The Challenge's CT and Johnny Bananas Remember the Bananas Backpack Elimination | TV Guide
Brown and Tamburello's relationship is a perfect example of the relationships tested in unexpected ways, which is why The Amazing Race. MTV – Chris “CT” Tamburello and Diem Brown of MTV's “The Challenge” have shared an epic love story spanning over eight years, and. CT Tamburello and Diem Brown in Mike Coppola/Getty Images pair's relationship had its “ups and downs,” as Tamburello described it.
Going into Cutthroat, Bananas had won two previous Challenge seasons and had proven to be a master manipulator of house politics. He was a strong contender for heading into the Cutthroat final as well before he was cast into the penultimate elimination that would go down in history.
His manipulative game style not only made him a target for his housemates, but as he believes, MTV itself. He was brought back especially for the Bananas elimination. We didn't plan for this. CT actually hadn't appeared on the show since The Duel II, two seasons before, when he was ejected from the house on the first night; multiple producers were needed to stop him from attacking fellow housemate Adam King.
The brutal incident had cast members calling for an unofficial ban on CT ever returning to the series.
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MTV Shows Bringing CT back for this elimination not only allowed an unexpected way to get rid of Bananas, but also served as probationary run for CT being able to return as a full-time cast member. I had one of those zaps around my neck in case I got out of line," CT jokes. It was a dart gun. The show brought him back full-time for the next season, Rivals, where he was paired with King and lost in the elimination before the final to, ironically, Bananas.
He went on to film four more seasons after that. Have you been working out, bro? The elimination is not just famous because it was CT's epic return to the show. It's also because of the sheer dominance he exhibited while taking Bananas down. He was able to get his rival on his back due to an unfortunate combination of diet and bad strategy. Having made it so far into the competition, Bananas was preparing himself physically for the show's grueling final challenge, not a weight-reliant elimination.
Going into [the show's] final you really do want to cut down weight as much as you can because you're most likely going to be running long distance and climbing mountains, " he explains. I was hungry," he says. MTV via "I've never seen this guy bigger in my entire life," Bananas remembers. Bananas couldn't do anything about his size, but knowing what game lay ahead in the elimination helped him to strategize. The problem is that before CT's appearance, Bananas had expected to go against rival housemate Tyler Duckworth.
Tyler was big, but not CT big, and the strategy Bananas had worked out in practice inevitably backfired. Add shows to your watchlist now! You see in that clip when they blow that horn we're both pulling in opposite directions. When [I practiced] doing it, I would barrel roll and try to pick it up.
In the first section, each team must saw off a log, with the saw placed in between the legs of each partner, and use a "thrusting" motion in order to saw the log. The first team to saw off their designated log will earn a five-second headstart for the next section, while each successive team earns a one-second headstart.
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The second section is "Ball Gag," in which partners are attached at their torsos, and with one player upside down, each team must advance through a pile of tires and under a log, then one player has to retrieve a red ball perched atop a wooden pole with their mouths, then drop the ball on the sand, and have their partner deposit the ball into a trap door.
The first teams to deposit the ball into their designated trap door win the challenge, while the last-place female team goes straight to the Jungle. Each team has to climb onto a rope ladder to a platform that is suspended 30 feet above water, then advance on a pair of foot ropes over the water to a deck, and ring a bell. If a player falls into the water, that player can swim back to the starting line, however, a team is disqualified if they don't complete the challenge within a minute time limit.
The teams that make it to the deck and ring the bell in the fastest time wins, while the last-place male team goes straight to the Jungle. Each team has to advance through a maze in the sand consisting of numerous bamboo poles, with each partner tied together by their wrists to a foot bamboo pole. A team is disqualified if they do not make it to the other side of the course within a minute time limit. The teams that make it to the end of the obstacle course in the fastest time wins, while the last-place female team goes straight to the Jungle.
Each team has to advance from one end of a narrow foot beam to the other that is suspended 30 feet above water. Eight swings are attached from a nearby platform. Opposing teams will be sitting on the swings, and will try to knock each partner off the beam and into the water. If one partner falls into the water, the other partner can still advance to the other side of the beam.
Teammates advancing on the beam have to stay within two swings of each other in order to avoid a penalty. The team whose partners advance to the end of the beam in the fastest time wins, while the last-place male team goes straight to the Jungle.
One partner is hanging from a platform suspended 30 feet above water, who had already been privately asked a series of questions about their partner prior to the start of the challenge. Lavin will then ask the other partners the same series of questions. If the answer is wrong, the team will be accessed one strike against them, and the teammate hanging from the platform will be dropped into the water on the second strike.
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For the women, the team whose partner is the first to hit the water is automatically sent to the Jungle. The last player hanging wins the challenge for their team, with the last female team standing winning immunity from the Jungle. Each team has to advance through a maze consisting of bamboo poles, with each partner having their wrists tied together, blindfolded and wearing electrical-shock dog collars.
