Totally agree. This is my new favorite episode, just 'cause of all the awesome Ryuuji x Taiga moments in it. I especially liked the scene at the pool when they were practicing for the duel. It was a little different from the light novel, but I thought it was pulled off nicely. And the scene after he almost drowned was made of pure win for obvious reasons.
I already explained my opinion in one of the other clubs or maybe in this one... No it have to be another club.
But this episode was as bad as the episode where Taiga confessed to Kitamura. J.C. Staff cant bring forth the feeling and beauty of the novels.
Their arguing at public pull had more meaning in novel, the competition was 300 times more fun in novel, the whole part of rescuing Ryuuji had more sense to it and "Ryuuji is mine" arc was better.