Love to Interrupt
Six men and women must conquer
their greatest fears or face elimination. In the end, one will
claim the $50,000 prize and the honor that "fear is not a
factor for them."
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Joe Rogan
Creator: John De Mol
EP: John De Mol, Matt Kunitz
Packager: Endemol USA, Pulse:Creative
Airs: Mondays at 8:00pm ET on NBC
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Episode 3.11 - November 25
They say that Fear Factor can be fun for the whole
family. In essence, that's what it is, as we have
parents and kids of all genders and combinations -
Michael (ex-marine for 22 years) and Lauren (no last
names) are from Whitehall, Ohio. Dad says they are the
team to beat since he install the marines into her kids.
Kevan and Dakota are the only all-male group - and Kevan
the dad is full of trash talking. In the Stephanie (mom)
and Jake (kid) combo - they say that nothing is going to
stop them. Tess (mom) and Morgan (daughter) say that
Morgan is the smart one of the group - but they are a
We will see very quickly how much of a team these people
are in the first stunt - there are 3 rafts being carried
by a motorboat. The kid has to bring a flag with him and
jump from raft to raft to the adult, who must, in turn,
jump back up to the kids raft. The slowest adult/parent
combo will be getting into their first family argument
off of the show.
Michael and Lauren start first - Lauren says that dad
teaches her discipline from the Marines. Joe - "I feel
sorry for your first boyfriend." Both adults and kids
are talking smack about the adults - and the adults are
talking about the kids. Tess - "I'll kick (Morgan) in
the water if it will improve our time," adding that
Michael will be the first adult to choke. No he won't,
but his jumping from raft to raft sends Lauren into the
water. They did transfer the flag before she fell, so
the fall doesn't count as he and Lauren complete the
stunt. The time was a little slow (28 seconds) but at
least they completed the stunt.
Dakota, who said they would suck, now says that they
will do better anyways. This is the kid that we're
talking about - but it's not his turn to go - it's Tess
and Morgan's turn. They go at it back and forth, and
after Morgan says that she wants to take the inflatable
gloves and hit her, mom says that she's turned into the
bad mom in 30 seconds.
We continue with the Dakota show as he says that he goes
out with 15-17 year old girls - meanwhile, he's only 11.
He yells at Morgan 'good-bye' and says that he knows
what will happen. No he doesn't - Tess and Morgan fly
through it and finish it in 23 seconds - which puts them
in first. "It doesn't take a Marine," says Tess, which
gets the Marine to stare at him.
But there is one thing that they all have in common -
they all want Dakota to fall. Dakota tries to rap in
front of Joe, and Joe hopes that the Fear Factor skills
are better than his rapping skills. Stephanie - "It
doesn't surprise me that Kevan is a weekend dad."
Parents can be so cruel...
Dakota gets to the end of the raft and gives dad the
flag - and then dad promptly throws the kid off of the
raft. Nice. But he does finish it in 25.7 seconds -
which puts the Marine and his daughter in jeopardy.
Stephanie and Jake can complete the deal and send the
Marine home. Jake isn't afraid of the water - or girls -
but he's scared of his sister. He should have been more
scared of the event, which was a huge mess. First, Jake
gets his foot caught on the rope and then he slides
under. She thinks that he's caught under the raft, which
breaks her concentration. She bounces around the rafts,
but she's distracted and she winds up falling off
without completing the stunt. Jake winds up ok, but they
get themselves knocked out of the game. It does have
it's upside, though, according to Jake, "I don't have to
hear Dakota ever again."
Tess/Morgan and Michael/Lauren have to, as they all go
to the next stunt. Morgan says that she can eat mom's
cooking, so she can handle anything. Joe says that in
this stunt, no one will be eliminated - and they are
playing instead for a 7 day trip to the Caribbean
(Curacao, specifically) if they win. Nice. To win the
trip, they have to crawl through a tunnel of lard and
pig parts. Not so nice now, eh?
The kid gets to carry a cow tongue, slosh through the
tunnel, and hand it to their parent, who has to slosh
through the other side of the tunnel and drop the tongue
in a bucket. Whoever can get 7 tongues through the
fastest gets to go on the trip.
Morgan and Tess start - and the mom may be wishing that
she got knocked off of the show. They are moving very
very slow, while Kevin and Dakota are talking strategy.
They get it done in 2:19, which Joe says is very fast. I
doubt that, but what did save time was Tess throwing it
from far away into the bucket. Will that strategy come
back to give them the trip?
Michael and Lauren are next - and while Joe is yelling
at them to move faster, Lauren is muttering that she'd
like to see Joe do this. Heh. He doesn't have to - but
dad needed to go faster - he didn't throw it into the
bucket and they get stopped after only getting 5 pig
tongues in the bucket.
Dakota can talk all the way to Curacao if their strategy
pays off. Dakota gives a rap about how Jake is a fake.
How real is Dakota? The jury is still out, but Kevan's
strategy is sound - he lies on his back and uses
momentum to move him through the tunnel. They complete
it in 1:51 and the weekend dad has a whole week to spend
with his kid. Dakota may take his 15 year old
girlfriend. And no, I don't want to hear a victory rap
We are up to stunt #3 - and someone will be having a
losing rap. The kids will be cleaning up - well not
really - they have to take a shower in syrup and then
stick their head in a tank of red worms. The adults have
to clean them off, put them in a tank, then transfer the
worms from the tank to a scale with their mouth. Yummy.
The 2 families with the most amount of worms advance to
the last day.
Michael and Lauren start it off - and Michael says that
he has something to prove. He has a lot to prove,
because his technique is awful. He is not getting a lot
of worms off of her, and after 2 minutes, they have a
measly 6.5 ounces. Rapping Dakota is next, and Joe calls
Kevan a human anteater. That would sound like an
advancement for Kevan - and it is, as Tess says "Wow".
They have 1 pound 12 ounces, and we get to hear another
"This is a little experiment - let's what happens when
you mix worms with mommy's saliva," says Joe, as Tess
and Morgan play some Fear Factor science. Morgan gets
the technique down as a visibly upset Lauren looks on. A
worm gets in mom's mouth, and her gag reflex causes her
to quit, with 5 second left. When she's done gagging
with the worms, Tess will be celebrating as they get 1
pound, one ounce. Lauren and Michael are sent packing.
"At least I don't have to see Dakota anymore - his rap
just sucked." Making friends and influencing people...
Its the girls vs. boys as we go to the final stunt -
they have to run through a 100 foot tube obstacle course
- 100 feet in the air. First one of the people in the
tube have to do it then jump out of the tube and swim to
a platform, releasing a flag. Then the other teammate
has to do the same thing. Whoever gets through the
quickest - or the furthest - wins the cash.
Dakota and Kevan are first - and we get to hear another
rap. Tess tells Morgan to make sure that she wipes her
hands before hitting on the plastic - because they will
be sweaty. Meanwhile, Kevan tells Dakota to swing in one
good arc and to stay firm while the women are doing
their own version of pound. Who's strategy will be
The men, to be blunt, are flying - they get it through
in 2:21, and the women are visibly concerned, if not
shaken. The women pretty much need to be perfect. Morgan
misses the trapeze, and it costs her precious time to
get through - but she makes it up by swimming to the
flag faster than Dakota, which gives mom some time. Mom
fumbles on the swinging rope, but she recovers to
actually beat Kevan's time on the course. The women
finish the stunt in 2:11 - which gives them the win and
the $50,000 - and thankfully, no more rapping.
September 22 - Million Dollar FF
September 29 - Vegas Part 1
October 6 - Vegas Part 2
October 27 - Halloween
November 3 - All-Female