“If I got to put some money on it, I’d say that me and Laurel are gonna walk away with $100,000 a piece. And I’ll show you guys, for the fourth time, why I am the king of sting.…I’m gonna win another one.” —Kenny
“Carley’s feet are starting to slip out, so I literally stick my head right between her butt cheeks and start pushing her up this mountain to the finish. Like I said: push, pull, carry—whatever it takes.” —Landon
So, Landon is clearly the closest thing Fresh Meat II had to a superhero. The main storyline of this Challenge was, of course, “Wes vs. Kenny,” and the biggest surprise was the dominance of Laurel; in the end, though, the most impressive performer was, once again, Landon. Just two weeks after willing a barely-conscious Carley through one of the toughest Exiles of the game, Landon basically did the same thing in the final challenge. This time Carley never lost consciousness, but she was essentially dead weight for most of the course, and yet she and Landon led from start to finish.
Of course, Kenny’s statement from early in the episode was right: If you were betting on the final challenge, the smart money would have been on Kenny and Laurel. Not only had Kenny and Laurel dominated the entire Challenge, but they were the team best suited for an MTV-designed final challenge, in which you are only as strong as your weakest link.* Since Laurel was by far the strongest female competitor—and was arguably better than Kenny throughout the Challenge—that pair seemed destined to take the crown. Continue reading
“Evelyn is fuming, but, you know, every time Evelyn loses a challenge, an angel gets his wings.” —Ryan
“How do you know my name?” —Carley
I hate you, MTV. I hate you with a fiery passion strong enough to wean America off of foreign oil.
At least once a season, it seems, MTV annoyingly cuts to the dreaded “To Be Continued” screen before the winner of the elimination is shown. Usually, though, the cut comes at the beginning of the elimination round, before the suspense has built. Last night, though, the cut came after Evelyn and Luke had already finished their Exile course, but since Landon and Carley had completed the reward puzzle, they could finish up to five minutes after Luke and Ev and still win.
The Exile itself was the most exciting one yet. It was more or less the same as it was when Landon and Carley beat CJ and Sydney, but with two important twists. First, there were 50 pounds added to the amount of weight each team had to carry. Even more intriguing, though, was that this time it was at night…in the dark. So neither team could see where they were going, making it even harder to keep the buckets of weight from swinging. Continue reading
“I’m just so sick of the honest people getting beat in this game.” —Landon
“I should write a book: How To Dismantle An Entire Alliance, by Mr. Beautiful” —Kenny
Well, that’s not exactly how I would have played it, but, for Kenny at least, everything appears to have worked out.
In an episode that potentially saw the entire balance of power shift, one thing was made perfectly clear: It’s a really good thing that neither Wes nor Evelyn nor Kenny is a world leader. You usually have to watch a Chicago White Sox game to see strategizing that perplexing.
The episode actually opens with some impressive deduction from Wes. If you recall, CJ and Sydney did not actually compete in their Exile (they won by forfeit when Brandon was DQed for drinking beforehand), but decided to say that they did in order to feign an upper hand. As Wes pushes for more details about the Exile, though, and gets more “lawyerly,” he realizes CJ’s deception. All this harsh interrogation does, though, is make CJ and Landon realize that they are at the bottom of the Wes/Evelyn Alliance. This would be the first of many cracks in that Alliance last night. Continue reading
“It’s time for her to come out here and save me.”—Wes
“I’m going to shake things up a bit, and I really don’t see you as a threat…”—Kenny
MTV has done a really good job of promoting and editing this season of the RW/RR Challenge so that it seems like “Kenny vs. Wes,” and in some ways it is. There are clearly two well-defined (though not as well-defined as we might think, as the episode eventually revealed) alliances on the show now; MTV even took the trouble of showing a montage of each one, making the division all but official. Kenny and Wes are the ones in charge of each alliance.
Last night’s episode, though, proved that Evelyn is far more important to Wes’ alliance than Wes himself is. Of the two epigraph quotes, the first was spoken by Wes about Ev, who he needed to win the challenge to prevent Kenny from getting immunity; Wes later admitted that, with Mandi as his partner, he was not a real threat to win challenges. Continue reading
“For the first time in…six seasons, I feel powerless… This will never happen again.”—Kenny
“What the hell are these Fresh Meat doing? They have opinions of their own? That is so inappropriate.” —Paula
Well, our epigrams come from the same two sources as they did last week, but some people are just consistently quotable. It also makes sense to go back to that well because this episode picks up just where the last one left off: Kenny has realized that Wes is more powerful than he initially thought, and isn’t very happy about that. His plan, though, is still to lay back and let the other top players battle things out for a while.
Which leads to the big question: What other top players? Kenny has to realize that, with Evan gone, he is the de facto adversary to Wes, and that’s not even accounting for the personal animosity between those two.
Meanwhile, Wes is plotting with his alliance, which primarily consists of Ev (and her partner Luke) and Danny (and his partner Sandy). Continue reading
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