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Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat, The Grand Finale

“I want the longest, hardest final. It’s going to physically strenuous, but I don’t know… I’ve just always been good at these things.”—Abram


“I’m running this final for freedom. I’m running for freedom more than anything.” —Brad

Say what you will about various seasons of The Challenge—and Cutthroat has been particularly disappointing—but the final episodes are almost always good. MTV’s insistence on designing challenges that are so physically demanding is often a negative during the season, since it leads to too many disqualifications, but it’s great for the finale: The physical demands of the challenge push people to their breaking point, which often reveals tensions and weaknesses that have been latent on a team all season long.

So even though Cutthroat has been a subpar season, there was a lot to look forward to in last night’s episode, and it didn’t disappoint. It started with the Gulag matchups set up last week: Derrick vs. Tyler and Emily vs. Paula. They were playing the same game that Ty had lost back in Week 5 (it has some weird name, like Pole Me Over, but I can’t remember it), which favored the size of Tyler and Emily respectively. Derrick, as usual, put up a good fight, but neither he nor Paula could overcome their diminutive statures. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat, Week 7 Power Rankings

“Let’s be honest: Cara Maria’s cute and she’s way more fun than the other girls. Of course, that plays a role in my decision.” —Abram


“They have the team that they wanted now, but I’m sorry—I don’t think that’s going to be good enough.” —Camila

 

The theme of last night’s episode was “proving yourself.” There was debate about what constitutes proving yourself, who had done it, and how much that should matter. Most of those surrounded Camila who, after last week’s fiasco, is as on the outs with her team as anyone can be. Tori, Brad, and Paula had all vowed to send Camila into the Gulag at every opportunity.

And yet, as several people pointed out in last night’s episode, Camila was really the only girl who had “proven herself.” In addition to winning the Gulag twice (while no other girl on her team has won even once), Camila has also been the strongest girl in challenges. Last night was no different: In a challenge that involved tight-rope walking in pairs across two skyscrapers, Camila was the only girl on her team to make it across. Paula fell off (and brought Dunbar with her), and Tori didn’t even try, since by then Red had already lost. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat, Week 6 Power Rankings

“To me this is the worst decision I’ve seen so far this Challenge. I really don’t understand throwing in your guys’ best player over and over again when he keeps proving himself time and time again. I think it’s time for a change…but it’s not up to me.” —TJ Lavin

“I wouldn’t have said that if I were you. That’s the point of going down into the cellar and casting your vote anonymously, not so that you can come up to me afterwards and say: ‘Hey who’d you vote for? Oh, my husband? Now I’m going to kill you.’” —Laurel

As last night’s episode opened, the Red Team seemed like it was the strongest team on the Challenge. They lost the challenge last week but won the two before that. Not only that, but Chet’s return from the hospital meant Red still had nine players, including all five of its original males. By the end of the episode, the Red Team was down to six players, who were already turning on each other.

So, in the immortal words of Mike Lafontaine: Hey, wha’ happened?! Continue reading