Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Calm Before the Storm

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.

8. TJ Lavin’s Scolding of Players

At least twice, now, TJ Lavin has abdicated the neutrality he usually displays in favor of a condemnation of a player forfeiting or not giving his or her all in an elimination. TJ Lavin has a little respect for the sanctity of the Real World/Road Rules Challenges.

7. Johanna Threatens to Sell Wes’ House

Players have resorted to some sneaky measures before in these games, of course, but this was a first. Never before has a player threatened to sell the house of her former fiancée and keep all the money if the aforementioned ex-fiancée doesn’t stop throwing challenges. That seemed a little harsh.

6. Shauvon Going Home After Busting an Implant

The less said about this injury, the better. Nevertheless, it was certainly one of the most memorable moments in Challenge history.

5. The Champions Inability to Vote Correctly

This one still boggles my mind. The team had more or less agreed to send Veronica and KellyAnne into the Ruins, only to be thwarted into a tie by Veronica and her seductive powers over Evan. When the entire team has to break the tie, they somehow end up sending Ibis and Kimberly into the Ruins. Um, fuck the heck?

4. Evelyn’s Ambivalent Forfeit

It was legitimately upsetting to see Evelyn get hit by friendly fire as her team used her for retribution against Wes. She was so obviously upset that she voluntarily lost so that her friend KellyAnne could stay. Players have thrown challenges and even eliminations before, but never someone as competitive as Evelyn, who was clearly torn up about it…no matter what TJ Lavin says.

3. The Amazing Eloquence of Cohutta

Have you ever wanted to “stack salad”? Did you ever wonder if you have a real good shimmy about you? Are you a gentleman, who feels bad for girls who “cry their eyes out”? Well, Cohutta, the oracle of Blue Ridge, Georgia, has got all of those things going for him. It was a shame this wordsmith had to go home so soon.

2. Darrell Punching Brad in the Face

Anytime a fight actually exceeds the buildup on this show, it’s an accomplishment. So often, the competitors are all talk and no action. If it ever does come to blows, it’s a sucker punch, or a slap, or something anticlimactic. So watching Darrell completely annihilate Brad, despite no real animosity between them, was a real payoff to Brad’s belligerence. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured (although Brad had quite the shiner), except Darrell’s bank account, which dropped from $31,000 to nothing.

1. Wes Getting Upset by Cohutta

I was, admittedly, starting to warm up to Wes at this point—he may not be the worst person to appear on challenges ever—but it was nonetheless nice to see him get his comeuppance. Finally, his arrogance and insolence were sufficiently punished, and at long last, there is some evidence to support my claim that Wes is a vastly overrated competitor. And it couldn’t have come at the hands of a more fitting opponent, the always likable Cohutta.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by James Schneider on November 29, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    was that a blue ridge reference? But i more or less agree with these, and why not:


  2. Posted by rizzo on December 4, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    does anyone know who won this competition. i can’t wait for the outcome. thanks.


    • Posted by elizabeth martinez on January 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM

      champions won the competition….. was kenny,evan,johnny and a girl
      it was so exited 🙂


  3. Posted by ana conde on January 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM



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