If time heals all wounds, consider Tina and Jodi of The Challenge conscientious clock objectors. The two powerhouses, who first met on Inferno II, got off on the wrong foot and â€” as of the most recent episode of All Stars â€” theyâ€™ve committed to staying that wayâ€¦17 years later.
But now that theyâ€™ve each claimed victory in one of the first two missions and have each vowed to oust the other from the game, the question is: Who can stand the heat, and whoâ€™ll have to get the hell out of the kitchen?
After Derek and Leahâ€™s elimination from the game, players learned theyâ€™d have to test their wits and endurance, alike, in the second All Stars mission, â€œAround the Block.â€ In two teams, the cast would have to rush to collect King Kong-sized puzzle pieces â€” some scattered in the woods and some floating in a cenote â€” before correctly assembling them on a pyramidâ€™s slant.
The Green Team, led by captains Ryan and Ayanna, showed promise, especially by Jodi, who had the foresight to gather pieces in the cenote before bringing them ashore.
â€œJodi is a freaking beast,â€ Teck said. â€œKudos to you, Jodi. I didnâ€™t even think to do that.â€
Ultimately, though, it was Team Black, led by captains Tina and Darrell, who came through with the win, safety from elimination and the responsibility of nominating four more players into The Arena.
â€œIt does feel good to have a lot of power, but I canâ€™t let it go to my head,â€ Tina said.
But actions would speak louder than words. Tina, whose commanding voice could compete with foghorns, left Darrell feeling helpless during deliberations (â€œWorking with Tina is very draining,â€ he said.). And in spite of his efforts to tread lightly, he wound up acquiescing to Tina and nominating his roommates â€” to whom he promised safety â€” into The Arena, leaving Jodi, Jonna, MJ and Ryan all in danger of going home.
The cast was predictably in shock, especially with respect to Jodiâ€™s sentencing.
â€œBig d*ck energy, Tina and Darrell,â€ Ryan said. â€œOnly the second elimination and youâ€™re throwing Jodi in? Thatâ€™s a big move.â€
But Tina had her reasons. Jodi had only been in one elimination round on Inferno II and lost, so â€” though she had rightfully earned the distinction of one of the gameâ€™s best players ever â€” she understood why some women might want to aim for the chink in her armor.
â€œIâ€™m not happy to be in the situation Iâ€™m in right now, but I just want Tina to know that I will remember this,â€ Jodi said. â€œShe better be very, very afraid.â€
And in spite of choreographed confidence, Tina, too, knew that she was playing with fire.
â€œIf Jodi comes back with that Life Shield, Iâ€™m dead in the water,â€ she said.
Jodi, who wound up handily defeating Sophia in â€œFireballâ€ â€” a straightforward game of tic-tac-toe with the added risk of singed skin â€” could only celebrate her very first elimination round win for a moment. Quickly, she realized that sheâ€™d have to fight tooth and nail to remain in the game. But thereâ€™s a reason she was the first solo female Challenge winner, she insisted, and the gameâ€™s women would be wise to think twice about dueling her.
â€œHopefully, the girls are a little bit nervous,â€ Jodi said. â€œThe first move that I want to make is to get Tina out of the house.â€
Well, thereâ€™s no mistaking this grudge match â€” so when it comes to Tina v. Jodi, whoâ€™ll come out on top? Find out on the next All Stars, with new episodes dropping every Thursday only on Paramount+!