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His name is Sir Richard Branson, and he's taking 16 would-be adventurers on a round-the-world quest for success. The prize: presidency of his entire Virgin empire.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


FACT FILE:

Host:
Sir Richard Branson
Flight Attendants: Georgia Rossini, Frankie Harris
Creator: Tod Dahlke
EP: Jonathan Murray, Sir Richard Branson, Kevin Lee, Lori Levin-Hyams, Laura Fuest, Tod Dahlke
Packager: Virgin, Bunim-Murray Productions
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET on Fox


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"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 adventure.

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 excited.

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 near impossible.

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.

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