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 3.2 - September 29
A few months ago, I've said Viva Las Vegas, as I wrote
out my report on the Game Show Congress. I will say it
again for a few reasons - 1. This Fear Factor is indeed
in Vegas, and 2. and more importantly, at least one of
the segments was open to the public - which I was at and
got to see played out life. Unfortunately, you can't see
me very well, as I am one of the speckles in the back
But before we get there, we need to meet our 6 gamblers.
Bobby Scali - Stoneham, MA - Computer Engineer - he
wants to double the money on the black jack tables.
Krisandra Johnson - Hillsboro, ND - NBA Dancer - she
wants to try everything at least once. Remember this
statement - we'll get back to it later...
Jamison Gilkey - Wichita, KS - Retail Sales - he's a
strong, athletic and confident African American - which
is the profile of a winner - or the first person to go
Lark Schmidt - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Realtor - She says
that she learns from her mistakes. You don't get a shot
at do overs here...
Josh Schwadron - Miami, Fl - Business Student - He's not
cocky - but he likes to get the job done. Call him the
anti-Jamison in term of personality. Now how will that
translate on the stunts?
Melinda Russel - Bend, Or - Receptionist - She's the
wild blonde who loves to do whatever is wacky. She seems
perfect for Sin City.
Joe Rogan brings everyone together, and says that not
only can you win $50,000, but like the last time Fear
Factor went to Vegas, they have to bet at least $25,000
on a hand of Black Jack. Here's the catch - they can
risk it ALL if they want to, for a $100,000 payoff - or
if they have bad luck, then Mandalay Bay gets a little
Speaking of them, we start 400 feet above the Mandalay
Bay. There is a circular pole with Fear Factor flags
draped across it. You have to get rid of all of the
flags - EXCEPT the last one, which you must collect and
post on a separate pole. The man and woman who gets the
least number of flags - or the man and woman who is the
slowest in completing the stunt, will be going to the
black jack tables earlier than expected.
Lark is first and she is inching along - and I mean
inching. She looks like a inchworm up there. She gets it
done in 1:26, and I have no clue if that's a good time
or not. She shows her pole marks on her legs. "This is
Krisandra, who is a dancer for the Minnesota
Timberwolves, thinks that it's a bad time - and she is
determined to beat it. She gets the job done and
completes it in 1:14. Krisandra loves the view that she
got - but Lark isn't liking what she's seeing.
She'll like it even less if Melinda gets it done quicker
- because that means that Lark will be going home.
Melinda, after seeing the women complete the stunt
before her, changes her strategy - and it seems to be
workking, because she is moving very quickly - until she
commits the dumb-ass move of the episode and throws away
the last flag. You have to KEEP the last flag for the
post, remember? With that, Melinda gets eliminated and
Lark avoids a huge bullet.
Will the men do anything as stupid when it's their turn
to try the stunt? Bobby goes first, and Joe is already
preceding this with "I hope he doesn't throw the flag
away like Melinda." says Joe. Sure enough, he does, and
Bobby is an even bigger dumb-ass because he already saw
someone do that and get herself knocked out. Bobby can
sit with Melinda and play the dummy hand...
This, of course means that barring disaster, Jamison and
Josh will get in - so Joe offers them a $1,000 bonus for
the person who does it quicker. Jamison is next - and
Josh can collect the money now. Jamison is terrified of
heights, so he takes his sweet time - and since time is
not a factor anymore, he gets it done in a time (6:17)
that it could take some people to blow $50,000 at a
craps table. Joe - "Your time is longer than everyone
else's time combined!" Ouch.
"How crazy would it be if Josh screwed up and you got
the money anyway?" asked Joe. Bobby would love to see
it, but Josh doesn't screw up. Josh gets it done in
2:01, which is good for $1,000 - and it's good to send
Bobby (who was the quickest at 51 seconds) home.
"Who knows what craziness they could come up with?" asks
Krisandra. In Vegas? Anything. Joe brings us over to a
covered tank, which he uncovers over 500 hungry piranha.
At the bottom of the tank, there is pig kidneys. The
three people who get all 7 pig kidneys out of the tank
using only their mouths in the quickest time goes on to
the final (and televised) stunt.
Josh - "What do piranhas eat?"
Joe - "They eat flesh."
Jamison (the African American) - "I hope they don't like
Josh goes first - and he's hoping that the gel in his
hair will deter from the piranha. I thought that Josh
was taking his time in the first stunt because of the
money - but Josh is inherently slow and he finds the
kidneys in 2:57.
Lark is determined to make sure that her performance in
the first stunt was a fluke - but it may not have been
as she does worse than Josh. She gets it done in 3:20,
ad barring a disaster from either Krisandra or Jamison,
all Melinda did was postpone Lark's inevitable
If someone screws up, it's not going to be Krisandra.
She shows everyone how it's meant to be done, as she
scorches through it in 1:20. Only Jamison is left, and
Josh is starting on him, "I would love nothing better
than to be in the finals with 2 girls." Based on what
Jamison did in the first stunt, I would say 3 girls.
Jamison does spend the first 20 seconds in the pool
staring at the piranha, but once he sees that they don't
stare back at him, he goes to work and gets it done in
2:41. Lark does go home and Melinda must be kicking
herself in the head.
We are down to the Final Three - and it's time to play
Fear Factor Roulette, and Roulette is Josh's favorite
game. It may not be as much fun for him when he sees
that hanging out on the roulette table are African Cave
Dwelling Spiders. This is a bonus stunt - and no one
gets eliminated. For each spider that you eat, you get 2
chips on the roulette table. If Joe spins the wheel, and
the ball lands on your number, then you win a NEW 2004
MAZDA RX 8! You can eat as many as 6 spiders, which
would be 12 chips, or almost a third of the board.
Krisandra starts first, and while she's wondering on
whether or not to eat the bugs. Josh is wondering if he
will get any women - and Joe says no - but he can
probably get some hookers. Heh. After ten minutes of
deliberation, Krisandra finally eats a spider and the
audience goes nuts. She gets a second one and a third
one - and she's done.
Jamison is next - and it seems like they finally have
something that he's good at. He pops them down like they
are chicken fingers and he gets the maximum of 6. Josh
is up, and he does the buffalo shrimp method of eating
African spiders. He's putting the spiders in his hair,
and Joe tells him that he has redeemed himself. He bites
one in half and shows everyone it's innards. Ewwwwwwww.
Krisandra looks like she's going to yak all over the
table. Josh gets his maximum of 6 and everyone puts all
of their chips down.
Joe spins the wheel, and the number landed
on...is....well, we won't know until next week. Will
someone walk out with a car and $100,000? Or will Vegas
claim 3 more victims? We will see next week...
September 22 - Million Dollar FF