Episode 4.20 (Couples 5) - January 31
So no one got eliminated on the last episode, but that
was substituted by more than enough drama. Dean won the
latest round of the pissing match between him and Randy,
while Randy swears revenge. Roberto and Leah are back on
the ins, Randy and Tina may be on the outs, Andre/Amirah
haven't won anything, though they have been VERY close
to doing so, and Maria and Craig swear to win something,
though they haven't come close.
CHALLENGE 1: Maybe they'll win this stunt - the
couples have to travel via hanging from a trapeze set on
the bottom of a pair of helicopters to a set of buoys.
After doing this twice, they have to swim to a platform
and hook the flags found on the buoys to a pole on the
platform. The team that does this the quickest will get
a pair of SONY MP3 Walkmans - and $20,000 in cash. In
addition, they will decide the order of who will be
going in the elimination stunt.
Randy and Tina go first - and they aren't thrilled about
it. Everyone else is, as they expect them to be slow and
they expect to learn from Randy and Tina's mistakes.
Sure enough, they make a mistake as Randy jumps in way
too quickly. They make a bunch of errors and their time
is a very beatable 2:12.7.
Craig and Maria plan to complete the stunt under 2
minutes. They look like they will have no problems, as
they both drop almost perfectly next to the buoys. Craig
keeps his end of the bargain, as he finishes in 1:55,
but Maria doggy paddles (WHA?) to the end, and it costs
her. They get it done in 2:15.7, which keeps Randy and
TIna in the lead, and it makes Craig want to bury Maria
like a bone.
Joe is begging Andre and Amirah to win SOMEthing, since
they seem to always come in second. Will it be this one?
If it was just Amirah doing the course, the answer would
be yes, as she is just carving up the course, but like
Craig, she has to wait for her partner. At least Andre
didn't doggy paddle to the end - but at 2:23, they don't
get the win, either. Perhaps Amirah, who wailed into
Andre, wants to trade Andre for Craig - and based on
what Maria did, I don't think Craig would object.
Dean and Ashley are the next team to go - and they are
still relishing stealing the prize from Tina and Randy
from the last episode. Randy decides to shut his mouth
for now - just in case it's Dean and Ashley who decide
the order of the elimination stunt, but Roberto says
that it's too late for that. That's true, and Randy may
really be regretting what he said as both of them
barnstorm the beginning of the course. It's 1:12 into it
- and Dean's already at the platform. He then does a
very smart move - he carries Ashley from the water and
onto the platform, saving them plenty of time. They
complete it in 1:41 and that upsets Leah, who is crying
sour grapes. Joe then rips into Leah...
...who reminds them that they are the last team who can
beat Dean and Ashley's time. Dean and Ashley, who have
now returned, find out that Joe had to give Leah a pep
talk, and Dean just grins. He may not be grinning for
long - Leah and Roberto are actually quicker to get to
the first buoy - but Roberto drops late and he has a lot
of time to make up. They complete the stunt in 1:58,
which is good enough to beat Tina and Randy - but not
good enough to beat Dean and Ashley, who win the Walkmen,
the $20,000, and Joe's self-professed 'Juggernaut'
title. Randy has no evil wishes for them, 'I don't want
them to be hurt - I just want them to drown.' Randy!
CHALLENGE 2: There will be no drowning in the
elimination stunt - but there could be an electrocution.
Let me explain - the teams will be handcuffed to their
partner and will have to transfer flags through a wire
maze - with electricity pulsing through the wires. The
team that gets through this the quickest will win
$10,000 and the team that is the slowest will be
(Needless to say, don't
even TRY to do this one at home) (C-Note: Or anywhere
else for that matter)
Dean and Ashley select the order, and the first team to
go is...their favorite team, Tina and Randy. No one is
surprised, and Randy may want to take the wire and
strangle them with it. Joe is snickering that Randy may
come out of this as a nice guy - but after Randy
threatens to slap Dean, it's apparent that it's not
going to happen. It's also apparent that they went
pretty quick - but Randy hesitated in hooking up the
flags at the end and that could be a problem. 1:05.5 is
still a pretty good time, and it may not be the slowest
Leah and Roberto are
next, and while they are setting up, Andre and Amirah
are talking about how they aren't going home, and how
he's going to drag Amirah through there char-broiled if
he has to. Heh. He does have the right idea though - if
someone leads and the other person follows, they will go
much quicker. Roberto uses that strategy, and it works -
1:01.2 is the score, and they are safe.
Dean selects 'Dr.' Dre next, and he says that he has ice
water in his veins. Water and electricity don't mix very
well, but apparently the ice dulls the pain as they blow
through the course in 55.4 seconds. Amirah isn't
char-broiled, but she is wondering if her organs are all
Craig and Maria go up fourth, and Maria says that she
has had experiences in this from 'Barn Dancing'. Uhhh...ok.
Randy and Tina are hoping that Craig and Maria, the only
team that hasn't come close to winning anything, screws
up. He gets his wish early, as Craig is taking his sweet
time getting through the course. Joe yells at him to
hustle, but it doesn't do Craig much good. What does?
Maria taking the lead as she takes control. She has to
go back for a flag, which costs them $10,000, but they
get it done in 56 seconds.
Dean and Ashley are up - and they can take destiny in
their own hands and send Randy and Tina home. Andre and
Amirah, who hold the fastest time, hopes that one of
them drops a flag. Randy and Tina, who may be going
home, hopes that one of them gets decapitated. Heh.
Neither of those things happen, and Dean and Ashley, who
get it done in 38 seconds, win their 4th straight
challenge. You sort of have that feeling that if Leah
had that extra penalty to use again, that she wouldn't
have used it on Lisa Marie and Scott?
Roberto is wondering if there is a Fear Factor Training
facility in Australia that Dean and Ashley went to (heh),
while everyone else yells at them for winning
everything. Randy and Tina still leave with $10,000 -
but they leave, and Randy is pissed that it was Dean and
Ashley who send them off. As Randy's final move, he
gives Dean and Ashley the finger. Dean then starts to
sing a song to Randy, who wants to knock out Dean, but
security separates them before anything else happens.
They continue to talk trash as they lave the set -
though it seems that all of the couples are happy that
Randy is gone.
Let's see what everyone has earned...
$40,000, a set of Sony
Walkmans, a Jamaican vacation, a set of Jeep
Wranglers - and the finger from Randy
$20,000 and a trip to L.A.
$0 - but they are still in the competition
$0 - but they are still in the competition
- but they lost their shot at a million dollars -and
$10,000 - and ELIMINATED VIA SEWAGE
$10,000 - but they are ELIMINATED
$0 AND ELIMINATED. Sucks to be you
Next week - the teams go
on a picnic. We'll see in 7 days what the contents
are, but I can guarantee that you wouldn't find any of
this in Little Red
Riding Hood's Basket.