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Each team member has to endure "electrical shocks" throughout the maze, and a team is disqualified if they do not make it to the end of the maze within a minute time limit. The team that makes it to the end of the maze in the fastest time wins, with the fastest male team winning immunity from the Jungle and the last-place male team automatically sent to the Jungle. Each team has to swing from a trapeze suspended 40 feet above water toward a catch bar, drop into the water, then each partner has to swim toward and around a midway buoy, and back toward another buoy at the finish line.
The team that makes it to the finish line in the fastest time wins, with the fastest female team winning immunity from the Jungle and the last-place female team automatically sent to the Jungle.
Four ramps are perpendicularly linked over a pond. Each partner has to grab a ball, run down a ramp, and deposit a ball into a basket at the end of the opposite ramp across from their designated ramp. Two teams compete a time, with a total of 20 balls. The team that deposits the most balls into their designated basket within a three-minute time limit wins, with the fastest male team winning immunity from the Jungle and a guaranteed guys spot in the final challenge, while the last-place male team automatically sent to the Jungle.
Teams have to race on a trail along the beach, and memorize a sequence of colors red, yellow, green and blue from a blinking light panel that is located one mile from the starting line. Partners are chained to each other, and after memorizing the color sequence, each team races back to the starting line, and stacks circular plates on a pole that are of different colors.
Each team has to stack colored plates in the order of which they flashed on the light panel. The challenge is played in two rounds, and the two teams that correctly stack their plates in the fastest time advance to the winner's round, while the two slowest teams are out, with the slowest team automatically sent to the Jungle. In the winner's round, the team that wins the second round wins immunity from the Jungle and a guaranteed girls spot in the final challenge.
Much like Hall Brawl from Battle of the Seasonsplayers must run through a narrow hallway past another contestant to ring a bell.
Both teams will have one offensive player and one defensive player. The offensive player who gets past the defensive players and rings the bell first in two out of three heats, wins the elimination. Both teams are suspended upside down from a swing, and must use tiny saws to cut through a rope that is connected to the opposing team's swing.
The first team to cut the rope and dunk their opponents in the water below wins the elimination. Played within a large circle, one player from each team has to swing and break a wooden stick at their opponent, while blindfolded.
The blindfolded players will be wearing bells on their shoes and guided by their partners, who are standing outside of the circle. The team that breaks a stick on their opponent in two out of three heats wins the elimination.
One player from each team is strapped to a metal gurnie. Lavin then releasesmega watts to the gurnie. The player who says they can't take it, loses their round. The team who wins two rounds out of three wins.
Two 3-story towers are placed in the center of the Jungle — one for each team. Each team has to open trap doors and "break through" each floor below using metal tools. Once a team has made it to ground level, each team has to "break through" a steel door, and ring a bell on the other side of the door.
Each partner has to alternate breaking through each floor in order to avoid disqualification. The first team to properly break through each floor and ring a bell wins.
Both team members run on a treadmill across from each other, behind a mud pit. Then they will toss twenty-two balls over a net and to their partner who will then dunk the balls in a basket.
The treadmills move faster as the elimination round progresses, and a team loses a match is one partner falls into a mud pit.
The team with the most balls in their basket, in the best two out of three matches, wins the elimination. Prior to the start of the final challenge, T. Lavin explains to each team that there will only be room for four teams — two of each gender — on the super yacht.
To get to the super yacht, each team will have a minute time limit to build replicas of the aforementioned shapes with oversize blocks that match each team's designated diagrams, retrieve a key to a kayak, and paddle their way to the yacht. If a team does not solve their designated puzzle within a minute limit, they will be permitted to retrieve a key to a kayak, provided that the other competing teams do not correctly solve their puzzles beforehand. At the first checkpoint, each team must remove 14 out of 15 spikes with voodoo doll heads on a large, triangular peg board, by jumping over each spike only once.
After a team completes a checkpoint, that team must signal the completion of their checkpoint by pulling the pin on a smoke grenade and dropping it in a bucket. The second checkpoint is "What's Mine Is Yours," in which each team must cut through a chain-link fence with a pair of dykes, then solve a mathematical puzzle involving a Pythagorean theorem in order to determine the hypotenuse of a triangle.
Each team then has to cut one of five colored ropes that corresponds to a correct answer. If a team makes an incorrect answer, all five ropes have to be cut before they are allowed to continue to the next checkpoint.
At the third checkpoint "Food Test," each team must eat and drink a variety of disgusting foods and liquids from numbered receptacles, and in numerical order. A key is located at the bottom of the final jar, which will unlock a cabinet containing an idol.
At the fourth checkpoint, "Body Issues," each team must move 20 body bags from one side of a course to another. After each body bag has been removed, a sign at the bottom of the pile will instruct each team to dig into the ground and retrieve a treasure chest that will contain the fourth idol.