Fear Factor 100th Episode
Original Airdate: 11/8/04
by Fearless Frankie
In celebration of the show's 100th episode, Fear Factor went where it's never gone before: New York City! Joe greeted the six eager contestants with great news. In honor of the 100th celebration, the total cash available to win was upped to $100,000! The new Fear Factor 100th champ would choose one of five Capital One credit cards, with values ranging from $60,000 to $100,000. The card value he or she chose would be the total cash prize the champ would win! With that good news delivered, Joe revealed the first stunt.
The Roosevelt Island Tram traveled high above the city, across the east river and in full view of the players. Across the undercarriage of the large tram were 9 flags attached to a cargo net. Each player would have to hang underneath the tram releasing flags as the tram moved. The players that released all the flags, then dropped from the tram the fastest, would advance. Mark, a beefy med student, was up first. Mark climbed out via the cargo net and used his arms to criss-cross the net like it was monkey bars at a playground. After the first few flags, he moved his bare feet up onto the net to use an upside-down crawl technique. It must've been strenuous, because after the 5th flag, his feet dropped. Moments later, Mark let go. He got 5 flags in a final time of 1:06.4. Patrick, a New York native and big talker, was next.
All Patrick needed was six flags to advance. He was sure that his home court advantage would help him ace the task. Patrick used both his hands and feet to navigate the cargo net. While moving from the fourth flag to the fifth, Patrick lost his footing. He struggled to hang on and eventually found the strength to pull his feet back up onto the net. He released his fifth flag soon after. Once the sixth flag dropped, so did Patrick. His final time was 1:32.6. Tim only had to beat Mark's record to advance. The others didn't think Tim had the strength to do it - and they were right. While attempting to grab his third flag, Tim lost his grip and plunged from the tram.
Elizabeth, in a fetching purple sweatsuit, was up first for the ladies. Her strategy was to stay focused. Her first challenge was getting out of the tram and underneath it, which she handled with no problem. She got three flags quickly. The others were amazed at her speed. Once she had released six flags, Elizabeth decided to let go. Her final time: 1:19.3. Kelli knew she had to get seven flags. But could she do it? She was slow and steady while she released the first three flags, but appeared to be growing weary. After her fourth flag, Kelli slipped from the net for a final time of 1:19.7. Elizabeth was definitely on to round two, while Nicole had to beat Kelli's time in order to advance. As Nicole's tram whisked along the Manhattan skyline, several men in nearby office buildings threw her the thumbs up sign! One even spelled out "Good Luck" on his office window with paperwork. I hope they don't work for Donald Trump or they're in big trouble!
It seemed a lot windier for Nicole than it had for the others, which only added to the stunt's degree of difficulty. Nicole got four flags in plenty of time to beat Kelli, but kept going. While releasing the sixth flag, she slipped and fell - screaming all the way. Kelli said goodbye, while the others got psyched for day two in the Big Apple.
The players arrived on a rainy evening to the neon jungle that is Times Square. The Fear Factor logo blazed on the JumboTron behind them as they met Joe at a vendor cart. We've all seen the traditional street vendor hot dog cart, right? Well, this one had a Fear Factor logo plastered on it which couldn't mean anything but "disgusting food item." While curious onlookers craned for a view, Joe stood in front of blender and revealed the stunt. He pulled out a giant, dead, decapitated rat, threw it in the blender with some "rat broth" and blended the entire concoction to bits. While the blender crunched little rat bones and mixed up rat juice, the players looked on in horror. There was no other part of the stunt. The men and women would compete in head-to-head competition over who could drink down the disgusting batch the fastest. The one man and one woman who won their respective heats would advance to the finals. The girls went first. Elizabeth looked wary, while Nicole was excited to drink her "protein" shake. The crowd cheered while the girls used spoons to drink the rat soup from a small bowl. Surprisingly, Elizabeth used her animal instincts to chow down the chunky rat very quickly. Nicole somehow managed to catch up. It came down to an almost photo finish, with Nicole narrowly beating Elizabeth. Upon hearing the news, Elizabeth promptly puked. She later said the mixture was hairy and gritty and gross. Now it was time to separate the men from the boys. Patrick and Mark stepped up to the plate, so to speak. Seriously, I've seen every Fear Factor episode and something about the sound of crunching rat in a blender almost made ME puke. Mark started out strong, but slowed at the first taste of hairy rat. That was the small window of opportunity that Patrick needed to barely beat Mark. Patrick and Nicole were off to the finals, and the chance to win $100,000!
The Statue of Liberty appropriately set the backdrop for the final New York stunt. Two helicopters supported a long clear "wall" decorated with several Fear Factor flags. Players would navigate a two-inch lip around the wall to release the flags, before dropping into the water below. The person with the fastest time would be the New York Fear Factor Champ! A coin toss determined that Patrick got to decide who went first and he chose Nicole. Nicole, who had not stopped smiling in three days, said she would use her winnings to continue her hobby of restoring classic cars with her husband. It was cold and windy as Nicole took her spot along the narrow ledge. The helicopters got into position and Nicole began collecting flags, fastening them to her safety vest. Once she cleared one side of the wall, she had to navigate around the corner and return back the other way. Nicole seemed to have no trouble completing the task. Her final time for gathering all flags: 1:14.1. Excellent job, Nicole! Not one faltering move!
Patrick was pumped to win as he got into position. The weather turned windier and rainier by the time Patrick got airborne. He knew that if he dropped even one flag, Nicole would win. Sure enough, before even making it to one end of the wall, Patrick dropped a flag! Nicole had won! She cried tears of joy…but the fun was just beginning. Next, she chose one of the five Capitol One cards to find out how much money she'd be taking home. She picked a card and peeled a sticker off to reveal its value: $80,000! Congratulations to Fear Factor's 100th champion!