Watching ‘Redneck Island’ and not seeing my face this week was kind of depressing and pretty boring — just kidding, kind of — but this 9th challenge was a doozie for sure.
I know Becky was in so much pain after she got back to the Redneck Island house because I was DYING after our Pit challenge, too. I could barely walk for two days and had to ice my hips where the harness dug into me… so I can’t imagine being in Becky’s shoes.
At this point in the game, it was getting down to the wire. You could almost smell that $100,000 and tension in the house was higher than ever. Gary and Tessa as a team was a match up I never thought I’d see, and everyone was ready for challenge number eight.
I had no idea Tessa, Tank and Cody played a prank on Riley but I laughed my freaking butt off when I found out. Riley was sooooooo boring this season. Literally, all he did was sleep. He went from being “Hot Riley” last season to “Sir Sleeps A Lot.” The morning of the 8th challenge was gloomy and cold, and once again we were doing something in the water.
The house was divided once again on ‘Redneck Island’, but this time it was the veteran guys versus Cody, Nicole and the rookies. When Nicole won her Pit challenge and shouted, ‘F–k y’all!’ to everyone, it left a lot of people really salty. It was us against them at that point — especially after Cowboy so bravely ran his mouth.
If I had a cork, I would have shoved it down Cowboy’s throat. All that “laying low” we had been doing went straight out the window and all eyes were on Cowboy and me now. The morning of the fifth challenge was such a drag. It was freezing and cloudy and to make matters worse, the challenge involved water. When Steve [Austin] explained “Wall Brawl,” I assumed it would be really simple. Cody and Nicole made it look like a piece of cake when they plopped Tank and Katie in the water. But I quickly found out that I was wrong. Bo and Jorden found their rhythm from the start. Cowboy and I didn’t stand a chance. It was pretty much over before it started. This was definitely Bo’s challenge and his time to shine!
Cody and Nicole became a team after the last pit, and it made a LOT of people in the house nervous. The big question on everyone’s mind was if they were going to be the same big threat they were last year.
The fact that they had opposing alliances was a concern for everyone involved. The veteran guys had trust issues with Cody from the start, but when he became partners with Nicole, crap hit the fan for sure.
After Connar and Caleb went home, the house felt pretty divided. It was like rookies VS. vets, even though the majority of the teams still contained one rookie and one veteran. The veteran guys had their sights set on getting rid of the rookie guys, and they didn’t care what that meant for the veteran girls paired with them.
For Becky and me it wasn’t a big deal . . . But the rest of the “OG” girls knew they were a target. I was pretty pumped for the third challenge. I think everyone’s heart stopped beating when we walked up and saw that enormous crane. We all wondered what in the world Steve Austin was going to make us do this time!
Going back to the house after Cowboy went home was such a drag. Tank was moping around. I was bummed. Even Riley said it was different without Cowboy. I think watching such a strong, seasoned veteran go out like that kind of hit home for everyone, especially the rookies.
The rookies started to see that you have to go big and give it everything you’ve got or you pack your bags and go home, and that the pit is no joke. I don’t think Redneck Island was what a lot of these guys were expecting.