The Lost Arts"
- July 5
Last time, the teams got to meet Paris and Nicky
Hilton at the Hilton Estate in the Hamptons, and team
Park won a challenge involving a sale and an auction.
And though there seemed to be a possibility of Johnny
and Yvette hooking up, it wasn't meant to be, and
Johnny was eliminated. With 12 left, it's time to get
A journey into the world of art
A new day dawns on the Melrose Hotel, and once again,
team Madison takes their time in waking up. After 2
straight losses, can you blame them? We are then
reminded that there is still tension between Latricia
and Yvette. Duh.
The team then receives the next letter, basically
stating that the next challenge deals with the art
world. They definitely don't want to lose again,
especially with 2 members down. Meanwhile, team Park
also gets the next letter, and they're confident that
they can make it 3 straight wins, even if they argue
amongst each other again like last time.
The teams arrive at the Brooklyn Museum of Art for a
tour and lecture arranged by Kathy. After checking out
some paintings and statues along the way, they arrive
at an open room with a stage in the middle, where they
receive a lecture from Jim Caruso. After the lecture,
and some brief demonstrations of various forms of art,
Jim sends the teams out for some exploration around
New York City, but with a warning to pay attention, as
some things that they'll see could be useful to know
The group then boards a double-decker bus, and ascend
to the seats on top. They get to see various sights of
the city as it drives around, and a tour guide is
describing certain things about those sights. But
during this tour, Ann gets the "bright idea" to sing
while the guide is speaking. And it's apparently
annoying everyone else. Heck, even Yvette found it
annoying, especially since she was sitting right in
front of Ann.
The art of the scavenger hunt
Finally, the teams arrive at Central Park, and they
walk to "Cleopatra's Needle", an ancient Egyptian
obelisk located in the park. There, Kathy explains the
next challenge; it will be an art scavenger hunt.
Using clues which they'll receive at the start,
they'll have to go to various locations in the city
and perform certain tasks. The team that completes the
most tasks and is back at the obelisk by 4PM wins.
Each team gets their set of clues, 2 cell phones, and
a map of the city, and it is 1PM, which means they
have 3 hours for the challenge.
Team Madison starts by locating where each clue
directs them to, and marks it on their map. And Yvette
decides that she wants a shot at a clue that's written
in French. Over at team Park, Vanessa gives the idea
of taking care of the task(s) located at the furthest
destination first. But Jules wants to start with the
closest. They talk for a bit, and decide on Jules'
idea before running out of Central Park to get
started. And team Madison is still marking locations
on their map.
As team Park wanders the city, Rashad gets the idea of
splitting away from the group and taking care of a
task at a location that the group was walking past.
And the bickering starts. Some want to keep the team
together; some want to split up into groups (makes
sense; they do have 2 cell phones). Eventually, Rashad
and Jaret split away to take care of a task while the
rest of the team continue to bicker.
Their first clue directs them to a piano place after
figuring out what was meant by the ivories, and they
find out that the task there is to learn how to play
"Chopsticks" on the piano, then play it. Jaret
completes the task, and for it, they receive a piano
key as proof of completion of the task. After letting
the rest of Park know via cell phone that they did it,
Rashad and Jaret move on to another clue. It directed
them to a bookstore, where the task was to recite a
poem; specifically, "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.
They also had to get a picture of the task being done
on a balcony. Rashad recited the poem; Jaret took the
picture. 2 tasks done.
Meanwhile, team Madison finally get going, and they
split up; Jabe and Latricia in one group, and the
other 3 in the other group. And even though they have
the map, those other 3, Ann, Yvette, and Jackaay, end
up getting lost for a brief moment. But they
eventually get their bearings, and get going. Until
they find that they can't figure out which way to go,
that is. And Jackaay is feeling left out of this
group, as the other two kept shutting down her ideas.
Their first clue leads them to a dance studio, where
the task is to learn a ballet move and perform it in a
leotard. So naturally, Yvette, who already has
experience as a dancer, does the task. But while she's
supposed to be learning, she sidetracks and does some
ballet of her own. Show-off.
On the other hand, Jabe and Latricia ends up at the
Sloan Cancer Center while following the French clue
that Yvette read earlier. But there was no task for
them there. So they called the other group, and after
some talking, they skip the French clue and move on to
the piano clue (the same one that Park completed
earlier), and though Latricia was quick to figure out
what was meant by the ivories, she initially assumed
that the task was in a mobile RV from which she heard
a piano playing. Oops. But they did recover and find
the right location, and Jabe completes it. Their next
clue sent them to a store to find a pair of opera
glasses, which they get after some searching.
At this time, both teams go with a clue where they'll
essentially have to find a statue in the middle of
Times Square. The group of 5 from Park bicker about
where the clue is leading them (it says to "go to
where the ball drops"), and the group of 3 from
Madison are also trying to figure it out. Eventually,
team Park finds the statue first, and they see that
the task is to sing a song for the tourists and get 3
of those tourists to sign the clue as proof of
completion of the task. As the Park group sings, the
Madison group finds the statue and starts singing as
well. Both groups then get their signatures to
complete the task.
Afterwards, team Park is back together, and they've
completed 5 tasks so far. They try to decide whether
or not to go for one more, as there is 45 minutes
left, and they bicker. Meanwhile, the group of 3 from
Madison decide to try for more clues, even though one
of them (yep, Jackaay) wanted to return to Central
Park due to time running short.
