Six people, six prizes, one volcano. It’s the Chilean Challenge Free Agents Finale – dun dun dun!!!
Last week, we were presented stage 1 of the final challenge, which will be 5 stages long. Stage 1 was a kayak rafting ride down a river. Bananas and Laurel come in first with a time of 40 minutes, Nany and Johnny from Portland come in second with a time of 44 minutes, 53 seconds. Zach and Devyn come in third by a large margain, with a time of 58 minutes, 21 seconds.
Zach has a bad attitude about being behind so much, blaming his partner. “The next two stages could be eating and sleeping and Devyn is probably really good at both of those.” Ugh, shut up Zach! MTV would NEVER have a final challenge include eating and sleeping… well, definitely not sleeping.
Stage 2 is a 10k run up a hill to a puzzle. Laurel and Johnny from Portland (now partners) get the puzzle first. The puzzle is to take 14 cities in the Americas and put them in order from southernmost to northernmost.
The cities are: La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Vancouver, Lima, San Diego, Rosarito, Pucan, Bariloche, Santiago, Oaxaca, San Francisco, Manzanillo, Los Angeles, Portland, and Panama.
Zach and Nany seem to know the least. At one point, Zach declares that Panama is in Florida. Then the two decide that Panama is a country. It’s funny, but also a bit sad.
When you think about how easy the questions were in the trivia challenge episode, this actually challenging geography test is a bit out of no where. What were the producers thinking?
Laurel and Johnny from Portland are struggling, too. Devyn and Bananas catch up and have the best chance to be able to identify these cities. They, however, aren’t too sure so they work on reassembling the puzzle by lining up the pieces so they fit, since it was cut from a tree.
The correct order (from southernmost to northermost) is: Bariloche (Argentina), Pucan (Chile), Santiago (Chile), La Paz (Bolivia), Lima (Peru), Panama (Panama), Oaxaca (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Manzanillo (Mexico). Rosarito (Mexico), San Diego (U.S.), Los Angeles (U.S.), San Francisco (U.S), Portland (U.S), and Vancouver (Canada).
Rosarito and Pucan are pretty small cities. This part of stage 2 is really just mean.
The 30 minute puzzle time limit elapses for Johnny from Portland and Laurel, so they come in 1st with a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes and 54 seconds. Zach and Nany come in 2nd after their time expires, with a time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Bananas and Devyn, actually get the puzzle right, come in 3rd with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 47 seconds.
Laurel has come in first for the first two stages, so she’s feeling pretty good. Nany has come in second for the first two stages, and knows she needs to make up some time. Devyn seems happy just to be completing the challenge.
Stage 3 is a short run to a climb up the face of a mountain. Zach moves slowly because he’s cramping up badly. Laurel is not happy. She’s trying to be encouraging for a while, but she’s clearly frustrated… especially when he says he wants to quit and is going to die.
Bananas sees Zach struggling and is excited. He knows it’s a great opportunity for him to be able to catch up.
The challenge crew help come to check on Zach who thinks he’s going to have a heart attack. Zach is proving to be quite the drama queen!
My friend Garrett said it well, “It was funny to see Zach pull a Lebron!”
Meanwhile, Bananas is impressed by Nany’s ability to keep moving. Nany and Bananas even pass Zach and Laurel, who went first with their 15 minute increment staggered start time. Bananas and Nany clock stage 3 in at 2 hours, 19 minutes and 14 seconds.
Laurel and Zach finally make it, at 2 hours, 39 minutes and 36 seconds. Zach declares, “the only motivation up there was to get the hell away from Laurel.”
Devyn and Johnny from Portland roll up at 2 hours, 52 minutes and 45 seconds.
Onward to the individual portions!
Stage 4 is to ride a stationary bicycle 25 miles. Forget the money, as soon as they’re done, they get dinner and to go to bed. That’s a good prize after the day they’ve had!
Bananas finishes in an incredible time of 61 minutes. Nany gets off the bike and has a mini-meltdown, saying she can’t do it and crying (5 points). Laurel is pleased.
Johnny from Portland finishes in 1 hour, 23 minutes. Zach is not far behind, finishing his bike ride at 1 hour, 31 minutes. Laurel finishes one minute later than Zach.
Nany completes it with the time of 1 hour and 51 minutes. Devyn pushes and finally gets it done at 2 hours and 43 minutes. Long time, but she finishes and that’s the way to do it.
Final stage is the next day. T.J. Lavin wakes them up. All they have to do is climb a volcano.
“There’s no excitement, only sheer terror,” says Laurel.
Officially Unofficial co-analyst Mike Mix was spot on when he said production should have just staggered the start times for the last stage based on how they did in the previous four legs. T.J. could have said before the last leg, “Laurel is ahead by 1(however many) minutes, so she gets to start (however many) minutes before Nany, and whoever gets to the top of the mountain first wins.”
Instead, the cast will climb the volcano, then find out later from T.J. their total time, which is a little anti-climactic.
Johnny from Portland gets to the top first. Bananas is not too far behind him. The Johnnys are happy to be at the top, proud of their accomplishments. Laurel shows up next, with Nany not far behind her.
Zach, achy and moaning, makes it to the top. Devyn is way behind, crying (5 points) over the possibility of not being able to make it.
Obviously, Devyn is not going to win, but she doesn’t get the money if she doesn’t finish. For her, it really was an accomplishment of self.
The six of them then meet up with T.J. to find out the final times.
Devyn comes in 3rd for $15,000, as does Zach. No surprise there. But for the top two, unless you watch with a running tally of the stage times going, seems pretty close.
Drum roll please…
Bananas wins! His 5th challenge victory. He’s a one man Challenge Hall of Fame. Rookie Johnny from Portland comes in 2nd. The ladies, separated by only 9 minutes… Nany is 2nd, Laurel in 1st.
Scoring for the finale can be seen below:
Because WordPress hates me and doesn’t always let me put in excel, a link to the excel file is here:Free Agents Scores – Ep12
Best player performance of the episode: Laurel (105 points)
NOTE: It’s not quite yet time to for this blog to go play golf during the offseason… The Challenge Free Agents season review is coming next week! Stay tuned!!!