This week’s episode of The Challenge features swinging, a new power couple, a three-peat and fantasy points from 6 categories!
SEASON 26 EP 4 (321st episode in the series)
Title: Crazy Stupid Love (In case you forgot that this is Battle of the Exes 2 – they’re all exes but they have to work together!!!)
Episode starts where last one left off, at the bar with shots being poured and Brittany and Adam making out (5 points each) and dry humping on the dance floor.
Zach and Jenna kiss (5 points each) in front of Jay and Jonna, who kiss in rebuttal (5 points each). As Jemmye says, this is a swingers club.
Nany talks to Jonna, who definitely has feelings about her definite ex, about how Nany maybe still has feelings for Bananas, a guy she maybe hooked up with years ago that no one ever talked about until this season. Remember that Nany and Bananas were both on last season’s Free Agents and this was never a conversation ever. Nany tries to make it seem like because this is exes and they’re on a team that it’s different. Not buying this at all.
On the topic of not happening occurrences, in her interview, Jemmye responds to an assumed question of if something happened on the bus ride back from the bar with Leroy. Jemmye, clearly wasted, seems to just have fallen asleep on his lap. But if MTV can try to make it more, they will. Good try, editors!
The next morning, Adam is gloating about how much Brittany is into him. Because the house is like a 7th grade hall between classes, Brittany finds out from Sarah immediately that Adam was talking about Brittany (because they asked him what was up), which leads to a quick verbal fight between Brittany and Adam/Adam’s ego (5 points each).
Onto the challenge! The Brush Off.
The way it works is the girls jump into a pool of paint, run up a cargo net and meet the boys, where they will have to transfer paint from their bodies to their partners. The guys will then jump onto a hanging canvas (looks like a punching bag) and fill in as many boxes as possible.
Last episode’s power couple Sarah and Jordan choose which pairs go in heat 1 and which get the advantage of watching and forming a strategy, going in heat 2.
Heat 1 is Leroy & Nia, Jay & Jenna, Brittany & Adam, Wes & Theresa and Knight & Jemmye.
Jenna seems to have a nice strategy of getting a lot of paint in her long hair and squeezing it out on Jay… though they are also putting paint on Jay’s back, which doesn’t seem to be very helpful. Averey notes this from the sidelines (advantage heat 2). Nia also seems to be doing alright, as she’s resigned herself to the humping strategy for paint exchange.
Jemmye has paint in her eyes. Knight falls off the canvas when he jumps on it. Wes and Theresa seem to also be struggling… looks like they are working with less paint than anyone else somehow.
Heat 2 teams seem to be doing much better. Sarah decides to stand over Jordan, wiping paint down on him, letting gravity and the drip factor work towards their advantage.
Jonna, looking to get some respect from Zach and prove to herself that she’s a worthy competitor, turns it up. She’s running back and forth pretty quickly.
T.J. gathers everyone around and makes it rain fantasy points! He says there were two teams that “killed it” – Sarah & Jordan and Zach & Jonna (10 points each). One team was the only team that filled in every box, winners of the challenge Zach & Jonna (15 points each).
The two worst teams: Wes & Theresa and Knight & Jemmye. Knight & Jemmye did the worst, though… straight to the dome for them.
As power couple, Zach & Jonna don’t know what to do really, so they call over buddies Knight & Jemmye to see who they want.
Knight is like, F it, gimme Bananas. But that’s not a good idea to Zach.
Jonna clarifies that they don’t wanna ruffle feathers so it should be one of the two rookie teams. Knight knows Zach doesn’t want his make out friend Jenna to go home, and says, “whoever you send in, I’m planning on coming back.” Good old optimism.
Zach & Jonna then call over Jay & Jenna to be sure that if Zach & Jonna spare Jay & Jenna, Jay & Jenna would return the favor (like they’d ever be in the power couple position, but okay).
Alone for the first time in a long time, Zach apologizes to Jonna for disappearing on her and the fact that they are and maybe can talk seems nice and productive and adult and stuff. Aw, so sweet.
Meanwhile, with Wes’ encouragement, Adam does some stripper moves for Nia, Averey, Jemmye and Jonna because, “maybe if I rub my d*** around her face, she won’t send me in.” Adam is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year.
But he doesn’t take his shorts off, so no nudity points.
Later (or earlier, it’s unclear), Adam talks to Jonna about how, ya know, he’s been in twice already and there are other rookies, so cut him some slack maybe? When will it end?
This appeals to Jonna, who was treated like rookie when she was a rookie.
Adam steps up his game a little, identifying that Zach makes the decisions and Zach is with Jenna.
Jonna approaches Zach to say Jay & Jenna should go in because if Brittany & Adam come back, they’ll go after them. Zach shuts this idea down, citing “statistics” which is what he calls, “I like Jenna’s ass.”
Zach & Jonna vote in Brittany & Adam. T.J. asks Jonna why and she is stuck being like, “based on the statistics of… umm, Zach?” Zach tries to say that Brittany & Adam aren’t as good competitors, but they have won two domes… oh Zach, just say you like Jenna. It’s too obvious to even try to hide it.
Jonna is embarrassed that she got exposed for having no power in her duo. She cries (5 points).
Dome time! Unfortunately for Jemmye & Knight, they are playing Breaking Up. Together, they have to pull a rope to bring a wrecking ball to cinder blocks. First team to break through the cinder blocks wins. Adam is excited, because he looks a little like Nitro from American Gladiators.
Brittany & Adam take a rest when they need to and then go on to punch through, winning pretty easily.
Knight’s final interview touches on the best part of him, his honesty. He says, “I get called an a**hole quite a bit, but the truth hurts and nobody wants to say it, but if it’s the truth, I’m gunna say it.”
Back at the house, Nany cries to Bananas for no apparent reason (5 points). Maybe she’s bummed she has no one to hook up with? Perhaps she’s upset that she is not looking promising to score her namesake double hook up bonus this season?
Knight dislocates his shoulder during the Dome, but this isn’t revealed until the Battle of the Ex-iled webisode, so he’s not eligible for “leaving due to injury.” Also, because Jemmye & Knight can’t participate in the Battle of the Ex-iled, JJ & Simone do not get winning points as they didn’t have to play this week.
Scoring for Episode 4 is noted below:
A link to the excel file is here: BOTE2 Scores – Ep4
Best player performances of the episode: Brittany, Adam and Jonna (35 points each)
Worst player performance of the episode: Many players score 0 points.