The episode started out with the cast partying it up in South Africa. Everyone is having a grand old time and the cast is pretty drunk off their rocker. Most people go into the Challenges for two reasons: 1) money and 2) to have a good time. Cara (South Pacific) makes the comment that she hopes they send in Ace (Paris) because he isn't at the Challenge for the right reasons. The cast gets their clue for their next mission.
One night, at 3AM, ACe, Johnny (Key West) and Danny (Austin) decide to go into the girls room, play music really loud, and just wreak havoc. While Ace is shaking the ladder of Susie's (Australia) bed and is climbing up to sing to her, Susie smacks him three times in the face. Ace leaves.
There's palpable tension between the two before the mission. Susie sends Timmy (USA Tour 2) as a messenger prior to the mission beginning so they can squash any tension. Ace doesn't want to do it.
The mission: The teams have to cross a river with all these materials to build a fire. Once at the other side of the river, the teams have to build a fire to burn through a rope that will release a platform that carries three castmembers. Meanwhile, these three castmembers have to dump water on the teams that are passing under the platform to get their materials for building the fire wet.
It all comes down to the fire building and actually starting the fire. It all comes down to lighting steel wool with a battery. They actually figure it out fairly quickly, but they aren't bunching up the steel wool enough to light the fire. Danny and Johnny and Ace seem to be leading the teams. TJ gives them a clue. The Good Guys light their fire. The Good Guys win and pull ahead by $10,000.
Time for nominations. The Bad Asses nominate Davis (Denver) because they think he's weak. The Good Guys nominate Danny because they think he's the level-headed "brains" of the operation. Danny takes this as a signal that the Good GUys think he's weak, which makes him want to go into the Inferno headfirst. Someone makes a comment that it's a bit self-defeating to think that way, which is excellent foreshadowing. Ace and Susie apologize to each other. Ace realized that he acted poorly and Susie realized that she shouldn't have hit Ace.