"It's a Chili Day in Texas"
- July 15
Day 12: 7:30a. It's... a very cold day in Texas,
indeed. Fawn was getting the fire started, which she
thinks explains her absence in the face of breakfast.
Drama erupts between Tera and Fawn over said absence.
2p: Today, we go wild steer
riding. It's the last four-legged cow that the slickers
will ride before the rodeo. Teams of three will mug,
rope, and mount a steer. Fastest time wins. Judd
demonstrates. "Release the beast!"
The teams are...
Team Corey: Corey, Sal, Fawn
Team Tera: Tera, George, Rachel
We have a heavy-set team
versus a bunch of mental lightweights. Tera's team is
first. Rachel grapples, while George mugs. Tera
mounts... eventually. "We must've looked like idiots,"
Rachel says. Did we mention that Tera a) falls off the
head, b) falls off the back, and c) gets drug in the
mud? "George, what the hell are you doing?" Judd asks.
"The strongest guy in the team, and you ain't doin'
I think they killed it.
More hamburger for Iron Chef, I suppose.
Do-over time: everything
happens the way it's supposed to.
Now to Team Corey. It's
time for Fawn to step up. And she does. Corey... gets a
horn in the twig and berries. He can't punch his dogie,
and George is just laughing. Fawn steps on Corey's head
to get on the cow. "I was going back to LA!"
Final score: Friends of
Corey: 1:42.59. Friends of Tera... 1:30. Who'da thought?
8p: tonight's dinner is
a Texas chili eating contest, men versus women. You have
2:30 to eat as much chili as possible. It's George
(against his will and his stomach) vs. Fawn. Each
team will cook their opponent's chili. Their idea: get
the hottest stuff and put it in the bowl. Hey George,
how's the girl's chili look?
And Fawn, how about the
Wait, there's one more
twist. George... Fawn.. Switch bowls. That's right.
You're eating your OWN chili. After some of the hottest
chili this side of Texas, Fawn wins, 2 bowls to... a few
bites. "It's gonna be a late night." Yeah, no kidding.
Day 13: 11:30a: time to
rope a large steer on a horse. Corey's first. He's ...
close. Sal ropes himself. Georgie Porgy ... oops. "Next
vic... uh, participant, Fawn." And she's a country mile
away from her meat. Tera.. nails it. "Tera's the reason
I do things like this," Rocco says. How about Rachel?
She got... One horn! It's good enough!
7:30p: The worst event
is nigh: the campfire. It's between Fawn and Rachel.
"It's gonna be a tough decision," Sal says, saying that
Rachel has turned about. Neither Rachel nor Fawn will be
upset if they leave, because they share each other's
8:30p: The campfire. One
of the ladies is going home, but first, the good news.
Tonight's reward: a full-body massage... going to Tera.
Now for the elimination. Who can learn the skills? Tera?
She's off to the rodeo. Fawn... Rachel... Fawn...
Rachel.... Fawn... is going home. "She's just a hair
behind." "I regret nothing. I take so much away." With
that and a few tears, Fawn gets the opportunity to tell
her father of the adventure here. "He may not live long
enough to see it, but he'll see it through my eyes." Sal
was praying for Rachel to stay.
So half the rodeo trip
is booked. Next time, the other half, but first, a cow
We leave you now as Tera
enjoys the fruits of her labor.
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