"Shattered" - July 8
Day 8: 6:45a. Rocco enters to an already-awake crew,
letting each one of them know that in two days, one
person will have to leave. Good thing to know when
you're mucking out stalls. Right now, questions are
risen as to whether or not Rachel can cut it. Tera
thinks that Sal and Corey are safe. But it depends on
whether it's guys first or girls first. If it's guys,
then it's George on the chopping block.
8:00a. Pony express
race. A big part of cowboy lore is the Pony Express, the
forerunner of the modern day mail system, that being
open up Outlook, type your message, and hit send. The
trick here is to relay a package from a horse in motion
to a horse at standing speed. "People could run into
each other or it could be beauty in motion. Not usually
Heat 1: Brian & Tera vs.
Rachel & Sal. For some reason, I don't know what, Rachel
is DQ'ed. Oh yeah, Rachel's horse stepped over the line.
Anyway, Brian & Tera move on with nary a sweat.
Heat 2: George & Fawn
vs. Candy & Corey. George tried his damnedest to keep
the foot inside the lane, and adrenaline kept flowing to
the pass off to Fawn. Not the most graceful approach,
and certainly not the most effective, as Corey makes up
for Candy's lack of any jockeying position. Of course it
helps that Fawn was slow as all get out.
Now it's time for the
final. Brian & Tera vs. Candy & Corey. Brian & Tera
exchange beautifully. Candy & Corey exchange
beautifully, and it's literally a horse race. And in the
end... PHOTO FINISH! It's Corey & Candy! But perhaps the
big winner is Tera for getting Corey and his blatant
disregard for law and order afear'd.
11:00a: roping lesson.
Today, we're roping a moving target, and something
happens that I don't expect on CMT: En Vogue's "My Love
(You're Never Gonna Get It)" starts playing. How
apropos. Even more so as Fawn ropes in... Candy. She
makes up for it later, though. And so did Corey.
1:45p: Lunge line.
Today, we simulate a bull going forward, not only to
stay on a bull, but to dismount. Judd explains about
imaginary lines and how to lean, look, and get outta
there. Good advice to Sal, as he's got the feisty one.
He's got the heart to Cowboy Up, though. This triggers a
montage of less than stellar dismounts, including Candy
jamming her thumb. She's on her way to the hospital.
"This injury's not gonna stop me."
Day 9a: 7a. It's a small
chip fracture. She'll be fine, but she will have to ride
a bull with a) four fingers, or b) her weak hand. Rocco
is very much concerned with this as well as her roping.
Her enthusiasm won't stop her, though. But Rocco has
made his decision. "It would be irresponsible of me to
let you continue." Candy is the first person eliminated,
not necessarily by her own choosing.
Candy goes back to the
bunkhouse to let everyone know about the decision. First
reaction: "What?!" No one can believe it. She says her
goodbyes, and Fawn pledges victory for the girls.
Rocco and Judd give
Candy their seal of approval before she is loaded onto
the truck home. Her dream is shattered, but this is
real. This is a way of life. It's not just an
occupation. People are going to get hurt emotionally and
physically. We end with Candy's best moments and another
apropos song choice: "I Will Survive." Don't know who
sings it, though.
1p: arriving at the
bunkhouse to an empty bed... Very much a downer. The
girls are at a better odd to take on the rodeo, and Fawn
was getting tired of her. Will there be an elimination?
8:45p: Evals... the
answer is no. Candy's fate has given the rest of the
slickers a reprieve. There will be a reward, though.
That goes to... Tera! She just put the fear of God into
Corey and she's cowboying up, so she's going off to a
night of "privacy and luxury" in her own room.
So a woman went home
tonight, meaning a guy's going home in two nights.
Meaning that George better Cowboy Up, because he's
sitting on the bubble. Sal & Corey and rivals. Brian
also has to dig deep.
Next time, shootouts
and... cowpatties. But right now, Tera enjoys her
newfound sleeping arrangements.
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