Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
Twelve strangers enter the
jungle, but only one will leave as King, with a chance to star
in a one-hour Animal Planet special.
But in order to become King of
the Jungle, they have to eliminate the rest of the Pride...
one by one.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Madison Michele
Packager: Animal Planet
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET on Animal Planet
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Episodes 1/2 - July 20,
We were going to
cover the first series of this - until we realized that
no one actually got Animal Planet. I get it now, and
hence, we will be writing up the second edition of King
of the Jungle.
The premise? 12 people compete in animal related stunts.
The prize? Your own animal special - with the winner
being the host of the show. In each episode, a 'king'
will be chosen. They will have special privileges until
unseated. The King also decides the two people to
participate in the elimination ceremony - with one of
them having to leave. For those of you who were thinking
what I was thinking... yep - it's Big Brother in the
We start the show off as the 12 players are in a
Safari-like truck. Madison Michele is the host, and she
explains to us everything that I just talked about in
that last paragraph. Madison greets them all from on top
of an elephant. Let's see which 12 people gets to greet
Bee, a 22 year old Asian Student. Sort of
Chun-Li-ish, sort of Chunky-ish.
Cherry, a 36 year old African American woman who
is very...full-bodied. How full bodied? Let's just say
the name could be changed from Cherry to Watermelon.
Jennifer, a 33 year old actor who looks like
Bonnie Lankford (Dr. Who reference) with a deeper voice
- or perhaps Jolie Bailey (Extreme Dodgeball) with no
Jacob, a 24 year old veterinarian's assistant
with a noticeable southern drawl who seems to be just
happy to be there.
Henry, a 50 year old Air Force general who sounds
like a southern Michael Gross but with the ten gallon
hat and glasses on, looks like what Cowboy from Big
Brother would be like in 30 years.
Lang, a 33 year old surfing instructor, who is
tan, muscular and has his brown hair dyed blonde. Dude!
Shanon, a 32 year old Wildlife Educator, who is
also blonde. Do surfers and Wildlife Educators get
Cynthia, a 33 year old bartender who has short
cropped red hair. She sounds like she went to the
Stanislavskian School of Acting in her part time. "When
I win, which I'm going to, it's going to be fabulous."
Lindsay, a 21 year old student with blonde
shoulder length hair. Think either of the twins from
Amazing Race 5. "I am here to compete, so you better
watch out for me."
Patrick, a 24 year old microbiologist with short
brown hair who can't stop smiling. "In the end, I think
I will be King of the Jungle."
Roberto, a 32 year old painting contractor. He's
Hispanic and very muscular.
Tony, a 26 year old African-American Arena
Football player. Look, it's Puffy and Jamie Foxx all
rolled up into one!
After giving everyone one last chance to quit the game
(which, of course, no one does), Madison introduces us
to animal trainer Scott Schwietzer and to 'Nosey', a 14
year old African Elephant. Scott is going to talk to the
group about elephants. She invites the group to pet the
5,000 pound, 8 feet tall creature. The elephant uses the
ears to keep themselves cool. The trunk weighs 350
pounds and has 30,000 muscles. She eats over 300 pounds
of food a day. The female is a cow, the male is a bull.
The whole group is called 'The Pride'. There will be a
weekly challenge to be the reigning king of the tribe.
The first challenge is that all of the contestants get a
sled worth of rocks that matches their body weight.
Whoever can get their sled across the finish line first
Of course, it's not that simple. Trivia questions about
the elephant that talked about are going to be asked.
Henry was too busy looking at the elephant to pay
attention to the speech - and apparently, so were most
people, as people put down 120 and 80 as answers to the
first question - how many muscles does the trunk have.
The correct answer? 30,000. By getting the question
right, three people can add a 17 pound bag into anyone
sled to bog them down. Lang goes after Tony, Jennifer
goes after Roberto and Jacob goes after Lang - which
After the one question, the race begins. The 17 pounds
didn't slow Tony down at all - he blows everyone away
and is the first one to win. Everyone else gets done -
except Cherry, who is actually dragging the cart
backwards. Shannon goes back to help, and she is joined
by the rest of the group. After 20 minutes, we get our
first bonding moment. AwwwwBarf.
Tony breaks up the warm, bonding moment as he is the
first King. He gets an amulet that represents his power
over the rest of the pride. He gets to assign one totem
to each person in the tribe. He also gets the nicest
camp accommodations. He is congratulated by Roberto when
they start walking back to camp. A possible alliance?
With winning, though, there comes griping. Roberto is
very disappointed with himself, while Bee and Shannon
are both unhappy that they stunk. Henry, on the other
hand, is glad that he doesn't have the early target on
his back. The spirits lift when they see the camp.
Cherry wants the big tent (sorry, it's reserved for the
King, Cherry), while Cynthia wonders if they hid a
masseur in the tent. Cynthia, Lindsey and Shannon share
a tent, Cherry, Bee and Jen take a tent. Lang comes over
and inspects the tent, "You're looking pretty
organized." Jennifer: "That's because we're women." Can
anyone see where this is going?
