Fear Factor Episode 323
Original airdate: March 10, 2003
This special 90-Minute show was filmed in one night in Las Vegas.
The glitz and excitement of Sin City (a.k.a. Las Vegas, Nevada) added a whole new energy to this special 90-minute Fear Factor. Six players descended upon downtown Vegas, where Joe revealed their first stunt before a roaring crowd of fans. But first, he explained the high stakes of competing in Las Vegas. The player who won the $50,000 prize would have to bet half of it on a single hand of blackjack, as a sort of fourth stunt. If he or she won the bet, they could keep betting half of their total winnings - potentially winning (or losing) millions depending on Lady Luck's mood! While the players wrapped their heads around that concept, Joe explained their first stunt.
High atop the "Fremont Experience" - a promenade covered with a blinding light show and bordered on either side by some of Las Vegas' oldest casinos - three platforms hung from the arched ceiling. Players would get a lift up to the first platform and be handed a knotted rope, also suspended from the lit ceiling above. Each player would have to swing across, grab a second rope and continue on to a second platform. Once there, they would repeat the process to the third and final platform. Those four who made it the farthest, would advance. Cory - an outrageous tattoo artist - was up first. He drew from the crowd's energy and played to them the entire way up to the first platform. Cory failed to gain any momentum as he leapt from the first platform. Consequently, when he finally grabbed the second rope all he could do was hang there - until he dropped down towards the crowd below. Greg, a mellow guy, was offered a bonus thousand bucks if he completed the stunt. Greg employed a two-rope technique that worked well. When he swung out to the second rope, he held on to the first rope and swung back and forth between the two for momentum. Then, he released the first rope and easily swung up to the second platform. He repeated the technique and landed on the third platform, one thousand dollars richer! Greg blew kisses to the cheering onlookers as Tom prepared to go next. Tom learned from Cory's mistakes and Greg's style. He used the two-rope system and made it to the first platform - sending Cory home. When Tom landed on the third platform, he too earned an extra grand. Janelle, a tall blonde from California, was up first for the ladies. She worried that her buff female competitors would have an advantage. She was right. Janelle grabbed the second rope too low and had trouble swinging over to the second platform. She finally made it, but was grasping the lip of the platform with her hands. Unable to hoist herself up, Janelle plunged down towards the crowd. Charisse, who was built like a bodybuilder, was next. She copied Greg's technique and was quickly on the third platform, with an extra thousand dollars in her bank account. Gillian had muscles, but was a bit leaner than Charisse.
Gillian was determined to send Janelle home, but made the same mistakes as Janelle. Without enough momentum off the first platform, Gillian was literally left hanging. She too made it the edge of the second platform, but couldn't get a grip. Since neither Janelle nor Gillian made it up onto the platform, but reached it - there was a tie. All three girls would advance to the next stunt, along with Greg and Tom.
There's no "day two" in Vegas. There's only a Fear Factor all-nighter! So it was off to a high-roller suite at Mandalay Bay for the second stunt of the night. The players sat an ornately set table, complete with linens, china, silver and crystal glasses. Behind them, the Vegas skyline lit up the night. Joe sat at the head of the table, in front of a custom-made slot machine. Players would each get one pull on the "one-armed bandit". Three Fear Factor logos equaled the "jackpot", no icky things to eat! The other options: Cow eyes, sheep's eyes and fish eyes. One symbol meant eating a pair of eyes, not just one! Charisse tried her luck first and got a cow eye, a sheep's eye and a fish eye. That meant six eyes total! She didn't flinch or gag once, but when the cow eye squirted mucous towards Joe - he flinched! On the second cow eye, Charisse had trouble biting into it. She had to take it out of her mouth and tear it apart with her hands! Finally she was done and had earned a shot at the final stunt. Gillian, a former vegetarian was next. She also landed on eyes for each animal. She popped the cow eye in first and everyone could her the "pop" sound as she bit down into it. By the sixth eyeball, Gillian was heaving, but she managed to keep it all down and advance to the final stunt. Greg also snarfed down six eyes, despite some additional mucous squirting. Tom landed on two cow eyes and a sheep's eye. That meant four cow eyes total, plus two sheep's eyes! Blecch. As a med student, Tom had actually dissected a cow's eye - so he knew the amount of black, gooey fluid that lived inside each eye. He pretended to be on the verge of throwing up, just to freak out Gillian. She bolted from the table as he heaved her direction. Finally, it was Janelle's turn. Would her luck hold out? She landed on one Fear Factor logo, a fish eye and a sheep's eye! No cow eye for her! When some gooey sheep eye liquid spilled out of her mouth and onto the plate - Joe made her scoop it up and eat it again! Other than that, Janelle had no trouble joining the others for the final stunt.
Joe and the players jetted from Mandalay Bay down the strip to the pyramid-shaped Luxor hotel. What a night! The final stunt was incredible. After climbing out a window on the 29th floor - near the pointy top of the pyramid - players would slide down the side of the hotel between two rows of Fear Factor flags. Traveling 25 feet per second, whoever could grab and hold onto the most flags would win the $50,000 - only to immediately bet half of it on a single hand of blackjack. While the others waited at the based of the pyramid, Greg went upstairs to don a special low-friction suit. Soon he emerged in a yellow outfit that seemed perfect for Olympic luge events. He slid out onto the side of the hotel - with all of Vegas sprawled out and twinkling in front of him like a desert oasis. He started out on his butt, but as speed picked up he bounced from side to side, desperately clawing at flags. In the end, he had managed to hang onto 8 flags. Would that be enough? Janelle was next.
Whether it was nerves, or a stomach full of eyeballs, Janelle threw up before slipping into her low-friction getup. During her high-speed slide, she knocked many of the flags off, but couldn't get a grip on them. Her final total of three sent Janelle home a Fear Factor loser. Tom was next. He held on to a lot of flags, but somewhere in the middle of his slide he dropped most of them. It was a bumpy ride down! Tom's tally of seven had Greg that much closer to the winner's seat. Charisse and Gillian both scoffed at the others inability to hold onto their flags. However, neither woman could top Greg's efforts. Greg was the new Fear Factor champ, but the night wasn't over yet. Joe and Greg whisked back to Mandalay Bay where a friendly blackjack dealer awaited amid a curious crowd of onlookers. She quickly turned Greg's winnings into two stacks of chips, worth $25,000 each. Greg pushed one of the stacks onto the line as the dealer dealt the cards. The dealer showed an Ace. Greg, a Jack. The dealer flipped her second card, a deuce. Greg, an eight. Greg held at eighteen, while the dealer dealt herself a nine, then a six. Eighteen. A push! Greg's nerves were shot as another hand was dealt. Even Joe seemed nervous. The dealer showed a Queen, while Greg had a seven. Not good. Greg revealed a Jack, leaving him with seventeen. Everyone waited on edge as the dealer flipped her remaining card - it would either cost Greg $25,000 or earn him an extra $25,000 and the chance to keep betting! She flipped another Queen - meaning Greg had lost! He still had the title of newest Fear Factor champion.