Quoted from plasticbugs:
Do any of you let the episode timer run down instead of trying to complete the episode to get progress? I was thinking if I just cradle the ball and let the episode timer run, I'd probably have much better odds of getting to team up and maybe even to the final episode (albeit with zero perks).
The game will pause the episode timer if you stop hitting switches so you'll have to strategically time out episodes by shooting "safe" shots. But it is useful to take advantage of in Training Modes, as long as you have like 5 seconds to spare, you can trap up and take your time.