Freedom/The Walls Come
We started with eight families, and now only
three remain, the Upshaws, the Johnstons, and the Schindlers. In 120 minutes,
one of them will win $250,000. The other two families return to life as normal.
Soon as the Mullennixs left, Renee gave the evil
eye to the Upshaws. They do care about the other neighbors, but in the end, will
they still be friends after the game?
The next morning, the Johnstons celebrate their
victory with a steak breakfast. They haven't won anything, while the Upshaws
have won everything. Meanwhile, the Upshaws think about what would happen if the
Johnstons won the next challenge. They are their biggest target. Rick doesn't
know what to say to the families, but he knows that whatever happens, there are
no hard feelings.
Rick tells everyone of that. Cameron says that
he's concerned with friendship... but he's also feeling that he may win the next
NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE: Slide for Life
The entire neighborhood has been converted into
one giant waterpark. The first leg will have a family member slide down the
first slide and run to a board with 12 water-themed items on it. Remember them.
Once you think you have it, slide through two more slides to a family cubicle
with 12 boxes. Match the items to win. If you don't match, another family member
will take their turn.
First to 12 wins a trip OUTSIDE of the wall to a
trip wherever they choose. Not only that, they will choose who goes with them to
the final challenge.
The Upshaws are the first to their boards... but
they have a hard time remembering things. That seems to be a hard thing to do
with all three families, but the strategy this time... fill out what they can
remember. Lexi is still in the lead, but she tires out easily. Carleigh Johnson
says they have it... but the Upshaws think they have it first. They... do NOT!
The Johnstons... HAVE IT! They win Kings of the Neighborhood!
The other two families will have their fate
residing in the Johnston family.
But that's water under the bridge, as tomorrow
they will get the ultimate family day. But not before Cameron enters on
crutches. The Johnstons get a rare opportunity to go over the wall... and we do
mean OVER the wall..
Meanwhile, the Schindlers are disappointed, as
Emmett is starting to go stir-crazy. The family says that he needs to keep his
mind on the game, but it's hard when the kids are bored out of their minds and
the adults want some time on their own. They're going to focus. This is a
The Johnstons begin their away-day at an
arcade/bowling alley. Sensory overload. What's also overloading... the decision
that they're going to make.
The Upshaws meet with the Johnstons as they talk
about what happens next. Chris hopes that their long-time relationship as
friends makes a difference going into the final Neighborhood Meeting.
What's on David's minds? The Upshaws have done
whatever they can to win this game. Does he come out and say that the Schindlers
had an alliance with the Upshaws? And if so, does he do it in the open before...
or during... the Neighborhood Meeting? "The Upshaws are the harder team, given
what's gone on these past two weeks."
The Johnstons weigh in a six-year relationship
with the Upshaws versus the Schindler family who just really came into their
lives. Relationships are driving their every decision. Cameron wants the
decision to be unanimous among the family.
The Johnstons say it was weird getting out and
away from the game. The weirdest thing... being in a world of electricity...
without having been in that world for the last couple of weeks. They're still
close to the Upshaws and the Nelsons. The Schindlers were acquaintances. He's
nervous... Will the Johnstons take their best friends to the final or will they
look at body of work? The Schindlers reveal that they've aligned themselves with
The Upshaws ask if they'd be happy losing to Rick
or to David. The Schindlers say that if you're going to go in, go in with the
best hand. Libby Schindler speaks her mind...and Chris Upshaw calls them on it.
This will not be a secret ballot vote. Tonight, everyone will know where
everyone else stands.
The Johnstons have decided to support... the
SCHINDLERS. So the Upshaws have been upset, and the remaining two families will
compete for $250,000... right now.
Morning breaks, and all Cameron can do is think
about what's happened before... and what's to come. Cameron's been laid off from
work, and winning this money will change their lives.
The Schindlers and the Johnstons decide to have
one final cookout together behind the wall. They peg the Mullennix, the
DeGirolamos, and the Nelsons as the most bitter. Needless to say, there's going
to be some damage control. And there will be as early as tomorrow morning...
"Tomorrow morning, it's Schindler-Johnston. May
the best man win."