Tony is welcomed in his tent by fresh fruit, juice, milk
- and Roberto, who congratulates him. Tony has to get
rid of people, so he brings people over by the campfire
and wants to get to know everyone. Lang says that he's
been around for 33 trips around the sun, while Cherry
says that she's single and Cynthia lives with her
'partner'. Henry has grand kids and Tony, who couldn't
get the money needed to go to Biology school, just
graduated from college. Jennifer misses her husband,
Lang enjoys his freedom while Cynthia gets upset that
people can't get over her lesbian status and the fact
that she has a 'partner' of that status. "There a lot of
people who hate me for that love." By learning about
everyone, Tony has the adjectives that he can match to
his scroll. Most of the people are lovey-dovey - except
for Roberto and Jacob, who aren't there to make
pen-pals. Cue the villain foreshadowing music!
It's tree mail! The mail is delivered by cockatoo, in a
cute touch. In a touch that's not as cute, Roberto bows
down to Tony and gives him the mail. The team gets their
first leadership reward, which is located in the jungle.
Waiting for them is Madison and Scott with 2 lion cubs.
They allow everyone to pet the cubs, which Scott say can
be 10-12 in the wild, but can live up to 25 years in
captivity. In 2.5 years, they will all be kicked out of
the pride and they will try to find their own., which is
why the life expectancy isn't that long. Everyone gets
to feed the cubs, but Shannon gets to do a bowel
movement on the cub, which is one of the most exciting
thing that she's done. You don't get out much, do you,
Those 2 lions are part of a larger pride. Transition to
Tony, who has to give out the animal medallions. Cynthia
gets the cute elephant, Patrick gets the intelligent
raven, the gentle swift antelope goes to Lindsey, the
modest signified rhino goes to Henry (who think that
it's big, clunky and not that sharp). The mystical cobra
goes to Lang, the noble hawk goes to Roberto (noble or
brown-nosing?), the joking hyena goes to Cherry, the
mysterious, yet elegant giraffe goes to Jennifer, the
instinctive mongoose goes to Bee, the resourceful goes
to Shannon, the social and swift goes to Jacob, and
finally, the athletic tiger goes to Tony, who says that
he will wear it for the rest of his life.
The good news is that everyone is happy - the bad news
is that 2 people will be less happy, because that night,
Tony has to pick 2 people to go into battle. One person
will come back, and the other person will be eliminated
from the game. This will be done during campfire
ceremonies tonight. Tony says that it stinks - but at
least it's better to pick the people than to possibly be
Tony doesn't know who he wants to pick, while Roberto is
the first person in his ear and tells him to get rid of
potential threats. No one knows what the challenge is
going to be - it could be physical or mental and Tony
has no clue how to deal with it. We get the usual non-sensical
'he's going to put me up' from everyone until Tony
decides that fate will decide. He decided that he will
put everyone's name in a hat and will put one man and
one woman up randomly and he will let G-d decide. He
says that it's the fair thing to do and that he won't
make any enemies. Everyone congratulates him for doing
the right thing - though Shannon says that she would
have left out the name of the people who she wanted to
see stay. Henry and Jennifer may disagree with that
sentiment - because they are the people who are randomly
The next morning, Jennifer and Henry pack as those two
and Tony go up to the "Pit of Lions". Jennifer is
thinking that the challenge is physical - but it's a
mental challenge. The players will be asked questions on
the lectures that they have listened to. Whoever puts
their ring on a pole first and gets the question right
will get to cut one of five ropes. Each rope is
connected to a log. Each player puts one of their totems
on one of the five logs. Whoever cuts the rope to the
log that holds their opponent's totem wins and goes back
to the tribe. The loser is eliminated.
Henry knows who does most of the hunting in the pride
(the females), so he gets to cut down a log. The log....
has no totem attached. Question #2 - The purpose of an
elephant's ears is to do what? Henry gets it right (to
cool the elephant off) and on the second try... he gets
the totem. Jennifer has to present her totem to Tony,
place it around his neck, and is eliminated. On her way
out, she says that the right man was the king on the
first day, and she had a great experience. She hugs
Henry and she makes her exit, stage left. She says that
she was lucky to have this experience, as one day here
could change your life. Henry is congratulated and they
are told to head back to camp.
This should be where the second episode starts, but we
just breeze right through to it as everyone wonders who
will come back. They are all wondering where the end
game works when they see Henry return. Everyone is happy
- except Cherry, who is upset that her best bud Jennifer
Everyone is wondering how the end game works, and Henry,
the nice guy that he is, tells everything about it, much
to everyone's relief - except Jacob, who wouldn't have
divulged that info. Shannon asks Tony about if he would
have still picked names out of the hat now that he knows
what the Lion's Den is all about, and he says yes.
Shannon then gives a rah-rah speech about how the
objective is to compete, and she says that she is
willing to kick everyone's butt if she has to.
