The episode picks up with Brooke Hogan basking in victory. She thanks everyone for being part of this experience, and opens up about always feeling a bit left out athletically, as she lived in the shadow of her father. Ashley loves Brooke, while Wes and Tony are more hung up on on their own team. Casper is gunning for Tony and Hennessy is a team cancer, but even worse, the Stars have the numbers advantage on their team.
There is a dinner between Aneesa and Casper, reminding us that Aneesa is on this show. She extends an olive branch to Casper in order to get him to be more friendly with the team. Casper simply wants to win, be the MVP, and throw Tony into the elimination arena. At breakfast the next morning, everyone is in their respective cliques; Ashley is eating with Brooke, Drake is eating with Casper. One of the cool scenes is watching Wes and CT sitting with each other, two people who won together and have done these shows forever. Tony game talks with them until Hennessy tries to get their attention by yelling at them to not talkshit about her. She has been all over the place this season.
The daily challenge is a mixture of past challenges/eliminations. Similar to Knot So Fast and Spool, players have to traverse a jungle gym or course, untying knots and carrying ropes outside the ring to win. There is a giant jungle gym with five different colored ribbons across it. Teams must choose one or two individuals per color to traverse the course and unravel the ribbon. Players will finish once they have all the ribbons and hook it to their finish line ( a five pointed star with a finishing line for each color). Wes will not be participating in the challenge as Ashley used the powerplay to sit him out and give him 500 dollars.
Before the challenge, each team strategizes. The Blue Team has a lot to overcome because they are missing one male competitor. Wes is coaching the Blue Team on what to, but Casper and Hennessy refuse to listen, hurting the team.
The Red Team decide not to give CT a color and use him to lift people. Girls will literally be stepping on his back to traverse the jungle gym. The Red Team also pair their groups based on size so they can work in conjunction easier when traversing difficult parts of the structure. This leads to an argument on why Shane and Brooke are working with Selita, but in the challenge it ends up being a great strategy.
As the challenge gets going, Casper absolutely destroys it, he is fast and nimble. He finishes first by a mile. However, this is a bad thing because he can no longer help the rest of his team in the challenge. Casper places the team at a 7–9 deficit. Drake Bell, Shane, Brooke, and CT are the standouts from this challenge. Wes does a good job of coaching despite the difficulties his players are giving him. The challenge comes down to Tori/Aneesa simply not having enough support and having to run the challenge by themselves when the girls on the Red Team were being lifted by CT the whole time. Red Team wins the challenge.
Post Challenge & Nominations
A happy Red Team feels very good about their performance and they finally feel united. Shane says no matter which one of their guys go into elimination, if they were to lose, they should use the “save”. As they leave the room, Shane holds Devin and CT back:
Shane knows that in order to gain power, the Champs need to make the Stars believe they are playing fair. A Blue Team dinner is much of the same, as Tony volunteers himself in order to create team unity. He wants to squash the beef with Casper so they can make it further in the game. Unfortunately, Hennessy continues to disrupt him.
When nominations arrive, the players are forced to wait half an hour for Hennessy. Leading to this:
Previously, Devin has gotten into trouble because he is blunt and says what others are thinking. He can sometime be obnoxious about it, however, this time he is measured and honest with his distaste towards the way Hennessy was acting. She threatens to quit as she does not want to look bad for her brand, however, Louise and others are able to talk her down and get her to vote for Tony. Tony is voted into elimination 9–0, and CT votes in a volunteering Shane.
We get an elimination rematch from Invasion of the Champions where Shane beat Tony.
The elimination is a cornhole challenge. Players will smash boxes in order to obtain different objects to throw at a giant cornhole like structure, with lids over holes that must be broke. When a player has broken all six lids, they win the elimination. Before the elimination, the Blue Team learns that Hennessy will no longer be playing. Wes’ ears perk up to this news as a Tony win would make a 4–4 tie, and a Shane save would result in a 9–8 overall lead.
The objects vastly differ from weights to softballs. Tony gets off to a quick start by throwing what look like dumbbells. Shane gets a bag of softballs and makes it a 4–4 tie. At one point Shane throws the entire bag, which is questionable because there are still softballs in the bag!!! A softball is easier to throw than a bag (unless you have the worst accuracy ever). Tony finally ends up with a 6–4 win.
Shane does not look too disappointed by his loss and Tony is hyped from the win. The Red Team unanimously save Shane and the Champs have the numbers edge once again.
Wes tells Tony they need to go back to Plan A, making it Champs vs Stars. He explains that they have the advantage, because a 4–4 tie results in Tony picking the recent elimination winner.
Finally, Casper and Louise meet and discuss how to get Wes, as the brains of the Champs operation, into elimination. This show is becoming very fun.