FINAL NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE: Run for the
It's the ultimate neighborhood obstacle course,
and it'll take you all over the neighborhood. First, navigate some hurdles and
head to a flower garden. Hidden in the garden is a humongous dog bone. Find it,
and use it to break a piņata to uncover puzzle pieces. Pass them to family
member #2, who'll then break open some balloons to find a key that will open a
shed. In the shed, a lawn mower with more puzzle pieces. Pass them to family
member #3, who'll use the lawn mower to mow down a putting green until they can
sink a hole-in-one. A birdhouse will then drop another set of puzzle pieces. Use
all three puzzle bags to construct a ladder. Climb the ladder and head via
flying fox to the finish line.
The first team to the finish will win a barbecue
with the other families that have been eliminated, one final chance to plead
their case. Each member of each family will cast a vote in the Neighborhood
Election. The family with the most votes will win $250,000. The losers will
arrive late to the barbecue and only have a fraction of the time.
Leg 1: Noah Schindler vs. Theresa Johnston
Noah's the first to the boneyard... but Theresa's
the first to find her bone. Now she has to beat the piņata like it owes her
money... and she does. She's the first to find the puzzle pieces.
Leg 2: Christina Schindler vs. Gina Johnston
Gina's the first one to the balloons. She has to
find the key. Christina's next to the balloons.... and Christina's the first
with the key. She heads to the shed and gets David's lawnmower.
Leg 3: David Schindler vs. Cameron Johnston
David starts mowing, while Gina is overlooking
that key. David needs to mow some more. But David made his putt! Now to make
that ladder! Cameron makes it to the ladder, but David's up to the top already
and zipping to the finish...
... and the SCHINDLERS are Kings of the
Neighborhood! They're going to host the barbecue to campaign with the neighbors
on why they should win the quarter-million.
The Johnstons are upset that they lost. They
think that the Schindlers think that they have the advantage of "the Core", but
after all that has happened... is there a Core anymore?
It's barbecue time, and the Schindlers are
arguing about lighting the grill... The tension started that morning... and it's
getting the better of David. Meanwhile, the Johnstons are trying to get an
idea of how everyone's votes will go. Cameron's not a good schmoozer. The people
in the neighborhood know that, and Cameron is not about to change who he is just
to get some votes.
The parade of the eliminated have arrived to the
barbecue. The Schindlers have to be careful about not coming on too strong.
They're going to just win votes by being good people. All the Johnstons can do
now is listen on.
... and after an hour, the Johnstons join the
party... and Gina doesn't waste any time on playing to the crowd. Cameron, on
the other hand, believes that friendships will outlast this game. And in the
end, that's all that matters.
Matt enters the scene... and it's time for the...
Jackson Nelson says that he missed the families.
Jeff DeGirolamo says it was a good time. Laurie & Haley Southey are talking to
the neighbors again. Nellie Nelson says that he'd play differently if he had to
do it again, and that the three families that didn't make up "The Core" would be
welcomed into it. Rick Upshaw says that he's looking at Lexi in a different
light now that she's a woman. Chris Mullennix says that her family has grown
together. There's been respect, and she thinks that it'll continue. Tom Bussiere
says that he got to know the neighbors more.
The families are closer to the Johnstons than
they are to the Schindlers. And it's a hard question to answer as to who would
win the money. Chris Upshaw says that he's going to base his decision on who did
more for him.
The final two families are brought out for the
final vote. Every single family member will vote for a family to win. The family
with the most votes will win $250,000.
The vote to win is 13.
Nellie Nelson: JOHNSTON
Jake Bussiere: SCHINDLER
Rick Upshaw: SCHINDLER
Lexi Upshaw: JOHNSTON
So far, the vote is tied at 2 a piece. After the
final two share a heart-to-heart, the Johnstons say that it's been beyond their
wildest dreams to stay in this game as long as they did. It's been a great
experience. Schindlers said that they call it silly and a little sad that it
took some walls to come up in order to bring the neighborhood together.
Matt counts the votes... and it's a landslide
By a vote of 21 to 3... the winner of "There Goes
the Neighborhood"... is the JOHNSTON FAMILY! They wins $250,000!
You give to each other, and you get back
together, and that's why the Johnstons won. And that's also why this
neighborhood is the best neighborhood.
We began the series with a little axiom: "Great
fences make great neighbors." And nowhere is this truer tonight than in the
walled off section of Atlanta that called this series home for the last weeks.
Hopefully you took an appreciation for the folks that surround your world. They
may be different in age... or race... or occupation... but like they say on
Sesame Street... they are people in your neighborhood.
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