"The Speech of Your Lives:
Florida - Part 2" - January 4
Last time, Shawn & Sara had
a good idea for a commercial set in space. In the end,
Nicole & Erica were left for the ride home, but Erica is
held back to work with the rest of the team on the
commercial in a zero-G airplane. But something goes awry
as Heather hits turbulence and asks for the plane to be turned around.
Gabe meanwhile is prepared to take on the challenge of
the shot himself.
In the end, Heather gets
her wish and the plane is brought down. The group unites
as they celebrate not throwing up. Erica, despite
everything that was said about her, is pleased about her
coaching Heather through her panic attacks.
Next day, the group
assembles to view the two commercials. Gabe & Heather's
were... rather short. Shawn & Sara's... also short.
Richard faults both for being lacking in substance. That
makes his decision that much harder. On this tarmac,
Richard will be sending two people home. Which two?
That's dependent upon all aspects of the journey.
Heather is determined, but zero-grav got the best of
her. Gabe was under the radar, but Richard is impressed
by his focus and respect. Sara is the most extreme of
the group, and she is the most leader-like. Shawn was a
crapshot at first, but grown into a fearless individual.
But the plane to Necker
Island... and the final challenge... can only hold two.
Those two are.... Sara & Shawn! Gabe is pleased to have
made it this far. Heather will never forget her
But now it's about the
final two as we approach Necker Island, Richard's
private resort. Either Sara or Shawn will walk away with
not only $1,000,000, but the presidency of all of
Virgin. Both are "in heaven" as Richard explains that
this is where he found the love of his life Joan. He
immediately fell in love with the island. Shawn has
never seen Richard, who sees this as his little jewel
and the only fitting way for this journey to end, this
Richard addresses the two
finalists on the island, where he goes to rest and plan
for the future. Sara believes that this island is
"something to aspire to," while Shawn notices... a
Lovesac! As the two notice from parasurfing, they can
only imagine what their final challenge is.
And now the challenge...
Write a speech on why they should win. Each person will
have three minutes to deliver their speech.
That night, Sara discovers
that she is staying at Richard's favorite room on the
island. Meanwhile, both think that the final task may be
Richard praises both
candidates as "extremely qualified." In that spirit,
we're treated to... casting tapes?
First up, Sara, inventor of
footless pantyhose who sees money-making as a game. She
was also a stand-up comedian, an amateur dancer, and,
like nine out of 10 people who own a guitar, not a very
good guitar player.
Then there's Shawn, the CEO
of Lovesac and an award-winning entrepreneur. "I'm the
kind of CEO that throws a party. There're two kegs
there, even though I don't drink. Controlled chaos is my
management style." He's very... un-Mormonlike.
Then we backtrack to the
first day, as Richard dons his cabbie, as Shawn faced an
early exit, while Sara came across as very well. Then
came the balloon challenges, that, like every other
physical challenge, prompted players to think on their
feet. Shawn redeemed himself, but faltered when faced
with the decision to leave Sara in the balloon, knowing
that she's deathly afraid of heights. But that didn't
stop her from completing the other challenge.
Sara proved to be an
irreplaceable part of the boys' team in the Upper Class
challenge in episode 2. In the end, her package is now a
part of the Upper Class experience.
Shawn believes that Sara's
a little boring. She wasn't in the Zambezi River jump,
making it happen when it counted. Shawn, on the other
hand, slipped. It would take a miracle to keep him in
the game. Enter miracle. Then the true differences came
out. Sara saw the end game, while Shawn, still brash,
saw the game as it happened. Shawn won the hearts of the
people he helped, while Sara kept winning challenges.
Three months after the visit to Africa, crops have been
planted, pumps are producing fresh water, and chickens
are producing eggs.
Then came England, where
Sara planted the seed for conflict between Steve &
Jessica (you remember them, right?). With that, we
relive the "bathroom episode." "We were really just
seeking cheap entertainment," says Shawn, who ended up
failing to sell Lovesac on soccer... or the other way
around. As a result, he was left on a rope. All in all,
the worst showing of both candidates.
That night at dinner, both
candidates reminisce with Richard on the taxi ride, the
bad brunettes, the rock show, and Morocco... where we
head next on the flashback express. Shawn's firebrand
brilliance was countered by a moment of disaster, while
Sara was focused on being the glue that held the team
together. Today, the suite still holds.
Then came Tokyo, where both
had to deal with Nicole & Erica. Sara avoided
infighting, while Shawn let his creativity speak for
himself. Both shared character that was brought out by
their defense of Candida. Which brings us to... next
week, and the final challenge. Who will walk away a
winner? This decision promises to be the most difficult,
and as such, Richard has decided to rely on a counsel...
of former contestants.
This oughta be a treat.