As predicted, when The Challenge: Ride or Dies It was messy when each pair was split up to compete against each others. It was wonderful to see each player trying to play for the team while protecting their former partner… except Fessy, who doesn’t know what it means to be an excellent team player. The drama surrounding Jordan Wiseley’s and Tori Deals relationship reached fever pitch in this episode, adding fuel to the fire. Let’s recap!
After last week’s episode saw Fessy and Moriah Jadea picking new teamsMoriah is trying to be positive about her relationship with Moriah, because she knows you shouldn’t underestimate anyone. The Challenge — but everyone else is very clearly aware that Fessy manipulated her and screwed her over to get everyone he wanted. Moriah was left with nothing when it comes to picking strong players. The teams ended up completely unbalanced. Messy Fessy once again proves that he is a selfish player and cannot be trusted by anyone, not even his own partners. He doesn’t even realize that he must still look out for his ride, no matter how it becomes a team part. This is just one example of his selfishness. still Doesn’t know how this game works to win.
After returning to their respective homes, both teams hold a brief meeting. While Fessy’s team cheers about their size, strength and experience advantage, Moriah and his team are quieter and less enthusiastic about their speed and endurance and intelligence advantage. The real meeting takes place later when Devin Walker approaches Jordan to have a one-on-1 outside by the fire about whether they would be able to work together as a team. They don’t have any relationship or good past experiences. Devin is aware that the tension between Jordan, Tori and the Nurys Mateo affair could lead to disaster. He shows maturity and restraint by trying to make things work for everyone. He informs Jordan that Tori is still in love with him, and to let her know that she’s trying. You know what? It’s good advice. Despite the new dynamic, this game continues to be played in pairs. Devin/Tori and Jordan/Aneesa ferreira both need each other regardless of how dysfunctional a foursome might be.
Nurys, however, is having a blast and revealed that she and Jordan spent the night having an affair. It’s important for her to be aware of the fact that they must keep their conversations private, as it would be inappropriate to throw things in Tori’s faces. Jordan does not believe he has to stop the fling with Nurys, or hide anything to make Tori feel better. He feels this way, and it’s perfectly normal. But if he didn’t, it wouldn’t. Just Tori was telling him that he still loves them and was nakedly cuddling up with her a few episodes before. He’s now cuddling up to Nurys in front of her (literally). His emotional whiplash is very hurtful, and he could have been more respectful of her if they were to be trapped together in this house.
He doesn’t have to do what makes his happy. She’s just acting in a certain way these past seasons, when he was not there. He doesn’t owe anything to her because they aren’t together anymore. But 1. But he was not in the house when she was hooking-up with other guys after the breakup. Again, He was cuddling naked with her just a few episodes back! He seems to be trying to take revenge on Tori. This is all so awkward and unsettling, but she seems to be handling it better than anyone expected.
TJ Lavin announced that this week’s challenge was inspired by the upcoming Puss in Boots – The Last WishWe get a clip by Antonio Banderas Talking about the movie A full-length trailer. A montage featuring a group of competitors playing with cats is also available. Jordan speaks about his love for cats and how it makes him happy. Shrek. This is… quite a stretch! However, the challenge itself is a simple king on the hill/last man standing competition which favors Fessy’s team due to their size/strength.
Devin defeats Nelson Thomas quite well in the men’s heat. Horacio Gutiérrez also puts up a great fight against Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio and actually wins, tying it up. Jordan vs. Chauncey Parker: Jordan almost falls, but he recovers well multiple times before Chauncey finally takes him out. Kenny Clark knows his own limits, and that he can’t beat Fessy in this, so he sacrifices himself — he even says that he might as well “waste [Fessy’s] He’ll beat anyone, so he’ll turn. Fessy pushes Horacio off and then goes against him again. He uses dirty tactics (he literally grabbed Horacio’s throat in order to throw him off) and wins the first heat for his team.
