Andre was bolted into a helmet filled with dozens of snakes while his partner Amirah contended with hundreds of tarantulas. Lying on their backs, they slid themselves across the floor to a key station where they would retrieve the tools that would free themselves from the creepy critters. It was a harrowing experience that neither one of them could have survived alone as they recount in this weeks Tale Of Fear.
FEAR FACTOR: Tell what it was like when you saw what you were going to have to do for this stunt?
ANDRE: I was kind'a nervous, at first. I said, "Man, you know what?
AMIRAH: It was beyond my imagination, yes, it was. I was just, like, "Oh, please let me be in the snakes. Let me be in the snakes." That's all I was thinking about. I thought I might have to sit this one out.
ANDRE: I've been around snakes before. I've held them and stuff like that. But the idea of being in this enclosed space with them all around my head made me feel really claustrophobic
AMIRAH: I was doing a pretty good job of holding in my fear until I saw Maria freak out.
ANDRE: That didn't help at all, when Maria freaked out-that's when I really started to have second thoughts.
FEAR FACTOR: What was it like having your head in such a small space with all those spiders.
AMIRAH: To be in there with all those tarantulas with such a small breathing space. I thought there was going to be holes all over. But there was just one little hole and you're locked in there, you can't use your hands or anything and then when they dump all those tarantulas right on your face, that was the worst.
ANDRE: I could tell that she was freaking out. So I kept looking for her to put her thumb up. You know if someone doesn't give you the thumbs up, it's not good. I knew that if she could give me the thumbs up I could move on and get the job done and we'll do this together.
AMIRAH: The tarantulas were covering my face. And I wanted to shake my head, and I was thinking if I shook 'em off then they would really come and just try to sting me or bite me. As I lay there I could feel a rush of them covering my face. They were on my nose and my mouth and I couldn't breath. I flipped out, and then I really flipped out when I was trying to move, and I couldn't move, 'cause they were all on me, and I didn't want to shake the box and make them mad.