'Expedition Impossible' eliminates Country Boys in seventh stage
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/05/2011
Expedition Impossible eliminated its seventh three-person team during Thursday night's broadcast of the new ABC reality competition's seventh episode.
Country Boys were eliminated from the adventure race after they were the last team to arrive at the seventh stage's finish line in Morocco.
"We've basically been through war together. It feels like we battled through Morocco. Unless you experience it yourself, you just can't understand how dramatic it is and how much it's changed our relationship between the three of us. After a heck of an experience like this, we're basically leaving like brothers," Nicholas Coughlin, a 28-year-old in Internet marketing from Clinton, MS, said following his team's ouster.
"If someone asks me to go up a mountain and they said I can have Nick and [Jason Cronin, a 37-year-old business owner/entrepreneur from Pensacola Beach, MN] with me, I'd do it again in a heart beat. I'd do it again in a heart beat," Chad Robinson, a 27-year-old realtor from Bolton, MS, added.
Expedition Impossible's seventh episode began with host Dave Salmoni telling the seven remaining teams that they had to head to an overlook behind the kasbah fortress that were at and retrieve a map which featured six symbols. Using binoculars, they were required to gaze out and observe the vista and spot one symbol that corresponded to their maps. Once the symbol -- a trio of tents -- was discovered, they had to drive to the nearby marketplace it marked on the map.
Dave then told the competition's teams they would depart the sixth stage's finish line in waves based on the order they had crossed the sixth stage's finish line.
Since The Gypsies -- which consisted of John Post, Taylor Filasky and Eric Bach -- finished the sixth stage in first place, they got a head start and departed before any of the other teams.
Fab 3, No Limits and The Football Players were then able to take off together and were followed by Country Boys, The Cops, and California Girls.
After finding their next checkpoint in the marketplace, the teams were instructed to drive to an airport. Upon reaching the airport, the teams were required to each choose one teammate to skydive. The first two teams to book their tickets would be on the first flight, the third and fourth teams would hop on the second flight, and the fifth, sixth and seventh-place teams would be forced to take the last flight.
The teammates who opted to skydive were instructed to look for another symbol, that again, would correspond to one of the six symbols on their maps and represent their next checkpoint.
However, No Limits encountered some trouble when they realized team member Ike Isaacson, a 33-year-old member of the National Guard from Topeka, KS, had hurt his ankle entering their vehicle while leaving the marketplace. Ike said he heard a pop on the same ankle he had surgery on before. While the team worried they would have to quit the competition and the show's medics diagnosed Ike as possibly having a fracture and needing an X-ray, Ike decided to reject their recommendation and attempt to complete the rest of stage with only a splint.
After skydiving, the teams were instructed to swim across a cold, rushing river and trek one mile to their next checkpoint at an old wooden sign.
Upon reaching the wooden sign, teams learned they had to decode an activity sign in order to find the location of the finish line. They could choose to stay put and solve the code on their own, or trek two miles roundtrip over steep terrain to discover a clue that would help them decipher the code.
The solution to the puzzle was an acronym in which the first letter of the word that each symbol represented -- kayak, archery, swimming, boating, airplane, and hiking -- on the sign would combine to read the word "kasbah." Once the teams deciphered the code, they could then use their maps to find the finish line.
Unlike the other teams, Fab 3 -- which consisted of Ryan Carrillo, Kari Gibson and A.J. Gibson -- opted to take the two-mile hike in order to retrieve the clue, but it didn't end up helping them.
Fab 3 had a terrible time decoding the sign, which allowed the Country Boys to get a 20-minute jump on them. They later admitted they wished they had stayed with the pack instead of straying the course in order to get a leg up on the others.
However, Fab 3 realized they had to hustle in order to have a chance to stay in the competition. Knowing that Country Boys were ahead of them, Fab 3 decided to take a short cut and climb the mountain rather than follow the path the Country Boys were on -- which was the route originally mapped out for them.
The Gypsies managed to conquer all the tasks quickly and efficiently and arrived at the seventh stage's finish line in first place -- their seventh first-place finish of the Expedition, including their first-place arrival at the halfway mark during the competition's two-part fifth stage.
Following The Gypsies, No Limits came in second place and California Girls subsequently secured third place.
The Football Players then arrived in fourth, while The Cops rushed to the finish line and snagged fifth place.
Fab 3 gave the course everything they had and were able to cross the finish line just before Country Boys, finishing in sixth place. As a result, Country Boys came in seventh and last place and their Expedition Impossible experience unfortunately came to an end.