LAST EDITED ON 07-23-03 AT 11:33 AM (EST)
Previously: A bunch of shifty-eyed old fogeys, mostly in glasses, sat around playing poker at Binion's in Vegas trying to win $2.5 million and a bracelet. Believe it or not, the bracelet carries much more prestige than the money.
We're still in the evening of day 5 and Eric has just missed his field goal. The owner of the Vipers buys Team Exodus dinner at McDonald's. "Big whoop," we say, but these guys aren't sure where their next meal is coming from, so I guess it's something exciting for them. Anyway, after dinner, they get hooked up at the local news station where they try to anchor a sports broadcast. The regular broadcast is much too serious for the interlopers to take over, but they get offered a chance to do a tape that would run early the next morning. Good enough. Greg did the deed, though Kerri very much wanted to. He did a fine job, and this puts Team Exodus up 4-3.
After taping they head to an Arena player's house to crash and talk about It. It is not something they look forward to.
They get up early the next day to watch Greg's prerecorded broadcast. Greg was the least excited of all - he looked very sleepy. They announce plans to head to Nashville to meet Eddie George and his Heisman.
Meanwhile, Team Cake moans and groans about missing the normalcy of their everyday lives and their families. Guys - this is a race. Suck it up and move on. They take this opportunity to consult their maps and find that Mt. Rushmore is not in Washington (not sure if they were talking D.C. or State, not that it matters), but in South Dakota. They fret that they might be going a little bit in the wrong direction.
The Cake & Bakers set up a task with the Ravens and their starting punter. They endeavored to outkick him, as a group. Eric screws around on the phone as Kristin tries to make the final arrangements. They beg for a ride. First they're offered money - no good, since they can never accept cash directly. But they do get their ride to the Ravens' practice field.
At the practice field, they find out they face Dave Zastudil, Ravens' punter. A couple of other Ravens offer comic relief for the camera. Dave's punt was 52 yards - not that good. Leadoff guy Eric corked one 39 yards. And Kristin, despite a sore leg, got one 16 yards. That's good enough for the tie, 4-4.
In Hunstville, Team Exodus gets the smack call and it motivates them to press on to Nashville. Wes, an Arena player, gives them a ride. Then they talk about It again, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each member. It doesn't look good for Stacey.
Meanwhile, Team Cake talks about It also. It looks like It is going to claim Eric. Their next task is set up - they're heading out to beat a WNBA player one-on-one. Charles is elected for this one.
A few hours later, Team Exodus makes it to Nashville. The PR guy says that Eddie George is on his way out of town and most everyone else of interest is either gone or going (it's Friday afternoon). He says he would make some phone calls and see what he could do.
Meanwhile they talk about It again. Kerri is undecided.
PR guy gives them a ride to Eddie's place. They're gambling, because he's not there, and may not get there for many hours. But what else better do they have to do? Dan the painter offers to buy them food while they wait. He brings back quite a stash and only asks that they return the favor somewhere down the line. Wasn't there a movie about that? Eddie pulls up, and the team explains their predicament. He agrees to do what they need to get done - take a picture with him, them, and the Heisman. They comment that the Heisman is really heavy. Click. Done. Exodus takes a 5-4 lead.
And now it's time to actually do It. I would explain the details of It, but I don't care. The results of It is that Eric was booted from Team Cake, and Kerri was exiled from Team Exodus.
Thank God It's over. Now we can get back to the show. Charles is scheduled to take on Washington Mystics all-world WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw. He knows he has a stiff test ahead of him. Charles plays well, but Holdsclaw gives no quarter and ended up winning 7-5.
Next week: Fun (for some) at a strip club, and the teams are happy about their new team members. Please don't let them be celebrities/athletes. If it's Mia Hamm & Steve Young or the equivalent, I think I will gag.