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The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Finale & Reunion

By James Bullock Jun 28, 2018 - 1:17 PM print


Previously on “The Challenge Champs vs. Stars”: With CT & Tony securing their spot in the finale by winning the Team Challenge before Wes & Daniel were voted to not go into the final Elimination Round, it was down to Louise & Casper battling Kailah & Drake for the last finale spot.

Picking up right where the last episode left off, Louise & Casper and Kailah & Drake are going heads-to-heads in the Elimination Round known as “Icy Hot” that sees the teammates having to jump 1000 tapping a button to drop a block of ice holding frozen clothing that must be put on before they do another 1000 jumps while cold as ice. Louis is the first to get her clothes on with Casper not far behind his partner to start jumping. Their opponents are able to catch up thanks to Louise running out of breath. Casper picks up the slack to keep the lead and inevitably win it for his team.

The night arrives and they all go out to dinner to fellowship before a montage of activities to prepare each team for the finale including Daniel & Wes eating a gigantic bowl of cereal, CT & Tony performing some tandem bike riding, and Casper & Louise sparring for a fight. Will it be enough? Host The Miz introduces the finale competitors to “Bankroll” on this very rainy day. The final challenge will race through four sections to complete four different challengers where upon completion they attain a Miz Coin to deposit, with the first team to deposit all four coins winning the big money. Tony, being the final MVP of the game, gets to choose what team will be hit with a two-minute start delay thanks to his “Sabotage” Power Play. Of course Tony chooses Casper & Louise to be penalized. The first stage is “Puck It”: each team has to walk on small beams opposite of the main beam to push a tire puck until it reaches the top. Wes & Daniel show they are the team to beat early by finishing stage one without a hitch.

CT & Tony take 2nd place with Louise & Casper playing catch-up. “Blockhead” is the second phase with each team having to build an image out of faux Legos while riding a hoverboard to pick up the building pieces. Before Wes & Daniel start putting things forward, Casper & Louise pull into second place due to CT’s back giving him trouble. Casper is a hoverboard expert & just jets across the field to pick up his team’s pieces.

Louise & Casper actually finish the puzzle first, taking the lead. Wes & “Booby” make a crucial mistake in constructing the puzzle, as do CT & Tony, but the prior are able to keep second place. CT is breaking down fast as Casper & Louise start “Eat and Run”: a game where they must simultaneously carry a bar with star-shaped poles to put into a bucket representing the food they must eat. Wes actually picks dog food as Casper has a nice snack break due to him trying not to rush through his meal and upset his stomach.

Wes is helping his team keep his team in this game because Daniel can’t drink fish juice while CT is actually enjoying his onion wrap with sardines, saltines & peppers. Wes & Daniel finish first with CT & Tony doing the same no less than ten seconds later. Louise is furious Casper lost the lead by taking his sweet time to eat.

It’s down to the final stage, “Beat Box”: a game where they have to break through to a box full of puzzle pieces, but the box is locked underneath ropes, plastic wrap & locks. CT & Tony do a masterful job unwrapping the box, discovering the slider puzzle underneath. While Tony lets CT handle all the hard work to great success, Louise & Casper figure they have to solve the possible as quickly as possible to chase down CT & Tony.

It simply comes down to a race with Tony & CT bringing their dad bods down the hill with the Miz Coin in hand.

Casper & Louise make it in time to pick up second place while Wes literally slips his way into third place. The Miz congratulates everyone for finishing the game while announcing how much they made for each of their respective charities: Wes ($3,200 - 36 Degrees North), Daniel ($3,200 - American Diabetes Association), Louise ($30,200 - BLSYW), Casper ($30,700 - Inner-City Arts), CT ($52,950 - F.I.G.H.T.) & Tony ($57,700 - Hands on NOLA).

Episode High(s): Thrilling Finale. One issue with the past “Challenge” spin-offs was the lacking final challenges. This season ended on a very high-note with the teams truly being tested similar to the older, original seasons of “The Challenge” featuring a lot of back & forth in the positioning of what team was taking the lead until the very end. This was a nail biter until the very end.

Episode Low(s): The Final Elimination. Not that it was bad or anything, it just felt lackluster considering it was used as a cliffhanger. The final Elimination Round ended incredibly fast and could’ve easily been seen in full during the last episode with this one simply focusing on everything that was the epic finale.

