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 3.13 - December 15
Ho ho ho! It's the Christmas Fear Factor. I have
always wanted one of those stunts to eat some sort of
raw venison - but that's just me. Let's see what sort of
Winter Horrorland that our contestants will be having to
go through this time around.
Since, of course, it is a holiday show, we have
some...let's just say different points of views. Lea
Wade predicts that she isn't going to win (wha?), while
Michelle Giraedi predicts that she will be winning the
money and Selena Jay is Mexican, not Mexican't. On the
men's side, Brian Smith thinks the other contestants
will be intimidated, while Daren Ferden will win by
bringing together his feet and mouth and Julian Laurence
will be bringing 'Championship Qualities' to the show.
We'll soo be seeing some of those prediction and
qualities as Joe introduces the first stunt. The players
get to be Santa as they scoot across on a sled, which is
actually a platform held up by wires located fixated 100
feet in the air. While they are motoring on the
platform, the players have to grab candy canes without
falling off. The four people who get the most candy
canes get to see what else Santa Joe has laid out for
Lea is first - and she's a professional bodybuilder,
showing off her ability as she walks across the street
on her hands. Will that ability help her on the
platform? "All you have to do is to be a candy-cane
snatching fool for $50,000." says Joe. Well, she gets
the fool part right, as she starts the event by standing
on the wet platform. When you stand on something wet,
and it starts to move, what happens to you? Yep - bye
bye. She flies off the sled without grabbing a single
candy cane, and in the words of her, "Platform moved,
"I'm like the biggest loser in the history of Fear
Factor," says Lea, as she fulfills her own 'I'm not
going to win' prophecy. But as a parting gift, we get to
see her walk on her hands as she departs from the show.
Earlier on in the show, Joe asks Daren, who is a
corrections officer, to show off some of his moves when
he is dealing with a prisoner who just broke out of his
cell - and he runs. Nice. Well, he can't run off of the
sled, but he has the right idea - he starts on his
knees, and then once the sled moves, he stands up to get
his balance before getting the canes. He misses a few,
but he gets 6, which should be good enough to advance to
the next round.
Michelle, who needs the money to pay for her sister's
wedding since their parents passed away due to a drunk
driver, believes that Fear Factor is in her life so she
can win the money. She misses 2 candy canes, and then
after missing the second one, she slips, loses her shoe
and falls off the platform for a total of zero canes. So
much for the big fancy wedding. "I suck!" says Michelle,
who adds "I don't think my sister will be too
disappointed, because she knows that I am going to be at
Selena says "I advance!" where as Joe reminds her that
she still has to grab a cane. "Are any of the girls
going to advance?" asks Joe - and the guys say no. They
tease her for being daddy's little girl - but after a
quick muff, she shows up the guys and Daren.
"I think they all underestimate Julian," says Julian,
and Joe asks why he is talking about himself in the
third person. He takes partial credit for screwing up
the 2 girls who didn't pass the stunt, and Joe asks him
who gets the credit when he falls on his ass. Heh. He
does fall on his ass - but not before he gets three,
which means that he will be hearing more third
person-speak in the show.
Brian is the last person to go - and his strategy is to
wing it. He wings it enough to get 2 before he goes
flying off of the platform. "That sucked" says Brian -
but he does advance along with Selena, Daren and Julian.
The caroling will have to wait, but it looks like the
people will be using their mouths as they sit at a
Christmas table with Joe. We will be having a gift
exchange, Fear Factor style, as we have gifts under the
Christmas Tree. One contestant opens up a present, which
will be some sort of item that they have to eat. The
next player can either take their gift, or go to the
tree and get their own 'delicacy' gift. This continues
until all of the 'gifts' are opened. The players have 20
minutes to down their food, and I have a feeling that in
this case, it will be truly better to give than to
Selena goes first - and she unwraps a cod egg sac
covered in ants. She is freaked out, which prompts Joe
to say, "This is Season 4, we have to kick it up a
notch...maybe Julian has a taste for ants." It turns out
that he does, as he thinks it's not that bad (and I have
to agree with Julian), so Selena gets to pick again.
