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After four weeks of doing more before 8 a.m. than the ”Big Brother” cast did all day, two recruits on Fox’s madcap military series ”Boot Camp” are left to compete for the $500,000 prize. During ”The Gauntlet,” finalists Wolf and Whitlow score points by completing challenges and earning votes from the discharged cadets — and after part 1 last week, it’s still anybody’s war game. With the finale on May 23, here is EW’s analysis of the last two grappling grunts.
RECRUIT Jen Whitlow
BRUTE STRENGTH Trailing three missions to one, she’s slowly disintegrating from 47 hours without sleep. Whitlow described herself as feeling ”giddish”; is she also going crazoid?
RAPPORT WITH DRILL INSTRUCTORS The hoarse foursome gave her props (”She could have quit at any time, but she chose not to,” says DI Taylor), but is DI McSweeney still sore about that whole stolen mint incident from two weeks ago? His retsin fueled rant — ”I knew I’d find my mint, Whitlow!” — was like an after dinner kick in the head.
POTENTIAL JURY SUPPORT She may benefit from bossy Wolf’s rampant unlikability, but her constant scheming and early alliance with him could make it a wash. Plus, discharged cadet Shawn Yaney’s vote is unpredictable, since the balloon sculptor may be taking advice from his inflatable poodle, Timmy.
WHY SHE MIGHT WIN If Whitlow can take the next three competitions by channeling the DI’s mantra — ”Pain is just weakness leaving the body” — that, plus the fact that she’s not as annoying as Wolf, could land her the necessary four votes.
WHY SHE MIGHT NOT At this point, she’d be lucky to win a breathing contest.