"Oh the weather outside's delightful, but the treats inside are frightful!" Players arrived under light snowfall to an inviting cabin. Once they were in from the cold, they learned what "treats" awaited them. Actually, it was a traditional holiday gift exchange with a Fear Factor twist. In the brightly wrapped boxes underneath the sparkling tree were some of the most disgusting things in FF history. One player would choose a box and reveal its edible contents. The next player could either "steal" whatever the first player chose or get something of their own…and so on until everyone had a "treat." Selena was first and unwrapped a cod egg sack covered in ants. Yummy! Julian could either steal Selena's gift or choose his own. Julian stepped up and actually took Selena's icky cod. Selena chose a new gift, which contained a live worm sausage (i.e.: sausage casing stuffed with live red worms, earthworms and super worms). Daren decided to steal the sausage, so once again Selena sifted through the gifts under the tree. This time, she unwrapped a jar filled with six rotten squid covered in live flies. Would Brian steal or get his own gift? Surprisingly, Brian stole Julian's ant-covered cod sack. Julian had to retrieve the final gift from under the tree. Under the paper and bow were live dragonflies! Dinnertime!
Selena couldn't even bare to touch her rotten squid. Joe dumped it onto a plate as everyone covered their noses. Selena quit on the spot. Julian grabbed his first dragonfly and chowed down as the little critter frantically batted its wings. He only had twenty minutes to get all five down, and managed to do it. Next up, Daren's worm-filled sausage. You could hear the crunching as Daren took his first bite. He asked for the Fear Factor "chuck bucket" soon after, but didn't use it. As time ticked by, Daren decided to dissect the sausage and fish out the worms instead of eating like an actual sausage. He managed to keep everything down and advance to the finals. Ant-covered cod sack was next for Brian. It might as well have been a Subway sandwich the way Brian made it look. He was a bit gaggy at the end and his cavalier attitude worked against him. He had one minute to gag it all down and was still chewing when time ran out. He was more than a little upset and surely made Santa's "naughty" list with his bleeped out comments.
"Players scream, are you listening? All around, snow is glistening. A fiery sight, in the finals tonight. Fear Factor's winter wonderland." Daren and Julian watched from a snowy bank as a lake became engulfed in flames and Joe explained their final stunt. They would each have to brave the flames to dive below the frigid water and release five huge holiday ornaments dangling below the surface. The guy with the fastest time would win. Daren donned goggles and dove into the flames. After releasing the first ornament he resurfaced for air. This technique was eating up time. Finally, he had released all ornaments and surfaced with a final time of 2:46. Daren was exhausted and barely made it out of the water. Julian knew what he had to do. Julian snagged two ornaments before coming up for air. Then it was back down for number three. He tried to swim on his back to save energy, but it was wasting time. Ultimately, he couldn't go back down for the final two ornaments because he was so exhausted. Daren had won! He dropped and made a snow angel to celebrate.