Season Challenge Winners: CT & Tony

Eliminations: Arian (Episode 1); Kam (Episode 2); Hennessy (Episode 3); Anessa (Episode 4); Devin (Episode 5); Ashley (Episode 6); Jozea (Episode 8); Shane (Episode 8); Brooke (Episode 8); Selita (Episode 8); Tori (Episode 8); Lil Mama (Episode 8); Kailah (Episode 10); Drake (Episode 10)

Most Embarrassing Athletic Display: Daniel. Okay, maybe it doesn’t take a lot of athleticism to drink three glasses of fish juice, but everyone worked incredibly hard and it was the only time someone looked utterly useless during this finale.

Competitor of the Week: Tony. “Tony Time” was in full effect as he picked up the slack and helped his team march toward victory. It was an impressive showing by Tony all season with it being capped off here in grand fashion.

Episode Summary in Five Words or Less: Power of the dad bod.

Now Lets Take it to the Reunion

WWE Superstar & former two-time “Challenge” champion The Miz is here; returning to his old stomping grounds to host this grand finale featuring recap videos of everything that happened during the season like Tony & CT pulling off the big win, making it 3-0 for “The Challenge” Champs. To make it to the next moment, The Miz asks the audience members to vote for their favorite moment of the season; with Ashley going crazy after being placed on the Blue Team after doing so well on the Red Team.

Aneesa, on the other hand, feels she’s been disregarded as a great player including CT not checking in on her when she hurt her ankle. CT immediately tries to rectify the situation while apologizing feverishly for almost squandering a friendship. The Miz moves things along and asks who was the worst competitor with the general consensus being Jozea. Jozea drops a bombshell that he actually threw that hockey Team Challenge where he looked like a complete fool. Well that explains everything (well, everything but his spelling abilities – seriously, this never gets old).

The problems between Shane and Jozea apparently run deeper than the latter just being a terrible athlete as they actually had a conversation before the game began about their representation for gay people during this series, only for things to go downhill when Shane tried to keep Jozea abreast of his failures. A big argument breaks out with Jozea showing off his body to prove how genetically superior he is to Shane. But Jozea wasn’t the only one Shane angered during the season including Casper with comments such as this one:

Casper lets Shane’s anger influencing his comments slide. The Miz has a big revelation that Drake – who isn’t here in person, but is live via satellite – almost left the show. Drake explains that his fellow Stars kept him going, though Kailah says Drake was actually relieved when he & Kailah were voted into their inevitable elimination. The Miz decides to play a little drinking game with the cast as anyone who’s done whatever he mentions needs to take a drink. Apparently Louise has a sexted Wes, Tori, Casper, Lil Mama & “Booby” with the latter denying he got anything. Wes checked out Drake’s nude pictures. Oh, and Ashley stole Shane’s potential next boyfriend.

The fans also get a chance to vote for the biggest crybaby of the season. While Kam believes Wes had more waterworks than anyone, Jozea earns the award. Lil Mama interrupts to remind everyone on stage that they are the best salsa dancers.

Kailah snaps after Jozea tells her to be quiet when he tries to answer a question; leading to a walkout by Kailah and CT when Lil Mama tries to defend Jozea with CT actually going home while Kailah comes back.

Before closing out this reunion, The Miz introduces the trailer for “The Challenge: Final Reckoning” that premieres in two weeks, so lets get ready for a grand finale to this trilogy of seasons.

Episode High(s): Just Having Fun. While there were definitely moments of hostility & people walking out like CT near the end, this reunion was mostly a collection of fun stories, hatchets buried and dancing & drinking. It was nice seeing CT apologize to Aneesa, Ashley accepting just how crazy she came across as during the season, and even Drake calling in to complete his journey through his first (and most likely only) season of “The Challenge”.

Episode Low(s): Inaudible Arguments. I can only assume the caption people at MTV were either too lazy or just couldn’t understand what was being said on stage, but we had several arguments during this show where it was hard to even understand what they were fussing about including the final “discussion” (other than a few of Kailah’s insults). At least we know what Kailah really thinks of Jozea … I think. Also, Wes was crazy quiet and I wanted to see him tell us a little more about his “breakdown”.

Episode Summary in Five Words or Less: Shade, Shame & Salsa.



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