What happens when you get pitted against your family in the greatest competition reality show of all time?! Well, not that much, it turns out because you’re still fighting with your bloodline.
Last week’s Challenge ended with a cliffhanger, as T.J. Lavin announced that the players would be split up into two teams and no bloodline would be on the same teams. Now, we see how that plays out. T.J. deems Cara Maria and her cousin Jamie the two team captains, and they’ll take turns picking vets. The vet’s bloodline will head to the other team. A few dumb picks later (c’mon Cara), here’s how the teams fleshed out:
Red Team: Cara Maria, Bananas, Candice, Tony, Brianna, Cory, Camila, Anthony, Thomas, Rianna, Dario, Nicole
Blue Team: Jamie, Jenna, Larissa, Vince, Leroy, Shane, Mitch, Nany, KellyAnne, Stephen, Aneesa, Raphy
But just when everyone thinks they’re disconnected from their bloodline, T.J. drops a bomb: “Just because your bloodline is on the other team doesn’t mean they’re out of your lives just yet. Your fate in this game is still tied to them.” Turns out if your fam goes home, you go home. So even if you win a challenge, there’s no guarantee you’re safe. Complicated drama ensues.
When it comes challenge time, the blue folks think they’re set, since red is stacked with a bunch of rookies who seem like duds (Rianna, Nicole, Brianna), but au contraire challenge competitors! Cara’s team crushes Jamie’s team as they leap across unstable, swinging barges elevated over a giant body of water.
Two blue women will go into the pit — one voted by their own team and one by the red team — and here’s where it gets interesting since some of the red players are at risk of going home even though they won the challenge. Ah, these rules!
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When it becomes obvious that Jamie’s team is ready to vote in Larissa, Camila goes on the warpath and embarks on what Bananas calls “the most aggressive campaign” he’s seen in his entire life to keep her safe. She fails, and Larissa will face Jenna in the pit…next week.
The episode ends on yet another cliffhanger after dark horse Tony comes out of the gates to have the most dramatic scene of the night when he straight up passes out after coming home from the hospital (more on that later). To be continued, MTV warns, as the camera shows him laying on the ground.
NEXT: Now for the Bloodline Rankings
So, with another week to go until the next elimination, let’s get to the Bloodline Rankings. Although the teams are split up, we’ll continue to rank the familial pairs based on general WTF-ness.
1. Camila and Larissa
Finally we get to see our girl Camila get in some peoples’ faces. She’s been subdued for the first few episodes, and to be honest, she seems like a pretty great big sister. “I’m so sad,” she says when she finds out Larissa’s going into the pit. “I never get this emotional. They used my sister to get to me, and it worked. I’m feeling things I didn’t know I could feel. I hate to hear the mean things they’re saying about her.” (Undoubtedly she’s referring to all the guys’ claims that Larissa’s a weak competitor.)
Plus a million hugs to Larissa for saying she doesn’t want to disappoint her sister — these women have a super-strong bond, and we’re all in on Camissa (Larila?).
2. Leroy and Candice
Candice broke her toe, split her face open, and had the night’s best line: “Don’t doubt me bitchessssss!” she screams as blood streams from her face. Leroy cheers her on, and they’re pretty damn adorable messes.
3. Tony and Shane
Tony talks a big game but winds up with a massive bruise on his back after slamming into the suspended barge during the challenge. After a trip to the hospital, he comes back with new fire, celebrates his brother’s win, and moseys around until he complains of cramps and turns green. Literally. You can see the color drain from his face even zoomed out on a pixelated screener. He actively denies medical attention and faints as the group makes their way to the pit.
The scene is pretty horrifying as various contestants re-live the moment in confessionals, and it’s unclear what’s about to happen when production calls for an ambulance. Until next week…
4. Thomas and Stephen
They’re only this high up for the in-between-commercial moment in which Cara and Thomas run off to the bathroom fully mic’d. WE HEAR YOU GUYS. Let’s get Abram in here already.
5. Cara Maria and Jamie
What a strange, strange choice for team captains.
NEXT: Bananas is…pleasant?
6. Bananas and Vince
Is Bananas actually growing on me? He’s…nice? And…supportive? His all-around pleasantness is truly shocking, and Vince’s sarcasm and idiocy is entertaining (for now). We predict they’re laying low and will destroy everyone with venomous evil soon enough. Or when CT gets here.
7 & 8. Dario and Raphy & Cory and Mitch
It’s a fun week to make Camila an enemy.
9. KellyAnne and Anthony
KellyAnne is still such a dork, I love it.
10. Jenna and Brianna
Minus 100 for Brianna saying she and Jenna are “more active” than Camila and Larissa. We all know what you mean, Bri. Not nice.
11. Nany and Nicole
Chill week for the “hold me back!” twins.
12. Aneesa and Rianna
Give them more to do! Please! Please! Please!
That’s a wrap on this week’s Challenge. Who do you think will win in next week’s pit, Larissa or Jenna? Will Tony stick around to see another Challenge day?