Fear Factor 10-06-03
We’re back in Las Vegas, inside the Excalibur Casino for part 2. We’ll find out who wins the new car, and who gets to make the big bet at the end. After a quick recap of last week’s stunts, we join Joe, Kris, Jamison, and Josh gathered around the roulette table.
All the bets have been placed, the wheel is spun, and Joe drops the ball in. It bounces and rattles for a bit before landing on #24, which belongs to Jamison. He jumps around like an extra in the House of Pain video, while dishing out hugs and high-fives. Joe congratulates him as he stops jumping long enough to flash some gang signs before heading off to admire his red 2004 Mazda RX-8.
The group makes their way to the next stunt. They arrive in a parking lot to find:
2 cabs are suspended 100 feet in the air with the front ends tilting downward. Contestants will start in one car, climb out, release 4 flags, jump to the second car, release 3 flags, grab the key from the trunk, climb into the driver’s seat, put the key in the ignition and honk the horn. And, it will be raining on them. The person with the slowest time will be sent home
Josh is up first, and goes over his lame strategy with Joe. The others think he’ll worry about messing up his hair. In voiceover, Josh says he’s concerned with the height. Uh Josh, you see that big cable attached to your back? Yeah, that thing. That will (unfortunately) keep you from splatting on the ground. The cars are lifted into position, the rain starts, and he’s underway. He gets the first 3 flags without much trouble, but it takes him a bit to get the one that’s attached to the trunk. He makes the jump at a little over 2 minutes, and slowly goes for the rest of the flags. He grabs the key and makes his way into the car, turning the ignition and hitting the horn in 3:46. We get to listen to him congratulate himself and give himself “mad props”. Doofus. Kris informs us that “he did not fall”. Thank you Captain Obvious.
Jamison is up next, and starts some sort of gyration as Joe goes over things with him. Josh continues with his nonsense by telling Kris that he’d rather be in the finals with her because “it would look better”. Josh, she is NEVER going to give you any. Ever. Tool. Jamison is ready, and Kris comments “I think he’s going to be quick”. Ouch. He gets the countdown and takes off. He gets the first 4, and makes the jump in just over a minute. He grabs the key, gets in the car, and hits the horn at 3:14.
Kris finishes this stunt. She makes up for her “quick” comment by saying “size doesn’t matter” as she gets into the harness. Thanks hon. She gets a good start, and makes great time on the first car. (This where the show’s opening montage sort of spoils it) She attempts the jump, but isn’t able to hold on, and slides off the hood. We say goodbye to the perky cheerleader, as I shed a tear.
The final 2 head off to the Luxxor to see the next stunt:
A clear box will be filled with Fear Factor’s favorite critter – Madagascar Hissing cockroaches – 15,000 of them. Contestants will be handcuffed and locked inside. They must figure out which of the 5 keys opens the cuffs, and which key opens the 2 locks on the outside. The guy with the fastest time will win 50,000 dollars and head to the Blackjack table.
Jamison loses the coin toss and is up first. He gets in the box, Joe puts on the cuffs, and the roaches are dumped in. He gets the countdown and starts on the cuffs. I now know why this is a 2 parter, he takes another lifetime just getting the cuffs off. They could’ve had a special Jamison episode between this stunt and the pole. He finally gets them off and moves to the outer locks. He finishes with a time of 5:18. Not a good showing.
Josh steps up and gets in the box. The roaches are dumped in, and he complains that they are in his mouth. “Yeah, that happens” Joe snaps. He starts and gets the cuffs off in about a minute and a half, and things don’t look good for Jamison. Josh opens the locks to finish with a time of 2:24. Damn.
Josh now gets a chance at an additional 50 grand before going to the table, and I have no idea why. He will be hung upside down by a bungee cord and repeatedly slammed into a pool. I was so hoping that Joe was going to say “brick wall”. At the bottom of the pool are flags that range from $1000 to $10,000. He will be dunked 6 times, and whatever he grabs and is able to hold on to, he wins.
The dunking concludes and now it’s time to count the money. He has a total of $38,000, giving him a grand total of 89 thousand. It’s time to head inside to the Black Jack table where he will bet half of his winnings on a single hand.
Josh and Joe arrive at the table with a huge brick of cash. It’s given to the dealer, and she slides him back his chips. Josh puts up his half, and the cards are shuffled and dealt. The dealer is showing a 9, and Josh pulls a 6 and a 9. He rambles on about not knowing what to do, and takes out his odds card. I really want Joe to hit him now. He takes a hit and draws an ace, and after more mumbling decides to stay. The dealer flips her other card to reveal a 3. And just when you think things can’t get worse, she busts and pulls a king, giving Josh the win. He walks away with $133,500, and I still want to know why they gave him the extra cash. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
Next time: Helicopters, maggots, and flipping cars!
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