Couples Revisited - August
Welcome back to a
NEW season of Fear Factor! We have NEW stunts, NEW
games, and NEW gross things to do. Why, the only thing
that isn't new is the returning host, Joe Rogan!!!!
We start this season off with some very familiar faces.
This is the return of the couples from the million
dollar Fear Factor tournament. The top 5 teams from that
competition return to earn more money, win more prizes,
and perhaps settle a score or two with teams that didn't
get settled. Here are our 5 teams...
Jackson and Monica - The team that won the whole
thing last year. In addition to that, they got married
in Vegas, with Mr. Rogan presiding over the ceremonies.
Meghan and James - The team that didn't win
anything until the last episode, where they won a trip
to Russia. That's all they won, so they are certainly
hungry for more money.
Adam and Meg - This was team dysfunction, as they
wound up arguing and screaming at each other for the
whole series. They won a lot of prizes, but the agita
caused them to break-up after the show. They are back
for one more shot - and it is amazing what over $100,000
will motivate you to do, isn't it?
Jim and Melissa - This was the team that was
clearly favored to win on the series, until a really bad
performance upset their chances to win. The couple, now
engaged, are back to win more, much to the chagrin of
arch-nemesis Meg and Adam
Todd and Rachel - They didn't do anything
special, but they did finish in the top 5 and win more
than $10,000 worth of goodies. That certainly is worth
them coming back.
One of these people will be able to reap the benefits of
coming back early.
CHALLENGE 1: In the
first stunt, the couples have to jump over an ever
widening set of ledges to get as many flags as possible.
The team that gets the most amount of flags wins a set
of Jeep Cherokees and selects the order of the second
We start with the defending champions, as Jackson and
Monica get 19 flags. Meghan and James are used to that
second placed position, as they are in second with 17.
Adam and Meg (who argues along the way) and Jim and
Melissa both get 15, while Todd and Rachel pick up the
rear with 13. So after one stunt, we pick off right
where we left off, with Jackson and Monica winning
CHALLENGE 2: The next stunt has the teams
transferring keys to one of their partners, who's stuck
in a cage. The teams have to unlock their partners, who
must then swim to a buoy. The two teams with the slowest
time can once again bicker on the way home.
Speaking of bickering, Adam and Meg is first. Let's see
- they are only back for the show, and this stunt is a
high-pressure one. They do as well as can be expected,
as they complete the task in an agonizing 4:20.9.
Jim and Melissa would love to knock out their nemesis as
they show the couples how to get this stunt done. They
complete it in 2:04.9 as Adam and Meg are continuing to
backbite at each other. It's not going to get better for
them as Todd and Rachel complete their stunt in 3:46.7,
which puts Adam and Meg on the edge.
How ironic that it would be Jackson and Monica to
eliminate Adam and Meg. How ironic that they... quit?
Yep, as Monica panics and quits out of the stunt. That
blows everyone out of the water and Jackson has to
console Monica as they leave.
Maybe that gives Adam and Meg some hope against James
and Meghan. Things are looking like it as they also go
very slow, but they manage to squeeze it out in a time
of 3.40.6. You wouldn't expect Adam/Meg and Jackson
Monica as the two teams out, but they are, and the field
is wide open for Melissa and Jim to win.
CHALLENGE 3: Next stunt - a chance to win $20,000
by seeing how fast the couples can transfer squid ink to
each other. The team that can fill up a cylinder the
quickest wins the money. Todd and Rachel go first and
get it done in 2:42.1. Meghan and James can beat that
with a 2:01.4 score, but they are both blown away by
Jim/Melissa's 1:22.1 and you may as well give
Jim/Melissa the money.
CHALLENGE 4: But we can't do that yet, because we
have the formality of a final stunt. In that said stunt,
we get an obstacle course which features taking a key
through a zipline and a water bike. The team that gets
through the course the quickest wins.
Meghan and James go first - and they set the bar at 45.2
seconds. That seems to be good, until Todd and Rachel
blow that away with a time of 32.2 seconds. Can they
pull off the upset? No, as 25.1 seconds is all that
Jim/Melissa needs to win the rematch and get a
consolation prize of $50,000.