Spies, Lies and Allies Recap, Season 37 Ep. 14

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The challenge

Mavericks

Season 37

Episode 14

Editor’s Note

3 stars

Photo: MTV

While I usually watch these episodes in the afternoon, I had to pinch myself over the last three episodes to stay awake as Emerald Cell repeatedly won challenges and let Devin tell them who to name. I don’t think I could have survived another week of them holding their stupid “green picnics” or lifting that stupid kitchen counter plant every time they came home after a win. I’m still not sure if they made this plant their fake trophy because it’s green (which isn’t automatically emerald) or as some other joke inside – they’re not the most creative bunch ! Either way, after a painfully boring month of consistent wins, we are finally witnessing the reign of Team Sapphire. I knew this outsider triumph was approaching; I just didn’t know it would be so good.

This week’s Block A manages to both be quite short and feature a crucial setup instead of mindless water cooler talks and FaceTime calls with loved ones. Mainly, Amanda doesn’t like Tori and thinks she’s an overrated competitor. This is an observation that I was waiting for someone to make. Last season, Tori was positioned as a great, bad player against the rookies, but she was unreliable in her weekly challenges. The challenge career and does not thrive in any specific area of ​​competition, be it physical challenges, puzzles or politics. My other take on him might sound slightly sexist, but I also think his reputation as a formidable athlete is in part influenced by his closeness to his ex-fiancé Jordan, who is one of the most accomplished male players in the game. the history of the series and would constantly hype it up. her through to the rest of the cast – like a good groom should, by the way. Either way, I agree with Amanda that while Tori has some really big quads – as seen when she fights Kaycee in a sundress from Target – she isn’t unbeatable.

Likewise, Amanda gets Josh’s permission to take Tori’s place on her team at the next lair, where she knows she will either be voted on or summoned. Josh says he wants to run a final with Kaycee and Nany. I can assume he only wants to run one with Nany because she is one of his 50 best friends and not because she will increase his chances of winning. Either way, he inadvertently calls Tori his team’s throwaway player, which is all the fuel Amanda needs to get her plan started.

Meanwhile, Big T wants to move to the Sapphire cell. But neither Logan nor CT want to work with her. I’m especially fascinated and curious about Logan’s body language and tone with Big T during this conversation. We still don’t have any details on the extent of their romance and what caused Logan to suddenly lose interest in her. I guess he just does the typical man thing of leading a woman and breaking up as soon as the woman starts to take an interest in her. I hope we get more salacious details at the meeting. But it’s sad to see him suddenly so cold towards her as they made such a cute pair.

Now let’s move on to this week’s very special challenge offered by the next film. Top Gun: Maverick. I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter complaining about the number of product placements over the past two seasons, which I understand. But I would like to remind you of all this The challenge prior to the 2010s, there were at least three commercials for T-Mobile Sidekicks and various electronics per episode. And who can forget that demolition challenge on the soundtrack of a live performance by Yellowcard? Anyway, in addition to the real challenge of being Top Gun-theme, we also get the arrival of TJ in the Tom Cruise cosplay on a motorcycle, music from the movie theme, and a special message from three actors who are not Tom Cruise, Miles Teller or Jennifer Connelly (the one of them is Glen Powell, whom I have known mostly to be hot).

Initially, I was worried that the producers were so focused on advertising the movie and creating a blockbuster-level stunt that the challenge would be out of the trash. But it’s actually pretty good. For “Submerged”, the teams are strapped inside a plane and lowered into the water. Once completely submerged, they must exit the plane and search for 25 cards with symbols inside and outside the plane which they must place in an earth square. The answer key is under the wing of the plane, so some teammates have to shout the order of the symbols from the water while the downed teammate (s) arrange the cards.

