Ah, Times Square. But wait! Bob and Jillian are there! Digitally, on a big TV screen. They tell the contestants that they can walk around Central Park, or across the Brooklyn Bridge, or go to 24 Hour Fitness. Because the scale will still be waiting for them when they come back. The contestants are dutiful, and the next day head to 24 Hour Fitness to the sounds of a techno-fied Leona Lewis. Oh, except for Renee and Roderick, who hoof it across the Brooklyn Bridge. I hope they don't get in the way of any bikers. Those bitches are vicious. They break into a run, and we discover that Roderick is, in the words of Renee, "way fit." He's surprised and happy at Renee's new and improved level of fitness. Michelle, thinking that it might not be the greatest idea to have her, her mom, her dad and Roderick all working out together, takes her dad to Central Park. Divorce, pain, food, etc. You know. Michelle's dad asks her how her relationship with her mom is going, and Michelle tells us that she's come to the point where she realizes that she doesn't need some long, drawn-out apology from her mom. When you truly forgive someone, she says, you don't need anything else in return. Her dad is happy to hear it. Michelle notes that while her parents might have their differences, they both love her a whole bunch. She's come far, hasn't she?
And with that, vacation is over. The contestants head back to the Ranch for beatings. Michelle and Renee wear their fancy clothes for Jillian, and she notes that they look gorgeous. Jillian suffers through talk of Tyra before getting down to business. You know how she always hates when the contestants go away for a couple of days. She doesn't care about makeovers, or their families. All she cares about is that their asses get smaller. Vicky, meanwhile, is going to town in the gym solo-style. She says that the only thing that keeps her there is that she works out four hours longer than everyone else, and she wasn't able to do that in New York. Her plan this week is to kick butt and burn calories and stay above the yellow line. Isn't that everybody's plan every week?
Meanwhile, Ed and Heba decide to cook dinner for Bob! Featuring Jennie-O turkey! So it's all healthy-like! And delicious, too! Top it off with a slice of Extra gum for a complete meal!
Oh, and then we still have to do a challenge and shit. The first 40 minutes of the show were so eventful that I thought it was over. This challenge, as many challenges do, involves something suspended over a pool. The contestants basically have to suspend themselves in bottomless plexiglass cubes. The winner of the challenge will get a two-week trip for two to the Fitness Ridge Resort and Spa in St. George, Utah. Vicky wants herself some sort of spa trip. Sadly for her, she kind of freaks out and can't do the challenge for any amount of time. She wants to disqualify herself. The thing is, she needs to either drop or jump into the water, and then she freaks out and can't do that, either. Even Heba is like, "Jump, bitch." She says that the dye from Vicky's makeover must have affected her brain, because they're not that high up. Heba is also struggling because she's the heaviest there. She makes it to around 18 minutes, then drops in the pool. Vicky still cowers on the cube ledge. Michelle looks quite comfy in her cube, while Ed is determined to represent for the Blue Team. Renee acknowledges that she's uncomfortable, but she hangs in there. Soon, Ed drops into the water. Renee follows and Michelle wins! She drops in the water, too.