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24 people, $50,000.  Only thing that separates the two are pain, humiliation, and a bunch of ruthless obstacles.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host John Anderson & John Henson
Correspondent Jill Wagner
Creators/EP Matt Kunitz & Scott Larsen
Packager Pulse:creative & Endemol USA
Origins Santa Clarita, CA
Web abc.com/wipeout
Airs 8p Tues, ABC

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Episode 3.7 - The Henson Experiment
July 8

John Henson is already proving himself to be not only a wry funny man, but an adept game show host. But I bet you didn't know that he was also a gamesman of the highest caliber. To prove it, he created an obstacle to be used in tonight's Qualifier. You think you have what it takes to take on... the Tramp-o-Mean?


Tonight, the Qualifier consists of...

- The Tramp-o-Mean: created by Skunkboy himself, it's basically a giant gurney.
- The Sucker Punch: one wall, multiple punching gloves, a world of hurt.
- The Hydraulic Big Balls: Swinging Motivator is back in full force.
- The Shake-o-Lator: A crazy-moving platform with balls and ... more balls.
- The Shape-Shifter: trampoline yourself through one of the three holes in the wheel spinnie of doom!

First is Nicolas Dio IV, who has three brothers with the same name. His nickname: Nico. His brother's nickname: Nico. We get to see the first of the Tramp-O-Mean... and it isn't as big as Skunkboy makes it out to be. The Shape-Shifter makes up for it with Nico timing at 4:08.

Jennifer Grinde is next. She lands buttcrack first into the muddy water in the Sucker Punch. Vincent Rappeleya delivers for... well, we can't say, but we can give him "big ups". Mark Halliday is an airline pilot. He wants a monkey. He takes a hit to his monkey on the Big Balls. David Harris is an aspiring accountant who's waiting for the right break. He gets deducted from the Shake-o-Lator. Time: 2:55... and he loves Jill.

Chandra Pugh is next. She's slightly psychic. She survives the Tramp-O-Lame... but she gets knocked by the Sucker Punch, the Motivator, and the Shake-o-Lator. Betcha she didn't see that one coming. She clocks in at 6:02. Slightly.

Rick Raddatz is an internet millionaire. His money gets dirty quickly. Auto mechanic Daryl McCloud wants to rebuild his Chevy Chevelle... and he nails the Shake-o-Lator... Same can't be said for the Shape-Shifter.

Jessica was born a Funke, then married a Ho. Now she's a Funke-Ho. This Funke-Ho gets shaken on the Shake-o-Lator. Scott Torgan from Boston can do impressions. Now comes his impersonation of a pretzel! Next is 18-year-pro tennis pro Paige Roddy. Final score... Game, Qualifier. She clocks in at 3:49, enough to move on to the next stage.

Nicolas Dio IV
Venessa Cortez
Vincent Rappleyea
Mark "The Flying Monkey" Halliday
Betsy Clarke
David Harris
Rick Raddatz
Julie Warr
Daryl McCloud
Scott "The Unimpressionist" Torgan
Kara Kraszewski
Paige Roddy


On a ten-foot high platform, the players must negotiate their way through a platform cross while avoiding the Sweeper arms. There are three green planks to enter, one red one to exit. The first six players will move on.

This week, it's raining...

First up, three... four... five people on, three... four... five people off. Daryl delivers himself into round 3... and loses a shoe. David is now free to account for his chickens. They have hatched. Rick is #3... Scott throws himself on the platform... and the Unstable Table throws him off. Daryl gets the fourth spot. Number five... Scott! Still an all boys club. Will we have a lady go on as well? YES! It's Paige!

Vincent Rappleyea
David Harris
Rick Raddatz
Daryl McCloud
Scott "The Unimpressionist" Torgan
Paige Roddy


Contestants will have to stay on the Spinner for as long as possible, all the while having to jump over a Sheep-filled Sweeper bar. Go under it.. .they're out. There are four heats in total, and the winner of each goes on to the Wipeout Zone. Also, there's $1000 hanging to the side if someone dares to grab the Brass Ring.

And we have party crashers aching for a pillow fight.

Scott grabs a hold of the Brass Ring for $1000! He also gets the first spot in the Wipeout Zone. Joining him...

Vincent Rappleyea
Scott "The Unimpressionist" Torgan
Paige Roddy
David Harris


Rebuilt from the ground up is the world's most dangerous obstacle course... the Wipeout Zone! Tonight... it's covered in foam.

- The Dreadmill Launch
- The Gut Buster: A half-dozen of hydraulic blocks.
- The Sinistairs: three sweepers as you climb a spinning spiral staircase
- The Gauntlet: this week, it's the Crankshaft, the Blades of Fury, and the Beater-Totter.

First up is aspiring accountant David Harris. Flat entry into the Zone. He learns how slippery that foam is. He's third-time lucky. He is tired, though, at the 7-minute mark. After a rough start, he's picking up the pace... but the Beater-Totter beats him crazy. He clocks in at... 13:26.

Next up, Vincent Rappleyea. He tried to hang onto the Gut Busters... Couldn't do it the first time. Has a good time on the second. He's down to the Gauntlet... But Vincent tries to make a run for it and misses. Twice. Wreckless abandon stopped cold. And no delivery on this Thursday.

Scott already has $1000 from the Sleepytime Spinner. Scott uses the foam to his advantage, well played, sir. Same cannot be said for the Sinistairs. Impressive performance so far as he heads to the Gauntlet. The Beater Totter beats him senseless into the water, but he's got three minutes and change to make a move. He clocks in at... 10:25!

Can Paige Roddy beat that? She was the last on the Qualifier... and she'll be the last coming up today. She loses control on the Dreadmill Launch, and she's taking a passive approach on the Gut Busters. Second time around is better for her. She has five minutes left on the Sinistairs. She's working slow and steady... and to the Gauntlet! Less than a minute on the clock. Moment of truth on the Beater Totter... And.... WIPEOUT! SCOTT TORGAN DOES AN IMPRESSION OF A WINNER OF $50,000 AND THE TITLE OF WIPEOUT CHAMPION!

Back on Tuesdays only next week. Until then, goodnight... and Big Balls.

To view this episode in its entirety or to apply to be a contestant on "Wipeout", go to abc.com/wipeout