Strategizing about guys' weights and how to team up to do the puzzle. Janelle wants to win, Evan is feeling the pressure, and so on. In the swings, it's Ryan for the Rookies and Adam for the Veterans. Air horn. CT compliments Adam's puzzle-helping stylings, and the Vets take an early lead. The Challenge looks pretty fun to do, but is dead boring to watch in spite of the editors' best efforts, and the Vets win again -- which prompts yet another Dee-Snider-homage moment in the form of scary-clown Robin's "pack it in, Rookies, we own you" interview. Seriously, she looks like a freeze-frame of Sven from Ren & Stimpy. Whatever you've done to your face, girl, I hope you kept the receipt, because that shit is wrong.
The Rookies are pissed at themselves and each other, especially Tyrie and Derek, one of whom is probably up for elimination now.
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.