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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. Continue reading

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Week 8 Power Rankings

“We WERE making popcorn….I like popcorn!” —Kelly Anne

“Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!” —Darrell

You can only try to pick a fight for so long before you actually have to be in one. This ought to be a lesson for both Brad and Darrell. Brad, who had clearly snapped by the end of last episode and was berating KellyAnne on her birthday and uncharacteristically chugging a bottle of wine in the beginning of last night’s episode, charged—or drunkenly stumbled—into the Champions’ room and seemed desperate to fight someone. For some reason—either his bank account, or his location in the room, or his posture—Brad picked Darrell.

Darrell did not do his best to defuse the situation. Yelling “Do it!” eight times in a row is probably not the best conflict resolution strategy. Eventually Brad did it, even if “it” was nothing more than a pusillanimous push.

Nobody can accuse Darrell of being all talk, though, as he quickly threw Brad against the wall on the other side of the room, then bounced him to the floor, where he landed four clean punches to Brad’s face. It was probably the most one-sided “fight” in RW/RR Challenge history, even edging out CT and Adam on The Duel II. Adam was at least sober, and entire teams intervened to keep CT at bay. In the aftermath of this one, which lasted about four seconds, blood was pouring out of Brad’s eye as he stumbled around the house like a baby trying to stand up for the first time. In his final confessional, his eye was purple and completely shut.

Basically, the lesson is: Don’t get into a fight with Darrell. Especially if you’re drunk. Continue reading