Team Strength - January
We start with Susie and
Kina playing table tennis at home base while. Then a
few of the other girls talk about one of them being
approached by Cara and Susie for an opportunity to
form an alliance to get her to stay in return, but
she refused. One of the Rookie girls said that Brad,
Timmy, and David were apparently hoping that they
would throw the girl challenges. And in return,
Susie, Cara, and hopefully Jillian would throw their
guy mission. In each case, all of those three in the
alliance would be safe. She feels like it's the best
decision for them to tell Alton about because it's
his butt that's on the line.
The teams receive their next clue on their Sidekick
>"So you think you're strong, huh? Prove it."
In Syrus' case it's his butt on the line thinking it
could possibly him in the Gauntlet.
Over on the patio of home base, a few of the Rookie
girls are trying to look like they're discussing
anything. As the current female captain of the
Rookies, it's Kina's responsibility to let her team
know that on tomorrow's challenge every single one
of them needs to make up for the possible slack that
Susie and Cara may have. Kina tells her team that
nobody's participating in it and when the mission
comes, they need to watch them. According to Alton,
he thinks it sucks when an issue of an alliance and
that conflicting with fairness comes up. Kina also
mentions that the alliance can have the potential to
f**k with their team and they can't let it happen.
Those of you who watch Survivor know that alliances
don't always work out the way the players want it
The teams end up in Plymouth Park for the next
mission almost appropriately titled "Team Strength".
Each team will have a big boulder, a truck, and
stack of cinderblocks. For each team, there'll be
two designated pushers and one driver. Also on each
team, there'll be a male and a female pusher who'll
push the truck to the finish line. The teams will
first move a boulder from one end of the field to
the other. Then they'll run back and move the truck
all the way and finally fill it up with cinder
blocks and move the truck back to the starting
The Rookies don't trust Cara and Susie at all. So in
a sense, they have to make up the slack for two of
their players which Kina says it's automatically
difficult since the challenge is what the name
implies. And today is a "Male Gauntlet Day" so it's
either Alton or Derrick on the chopping block.
Before the challenge begins Ace decides he wants
drive the stick shift. He has been doing this since
he was born and he pretty much knows how to drive
stick shifts about as good or better as anybody.
Over on the Rookies side, they know their strategy
for today and they're letting Cara and Susie have
minimal responsibility. But Cara has to find some
way into this competition as her other teammates
have proved themselves to be assets.
The challenge has begun the moment T.J. sounds the
air horn. They're both neck and neck rolling their
wooden boulders until the Vets broke theirs.
However, they picked up those pieces to the end of
the playing field. The Rookies get to their truck
with Randy and Ibis pushing it with the rest of
their players on the bed. The Vets are behind as
they have Beth and David push their truck. As Randy
feels the burning in his legs, the Vets are coming
on strong. Upon their trucks reaching the starting
point, the players break up for the final stage. The
Vets use the assembly line method to load the cinder
blocks onto their trucks without problems. The
Rookies decision to have Cara and Susie do less work
along with the extra man on the Vets team are
working to their disadvantage. The Vets go first in
the final stage with Julie and Brad pushing the
truck, and it's moving little by little. But, the
Rookies truck isn't moving no matter how hard they
push. Then T.J. steps in telling them when he honks
the horn, they can have one more guy and one more
girl to help them push. Cara and Susie begged to
help them out to have their chance to shine, but
Landon says they're not pushing this truck. Susie
did not get Landon's refusal for assistance. The
Rookies get Kira and Alton for assistance while the
Vets get Beth and Syrus for theirs. Then a reversal
of fortune occurred with the Rookies getting a big
lead over the Vets whose truck gets stuck. This
unfortunate turn of events gives the win to the
Rookies. And to add insult to injury Ace forgot to
hold down the clutch to make the truck move.
The Rookies add $10,000 to their team bank account
now totaling $40,000 and the Vets are stuck with
$30K in theirs. And Alton wins a check for $1,000
from Energizer. Landon's relieved that they saved
their guys from the Gauntlet, and if Susie and Cara
have an alliance. They stopped them from taking the
mission. Susie doesn't know if it's a conspiracy of
if her and Cara aren't capable. In any case she
finds the snub offensive. Cara's completely thrilled
that their team won, but her and Susie find little
celebration in knowing they were shot down by Landon
in that challenge.
The Vets are back at home base for their
deliberations. Because Ace made a big mistake in the
mission, he volunteers himself into the Gauntlet
along with Derrick. Then T.J. spins the wheel to
once again land on "Captain's Choice", then Derrick
decides to play "Beach Brawl". Julie thinks that
Derrick is making a bad choice because Ace is taller
Both teams go into the Gauntlet and Derrick and Ace
take center stage. They grease their bodies in baby
oil in preparation for "Beach Brawl". The objective
is for one player to get their opponent out of the
circle by pushing and shoving. It's a best-of-five
match with the first one to win three rounds staying
in the competition.
In the end, size did not matter as Derrick wins the
match 3-1 over Ace. Despite losing, Ace mentions
that Derrick is a great captain and he'll continue
to be a captain and he's not going anywhere for a
long time. David says that Ace is like the social
chair of the house and keeps the party going. He
also says that having Derrick as captain is
definitely a benefit to his pocket.
As this episode reaches the finish line, Cara and
Susie tries to let their team know about how they
could have done a great job if one of them would
have helped on the mission. And there was also talk
about the alliance with the Vets. Then Landon asked
"Do you guys have an alliance?" As shocked as both
Cara and Susie were, Cara denies they had an
alliance. Jillian says she thinks that Cara's
playing it off now, but at the time, if her and
Susie would've said yes, she would have been all
over it. Kina let's them know that they are well
aware of what they could possibly do. Susie was
absolutely blindsided by those accusations which
left her crying. Cara though it was a joke when
Jillian approached her tells her teammates there's
miscommunication going on. Cara really didn't know
how her teammates got the information that Susie and
her are in an alliance. She tells her teammates that
this is untrue, but Kina doesn't believe a word that
comes from either Cara or Susie's mouth.
And that's the show, we'll see you next time for
another recap from the Gauntlet II.
Past Real Worlders and Road Rulers
come back for another Gauntlet showdown. This season, players
that have been round the block a while take on the newbies of
MTV's reality franchises.
Recaps by Brian Moore, GSNN
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Creators: Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray
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