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The Challenge: Rivals – Finale

This week’s episode is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the final challenge. And leave it to MTV to top themselves once again in what is the longest final in challenge history. Partners had to work their way from check point to check point, slowly creeping up the mountain, until they reach T.J. at the end. To make matters worse, both Jenn and Tyler were suffering from food poisoning – they couldn’t keep anything down, were seriously dehydrated and overall at a huge disadvantage.

The show picked up right where last week left off with phase 1 of the challenge underway. Teams had to kayak three miles to a beach where they found the next check point. To keep some distance between teams, not crowd the playing field and probably keep things fair, the guys started a little while after the girls.

Here are the finalists:
Johnny & Tyler
Wes & Kenny
Leroy & Mike
Jenn & Mandy
Laurel & Cara Maria
Evelyn & Paula

After the kayak race Evelyn & Paula had a slight lead over Laurel & Cara Maria, while Jenn & Mandy weren’t even close. On the boys side of things, Wes & Kenny spent a good portion of the three miles turning in circles, arguing of course. Once getting the kayak under control, they eventually pass Johnny & Tyler. Poor newbies Leroy & Mike don’t stand a chance. After the first phase of the competition it was safe to say who third place was going to be for both the guys and girls…

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The Challenge: Rivals, Week 4

Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

This episode picks up right where we left off last week – “The Mob” has the brilliant plan to take C.T. down, or so they think. Since Evelyn & Paula won the girl’s challenge last week, they get to pick this week’s order. As part of the boys’ alliance they agree to make C.T. & Adam go first so they are at a disadvantage and the other guys teams know what time to beat. Evan & Nehemiah will then throw the challenge and lose, automatically sending them into the Jungle. One of the other teams must beat C.T. & Adam, and then the vote will go the way of “The Mob.” Evelyn & Paula don’t think this plan is a good idea and strongly urge the guys to change their minds, but go along with it anyway to keep the peace.

Challenge – “Hammock Crawl”

I think the challenges this season are pretty boring and this week’s was no different. I’m worried MTV may be running out of ideas. Anyway, teams had to crawl from one platform to the other as fast as possible, using the hammocks. Only two hammocks could be touched at one time and both players must be on the same hammock before grabbing for the next one. The other key thing to point out is that players had to complete the challenge in 15 minutes or they were disqualified. This week the girls are playing for $2,000 and the guys are playing for their safety from elimination.

C.T. & Adam went first and flew through the challenge. The guys new they had a tough road ahead of them here. I already agreed with Evelyn & Paula, but at this point I knew “The Mob” was in trouble. Kenny & Wes end up falling immediately, barely even making it to the first hammock, which altered the original plan of attack. Unless another team is disqualified in less time, Kenny & Wes are headed into the elimination round. The guys decide winning is the only option here.

In the end, the guy’s competition was really close. Evan & Nehemiah end up winning BUT it turns out they accidentally touched a third hammock and are disqualified. The boys get lucky this time around with Johnny & Tyler barely beating C.T. & Adam. All of the girls struggled big time in this challenge – Laurel & Cara Maria were the only team to make it across but don’t meet the limit, so there was no winner. But there was definitely a clear loser – Kenny & Wes must face the Jungle.

Even though I found the challenge to be boring, it was still extremely tough with six teams disqualified for various reasons: Katelyn refused to go, most of the girls fell and Kenny apparently lost his mojo.

Jungle – “Going Up”

The deliberation was pretty simple this week. Kenny & Wes didn’t want to face C.T. so Brandon & Ty were voted in. In true bromance form, Evan wore Kenny’s jersey to cheer him on.

The game was “Going Up” – each team started on opposite sides of the mud pit and had to run and jump onto their assigned rope, then climb to the top. Both teammates must ring their bell before someone from the opposing team does or it’s a tie. In the event of a tie, the top players from each team compete a second time one-on-one.

Brandon flies up the rope, beating everyone, but Wes comes in second so they have to compete again. Ty was pretty close behind Wes, but not close enough. And then Kenny didn’t stand a chance. Unfortunately Brandon’s gas tank ran out during the first round and got killed by Wes, sending Brandon & Ty packing. Kenny got lucky and owes Wes for carrying the team this week.


