I hope Paula is Laughing Somewhere (The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II Episode 10 Recap)

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This week’s episode featured the exit of one of the top teams in the game, one of the scariest challenges in series history, and the biggest power move by a female player in challenge history.  As opposed to The Real World, which is still in limbo, The Challenge has been renewed for another season.  I take this as great news, The Challenge entertains me week after week unlike any other show, that being said, let’s get into this week’s episode.

The week’s episode opened with the remnants of Hurricane Nia blowing through the nomination ceremony.  Leroy finally calmed Nia down enough so that Sarah and Jordan could confirm they were still being sent in, and then it was time to head to the dome.

The week’s dome brought back a classic elimination challenge, “hall brawl,” the object of this game is to run down a narrow hallway, fight your way past your opponent and tag your partner at the opposite end, the partners then run back down the hallway, and the first time to ring their bell wins the round.  The winner is the team to take the best two out of three matches.  The no longer “roided-up” Wes is at a significant disadvantage against the much bigger Leroy, and clearly Wes knows this, as he dives at Leroy’s shins to avoid contact, rather than taking a big hit in the hallway.  Wes’s strategy does not pay off, and after (maybe) faking an injured neck, he and Theresa are quickly eliminated 2-0.  Following their elimination, Theresa whines and cries about how it isn’t fair she’s going home.  This is basically all Theresa has done since Banana’s and Nany got back into the house, further proving why she is one of the least enjoyable people to watch on these shows.

Following the elimination of another team it’s time to head out to this week’s challenge.  This episode featured the first ever night challenge, and it looked terrifying.  The competitors had to descend a series of five ropes while hanging from the edge of a 50 story building that overlooks a busy highway.  The goal is to get to the bottom of the fifth rope in the fastest time, or to be the team that makes it the furthest in the fastest time.  Leroy is the only player who makes it all the way to the bottom of the fifth rope, unfortunately Nia only gets to the second rope, and his effort is all for not as the team finishes in last place.  The top two team are Sarah and Jordan, and the biggest underdogs since Villanova in the 1985 championship game, Jay and Jenna.  Sarah and Jordan end up earning the victory and are tasked with deciding who will be facing Leroy and Nia in the final elimination round.  Sarah has been squarely in Banana’s camp all season, and everyone is assuming that Jay and Jenna’s luck has finally run out and that they will be heading to the dome.  However, Sarah, long known for being one of the nicest people in the house, pulls one of the biggest power moves in series history and puts in Banana’s and Nany.  Banana’s is shocked, and can’t believe Sarah would pull a dirty move like this and throw him in.  I’ve got to say, even though he’s been a kinder, gentler Banana’s in recent years, and I’ve come to like him a lot more, this still felt like poetic justice.  Banana’s has been behind many underhanded moves, most notably on The Island, when he and Kenny were leaders of a team that chose Ev (their enemy the entire season) to be in their boat over Paula, who they had previously promised to take.  I’d like to think that even though their friendship has mended, somewhere Paula, and all the other people Banana’s has screwed over the years were laughing when this turn of events played out.  Sarah has said all season that she wants the money, and is no longer playing as “the nice girl,” and she proved it this week.  This wasn’t the nice move, but it was clearly the smart move.  It would be crazy to not want Jay and Jenna in the final, and despite their protests the other teams would have done the same thing if they had won this challenge.  The only real victim of this move was Sarah’s credibility with the other challengers, but based on the fact that she recently got married, and that she’s up to her 9th challenge, it seems like Sarah may be reaching series retirement age, so I doubt she’s too worried about it.

That’s all I’ve got for this week.  I’m looking forward to seeing if Leroy and Nia can eliminate Team Banany from the game for the second time this season, and if Sarah can finally defeat her biggest challenge opponent: distance running.  I’m also really looking forward to Jay and Jenna in a final, I’m anticipating time running out on a lot of puzzles.  Check out my recap of The Real World Skeletons finale, and I’ll see you next week to recap all the challenge action.

Thoughts/Questions/Comments:  Feel free to contact me via email: SHMcG223@gmail.com or on Twitter: @NoOneGoesToClev

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