Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.
Last night’s episode of The Challenge was pretty eventful – we saw some drama in the love department and the mob finally begins to crumble. We all knew it was coming. Read on for more.
The Challenge – “Catch & Release”
It always amazes me how many people on these challenges are afraid of heights – you would think by now they would either have gotten over it or wouldn’t sign up to compete anymore. With Catch & Release, teammates had to face their fears one more time. One partner was suspended 30 feet above the water. The second partner starts on a platform and had to run and jump to their teammate; grabbing on and swinging across the water. Once they thought they were far enough, they pulled the release. When the team hit the water, they had to swim as fast as possible to the finish buoy. This challenge was all about timing – teams needed to swing far, but not too far.
Jenn and Mandi get to pick the order since they won the last challenge. And even though Mandi has a thing with C.T. and Jenn has a thing with Adam, they put them first to not mess with their alliance. Mandi is hesitant, but Jenn says they have to do it no matter what. So once again, C.T. & Adam go first, setting the pace for the other teams.
Warning: This post contains spoilers from last night’s episode.
So much excitement – and lots of great quotes – in one short, little hour! Let’s jump right in!
Tommy Mickens killed his parents
Yikes, right? The episode picked up with Jo Lee attempting to strangle Tommy with a chain. Tommy pretended to pass out and then sneak-attacked his dad, much to his mother’s dismay. After a few minutes of fighting, Tommy got the upper hand and managed to kill both of his parents. He didn’t seem bothered by killing his dad, but he was devastated that he hurt his mom.
He took his parents’ bodies over to Sam’s house for help. I must say, it’s not the best circumstance, but I was glad to see Sam and Tommy being brotherly. I was worried Sam would send him away, but he didn’t. Yay, progress! While driving somewhere to dump the bodies, Sam got pulled over by Andy Bellefleur. Sam told Tommy to get in the back, where he grabbed a shovel and prepared to kill Andy if he opened the van. Andy saw blood on the van door and asked Sam to open the back. Obviously, I was expecting Andy to get attacked by a shovel, but instead Tommy shifted into a gator and scared Andy off.
They got the bodies to a lake and threw them in…where they floated. Creepy. Sam threw marshmallows in and within seconds some gators ate them, along with the bodies. Tommy, still distraught, said he knows he’s going to hell, and Sam attempted to make him feel better by saying his actions were done in self defense. He even told his brother that he’s killed people before too and doesn’t let it weigh him down. I’m excited to see what this new brotherly bond turns into!
As you’ve probably noticed by now, I was very into Comic-Con this year. And while I was beyond excited for multiple panels, the Castle panel was my number one. I’ve been patiently waiting all weekend for someone to upload videos from the panel to YouTube, but so far it hasn’t happened. Someone who was at the panel was streaming it live from their cellphone, so I watched that video, but the quality was not ideal. I guess beggars can’t be choosers though, right?
Based on the TwitCasted video, along with various articles online, I’ve learned some interesting tidbits about what’s coming up on season four.
There’s going to be a Ghostbusters-themed Halloween episode
The second episode of the season will be super hero-themed
Detective Ryan and his fiancee, Jenny, will be getting married this season! This means a bachelor party and a fight over who will be the best man
Nathan Fillion said he’s campaigning for juicy roles for Firefly cast members to play
Since this upcoming season is Chuck’s final one, this is probably the last year the cast will be at Comic-Con together. Zachary Levi has been keeping himself busy all weekend with his Nerd HQ project, which seems to be hugely successful. All ticket sales for the panel discussions they had or are having, which includes people like Nathan Fillion, Seth Green and Jared Padalecki, go to Operation Smile. At Zac’s panel this afternoon, he said he thinks they’ve raised somewhere in the ballpark of $40,000 so far.
Chuck cast members, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin and Joshua Gomez at a Nerd HQ panel
At the cast’s actual SDCC panel, Zac got a little emotional when discussing the fans who have kept their show off the chopping block for the last four years. Here’s a video of that moment:
Continue reading if you want to see some more footage from the panel.
Attention Dexter fans: The season 6 trailer has finally arrived! The cast and crew revealed this little gem at their Comic-Con panel this weekend, and it’ll have to hold us all over until the premiere on October 2.
The trailer raises several questions – for me, anyway. Is Colin Hanks’ character bad, and will Dexter have to kill him? Does Dexter have a new love interest? Does Deb find out his secret?
Here’s the trailer if you haven’t already seen it. If you can decipher anything from it, let me know in the comments!
And, if you’re interested in seeing some footage from their panel at Comic-Con, just continue reading. Mos Def (or Mos, as we’re calling him now) even makes an appearance in the crowd.
I’m a big fan of birthdays. I’ve always been really good at remembering them, which sometimes freaks people out. Chances are if you tell me your birthday I’ll remember it forever. So, it only seems appropriate to add a Birthdays of the Week feature to this blog!
Gus Van Sant, 59
Kristin Chenoweth, 43
Jennifer Lopez, 42
Rose Byrne, 32
Summer Glau, 30
Anna Paquin, 29
I want to take this opportunity to plead that if you haven’t already seen Bridesmaids, you really need to! Birthday Girl, Rose Byrne, is in it and does a fantastic job in her role as the dreaded new BFF. Here’s a clip from the movie to motivate you to go see it!