Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, Week 10 Power Rankings

Robb and Marie

“Realistically, I think Brooklyn is a strong team. Do I want to test that theory? Hell no.” —Devyn


“People in the house may think it’s me protecting Jonna. And, actually, that’s what it is.” —Zach



MTV is really drawing out this nadir of a Challenge. Normally, we’d be at the final challenge by now, ten weeks in, but there’s at least one more episode left, and possibly two. Throw in the two off weeks, for Halloween AND Thanksgiving, and this season will have been on for over three months.

And honestly, I’m sick of it. I can’t even figure out what they’re fighting about anymore. After last week’s hissy fit from Dustin about Trishelle’s refusal to volunteer for the Arena, he backed off of his threat to go home in a scene that took about five seconds. So last week’s big “cliffhanger” amounted to nothing. Instead, last night’s episode was devoted to Marie and Robb screaming about how the rest of the teams were all “corny” and “sleazes.”

The dynamic in the house keeps changing—not because of any strategic moves, but because these players have too many fights to juggle. Dustin and Trishelle seemed amicable by the end of last night’s episode, but there was no real illustration of why.

The challenge wasn’t particularly interesting either—it consisted of each team in a rubber inner tube, trying to knock the other teams off a platform. It was basically just a game of King of the Hill, divided into male and female heats. Obviously having two players in your tube was a huge advantage, so Brooklyn won the girl’s heat, and San Diego won the boy’s. But since Brooklyn’s boys did worse than San Diego’s girls (thanks to JD’s stumbles), San Diego took the title of Power Team. Dustin and Trishelle, each eliminated second in their heat, finished in lasted, going into the Arena for the second straight week.

Obviously, the strategic play for San Diego would have been to send in Brooklyn. This would have either eliminated Las Vegas completely or severely weakened the only other team with four players. Instead, San Diego, still upset from Marie’s attack on Sam last week, pushed for St. Thomas to go in. Frank, who’s friends with Robb and Marie, resisted, but didn’t want to upset the delicate truce his team now has.

This is what threw Robb and Marie into a tizzy. Frankly, I don’t get it, but I also don’t care enough to figure them out.

The Arena challenge was the Mental challenge, meaning Trishelle and Marie had to play a memory game while Dustin and Robb were suspended in a water tank. Dustin seemed to excel at the challenge, but Trishelle’s memory almost cost Las Vegas the win. Ultimately, though, Vegas pulled it out and sent the house pariahs home.

Until next week, a ranking:

Eliminated: Robb & Marie (St. Thomas)

Every week this season has had a new villain—Wes, Easy, Sarah, Alton, Frank, Trishelle—but at least this week’s, Marie, went home.

4) Las Vegas (Dustin/Trishelle) (+1): Nice to see these two come together for a win.

3) Cancun (Derek/Jonna) (—): Derek seemed more animated than ever while yelling at Marie.

2) Brooklyn (Chet/JD/Sarah/Devyn) (-1): Sarah’s poor treatment of JD after the challenge was the first sign of in-fighting on this team.

1) San Diego (Frank/Zach/Ashley/Sam) (+1): This team has slowly climbed back to the top after looking like it was in disarray a few weeks ago.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by James Schneider on December 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Brooklyn> San Diego


  2. Posted by Mark on December 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I think what we’re seeing now is what happens when alliances are no longer defined by the usual power players (Wes, Kenny, Evan, Paula, etc.) Everyone’s all over the place now and have become a lot more whiny, because “feelings”.

    While I was excited early on to see a new dynamic this season with the usual suspects all missing, it hasn’t culminated into entertaining political chaos like in the past.


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