November 27, 2001
A Hollywood backlot seems the appropriate setting for Joe to welcome his six, celebrity players. Rapper Coolio, athlete Joanie Lauer (f.k.a. Chyna of the WWF) Kelly Preston (For Love of the Game), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Brooke Burns (Baywatch, Shallow Hal) and Donny Osmond (Donny & Marie) are all ready to face their fears and their first stunt.
Joe Rogan takes great pleasure in pitting these stars of music, stage and screen against each other - and encourages a little trash talking. For today's stunt, Bus Surfing, Brooke Burns is up first. While balancing atop a double-decker bus, she must collect small flags anchored alongside the roof of the bus. The trick is that the bus will be swerving in and around the "New York" streets of this Hollywood set. One man and one woman will be eliminated based on who collects the most flags. Brooke stays on her knees for the first few seconds, which means the flags she grabs don't count. After one swift turn of the bus, Brooke falls off, ending her turn. She has only grabbed two flags. Next up is former World Wrestling Federation champion, Joanie Lauer. After comparing biceps with Joe, Joanie climbs atop the bus. Maintaining a solid squat position, she manages to grab 3 flags before falling off. Brooke is nervous! If Kelly grabs three or more flags, Brooke is out! Perhaps Kelly's Hawaiian upbringing helps her "surf" the bus, because she walks away with 5 flags - bumping Baywatch Brooke to the curb! Now it's the guys' turn.
Coolio is confident. He says, "I'm used to picking up things and running with it." Unfortunately, he starts grabbing flags before the official horn honk. None-the-less, he jams and claims twelve flags! Can David Hasselhoff top that? David is determined to win because he doesn't want to face his kids if he doesn't. Unfortunately, this former Baywatch hero can't get a grip and after four flags falls off the bus - cracking Coolio up! Meanwhile, Donny suits up with the mantra "David's gone, I move on!" Although he almost falls, Donny winds up with 6 flags and advances. Both Baywatch players are out. Coolio thinks it's because "they're used to doing their stunts in slow motion."
Day two finds these pampered celebs trudging through a graffiti-laden, trash-strewn abandoned subway tunnel in downtown L.A. No limos... no red carpet... only the stench of fear and some flashlights to guide the way. Joe awaits with The Torture Cell. A small, Plexiglas box is positioned so that each player can easily stick his or her head up into it. Once inside, the player will share the small space with superworms, millipedes and 20 Emperor scorpions! Coolio - who has now dubbed himself "El Cool Magnifico - The Ultimate Champion" - looks ready to run the other way. Donny, who just got through saying that "fear is all mental," is up first. Within seconds he is literally up to his eyeballs in biting creepy crawlies. The others are horrified! Worms are up Donny's nose, in and around his goggles and all in his hair. Plus, there's the poopy smell. Donny is relieved when his three minutes are finally up. He shows off his neck bites while Kelly gets ready. She seems much more relaxed, even chatty. But Coolio is still freaking out. He says with nervous laughter, "Maybe I should quit, you know, so at least someone quits." He is up next. Coolio's only doing it, because Kelly did. "I don't want to get beat by a girl," he says, "What would my boys in Compton think?" After a few minutes in The Torture Cell, Coolio is shaking. Donny can't help but joke, "Is that a scorpion on his head, or his hair?" Once out of the box, Coolio runs screaming down the tunnel, tearing off his shirt to shake off the clingy worms. Joanie, who admits that bugs are probably her biggest fear, decides to do it - despite Donny's attempt to psych her out. With a scorpion on her nose and lip, Joanie trembles but sticks it out. Once outside the box, she admits, "You almost lost me on that one." All four have advanced to the final stunt.
In the California desert, Joe reveals the big money stunt. The Swinging Circle is just that: It's a steel circle suspended over 100 feet in the air. Players must walk the circle as it sways in the air. Whomever lands the best time, wins $50,000 for his or her charity. All other players (whether they made it this far or not) will receive $25,000 for their charities. Coolio is first and surprises everyone with his nimble feet! He completes the task in 29.25 seconds! As the breeze picks up, Joanie tries to focus. She gets a running start, but stumbles and falls when the circle tilts unexpectedly. Donny puts on a brave face, but Coolio's taunting seems to get the better of him. He stumbles and falls on the walkway. He regains his balance, but falls off soon after. Only Kelly remains. She is sassy and confident, but is able to get some last minute advice from her husband, John Travolta. He tells her to take her time and gives her a good luck kiss. John has offered to match whatever dollar amount Kelly wins for the New York Fire and Police Widows Fund. Joe is impressed and tells her, "Dude, you just kissed John Travolta!" To which she responds, "I get to every day!" Kelly's slow and steady approach keeps her from falling off the suspended circle; however, she is not fast enough to beat Coolio's time. As Kelly and John dance off into the desert, Coolio does his own desert victory dance.