It's time for Elavia to reveal her decision to the other players. Elavia announces that she is taking the exemption, and thus forfeiting the section. There are two schools of thought on this one. It could mean that she is The Mole, and thus trying to prevent the group from winning any money. Or it could mean that she's not The Mole, and thus really needed the exemption to get through the first (and I would think, the most difficult due to the number of potential suspects) quiz. Or is she just trying to make people think that she's not The Mole? Man, this game fucks with your head. In a series of interviews, Darwin says that he was "miffed," but that he understood, and that he would have taken the exemption himself. Lisa looks particularly pissed off. Al says that he thought it was "too early to put your tail between your legs." Heather says that if Elavia had refused the exemption, she would have looked like a team player. Bribs says that if Elavia is The Mole, this was a really good way to cover herself up. Ali tells Elavia that none of them thought she would do it anyway, and Elavia looks pissed.
Anderson announces that it's time to reveal the amounts the leaders bet on each section. The Bike Biathlon was worth $40,000. The Pulse Rope Walk (or, as Anderson calls it, "Al's Event") was worth $20,000. Thus, Elavia's forfeit doesn't make a monetary difference, and the pot is now at $60,000.
Crazy James Bond Espionage Music plays as the contestants hike up a hill in the dark to a house. Anderson welcomes them to his "mountain hut." Anderson pulls out a journal with the number one on it and explains that each player will be given a numbered journal in which to take notes about The Mole's identity. The journals will only be identified by number. They make a big deal about this, for some reason. The contestants enter and pick up their journals. Lisa (I think) digs through the pile until she reaches the journal with the number ten on it. Anderson voice-overs that the journals are the only place for the contestants to take notes.
Inside the house, each contestant furiously writes in his or her journal and starts to share information from their applications, which will be necessary to answer the quiz questions at the end of each episode. Katie sits outside by herself. Bob asks Elavia a bunch of questions from the application, which she answers briefly. In an interview, Bob says that he "grilled Elavia a little bit."