I always like it when episodes begin right after the previous week’s elimination. There’s a palpable feeling of tension. Last night, we saw the Blue team walk into the living room moments after Coach Mo’s noble/insane self-sacrifice. The Blues couldn’t look anyone from the Black team in the eye. Amanda spoke for everyone: ”Tracey’s still here and Mo’s gone. What happened?”
Rudy tried to explain, practically quoting Mo word-for-word: ”He’d been hurting a lot, and he wanted to see us pull together as a team.” Dina, Rudy’s old partner, angrily called him out for making such a feeble excuses. (Farewell, RuDina!) Tracey, in a rare moment of clarity, could sense that everyone in the room hated her. She started crying. Shay said, ”That’s my cue,” and walked away.
We all know that Shay despises Tracey. But they’re both still in the game because someone else fell on their sword (Mo for Tracey, Antoine and Sean for Shay.) Last week, Shay took her 16-pound drop as evidence that her philosophy (teamwork!) was better than Tracey’s (Backstabbing! Frontstabbing!)
But Shay always forgets that Tracey delivers big numbers. Heck, Tracey’s only just been cleared to use the gym: we may not have seen her best yet. And Shay plays the game just like Tracey, albeit with some subtlety.
For the reward challenge, the Losers had to dig into gigantic sand piles to find keys to a treasure chest. This brought up a question that has plagued humanity for millennia: what’s the best way to dig a hole in the sand? Some of the Losers used their shovels, with little success (”What am I doing, digging a slow hole to China?” said Danny.) Some used their arms, or their legs.
Turns out, the best method for digging a hole is: Be a Firefighter. Allen tossed his chest on the sand, like it was a nuisance, then helped his team soundly defeat the Black team.
The challenge’s prize was a trip home. With a twist. ”It would mean being away from campus all week,” said Ali. Rudy and Allen both wanted to see their families, but the Tracey-voiced devil on their shoulder told them to pass the prize on to their opponents. Said Danny, ”I get to see my wife. I don’t get to see Jillian. I get to see my kids. I don’t get the gym.” Even when good things happen to these people, they come with problems.
Which home visit made you weep the most? When Danny hugged his wife, I felt myself sniffle. But when Dina gave her son a big crying hug, I tried to grab a hankie but ended up falling to the floor in a crying fit. (By the way, we got to see pictures of Thin Danny the High School Rock Star, and he is a stud. Will you sign my petition for a Season Finale Concert?)
Back at the Loser campus, Bob was murdering his team. ”I got to walk in that gym, literally beat the crap out of them, and just walk out.” Is it me, or does Bob really not like his team? His favorite person, Amanda, is now on the opposing team. He doesn’t like Tracey, and the fact that her team kept her around instead of Mo (who Bob adored) has to bother him.
NEXT: Daniel escapes