Tyler and James are descending, descending, descending into the deep, dark hole together. Hee hee. They get to the bottom (hee hee) and there is a Roadblock. As Phil explains, this task will require the Roadblocker to "immerse himself in the dark and claustrophobic world of the Finnish mining industry." That makes it sound kind of hardcore. Apparently, Finnish miners are in the habit of biking down into the mine, so that's how the Roadblock starts, too. Once the Roadblocker has biked down a mile or so, he or she will retrieve a heavy block of limestone, attach it to the bike, and come back up. Yes, back up the steep hill dragging a rock. Eep. At the top, they'll use a set of tools to break open the piece of limestone and take out a clue that's hidden inside, rolled up in a tube.
James announces to us that he's been waiting to do a great Roadblock that he could really knock out of the park, and he's "looking forward to the chance to step up." He just wants love, people. Love and acceptance. And for Tyler not to shake his head in that disappointed way, because it's heartbreaking. James straps on the helmet and heads down into the mine on the bike.
The tram has returned to the top of the mine, so the BQs are able to hop on now. And I must say that in their little hardhats, they look like... well, they look exactly like beauty queens touring a mine. They chat on the way down about how much David would have loved this, since he "spent all of his time down in a cave." Yeah, meaning he probably would love nothing more during the race than the chance to go down in another one. Who doesn't love a task that emulates the more unpleasant parts of his day job? "Wow, this task involves electrolysis! Dustin and Kandice will love that!"
Rob and Kimberly are heading for the mine. They've got the *lyns right behind them, and the *wins right after that.
James gets to the bottom of the cave and looks around for the blocks of limestone. He finds himself one, and he straps it onto the back of the bike. He starts back up, all earnest and serious and desperate to impress. Just then, the BQs get to the clue box and read the clue. Kandice takes the Roadblock, and she embarrasses herself a little by initially asking whether she is supposed to put the bike helmet on over her hardhat. Oy. No, dear. She starts riding down. Meanwhile, James is walking the bike back up the hill, because it turns out that as much as riding the bike back up that steep slope isn't happening, riding the bike up that steep slope with a giant rock chained to it is happening even less, even for the strong types. At the top, Dustin wonders to Tyler what their respective partners are up to down in the mine. "Probably making out, huh?" she asks. They both laugh, because there is no way, and nobody really knows why, but there is no way, and I agree. It might be that James would be terrified of Kandice's teeth. I kind of think it's that, now that I think of it. As Kandice rides down the slope, she does run into James, but they exchange greetings and do not make out. "Coming up's a bitch," he warns her. He finally gets to the top, so he can unstrap the limestone and start the hammering. I swear, everything I say about this Roadblock sounds dirty, and I'm not even trying. After an obligatory reference to "hammer time," James indeed begins hammering.