Fabiola had just as hard a time getting started as Melanie did. Her first leap wasn’t much of a leap at all. Fabiola got her speed up but couldn’t quite grasp any flags on the first pass. On the second pass, she threw herself into it and managed to claim three flags. Malia predicted she’d get four flags in under a minute. She managed to snag one flag on the first pass, giving her a slight advantage. On the second pass, Malia got two more flags. Her quick time earned her a fast grand. Carl was up first for the guys. His height and long reach seemed to be a total advantage. He quickly snagged three flags on the first pass. For the second pass, he grabbed three more! Jason, a blonde, was up next. On his third try, he got one flag. Then he missed the rest on the first pass. On the second pass, he grabbed a second and third flag. Dave, a tattooed war vet, was next. He had to get three flags in less than 1:16. Dave was speedy and easily beat Jason’s record. In fact, he grabbed five flags. Once again, the brunettes had triumphed.
On day two, the players strolled down a sunny Los Angeles street and right into a donut shop. Joe was waiting with a less than delicious treat. One donut looked potentially jelly filled, but was actually filled with pig’s blood. Another contained rotten squid and squid ink. The third delectable variety had live stink beetles baked inside. And the fourth, non-glazed, non-sprinkled donut was filled with live, squirming worms. And what better to wash down Fear Factor donuts with than curdled milk? Players had to select two donuts from the donut case. If they were lucky they’d get at least one of the five real jelly donuts hidden among the Fear Factor variety. Everyone who finished his or her five donuts and milk would move on to the final round. Malia was up first and carefully selected her two donuts. She had ten minutes to finish her snack. The first bite revealed rotten squid. After five minutes, Malia hadn’t even finished one donut. She was sweating and gagging and trying – but she was just going too slowly. Time ran out and Malia hit the street clutching the Fear Factor chuck bucket. Fabiola was up next. Joe told her that she had a two in a 142 chance of getting a jelly donut. Fabiola started with the rotten milk, plugging her nose and taking a big swig. On her first bite of donut she bit the head off of a stink beetle. Now free from their pastry prison, the beetles started escaping – scattering across the plate and table! Fabiola had to make sure none of them got away or she’d fail the stunt. As time ticked away, Fabiola decided to quit. She said her mind was ready to do it, but her body wasn’t.
Dave didn’t seem 100 percent confident, but chose his two donuts anyway. Sadly, he didn’t bite into a sugary, jelly filled treat. Instead, he got a Krueller full of crawlers. Dave choked down the worms. Dave couldn’t even get the first bite down before quitting! Wow, Fear Factor definitely still has the ability to freak people out. Now, here was the deal. Carl was the only guy left. If he was the only person to finish the stunt he’d win $25,000. Then everyone would come back and compete for the rest of the cash in a final stunt. Carl’s first donut looked like it was filled with jelly, but it was really pig’s blood. Joe told Carl he was like (the Wesley Snipe’s character) Blade and that seemed to motivate Carl. He finished the bloody donut and found beetles in his second one. Carl beat the beetles and was eating his way closer to $25,000. Now all he had to do was suck down the rotten milk. Um, no problem. Carl was a milk machine! He easily snagged half the Fear Factor prize money. And the other lucky losers got to come back and try for the rest of it.
The final stunt was a suspended flag transfer. Players had to transfer flags while carefully crossing a series of beams that were six, 12 and 18 inches wide. Once they crossed a beam it fell away, limiting their choices as the stunt progressed. The beams were over 100 feet above ground, just to add to the thrills. Carl had the privilege of picking the order and chose Dave to go first. Dave was nimble, Dave was quick, Dave finished without a trick. Final time 1:04. Fabiola was up next. I was amazed that up to this point Joe had resisted calling her “Fabio.” She said she had good balance. She grabbed the first flag, took three steps and plunged off the beam. So much for balance! Her chance was over before he had even begun. Malia was up next and was channeling the Aloha Spirit for strength. She was shaky on the six-inch beams, but planted the first flag without falling. Knowing she had to pick up the pace, Malia ran across the beam to plant the final flag. Still, her final time of 1:16 wasn’t enough to send Dave home. Malia was out. Carl was ready to collect the rest of his money. Dave was hoping that Carl’s height would make it harder for him to balance. Carl moved very slowly on the first, narrow beam. After placing the first flag, Carl picked up the pace every so slightly. Would it be enough to beat Dave? Carl’s final time: 1:03. He beat Dave by ONE SECOND. Carl was the newest Fear Factor champ.