Surprisingly this week was pretty drama-free. The only real incident was as at the bar when the cast got some free time. As C.T. made pretty clear in the last episode he’s going to flirt with the girls and have some fun, and really get them on his side. Mandi was the first to fall for it, but let’s face it, I’d want to be his friend too. This week Laurel decides she wants some of the attention C.T. was throwing Mandi’s way. At the bar she decides to flirt, and pretty much throws herself at him, clearly trying to get him to kiss her. C.T. backs off and nothing actually happens, but Mandi sees the whole thing, gets annoyed and complains to Paula. Honestly, both girls are pretty gross, so I’m glad C.T. is just leaving it at flirting. He can clearly do better.

In the end, nothing really came of this other than a little jealousy and small talking behind people’s backs. No big deal. Should be interesting to see how things transpire over the next couple of episodes.

In more bromance news, C.T. so badly wants Adam to admit that they are getting along and can be friends… it’s kind of cute, actually, and so far from where they once were. Adam is skeptical, as he should be with their history, but I think he should just it. They are working so well together and C.T. is actually playing nice.


Neither of my favorites to win got the top spots this week, but I still stand by my picks of C.T. & Adam and Evelyn & Paula. I think Brandon & Ty’s loss really hurt C.T. & Adam’s chances because of “The Mob,” but I think the rest of the guys are scared and will come up with another bad plan to take down C.T. Just too bad their “friend” Adam gets stuck in the middle. Clearly they don’t consider you that good a friend Adam – should probably watch your back and stop fraternizing with the enemy! What do you guys think? Vote here for your favorites to win and comment below:



Next week looks to be another crazy one. How come all of the veteran rivals have managed to work together and almost become friends, yet Jonna and Jasmine haven’t figured it out yet? Obviously we don’t know what happens, but the scenes for next week show another fight between the two of them. I’m pretty sure Jasmine is a lunatic — not that Jonna is much better — but they need to grow up, get over it, and leave the house. I’m over their drama!

The Challenge: Rivals, Week 3

Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

Challenge – “Sync or Swim”

Each team started in a container filled with 1,000 pounds of sand. In order to get to the next stage of the challenge, teammates must dump the sand, which will in turn make the container lighter and rise to the platform. Once on the platform, teammates must jump in sync with one another to grabthe zip line. The key here is that you absolutely cannot touch the zip line without simply jumping to it. Teams then took the zip line as far as possible, and then swim the rest of the way. The farther teams were able to go on the zip line, the less they would have to swim.

With the challenge, the girls faced elimination and the guys had $2,000 up for grabs. Since C.T. & Adam won last week, they got to determine the order. To make things interesting, they started with Jasmine & Jonna vs. Theresa & Camilla. If you remember from last week, these girls hate each other. And instead of focusing on winning, they threw the sand in each other’s containers. Nice work.

On a more serious note, Mike Mike had to go to the hospital after Leroy accidentally falls on top of him while they are jumping into the water. It was pretty scary for a second there… Mike Mike was coughing up blood, looked like he was in agony and mumbled/screamed to himself. Somehow he managed to swim the rest of the way and finish the challenge like a champ. In true bromance form, Mike Mike was getting into the ambulance and asked if Leroy could go with him… awwww how cute! Luckily Mike Mike turned out to be okay, just got hit really, really hard.

I sense a theme going on here – C.T. & Adam win amongst the guys and Evelyn & Paula win for the girls. Cara Maria & Laurel were disqualified for grabbing the zip line while still standing on the platform, and lost the challenge, which automatically sends them into elimination.

Jungle – “Door Jam”

The boys’ alliance tends to run the show and take over the game, and therefore the voting. This time around is no different. The boys happen to be friends with Theresa & Camilla so they decide that everyone should vote for Jasmine & Jonna. This decision was made without even consulting Evelyn & Paula who had other plans in mind, which was vote in Theresa & Camilla so at least one powerful team will go home. During the deliberation, the girls spoke up and got their wish.

Theresa & Camilla acted like the biggest cry babies when they were voted in. They were mad at their friends and very bitter… or so we thought. They made up this whole ploy where they would pretend like they were going to quit and not fight in the jungle, only to make Cara Maria & Laurel let their guard down. Ohh but it was only a hoax!

I also want to point out that I can’t stand any of these four girls. They forget that not that long ago they were fresh meat. One challenge doesn’t make you a veteran; try winning first, or at least being likable. So the fact that two of them will go home tonight is fantastic. It doesn’t even matter to me which team it is.

