Fear Factor Episode 319
Original airdate: February 4, 2003
Special All-Female Episode
Six females approached Joe on a wharf/dock location. All have something to prove - that women can do anything men can do. A square, rotating platform spun above the water near the dock. Each player would start atop the platform and make her way to a rope hanging from a far corner. The rope crossed down the center of the square to a smaller, lower platform. By climbing down the rope and releasing a Fear Factor flag, the ladies would complete the stunt. The four women with the fastest times would advance to day two. Mandy, a self-described small town girl, was first. As the large square spun, Mandy inched along the narrow edge towards the rope. Finally, she reached the rope and began climbing towards the lower, center platform. In one minute and 17 seconds she had snagged the flag. Donna, a young mother of three, was next. Donna got off to a much faster start, but lost her balance due to her quick pace. She clung precariously to the side of the square before plunging into the water below. Delila was determined to learn from Donna's mistakes as she climbed atop the platform. She nervously stepped along the platform, while Donna tried her best to upset her with taunts. Donna's strategy worked when Delila got distracted and slipped off the side. Erin was psyched to go next. All she had to do was beat Donna's mark to advance. She used a side-step technique, like the others had. She quickly beat Delila's mark and rapidly approached Donna's. Finally, Erin reached the rope and easily made it to the flag. Her final time was two minutes and 52 seconds. Depending on how Pam and Nekesha did, Donna and Delila would either stay or go. Pam commented on how fast the square was spinning as she tenuously took her first steps. She soon passed Delila's mark and sent her home. Once she passed Donna's mark, Pam knew she was on to day two. She completed the stunt in one minute and 34 seconds. Now Nekesha held Donna's fate in her hands. Knowing that time was not a factor, Nekesha focused on her balance and took a steady approach. Even though she almost missed the center platform from the rope, Nekesha managed to grab the flag - sending Donna home.
Day two, the ladies arrived at a "shocking" location. Well, it was really an old power plant rigged with lots of Fear Factor electricity bursts. Joe revealed a tank filled with electric eels! He then explained that each eel contained over 1,000 volts of electricity! Players had to transfer six eels from one side of tank to the other - using only one hand to avoid a deadly shock. Nekesha was up first and struggled to grab the eels. With each grab, she recoiled from the stinging shock. In 56 seconds, she transferred the six eels. Tattooed Erin figured she had a high tolerance for pain and was confident. She screamed with each eel, but stuck to the task. Erin's final time was 40 seconds and she automatically advanced to day three. Mandy was nervous, but wanted to beat Erin's time. Competitive Mandy did it in 13 seconds! No screams, no hesitation, just eel after eel! Pam seemed hesitant, despite Joe's encouragement. The first shock had her squealing. Each subsequent shock slowed Pam down even more. She did not want to stick her hand back in, and ultimately quit. Joe was so disappointed in her that he wanted to see for himself. One grab and he jumped backwards, flinging water all over himself. "That sucks," Joe admitted. Never the less, Pam was headed home.
Day three was picturesque as the girls arrived near a calm, clear lake. Soon a helicopter flew by suspending a large, empty barrel/drum on a platform. Each girl would have to ride the barrel like a bucking bronco as it swayed and spun above the water. Erin was first and Nekesha worried that Erin's long legs would be to her advantage. Erin held tightly as the barrel swayed from side-to-side. After 35 seconds, Erin couldn't hang tight any more. Mandy rocked and rolled next. At 31 seconds, she slid off but was still sort of hanging on. At 32 seconds, she plunged into the water and out of the game. If Nekesha could beat Erin's time, she'd be the new champ. Nekesha, an Orlando Magic dancer, was in great physical shape but wasn't as tall as Erin. She used pure strength to hold on after almost slipping off a few times. However, at 28 seconds Nekesha fell - and Erin celebrated!