"Bulls, Rats, Pigs,
and Guns" - July 1
Day6: 6:45a. The day begins as Corey forgets how to
correctly transfer a pot from one place to another.
9:30a. Another day,
another surprise. this time, it's Outlaw Annie, a
mounted shooting world champion. She's come packing...
and she's also armed with two six-shooters. Today,
against all logic, we're playing with firearms. She
demos by shooting a can... into oblivion. Sal performs
what we in the city call "a run-by", shooting target
balloons. Sal looks like his pants are too tight and his
wrist is too limp. Rachel notes that it is indeed
difficult to cock it back and pull the trigger. Everyone
does well with the gun, but George... has to pee.
12:15p. You've seen them
run and shoot. Now let's see them ride a horse and
shoot. Mounted shooting is one of the rodeo events.
Annie demonstrates. And boy does she. The guys note:
"girls are going for accuracy. Guys are going for speed.
We can't help it. We're men." Case in point, Corey, who
misses every (well, almost every) target. Brian is
everything Corey wasn't... slow and steady. And not too
careful with his peace. Fawn, doubly so, given that her
gun fell out of her holster. Candy seems to be the best
at it, as is Sal. And George... is firing an empty gun.
That night, the
bunkhouse is invaded by pigs. Actually, it's half-pig,
half-rat, and it's called a Havolina. They're huge,
they're nasty, and they have fangs. They send the
stuffed coyote to defend against it.
Day 7: 8:30a. Today, we
have a bullfighter (who looks like Hulk Hogan after the
Fab Five got a hold of him) who will teach us how to
properly escape a bull's stronghold. His name is
Hollywood Don Yates. Which explains a lot. George is
going to get killed. Candy gets the most ribbing.. by
the bullfighter. "You're a lawyer? Just stand there and
don't move." Now Hollywood demonstrates how it's done. A
little prayer before dying... and he goes inside the
pocket. And almost gets mauled.
Judd says that this is
just the beginning of being face to face with angry
2:45p. Time for circle
dodging. It's a challenge called "The Eight Rings of
Fire." Basically put, bull comes out, you stay in the
circle for as long as you can. "I'd rather be in any
other circle than that Ace of Spades circle." Fawn
draws.. the eight. Best seat in the house. Rachel gets
the bullet... and she might as well ask for one.
Release the beast! And
the first one getting the business is... Judd. He's
knocked out of his "safe" fence seat. Tera's the first
one out, but Rachel gets the tar knocked out of her.
George is next, then Candy, and Corey. Corey takes the
worst of it, as he is banded. Sal, Brian, and Fawn face
off against a bull "a hair meaner." Sal tries a fakeout.
It works. He goes for Brian next, then comes back for
Sal. Fawn is last man standing... Err.. Woman... or
something. And she celebrates by getting the hell outta
Corey is pissed that he
lost. This was the one he wanted to win. He'll be over
9:15p. It's time for
evals. Toughest reward that has ever been decided, but
it's Sal's. He made moves Hollywood Don couldn't make,
and he was a deadeye in the shooting. Tonight, he gets
to make a phone call home. He calls his wife home.
Some food for thought,
though. The next eval... someone's going home.
Meanwhile, Sal enjoys
hearing his wife on the line. "They call me Chatterbox!
Can you believe that?" "Yes!"