"Escape from Santa Fe"
- January 24
We started out with 18 men
and 18 women, and then we ended up with three men and
three women. They've been competing through a series of
missions and surviving appointments at Elimination Hill.
The only question is... who will win the $180,000 grand
prize and gain the title of champions in "The Real
World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes II."
The begins with the teams relaxing and chatting until
they receive a clue on their phones.
>Your final dinner is
tonight... come dressed formal. Be there at 8:00 PM...
The teams gather around a table and Dan proposes a toast
to the remaining participants. Dan gives positive
feedback to Sophia and Theo, then Coral gives positive
thoughts to the rest of the group.
After the toast was made, host Johnny storms in with a
group of guys all dressed in back and wearing
sunglasses. They broke some plates and what not and
gathered the teams around the pool table. One of the men
in black sarcastically asks the teams that they've hope
they enjoyed their dinner. Then they walk in single file
with their arms up then stop and continue to walk with
their arms at their sides. Another man in black says
"Welcome to Hell." They eventually end up at some dark
room with white walls and they see host Johnny and the
men in black. They are told that the final mission has
begun and they will stay there under surveillance until
they're heard from Johnny again. Any of the contestants
who escape will automatically be disqualified. Sophia is
very surprised and said "We're supposed to be rewarded,
not be punished!" The teams had to eat crackers and
drink water to survive for the time begins. The teams
slept from 3:18 AM until 6AM when the loud horns and the
loud men in black woke up the players. They are then
taken into separate HUMMER vehicles, where inside they
pick up a laptop computer containing video information
featuring host Johnny wearing in a Splinter Cell
uniform. This final mission is called "Escape from Santa
Fe." They are told that they're on their way to the
first rendezvous point where a plane will take them to
their drop zones. Then they must get a GPS device to
navigate through a 3-mile course through the desert to
the next rendezvous point. From there they must find
three Splinter Cell keys to get to the last rendezvous
point. Little information is given about that point
where they're only told that it's a mental challenge.
The winners of this final mission will win the second
Battle of the Sexes, $180,000 in cash... and... $45,000
trip for two around the world by STA Travel for a prize
package total of $225,000.
The teams go to the Santa Fe Jet Center where they wear
skydiving gear and get some training. This may be a
problem for Arissa who has height fears and could affect
the outcome of this final mission. The guys will jump
tandem first then the girls will do the same. Once the
teams have hit their jump zones, they then pick up their
GPS devices. They also turned on a walkie-talkie device
to hear their signal to start with the next part
involving a lot of running. They go and do the 1st
Splinter Cell challenge where they have to crawl under a
grid of real barbwire to find their first key. The guys
pick up the first key before the girls do and jump ahead
to the next challenge.
For that, the teams must untie the knots and slide the
key off the end of the rope. And then use it to unlock
the box to retrieve their next dog tag. The girls
complete that challenge first giving them their second
dog tag and the lead. Then the men get their second key
and tag too. The teams then go to their third challenge
where they have to find a key underneath the haystack.
The boys get there first and have found their last dog
tag and jump ahead of the girls who are stuck trying to
find that last tag.
The guys then run to a wild west-type area where they
run to host Johnny once again. This last part of the
mission is a memory game. They're shown a grid of cards
that show the Real World and Road Rules cast members
(who've participated in this challenge including the
ones in play) when they're faced up. At a time, they're
allowed to flip two of the cards in concentration style.
The cards they find matches on are then used to order
the cast members up by season. Meanwhile the girls
finally complete the third challenge and are on their
way to the finale. The guys orders of the cast members
were wrong so they had to correct it. The girls came to
the last part of the mission, but they're too late
because the guys got the order correct and rang the big
bell to claim their big victory!
The guys team of Dan, Eric, and Theo have won the Battle
of the Sexes II! The girls were upset at their loss. The
guys have won 13 missions and the girls won only three.
The guys were presented with a check for $180,000 and
three STA world trip cards with their names on it.
Boy, what a wild and crazy ride it has been, but
unfortunately, we've reached the end of the road for
"The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the
But...maybe not, because next week will be the Reunion
Special. Gee, I sarcastically can't wait. Toodles!