Episode Eight: Superboats
It’s a new day in the High Sierras, and the superteams — Red, Purple and Orange versus Blue, Yellow and Green — are ready to battle it out. In this competition, they’ll determine which trio will earn the right to choose the two teams that will visit the Temple of Fate that evening. The Blue and Yellow teams are annoyed that Purple has protected their friends Cealey and Alex by placing them on their “weaker” superteam, basically ensuring that Green will not be going to Temple whether they win or lose today’s mission. (If the Blue/Yellow/Green team wins the mission, they’ll automatically be safe from Temple, and if the Red/Purple/Orange team wins, they’ll certainly decide to send Blue and Yellow to Temple and protect their friends on the Green team.) Then, just when Blue and Yellow think things can’t get any worse, Cealey bombastically decides to wear purple shorts, blatantly displaying her alliance with Dakota and Kelsey, of the Purple team! Aric finds this offensive, decides that he can’t really count on Green’s support in the upcoming mission, and determines that it’s up to himself, Lilly and his friends on the Blue team to win the mission. It’s the only way to save themselves from going to Temple, and to hopefully put a dent in the Purple-Green-Red-Orange alliance that hangs over the game.
Later on, when JD gathers the group in front of the huts to update them a bit on the day’s mission, he drops another major twist on the group — only one team will actually play in the day’s challenge, representing their entire superteam! Each superteam will have to come to a group decision on which individual teams will represent them in the mission and hopefully save all three teams from a visit to the Temple that night. JD gives the superteams 15 minutes to make their decisions, then promptly leaves. The choice for each Superteam is pretty obvious: thus far in the game, the Purple team has been a monster in winning missions, so the Red/Purple/Orange alliance decides it is safest to have Dakota and Kelsey play in this mission. For the Blue/Yellow/Green superteam, Blue and Yellow know that there is no way they’re letting Green represent them, since they have nothing to play for. Plus, since Connor and Taylor have a better track record in the missions already played, the alliance decides that Blue will represent their superteam.
Once the 15 minutes are up, JD meets up with the contestants at the water and explains the game, “Superboats,” to Purple and Blue. While resting on wooden rafts, the teams must paddle out into the water three times to capture three flags representing each team on their superteam. Once a flag is captured, the team must paddle back to shore to plant the flag on the beach. The first team to plant all their superteam’s colored flags on the beach wins.
The game begins and Purple takes the lead early, capturing their own purple-colored flag and planting it onshore. Blue isn’t too far behind, and shortly thereafter plants the Yellow team’s flag. After the second flags are placed, the Purple team still holds the lead, planting their red flag shortly before Blue plants the Yellow team’s flag. On the third leg of the challenge, it looks like Blue might catch up and take the lead, but ultimately Purple hold them off and plants their final flag, the Orange team’s flag, first. The Red/Purple/Orange superteam is ecstatic, as they’re safe from elimination for at least one more night!
The contestants return to the treehouses. Blue and Yellow assume they will be sent to Temple, since it was Purple’s plan all along to keep Green safe. However, all is not well within the Purple-Green-Red-Orange alliance. Max is tired of Green being carried along by Purple and doesn’t think it’s fair that Yellow has to go Temple twice in a row. He tries to gather a meeting of their winning superteam, to get Purple to turn against Green. However, when Max approaches Dakota and Kelsey, Cealey is with them and takes the implication that Max wants Green gone as an insult. Max’s plan never goes any further, but a seed has been planted in everybody’s minds that Green has been coasting along with undeserved protection from Purple. Meanwhile, outcast teams Blue and Yellow have segregated themselves from the rest of the group and are contemplating their futures at the Temple of Fate.
Later on, JD gathers the teams to find out who will be going to Temple. Although everyone knows who is on the chopping block, JD asks Kelsey to state her decision out-loud and make it official. There are no surprises: Blue and Yellow will be going to Temple, and one of them will exit the game by the evening’s end. Even though Taylor knew it was coming, she is visibly upset when the announcement is made. Blue and Yellow pack their gear, say their goodbyes and make the long trek to meet their destinies.
JD welcomes Blue to the Temple for the first time and Yellow back for their second visit. The game begins. The teams make their first choices and wait nervously for the dominant element to rise. Blue picks the first winner — water, over Yellow’s fire. The teams make their second choice. Blue picks fire, Yellow picks wood. When the dominant element rises, it is fire. After just two rounds in, the Blue team has won and Yellow is forced to leave the High Sierras forever. JD congratulates Lily and Aric for having played a very honest game. After Yellow exits, JD congratulates Blue and tells them to head back to the treehouses. When Taylor and Connor arrive, to everyone’s surprise, the four remaining teams cheerfully greet them. Although Blue’s return at the treehouses is seemingly full of goodwill, do Connor and Taylor actually stand a chance of not being the next team strategically picked off from the game? Will the final four include the alliance of Purple, Red, Orange and Green? Find out next time on Endurance: High Sierras!