Episode 8 begins with that singing lady asking once again what I have done today to make me feel proud. I started recapping at 8:30, in hopes that I can actually get to sleep before 2 a.m. Sleep is a big part of health, lady! Also, stop judging me.
Last week, the Blue Team eliminated Miggy, and so this week O'Neal (who was teamless and had immunity) joins them as a team member. O'Neal wasn't in the voting room with them and so was very nervous that Sunshine had been eliminated. But she wasn't, and when he saw her return from voting he pounded the table with joy and cried a whole bunch. Sunshine assures him that she's not going anywhere, which makes me think that she'll be eliminated tonight. She's all, "Calm down, crazy old man." She loves him though. O'Neal is happy to be part of the Blue Team, and gives his fellow chumps a pep talk about teamwork. He says that they're all individuals, like fingers on a hand, but they come together as a fist. That's...kind of a violent call to action. O'Neal implores his Blues to rise to the occasion every day, and they all redouble their intention to pummel the Black Team this week.
The contestants meet Sami at Agua Dulce Airpark Ranch, where two 18-wheelers await them. Sami reminds them that they've had an experience that a lot of people covet -- namely, a couple of months away from their jobs. And other distractions such as families. But really, I'm thinking about gaining 150 pounds just so I can take a leave of absence. The vacation can't last forever, though, and the contestants will have to learn to juggle their busy lives. To help them with this lesson, it's "work week" on the show. Oooh, maybe they'll have to intern at the Jennie-O slaughterhouse! Sami says that all week they'll have to work at a full-time job, which entails an eight-hour shift with a bus commute every day. No one is happy about this. Stephanie works full-time at a high-pressure job, which is in part why she got heavy. She's nervous. Sami says that if the contestants want to eat healthy food they'll have to bring it with them, and if they want to work out they'll have to make time for it, just like the rest of the good people in the world. The gym also won't be open 24-hours. It's mock real life! The contestants will have meaningful jobs, working alongside volunteers from Feeding America and fighting the good fight against hunger.
Since there's a packed work week ahead, the contestants are going to get the challenge out of the way now. And they're going to have to pull the trucks. Each one weighs 33,000 pounds. Daris tells us that he's always wanted to pull a semi. That's kind of a weird dream, but okay. Each team will have to pull a semi down the runway and load puzzle pieces into the back of their truck. The puzzle pieces are located at three stations along the runway. At the finish line, each team will have to put the puzzle pieces together to spell their reward: groceries for one year. Everyone is psyched about this prize. Five members of each team will pull the semi, and one will be charged with collecting the puzzle pieces. The big guys on the Blue Team are feeling pretty confident, while Sam is wondering if his Black ladies are going to be able to do this.