Strangely, a mission that found The Challenge: All Stars players tumbling off of a 25-story building just rocketed underdogs Casey and Steve to the top of the game. And now that the competitionâ€™s unlikeliest victors have completely flipped the script on the Arena-nominations process, is Season 2 changed for good?
Players prepared for the worst on the latest episode of the competition spinoff series as host TJ Lavin introduced each seasonâ€™s most sadistic game: trivia. In this case, it was called â€œBright Skies,â€ and if players answered a question incorrectly, theyâ€™d be yanked backwards off of a skyscraperâ€™s roof and dropped 10 stories.
But Steve and Casey, both previous Arena nominees, finally took control of their fates, and each earned their first individual winsâ€¦ever.
â€œOne of my goals coming here was to win a challenge,â€ Casey said through tears. â€œNot only is this becoming a super-real possibility, but I can win on something that Iâ€™m notoriously super afraid of.â€
And being in the victorâ€™s chair came unexpectedly naturally for Casey. Quickly, she and Steve realized that if they nominated Lifeshield holders Jodi and Cohutta into The Arena as part of their four picks, they could essentially goad the house into voting for replacement picks Ayanna and Derrick. Their logic? Nobody would vote for Tyler and Kendal, their two other candidates, once Jodi and Cohutta saved themselves.
But it quickly occurred to Steve that Katie â€” his best friend in the game whoâ€™d already been sentenced to the Arena for placing last in the dayâ€™s mission â€” had a mountain to climb against Ayanna, whoâ€™d quickly proved she was an elimination-round heavy hitter.
â€œWe just made a damn good move on the guysâ€™ side,â€ Casey said. â€œI canâ€™t be super concerned with whatâ€™s going on in Steveâ€™s head about Katie.â€
Steve, however, had to face the music quickly, as Katie hammered him for failing to look out for her, his 2001 Road Rules: The Quest castmate.
â€œIâ€™m not sure why Steveâ€™s acting like heâ€™s doing me a favor by putting me against one of the strongest girls in the house,â€ Katie said. â€œIâ€™m baffled why he would do me dirty like that when Iâ€™m the only person here who would look out for him.â€
And things went from bad to worse for Katie and Derrick in â€œWeight, Thereâ€™s More,â€ which challenged players to move 1,000 pounds from one ramp to another before solving a puzzle. Ayanna and Brad handily took out their respective opponents, proving Caseyâ€™s and Steveâ€™s master plan was worth the danger.
â€œSteve and I immediately hug each other, such a relief,â€ Casey said. â€œWe took so many risks, and all of them paid off.â€
Still, the move came at a price, as Steve wondered whether his friend of 20 years would forgive him.
â€œIâ€™m a moron, and I wasnâ€™t fighting for her,â€ Steve said. â€œThis is a close friend, and I donâ€™t know how to fix it.â€
Challenge Godfather Mark was the only player who used the Lifeshield on Season 1 of All Stars to protect â€” funnily enough â€” Katie from The Arena. Consequently, the house nominated Arissa to compete in the â€œWall Ballâ€ elimination round in Katieâ€™s place, compelling Arissa to quit after the fieriest Challenge tell-off ever.
â€œThe way yâ€™all pulled this sh*t was some flagrant, snake-ass sh*t,â€ Arissa famously spat, issuing a pair of middle fingers. â€œSo f*ck you, Iâ€™m done!â€
Think Casey and Steveâ€™s Lifeshield hack will change the game? Share your thoughts, then hang tight for the next All Stars episode dropping on Thursdays only on Paramount+!