Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, Week 5 Power Rankings

“There’s one thing I hate worse than everything else in the world, and that’s quitters.”—TJ Lavin


“You’re a disgrace to the humankind!” —Camila



You know, for someone who so vocally resents all the people who doubt and disrespect him, you’d think Eric wouldn’t want to give those people any more ammunition. And yet, he has repeatedly displayed a tendency towards failure and defeatism. The most obvious point against him in this regard is his collapse during the final challenge of The Gauntlet III—after which, he was allegedly back into to have a few drinks at the wrap party, according to the Reunion show—but at least that was a real medical issue. Twice this season, he has thrown in the towel for no real reason: In Week 1, when he DQed his team from the challenge, and last night, when he gave up in an elimination challenge because he didn’t like the way Camila was talking to him.

Of course, it’s possible that the fact that he was facing Devyn, who is apparently his soulmate, in the Arena, and thus one of them would have been eliminated no matter what, sapped his motivation. But it was still a pretty shitty thing for him to do to his teammate, who had no say in the matter. And though Camila was pretty nasty to Eric—showing shades of Laurel’s diatribe in Cutthroat—I can understand where she’s coming from. Like TJ, I have no patience for quitters, especially if there’s no strategic reason behind it.

With Eric and Camila eliminated, that spelled the end for Team Fresh Meat, the second team to get completely eliminated from this season. At least now the conflicts are more straightforward and manageable: The Rookie Alliance now includes San Diego, New Orleans, and Cancun, with Las Vegas switching to Brooklyn’s side after the fallout of the last few episodes. St. Thomas remains Switzerland.

At least that was how things stood heading into last night’s challenge, Chairman of the Board, a trivia game in which incorrect answers were punished with a toss in the water. Trivia games in the Challenge are always fun, because it reveals how stupid—and, in some cases, surprisingly smart—these people are: Dustin couldn’t name a city in Iceland (to be fair, I can only name one, but it was the right answer: Reykjavik), Mackenzie thought Europe was a country, Jasmine guessed the capital of England was Liverpool, etc. In some cases, their ignorance was encouraging—I’m glad C.J. didn’t know who won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, and that Alton doesn’t know who Kim Kardashian married. Nany pulled out a couple clutch answers, remembering that the Red Sox play in Boston, and that George Washington is on the quarter.*

*The teams’ collective knowledge of which presidents were on which pieces of currency was disgraceful.

This kept Las Vegas alive long enough to avoid getting sent into the Arena, since New Orleans lost before them. The race for Power Team came down to Brooklyn against San Diego—Frank putting on a nice display for SD. A Brooklyn victory would have really upset the Rookie Alliance, allowing Brooklyn to throw in another Rookie team against NO, but Chet misspelled “Narcissistic,” and San Diego won again.

San Diego considered sending in Las Vegas, but ultimately chose Brooklyn again, and picked the Endurance challenge that knocked out Danny and Melinda in Week 2. Preston and Mackenzie went in for New Orleans, Chet and Sarah for Brooklyn. Though Preston seemed to have a height advantage in a game that favored height—and the first heat was decided by only one ball—Preston and Mackenzie looked exhausted by the end. The second heat wasn’t close, and Brooklyn own its third straight Arena.

Now, I’ve got to rank, but lucking I have binders full of rankings…

Eliminated: Eric & Camila (Fresh Meat), Preston & Mackenzie (New Orleans)

Oh Preston and Mackenzie, I was just starting to remember who you were…

6) New Orleans (Knight/Jemmye) (-1): It’s hard to see them winning with only two people.

5) Brooklyn (Chet/JD/Sarah/Devyn) (+1): Three consecutive Arena wins is impressive, but they’ll need some challenge wins if they want to take control of the game.

4) Las Vegas (-1) (Alton/Dustin/Trishelle/Nany) (-1): The fact that they’re on the chopping block now doesn’t bode well for the future.

3) St. Thomas (Robb/Trey/Laura/Marie) (+2): How has an unaligned rookie team made it this far without going into the Arena once?

2) Cancun (CJ/Derek/Jasmine/Jonna) (-1): I can’t put this team #1 if Jasmine doesn’t know London is the capital of England.

1) San Diego (Frank/Zach/Sam/Ashley) (+1): San Diego and Cancun have been back and forth for the #1 spot all season, but SD gets it this week…

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark on October 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Sweet interview with Cara Maria here:

    Notable quote:

    “I know- I actually – for the record – think Laurel and Evelyn got wind of the fact that Big Easy might be on Fresh Meat team…and as soon as they heard Big Easy, they’re like, ‘I’m not doing this show.’ “


  2. Posted by james Schneider on October 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Las Vegas> everyone else in the game


  3. […] Arena challenge was Balls Out, the same Endurance challenge featured twice before, and it was surprisingly competitive. Robb and Marie won the first match, but Alton and Nany won […]


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