The final seven contestants are merged. Their challenge is to eat a disgusting meal in which the first finisher gets to hunt the others in a hide-and-seek showdown. One loses self-control due to another rejecting their feelings, while someone finally reclaims the respect of another by confronting their fear and no longer abandoning their loved one. One ultimately sends themselves home, depressing another, while two players' discovery leads to an even more shocking conclusion.
The episode begins with the contestants sleeping in their respective quarters as an eerie voice begins to speak and mocks them. However the voice turns into a shout by Chris who awakens all of them. All of the contestants complain about Chris awakening them in the middle of the night, and he gleefully announces a merge. The contestants are still unhappy, because it could have waited until morning. Chris then explains he has prepared a celebratory meal for them for reaching the merge. Despite the fancy dining area he prepares for them, the only food served are "Juggy Chunks", much to the disgust of everyone except Sugar, who is reminded of the commercial about the food. The meal serves as a pre-challenge for the actual challenge. The first person who finishes their cup of Juggy Chunks the fastest, wins invincibility. Just as the challenge is about to begin, Chef informs Chris that the Juggy Chunks served to the contestants has expired decades ago though Chris dismisses it.
The challenge begins with everyone except Sugar having problems drinking their glass. Seeing Jasmine having problems, Shawn attempts to motivate her but she angrily scolds him, still angry for what he did several episodes ago. Meanwhile, Dave, remembering Shawn's advice from the previous episode, attempts to impress Sky by winning the challenge despite his fear of germs. However, he eventually passes out due to its disgusting contents. Soon after, Sugar starts singing the Juggy Chunk commercial theme, further grossing out everyone. Once Sugar is done singing, she finishes gulping down her glass and wins the challenge, along with immunity. Despite the challenge having ended, Dave and Sky continue drinking their glasses, with Dave finishing his faster than Sky. Not realizing how mad Sky is, Dave begins to taunt her for losing to him until Sky yells at him and tells him that they never were and never will be a couple. Devastated that Sky rejected him, Dave starts to crying and Chris make things worse by reminding him of his failure.
With the pre-challenge over, Chris announces the actual challenge; Hide and Group Seek. For winning the previous challenge, Sugar will be "It" and it is her job to find the other contestants who are tasked to avoid getting captured by her until sunrise. Whoever is tagged by Sugar will join her in finding the remaining contestants. The person who manages to avoid getting caught until sunrise will win invincibility. The contestants are given a head start while Sugar drinks the remaining Juggy Chunks that the others couldn't finish. Shawn once again tries to help Jasmine but she rejects him, believing that he will sell her out again. Meanwhile, Dave is still determined to win Sky's heart and tries to find where she is. From her hiding spot, Sky tells Dave to leave or else they will both be caught. An argument breaks out between the two and becomes even worse when Dave asks her if he can be her boyfriend once the two had smiled at each other. Once again, Sky rejects him and returns to her hiding spot with a terrible stomach ache. Heartbroken, Dave finally reaches his breaking point of insanity and throws his shoe at Sky's direction before howling like a wolf, until it is broken by Dave's coughs.
Meanwhile, Max and Scarlett begin to suffer from food poisoning like Sky. Scarlett admits in the confessional that she could had left Max alone anytime, but chose to remain with him since he will be caught by Sugar easily. Suddenly, Max is hit by the shoe thrown by Dave and throws it away, hitting Sugar who had begin hunting the others. From the top of a tree, Dave asks Sugar to give him back his shoe. Sugar complies and throws it at him with such force, he falls down the tree. With Dave now on ground level, Sugar tags him. Meanwhile, Chris calls the Juggy Chunk's poison hotline and is informed that whoever eats expired Juggy Chunk will suffer from various symptoms including vomiting, nausea, strange behavior, and hallucinations. Later, Max falls against a tree, causing a piece of it to break off, revealing a secret control panel.
Back at Sugar's team, Dave sees two love birds and tells the male bird not to trust the female, comparing them to his situation. Seeing this, Sugar discovers that she can motivate him to tell her where Sky is hiding. Already mad from being rejected by Sky and from the side effects of the Juggy Chunk, Dave complies and leads him to where he last saw Sky. As expected, Sky is still within the area and is easily caught by Sugar. Suddenly, Sugar too begins to suffer from the Juggy Chunk's side effects but dismisses it. Meanwhile with Scarlett, she has a hard time figuring how to hack the control panel as a result of her food poisoning. Scarlett comes to the realization that the island is being controlled by a giant mainframe and that it is not organic. Just as she is about to figure it out, Max vomits on the panel, causing it to haywire. With nothing left to do, Scarlett picks up Max and leaves the area as rain starts to fall. The duo then stumble across Sugar's team, all covered in mud and moaning as a result from their food poisoning, making them to act like zombies.
Shawn and Jasmine are the only contestants who have not been caught; with Shawn hiding on top of a tall tree while Jasmine hides in a cave. However, Sugar's team finds her and begin to slowly pursue her. From the tree, Shawn sees Jasmine being chased by the other nauseated contestants and mistakes them for "zombies". However this time he refuses to abandon her, not wishing to make the same mistake again. Just as Jasmine trips and twists her ankle, Shawn swings in and urges her to come along.
