January 14, 2002
Saddle up, cowboys and cowgirls! A ranch set the scene for these six players, who soon learned they would be climbing onto a 2000-pound bull for their first stunt. No mechanical bull, or Luke Perry movie (8 Seconds), could prepare players for this! Laura, a self-proclaimed tomboy, was first. After only 4.6 seconds, her ride was over. A former Miss Rhode Island, Yanaiza, climbed onto a fresh bull moments later. She could only hold on for 3.4 seconds - sending her and her tiara packing. Kristin, a small girl with big determination, surprised everyone with a 5.0 ride! However, she also created concern when she tossed into the air by the angry bull and slammed hard onto the dirt. As rodeo clowns rushed to distract the bull, medics raced to Kristin's side. Luckily, she just had the wind knocked out of her; but the guys - who were waiting their turns - were definitely concerned.
Ben, a pretty big guy, seemed confident as he climbed over the railing onto the back of the massive, snorting bull. He got tossed around but held on for 5.7 seconds. Al, a smaller guy, told Joe he was going for the holy grail of 8 seconds. Surprisingly, he almost made it with a 7 second ride! Very impressive! Everyone thought Jason, a professional BMX rider, would have the best time. However, he knew he'd have to "go Jedi" in order to stay in the game. Sadly, the force wasn't with him and he was out with a time of 3.8 seconds.
Day two found the players in an old-fashioned saloon for a game of Fear Factor Poker. As Joe explained, they'd each be dealt four cards containing amounts from zero to three-quarters. Amounts of what, you ask? Cow brains, of course. The players had the option of trading in one or all of the cards - but only once. Ben was up first and traded in his first hand for new cards, but he still faced two and a half brains. Before finishing his first bit, Ben quit saying, "you don't even understand how sick that is!" Al, who had earlier mentioned he was a vegetarian, drew one and a half brains. With one minute per quarter brain, Al choked it down with time to spare. Could Kristin do the same? After trading in some cards, Kristin's portion was one and a quarter brains. She barely got it down in time and said afterwards that she was "hoping it would stay down." Laura was next and confident; however, she was dealt two brains! She gave it a valiant effort, constantly fighting the "gag reflex" but unfortunately ran out of time. Only Al and Kristin remained.
It was perfect Southern California day as Al and Kristin boarded the historic Queen Mary luxury liner for their final stunt. Joe explained they would climb over the railing 100 feet above the water and grab onto a zip line that would carry them up to 40 miles per hour alongside the ship. In the water below were five lanes, each with a different numerical value ranging from 1 to 5. Whoever hit the highest number would win. Al was first and carefully plotted his strategy. He wanted the five, and with a perfectly timed drop he nailed it! Kristin knew she'd have to tie him or go home without the money. She gave it her best, but Kristin released the zip line to soon and missed the targets completely. Al celebrated his win with a back flip into the sea!