With that, it's time for the final eight to compete. Chris has not been medically cleared for the activities to come, so gets the boot before she even begins. The others have to first race in a hundred yard dash, which echoes the 40-yard dash of their first night on campus. The top five move on to the second round. They are: Cassandra, Lauren, Megan, Mike and Jeremy, who bests Kimmy by a foot. She and Emily bid adieu.
In the next heat, the Losers have to compete a puzzle, which also hearkens back to the first episode. This time, the puzzle is a bit more complicated. There is a stack of puzzle pieces with various foods on them, and the contestants have to match these pieces with the number of calories that they contain. The top three will move on to the final heat. Mike is the first to get his puzzle put together correctly. Jeremy tries a whole bunch of times, and his persistence pays off when he eventually gets the right combination and moves forward. With one slot left, the three remaining ladies are freaking out. Miss Alison Sweeney encourages them to think carefully. Finally, Lauren gets it and is the third to move on. I wish I remembered anything about her -- she seems cool. Cassandra and Megan are eliminated, and both are very gracious about the whole thing.
Mike, Jeremy and Lauren then move on to the final round, where they have to stand on a relatively narrow pole while holding on to a giant finale ticket that looms overhead. The last person standing will win a spot in the final three. Jeremy tries to psych out the other two by talking constantly, leading Miss Alison Sweeney to ask Conda if he's like that at home. She says, "Relentless? Yes." Jeremy talks SO MUCH and SO OBNOXIOUSLY, because he's bent on winning back our favor. Miss Alison Sweeney eventually notes that he's been talking for 50 minutes straight.
The contestants make it to the two hour mark, which is clearly torture for both them and the folks who are looking on. It appears to be very, very cold, and hands are starting to feel frozen. Miss Alison Sweeney tells the contestants that they can only grab the giant finale ticket with one hand, and can't switch the hand. At two hours and twenty minutes, they have to go to one foot. This at least finally shuts Jeremy up. After about ten more minutes, Lauren starts to look not so hot, and tells us that she's getting nauseous and not feeling at all well. She falls from her pole and onto the mat, possibly right on her face. Her heart is broken, as is mine, because she at least seems somewhat likeable.