THE CHALLENGE XXX – EPISODE 12 – BREAKDOWN AND FANTASY SCORING

The Challenge XXX – The Largest Double Cross This Season – Ep12

We pick up right where we left off… time to vote for elimination!

Episode 12 – Series #368

Title: Boxed In

T.J. dropped the news that Nelson was kicked off and, therefore, is not an option to vote to go into the elimination. Once the shock wave subsides, CT goes for his back-up plan: Dario. CT justifies the pick as Dario is a “free agent” with no alliance and, as he was not picked last week for the Challenge, Dario’s not really shown he’s a strong competitor. Jenna also votes Dario. Hunter, of course, votes for Jordan, who has voted him into eliminations before. The deciding vote is Kailah, who we have seen flirt with Jordan this season and, surprise-surprise, she votes Dario.

Back to Kailah to vote for the girls and she votes Veronica. Camila also says Veronica. Hunter isn’t looking to make an enemy, and decides to burn his vote on Jemmye. CT says Veronica, so Veronica it will be.

The Challenge XXX – Veronica & Dario Get Voted into Elimination – Ep12

This means tonight we see the most people lined up in the Presidio for the double cross than we have ever seen before. It’s all the losers from last challenge, since those picked to go directly into the elimination were the two left out of last week’s challenge.

Britni pulls first and gets a single cross. Tori is next. She pulls the double cross and selects Aneesa (who voted her into the elimination in the past) to go in against Veronica.

Guys turn. Bananas picks first and picks a single cross after declaring in an interview that he would have picked Tony because Tony is least likely to come back. Tony kinda knows he’s the low man on the veteran totem pole, so he really wants the double cross. Tony doesn’t get it. Jordan, who seems to know which one is the double cross, having picked it twice, is next and Jordan picks the double cross AGAIN! Jordan selects Tony to go against Dario. Tony gets it. He knows he was bad last challenge and maybe shouldn’t be so comfortable in his alliance.

The Challenge XXX – Web of Lies Elimination – Ep12

The elimination challenge is called Web of Lies. There’s a 25 foot tower with tons of ropes and webs. The players start on the top platform and weave themselves to the bottom, get a flag and climb all the way back up. First team to hook their flag on the pole at the top wins.

The guys go first. It’s super close, but Tony wins (25 points).

Buddies are next – Aneesa vs. Veronica. This time it is not as close. Veronica is a floor ahead of Aneesa when she clips her flag to the top and wins (25 points). Aneesa cries (5 points). T.J. compliments the competition again and says that Tony and Veronica killed it (15 points). T.J. also mentions that the losers will go the Redemption House. Hey, they’re not trying to hide the Redemption House anymore!

Back at the house, Veronica reaches out to Britni and Jemmye to make friends and try to be an alliance to counter the strong girl Camila-Cara Maria-Jenna-Kailah alliance.

Meanwhile, Tony reaches out to Hunter to form an alliance, since desperate times call for desperate measures. Hunter is into it, because he needs someone, anyone on his side. Secret alliance formed!

The Challenge XXX – Web of Lies Elimination – Veronica vs. Aneesa – Ep12

Camila tries to solidify her and Cara Maria’s alliance with Kailah and Jenna. Kailah doesn’t really like Camila, but wants to work with and against these two strong veterans as needed.

The challenge is called Blackout. Teams will start in a scary, pitch black room where they have to scratch a window to show a code which will unlock a pick axe they can use to smash themselves out of the room. Then they will head to a space in front of them with a 3D puzzle they must solve to win.

Winning team is safe, while the rest go to the Presidio. Oh, and the winning team picks one guy and one girl to go straight to the Redemption House.

T.J. picks teams by drawing names out of a hat.

Blue team: Jemmye, Cara Maria, Jenna, Hunter and Bananas.

Pink team: Tori, Camila, CT, Derrick (RR) and Leroy.

Green team: Britni, Veronica, Kailah, Tony and Jordan.

The Challenge XXX – Blackout Challenge – Ep12

Blue team gets 3 of the 4 numbers for the code. Bananas then messes with the lock until he lands on the right number. Hunter swings the axe and they’re the first team to break out. Green team makes it out next.

Jordan’s hand is bleeding from the smashed glass, so he gets that wrapped up while everyone else comes to grips with the fact that this 3D puzzle is tough. Kailah thinks this is hard. Cara Maria finds the task difficult.

The Challenge XXX – Blackout Challenge Puzzle Part – Ep12

CT and Camila bicker about it, but it’s not quite enough for a real fight. It does, however, entertain T.J.

Meanwhile, Veronica figures out a way to make sense of this Tetris block. She gets it and leads her Green team to victory (15 points each).

They have a quick huddle about who to vote for and it seems likely they will pick Camila or Cara Maria and CT or Bananas. They want to go big and knock someone good out if they can. Well, down, not out.

T.J. asks the winning team who they want to go straight into the Redemption House. But MTV leaves us hanging because they’re the worst.

Stray observations:

  • Picking someone to go into the elimination that’s not likely to come back is a good strategy. But considering the Redemption House that never ends is an open secret, it only helps so much.
  • Cara Maria says Jordan is the “luckiest man alive” for picking the double cross thrice. Um, isn’t it more obviously that Jordan just managed to figure out which one is the double cross? T.J. seems to know this. Why don’t people in this house befriend Jordan and beg him to let him in on this secret?
  • I bet this season would be great to binge watch, but waiting week-to-week actually makes some of the twists less exciting.
  • I love that the Green team came out of their huddle by putting their hands together and saying “green” on three. That’s the team spirit!
  • It’s funny/questionable of Bananas to criticize the concept of the redemption house with Leroy when he benefited from a similar twist on BOTE2.

Notes from Twitter:

Not much to investigate since it was a low drama episode, but hey, Dario and Ashley K. are still together.

Episode 12 scores shown below:

The Challenge XXX – Ep12 Scores

A link to the excel score spreadsheet is here: The Challenge XXX – Ep12 Scores

Best player performance of the episode: Veronica (50 points)

Worst player performance of the episode: Lots of people (0 points)

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