There’s an “I” in Team

Before last night’s episode, I considered every episode a pre-season to The Challenge because the show really wasn’t juicy until the vets invaded.

This episode it got REAL. TJ decided to throw another curve ball: each team will compete against their own. So, this means that the champions and underdogs will only go into eliminations rounds against each other, while competing throughout the show as a team. This changes everything. So, one week will be an elimination day for the champs and the following week will be an elimination day for the underdogs. However, the champions only have eight players while the underdogs have players. This will be interesting to see how this plays out because the champs could be at a slight disadvantage during each challenge like they were during last night’s challenge.

Finally, TJ gave the players a physical challenge. This weeks challenge was called Knockout. Which meant players had to get a hold of a ball and score it in their designated tunnel. Since it was an underdog elimination day, the first guy and girl to score got to choose who was going into the elimination round. So, guys were against the girls and vets were against the underdogs. The challenge may sound easy, but of course the vets and the underdogs were putting up a fight.

First round was left to the girls and the underdogs took the win  W with 0 points from the girl vets on the score board. Smashley  Ashley M. scored her point and was ready to “throw people under the bus”. When it came down to the men, the lack of players on the vet side didn’t effect them as badly as the female champs. This challenge was brutal, low blows were taken, knee to the groin action was happening, but in the end the underdogs got the W with a score of 2-3. Dario, was the first guy to score which he was ecstatic about his win until he learned that him and Ashley had to determine on the spot which teammate of theirs were going in to elimination. Dario chose Sylvia because he said that she was the last person to get her key into The Oasis. Ashley choose Tony because she didn’t know who else to pick.

The vets get to move in to The Oasis which makes some cast members like Jenna, walk on egg shells. “I just want to be Zach. I don’t want closure, I don’t want us to end.” Jenna and Zach had a year long relationship until last season when Jenna found out that Zach was at home cheating with a girl named Brooke. Fortunately for Jenna, Zach can’t seem to take his eyes off of Jenna and her butt. Rookie Andy Dick  Nicole, finds Miss Cara Maria extremely attractive and offers to share her bed along with a nice back rub. Cara Maria curves Nicole very quickly stating, “I think she wants my vagina, but I don’t want her vagina. I just want to make it the final and win.” Dario has his eyes on champ Ashley K. and she’s crushing on him too.

Meanwhile, the underdogs are having a hard time coming to an agreement on what guy and girl from their team should go up against Sylvia and Tony since they were all separated in two different alliances. Shane gets antsy because he thinks his guy teammates wants to throw him in. His game plan is to stay out of elimination rounds and go to the final with his friends. This rubs Cory the wrong way because he feels that since they have to compete as one team he only wants strong competitors left for the final. So the underdogs, cannot come to a final decision and decide everyone is still in their alliances even though they are one team. The champs are just watching the underdogs squirm and are laughing because “The alliances are all wrong. Alliances should be made upon players who are the strongest not just because their you’re friend” says Johnny Bananas. Bananas is right. Back in the old challenge days all the best competitors were in alliances (with the exception of CT because he’s a beast), there were no layups, and each player was a true athlete.

Whispers spread among the house that Kailah, the most hated girl in the house may go against Sylvia. Kailah then preceded to drink vodka and red bull to drown her troubles away. She found her beau, Cory pleading to him “I need you for everything”, as she shuts the bathroom door. She then passes out and pees on herself while she’s sleeping. Cory see this and immediately ends their relationship. A heartbroken Kailah,overhears Cory telling Amanda that he never really liked Kailah and can’t be with someone who wet the bed. The episode ends with Kailah crying her eyes out and Nicole stating “If you came here looking for love, you’re on the wrong show.” Little did Nicole know that she was foreshadowing her own words.



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