The number of teams left in the house is dwindling, and with that being the case the tension is really ratcheting up amongst the cast members. This week’s episode features a challenge that finally involves some electrocution, (after TJ just teased us in that jungle) and the return of the overly dramatic Frank and Jordan we all know and love, so let’s get started.
This week’s episode opens with the further breaking down of the partnership between Diem and Aneesa. Diem is frustrated because Aneesa doesn’t want to spend all her time running the little circuit around the house that everyone seems to enjoy. After their fight Aneesa says she and Diem are rivals more now then when they first arrived in the house. I really want these two to make it to the final just to see what a train wreck it will be.
Seeing as how we just officially hit the half way mark for this season of the challenge, I decided it was time to do an update on the team power rankings.
1. Emily and Paula (Previous ranking: 1)
I’ve been having a hard time trying to come up with a more dominant team in the history of this show. They “kill it” so often that TJ is practically beside himself, and we’re only half way through the season. They’ve only lost one challenge this season, and that was because they decided to just let another team win. I just wish there were some better girls (Rachel, Ev, Laurel) here to help judge how good Emily really is physically, because right now she looks like Michael Jordan playing against a junior high team. I still can’t see anyway this team doesn’t win for the girls, so they’re staying at number one in the rankings.
Opening up this week’s episode of The Challenge: Rivals II, Theresa is still feeling a little miffed by Diem. Theresa still seems to think that Diem should have saved her ass, and not voted for Leroy and Ty after Theresa foolishly voted for them first. This is all causing a lot of tension between the girls in the house, as Theresa and Jasmine are forced to realize they have even fewer friends in the game than they thought. While drama like this is par for the course on this show, the real highlight of this week’s episode was this week’s challenge.
The challenge this week is called “frenemies” and is a trivia game about how well the players know their partners. The players are all asked a series of questions, and their answers have to match the answer their partner gave. If you give a wrong answer you get a strike, after your second wrong answer the teammate that is hanging above the water is dropped, and your team is out of the game. This is a girls elimination week, and there is a lot of pressure on Theresa and Jasmine, who, lucky for them, get to pick this week’s order. Theresa decides to stop playing both sides, and make it clear she is siding with the “rookies,” when she puts Aneesa and Diem and Emily and Paula first. Some of the questions and answers in this game are really classic, and since I’m a nice person, I’m going to share the best response’s with you here.
This week’s episode of The Challenge: Rivals II featured hook ups, hurt feelings, surprise endings, and some of the worst throw away voting in history – in other words basically all the things that make this show great. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover this week, so I’m not going to waste too much time with the set up, let’s get right into it.
This week we pick up with the blossoming romance between Leroy and Theresa that was hinted at towards the end of last week’s episode. (After Knight ruined Leroy’s plans to hook up with Jemmye). Leroy and Theresa are just trying to celebrate the fact that Theresa didn’t get electrocuted in the elimination round with a little coitus, when Wes has to go and ruin their fun. Wes happens to be sleeping underneath them in the bunk beds, and isn’t enjoying their tryst as much as the other cast members who are watching through the windows. Wes thinks this has something to do with the fact that he and Theresa hooked up before on Fresh Meat II, but since Wes is the only person who even remembers that happened, I think he might be reaching a little bit. Ultimately Wes decides he’s had it with Leroy’s disrespectful ways, and decides to move to a different room. (But never fear, Johnny Banana’s helped build a Wes Dummy so he wouldn’t be missed too much).
This week’s episode didn’t quite have the fire power of last week, but we did get one quality fight involving Jemmye’s Ketchup phobia, and we got some other fun moments, so let’s get right into this.
It took her a minute, but Jonna figured out who to sleep with to help get her to the end again this season. With Sarah getting sent home, and Jordan performing well in the challenges, it looks like Jonna saw an opportunity to hook up with a strong guy and she went for it. My favorite part of Jonna and Jordan’s exchange in the club is when Jordan says, “I’m like The Great Gatsby,” and Jonna responds by saying, “what the f*ck does that mean?” (Jonna doesn’t know what The Great Gatsby is Jordan, don’t confuse the girl she just wants to make out).
Last fall during Battle of the Season’s I wrote a post about how much Trishelle seemed to have matured since her season in Vegas (you can read it here). I’m pleased to say that after watching her performance on this season of The Challenge (and later portions of Battle of the Seasons) that I was totally wrong, and the crazy ass Trishelle we all know and love is alive and well. While it was a little sad to see Sarah get sent home early again, I wouldn’t trade a classic old school fight like that for anything, so sorry Sarah but as TJ say’s, “I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again soon.” (Sarah did express some doubts about her return to The Challenge during the after show, but I’d be very surprised to see her sit out more than maybe one season). I’m getting ahead of myself here though, before we can really talk about the fight between Trishelle and Aneesa we need to deal with the earlier drama from the episode, the fight between Knight and Marlon.
It’s finally here! Last night was the premiere of the new season of The Challenge: Rivals II, and while it wasn’t the most exciting premiere episode ever, I still love this show. I wrote a preview earlier detailing how I expect things to play out this season, and based on the first episode I’m pleased to say my predictions are looking pretty solid. (You can read the preview here). But I’m sure there will be some twists I didn’t anticipate, so I’ll stop gloating and start the actual recap of last night’s action.
To kick the episode off we get the typical introduction from TJ where he lets the cast members know what this year’s theme will be, and then pairs the players off into teams of two. I got two of my favorite quotes from the night during this segment, the first coming from Jessica who says during her intro that she and Anastasia will be “team Barbie” and will have to be like “stop, lipstick check.”) I really just like this because it helps validate my feelings that Jessica is the most annoying cast member in history. My second favorite quote of the night comes from Naomi who describes herself by saying, “I’m from New York City, I love shopping, I love brunch.” Fierce competitors always love a good brunch, so I think this is a great sign for her teammate Cooke. The only other real take a ways I have from this opening segment are: 1. Not too many of these people are really acting like rivals, at least right now, and 2. Hey look, Jonna is a hipster now.
Last week the cast for The Challenge: Rivals II was released in an US Weekly exclusive. (Unfortunately for US Weekly the cast list had already been circulating around online, which makes it a pretty standard tabloid exclusive). Despite the fact that this news wasn’t all that exclusive, and the fact that the show doesn’t debut for over a month, (July 10th) I was still super excited when I found out. While my love for The Real World has faded over the years, and blogging this season has taught me that I really may just be getting too old to watch a full season, I still f*cking love the challenges. That being the case, I decided to put together my Rivals 2 season preview a little early. I’m going to assess each team based on their physical game, political game, and team chemistry, and then rank them in order from weakest to strongest. I’ll start with the guys teams.
Team #8: Wes and CT
Physical Game: 9
Political Game: 2
Team Chemistry: 1
Evaluation: Both guys have a history as great physical competitors, even if they did both burn out the last time they had to run a final (Kenny literally carried Wes part way up a mountain on the first season of rivals, and cigarette clogged lungs hampered CT during ex’s). Unfortunately for this team physical is all they’ve really got in this show. All signs point to Johnny Banana’s running the show again this season, and he has never hidden his distaste for either of these guys. I predict they will be picked to go into elimination early and often, and will have to find a way to work together to save themselves. Also, as we saw during the first season of rivals, the teams that did the best were the one’s without any real animosity left between them. Unless these guys made up at some point off camera, they definitely still have bad blood, and should have trouble working together. They are also both chronic DQer’s. who fail to listen to the rules for each game, that fact could prove especially harmful on a show full of people gunning for them. I can see these two winning a few eliminations and sticking around for a while, but it would take a miracle to get these guys into another final.