The game is “Door Jam.” There is a wall with 48 rotating doors with the rivals logo on them, 24 facing each team. Cara Maria & Laurel and Theresa & Camilla have five minutes to turn as many doors towards them as possible. The competition looks pretty close throughout the allotted time, but in the end Cara Maria & Laurel pull out the win.


The Challenge wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of drama. This season the guys are out to get C.T., but I agree with Mandy on this one – they are clearly threatened by how good he is. In the most recent challenges where C.T. hasn’t been competing, Kenny, Evan and Johnny Bananas take their alliance to the end. The three of them, along with Wes, have teamed up this time to take C.T. out of the game… if that’s possible.

Wes thought if he got inside C.T.’s head a little bit, he would throw him off his game. Wrong answer! Did C.T. get worked up when Wes started talking trash? Of course, but it definitely didn’t change his game. Wes even went as far as to throw C.T.’s mattress out the window. Talk about stirring the pot! At this point, I thought Wes was just trying to make a scene on purpose… until he revealed he was legitimately scared of having C.T. sleep in the same room as him… which I still don’t necessarily believe. Is someone trying to get more camera time, perhaps? And to take it a step further and get C.T. from all sides, Wes advises Mandy to stay away from C.T. because he’s trouble. She’s a big girl; I think she can handle it.

But the drama doesn’t stop there. The episode ends with Evan letting his alliance know that he and Nehemiah are going to throw the next challenge so they are automatically sent to the elimination round in the jungle. It is up to the rest of the teams to beat C.T. and Adam, and then vote them in. Evan seems pretty confident that he and Nehemiah are they only team that’s able to take C.T. down. Not sure if Nehemiah had a say here, but this should be interesting… personally, my vote is with C.T. Good luck, boys!


Based on performance week after week, my favorites to win haven’t changed – C.T. & Adam for the guys and Evelyn & Paula for the girls. Both teams seem to be unstoppable right now. Just have to wait and see what happens next week!

Are you up to the challenge?

Spoiler alert: This post includes details from the elimination round. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve been warned.

Before Survivor, The Bachelorette, and The Hills, there was The Real World. The show first aired on MTV almost 20 years ago and can be credited for launching reality TV as we know it today. At the time, “reality show” wasn’t a common term and no one, even the cast and crew, knew what to expect.

For the first couple of seasons, including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the show was all about real people trying to make something of themselves; they had real problems and faced real issues. There were arguments and disagreements, but at the same time, important conversations and topics were being covered. Today The Real World is known for entirely different things. The themes now are drinking, fighting and hookups. This often makes for interesting TV, but the show is no longer the thought-provoking original program it once was.

The Real World has had many spin-offs, including the now cancelled Road Rules and The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, which brings me to last night’s premiere.

The Real World/Road Rules Challenge is a fun way to bring together cast members from the Real World and Road Rules to compete against one another. The latest season of The Challenge has a format we’ve never officially seen before: rivals. Throughout the seasons, there have been some HUGE rivalries, but I think that’s expected when you throw random strangers in a house mixing in alcohol and competition. This season will be crazier than ever because there’s a catch: not only are the most well-known rivals put together in this house, but cast members are teamed with their enemies and must work together in order to win.

The Challenge: Rivals Cast

Here is a rundown on some of the more well-known rivalries:

Adam & C.T. – their long history of hating one another started on their days in Paris (Season 13). There have been verbal and physically altercations in the past, which have sent one or both of them home.

Adam & Leroy – just the latest in a long line of rivals, Adam and Leroy were on the most recent season of Real World in Las Vegas. Adam’s reckless behavior eventually got him sent home, but Leroy was the only cast member who wouldn’t let him get away with it and made his opinions very vocal.

Aneesa & Robin – at this point they have hated each other for so long, I can’t even remember where it stems. And quite honestly, they probably can’t either.

Cara Maria & Laurel – Caria Maria isn’t the best competitor and last season rode the coattails of her guy at the time, Abram, to make it to the end. Laurel did not stand for it and did everything she could to get Cara Maria voted out of the challenge.

Kenny & Wes – this is probably one of the biggest rivalries in show history and can mostly be blamed on a girl. Wes was in a serious relationship with Johanna. They broke up. Kenny and Johanna hookup on the next challenge. Wes watches on TV and gets pissed. Wes and Kenny reunite on the next challenge and things get ugly.

