In what could be considered the most explosive stunt in Fear Factor history, Vanessa Beck and her partner had to slam down three crippling shots of pure habanero pepper. The burning sensation in her mouth and throat ignited a fire in her belly that would left her lying on the ground, gasping for air, writhering in pain as she recounts in this weeks tale of fear.
FEAR FACTOR: What was that first habanero pepper shot like?
VANESSA BECK: That first shot set my entire body on fire. My lips were burning and my throat was burning so badly that sent a ripple of shock through my whole body. I couldn't move, I couldn't talk and I didnít want to breathe because every breath felt like I was inhaling fire. I couldn't do anything but drool.
FEAR FACTOR: What were you expecting?
VANESSA BECK: I never expected that a habanero shot could ever be as hot as it was. I didn't expect that my mouth was going to be on fire and that my esophagus was going to burn like it did. There is nothing that could have prepared me for that amount of heat. It was insane.
FEAR FACTOR: Could you even taste anything after that first shot?
VANESSA BECK: Oh yeah! The second shot was even worse. At this point the first one had just hit my stomach and as soon as the second one hit my lips I started to instantly cramp up inside. It felt like someone had twisted my stomach around in a knot and was then punching me on top of it. I doubled over in pain. I couldn't even stand up straight.
FEAR FACTOR: And the third one?
VANESSA BECK: I could no longer just throw the shots back. I had to actually sip the third one because my mouth and throat were burning so badly, it felt like my insides were swelling up and going to explode. It was a nightmare.