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 3.27 - March 22
Heidi McIntosh says that she is the weakest person on
the show - but she says that sometimes the weakest
people win. Next to her is Eric Thulander, who works out
twice a day, 6 days a week, as he will sit back and
laugh all the way to the bank. He's got nothing on
Tatiana Butler, a blonde African-American woman who has
muscles on muscles and who describes herself getting
angry as The Hulk on PMS. Next to her is Michael
Rashatello, who says that he's just on to have a good
time. Stephanie Strynek also is happy-go-lucky, but she
is determined. Stacy Teems thinks that he is everyone's
biggest fear and the show should be changed to "Stacy
Factor". We have an...interesting collection of
characters on this episode.
For the first stunt, the collecting is flags, as the
people will be sliding down a 60 story building. The man
and the woman who collects the least amount of flags
will not be egging on their ego on this show.
Eric is doing this for James Lee, his best friend who
died over a year and a half ago. People dedicating their
performances for deceased friends and relatives usually
fare well. How well is 4 flags? Too early to tell, but I
don't think that it looks good.
While she is doing her stunt, we compare the 178 pound
Amazon Tatiana, who is picked up by weight-lifter Joe.
Tatiana, in turns, fireman carries Joe, who says
Michael is up next - and he says that he is afraid of
heights. That is not a good combo - and the fact that he
didn't actively grab for the flags doesn't help him. He
gets an even worse three flags, and it looks like Stacy
will be giving Michael his walking papers. "He's got to
Joe says that guys like Stacy usually choke, but after a
prayer to Jesus, he is on the move - and using his
smarts and grabbing all of the flags on one side. Joe -
"How many do you got?" Stacy - "See you later, Mike."
Stacy "stopped" at 5, so Mike, who will be leaving,
apologizes to his friends and family. "It's all fun and
games until you look like a douche-bag on national TV."
None of the women want to look like a douche-bag, so
they all need to get as many flags as possible. Heidi's
strategy of only grabbing the flag on one side is a
sound one - but her being afraid of heights isn't good
as she hyperventilates throughout the stunt. She only
gets 2 and she should be joining Mike on the train to
Stephanie is warned to not be overconfident, but she was
brought up from a crazy family - as she was taught to
swim like she had no arms. Wha? After some early
difficulty, she swings her body around and grabs 5
All Tatiana needs to do is to get 2 flags. "There's no
such things as failure, and there's no such thing as
fear. I'm hardcore, baby." She didn't exactly fail - but
she didn't really succeed either. She did get two flags,
which keeps her in the game, but that also keeps Heidi
(who ties with her) in the game as well and she gets a
second chance at the money. Is that a mistake that
everyone will pay for?
Their stomachs will be paying for it as Joe Rogan
unveils his second stunt. The contestants are taken to a
car junkyard as they see two car's windshields with
covers over them. On one car's windshield are
earthworms, superworms, grasshoppers, beetles and
crickets. On the other windshield are the same types of
bugs - in a squished form. What the contestants have to
do is to transfer the squished bugs on the windshield to
a scale. The 2 people with the least amount of bugs in
the scale will be eliminated.
Tatiana is first, and she is looking forward to it. She
is described as "Ray Lewis in a tank top," and she is
going to town on that windshield. She tired down, but
Joe tells her that she needs her cardio work in for the
day. Her total weight is 6 ounces and Joe is impressed.
Joe's impressiveness should be an indicator that 6
ounces should be good enough.
Not as sure is Heidi, who is concerned that she won't
get enough bugs in the scale. Her fear is justified, as
she only gets 5 7/8 ounces. Tatiana screams "Yes!"
Eric has a strategy - and that's to use his face to
smear all of the bugs to the center and then pick them
all up. That strategy doesn't work, as all of the bugs
aren't moving and he is having a very tough time picking
them up. He also peters out at the end and both of those
things come back to hurt him. Eric's final time is 5.5
ounces, and that sends a now crying Tatiana to the
finals. She is doing this for her friends who has
cerebral palsy as she bawls all over the place.
Stacy says that he is going for 8 ounces. Tatiana says
that his mouth is so big that he shouldn't have a
problem with it. Stacy is using the making love
technique to the windshield - he pounces on the hood and
slides his mouth all the way up from the bottom to the
top, like he was licking... well, you know. A pissed off
Eric is looking on, realizing that his time on Fear
Factor may be over. It is, as Stacy gets 7 ounces and
the dedication to James will have to continue elsewhere.
Stacy and Tatiana are in the finals - will Heidi be
joining them? Or will Stephanie beat 5 7/8 ounces?
Stephanie gets a mouthful in at the buzzer - but it
doesn't matter because she was well over the mark
long-before-hand. She gets 7 3/8 ounces, so Heidi's
survival in the first stunt was only a temporary
reprieve to her elimination.
We are down to the African American woman with the big
muscles, the African-American man with the big mouth,
and the demure white girl who we haven't really heard
that much from for the episode. If she wants to make
herself hears, she needs to win the final stunt - which
is located 100 feet over the pier's water. The objective
is to transfer flags from one station to another while
walking across a rotating balance beam. Whoever gets the
most amount of flags carried (or gets it done the
quickest if there's a tie) will win the $50,000.
Tatiana goes first - and she knows that she needs to set
a high bar. We also know that she does not do well with
heights - and in this case, the heights win. She gets
ZERO flags, and she is gone. She is upset and winds up
crying. "I busted my butt. I did my very best and my
best wasn't good enough."
It's Stephanie's turn to set a high bar for Stacy, who
says that he won't lose to the women, who would have
better off by staying home and baking some apple pies.
He is doing this for his kids, who may be baking $50,000
in the oven for him. To bring home the bacon though, he
will have to be perfect - and faster than Stephanie, who
gets all the flags transferred in 3:33.9.
Stacy is the last person up, and he says that it would
be devastating to lose to a woman. He gives another
mantra that he will win everything and he tells his wife
that he will be home with the cash. He is moving much
faster than Stephanie, and she is hoping that Stacy
makes a mistake. He doesn't - but he did slip after
getting the 5th flag and he moves noticeably slower. Did
that tumble cost him the $50,000? His time was....3:20.
Stacy has enough of a time reserve to over come his slip
and his wife better be having the oven ready for the
bacon, Then again, she'll probably be using some of that
money for the ingredients to the apple pies, so it can't
be all bad.
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
December 15 - Christmas
January 5 - Twins
January 12 - Couples Part 1
January 19 - Couples Part 2
January 19 - Couples Part 3
January 26 - Couples Part 4
February 2 - Couples Part 5
February 9 - Couples Part 6
February 16 - Couples Part 7
March 1 - All-Female #2
March 8 - Siblings
March 15 - Siblings