Meghan & James (dating), Adam & Meg (dating) and Todd & Rachael (engaged) raced first. The guys lay on their backs, got strapped in and took hold of the rope. The ladies lay on their bellies and took hold of the other end of the rope. The buggies immediately kicked up huge clouds of sand, blanketing the teams they rode roughshod along the beach. Todd and Rachael let go first, while the other two teams made it to the finish line in tact. Melissa & Jim (dating), Tommie & Gina (married 9 years!) and Jen & Ty (married 4 years) were next. Close to the finish line, Jen lost her grip. But did they travel farther than Todd and Rachael? After some measuring, it was determined that Rachael and Todd held on longer, so Jen & Ty were possibly out. The final three couples were Jackson & Monica (engaged), David & Simone (married 2 years) and Nafisah & Gichi (engaged). The final heat began as the sun was starting to set. All three couples held on until the finish line, which meant Jen & Ty were definitely out.
The next day, the remaining eight couples regrouped in some appropriately creepy location to face their next stunt. One member of each couple would have a Plexiglas crate placed over their head and remain calm while their mate filled the crate with earthworms, using only their mouths. The couples competed two at a time, but no one would be eliminated. Instead, the couple completing the stunt the fastest would win a 22-day "travel experience" to Africa, courtesy of STA Travel. Melissa & Jim competed against Simone & David first. Simone and Melissa decided to put their heads in the boxes, while their men transferred worms with their mouths. The gals locked lips with a breathing tube, since they would soon be completely covered in slimy worms. Meanwhile, the guys locked lips with those slimy worms and began to cover their mates. The girls' heads slowly disappeared under brown gook and squirming worms. The others watched, horrified, knowing they'd be next. Jim finished in 1:58, knocking Simone and David out of Africa contention. Tommie & Gina were up against Adam & Meg. Once again, the ladies went for the box and not the mouthfuls of worms. Adam had big gulps, while Tommie was taking a sip. Adam's final time, 1:50, was enough to push Jim & Melissa out of the running. Todd & Rachael faced off against Nafisah & Gichi. One of them would have to beat Adam & Meg's time to win the trip. With the women in the box, the men started chowing on worms. Todd worked quickly, but his final time of 1:54 wasn't enough. It was down to Meghan & James or Jackson & Monica to beat Adam & Meg.
As with the previous couples, the ladies chose the box and the men got
the worms. James and Jackson gave it their all. James kept missing the box, while Jackson was trying not to gag. Jackson was fast, but lost by one second! Adam & Meg were headed to safari.
The final day, the eight couples arrived lakeside. A water stunt was in their near futures. One member of the duo would drop into the lake from a helicopter skid. They would swim to meet their mate, waiting nearby in a kayak. The mate would then paddle them both to shore, where the couple would grab awaiting Fear Factor flags. The couple with the slowest time would be eliminated. The couple with the fastest time would win $10,000. The first two couples were Jackson & Monica vs. Nafisah & Gichi. Monica and Nafisah both dropped into the water from the helicopter. Monica was the better swimmer and reached Jackson fairly quickly. She climbed aboard the kayak and Jackson towed them in, swimming while clutching a rope tethered to the kayak. They were halfway to shore by the time Nafisah reached Gichi and their kayak. Monica & Jackson, arrived exhausted and claimed their flags in 5:36. Nafisah and Gichi finally made it in 9:09. If anyone beat their time, they'd be heading home. If nobody beat Jackson & Monica's time, they'd win $10,000! Todd & Rachael were up against Meghan & James. Once again, the girls chose the chopper drop while the guys waited to tow them to shore. Meghan and Rachael were neck and neck, but the wake from the chopper blades made swimming difficult. Both girls reached the kayaks and their mates at about the same time. Ultimately, Todd & Rachael reached shore first with a time of 5:58. Meghan & James were close behind with a final time of 6:42. Jackson & Monica were still in the lead! Gina & Tommie and Adam & Meg hit it next. Gina dropped into the lake really early, while Meg waited to avoid extra swimming. The clock didn't start until both swimmers were in the water, so Gina wasted a lot of energy. Meg was in the kayak in 2 minutes. Adam started swimming. Tommie, however, was a strong swimmer and was quickly making up for lost time. Adam & Meg's final time was 5:06! Tommie & Gina finally made it ashore with a final time of 6:19. So, Jackson & Monica were out of first and Nafisah & Gichi were still close to be eliminated. The final heat was between Simone & David and Jim & Melissa. Melissa and Simone dropped into the lake and swam to the kayaks. Jim took the lead and made it to shore first. Their final time of 4:45 was enough to steal $10,000 away from Meg & Adam. Simone & David's final time of 5:38 sent Nafisah & Gichi home.