January 21, 2008 10:57 PM by Rich
Tonight’s episode of American Gladiators was the first time one of the four previous winners could be knocked out of the final eight. With the usual gusto and great action, this episode was not a disappointment by any means. Evan (Retail Manager, 5′ 10″, 160lbs) was pitted against Son Nguyen (Fire Fighter, 6′ 0″, 165lbs) for the men. The women boasted Christine Kim (Mortgage Broker, 5′ 3″, 117 lbs) and Jennifer Blum (Lawyer, 5′ 6″, 155lbs) in this contest.
The men were first into the fray facing off against Titan, Mayhem, Toa, and Justice in Gauntlet. Dressed in red, Evan fought his way past Titan, Mayhem, and Toa with relative ease. Justice, on the other hand, managed to hold him up despite a great scramble move up the side of the course to get past him. With time running out, Evan managed to get past the gladiator broke through the wall to earn ten points. Son, dressed in blue, tried a very nimble leap frog move past Titan which was nearly successful. Son backed off and then got past the big gladiator, as well as fighting his way past Mayhem and Toa. Justice managed to take him down and hold him from getting past until time expired.
The women started tonight’s action with the Wall. Venom was tasked to chase down Christine while Siren was matched with Jennifer. With a seven second head start, both women ran to the wall and started up moving well. The gladiators, when they were set loose, wasted no time in going up the wall right behind them. Christine was the first to be caught as Venom got her by the foot. Trying to fight the gladiator off to no avail she went for a plunge into the water below. Jennifer was caught by Siren and stubbornly tried to keep her hold on the wall. With twenty seconds to go she very nearly managed to hold out for the clock before Siren pulled her off the wall to join Christine for a swim.
The Pyramid pitted Son and Evan against Wolf and Justice. Facing off with Justice, Son tried to get past his man and managed to get into the scoring zone once. Justice tackled him down to the bottom of the pyramid once, threw him bodily down several times, and successfully kept him from remaining in the scoring zone. Evan faced off with Wolf, and was taken down quickly by a great flying tackle move. Trying to find a way against Wolf by crossing with Son, he found himself with another trip down the pyramid from a second flying tackle. As the time ran out neither man managed to score in this difficult competition.
Earthquake put the women on the moving platform facing Crush. Jennifer was first up and immediately went after the gladiator. Grappling with each other they quickly were down on the platform as Crush tried to shove her over the side. In a great move, Jennifer grabbed onto one of the support ropes and hung on trying to beat the clock. Crush put her foot on the competitors’ head and pushed until she lost her grip falling to the mats below. Christine took to the moving platform next also going right at the gladiator. After grappling for several seconds, she found herself taken down onto her back. Crush tried to pick her up to dump her over the side but was fought off by her opponent. As they wrestled near the edge, Christine managed to kick out of the grip going to the opposite side of the platform. This maneuver along with time running out earned her five points.
Evan was first into the Assault course against the skill of Militia. Getting quickly to the first position he managed to get a shot off with the sling shot. Just missing the target as Militia continued to fire missiles at him, he raced to the second position. Militia nearly got his man when the shot bounced off the barrel of Evan’s cannon. Firing back he hit the target surrounding Militia with a burst of smoke and a ticket backwards into the pool. Son did not fair quite as well in this course. Getting to the first position he misfired the sling shot causing his bullet to bounce harmlessly across the course floor. Moving to the turret he was just barraged by Militia as one shot went past his head, bounced off the barrel of the gun, and a third got him in the head. The women were next into this course with Jennifer taking her chances first. Nearly hitting the target with her sling shot attempt, she scrambled to the next position in a hail of missiles. Loading her cannon, Jennifer managed to hit the target sending Siren for a smoky ride into the water behind and scoring ten points to increase her lead. Christine got to the first position and got her shot off but missed the target. Moving to the cannon, She turned the protective barrier the wrong direction and was exposed for several critical seconds. Turning the barrier, she managed to get the shot off missing a second time. Christine dodged Siren’s shots to get to the sand pit, hitting the smoke screen she got to the crossbow. As time ran out she was working on loading the crossbow ending her run on the course.
The men’s Wall competition was not really a competition as much as a way to show up the gladiators. Evan took to the wall against Wolf and Son against Toa. With their seven second head start they started up the wall quickly putting distance between them and the gladiators. The gladiators never got close enough to even consider laying a hand on them. They both went up the wall like it was nothing and gained the top, awarding Evan ten points and Son five points.
The final event for the women was Hit and Run. Crush, Stealth, Fury, and Hellga were the gladiators tasked to remove the two women from the bridge with demolition balls. Christine had a very good run, if not a lucky one, as she ran right into the one hundred pound balls not once, not twice, but three times and remained on the bridge. She managed to complete five trips before time ran out and avoided going for a swim. On her fifth trip she took a solid hit managing to keep her balance and shrug it off. Jennifer on her first run took a ball right to the head which did not deter her. Using a duck under strategy she completed four trips before getting hit solidly and put into the drink on the fifth.
The men’s Eliminator challenge was nearly no challenge at all. Evan started with a nine second head start and never gave an inch. He was already swimming under the fire when Son hit the wall and struggled to get over it. Evan made short work of the cargo net, barrel roll and hand bike starting up the pyramid as Son started the hand bike. Son fell off the hand bike and that sealed Evan’s victory as he hit the zip line, went up the travelator on his first try. Coming through the wall with a time of one minute, twenty-nine seconds, he removed Adonis from the final eight and boasted the best time thus far in this competition. The women were next up in this competition. Jennifer started with a two and one-half second head start. Jennifer struggled up the wall and managed to get over and into the water first. Both women got to the cargo net at almost the same instant and both struggled up the net. Christine got to the top first and onto the barrel roll where she lost one shoe, and took off her other! Both women fell from the hand bike, Christine getting up the pyramid before Jennifer climbed back up from the pit. Christine fell on her first attempt up the travelator allowing Jennifer to catch up. Both competitors looked exhausted as Jennifer finally got up the travelator and through the wall with a time of four minutes and seven seconds. Both women will not be going into the final eight.
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