Happy halfway through Hanukkah, Gasmii! Hope you’re all having a great start to the holiday season.
Previously: Saint Thomas, the rookiest team on a season brimming with rookies, finally started to crack and/or get dramatic in a bid for a return trip to another season. San Diego’s Sam managed to inadvertently get caught in the crossfire during what turned out to be pretty much a house-wide fight.
Holy crap guys, remember when Austin was on this season?
Currently: Dustin is still furious with Trishelle. (It would appear that her concerns about competing with Alton were justified. He didn’t necessarily throw the ARENA, but he probably wasn’t competing at 100%. However, she clearly underperformed in the challenge and deserved to go in.)
Dustin says he can’t compete with her, and he won’t compete with her, and walks away. (I also agree with those of you who think there’s something off about Dustin. I felt that way through the whole Vegas season. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but it just seems like he’s not all there. It’s a shame, too, because that makes it harder to properly appreciate the fact that he’s good-looking and mostly a nice guy.) Trishelle laments to the Brooklyn team (who have been trying to provide couples therapy for our remaining Vegas players) that Dustin is blaming her and is childish. As if this should be news to anyone at this point. Now she’s worried that Dustin is going to just give up.
Hope you’re comfortable in that bed you made, because you’re going to have to sleep in it.
After some time (possibly the next morning? There was some sped-up sky footage), Chet is able to pep-talk Dustin back into caring. Dustin is still wearing his Confrontation Backpack from the night before, so possibly he slept in it, who knows? Either way, he’s apparently got a second wind and is now ready to go.
Sarah strategizes with Chet and JD, saying they should stick together and try to get Cancun out. Chet reminds us that he rarely makes it past the first few episodes, so he can taste the prize money at this point.
We then head right to this week’s challenge without the obligatory “Guys! A clue!” scene, so I guess this week’s check from “Amazing T-Mobile Sidekick 39,” or whatever this season’s product placement phone is didn’t clear. I literally don’t even know what it is, so apparently I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out product placement.
This week’s challenge is called Force Field, but really it’s basically Bumper Challengers. They’ll all be wearing giant tires (although Teej calls them “inner tubes”) and trying to knock each other off of a platform. Guys vs. guys and girls vs. girls, of course. The catch is that teams of four have to squeeze two players into one inner tube, giving them slightly less of an advantage. Sarah informs us that falling three times leads to a DQ, which probably means that rule will come into play at some point. Marie is feeling pretty confident about her ability to push people around.
Meanwhile, Sam is out for vengeance!