Fear Factor Episode 308
November 18, 2002
New day, new fear! In a remote desert location, players arrived to meet Joe at the San Bernardino Sheriff's Training Facility. Each player would enter the open-air urban assault building, which looked like a maze from overhead, and locate six flags, raising them by hitting a lever nearby. The "fear" part was that around every corner was different breed of trained attack dog that would most definitely be attempting to stop them. Brandy, a triathlete and Olympic hopeful from Northern California, was up first. After suiting up in padded protective gear, Brandy entered the facility. As the first dog tore at her arm, Brandy struggled to raise the first flag. Then it was off to face the second dog. It growled and barked as it lunged at her, but Brandy found two more flags. The third and fourth dogs tried to pull Brandy down with bites to her arms and legs, but she powered on and raised all the flags in one minute and 27 seconds. Kate was up next. As the dogs lunged at her and pulled violently at her padded suit, Kate navigated the maze and raised the flags. The final dog took hold of Kate's leg and it took all of Kate's strength to break free. None-the-less, she completed the stunt in one minute and 14 seconds. If Lana beat Brandy's time, Brandy would be out. Lana got through the first three rooms pretty well, but skipped two rooms by mistake. In the third room, the dog got Lana to the ground. She seemed dazed and weak as she stumbled around searching for the missing two flags. Meanwhile, time was ticking by and Brandy had already been guaranteed a spot in the finals. Lana took the walk of shame while Billy suited up first for the guys. He literally dragged the dog with him on the first two flags. The dog was dangling from Billy's arm! Billy got a little caught up when the Doberman grabbed his butt, but he still managed to finish in one minute and nine seconds. Moments later, Billy was rushed to the paramedics when he complained of dizziness. Diagnosed with heat exhaustion, he sat out while Chad - a firefighter - attempted the stunt. Would being used to running around in a ton of gear give Chad an advantage? The Doberman was on a roll and sufficiently slowed Chad down, but it was the bulldog that nailed him to the ground! Still, Chad managed to get the flags and get out in 59 seconds! Frank was next and had the potential to send Billy home. The German shepherd had it in for Frank, but it was the bulldog that dragged him down. Frank pulled free, but time was running out. Frank's final time of one minute and 13 seconds wasn't enough to keep him in the game.
Day two found players in another outdoor setting. Unlike the typical second stunt, it was broad daylight and players would not have to eat anything or have anything crawl on them. However, they were at a Chemical Agents Training Office and would have to survive a tear-gassing! One by one the remaining players would enter the facility and see how long they could last in a gas-filled chamber. The three contestants who lasted the longest before hitting a release button would advance. Billy, who obviously did not handle heat well, entered first. He was wearing no type of protective clothing or masks. Just him, a room, a release button and a big batch of billowing toxic smoke! Even the players outside were having a bad reaction to the gas, but Billy was sticking it out. While Joe, the remaining players and the crew scattered, Billy remained. After a full minute and 31 seconds, Billy emerged coughing and gasping for air. He described the feeling of gas entering his nose and lungs as someone pouring alcohol on an open wound. Kate was next and expecting the worst. As the poisonous gas surrounded her, she clutched the release button tighter and tighter. After 50 seconds, she began coughing. One minute and 34 seconds passed before Kate emerged, spitting and crying from the fumes. Brandy entered the chamber next. She seemed to be either counting the seconds or talking to herself while the gas filled the room. Then she started coughing and swatting at the noxious smoke, but she refused to hit the button. She managed to hold out for one minute and 49 seconds. All Chad had to do was beat Billy's time to stay in the game. He talked a lot for the first minute, then he shut up as the fumes got worse. Chad could've quit when he passed Billy's time, but he held out for an extra 13 seconds.
The final three players were pumped for their final stunt, even as they arrived at what looked like a small deserted airport or landing strip. They soon learned that they would have to drive a car up the back ramp of an 18-wheeler car carrier while the carrier traveled at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Whoever completed the stunt the fastest would walk away $50,000 richer. Chad got behind the wheel first. The car started out adjacent to the big rig, so Chad had to drop back a bit when the horn signaled the start. In 10 seconds, Chad drove onto the ramp and was done. That would be tough to beat! Kate was next. She maneuvered quickly, but took 13 seconds, which eliminated her. The pressure was on Brandy. She raced alongside the big rig until the horn sounded. Then she dropped back and gunned towards the back of the truck. Unfortunately, her back tires got caught up on the ramp, lodging the car on the back of the big rig. Chad was the champ!