Ken is aware they slept together and then Jesse wanted nothing to do with her. We love how Ali and others keep calling it a “romantic encounter.” Couldn’t have been that romantic.
Because she and Adam finished first, if either of them wishes to partner with someone else, the other contestant cannot refuse. Barbra asks Carl to be her partner, and Carl accepts, so Barbra and Carl move on together.
The trios end up Cina/Chase/Jason, Tara/Tim/Leo, Summer/Jesse/Quaison, Jenny/Ben/Franky, Ali/Jason/Darwin, Yanina/Ken/Mike and Shauna/Christian/Ryan. Hilariously, Mike (who is a lifeguard) lets Ken do the swimming so he can stay on the beach and get to know Yanina. He does confess that to Yanina, who is good-natured about it (instead of thinking – “Wow, if we come in last place, I know who to blame, dummy.”) Tim immediately shows himself to be a real winner – he teases Leo, who is swimming, about getting beaten by a girl (uh, she’d be beating you too), then he yells that Leo will be rewarded with the “breast stroke” later (and dumb Tara just giggles) and then he talking-heads that he can’t stay faithful in a relationship. Arkansas Ali says she doesn’t want to be last, so one of the guys better step it up.
‘Cause in Arkansas, women aren’t allowed to step up. The second portion of the challenge is a pit with snakes in it and the girls have to go inside and retrieve the first conch shell.
The couples must compete in challenges that test their own abilities and their compatibility as a team.
Following each episode's adventure, the winning couple spends the night at a luxurious resort called the Oasis, while the other contestants stay in ordinary cabins and socialize with each other.