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The two teams are put to the ultimate tests in trust, pitting together mortal enemies and potential relationships. One camper relies on a close friend to take care of his pet, but the friend fails to complete his duties. However, thanks to an unexpected favor from an unexpected camper, the pet is fine — as far as they know. The losing team eliminates its weakest link after a convincing argument, though the eliminated contestant finds the "sweet" in bittersweet.


The episode begins with the campers having breakfast in the main lodge, with Chef serving them leftovers from the last challenge. Heather is still showing the effects of being locked in the freezer during the previous challenge, and she blames Gwen for what happened to her. Duncan steals one of the mugs in the main lodge, prompting Courtney to lecture him, leading Duncan to believe she likes him, which Courtney denies. Later, the teams assemble at the dock, and Chris tells the campers that this week's challenge is centered around building trust.

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I trusted Trent once. He left me buried alive on the beach.

Chris claims that three challenges will be held, with duos from each team chosen by him to participate. The first challenge consists of a freehand climb up a cliff face, with DJ and Duncan participating for the Bass, while Heather and Gwen for the Gophers.

Chris supplies them with climbing equipment and explains that one person climbs while the other manages the rope slack. The climbers would have to deal with rusted nails, oil slicks, mild bombs, and whatever surprises they come across. Gwen and DJ wear their climbing gear, with Gwen troubled by the presence of a second rope attached to her, which Heather tells her is a backup line. While doing the challenge, DJ takes his bunny out of his pocket and hands it to Geoff. Gwen openly expresses her disdain for Heather.

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It's all her fault for messing with me. I have got a doctorate in revenge and humiliation.

Gwen wins the first part of the challenge, but Heather removes her skirt in the process.

During the climb, Gwen falls back after an explosion, but quickly gets back up and presses on. Moments later, Chris sprays Heather with hot sauce, and she lets go of the rope to rub it out of her eyes, causing Gwen to fall to the ground. Duncan is also sprayed by Chris, but this is unsuccessful since Duncan is wearing sunglasses — to cover his eyes — and is opening his mouth to swallow the hot sauce. As Gwen rejoins the climb, Heather pulls the second rope attached to Gwen and the skirt covering her behind is ripped away, just as she passes ahead of DJ. When DJ removes the ripped skirt from his face, he notices Gwen's panties and becomes ashamed. Despite this, Gwen continues on, but DJ slips off and manages to pull Duncan up by acting as a counter-weight; as a result, DJ and Duncan are suspended in mid-air. Gwen hits the top and wins the challenge for the Gophers a few moments later, before remembering she's already overexposed on TV and covering herself with her ripped skirt.

The next challenge, which Chris describes as an Extreme Cooking Challenge, takes place in the dining hall. Bridgette and Lindsay are assigned to their respective teams as cooks.

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Okay, she's no Stephen Hawking, but hey, it's cooking. How bad could she screw it up?

Trent is poisoned by the dish, due to Lindsay's lack of attention to detail.

Geoff and Trent will eat a meal made from fugu blowfish, a poisonous Japanese blowfish, prepared by the cooks. Trent is concerned when he learns this and asks Lindsay if she has taken Biology. She later clarifies that she was asked if she had taken Biology rather than if she had passed it. Geoff takes a bite after the meals are finished, and he is fine. Trent bites into Lindsay's dish, punches himself in the face, screams, laughs, then turns pale, collapses to the floor, and vomits. According to Chris, Trent will be fine in twenty-four hours, and Chef administers C.P.R. as a precaution.

Geoff and Bridgette plan to go for a swim in the lake a short time later. Before diving into the water, Geoff takes a moment to secure Bunny in a "safe" location. Meanwhile, Chef administers a needle to Trent for his food poisoning at the first aid tent. Back at the dock, Geoff and Bridgette are drying off after their swim when they see Bunny being swallowed by a huge snake, which is then caught by an eagle, which is then swallowed by a freshwater shark.

Sadie about to shoot during the blind William Tell challenge.

Later, Chris tells the teams that the last challenge will have three blind challenges: the blind William Tell, the blind trapeze, and the blind toboggan race. For the blind William Tell portion, Chris explains that one team member will be blindfolded and will be shooting crab apples at an arrow perched on the head of another team member, with the first team member to knock the arrow off winning. Sadie offers to help, claiming to be a skilled shooter. As Courtney and Owen wear arrows on their heads and Sadie and Leshawna fire apples at them, Geoff goes off to presumably find DJ's bunny. Both shooters fail at first, but Leshawna eventually prevails by knocking Owen's arrow off his head. Sadie, on the other hand, is persistent and continues to shoot wildly even though everyone else tells her the challenge is over. Before realizing this, Sadie hits Courtney, the bear, the seagull, and the Sasquatchanakwa. Courtney swears to make Sadie pay for her irresponsibility before collapsing unconscious on the ground.

