THE CHALLENGE XXX – EPISODE 17 – FINAL PART 2 – BREAKDOWN AND FANTASY SCORING

Running, puzzles and ice… oh my! It’s a final.

The Challenge XXX – Sinister Sudoku – Ep17

Episode 17 – Series #373

Title: One in a Million

We pick up at the end of the first stage of another epic final. Remember they were running up and down Incan trails gathering heavy stones? I know, feels like a while ago. Jordan & Camila finish first, Derrick (RR) & Cara Maria aren’t much behind them and CT & Tori finish last.

The next stage is called Bola on Over. The competitors stay in the same teams and throw bolas, which are Incan weapons used to hunt llamas, kinda look like lassos with three balls on the ends of them. The goal is for the team to throw a bola onto a pitch-fork-looking pole. For every shot they miss, they have to take a shot of fermented llama’s milk.

The Challenge XXX – Bola on Over – Ep17

Because it’s a “dirty” game (a theme they have not been light on), Jordan & Camila get to give one team an extra bola. They pick CT & Tori. CT pukes (5 points).

Jordan & Camila finish first, followed by CT & Tori and then Derrick (RR) & Cara Maria.

Next is One Track Mind. The competitors have new teams (Camila picks CT, Jordan picks Tori, Derrick (RR) and Cara Maria are default stuck together). They have some running to do to get to puzzle pieces. Okay, it’s a lot of running. Jordan & Tori manage to flirt a bit during this marathon run.

They get to the board for their puzzle pieces and it’s a sinister sudoku puzzle. A big, amorphous sudoku. Everyone is bickering, except for Derrick (RR), who is just letting Cara Maria do it. CT & Camila get to the puzzle last, but finish it first. Jordan & Tori are done next. After Cara Maria whines like a sore loser who hasn’t lost yet, she calls for a check and the puzzle is correct.

The Challenge XXX – Double-Cross – Ep17

Onward to the next thing! It’s a double-cross. Whoever pulls it gets to throw five minutes onto someone else’s time. Tori pulls last and gets the double-cross and gives it Camila, who is leading at this point. CT goes first and pulls the double-cross and gives it to Jordan.

Now, as individuals, they have run/scavenger hunt to get totem things and build a totem pole. They run to this crumbly dirt mountain thing, get their gear on and climb. On the climb, Camila’s rope gets tangled and she starts freaking out, yelling at someone (maybe whoever is holding the rope at the bottom? There is a crew on this finale, right?) (5 points). Camila starts crying (5 points). She’s melting down.

The Challenge XXX – The Climb – Ep17

Camila tells herself to get it together and she does. At the top of the brittle climb are puzzle pieces and more running. By the way, since the mountain climb, there have been stray dogs hanging out with the cast and it’s awesome.

Jordan is in the lead when he passes a totem pole. He figures he probably needs to memorize this order to recreate it later, so he does that. Derrick (RR), meanwhile, runs right by the totem pole.

Luckily for Derrick (RR), by the time they get to the part where they stack their puzzle pieces, Jordan is there with the correct order. Derrick (RR) copies Jordan.

For the girls, though, Camila messes up the order and production is like, “Girl, go back and look at that first totem.” Camila grunts and runs back. It hurts her. Cara Maria finishes the totem first, then Tori then Camila.

The first place totem finishers pick partners for Smoke House. They have to run into a smoke house and feel letters to figure out a word. Cara Maria picks CT. Jordan picks Tori. Derrick (RR) and Camila are stuck together. They seem to get lights, so they don’t just have to just feel around.

Seems kinda easy, until Derrick (RR) and Camila go in there and Derrick (RR) is pretty useless. They bicker afterwards because Derrick (RR) just didn’t want to anger Camila and Camila doesn’t know why everyone treats her like the headcase she is. Camila cries (5 points), then they give a high five and are okay.

The crew gets to their campsite only to learn that the winners of the Smoke House get to pick one person each to sleep outside on the ground, while the others will be able to sleep in cozy tents. Jordan assigns a night on the ground to Derrick (RR). Tori assigns ground duty to Camila, who is totally cool with it. Just kidding! She’s bitter.

The Challenge XXX – Going Out with a Bang – Ep17

Around 6am, they group is up and at it again. They take a nice pretty walk across the salt flats to put on safety gear. The next stage is called It’s Going Out With a Bang. They get on super thin sleds and have to hold on as a truck drags them. If you fall off, you have to run the rest of the way. CT knows that in his condition and with the altitude, the run would be killer. But no one falls off. They all get dragged by the truck and it looks so fun. Oh, and there are flame throwers they pass to look super cool.

After the sled drag, it’s more running! Jordan finishes first. Camila first for the girls. Derrick (RR) next, then Tori, then Cara Maria and CT bring up the caboose. The running part is decently close, so let’s see how the total times add up…

…next week at the reunion.

Stray observations:

  • I wonder how fast they were going getting dragged behind that truck.
  • This season keeps dragging on! It never ends.
  • Editing is magical, so it’s hard to tell who is going to win. Seems like Jordan has a healthy lead that should survive the five minute penalty. The girls are tougher to tell. From my calculations, the entire final comes down to how far behind Derrick (RR) and Cara Maria really were for the Bola on Over stage.
  • You know it was a slow episode when MTV had to build up a giant Camila breakdown and all that happened was she got upset that her rope got stuck.
  • If Jordan and Tori were stuck outside instead of sharing a tent with others, would they have kept each other warm? In a more than friends way? What could have been. Hook-up points in a finale is unheard of! So is holding the results until the 18th episode. Grrrr…

Episode 17 scores shown below:

The Challenge XXX – Ep17 Scores

A link to the excel score spreadsheet is here: The Challenge XXX – Ep17 Scores

Best player performance of the episode: Camila (15 points)

Worst player performance of the episode: Derrick (RR), Jordan, Tori, Cara Maria (0 points)

 

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3 thoughts on “THE CHALLENGE XXX – EPISODE 17 – FINAL PART 2 – BREAKDOWN AND FANTASY SCORING

  1. Jared says:

    Did CT really vomit? It just looked like some dry heaving.

  2. Sarah Ann Feder says:

    Will you be scoring tonight’s reunion?

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