Night. West Palm. Hotel. Tyler demonstrates the pose that he'll do as he crosses the finish line and shows the map of the marathon route, as Paula camera-bones that Tyler hasn't been training as he should. Yes, we get it. Tyler hasn't been training. Tyler might not make it. The tension is unbearable! What will happen! Paula tells us marathons are a mental game and then tells Tyler she's nervous for him. Tyler says she should be nervous for him. Sigh.
MARRIOTT! Water. Moon. The kids are up at 5:00 AM waiting in the FORD! Tyler is in the bathroom. Zach bitches that Tyler was eating rich Italian food last night, and finally Tyler arrives and says that he feels much "safer." "That would have been a mess!" he tells the others. VOMIT! The kids laugh.
Driving. Driving. A cop. Zach tries to find the parking lot. They just let Tyler out, and Paula says she's nervous and then narrates that Tyler gets out of the car and they're still parking so they don't get to see him start the race.
Race area. Tyler walks around. He camera-talks that he's ready and nervous but pumped and he has a huge character test in front of him and the race starts and we go to commercials.
Day. Marathon. Runners. Runners. Tyler runs in his tight blue shirt. He runs like a duck, as he voices over that he's trying to go slow and "find a pace." He's sort of more race-walking than running. Sorta running. Sorta running. The kids watch, waiting for him around Mile 13. Tyler runs. The kids wait. Finally he appears. The kids run out, and Paula screams like an idiot. "I love him!" says Paula, as Tyler gives a gay little prance. Tyler voices over that he decides after the halfway mark to pick up the pace. We see him pick up the pace. MTV reuses a shot. Mile 15. Mile 17. Running. Terrible music. Tyler adjusts his headband.
Paula and the kids walk backwards from near the end looking for him, but they never see him, and Paula is thinking that this may not be good. Uh-oh! What might have happened?! Is Tyler not going to make it?! Well, we indeed see Tyler jogging and then stopping. Tyler tries to stretch as he tells us that around Mile 23 his knee gives out; it feels like someone is stabbing him. Oh yeah? Well, you're probably just feeling all the voodoo dolls from around the country. Very perceptive. Tyler is scared he's not going to finish. The kids find Tyler and Tyler starts running again. Paula believes Tyler is feeding off of them to find his strength and now they're all running and Tyler is being forced to give them some credit (by the electric prod B/M has attached to him in the voice-over chair) as he says it means a lot to have them there motivating him to the finish line. Triumphant awful rock music plays as Tyler finishes and the kids cheer and it's taken him a respectable 4:42. Tyler hugs the kids and tell us he realized it's okay to need his roommates. Aw, I'm so...what's the opposite of touched?