One thing we don’t have to be thankful for today is a new episode of The Ruins, as MTV made the prudent, but still disappointing, choice not to air a new episode last night. But some of us still need our Challenge fix, so with a week off before the final stretch of the season, here are the ten highlights of the season so far:
10. Katie’s Departure
Finding a plunger in her bed was the last straw. One more Katie meltdown and an early elimination led Katie—now on her eighth challenge, going way back to the original Gauntlet—to contemplate her retirement from the challenge.
9. Tonya and Veronica Fight
This fight was kind of like a potential 2010 fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield: It’s compelling to see an age-old rivalry renew, but at this point it’s just sad to watch. Tonya seems legitimately unstable now, and seeing her on these shows is depressing, and even Veronica seems to know these games have passed her by. Continue reading »
“Sarah won. I’m glad we have someone that motivated and excited to be here on our team. God knows the rest of us want to shoot ourselves in the face.”—Dunbar
“Every time I win, I keep stacking the salad.”—Cohutta
Unfortunately, Cohutta’s salad is no more.* His massive bank account of over $18,000 was targeted by Darrell, who seemed unflappable in the elimination. Last week, we found out that he was a boxer, and now it’s revealed that he’s a personal trainer as well. It’s not all that surprising, then, that he was so calm while suspended above a tank of water holding 40 pounds of weights.
*Seriously, though, how cool are that guy’s idioms? Last week he talked about what kind of “shimmy” he had. This week he referred to money as “salad” multiple times. God, I’ll miss him. He added a whole new reason to watch the show.
It was more surprising, however, that Sarah was also so calm and collected. She hardly flinched while Johanna struggled to stay above the water and finally succumbed to the pressure. So now the teams remain technically even, if very lopsided in the boy/girl ratio. Continue reading »
Veronica: You’re a coward.
Derrick: I’d be a coward if I weren’t standing up for something I believed in!
Veronica: You believe in me going up against KellyAnne?
“It seems pretty simple to me—if a man’s got a real good shimmy about him, then he can win”—Cohutta
First, we ought to talk about the shimmy that Cohutta has about him, as he won his second straight elimination in even more exciting fashion. This time, he beat Syrus in a rather impressive come-from-behind win.
The elimination, which involved “shimmying” across a pole with your hands and feet locked in karabiners, seemed ideally suited to the agile Cohutta, but Syrus jumped out to a huge early lead. When it came time to unlock these karabiners, however, Syrus struggled, not realizing—as Johnny tried to point out—that you only needed to unlock one, at which point you could just pull the rope over the pole. Cohutta overtook him, and sent Syrus home, gaining the biggest bank account in the game in the process. Continue reading »
“How is this happening?”—Wes
This question—in addition to going through my mind as I watched Cliff Lee completely smother the Yankees lineup and, even more surprisingly, CC Sabathia struggle slightly against the Phillies last night—was plaguing Wes as he struggled in the elimination against Cohutta.
Eventually, despite all of Wes’ macho talk about sending his girlfriend’s ex home, Cohutta completed what Derrick called “one of the best things to happen in challenge history” and defeated Wes. Apparently, Cohutta was the only one who figured out that the key to the challenge—in which the players had to drag a rope through a short obstacle course*—was not getting your rope tangled up. As a result, Wes got worn down trying to drag his pile of rope and untie the knots, while Cohutta took a pretty decisive lead.
*I don’t mean to denigrate it; it was actually one of the better designed competitions, since it neutralized size and required a modicum of strategy/intelligence. Continue reading »
Reviews of The Hill and The Ruins on consecutive days may seem a little much, but don’t worry: NPI still writes about issues unrelated to MTV reality shows.
When I saw that MTV had allocated a full hour-and-a-half to the season premiere of The Ruins, my first thought was, “Well, I guess someone gets in a fight.”
Alas, this season has no C.T., and Wes is all talk, so no punches were thrown. But the episode didn’t lack for action. Three things to note in particular from last night’s episode: Continue reading »