"Baker vs. Taylor vs.
Benavides" - November 29
Let's meet the Baker family... father Duane
(38, self-employed), mother Terri (35, college student),
niece Kira Caldwell (10, fifth-grader), and son Kody
(10, fourth-grader). Ready for action!
Playing against the
Taylor family... mother Toni (29, stylist), aunt
Terri (25, student), and twins Teffani & Tessani (13,
eighth-graders)... ready for action!
Playing against the
Benavides family... father Brian (35; set
construction/prop maker), mother Lori (34; college
student); son Brandon (14; ninth-grader) and niece Katie
Jackson (14; ninth grader)... on your marks! Let's
start... the Family... Faceoff? Yep, Nick@Nite's getting
into the game with this race/scavenger hunt/what have
you with the ultimate family vacation on the line to the
sunny beaches of Hawaii, and no sooner than we meet John
Salley (fresh from "He's a Lady") and an
obviously-edited-in Amy Davidson (moonlighting from "8
Simple Rules") to explain the first challenge.
Hunt: Each team will get a list of ten things to do
in Hollywood. Each task will take anywhere from 1 to 10
minutes off of their final race time. The tasks:
Share a milkshake or smoothie at
the diner featured in "American Graffiti"
Max Factor transform your two oldest family members
into Marilyn Monroe
space capsule crashed at the Hollywood Museum.
Rescue one of the survivors
ball of yarn
to the factory that's known for "knitting" and
unravel one ball of yarn
Don't be a
the wax display of "Ah-nold." Bring back a pair of
Chug a mug
Find Hollywood Entertainment
Museum. Chug a mug at the Cheers bar
Take a photo
Hollywood's oldest restaurant. Take a family
Bob 4 apples
Get a lucky
Jump for joy
to the museum of world records. Jump rope 100 times.
Teams will have 45
minutes to complete the tasks. Pay special attention to
Robosapiens, for they hold the key to special
information and important decisions.
Bakers: Find Mel's,
order drink. Wait until nauseous. Gets impatient.
Finally drink strawberry milkshake (1 minute). Travel to
Max Factor and Marilynize grownups (3 minutes). Go to
wrong Hollywood Museum, fight (3 minutes). Find the
right monkey (6 minutes).
Taylors: Find Knitting
Factory, unravel... and unravel... and unravel... (4
minutes). Head to Musso & Frank's; try to take Polaroid;
curse soul of malfunctioning Polaroid. Say "screw it" (4
minutes). Head to world records museum... Start jumping.
Stop at 100 (14 minutes).
Hollywood Museum... find another Hollywood Museum... and
another!... Scratch. (0 minutes) Travel to Max Factor.
Kids successfully transform grown-ups into Marilyn (2
minutes). Drink strawberry smoothies (3 minutes).
Final results... will be
tallied at the end of the race. Now to the race, which
consists of three challenges.
Challenge 1: A
Friendly Puzzle: One team member will be high above
the other three as he/she tries to direct the assembly
of a puzzle of the cast members of "Friends" connected
only by a walkie-talkie. Once John has confirmed that
the pieces are in the right place, he will hand you
directions to the next challenge.
Tiff, Kody, and Katie
are the walkie-kids. John has to remind a couple of
people (Tiff & Tess) that this is a race. After Katie
has a good cry, her family has seven correct. The
Bakers... nothing yet, as Kira talks to a screaming Kody.
The Benavides move up to 11... 12. The Taylors have
eight as the screaming continues. And the Benavides
are... okay, NOW they're done. Directions: Find your
Family Faceoff van... Then head to the world famous
Capitol Records Building for your next challenge. So
while they head to Capitol Records, the Taylors are
still dramatists. But they're done, and follow suit. The
Bakers... are still not done. Okay, now they're done.
Bejeweled: Open up a jewel case, read the song title
inside. Figure out who sang it. Then look through the
chest to find costumes matching the artists. Once done,
Amy will send you to your next challenge.
The Benavides get
"Billie Jean"... Michael Jackson. "Goodbye Yellow Brick
Road"... Elton John. "Super Freak"... Rick James...
bitch. "Bawitdaba"... Kid Rock. All right! All away! Now
it's off to the Warner Bros. water tower... and the
And then the Taylors
arrive. "Get This Party Started"... Pink. "YMCA"...
Village People. "Justify My Love", Madonna, and "Whip
It".. Devo. They only have.. three right. Missing the
Madonna garb. Until you break out the cone-bra!
Bakers are third, with
"Purple Rain" (Prince), "Hot in Herre" (Nelly), "Hound
Dog" (Elvis), and "Friends in Low Places" (Garth
Brooks). Two right. Three. Still three... Still three...
The one they keep missing on. Nelly. Dude, grab the
Band-aid. Very typical of a Caucasian adult: "Who knew
Nelly wore Band-aids? Does she always wear these?" There
are two things wrong with this sentence: a) Nelly's a
dude, and b) the person who said it.
Challenge 3: Climb
Every Ladder: One at a time, climb 100 feet into the
air along the Warner Bros. water tower and drop the
flag. Once each family has dropped all four flags, race
to the finish line. Both Benavides parents knock it.
Brandon begins his ascent as the Taylors arrive. Tess
starts hers while Katie makes her way up to the top.
Teff & Terri T. climb up as the Bakers arrive. Once Toni
comes down, Terri B. comes up. Duane, being a former
Marine, laughs at the ladder.
The Benavides arrive in
first. The Taylors are in second, while the Bakers are
falling behind at third, but it's still anyone's game to
lose because of the all-important scavenger hunt. Who's
going to Hawaii? Who's going home?
Bakers complete 4 of the
10, but bicker a lot. The Benavides get lost and give up
on clue after clue, completing 3 tasks. The Taylors lose
time on the Polaroid, but gain big time on the jump
The winning team tonight
takes home an Earthlink computer package. That goes
to... The Taylors, at 8 hours, 2 minutes. The Benavides
family... are also coming back with 8 hours, 7 minutes.
Unfortunately for the Bakers, this means that with 8
hours, 15 minutes, they are off to the land of parting
gifts. In this case, they take home a Nintendo Gamecube.
And for all the bickering, the two returning teams have
nothing but love for them. Terri says that they
should've concentrated on more of the crazy stunts,
while Kira says that if they got a second chance, they'd
pull it out.
Change-in-the-game Moment: With only five minutes in the
scavenger hunt left, Toni makes a game-changing decision
to try the 10-minute stunt: Jump for Joy. Success in the
jump pushed them into first.
Next time, three more
families make the push toward Hawaii.