Problem Abstract: The brand new double brokers take a foul step – plus, who acquired eradicated … and who stop?
What do they say about the best plans? Are you ruining your chances of winning reality TV shows? Or do we remember it wrongly?
In the wake of The Challenge on Wednesday, new double agents Jay and Theresa set their crosshairs on a large female competitor, and while successfully getting their target out, they burned a slew of bridges to get there. (Points for accuracy, shaking heads for execution.) Here are the highlights of how it all went.
After Theresa makes friends with the new female newbies, she plays both sides of the house. While Aneesa is in the dark about her friend’s sneaky movements, Nany sees it through and because of her complicated story, she doesn’t trust Theresa for a second. Lolo calls Theresa for throwing her friend Aneesa into exclusion last week and tells her the whole house sees her shadiness. Theresa keeps cutting off the Olympian, which infuriates Lolo, who advises her to have a few conversations and do some damage control.
Meanwhile, Lio discusses how the stress of the house triggered his childhood feelings about living in a group home. He finally decides to stop. TJ, notorious for hating slackers, surprisingly says he respects Lio’s decision because the health of the players is more important than the competition. (Gosh, how 2020 changed us all!) Despite Lio’s reasoning, it’s hard not to get annoyed at the number of players sent home for injuries, sidelights and the like. Can we have more actual eliminations, please?
CHALLENGE ENABLED | In the Smuggle Run, duos in a five-mile race with checkpoints must carry a heavy capsule to complete the course. Since Gabby and Devin are both partnerless, they become a new team.
Many of the weaker duos fight early on in this challenge, with Big T more or less proving that they will never be able to make a final.
At the first checkpoint, teams have to push the capsule through a hole in a wall and use it for climbing. The next is a math puzzle, and while ex-cheerleader / Brainiac Ashley is in her element for both of them, Theresa and Jay take the lead and win the entire challenge! Not bad for a duo of small stature who are nowhere near the bigger rivals this season.
CONSIDERATION | Back at the house, Theresa tells Ashley that she “wants to fuck some sluts,” and Ashley’s paranoia takes over like clockwork. But this woman is a winner for a reason, because her guess is spot on: Theresa is vying to have the whole house knock Ashley out. (I guess she doesn’t want a skull of her own? Strange choice.)
At the house meeting, Ashley defends her place and tells the boys if they keep all the weak girls until the end it could come back to bite them in the finals. The house votes, and the double agents learn that the compromised agents are indeed Ashley and Cory.
THE CRATER | TJ calls Ash and Cory in the sand and the two are blind. Cory calls everyone snakes while Ashley says, “Everyone lied right in our faces, TJ. I don’t know anymore who to trust in this game. “It’s time for the Double Agents to vote on a different team and they choose Kam and Kyle … who Theresa and Jay made a specific promise they would not choose. This is a sloppy social game folks!
TJ then throws everyone a curveball. “Tonight is a very important elimination round, especially for the men,” he says, causing everyone to react in shock before continuing “… to watch their partners.” Man, even TJ is dodgy as hell this week! There is something in this Icelandic water, I tell you.
In Dead Ringer, Kam and Ashley start on elevated podiums. The object of the game is to swing around to land six metal rings on hooks around them. The horn blows and both women seem struggling to get momentum, but Kam quickly finds out and lands her first two rings. As soon as Ashley has got her groove going, it’s too little, too late: “Killa Kam” seals the deal, earns her coveted Gold Skull and sends Ashley home for the second time this season.
Theresa calls this whole shebang a plan that got carried out, but what she and Jay really did was upset the whole house. And Jay knows. In an interview, he seems to have regretted her stupid rookie-level move.
Kam then has a choice of all the gentlemen but decides to stick with her buddy Kyle. Cory remains a rogue agent.
Tell us, Challenge fans, how messed up are Jay and Theresa and did you choose Killa Kam or Millionaire Mitchell in the eliminator? Leave your comments below!