The Emerald Cell is the first and does as well as any team would the first time, but is slowed down when she can’t find a card Josh has unknowingly attached to her. They also mess up the order of cards on earth a few times. The Ruby Cell has even more difficulty, mainly with communication, thanks to Nelson and Kyle, who can’t seem to describe the symbols effectively. Big T also can’t swim deep enough underwater to get her share of cards, so she becomes the scapegoat for the entire collapsing team. Logan says something in his confessional like, “I left the Ruby Cell, and now they suck.” Now? NOW? The amount of lies these men from Team Ruby have told themselves and us over the past four weeks about their performance is absolutely mind-boggling.

Finally, it’s time for the Sapphire Cell to show us how it’s done. They seem to have the best communication and understanding of each other’s roles. Everything goes according to plan until they can’t find a map at the bottom of one of the plane’s wings. Emy eventually finds it and emerges from the water as if she had discovered Kim’s missing diamond earring in this episode of keeping up with the Kardashians. Thanks to the excellent communication between CT and Ashley, they get the symbol order on the first try.

As TJ announces Sapphire as this week’s winner, it’s not much of a surprise. But it’s deeply heartwarming not to see Nany’s giant facets emerge from behind her lips – at least in this scene. However, she and the rest of the Emerald Girls are still seated for most of this episode. CT is the de facto decision maker for Team Sapphire, and he doesn’t want to come for Team Emerald when they haven’t shot him. He also thinks he can beat everyone on Team Emerald in a final, which is a refreshing reminder that no one on this team is so intimidating individually, other than maybe Kaycee.

Amanda knows she’s on the chopping block but is still annoyed that the Emerald girls can spend their evening undisturbed. So she goes to them to start a low level drama that doesn’t really pay off for us viewers. The funniest part of this argument is when Nany asks Amanda why she is talking “funny”. I couldn’t tell if this was a drunken joke or an expression Nany uses seriously. Either way, I rewound it a few times.

Now let’s move on to deliberation. This week has been busier than usual and incredibly silly to watch as Devin tries to make Amanda feel guilty about infiltrating Emerald if she wins at the lair. Devin is basically mad at her for being a smart, empowered human being for wanting to join a successful team. I can’t take the accusations of selfishness on this program seriously, especially from a man who spends all his confessionals reiterating that he doesn’t care about anyone else. This is all just political theater and is never representative of how someone actually views the game.

This reunion takes a more convincing turn when Josh unnecessarily inserts himself in, causing Amanda to bring up what he said earlier about Tori. Tori appears to have a heavy heart when it’s revealed that Josh doesn’t care about running a final with her. Personally, I couldn’t bear to hear someone who hasn’t even gotten to a last speech about me like this yet. But Tori just sits there with her mouth open, reminding us that she isn’t the tough, fiery person she was when she dated Jordan.

So Sapphire votes for Amanda. Amanda and Josh have words that I don’t really care about because Josh ultimately has words with everyone. In this lair, she chooses Big T and they face off in an extremely boring game where they must unlock a set of giant locks in a giant safe. This elimination gets slightly fascinating when you think Big T is going to catch up with Amanda. But we can’t see the whole process where they turn the locks, so we mostly watch them pull the cylinders.

Amanda can go faster than Big T and wins. But it is revealed that Big T can stay because Ashley was sent home for “breaking a rule” and there is an extra place for a woman. Two things: I’m glad the producers were smart enough to allow Amanda to compete even though it wasn’t a “real” elimination, so she could still shake things up with Emerald Cell. In previous seasons with this exact scenario, TJ will call players to psychedelic them before saying the elimination is undone. I’m also not here for those producers who don’t disclose why Ashley left (which Reddit detectives said had to do with an altercation with Josh). You cooked a meal from Fessy and Josh’s near-fight and Fessy’s exit, but we can’t hear Ashley maybe slapping Josh in the face ??

Either way, Amanda does exactly what she promised and takes Tori’s place. It’s frustrating that it took us four weeks to take down Team Emerald. In the end, I don’t think the producers should have let the competitors choose their own teams. But I’m glad we’ve gotten to this point where Devin has to sleep with one eye open.

That’s all. Will see Top Gun 2, I imagine!


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