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Now, the end is almost here, and so we face, our semi-final curtain…
So… Diem actually interviews during The Dome that she hopes Mark and Robin come back because they’ll be easier to beat in the final. If only there was a way she could have guaranteed she’d go against their easy asses. Ah, well.
The Dome is brutal – and heartbreaking, if you have a soft spot for old men and girls who cry. They do the metal X rastle-grapple challenge for the third time, and there’s a series of mounts, 69s, and painful-looking arm twists before Robin loses and Mark valiantly loses. Johnny is good and Camila is determined, and if that were all there was to the game, they should just take the money and go home. But it’s not, and I feel like they got away with something.
It could be argued that Robin’s supremely negative thinking prior to The Dome did her in, but also she’s just bad at this. And even Mark’s old-school bandana could not overcome the fact that Johnny was actually willing to compound fracture his arm. So then we get a Mark Long retrospective, and wow, 17 seasons just went by like that, huh?
The kids, as we’ve been clued in about, are going to Iceland! Which means the corporate gear sponsor gets to supply a ton of arctic ninja wear, which is really pretty awesome.
They all go to a bar and drink glowy green shots, and then come home and say nice things to each other, and they don’t vomit but I do. Diem yaps about pulling her weight. Then there’s lots of slo-mo and footage of people putting on layers and layers of gear. And pretty exteriors and temperatures below zero.
The Final is in 7 parts. There’s a campout on a glacier, in which the leaders at that point get heat lamps and air mattresses, while the losing-by-one-second team gets yoga mats and their chattering teeth.
Part One is the dogsled race, which I kind of wish we’d seen more of. The dogs are scared of CT, so they run really fast. It looked like one of Emily and Ty’s dogs had something in his paw, or maybe he just likes to skip. CT and Diem lead by about 10 seconds. Part Two is to run through freezing water with pieces of ice floating in it, touch a buoy, run back, and rub on your half-naked partner under a blanket out of pure necessity. The last part isn’t timed. CT and Diem retain their lead. She still sucks, though. Camila worries – she’s never done this, but she’s seen people die from it – in movies!
No one loses any digits. CT and Diem (first place so far) get the deluxe tent, which is still on an iceberg, however; Emily and Ty (last) get the very crappiest; and Johnny and Camila have a small heat lamp or something.
So, there are 5 more opportunities for Diem to screw up! Tune in next week!