More commercials. Seriously?
TJ product-places the camera again, before reminding the teams that you can't save the same person twice in a row. Beth interviews that that fucks up their strategy. Johnny Bananas wants to send Tyler in, because he still has a "vendetta" against Tyler for sending him home from the Duel. We see the footage, and that kind of looks like Bananas's bad to me; if you didn't think Tyler could lift 31 watermelons, it's your own fault. I can't believe I just typed that sentence. I have a college education why, again? Anyway. CT doesn't disagree, but he kind of wants to test one of the Rookies' "big dogs," just to see what they've got (and also maybe eliminate one of them). This prompts a bunch of chaotic rhubarbing from the team, and Evan interviews that the deliberations never go smoothly: "The problem with the Veteran team is, we've got all chiefs, and no Indians." Well, that's one problem. Other problems include steroids, Beth, steroids, alcoholic beverages, the airline accidentally sending Adam's medication to Manitoba, Ev, and steroids. Finally, it's time for their decision, and they decide to protect Tyrie, which the man himself has no problem with. Bananas is very happy to announce that it's Tyler who's going in. Tyler looks ill, and says in an interview just as teary as the ones about Ryan that the way it was delivered was "callous" and "a bit hurtful." Then he talks some shit about how, if Bananas had to go against Tyler himself, Tyler "would have killed" him. I actually would not bet against that, especially if the Gauntlet had a game in which opponents tried to annoy one another to death. Which it kind of does, if the audience is considered an opponent. Shut up, Tyler.
On the way back to Ye Olde Gauntlet Deliberation Hutt, Tyler begins turbo-whining about how he can't believe Bananas did that to him, Tyler needs the money really bad, how dare you sir! Bananas is like, are...you kidding? It's a game, get over it. Word. And if you need money that badly? GET A FUCKING JOB. Always with the "I need the money" -- Starbucks, people! They offer benefits! You aren't owed a paid vacation in a tropical locale, and the money isn't even that great once you split it 12 ways and the IRS gets to it -- MONSTER DOT COM, muhfuckas! God! Janelle becomes a contender for the Sars's TV Girlfriend title by immediately getting right up in Tyler's face about going to the other team and crying poor. Tyler interviews that the money means more to him because he wants to go to grad school, which oh my fucking goddamn God just take loans like EVERYONE ELSE ON EARTH you little shit. I don't care if you need the money to buy your mama a kidney; if you choose to come on this show, you forfeit the right to my pity. Janelle feels me, and won't back down. He's calling her a bitch, she's calling him a child, he's trying to drag Ryan into it, Ryan is like "no thanks," Janelle tells Tyler to stop taking it so personally, he's threatening to send his enemies into the Gauntlet after he wins tonight, on and on and on. Zach looks on with an "I did not miss this at all" expression as Tyler realizes he's lost the argument and defaults to "get out of my face" mode with Janelle. It happens every time -- I see him on the team roster, I get psyched because he says funny bitchy things sometimes, and I forget what a passive-aggressive twerp he always is.