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Recap / Total Drama Trial By Tri Armed Triathlon

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The remaining six campers are paired up with each other in a tri-armed triathalon, all paired based on which pairs would clash the most.

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  • All for Nothing: The whole point of the challenge was to have immunity for both members of the pair who won, since none of them won, the immunity challenge was rendered useless.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting Izzy is Owen's, which Heather pushes one too many times.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: As a result of the above, Owen nearly uses the wimp key to take both himself and Heather out of the competition for her insults against Izzy.
  • Big Eater: Owen being this (as usual) allows him and Heather to win the first challenge.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Done by Gwen after it's revealed that Geoff is getting voted off.
  • Brick Joke:
    • An episode after claiming that he isn't afraid of Heather, Owen admits in the confessional that "Heather scares me", and tried to use the wimp keys to get away from her at the start of the second challenge.
    • Owen had a dream about a 'Doughnut-Copter' at the beginning of the episode. Heather later quips about this in the first challenge.
    • Gwen says that she will "seriously damage" Geoff if he says 'dude' or 'cool' again. During the first challenge, she gets a little mad at him for saying just that.
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    • Owen and Heather say "No Offence" to each other after finishing their respective rants on each other.
  • Call-Back:
    • The second challenge involves returning the tiki idol Beth got in "Up the Creek", back to Boney Island.
      • The Woolly Beavers also reappear while they're on Boney Island, chasing Duncan and Leshawna.
    • The final challenge is putting wooden heads of the campers into a totem pole in order of elimination.
    • The reason Leshawna knows Duncan is not the jerk that he claims to be is because Courtney told her about DJ's pet bunny.
  • Chained Heat: The central premise, with Gwen handcuffed to Geoff, Heather to Owen, and Duncan to Leshawna. Each pair must cooperate on all challenges. The winning pair gets invincibility. Anyone can opt out by using the wimp key, but in that event, that person and whoever they're handcuffed to are immediately eliminated.
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  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Gwen towards Geoff.
  • Dream Sequence: Owen gets one at the beginning of the episode, filled with candy and cheese and with him naked.
  • Force Feeding: Leshawna does this to Duncan after he insults her.
  • Hidden Depths: Owen reveals that he feels sad about how people rarely listen to what he has to say. Heather, of course, ignores him.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Duncan, and his hiding it is what causes the conflict between him and Leshawna for the episode... and his admitting it is what causes them to work together to win the challenge.
  • Kick the Dog: Chris mocks Duncan for carving a heart into Courtney's wooden head.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Geoff so much so that he keeps trying to befriend a standoffish Gwen and gets voted off because the others consider his niceness a threat.
    • Duncan is certain that Courtney said something to Leshawna that made her think he's this, and he hates it and keeps fighting against it.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Chris talks funny after being hit right on the head by a wooden head from the third challenge.
  • Nothing Personal: Heather says that her performance against everyone in this season is this.
  • Odd Friendship: Geoff and Gwen and Leshawna and Duncan to a lesser extent by the end of the episode.
  • Pet the Dog: In response to Duncan getting mocked over Courtney, Leshawna beams Chris with one of the wooden heads.
  • Plot Hole: Geoff's voted off for being 'too nice' despite him being shown to go along with some of Duncan's pranking on Harold, while Owen gets a free pass despite him being arguably the nicest contestant left by this point.
    • Furthermore, with Duncan, Heather and Owen confirming or hinting they voted for Geoff, Leshawna confirming she voted for Heather, and Geoff and Gwen becoming friends in this episode, this is the second episode in a row where Gwen being in the bottom two doesn't make sense.
  • Rule of Three: "Three arms, three challenges, three teams of two", as Chris puts it.
  • That Was Not a Dream: Owen dreamed of having helicopters carrying large doughnuts, only to wake up and see a real helicopter outside the cabin.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Geoff sees making it to the final six as (what else?) a big party, and he's confused why everyone (barring Owen and Leshawna) is being so serious now.
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