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Devyn beats Melinda, meaning Austin will have to battle St. Thomas to stay out of last place. Danny requests Trey as his opponent, stating: “Trey looks like he’s ready to go. He wants it, I’m ready to give it to him, but I hope he knows I’m ready to go the distance. This isn’t going to be easy.” Which is an unnecessarily long and dirty way of saying Trey is smaller than Robb. Laura declares this match “life or death,” saying it means ARENA or safe…
… or Draw, which is what actuallyhappens. So Melinda is forced to take on Laura, and after a fair amount of struggle, Laura wins. Her team is ecstatic, and Marie straight up tackles her in the oil.
I just want to quickly apologize for not getting better oiled-up screencaps. Everyone was moving so fast it was freaking impossible. But needless to say, most of them looked pretty damn good.
Teej gathers everyone to announce the obvious: San Diego won and is the Power Team, and Austin lost. Big Easy declares that San Diego was handed the victory on a silver platter, and giving someone power is the stupidest thing he’s seen since he’s been here.
Frank declares this “rookie justice, the rookie revolution.” Yes, what a wonderful victory over such terrifying vets as Fresh Meat, Brooklyn, and Danny and Melinda. You’ve truly proven something by “beating” most of the same people that the usual “vets” are annihilating.
Big Easy tries to encourage Cara Maria to “politic,” and she reluctantly heads off to “kiss ass.” As Fresh Meat goes to their meeting with Big Boss San Diego, we get a helpful flashback to, like, five minutes ago, when Frank got all pissy with Camila. (I’m not sure exactly what she said, but it just seemed like general shit that’s always shouted during the challenges, right? Nothing to get upset about?) Cara Maria doesn’t like that almighty vets such as herself are “begging rookies” to spare them.
Camila insists that she was just acting according to Challenge Conduct, and Frank asks who they would throw in. Brandon says that Trey was up Wes’ ass trying to form an alliance before Wes got steamrolled home, so he thinks they should throw in St. Thomas. I don’t think they’ve fully caught on to Frank’s ROOKIES OR DIE mindset yet. Despite seemingly being on their own, St. Thomas has HELPED themselves by not picking sides, because they’re the one team that can still help either side.
San Diego sits down for a powwow with St. Thomas, trying to explain that they can help each other as rookies. Trey, in all his infinite wisdom as always, chimes in with “I don’t look at it as rookies vs. veterans.”