Chris explains that the trapeze is set up over a pond full of electric jellyfish for the trapeze portion. One team member must jump into the arms of another team member who is spinning on the trapeze while blindfolded. They could land in the pond if they miss. DJ asks Geoff where his bunny is before the challenge begins, and Geoff informs him that the bunny has run away, which depresses DJ. Duncan is then seen going off somewhere. For the Killer Bass, Bridgette is hesitant to jump while Harold is on the trapeze, but he persuades her to do so, and she makes it to the other side. Heather then prepares to leap to Lindsay, who is on the trapeze, blindfolded, but Lindsay misjudges the point at which Heather can jump, and Heather ends up in the pond. Chris declares the Killer Bass the winners of this segment.

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(Sigh) Sometimes the universe just gives you a freebie! (thumbs up)

At the infirmary, Heather steps in with a jellyfish still attached to her head, grumbling about the previous challenge, when Courtney wakes up and wonders where she is, to which Heather responds, "You're in the infirmary." Heather then asks Chef if he has anything for extracting jellyfish when it is stinging her, to which Chef nods and Heather gives him a thumbs up. Courtney then sees Duncan luring a bunny with a carrot, revealing where he went after hearing about Bunny.

DJ and a scared Geoff in the toboggan race.

Chris explains that each team will have a blindfolded driver and navigator who will yell instructions during the blind toboggan race. DJ and Geoff will compete for the Bass, though DJ is still depressed; Gwen and Leshawna for the Gophers. The teams begin their descent down a steep hill. Gwen gives Leshawna excellent guidance, but Geoff does not do the same for DJ. Leshawna and Gwen, on the other hand, hit water about halfway down. At one point, Geoff points out that Duncan has found Bunny (the one he was luring before), so DJ removes his blindfold momentarily to see Bunny. Back to normal, DJ steers his team past explosions to victory in the race, but Chris points out that DJ removed his blindfold, which is against the main rule, and the Gophers win the overall challenge as a result. Afterwards, Courtney asks Duncan about his good deed later. He initially denies it, but later confesses to her. She promises not to tell anyone afterwards.

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I'm not nice, okay? Just to set the record straight.

At the elimination ceremony, the Killer Bass await for the marshmallows, which are given to Duncan, Bridgette, Courtney, DJ, and Geoff.

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When I say someone's going down, they go down!

Katie and Sadie are reunited after Sadie's elimination.

Harold receives the last marshmallow, leaving Sadie as the camper voted off, just as Courtney predicted. Sadie accuses the other campers of being a bunch of "marshmallow-eating freaks" and tears her way to the Boat of Losers. She's upset because she wanted to win not just for herself, but also because Katie told her she should. Sadie's sadness disappears as she walks and sees her best friend waiting for her on the Boat of Losers. Sadie jumps on the boat, embraces Katie, and squeals as the Boat of Losers taking them both away.


Voice actor Role(s)
Christian Potenza Chris
Kristin Fairlie Bridgette
Clé Bennett Chef Hatchet/DJ
Emilie-Claire Barlow Courtney
Drew Nelson Duncan
Dan Petronijevic Geoff
Megan Fahlenbock Gwen
Brian Froud Harold
Rachel Wilson Heather
Stephanie Anne Mills Katie/Lindsay
Novie Edwards Leshawna
Lauren Lipson Sadie
Scott McCord Trent
  • Owen appears, but he has no lines. However, he is heard laughing after Leshawna knocks the arrow off of his head and cheering when Gwen and Leshawna are about to finish the last challenge, as well as after the Screaming Gophers win.

Elimination Ceremony

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Killer Bass
Status Contestant
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Harold, Sadie
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Still in the running

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  • In the scene where Sasquatchanakwa is watching TV, the show's theme song can be heard coming from it.
  • Everyone who competed in the first challenge (DJ, Gwen, Heather, and Duncan) have been placed on the Screaming Gaffers during Total Drama Action.
  • With Sadie's elimination, all the remaining contestants (not counting Izzy's and Eva's return) compete in Total Drama Action.
  • Bridgette, Gwen, and Leshawna are the only campers who have participated in two challenges and won both.
  • Lindsay and DJ are the only campers who have participated in two challenges and have lost both times.
  • This is the only episode of the entire season in which the Killer Bass have more members than the Screaming Gophers.
  • This episode breaks the male-female elimination pattern that started with Justin and ended with Beth.