This time, she gets a LIVE worm sausage, which is a
combination of worms in a sausage casing. Those ants are
looking good, aren't they?
Daren is up next - and he decides that he wants the live
worm sausage. Selena gets to pick again - and this time
the present is 6 rotten squid covered in flies. This
just gets better and better for Selena, doesn't it?
Brian takes a gift - which is Julian's Ant and Cod Egg
Souffle. That means that Julian gets the last gift left
- which is 5 live dragonflies. That doesn't seem too bad
when you look at what else is on the table.
It's time to start the feast - and Selena can't even
bother smelling the food, much less eating it. "Once
again, we really need to have the smell-o-vision at
home," says Joe, and that does her in. She balks at
eating the squid due to the smell and she has to leave.
The last female shimmies out of the game.
"Julian, it's dragonfly time," says Joe, and Julian
starts to get into it. "Time to say goodbye, Mr.
Dragonfly," says Julian, as he rips his head off. Joe
reminds him that he only has 20 minutes as Julian puts
on the theatrics. He doesn't need the time as he munches
them all down and secures himself a spot in the finals.
Daren is next, and it's time to eat the sausage. Joe
keeps reminding Daren to worry about the time - and to
not puke. Daren listens to Joe, which is good enough to
have him join Julian.
Brian can join them if he eats the sac. He's eating it
and talking about it while he's eating. Joe tells him
that there should be less talk and more eating. At the
10 minute mark, Joe tells him that he should talk less,
and I have a feeling that there's a reason why he's
saying it. My thinking is justified - with one minute
left, there's still a decent amount of fish left, and he
gets the last amount of fish in his mouth when time runs
out. But the fish is in his mouth, not swallowed, and
Joe tells him that he has been eliminated.
Brian finishes the fish around 30 seconds after time
runs out - but it's too late and Joe tells him again
that he is out. Brian tries to deny that he didn't
finish it, but Joe reminds him that he didn't - "You had
a time limit, and you didn't eat it in the time limit."
Flashback to when Brian was talking and not eating, and
that talking, which is the dumb-ass move of the episode,
costs him dearly. Brian, needless to say, is not a happy
camper. He says that he's not leaving, then he curses
out at Joe. Brian says that it's wrong and he's pissed
but he eventually does leave, as he wishes Julian and
Daren the best of luck before storming off the set.
Speaking of storms, we have a snowstorm outside the set.
What better to hat things up than have a fire - a lake
full of fire, to be exact. The contestants have to swim
under the fire and the structure under it and release 5
'Christmas Balls'. Whoever can release all 5 balls and
get across the lake the quickest wins the $50,000.
Losing a coin toss, Daren has to go first. Daren does
complete the stunt, but he takes his sweet time and he
is really pausing when he goes up to take breaths. His
time of completion - 2:48. Daren is exhausted, and what
does add to the difficulty is that the fire on the top
eats out the oxygen that you are trying to breathe - but
it's still fairly slow and Julian believes that he's
taking it to the bank.
Will he? He says that it's already done, and he predicts
that he will get it done in under 2 minutes. Daren - "I
hope he uses all of his hot air talking." He may have -
he gets the first 2 without a problem, but he winds up
out of air and he is struggling to get ball #3. He stays
up on the surface and Joe screams at him, wondering what
he is doing. Daren: "I don't care what he's doing, let
him stay up there." Daren's own prophecy comes true -
Julian does run out of air, and he runs out of time as
he's stuck on the water trying to get a breath. A half
naked Daren hugs Joe, then hugs the snow, knowing that
he has won the $50,000 and a whole bunch of Christmas
September 22 - Million Dollar FF
September 29 - Vegas Part 1
October 6 - Vegas Part 2
October 27 - Halloween
November 3 - All-Female
November 25 - Family FF