Last week I prayed to the MTV gods and asked them to bring back the old ways of The Challenge. I cried out for old-school manipulation, tears, and interesting hook-ups. Well someone down there must have been listening because this week I got what I asked for.
Manipulation came in two forms last night: unsuccessfully through Ryan Knight and successfully though Christian â€śCJâ€ť Koegel. Up until last night I completely overlooked Knight and was fairly certain heâ€™d fade into the background. Boy did he prove me wrong. Last night, after his team was almost thrown into the challenge in last weekâ€™s episode, Knight decided to pull a Wes Bergmann and start messing with people. Knight must have a really shallow bag of tricks because his most creative form of manipulation was throwing Nany Gonzalezâ€™s clothes into the pool. This was dumb. Nany didnâ€™t really care, and as a result his ex Jemmye Carole got more upset over it than Nany did. Â Iâ€™m still not 100% convinced this wasnâ€™t actually an episode of that other MTV show True Life: Iâ€™m 25 And Still In Middle School.
Now, on the other hand, CJ from Cancun is the new Wes (they used to be best friends – coincidence? I think not). CJ successfully controls the other teams by pretending to be their father. Last night he told Chet Cannon that he was â€śproud of him as a competitor.â€ť Sweet. Chet wasnâ€™t buying it, but I think the rest of the house is. Why else would Cancun keep winning challenges and single-handedly choosing who gets to go home? Â Iâ€™m going to go ahead and predict that Cancun takes this whole thing home, but certainly not without a fight from Real World: Las Vegas.
After Knightâ€™s awful attempt at being a sneaky asshole (heâ€™ll come back into play later though, so donâ€™t worry) Eric Banks a.k.a Big Easy saves the day and scoops Nanyâ€™s clothes out of the pool like the hero that he is. Last week I questioned why Big Easy was on the show and this week I got my answer: to find love. Big Easy has developed a wonderful (and completely random) relationship with one of my favorite players on the show, Devyn Simone. Too bad I canâ€™t get too excited about this, because next week itâ€™s going to be ripped away from me since theyâ€™re going into the arena against one another. Ugh. I stand by my previous statement: nothing is easy for Big Easy.
Now later on in the episode Knight comes back for attempt numero dos at controlling the game. This time he is semi-successful and brings Nanyâ€™s tears with him. After the bus ride home and a night of drinking, Nany has a mental breakdown because Knight keeps calling her a bitch (and some other middle school insults). Soon everybody is trying to hold Nany back from…what? beating up Knight? Iâ€™m not really sure. There is about 20 minutes of straight screaming and I loved it. Iâ€™ll give Knight some points for bringing me the tears I was looking for, but only a few because he had to get everybody – including himself – drunk to do it.
To wrap things up, in true old-school MTV style (hallelujah) last nightâ€™s episode ended on a cliffhanger, and Iâ€™m excited to watch next week.