On the Treasure Hunters Finale, the Geniuses reach the hidden chamber first, but they are unable to decipher the cryptex. As the Geniuses sit around in frustration, the Southie Boys and the Air Force catch up and join them in the hidden chamber. All three teams spend several hours trying to solve the cryptex. Francis on the Genius team suddenly has a revelation and enters “FSKEY” into the cryptex. The cryptex opens and reveals a metallic spinner which fits on one of the stone tablets on the ground.
Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) will provide one of the richest prizes in television history on Monday, August 21 at 9 p.m. (EDT) when it hosts the live finale of the summer NBC reality show, Treasure Hunters. Genworth, a sponsor of the series, is providing the grand prize worth millions of dollars to the winning team. Genworth is also primary sponsor of the companion NBC.com online Treasure Hunters game, the Genworth Financial Treasure Challenge.
This summer, ten teams searched the globe on a wild ride to find a hidden treasure. For the final three teams, Air Force, Geniuses and the Southie Boys, their hunt will finally reach its thrilling conclusion as one team unlocks the final puzzle, and the worth of the treasure will be revealed live from Washington, D.C. on Monday, August 21 from 9-10 p.m. on NBC.
Host Laird MacIntosh tells the final three teams that one of them will find the treasure tonight. He also tells the teams that they will have to use all their artifacts to unlock the treasure. The teams race to the Library of Congress, where they must locate one of three books. A clue behind the books directs the teams to a printing press. At the printing press, teams use the artifacts they’ve collected to print out a map.
The teams are given a choice between rock climbing and driving to St. Tropez for their first clue. Air Force, the Southie Boy, the Geniuses, and Ex-CIA all choose to rock climb, while Miss USA chooses to drive. After completing their tasks, teams find a set of keys and a picture of a castle.
For the first time, the Treasure Hunters’ teams leave the U.S. and travel to Paris, France. Air Force, the Fogal Family, and the Geniuses get off three stops ahead of the other teams in search of the Catacombs. It turns out to be a mistake as the other teams reach the Catacombs first. Inside the Catacombs, teams search for the date 1789.
To find the fifth of seven artifacts, the remaining six teams must travel abroad to uncover the secret of the man behind the mask.
The Brown Family talks about continuing on without Keith, who has torn a quadricep. Host Laird MacIntosh gives the Brown family the option of taking a six hour penalty and skipping the swamp or ending the hunt. The offer to the Brown Family seems somewhat unfair since there didn’t appear to be any similar offer made to the Grad Students when one of their team members was injured. The Brown Family elects to take the penalty and continue the hunt.
On last week’s episode of Treasure Hunters, the Brown family was able to re-enter the hunt when the Grad Students were forced to drop out due to a knee injury to one of their team members. On this week’s episode of Treasure Hunters, Keith Brown tears a muscle and is carried away in an ambulance, but due to an unusual twist in the game it looks as if the Brown family will be able to continue on and even benefit from Keith’s injury.
Treasure Hunters hasn’t exactly been a hit with the critics, but some of the contestants have proven to be very entertaining. The Wild Hanlons quickly became the stars of Treasure Hunters, as they brought a dose of fun and humor to the show. The Wild Hanlons made viewers laugh as they always seemed to get lost, they constantly looked for clues in all the wrong places, and they took a hamburger break in the middle of an elimination challenge.