February 4, 2002
A desolate airfield greeted players as they arrived for their first stunt. A Monster.com blimp hovered overhead while Joe explained what would happen next. The players would board the blimp two at a time. Once the blimp reached altitude over the Pacific Ocean, one player would climb down a 35-foot swinging ladder to release a Fear Factor flag. After that player successfully "tagged in" back at the blimp, the next player would descend. The four players with the best times would advance. While Joe and the others waited on shore, Terri and Alexis began their blimp adventure. Alexis, a personal trainer, was strong but slow. Her final time was two minutes, 10 seconds. Terri beat that time, coming in at one minute, 52 seconds. With Alexis and Terri safely back on shore, Kevin and Tabatha were up next. Tabatha came in only five seconds over Terri's time, while Kevin set a new record with a time of one minute, six seconds. Based on Tabatha's time, Alexis was out. Chris, a naval instructor, and Chad, who was in great shape, went next. Chris seemed to have trouble, as the wind thrashed the ladder around in the air. He managed a time of one minute, 13 seconds - but it wasn't enough to keep him in the game. Chad's show of pure strength - using an arms-only technique all the way down and back up - earned him a record time of 42 seconds!
Armed with flashlights, players descended dark, creepy stairs on day two and found themselves in a basement-like setting. Joe presented them with a wide, deep plastic container filled with 25,000 squirming maggot worms! Buried within the writhing worms were 20 chicken feet. Using only their mouths, players would have to retrieve as many chicken feet as possible and toss them into an adjacent bucket within two minutes. Kevin was first and went all out, smashing his face into the maggots and fishing out 19 of the 20 feet! He would automatically advance to day three. Terri tried to visualize paying off her student loans with the $50,000 as she squished her face in next. With her hair dipping into the worms and Kevin taunting her, Terri managed to grab 14 chicken feet. Everyone could hear the squishing noises as Tabatha, who later said the bucket "smelled like manure," tossed out 17 feet. If Chad got 14 or more, Terri was out. Chad used his face like a broom, sweeping maggots all over the place while he retrieved 15 chicken feet. Bye, bye Terri!
On day three, at a rain-slicked raceway, the three remaining players were stunned to see their final stunt. They watched in awe as a stunt driver sped up in a stock car, hit a nearby ramp and flipped the car onto a target area. Sparks flew, metal crunched, but the driver emerged unscathed. Joe explained that whoever launched their car the farthest would win. Kevin donned a fire safety suit and climbed in to go first. He gunned the car, hit the ramp and hit the ground with full force - upside down! His final distance was 71 feet and 6.5 inches. Chad was pumped to try next. His car did a complete 360-degree flip, landing upright and barely beating Kevin by 1.5 inches! Only Tabatha remained. As rain fell harder, she grew more and more nervous. She got off to a quick start, but seemed to slow down as she hit the ramp. With such a low speed launch, her car crash-landed at a disappointing 54 feet, 8 inches. Chad had made it to the winner's circle!