Fear Factor Episode 321
Original airdate: February 24, 2003
Ah, the lake. It always looks so pretty and inviting, until the inevitable Fear Factor helicopter or jet ski or ski boat shows up. Then reality sets in. Six new players quickly learned that they would have to balance on a small raft being towed by a speedboat. As a helicopter hovered overhead, players would grab onto a knotted rope suspended from the copter, then work their way up the rope collecting flags. Once they released the top flag, they would let go and plunge 20 feet into the chilly lake below. Since the stunt was so challenging, any player who released all the flags would receive a bonus of one thousand dollars. Robinson, a slender teacher from Florida, was first. Having grown up water-skiing, Robinson was confident. The raft sped towards the rope and Robinson easily grabbed on. Soon he released one flag after another while climbing up the rope. After the sixth and final flag, Robinson plunged into the lake with a final time of 52 seconds - and a thousand dollars in his pocket. Ray, a bodybuilding champ, was next. He was aiming for forty seconds or less. Once on the rope, Ray seemed to release the flags easier than Robinson. However, after the third flag Ray jumped into the lake, not realizing he had missed the final flag. His time of 39 seconds wouldn't be worth much if Garrett snagged all the flags. Garrett suited up and started climbing. Faster than you could count to six, Garrett was done. His final time: 34 seconds! Cary (whose teenage nickname was "Danger Girl") was up first for the ladies. Much slower than the guys, Cary still managed to get four flags before falling off the rope and into the water. Olivia, who swore she surfs 10-foot waves, got off to a quicker start. She released all six flags, earning her a thousand dollars and a place in the next round. Kelly was next and was determined to shut Olivia up. Kelly was not as quick as Olivia, and was about to send Cary home when she slipped and fell. Because Kelly tied with Cary, all three girls would head into day two.
Somewhere near the L.A. "river" - a large concrete ditch with a trickle of water - players arrived to confront the fears of day two. Inside a dark, empty warehouse, Joe greeted players with a mechanical bull. Riding a mechanical bull, a simple bar game, right? Uh, no. The amount of time spent on the bull would be related to the amount of bull parts each player would have to eat. Less than 8 seconds on the bull would mean eating bull spleen, bull spinal cord and furry bull snout. More than 8 seconds would give players a choice of two out of the three items. Kelly and Robinson were off in seconds. Cary hung on for just under 7 seconds. Garrett and Olivia were both off quickly. Since no one lasted more than 8 seconds, all five players would have a trio of bull treats. With six minutes to eat all three parts, Kelly was up to the plate first. She started with spleen, and then switched to spinal cord. The snout proved to be pretty easy compared to the other two, but Kelly still struggled to choke them all down. As time ticked down, Kelly couldn't do it. Kelly was out. Robinson chowed down next. The snout went down quickly, then he was on to the spinal cord. A chewier challenge, the cord slowed him down. With a minute and a half to go, Robinson started on spleen - and finished in time. Cary also started on snout, but had an instant gag reflex. Six minutes was going quickly and she had barely started on spleen. It wasn't looking good for Cary. Time ran out, sending Cary home. Garrett tore into the spleen, determined to win. Joe was at his coaching best, but Garrett had trouble getting the snout down. With only thirty seconds left, Garrett knew he was out and spit out the spinal cord in disgust. It was down to Olivia - who was now in tears. Using a folding technique, she ate double the snout in one bite. She alternated with spleen and spinal cord for a mouth-watering bull combo plate. With time to spare, Olivia licked her fingers and got it all down!
Only Olivia and Robinson arrived for the final stunt. Robinson felt Olivia was a big talker who wouldn't be able to pull it off. Olivia was confident that her determination would see her through to the cash. Twelve stories up the side of a building, a narrow window-washing platform awaited. Olivia and Robinson would balance on the platform as it dropped suddenly from floor to floor, pausing only briefly in front of three, spread out Fear Factor flags. Whoever grabbed the most flags before falling would claim the $50,000! Robinson won the coin toss and opted to go first. His plan to move side-to-side and sweep the flags worked initially, but the sudden movement of the platform proved problematic. After snatching five flags, Robinson lost his balance and fell. Olivia felt her surfing experience would help with balance. She took her position on the narrow platform with plans to just grab one center flag, then hang on to one side for the rest of the ride. That system would give her the 6 flags necessary to win. Olivia seemed terrified of the height, but got two flags quickly. Her strategy was smart and literally paid off! Olivia was the new Fear Factor champ!