Original Airdate: 10/11/04
by Fearless Frankie
Dump Trucks. Bulldozers. Backhoes. Would these six new contestants have to navigate a construction zone for their first challenge? If only it were that simple, my Fear Factor friends. No, these players would have to navigate a rigging system and climb out onto two separate poles and release flags. The catch was that the entire rig was ON TOP OF a 90-ton dump truck that would be in motion the entire time. Now, when I say dump truck, don't think little. Thing big. The TIRE was twice the size of Joe. Blonde model Lauren was up first. Now what have learned over the years? Blonde girls are just as tough as brunettes (unless they are twins, and then it's not always the case). Lauren started by sitting at the edge of the platform, atop the dump truck, sort of straddling the edge of the first pole. The pole extended out in front of the dump truck - so if you fell, you could theoretically be crushed under the mammoth tires of the truck. Of course, that would never happen because the stunts are all safe - but see, it's the possibility of death that adds the "fear factor." Lauren slid out onto the pole, quickly turned upside down and in less than 20 seconds she fell. Lauren was out. What was that I was saying about blondes…
Holley, a professional acrobat, was up next. Obviously being an acrobat was an advantage in a stunt like this. Holley was out at the end of that pole in no time. Then she scurried over to the second pole and repeated the speedy process. Her final time to release all the flags was 1:02. Not surprisingly, Tamica, a cheerleader for the New Orleans' Saints, was enthusiastic about her turn. She used Holley's technique to navigate the poles and used her own strength to best Holley's time. Her final time 40.7 seconds! Even the guys were impressed. William, a professional sword fighter, started things off for the guys. May I digress for a moment…an acrobat, a cheerleader and a sword fighter? Where do they find these people? Okay, back to William. He launched out onto the pole and reached the first flag quickly, but had trouble releasing it. Same story with the second pole. Nonetheless, his final time was 45.3, BUT since he ripped the last flag off instead of unclasping it he was given a 10 second penalty. Albert only had to beat 55.3 seconds to advance. Alas, Albert struggled on the first pole, almost falling a few times. Then he got hooked up on the pole trying to get back up on the platform and it looked like he wouldn't make it. Albert had gumption though and stuck with it. It was clear he wouldn't beat William's time, but he did finish the stunt in a minute and 35 seconds. If Jason beat that time, he was on to day two and Albert was back to his mom's house. Jason started out strong but fumbled releasing the first of the three flags. Suddenly, Albert's time wasn't looking so beatable. Jason finally got it together and snagged the second flag and the final flag, but it wasn't fast enough. His final time: 1:37. Albert was spared by two seconds - and Jason was out!
A pristine stretch of California beach greeted the four remaining competitors on day two. What could this innocent beach have to offer? Well, let me tell you, it was like Baywatch gone bad. After freeing themselves from shackles on the hot sand, contestants had to run into the cold surf and retrieve a floating treasure chest. With the treasure chest in tow, it was back to the beach where they would then have to EAT the contents of the treasure chest. The "treasure" being seven live sand crabs! Albert, who lucked out on day one, was up first. Albert stripped to his trunks, laid down face up on the sand and was shackled to a pole. Only by spinning around and around in the sand could Albert loosen the screw that held the shackle to the pole. This was a lot harder than it sounded! Albert looked like breaded fish by the time he was done. Then, dizzy Albert stumbled toward the surf to catch his lunch. The other three players mocked Albert's lack of water skills as he struggled to paddle past the beach break. In fact, after one particularly tough slam by a wave, Albert signaled that he was quitting. For the remaining three players, this meant that time was no longer an issue. All they had to do was complete the stunt to advance to the finals; however, Joe reminded them that the person with the fastest time would get to pick the order for the final stunt.
Armed with this knowledge, Tamica got strapped in on the sand. After rolling around for over a minute, she freed herself from the beach shackles. She swam out to the buoy and treasure chest quickly, but then had to figure out which of four keys would free the chest. Keep in mind that spinning around on the sand was tiring, not to mention paddling out to the buoy and treading water while undoing the chest! Tamica slowly made her way back up the beach to begin her feast of sand crabs. The salty, squirming treats did not want to be eaten - one bit Tamica while she chewed! Wet, tired and in need of a beverage, Tamica finished in eight minutes and 53.6 seconds.
William, wearing what looked like Calvin Klein boxer-briefs and not a swimsuit, spun like a crazy man to free himself. He had trouble running straight, but couldn't miss the big ocean in front of him. Once at the treasure chest, it took him over two minutes to figure out how to free the thing! Weary, but undeterred, William returned to shore to enjoy his snack. He gagged on the first crab, spitting it out onto the sand. So, of course he had to pick it up and eat it anyway! His final time: 8:43.6. He had narrowly beat Tamica! Next, Holley spun quicker than the others and was out of the shackles in less than a minute; however, Holley was not a good swimmer. In fact, the poor girl had to dogpaddle! But, she was smart enough to use the buoy to steady her while she freed the chest. She was back on shore in less time than it took the others to get the chest. Holley kept up her amazing pace, scarfing down those sand crabs for a final time of 6:50! Because of Holley's fast time, she got to choose the order for the final stunt.
The final stunt was like something out of a science-fiction movie, where car-eating giants rule the earth. Picture a full-size car on a barbecue spit, like a pig roasting over coals. And the car, rotating over water, is "marinated" in 16 Fear Factor flags. Players had to navigate the spinning car while plucking as many flags as possible before sailing into the sea below. Holley chose Tamica to go first and she started perched on the roof of the Fear Factor car. The car began to spin and Tamica went into log-roller mode, but didn't stay up past the first rotation. It seemed like she didn't grasp the concept of climbing over the car as it rotated in order to get more flags. With only eight flags, Tamica took the plunge. William - or Tarzan as Joe was calling him - was next. William went ape (so to speak) and stayed on the car for more than a few rotations. He finally slipped off when the spinning sped up - but only after snagging 15 flags! But remember, Holley is a professional acrobat. She did a valiant job of navigating the car - until it sped up. One flag shy of tying William, Holley slipped off and let $50,000 slip through her fingertips and into William's!