym for a week. The Red Team appears upset at this idea, even though they went without a gym for four weeks and seemed to do just fine. The Black Team has an extra person, so someone has to sit out. Everyone but Arthur nominates Arthur. It might be a short-sighted strategy, though, as Arthur could be really effective if you're allowed to gnaw the rope.
Justin indeed has been roping calves and bulls and My Little Ponies or whatever for his whole life, so feels like he's got this. He orders around the Red Team members, while the Black Team seems to think that the main idea of the challenge is to create more knots. The Red Team wins, and Marci dreads the beatings that Jillian is going to give them for losing gym access.
Bob and Jillian greet the Black Team and learn about the gym predicament. Indeed, Jillian is not thrilled and says that not having gym access is a major disadvantage. There is some outdoor equipment, which Bob says will be useful. Jillian remains not thrilled, and tells us that the Black versus Red matchup is like the Care Bears versus an NFL team. She herself is playing the role of Grumpy Bear. Meanwhile, Brett and Cara give the Red Team a pep talk, and seem relatively happy about the gym situation.