For the many championships The Challenge has awarded over the years, Laterrian, Teck, Melinda and Nehemiah collectively boast only one (three of them have yet to even see a final). But on The Challenge: All Stars Season 2, theyâ€™re proving to be a huge threat as a united front. So now that The Kingsâ€™ Palace has secured its plot in the game, can these four take less-than-majestic pasts and turn them into long-awaited crowning achievements?
On the latest episode, as the foursome watched players like Brad, Jodi and Darrell maintain command over the game, Teck, Nehemiah and Laterrian made a pact to stay connected through the competitionâ€™s twists and turns, even if it meant going to battle with its toughest players.
â€œThis is the Kingsâ€™ Palace, and weâ€™re going to preserve it and save the palace,â€ Nehemiah said.
And Melinda, the groupâ€™s lone queen, echoed the sentiment, crediting the guys for supplying her with the most encouragement sheâ€™d ever had in a Challenge.
â€œThe support system in this house is phenomenal,â€ she said. â€œThereâ€™s a part of me that felt like Iâ€™d hung up my hat, but the universe kept tapping me on the shoulder.â€
And the universe seemed to look favorably on the group, as the events that followed â€œBounce Backâ€ seemed fated to keep them together. The mission, which challenged players to launch themselves off of trampoline stacks into water before solving a puzzle, saw Jodi and Darrell claiming victory again, and Melinda, who injured herself during a clumsy descent, was sentenced to The Arena alongside Steve, the dayâ€™s losing man.
It seemed like everything was falling apart for the alliance, but Melinda and Teck, the man eventually voted into The Lair alongside Tina, saw the looming battle â€” instead â€” as an opportunity.
â€œIâ€™m gonna bottle up all these feelings and really bring it tonight in elimination,â€ he said.
And bottled-up emotions looked good on Teck. Though he started out â€œSwitchback,â€ a game of endurance, at a deficit, he capitalized on a critical error Steve made during one of the gameâ€™s many sprints and sent Steve packing.
And, because Tina â€” who felt slighted for being nominated â€” eventually quit, Melinda won the same game by default, leaving the Kingsâ€™ Palace intact and in control of both Life Shields.
â€œI feel real good right now — this is my first elimination round win,â€ Teck said. â€œNow weâ€™ve just gotta execute our plan and get everybody else out so we can all make it to the final.â€
Still, Teckâ€™s confidence quickly drew some negative attention.
â€œIâ€™ve never seen anybody announce an alliance on this large of a scale,â€ Brad said. â€œBut game is game, and now everybody knows you are aligned. Thereâ€™s a cost to every move.â€
What do you think â€” can the Kingsâ€™ Palace finally stake its claim as Challenge royalty, and did its membersâ€™ standout performances prove theyâ€™ve got what it takes? Or are they destined for more eleventh-hour heartbreakers? Share your thoughts, and hang tight for the next installment of All Stars!