The Rules

When players arrived in Costa Rica they were greeted by none other than T.J. Lavin himself. It was great to see him back in action after his horrific BMX accident. The castmates were thrilled as well as they consider T.J. family. Then of course, the rules were announced, and the excitement immediately changed to dread.

This season, as mentioned above, players are teamed with their biggest rivals and together they must win challenges. Jaws dropped. Shoulders tensed up. This went from awesome to not fun really quickly. But with money on the line, I’m pretty sure they’ll figure out how to make it work, and fast.

1st Place: $100,000

2nd Place: $50,000

3rd Place: NOTHING.


The first challenge seemed a little silly, but it was definitely harder than it looked. Partners were on a platform high in air above a waterfall, which in itself was difficult as most people on the show hate heights… add in the waterfall and this was trouble. The teammates then had to hold hands, run until they got to the red line, and jump as far as they can past the hash marks. The team that cleared the most hash marks won the challenge. This week the guys were fighting for $2,000; the girls were fighting to avoid elimination in the jungle.

After close competition and ties for the girls and guys, the rookies ended up coming with wins: Adam & Leroy won $2,000 and Jasmine & Jonna were safe from elimination.


The losing team is automatically sent to The Jungle for the elimination round. Evelyn & Paula were disqualified for stepping over the line, so they lost the first challenge and had to go up against the voted in Aneesa & Robin. With the all-veteran cast members, this could have gone either way.

The game was “Hands On” – teammates had to stand on opposite platforms and lean on each other for leverage as the platforms were slowly moved further apart. The first team to fall in the mud lost, this time it was Aneesa & Robin


Ty did what he does best – drank too much and got in people’s faces. Unfortunately, for Adam (Las Vegas), they crossed paths. And if anyone watched last season of the Real World, then you know how Adam handles these sort of things. A fight broke out, other cast members tried to separate the two, and poor dumb Adam threw the first and only punch, which means one thing – he got sent home. In the midst of all the fighting, innocent standerby Mandi got knocked to the floor and had her head slam into the concrete floor. After an examination by an EMS crew she ended up being ok, but definitely shaken up. Now with Adam being sent home, that leaves Leroy without a partner. Everyone was contemplating what was going to happen: does Leroy also have to go, does Leroy get a new partner, etc. Ultimately MTV sends in Mike Mike to take Adam’s place. I find this to be SO unfair. This is supposed to be a game of rivals, yet Leroy and Mike Mike have a bromance, they’re BFFs. I know Leroy doesn’t have any other rivals, but really MTV, this is the best you could do?


As of now my favorites to win are C.T. & Adam and Evelyn & Paula. Keep in mind this all depends on whether or not C.T. can stay out of trouble and Paula can step up her game.

Check back each week for a recap on the latest challenge, elimination in the jungle and the rest of the madness from South America. This season looks to be crazier than ever with LOTS of drama, fights and hookups, just what you would expect.

Courtroom Comedy

When I heard Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer were teaming up for a new TV show, I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to watch. I’ve followed both of their careers since the beginning – with Mark-Paul on Saved by the Bell and Breckin in Clueless. Since then, their careers have been on a similar path, starring in popular TV shows or movies, none of which were big hits, but they weren’t disappointments either. And now their careers have intertwined, starring together on Franklin & Bash.

Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are best friends and partners at a law firm; they live together, hang out all the time, etc. They are just the latest bromance to grace our TV screens, but they do it so well. The actors have fantastic chemistry that’s hard to come by. Their banter is funny and real, and adds so much to the show.

Besides the legal drama, Franklin & Bash is a realistic take on friendship and growing up. They may be womanizers, heavy drinkers and a little outrageous at times, but they make it work. Plus their quirky sidekicks add just the right amount of oddball to balance the characters out. This is not your typical cop/lawyer/doctor show. From the hot tub parties to the crazy courtroom antics to taking down the wall separating their offices, I think we’re in for a real treat.

In the first episode we see Franklin & Bash win a high profile case, which leads them to positions at a big-time law firm. Hesitant at first, they eventually say yes as long as their team can come with. Once there, they make plenty of enemies because of their crazy style. Some say they are unprofessional, some say they can’t hack it, but Franklin & Bash want to prove the haters wrong. And I think they will.

I for one can’t wait to see what’s next. Watch with me tonight. Brand new episodes air Wednesdays  at 9 pm EST on TNT.