The moral of tonight’s absurdly commercial-riddled Battle of the People Who Hooked Up That One Time is this: Showdowns for first place should really only be done when there are two teams that legitimately had a shot at first. If you’re going to just promote the team that sucked least, and let them go head-to-head with the team that tore it up, you’re gonna run the risk of having an undeserving Power Couple, which can lead to one of said couple getting drunk and doing stupid crap.
The other moral is, no matter how ridiculous an excuse for a shirt a woman is wearing, there is no excuse for pulling it off her in a public place without her express permission. Seriously, how stupid do you have to be… er, never mind. I guess we have our answer.
So, there are tears on tonight’s show. Wailing ones, even. And that a’hole Mark doesn’t even take his shirt off to help dry them, geeeezz.
Tonight’s main challenge is awesome. I could have seriously watched it for the full hour. There are the ever-popular beams above water, this time several of them hung parallel to each other. The teams have to take this long cane-shaped metal rod, hook it into a ring above the beams, and sort of swing from beam to beam using the rod. It would be nice to know more about the technique for doing that, beyond don’t be a big ol’ girl and freak out so you fall.
The Dome challenge is pretty enjoyable as well, with some sand-wrestling and Matrix flips.
Also awesome about tonight’s episode is that it’s relatively CT and Diem-free! Who doesn’t love a reprieve from their stanky-booty asses, to borrow a term from Tyrie.