Meanwhile, Bob is really pushing Neil. He says, "You do know that I'm going to be riding you...really hard, right? And you're going to take everything, right?" Bob has certainly never sounded so hardcore, nor so gay. Bob hopes that everyone ultimately forgives and forgets. Neil complains a little about being made to work so hard, but he knows he deserves it. Kae is still distracted, but is trying to get her focus back and stay out of the drama. Hollie and David talk about the fact that their team might be in trouble, but Jillian makes them forget their woes with a delicious, calcium-filled glass of milk. She has a brace of some sort on her right arm, perhaps from beating on Neil. And then, it's the Jillian quote of the episode: "I'm telling my team they need to focus on what they want the most. And when you ask them what they want the most, they say they want to be healthy. You want to be healthy, all you need to do...is work out...and eat right...and shut up...and listen...to me."
And then, it's challenge time! Sami notes that the contestants have been there for two months, and have had to endure a lot. And with ninety-minute and two-hour episodes, so have we. Not coincidentally, the challenge is also about endurance. Each team has to hold their weight via ropes on some sort of scaffolding contraption over the water. Don't try to make sense of it if you haven't seen it. The prize for the winning team is in a little locked box. Sami can't tell them what it is just yet, but she can assure them that it will give them the power to affect the course of the game this week. I bet it's a genie!
The teams partake in their strange scaffolding challenge. Isabeau and Neil are the first to let go of their ropes, which means they fall into the water and are also out of the running for the prize. Sami notes that they made a huge splash. Nice. David, Kae and Hollie are next to fall. The two remaining teams fight to the death, but in the end, Ryan, Nicole, and Bryan outlast Julie, Bill, and Amy and win the prize. The winning team is ecstatic, especially Nicole. She can't wait to tell Bob that the team with two Blue Team members won a challenge. She and her teammates open the box, and, alas, no turban-wearing genie pops out. Rather, they learn that each member of their team gets a vote at elimination. This means that they'll have three votes instead of a collective one as the team. So they will control three out of five votes, enough to make a majority and oust someone. I know this is an important twist, but I can't get past the fact that this information really didn't need to be in a locked box. In order to redeem the valuable prize, this team will have to stay above the yellow line. If they drop below, it's null and void, and they'll be up for elimination. The Black Team in particular is really angsty about this turn of events. How unlike them.