At first Jasmine is still hostile to Shawn, but as she notices the "zombies" approaching she panics and complies. Shawn is informed that Jasmine has been injured so he attempts to carry her, but she is too heavy, so instead Shawn pulls her up into the tree. However, the "zombies" continue to chase them by climbing up the tree, something that Shawn never anticipated. With no other choice and no other place to run, Shawn decides to sacrifice himself by bringing the "zombies" down with him. The moment they touch the ground, Chris declares that time is up and Jasmine has won the second immunity. Before he leaves, Chris tells the contestants to head to the meeting area so the medical team can clean their stomachs. From the top, Jasmine finally gives in to her food poisoning and vomits on the others.
At the campfire ceremony, everyone has finally recovered from food poisoning and Chris gives all but Sky and Dave a marshmallow. In the confessional, Sky is shocked that she is in the bottom two, while Dave says that he gave up on the contest because he has no chance with Sky. After checking the votes, Chris declares that Sky is safe as a result of Dave voting for himself. Jasmine finally forgives Shawn and kisses him on the cheek for saving her. After entering the Cannon of Shame, Dave is saddened when Sky does not even come to say goodbye and is blasted away from the island. Without his knowledge, Sky indeed does come to see him but is too late. As Chris attempts to sign off the episode, the entire island suddenly goes haywire, with snow blowing, the landscapes and trees moving, and the sound-effects going off-key. Chris tries to keep his cool, but he ultimately screams over the commotion as the camera fades to black.
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- Several interns appear; however, they have no lines.
- Max and Scarlett discover that Pahkitew Island is mechanical.
- Scarlett appears to have changed beds, as she is shown in a top bunk, where she previously had a bottom bunk in Mo Monkey Mo Problems.
- Shawn is the only contest not to consume Juggy Chunks from the first part of the challenge, resulting in him being the only contestant not affected by it.
- There were several instances in previous episodes hinting that Pahkitew Island is artificial:
- The presence of a Chinese mulberry bush in I Love You, Grease Pig!
- The waterfall disappearing in A Blast from the Past.
- Jasmine noting that various parts, like a tree and a mountain, seemed to have moved around in Mo Monkey Mo Problems.
- The cave having an elevator, as well as other technology, in This Is The Pits!
- The moving tree and "Avalanche Zone" in Three Zones and A Baby, the latter of which Jasmine noted that she has never seen before.
- This is the seventh horror-themed challenge of the series, which continues the trend of each season having a horror-themed challenge.
- Hook, Line, and Screamer in Total Drama Island.
- The Sand Witch Project in Total Drama Action.
- I See London... in Total Drama World Tour.
- Finders Creepers in Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.
- Moon Madness and Zeek And Ye Shall Find in Total Drama All-Stars.
- By extension, as with several horror challenges, one person hunts down the remaining contestants in this episode.
- This is the second Hide and Seek challenge of the series, with the first being Hide and Be Sneaky.
- This is also the sixth eating challenge of the series, continuing the trend of each season having an eating challenge.
- Just like in several of the previous horror challenges, the remaining contestant is a girl, keeping true with the "Final Girl" trope.
- This is the last episode of the season to feature a contestant being eliminated via voting. Subsequent episodes featured contestants being eliminated through other methods such as disqualification or losing a challenge and getting automatically eliminated.
- Dave becomes the fifth contestant in the series to vote themselves off, following Gwen in The Chefshank Redemption, DJ in The Sand Witch Project, Lindsay in Rock n' Rule, and Harold in Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan.
- This episode is the only one in the franchise to have two themes combined: Eating challenge and Horror-Themed challenge.
- The scene in which Shawn sacrifices himself to save Jasmine by knocking off the "zombies" along with himself is a reference to a scene from Resident Evil: Extinction, where Chase helps a fellow survivor climb to the top of the Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower replica while he jumps off the tower, knocking the zombies that bit him down with him in the process.
- The scene where Chris says that TV standards would never go low enough for Sugar to get her own show is a direct reference to the fact that Sugar is a parody of TV personality Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, who stars in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which is a spin-off of Toddlers and Tiaras.
- When the remaining contestants (except Sugar) are disgusted to hear about the Juggy Chunks, Sky's earrings are missing.
- At one point during the first challenge, Scarlett's skin tone changes to the paler shade previously seen also in So, Uh This Is My Team? and A Blast from the Past.
- Immediately after Sugar wins the eating challenge, the other cups are still full, but after Sky finished yelling at Dave, the other cups are empty.
- Although Dave had thrown one of his shoes away, he can be seen wearing both of them when he is howling like a wolf.
- Despite the challenge ending at sunrise, it is still night time during the elimination ceremony as well as the following episode (which takes place immediately after this).
- When Jasmine is picked up by Shawn, she has two bangs instead of her usual one. It reverts to normal immediately after she falls on top of him.
- When Shawn is carrying Jasmine on the top of the tree, he sets her down to his side. When he jumps off, however, it is shown there there is only enough room for only one person on the top.
- The top parts of Scarlett's sleeves are muddy when she falls over Sugar and the other caught contestants, but the next scene, they're clean.
- At one point prior to being shot from the cannon, Dave is layered over the Cannon of Shame.
|Total Drama: Pahkitew Island episodes|
|Pre-merge||So, Uh This Is My Team? | I Love You, Grease Pig! | Twinning Isn't Everything | I Love You, I Love You Knots | A Blast from the Past | Mo Monkey Mo Problems | This Is The Pits! | Three Zones and A Baby|
|Post-merge||Hurl and Go Seek | Scarlett Fever | Sky Fall | Pahk'd With Talent | Lies, Cries and One Big Prize|