This episode was pretty uneven. It’s one of the best morning challenges in the house so far, but the “people” moments that bookend it seem to go on for days.
As it opens, we spend five minutes chatting about the last elimination, which was pretty interesting by itself, but hardly worth the intro/retrospective look that Graham gave the remaining contestants regarding the Monica v. Lexxy action. When we finally moved away from that, we got to the main event: Jungle Speed. I’d never even heard of it before, but I don’t play games, anyway. Do you know how long it was before I found out what Apples-to-Apples was? A long time! The artists have cards and toss them down round after round. If two match, the two players must reach for the totem, the loser gets the winner’s card. If someone tips the totem over or grabs it out of turn, they get everyone’s cards. Whoever has no cards at the very end wins.
This works great for the first round when the totem is stationary on the table, but in the second round when they’re diving into pillow forts for them? Oh man, it gets crazy. Just watch it. As we depart, we have another ‘get to know them’ moment, but it feels oddly unedited. That’s not to knock Tavis’ affection for his family, but the fact that after an event like that, I want something cut a little cleaner.
Until next week then, when we get another thrilling afternoon challenge!