Previously: Four teams set out from tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka to head for the city of Shanghai, the most populous city in the world's most populous country. Wait a sec - what do you mean that's the wrong show? Sorry. Take two.
Previously: The stable hands were restless for a victory, but LeVar rode his donkey across the finish line first; Deanna won the stable hand challenge; Susan whined about the big house dwellers' lack of appreciation for horses; it was Tara C vs. Susan in the guts match, and Susan's pick Nigel No Mates won by a nose in a huge upset.
Time to pick some more quotes out of context:
Susan exclaims, "I want those horses!" I probably shouldn't go there, but what the hey. She could use a plaything or two. Or eight. Too bad they can't vote for her.
Deanna squeals at the misery of the owners after losing one of their own. Enjoy it while it lasts, because next time it could be you on the chopping block.
Steve tells us about this week's OWNERS' CHALLENGE. He introduced 5 couples to the contestants. They all seemed nice enough and most played some sports in college. There was one semi-ringer in the bunch - they had the head coach of the Arena Football 2 League Bakersfield Blitz Rick Van Horne and his wife. Based on only this information, the contestants were asked to choose which one of their kids (they were all 11 years old) would win a 110-yard sprint. My pick (Tony) was well out of it as Rick's kid Richard streaked away from everyone and won by over a second. Both LeVar and Eric picked him, but Eric guessed the winning time more accruately, so he won the challenge. He picked LeVar and Sara to go to the big house with him - no surprises there. But he had to pick someone else, so he picked Tara (W). Why her? "You'll find out," he replied mysteriously.
In a confessional, Tara clearly knew what was up - they were going to sacrifice her for the upcoming GUTS MATCH. Deanna also knew the score.
At the big house, Tara was quite the flirtatious one, trying to start stuff between Eric, Sara, and LeVar, with some success. LeVar seemed mostly immune to her charms, and in a confessional finally called her what she was, the word that rhymes with "glitch". Not to her face, of course.
Deanna gets a mini-profile, finally. She had lots of experience with horses in the past with her father, and she wanted to recreate that experience on this show.
And now we all go to the Jockey Room for the STABLE HAND CHALLENGE. There were four equisizers (mechanical horses) for our stable hands to work out on. Each time they bobbed the horse's head, they got a point. Steve asked them questions at certain intervals; the one who answered the question correctly would get 25 bonus points. Deanna answered the most questions, and all of the owners bet on her to win, but her riding form was apparently suboptimal for a contest like this as Dean had just enough clicks to beat her. Susan was happy for him, which may or may not be a good thing.
Next is a mini-profile of Eric. Despite the omnipresent 10 gallon hat, he considers himself more of a horseman than a cowboy. He's had lots of jobs.
Eric seems unnerved by his mansion mates. He seems to have a grudge against LeVar and maybe a torch for Sara. Tara considers LeVar to be a mystery man.
Finally we go down to the Chandelier Room again where everyone makes their picks. Eric picks Tara. And Dean picks Susan. She doesn't mind too much. Alex tells us that the 10 horses who have already run GUTS MATCHES are scratched from this race. So we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Tara asks about Lauren's Halo, and Alex gave a not especially informative answer. Susan didn't have any questions.
Tara picks Ready to Flirt, arguably the worst horse in the stable based on past form. Unlike Susan, Tara didn't seem to have a death wish, so I can't explain the pick. Susan picks R Champ - a dangerous pick, since he's gone off form his last two races, but he does have a good first step and should make easy work of his equine opponent.
On the track, before the GUTS MATCH, R Champ looked very nervous. I got a bad feeling about him. This was not shared by the contestants, who all backed Susan's pick (except Eric, who didn't bet).
And they're off and running! Both horses look jittery with Ready to Flirt running in R Champ's path and R Champ having his eyes on some pretty filly in the stands (Susan, perhaps?) Ready to Flirt gets a length lead early and hangs on to win by a head. Susan waxes philosophic about her loss.
Next week there's a twist as there will be three guts matches to get our top three the hard way. Will our favorite contestant survive? You'll have to tune in to find out!