  • At the beginning of this episode, Heather has a cold from the events in the last episode, when she was locked in the freezer.
  • Gwen mentions that she is still upset about Trent leaving her buried alive in "Phobia Factor."
  • Katie is the first person to be voted off to appear in a subsequent episode, since she was on the boat when Sadie was voted off.
  • This episode continues the previous episode's running gag in which Trent is incapacitated during the challenge, putting him out of action for most of the episode.
  • Duncan's sweet side is seen for the first time in this episode.
  • Chris's stunt double in this episode is the same intern who played the pizza guy in a previous episode.


  • The title could be a reference to a line spoken by Jack Nicholson as Joker in the 1989 film, Batman, when he said, "Who do you trust?"
  • This is the second time that a real person is mentioned on the show, that person being the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who is mentioned by Trent while he is describing Lindsay's lack of intelligence.
    • The first time a real person is mentioned is in "Phobia Factor," where Céline Dion is mentioned throughout the episode as Duncan's fear.
  • The three blind challenges are a spoof of the tale The Three Blind Mice.
  • Geoff's line "Watch out for the tree!" could allude to the famous line "Watch out for that tree!" from George of the Jungle.
  • When the climbing gear is thrown, Gwen says to Heather, "What's your damage?" This is a reference to the 1989 film Heathers, in which Veronica repeatedly says, "What's your damage, Heather?"


  • At the beginning of the episode, Heather has a cold due to being locked in the freezer. However, after this scene as well as the final moments of the previous episode, she was fine.
  • Duncan is seen getting coffee from a coffee maker in the mess hall; however, the coffee maker never appears again in the series, even when the campers on-screen are where it would be.
  • Heather accuses Gwen of giving her a cold despite the fact that she was trapped in the freezer by Leshawna, Beth, and Lindsay.
    • However, Leshawna was sitting right next to Gwen in that scene.
  • Courtney argues that her team is one player down when, in reality, they are one player ahead.
  • Courtney, Heather, and Trent can all be seen in the medical tent. However, in "Paintball Deer Hunter," Chris said that the tent could only hold one person at a time.
  • Harold was not originally seen during the Killer Bass' elimination ceremony, but he is later seen getting the final marshmallow.
    • This shot is seemingly altered in the DVD and iTunes releases, as Harold is at the campfire for the entire ceremony.
  • Chris explains that there is no antidote to the poison during the fugu sashimi challenge. When Trent is poisoned, Chef administers a shot, and Chris claims the poison will wear off in 24 hours.
  • For the "Blind William Tell" challenge, Chris selects Courtney and Sadie to represent the Killer Bass, yet Harold immediately brings up his allergy to apples, as if he is the one who is selected instead of Sadie.
  • Chris says the winner of the "Blind William Tell" challenge is the person who knocks the arrow off with the least amount of "facial damage" to their teammate. However, the challenge seems to be won by whoever knocks the arrow off first.
  • Bridgette's nose is missing just before she jumps for the "Blind Trapeze" challenge.
  • At the elimination ceremony, Courtney is seen taking a small bite of her marshmallow. After Sadie is eliminated and stands up, Courtney is seen without a marshmallow. However, she is seen eating the remainder of it right after.
  • Bridgette is not present when Chris explains the rules for the "The Blind Toboggan Race" challenge.
  • When Heather is shown walking to the medical tent, her hair appears to be in a ponytail.


See also

Total Drama Island episodes
Pre-merge Not So Happy Campers - Part 1 | Not So Happy Campers - Part 2 | The Big Sleep | Dodgebrawl | Not Quite Famous | The Sucky Outdoors | Phobia Factor | Up the Creek | Paintball Deer Hunter | If You Can't Take The Heat... | Who Can You Trust? | Basic Straining | X-Treme Torture | Brunch of Disgustingness
Post-merge No Pain, No Game | Search and Do Not Destroy | Hide and Be Sneaky | That's Off the Chain! | Hook, Line, and Screamer | Wawanakwa Gone Wild! | Trial by Tri-Armed Triathlon | Haute Camp-ture | Camp Castaways | Are We There Yeti? | I Triple Dog Dare You! | The Very Last Episode, Really!
Recaps Total Drama Island Recap | TDI Rundown
Special Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island