The Challenge: Season 8, Episode 1

The Inferno: Grope the Rope (2 Feb. 2004)
"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" The Inferno: Grope the Rope (original title)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Blossom ...
Shane Landrum ...
David Burns ...
Chris 'C.T.' Tamburello ...
Leah Gillingwater ...
Abram Boise ...
Veronica Portillo ...
Himself (as Mike Mizanin)
Coral Smith ...
Julie Stoffer ...
Syrus Yarbrough ...
Ace Amerson ...
Mallory Snyder ...
Katie Doyle ...


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"These challenges bring out the worst in THEM."
16 April 2010 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

Major spoilers here.

If there's one cliché you can be sure of hearing from these knuckleheaded participants in any season of RWRR, over and over, it's this: "These challenges bring out the worst in people." (Note: no-one says "the worst in me.") Sure, but what do they bring out in people who are already among the worst when it comes to greed, egomania, narcissism, overblown drama, backstabbing, and envy? They bring out one of the best seasons of RWRRC. It's particularly fun if you're already familiar with some of the cast members. Watching the "alumni" from various seasons of the "Real World" interact is a bonus.

Watching some of the female cast members from "Road Rules" is torture, however. So little estrogen there; it seems all of it had been snatched by the cute Kendal, leaving Veronica, Holly, and Christena with just the testosterone. These three are going to be P.E. teachers when they grow up, right?

The highlights:

1. Julie the Mormon the Aspiring Alpha Female can't stand the fact that alpha female Coral dominates the female half of her group, which escalates into a hysterical Julie offering the Coral a wrestling match. Julie predictably never gets a whiff of the cash.

2. Coral is about to lose all her money, but she somehow manages to win a lifesaver and cheerfully sends the lazy, rather shady, perpetually drowsy-looking Dave into the duel instead. Dave proceeds to predictably embarrass himself by losing to the small Katie in a stink-fest competition that involves dead animals' body parts. And this guy is a West Pointer?

3. Katie's surprising survival. Being mobbed from all sides, particularly by the stereotypical Road Rules butch-lesbian/soccer-Mom group, Katie shows character, wins two duels (whilst annoying Abe the Meathead, Timmy the Sleazy Discovery Channel Buffoon and the others), even picks up her cut of the cash in the end.

4. Katie and Veronika almost coming to blows. Veronica is all smiles at first, but when Katie mentions the unpleasant truth ("You little squat b****!"), she goes ballistic too.

5. Coral's moronic "happy-to-be-still-in-the-game" dance.

6. A very drunk Trishelle threatening half the cast members that she'll "kick (their) a**". (One of the funniest moments in MTV history.)

7. Shane losing a duel to CT by vomiting approximately 15 liters of a difficult-to-describe green substance.

And, last but not least, a moment that has to be seen to be believed... 8. Julie's attempt to win the first challenge for her group by murdering Veronica whilst both hang on ropes, about a hundred meters above the ground. How is this possible, you might ask. How can anyone be that stupid, you might rightfully ponder. Well, the idiot figured that untying Veronica's safety harness would get the latter disqualified - which is true. However, Veronica would also have fallen to her death - a small, elusive fact that had somehow not entered Julie's tiny little overly optimistic, fanatical mind. You've got to love those self-righteous religious loons: there she is, praying to God every day, a good little lamb reading the "Good Book", but when it comes to the prospect of quick cash her evil knows no bounds. (On the other hand, the fact that her victim was Veronica, did make it easier to watch.)

You might be surprised to know that stumpy Veronica had posed for "Playboy". That kind of gives hope to ALL the aspiring floozies out there, regardless of shape, form, or looks.

For my extensive/detailed "The Women of MTV's The Real World" list, including all 84 women:

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