'Expedition Impossible' eliminates NY Firemen in fifth stage
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/22/2011
Expedition Impossible eliminated its fifth three-person team during Thursday night's broadcast of the new ABC reality competition's fifth episode.
NY Firemen became the fifth team eliminated from the adventure race after they were the last team to arrive at the fifth stage's finish line in Morocco.
"When [Expedition Impossible host Dave Salmoni] told us we were the last team, I felt like we did our best today, I guess. We hustled. We hustled the whole way today. Wherever we could run, we were running and we weren't looking back. We were trying our hardest to catch up and we couldn't do it," Michael Egan, a 34-year-old firefighter from Rockaway Park, NY, said following his team's ouster.
"I'm disappointed because I feel that we were good enough to make it to the end, but at the same point, I'm happy with the way we represented ourselves -- which was helping other people. So, it wasn't always about the competition. It was about the experience and the journey, and to do all these amazing things that we were able to do with these two good friends of mine was an experience of a lifetime," Robert Kiley, a 34-year-old firefighter from Rockaway Park, NY, added.
In addition to Michael and Robert, NY Firemen also included Kevin Coursey, a 39-year-old firefighter from Belle Harbor, NY.
Expedition Impossible's fifth episode began with Dave announcing Stage 5 was going to feature two checkpoints and would take two days to complete. The teams would be checked into a mandatory overnight camp following the first day, and the team to arrive first would have a chance to hear from their loved ones.
Dave then told the competition's nine remaining teams they would depart the fourth stage's finish line in waves based on the order they had crossed the fourth stage's finish line.
The first part of the stage would require them to find an artist's tent and duplicate a map on one of their teammates' body parts using henna techniques, rappel down a cliff, search for a "fish fossil" amongst a riverbed of rocks, carry the fossil half a mile to a local market where they would trade it for a fish dinner, and then trek a half mile upstream to reach the overnight camp.
Since the Gypsies -- which consisted of John Post, Taylor Filasky and Eric Bach -- finished the fourth stage in first place, they got a head start and departed before any of the other teams.
NY Firemen, No Limits and The Football Players were then able to take off together and were followed by The Fishermen, California Girls, Fab 3, The Cops, and Country Boys.
All the teams seemed to complete the tasks without much difficulty except for No Limits and NY Firemen, who had to retrace their steps and return to the riverbed because they did not realize they needed to keep their fish fossil trade it for their fish dinner. Their error caused them to lose a lot of ground and fall behind the other teams.
The Gypsies hustled along the stream and arrived at the halfway point of the fifth stage's finish line in first place -- their fifth first-place finish of the Expedition. Following The Gypsies, The Football Players came in second place and The Cops subsequently secured third place.
Fab 3 then arrived in fourth place, and The Fishermen finished in fifth. Country Boys then managed to arrive at the finish line in sixth place.
Following Country Boys were No Limits, NY Firemen, and California Girls.
While The Gypsies were rewarded with personal videos from their families at home for winning the first half of the stage, they opted to give their prize to No Limits -- who had expressed how they missed their wives and children immensely.
The following day, The Gypsies were allowed to leave first since they had arrived at the overnight camp in first place. They were then followed by the next wave, which consisted of The Cops, Fab 3 and The Football Players.
The Fisherman, No Limits, and Country Boys were the next three teams to depart, and they were followed by California Girls and NY Firemen soon after.
The teams were required to travel to a checkpoint located five miles away and were instructed to unlock a box by solving a traditional Moroccan puzzle lock, extract a key from a Moroccan mountain register in order to release their ropes to be used for rappelling down a canyon, and then follow a riverbed for two miles to the stage's finish line.
The Gypsies followed closely behind Fab 3 as they were approaching the finish line but got slowed down because one of their team members believed he had hurt his ankle very badly.
Fab 3 -- which consisted of Ryan Carrillo, Kari Gibson and AJ Gibson -- were then able to arrive at the finish line in first place, breaking The Gypsies' long winning streak. The Gypsies took their time to cross the finish line shortly after them, and they were then followed by The Football Players -- who arrived in third place -- and The Cops who secured a fourth-place finish.
Following The Cops, No Limits came in fifth place, while The Fisherman managed to cross the finish line in sixth place. Country Boys then arrived and they were followed by California Girls and finally NY Firemen -- whose Expedition Impossible experience came to an end.