Kaycee Clark wins the women’s heat. Nany Gonzalez is vicious with Olivia Kaiser, but ultimately falls into the water. A medic had to rescue her from the water after she landed right on her face. Nany is strapped to a gurney, and she’s taken to the hospital. However, the show must continue. Tori Borzotra and Amber Borzotra pretend that they fence before getting physical. Amber gets tossed off by Tori. Aneesa then pushes Nurys away and cements the Pink team’s overall victory against Yellow.
The Pink team is now safe (and can go to the Puss in Boots – The Last Wish As a bonus, the world premiere is also available. The winner must interview all four members of their team. It’s a man’s elimination! Since Kenny is a drag on the other team’s team, the Pink team wants Kenny in. But none of the women would like to vote in their ride or dies. Aneesa gets annoyed by Tori’s attempt to convince Jordan to vote for him since he is the strongest player. Except for Fessy (apparently), everyone knows that they will likely return to pairs at some time. This is a team game, but they are all looking out for their former teammates. It’s complicated and messy, but I love it!
Kenny, during interrogation, asks for the main vote to allow him to choose Horacio to be his opponent. This is a bold move, but what other options are there? He has no control over his fate, but he’s already screwed. Devin is a pro at interrogating, avoiding questions and taking control of the situation. Jordan simply stares down at the team as he intimidates them until Tori attempts question Jordan’s loyalty because she doesn’t know where they stand. Jordan does not back down. God, I miss him so much on the flagship.
Later, as they all head out to a bar to have a drink, Tori considers the future and decides to pick Jordan (a.k.a. The best man on the opposing team, as the main voter, will be the winner. Every other member of the team will then throw in Kenny against him. Jordan will return and fire a big shot in retaliation. Tori and their team are not happy about the fact that a girl will be eliminated next. After trying to convince Fessy that Horacio should be in, she has a conversation about it with Jordan. He’ll offer her the same deal next week if she saves him this week. He knows that Fessy is unlikely to take this shot at him, and how much of a target it is. So he declines the offer.
TJ asks Fessy if he can be the first one to vote for whom he’s sending. Fessy then asks his entire team what they’re doing. The plan is not known by anyone because they didn’t discuss it. You think they just walked into the elimination without ever having a conversation about who they were voting for?! Are you kidding??! Amateurs! Fessy votes in favor of Horacio in order to build trust between Jordan and her. The rest of the team soon follows her lead. Despite Olivia refusing to give Horacio his name, she votes for Kenny and Horacio wins the main vote. Devin chooses the safe dagger and the other three men go into the Draw. He saves Jordan, and throws Kenny against Horacio. This is the best scenario for the Yellow team.
“Breaking Barriers” is the elimination. This involves a race through a hallway blocked by different materials. You will need to use different tools to break through each barrier. Horacio works in construction/demolition, so he feels good about this, and gets an early lead. Kenny is stuck at the second barrier, while Horacio zips through each one. However, Kenny eventually catches up to Horacio at the last door. This requires them to unscrew many tightly wound nuts. Although Kenny does manage to make up some time and Horacio eventually wins, he sends him home. Kaycee tearsfully kisses him good-bye, believing that his game is over.
But there’s more! TJ brings Kenny out to tell him that he lives or dies by the way he rides. He still has a chance if Kaycee continues to play in the game. If she’s eliminated from the game, he’s gone. This is a wonderful twist and not entirely unexpected. I can’t wait to see how everyone reacts. This also means Kenny will continue to be dragged to the finish, as Nany is going to allow Kaycee’s team to vote for her elimination. No chance!
There are other notable moments in the episode:
Nany finally makes it back to the hospital after her horrific fall. She’s now totally healthy. To be able to play the game, she had to be checked for concussions.
Fessy believes his team will win the final but he is completely unaware of the tension building after Nelson, Olivia and Chauncey weren’t involved in any discussions about who they would vote for. They are feeling very out of place and not happy. I fear we are headed towards an implosion in the Pink team.
Did you know Kenny is Kaycee’s little brother? This episode, I don’t believe she mentioned it.
The Challenge: Ride or Die airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT MTV.