Jacoby, an Israel native with a very large and bulletproof belt buckle, was up next. He began by wishing Joe a Happy Hanukkah, then took a seat in the living room of hell. Once the water started rising, Jacoby snagged one flag. Soon he was totally underwater and still hadn't found a second flag! In fact, Jacoby came up for air after 45 seconds - with still only flag on his belt. Jacoby later said it was total chaos in the sunken room. Joe wondered if maybe it was because Jacoby hadn't worn his special belt buckle. Jon was confident that he could be Jacoby's one-flag-in-seven-seconds record. Luckily, he got his two flags in less than 30 seconds, because it didn't seem like he would've been able to hold his breath much longer. Matt was looking more and more like the Christmas stud.
For the ladies, Chanelle was up first. She looked like a young Janeane Garofalo, but was obsessed with Angelina Jolie. Obsessed in the sense that she had a tattoo combining her own image with that of Angelina down the middle of her back! She also had a very Tomb Raider-esque bikini; however, Chanelle wouldn't survive two seconds in a crumbling Mayan temple. She only lasted 38 seconds in a flooding living room! With only one flag on her belt, Chanelle quit the stunt and was rescued by safety divers. AJ was up next and only needed two flags to advance. She got the first flag quickly, then seemed to have a plan by heading straight towards the door to the "room." She got the second flag and knew she could quit, so she resurfaced. Sammie, a racecar driving instructor, took her seat in the living room next. Sammie dunked below the water's surface way earlier than she needed to - but it paid off because that's when she found her second flag. AJ and Sammie advanced to day two with Matt and Jon, while the others kissed their Christmas cheer goodbye!
The next night began like something out of a holiday movie. Lots of twinkling lights and festive music set the scene as players arrived at snowy mountain cabin. However, Joe soon explained that the cabin had "gone to the dogs." Players would have three chances to retrieve three gifts one at a time from the main room in the cabin. But, just like Santa, they'd have to avoid the household pet - or pets in this case. Each time they went in for a gift a different attack dog would be released with the sole purpose of stopping the gift thief! The dogs, because I know you're curious, looked like a German shepherd, a Chow-Pit Bull mix and maybe a Lab-Rottweiler mix. I'm no dog expert though, so don't email me about how wrong I am. Once again, Matt was up first. There was a maximum time of 35 seconds allowed per attempt - for the players' own safety. Matt dashed out for the first gift and a dog was literally on his ass within 3 seconds. At 7 seconds, Matt had placed the gift in its appropriate box while yelling "Ow!" The shepherd had really taken a bite out of crime as they say. For the second present, Matt dove towards it, giving the Lab a chance to latch on to his arm. Still, Matt managed to wrestle the present into its proper spot for a total time of 14 seconds. The final dog, Curly, was "140 pounds of solid mean" according to Joe. Matt was already breathing heavily when he dashed to the final present. Curly hit him hard, knocking Matt to the ground. Matt tried to roll away from the dog, towards the box, but Curly knocked the present out of Matt's arms! With time running out, Matt fought the dog for control as the others watched mesmerized. In 33 seconds, 2 seconds shy of the time limit, Matt planted the final gift in the box. His total time: 47 seconds. As on day one, Matt had made the stunt look fairly easy. When he returned to the group, he dropped trou to show the ladies the bite on his butt! Yes, one of those cute pups had drawn blood!
Jon had no clue what he was getting into. The first dog latched onto his arm, but Jon retrieved the first gift in 6 seconds. The second dog also got Jon's arm and messed him up a little bit when he tried to put the present in the box. Final time on the second gift was 10 seconds, putting him behind Matt's score by 2 seconds. If he could make up the time while fighting off Curly, Jon was in the finals. Curly worked his canine magic and had Jon down on his knees in no time. However, Jon managed to crawl to the box and plant the gift in 16 seconds! His final time of 32 seconds meant Matt was out. AJ seemed nervous before the stunt even started. As she dashed to the first present, the first dog latched onto her. You could hear her crying or breathing weird or something as she tried to pick up the first gift. She started to drag the dog with her as she sort of kicked the gift where it need to go, but she fell. This gave the dog plenty of opportunity to tear at her safety suit to his heart's content. AJ never made it back up because time maxed out. Lucky for her (or not), she still had two more attempts. On her second try the dog got the back of her arm and started chomping! This time she dragged the darn dog over to the tree and planted the present anyway! AJ had renewed optimism despite having to face Curly last. She made a dash for the gift and got halfway back with it before Curly knocked her to the ground and started tossing her around like a rag doll! The present flew one way and AJ's arm went another. It was only a few seconds before she yelled, "Quit!" For the first and final gifts, AJ had to take the full 35 seconds towards her final time. That ,plus her time with the second gift, gave her a total of over a minute. Sammie had a tough challenge ahead. Sammie got the first gift before the dog literally flew up at her. It looked like he might get her face, but he got her upper arm instead, bringing her down to the ground. She struggled and managed to plant the package in 18 seconds. Once again, she got the package and was on her back when the next dog attacked. His powerful jaws got her down on the ground, but she was very close to the box she needed to put the gift in. Literally, in the final second of the time limit, Sammie rallied all her strength and got the present where it needed to be. She collapsed, exhausted on the floor as the dog was called off. Sammie and Jon had advanced to the finals.
Despite their bite marks and bruises, Jon and Sammie were in good spirits. Sammie was in even better spirits when she learned the final stunt would involve driving a car. Remember, she teaches racecar driving. The final stunt was Candy Cane Lane gone horribly wrong! Each player had to race a Fear Factor car down a cheerfully decorated street, hitting a launch ramp with the driver's side tires. This would (in a perfect world) cause the car to flip into nearby giant snowmen positioned like bowling pins, knocking them all down. In reality, the person who slid their car the furthest through the snowmen would be the Christmas Fear Factor champ! Jon won the coin toss and chose Sammie to go first. Sammie was giddy with excitement. Once behind the wheel, Sammie gunned it, launched it and smashed it! Once the snow dust settled, you could hear Sammie - upside-down in the crumpled car - laughing. Jon was not laughing. Sammie had gone over 114 feet! Jon gassed the heck out of the car and had a very impressive, spark-filled launch and landing. No one was more surprised than Sammie when his car slid rapidly past her 114-foot mark and into the winner's circle! Jon was the Christmas Fear Factor Champion! As Sammie left in tears, Jon learned that his final distance was just over 127 feet. Let's see Santa's sleigh beat that!