In the anime, the Yugi-tachi get past Saruwatari because Mai flirts with him.
In the manga, Jonouchi punches his lights out instead.
Related to Jonouchi punching people’s lights out, here’s your characterization note for this episode:
Otherwise, there isn’t a lot else to be talked about in this episode in terms of differences. Pegasus and Kaiba dueled, but it goes the same. Next episode is going to be more complicated, because the anime and manga do the night before the finals quite differently.