the Block - January 4
We're now in our first
week of '07 and after a week's rest, The Duel is
back in action. This time, we've got not one, but
two new episodes! Previously on the program, at the
"Ice Breaker" challenge, Evan and Jodi shattered the
competition. During the Duel selection, Svetlana
chose to face off against Kina. In the Duel,
Svetlana held strong pushing Kina out of the game.
With her elimination, only eight players remain, all
with their eyes on the prize of $150,000.
We start the show off seeing Wes and Evan talk.
According to the Evan, him and Wes have good and bad
blood. The bad blood comes from him knowing that Wes
is the scum of the Earth. But they both set aside
their differences and instead try and look out for
each other. Evan is positive that he can beat Wes
and Brad at anything. But the fact is, C.T.'s out
there working hard, eating egg whites, and has
someone rubbing his back at night. C.T.'s the only
thing standing in Evan's way of winning $150K.
However, Wes wants Evan, C.T. and all the big guys
that are left to be battling out with each other so
that he has a 100% chance in the Duel of getting rid
Meanwhile, we see C.T. getting some lotion on his
back put on by Diem. The latter has the formers back
and vice-versa not associating with the crap that's
going on in the house.
The players get their next clue...
> Take a deep breath, you are not done yet! The next
challenge should be fun. Be ready to leave by 8:30
The players go to the location for their next
challenge and see the a BMW motorcycle for one of
the girls to win. Today's game is called Sunken
Treasures and the players will be divided up into
four teams of two. The men get 30 seconds to pick
their female partners, which went by rather quickly.
When the air horn is sounded, each team will jump
into the water. Then they must swim to an oxygenated
bell underneath the surface and take a take a deep
breath. Then one player must swim down to find and
anchor with three sets of four digits marked on it
and come back to the bell to relay a set to him/her.
Then they must try to remember the code and try to
unlock one of the locks (each set of digits works
with different locks). When all is said and done,
the chest will open to pop out a soccerball to
record their time. Wes then mentions that only one
person is allowed to go to each of the two
destinations. Only one person can go to the anchor
while the other person can go to the chest. There's
a 50-minute time limit for each team, if one exceeds
it, it's an automatic DQ.
Today's Male winner gets safety from tonight's Duel
while the Female winner gets the BMW Motorcycle.
Svetlana decides the order after winning the
previous Duel. She picks C.T. and Diem to go first.
Unfortunately, both of the players went to the
anchor getting them DQ'ed. Put another chalk mark
for C.T.'s stupid moves during challenges. Jodi and
Evan go next, but have problems when it came to
remembering the digits causing the latter to freak
out and the time to run out too. The same outcome
happened to Brad and Aneesa, but on different
Wes and Svetlana managed to save the day giving the
former his first-ever challenge win and the latter
the motorcycle. Wes also starts off the Duel
Wes picks Svetlana
Svetlana picks Brad
Brad picks Aneesa
Diem and Jodi default safe
Aneesa picks C.T. leaving Evan
It's now Evan's turn to hold up his end of the
bargain made with Wes which is to call out C.T.
Knowing Evan has a better show against C.T. in
tonight's duel then in the finals. In a seemingly
difficulty decision, he challenges him to The Duel.
This surprised the other players (sans Wes),
especially C.T. who sees Evan's nervous reaction
like he made a mistake. C.T. says he's making a
mistake and he'll be going home.
After C.T. picks the game for tonight's Duel, Evan
then realizes that he was getting screwed over
before today got started. He then confronts Wes
about this situation. Wes thinks Evan's mad at him
because he's scared and it wasn't his fault he
agreed to the plan.
Before the Duel began, host Lavin notices a drawing
on one of his hands. However, C.T. noticed the
aforementioned was the "heat sheet" the puzzle part
of the selected game "Ascender." According to C.T.
it won't matter, because he will be going home
anyway. Brad says that this Duel will knock out one
of the "big dogs" as they get ever closer to the
In the end C.T. won the Duel and got an X-Box 360
keeping him in the running for $150K. As for Evan,
he turned out to be a pawn in Wes' little game and
he knew it. He's too good at this game, too good of
a manipulator, and has way too much power at this
point. Evan was just starting to realize that he had
to sell his soul to the Devil to ever win one of
these challenges. Here's his final thought to Wes...
"Wes, you screwed me over, you know you did, and
I'll never forgive you for it."
This aint over yet folks, we've got another episode
We start this one off with Diem finding ways to
prepare for the Duel if the time comes for her and
nd C.T. Loves being around Diem. Then Aneesa talks
to Wes about how in this game that no one's going to
play fair. Although $150K is a life-changing amount
of money, Aneesa wants to win it the right way.
The players then get their next clue...
> We'll see you right around the block for tomorrows
challenge. Be ready at noon.
The players meet with host Lavin for their next
challenge..."Around the Block". The players will
climb and go around a 40-foot trust, shaped in a
rectangle. When the air horn is heard, two players
at a time will make their way with the trust and try
to grab as many flags as they can. Half of the flags
are green for one player, while the other half of
them are red for their opponent. Each flag grabbed
is worth one point while grabbing the small flag at
the top of the trust is worth 3 and a 1/2 points.
The girls will have two heats and a final, while the
guys have one heat and a final. Since C.T. won the
previous Duel, he'll decide on who be getting a
berth into the final and also which girls go against
whom in their division. The male player who earns
the most points in their final heat will win an
InFocus projector while the female winner gets
safety from the Duel.
C.T. then decides to take an automatic spot in the
male final heat. He then decides to have Svetlana
vs. Jodi followed by Aneesa vs. Diem.
Jodi VS. Svetlana: Both of the players make good
progress until Jodi loses her grip. Then Svetlana
drops one of her flags before also falling off. Jodi
advances to the finals 16 to 12.
Brad VS. Wes: Brad pushed off height issues focusing
on grabbing the flags. Wes tried to catch up to him
going to the top part of the trust, but it was too
late. Brad managed to grab the top flag after almost
falling off and winning this heat 19 1/2 to 15.
Aneesa VS. Diem: Both players progress without
problems, but Diem finished with a score of 19 1/2
MEN'S FINAL - Brad VS. C.T.: It ended in a close
finish with C.T. winning with a score of 16 1/2 to
WOMEN'S FINAL - Jodi VS. Diem: Diem tried to make a
desperation move to beat Jodi, but to no avail. Jodi
wins safety with a score of 18 1/2 to 15. And she
also starts off this day's pickings...
Jodi picks C.T.
C.T. picks Diem
Diem picks Wes
Brad defaults safe
Wes picks Svetlana leaving Aneesa
Then, in sort of a shocking turn of events, Aneesa
challenges Diem to The Duel. This upsets her after
Aneesa said to her during the challenge that she
won't vote for her. Aneesa said previously that she
wanted Diem to win, because she thought that Diem
was going to.
In tonight's duel game "I Can", Diem thinks she
could pick up 150 bags. She gave it all she had, but
failed to move the weight which is making Aneesa
feel like crap. Aneesa won a Seiko watch with her
good bidding albeit bittersweet. As for Diem, she's
the last of the "Fresh Meat" to be eliminated from
the game with her integrity and saying goodbye to
We'll have more of The Duel next time.
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come back with some of last season's Fresh Meat the ultimate of
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Recaps by Brian Moore, GSNN
Host: TJ Lavin
Creators: Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray
EP: Jonathan Murray
Packager: Bunim-Murray Prods., MTV
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