After the sermon from Shannon, everyone goes back to
Madison, who said that the next set of animals that they
will meet are quite skittish. The group goes over and
sees Chilean Flamingos bathing in a large pond. Scott
says that they are pink by eating krill, and that they
can pump three times more blood in their body, hence the
reason why they only stand in one legs. The flamingos
have 19 vertebrae in their neck (vs 7 for humans) and
they are found in Africa and South America.
After hearing Roberto saying how excited he was, Madison
gives them more excitement by giving them their next
King of the Jungle challenge. After Tony gives up the
King pendant, Madison challenges them to see how long
they can balance on one leg, encouraging them to trash
talk and psych out their opponents - or to make deals. I
wonder how many of them will listen...
Cherry hopes that she is not knocked out first - but she
is gone in 11 seconds. Cynthia quickly joins her in 47
seconds. Madison taunts them by saying that a flamingo
can hold their legs for 4 hours, while Jacob starts
taunting and Bee is the first victim of that. Henry and
Patrick quit and Tony gives up his reign. So much for
his claim to win every challenge. Lindsay was the last
woman standing - but that ends at the 5 minute 30 second
mark. Jacob offers to make a deal with Roberto and Lang.
Lang wants no part of it - and he falls in. It's down to
Roberto and Jacob - and this time, Roberto does make the
deal. Jacob wins, while Roberto now feels like a moron
for accepting the deal - and hoping that it doesn't bite
him in the rear.
Back at camp, it is Lang that looks like he wants to
bite someone in the rear as Roberto and Jacob remind him
that he didn't make the deal. He enjoyed the atmosphere
and felt that he connected with the animals. Tony, who
is still upset at himself, crosses with Jacob and
congratulates him again for winning the competition.
Roberto decides that he will also take the high road,
and asks them if they would a random draw - or if they
prefer secret voting. The women would rather see a
random choice, while Henry would prefer a vote. Cynthia
says that if it starts to turn into a vote, it's going
to get nasty. They do a 'secret' vote using Shannon's
beads, and random wins, 7-3.
The women are glad that it's still random, but Tony
notices that less people want that and Cynthia notices
that the guys want to choose people. Meanwhile, said
guys - Tony, Roberto, Jacob and Patrick - have decided
to create an alliance, using Lindsey as their spy - but
Lindsey is a double-agent and decides that she will be
selective in terms of what to reveal.
Jacob gets tree mail - and it tells him to bring three
people to collect his reward. He stupidly picks Patrick,
Roberto and Tony and everyone else immediately sees that
there is an alliance brewing. Cynthia added that Roberto
may have already bagged his prize. The flamingos,
apparently, aren't the only thing that's pink - or
The other '4 Horsemen' (Thanks you, BB5) join Scott as
he introduces them to a pair of camels. Camels actually
store fat in their hump, not water - and they can change
their body temperature by 11 degrees. Jacob gets to ride
a camel and their bonus adventure ends.
The four guys come out - and they notice that the rest
of them are in the tent. Shannon is convinced that
herself and Lang will have their names 'mysteriously'
pulled out of the hat. Her suspicions are confirmed when
Jacob says that random can mean lots of things. Tony
talks to Henry about the voting, and he says that he
would make the decision himself, since there are people
who more deserve to be here than others. Henry respects
him - but he says that he will take him down the first
second that he'll get. Roberto wonders if all of the
names will be there - or if certain names will not be
included in the 'random' draw.
We'll find out right now as the draw is made. Lang's
name is first, and second is...Shannon. 'I knew it' says
Shannon, while Cynthia adds that it was a little too
convenient. 'A lot of people were convinced that he only
put in two names in that bag.' Lang isn't ready to go,
while Shannon says that she wins either way. Jacob says
that he doesn't have any preference in terms of who wins
- but he has set up a huge bulls-eye on him and the
other three guys in his alliance.
The bulls-eye right now is focused on Shannon and Lang,
as one of them will be leaving. They hug to start the
morning, but Lang is clearly there to strike like a
viper. Lang touches the flames for good luck. Yikes.
We get a re-reading of the Lion's Pit rules, with a
reminder that neither of them can ring in until she
prompts them by saying 'Answer'. Apparently, Shannon was
groggy, since she jumps in before the prompt for the
first question. Lang jumps in for the second question
when asked what sort of group the flamingos live in -
but his answer of flock is wrong (Colony). Shannon gets
a whack at Lang's totem - but that one doesn't have
Lang's totem on it. Next question - what do flamingos
eat that gives them their pink color. Lang answer -
correctly this time (Krill), and on his first try,
Lang...hits the log with Shannon's totem. Shannon is out
of the game and wishes Jacob the best of luck. She
wishes Lang good luck too as she leaves. She is happy
for the trip - and she is thrilled to be reunited with
her husband and children. 'I'm a mom before I'm anything
and a wife, so I'm happy to go back there, too.'
My take? I like the game aspect - and I like the fact
that the elimination is based on actual knowledge (a la
Hitman). I am not a big fan of the Big Brother-like
eliminations, but I'll deal with it. This could be a fun
trip, and we'll see where next week's journey takes us.