The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 Episode 14 Recap and Power Rankings

This episode picks up in the Redemption House, with Jemmye saying it reminds her of a Real World house. She says LeRoy would be everyone’s favorite roommate (besides her of course), CT would be the one who smells weird, Aneesa would be the one who tries to be everyone’s friend, Cara Maria would be the one who hates everyone, and Dario would be the one who gets no camera time. After this, we head to the challenge for this episode. This challenge is called “Backstabbers”, and entails competitors running across a plank suspended fifty-five stories in the air. The first competitor across the plank must hit one of three X’s at the end of the plank. Each X drops a different competitor, and that competitor becomes eligible to be put into the Redemption House. The competition will be run in two Heats of each gender, and the person with the fastest time overall will be able to send one player of each gender (out of the fallen competitors) into the Redemption House and one of each gender into the Presidio. Camila chooses to have Jenna, Kailah, and Tori in the first heat and Veronica, Britni, and herself in the second heat. Hunter chooses to have Jordan, Bananas, and Derrick in the first heat and Tony and himself in the second heat. This is excellent strategy on both their parts as it not only puts them with the weakest overall competitors, lessening their chances of being dropped, it also for sure gives them a shot at somebody from the opposing alliance and forces the opposing alliance to turn on one of its members. Derrick wins the first heat for the men, and drops Jordan. Jordan shouts back at Derrick that he’s coming for him, and Derrick asks Bananas if he is doing his dirty work. Hunter wins the second heat for the men, and of course drops Tony. For the girls, Jenna wins the first heat and drops Tori. Camila wins the second heat, and drops Veronica. Hunter wins overall for the guys, and Jenna wins overall for the girls. Jordan and Veronica are voted into the Redemption House unanimously by the winners.

Back at the Redemption House, Jordan and Veronica enter to the shock of the current residents. Cara Maria asks Veronica if Kailah was the first to mention her name to be sent into the Redemption House; but Veronica says it was actually Jordan. Cara asks why this would be, and Jordan says he doesn’t want to run a final with Cara. Jordan says Cara tends to panic in high pressure situations and he wouldn’t want to deal with that in the final. While there is some credence to Jordan’s claim about Cara having lost her cool in finals in the past, she was also a much different competitor back then. Ever since Free Agents, she has been probably the most dominant female competitor in the game and has won two of the last three finals she participated in. Cara gets understandably perturbed by these comments, and puts Jordan’s bag in the pool. Real unoriginal move by Cara, as Tonya already did this to Beth back on the Inferno II and Knight did it to Nany back on Battle of the Seasons (2012). Cara then tries to kick Jordan out of their room, but Jordan persists. This all seems real high school, so it’s a relief to get back to the actual house. However, things get pretty high school there as well as we cut to Camila ranting to Jenna about where she went wrong with her. Jenna sort of just ignores her and we get to nominations. Hunter and Jenna both vote in Derrick, who is not to disturbed by being voted in. We then get to the girl nomination, and Jenna votes in Camila. Maybe this is just do to Jenna not wanting a tie as Hunter probably wouldn’t vote for Britni, but nevertheless that’s what happens. Hunter says he would love to vote in Kailah, but doesn’t want to risk himself so he goes with Jenna and throws in Camila. Camila then calls Tori of all people a nasty person, and even TJ is taken aback by this. Camila and Jenna start getting into it and Camila accuses Tori (via confessional) of being the mastermind that turned Jenna and Kailah against her. After the nominations, Camila ventures over to Tori, Kailah, and Jenna’s room and starts getting into it with them. Camila and Tori get into a pretty big screaming match while Bananas watches from the background. Tori leaves the room while Camila walks ranting about how Jenna used to be nice until she met Tori. This takes us back to the Redemption House, where Jordan and CT are talking on the rooftop. Jordan says CT knows how the game works which is why he’s much calmer with Jordan than Cara is, but I lean more towards Cara’s pissed by Jordan saying he doesn’t want to run a final with her.

This gets us to the Presidio, where we see two giant spool looking objects accompanied by a pad. In the double cross, Tori pulls it for the girls and sends in Britni. Tony pulls it for the guys, automatically sending in Bananas. This game is called “Reel World” paying respects to the now dead TV Show many of these competitors have come from (funny only one of the competitors in the elimination is from it though.) This elimination entails competitors jumping on the reel to get it to spin, pulling a fifty-pound weight with it. After jumping on the reel, competitors then have to run around a post and get back to where they jumped from. First to get the weight past a red line wins. The girls go first, and Britni is really struggling here. Camila is killing it on the other side, and wins pretty handily, sending Britni into the Redemption House. Both girls look exhausted though, and we know we’re due for quite the matchup between two of the GOATs in Bananas and Derrick. Bananas takes the strategy of jumping on top of the spool and running on it like a hamster then falling off the back instead of jumping over. Derrick takes a more direct approach of quick runs on the spool then falling over. However, about halfway through, Bananas starts dying. He really struggles getting standing up while on the spool, and starts looking the worst since he’s looked in the Rampage challenge during Rivals 2. Eventually Derrick pulls out the win. This sends Bananas into the Redemption House, joining a stacked guys lineup of CT, LeRoy, Jordan, and poor Dario. As Bananas and Britni dance off into the fog, that ends this episode of the challenge.

In Redemption:

10) Dario (-5): If Dario escapes this field of behemoths, I’m betting on the Browns to win the Super Bowl next year.

9) Jemmye (-3): Maybe she has a shot if it’s a puzzle, otherwise…nope.

8) Britni: Can’t rule out something screwy happening, but I don’t see many competitions where she is the class of these girls.

7) Aneesa (-3): She’s got a good chance if it’s brute strength, but she’s not versatile.

6) Veronica: It seems like the competition may be a puzzle, so I’ll put her as the non-Cara Maria favorite.

5) LeRoy (-2): Any of the top four guys has a shot at getting out of Redemption, and LeRoy has the best combination of strength and speed.

4) Jordan: If it is a puzzle, he probably stands as the favorite, but it’s hard to put him above the experience of CT and Bananas.

3) CT (-1): He’s been superb this season, but he also stands a big target and doesn’t have great endurance.

2) Bananas: He looked awful in the last challenge, but I’m betting on his experience here.

1) Cara Maria: Stands as the clear favorite amongst the women.

In Game:

7) Tony (+3): There’s more competitors in the Redemption House than the Actual House, so Tony cracks the top 7.

6) Jenna: Great showing, but I’d still take the other three girls over her in almost any competition at this point.

5) Kailah (-1): She still hasn’t shown up in challenges and that’s going to come back to bite her at some point.

4) Hunter (+4): He has been otherworldly in physical competitions but you have to think that wrist is going to hurt him.

3) Tori (-2): She probably in the best political position of anyone at this point.

2) Camila (+3): I kind of don’t care about the rest of the cast being after her at this point since she’s just the best athlete and most experienced by far.

1) Derrick (+2): Since his competition consists of a guy with a broken hand and Tony, I give him the top spot.

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