The art of tardiness
As Jabe and Latricia decide to stop and head back to
Central Park, team Park arrives at Cleopatra's Needle,
apparently having decided to stop and hope that the
other team either completes fewer tasks or doesn't
arrive on time. Moments later, Jabe and Latricia
arrive, and Jabe tries to call the rest of team
Madison, but they don't answer. Why? Because Yvette is
spontaneously showing off her tutu from the ballet
clue while they're moving through the city.
The clock strikes 4PM, and Ann, Yvette, and Jackaay
are still not at the obelisk yet. So therefore, team
Madison is disqualified, and team Park wins once
again. Park celebrates, and Jabe calls the missing
group to break the news to them. Those 3 finally
arrive at 4:30PM, and for some odd reason, despite
knowing that they lost again, Yvette has the nerve to
prance around in that tutu as they arrive. And
understandably, Park couldn't believe it when they saw
it. Jules said it best: "No class."
Kathy arrives and officially declares team Park the
winner, then informs them that their reward this time
is a night out, involving dinner and a Broadway
performance. And once again, team Madison's members
face elimination. And after Yvette decides to show off
a ballet dance yet again (Who the heck decided to make
her a contestant here, anyway?), Kathy breaks the news
that 2 of them are going home this time. That's right;
it's double elimination night, as 5 will be whittled
down to 3.
[I'll just say right now that in my opinion, at this
point, it's looking like team Madison is becoming
IWTBAH's version of the Ulong tribe from Survivor:
Palau. I see 2 things in common between Madison and
Ulong: the group colour (blue), and the fact that
they're being completely decimated by the opposing
Team Park enjoys their night out, and at the dinner,
we find out that this day happens to be J.W.'s
birthday. The team then gets to see the Broadway
musical "Wicked". With the best seats, of course.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Latricia and Jackaay
talk about how Jackaay got the feeling that it would
be a bad idea for her to go with Ann and Yvette.
Yvette walks in, and after a few words about whether
or not the whole competition is just a game, Yvette
The art of lying
In what seems to be becoming routine for team Madison,
they arrive via limo at the residence to talk about
what went wrong, and to send someone home. Kathy
begins by saying that this time, while she will make
the list for one elimination, the other one will be
determined by the team. Then they get into whether or
not Ann and Yvette cared about having lost again. They
said they did, but the others said otherwise.
Then, Yvette has the nerve to blame Jabe and Latricia
for holding them up on the way back. And Ann tries to
explain that it was before 4PM when Jabe called saying
that it was over. *BUZZ* Wrong. Jabe and Latricia knew
that it was after 4PM when he called, and mentioned
that, but Ann refused to believe them. This leads me
to believe that either Ann's watch was slow, or she's
trying to lie her way out of taking the blame.
This leads to the whole French clue situation, and
Jabe and Latricia blame Yvette for sending them on a
wild goose chase with her so-called deciphering of the
clue. Yvette says that she speaks French, and she
wanted to do the clue herself, but Jabe says that when
it came time to divide the clues between the 2 groups,
the French clue ended up with him and Latricia. And
then, they bicker some more about the all the calling
done between the 2 groups. Finally, Jabe sums things
up appropriately: he and Latricia got 3 tasks done and
were back at the obelisk with 10 minutes to spare, and
the others didn't return on time.
When the group is asked for any final thoughts,
Jackaay says that she, Jabe, and Latricia are getting
more out of this experience than the other 2, whom she
says doesn't appreciate the opportunity they have with
this show. She even says that Ann may actually be
looking for a record deal, what with all the singing.
Ann and Yvette try to defend themselves, and as Yvette
tries to explain, she is cut off by a song from Ann.
Sure, go ahead and prove one of Jackaay's points, why
The art of double elimination
After seemingly being stunned by that weirdness for a
brief moment, Kathy gives the group a box with 5 pens
and 5 pieces of paper, so they can each vote for who
they think should be eliminated first on this night.
Kathy leaves the room for 5 minutes, and each of the 5
writes down their votes. Afterwards, Kathy has each of
them read their votes out loud, one at a time. Here's
the breakdown of the votes...
Yvette votes for: Jackaay
Jabe votes for: Ann
Ann votes for: Jackaay
Jackaay votes for: Ann
Latricia votes for: Ann
With that, Ann has been voted off the island (of
Manhattan), and she can now sing her way home, her
hopes of being on the list tonight gone. Speaking of
which, Kathy sends the rest of the team outside the
room so she can write her list. As usual, whichever of
them isn't on the list is gone. While she writes it,
at the stairway outside, some bickering ensues, with
Yvette vs. the other 3 over her lying.
Once team Madison is back in the room, Kathy says she
feels that teamwork is missing from this team. And
with that, she gets to the list...
With those 2 joining team Park in the dining room
nearby, it's now down to Latricia and Yvette, who have
been bickering with each other ever since the
competition started. But now, that bickering will end,
and so will the journey of one of those ladies. With
that, Kathy reads the last name on the list...
Latricia did not want to lose to Yvette, and in the
end, she didn't, as she will continue on in the
competition. As for Yvette, her dancing after a loss
was the kicker, and she will now have a chance to
dance back to Vegas, having been eliminated from the
show. Afterwards, Kathy once again joins the remaining
10 competitors in the dining room for another toast to
the good life. And that does it for this artful