ICYMI last week’s episodes of The Challenge Invasion of the Champions, it was almost sans Bananas! Much like a kid on Christmas, I’m ready for what this week had in store!
Is no one else concerned about the well being of the dog that has been wandering around on that island? Does it have food or shelter? Does it belong to one of the crew members? Will it have it’s own Twitter account? These are the important questions to be asked.
I always find it hysterical when the cast members share their goals in life. For example, Anika wants to be the “millennial Oprah.” I should not mock her, but anyone today with a WiFi connection and a social media account can get some shine. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the jungle trying to win money you don’t have a realistic shot at.
Continously, Ashley confesses she must stay a good Christian woman on this challenge to make up for having sex with Jaimie on the last challenge. While she is tempted by her sinful feelings for Hunter, I’m questioning why Hunter finds the need to whine so much. Hunter must prove to everyone he deserves to be in The Challenge by taking action, not running his mouth. Especially not about a woman that he is not in competition with. That’s not a good look dude.
The Challenge – Shell Shocked
The goal of the next challenge is simple. In guy/girl pairs, the teams have to navigate in tiny boats through four checkpoints to grab some balls. Each sack of balls are heavy and will weigh the boat down. Only one person can sit in the boat, and the other must stand. The end goal is to get the heavy balls into a basket that then hits the ground. The first to do so wins the day’s challenge and gets to directly choose who goes in to elimination.
The pairings are as follows:
- Shane & LaToya
- Ashley & Hunter
- Anthony & Sylvia
- Jenna & Cory
- Anika & Theo
- Amanda & Nelson
By and large due to the conditions of the waters in Thailand, Shane delivered the best line of the night. He stated “I’m just worried about some kind of amoeba crawling up my pee pee hole.” His sentiments fall in line with Sheree from The Real Housewives after their time camping and entering the lake.
The cast find themselves having a difficult time with the challenge itself. They’re tipping their boats over, having communication issues and not working together. Furthermore, they’re all concerned with what other teams are ahead of them instead of focusing on the task at hand. In addition, they have extreme difficult paddling the tiny boats provided to them. As a result, mayhem ensues for the audience’s enjoyment.
Ultimately, Ashley & Hunter come out on top. Hunter runs his mouth about “I told you athleticism wins this s**t” and to no surprise he looks like a super douche. A little mouthing off between Hunter & Cory that lead in to the nominations.
Prior to nominations, Cory & Jenna are certain that they are going to be chosen for elimination. They strategize with Kailah on who they believe they have their best chance at survival against. Cory, being the veteran that he is, is not afraid of a challenge and he lets both Shane & Theo know he wants to see either one of them in the elimination round. Why the rest of the group finds that news so shocking is beyond me. It’s as if they have forgotten this show has been on for 28 prior seasons.
Another bright note from the wonderful cast includes Kailah’s rationale for Anika’s overconfidence towards Jenna. “Just because you graduated college doesn’t mean you’re smart. I graduated college and I’m dumb as s**t.” Thank you Kailah for giving Florida Gulf Coast University a great reputation for producing individuals like yourself!
There is a lot of flapping at the mouth by The Challenge rookies Theo & Anika claiming they’re going to come back and take out Cory & Jenna respectfully. Theo even goes as far as saying “man to man, I’m going to murder you.” If that is not the best case of foreshadowing, then I must be blind.
The cast vote unanimously to send Theo in to face Cory and Anika to face Jenna.
The producers of The Challenge Invasions of the Champions must have really wanted to torture the cast this season. The four competitors had to climb miles of continuous mountains to first get to the actual elimination round.
Once there, TJ explains the elimination round is called “Who’s Got Balls?” The task is simple, on TJ’s mark, the cast member has to grab five balls out of a basket and jump 400 feet off the platform. The catch is the time starts and stops once you jump off the platform. The competitor who completes the task with all 5 balls in tact when they land will win. If it’s a tie, it will come down to fastest time.
The men are up first. Cory jumps with no hesitation and collects all 5 balls and keeps them safe. Theo on the other hand climbs down to the platform only to b***h out. He tells TJ he does not want to do the elimination task and he is subsequently disqualified. Cory wins automatically. I always appreciate when TJ calls competitors out for quitting. If you sign up to do a Challenge you know there are going to be tasks you are not comfortable with. Either do them, or don’t show up.
Both Jenna and Anika jump and land with all 5 balls in tact. TJ lets the girls know that it came down to a matter of 2 seconds. Jenna would be the one to inch out a victory this round.
Tonight, Theo & Anika, the only two roommates from Real World Bad Blood go home and embarrass their season.
The Champions Are Coming
The last images of the night feature the cast arriving in Thailand. They arrive to The Oasis ready for their first challenge. They send some parting words for the underdogs before the screen cuts to black.
That is all folks for tonight’s episode of The Challenge Invasion of the Champions. I know I’m excited to see my favorite champions come back and wreck these poor rookies lives.
MTV’s The Challenge Invasion of the Champions airs every Tuesday at 9pm EST!