Episode 4.22 (Couples Finale) - February 14
This is it. One couple will win one million dollars.
Two other couples will wallow in the depths of
despair...and felt like they have gone through the 12
stunts so far for nothing. That would really be the case
for Craig and Maria, who so far have won bupkiss, while
Roberto and Leah have won $30,000 and a Trip to L.A. and
Dean and Ashley have won enough to move up a couple of
We start this episode at night in a forest-like glen.
Joe reminds them about what they have done throughout
the series. Dean and Ashley say that the fact that they
narrowly escaped the last stun was a sign, Roberto ad
Leah may be coming back together (awwwwBarf) and Craig
and Maria say that they only need one prize - the
CHALLENGE 1: In order to get to the million, they
have to drink 16 ounces of blended bullfrog combined
with rotten swamp water. Yummy. To get to the drink, the
men have to free the women, who are in a cage of 500
bullfrogs. To free the women, the men have to get keys
that are in cages filled with scorpions and rats. No one
is getting eliminated, but the quickest team wins Jeep
Liberty's 4 by 4's. Roberto and Leah REALLY want those
cars - and so do Dean and Ashley. Now what are Dean and
Ashley going to do with 4 cars?
Craig and Maria go first, and Craig is already brooding
on the stunt. Joe complains that Craig and Maria have
done just enough to not be eliminated - but they haven't
really competed with heart, either. As Craig starts the
stunt, Joe keeps harping on the fact that Craig and
Maria have gotten zippo. Based on the fact that it took
him all day to get the first key in the pit of rats, I
don't think Craig and Maria will win this one, either.
They get to the drink in 3:00 - but they don't complete
the drink or the stunt until 15:38.1. There's no way
that time is standing.
Dean and Ashley are there do break that time, while the
other teams are talking and wondering if Ashley would
quit before having to drink her share of the bullfrog
concoction. Dean and Ashley are speed demons, getting to
the drink in 1:45 - well ahead of Craig and Maria. Now
comes the drinking part...Ashley, like the other two
teams thought, wants to quit, but Dean yells at her to
continue and she complies. Dean then uses great strategy
- he gets his whole drink, then finishes off Ashley's.
TIme of completion - 4:18. Damn. Dean says that he is
going to give the jeeps to the parents if they win.
Roberto and Leah are the only group that can take the
cars away for themselves. Leah tells Roberto that they
have to destroy Dean and Ashley. They make great time on
the first part of the stunt, and get to the drink
quicker than Dean and Ashley. Can they finish the drinks
faster? Roberto actually does, but Leah can't finish her
part and time runs out on them. Dean and Ashley once
again win and they are over $100,000 worth of stuff.
Roberto sees Ashley celebrate, and he gets miffed
because they have won everything while Ashley couldn't
even finish her whole drink. Craig and Maria are still
convinced that they will win the million. Can either
underdog team pull it off?
CHALLENGE 2: If they do, they will have to do it
on this, the final stunt.... you start on a skiboat and
use a ladder to climb into a helicopter. Once in the
copter, you move to a semi-truck, where you have to get
in the truck and unlock two combination locks that are
guarding a locker. Inside the locker - protective gear
that the contestants have to put on, then get in a
sportscar and bust out of the truck. The team that does
this the quickest wins the million dollars.
Dean and Ashley, by winning the last stunt, select the
order of this stunt. They want Roberto and Leah to go
first, as Roberto and Leah acknowledge that they could
be the biggest threat. They won't be much of one in this
stunt, as Leah takes her sweet time to get into the
helicopter. She wastes even more time to unlock her
combination, and although a final time of 1:28.4 seems
fast, the other two teams aren't going to be that slow.
Team number two will be... Craig and Maria. Maria says
that today will be the day that the underdogs will win.
They get in the helicopter faster than Roberto and Leah
and although they don't get out of the car faster, the
time saved on the helicopter is enough to pull them
through. Their final time...1:17.8, which is good enough
to stay in the game. Leah and Roberto are eliminated,
but they do leave with over $30,000 worth of goodies.
They walk out holding hands, and even though they know
they didn't bring their A game to the last stunt, they
are closer than before. AwwwwBarf.
Can Dean and Ashley add a million to their stash? They
should, barring a disaster. Dean says that there is one
more celebration left for them and predicts a time of
1:11. They get into the helicopter faster than either of
the other two teams, and they barring a complete
meltdown in the truck, it's theirs to win. They don't
melt down, as they both get the helmet at the same time
without a hitch. Just for the record, the final time
is...1:11.6. They call it, they get it, and Dean and
Ashley win the million.
Maria and Craig come in second, but what do you get for
no heart? No prizes. Craig admits that it was strategy
to lay low as much as possible and then turn it on at
the end to win the million. The only problem is... it
didn't work, and they have nothing to show for 8 weeks
worth of work. OUCH!
$1,040,000, a set of
SONY walkmans, a Jamaican vacation, a set of
Wranglers, a set of Jeep Libertys - and the finger
Second place - and $0.
$30,000 and a trip to L.A.
Week Trip to Belize - which they can take right now
- 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
Congratulations to Dean
and Ashley, who wins the loot. Next week, we'll see if
Lady Luck has a hand in winning more loot, as we go to
Vegas. Join us in 7 days for the fun.
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