Fear Factor

Season 3 Episode 1

Big Foot; Snake Tank; Floor Drop (Celebrity Edition)

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2002 on NBC

Episode Recap

This episode featured six celebrity contestants competing for charity. The winner would receive $50,000 for their charity, and the others would receive $10,000 for their charities.

Stunt #1: Big Foot
Contestants would be sitting in a car at the end of a line of junkyard cars. As a monster truck drove over the line of cars, contestants would have to find which of six keys started the car and drive over a finish line. If their car was crushed by the monster truck, they could still continue if the car would start. The two men and the two women to cross the finish line the fastest would advance to the next round. The others would be eliminated.

Matt was first. He was unable to start the car before the truck rolled over him, but found the key afterwards. He crossed the finish line in 24 seconds. Barry was second. He got the right key on the first try and crossed the finish line before the truck reached him. His time was 10 seconds. Penn & Teller were next. Teller would be doing the stunts, and Penn would be doing the talking. Teller also got the key before the truck reached him and crossed the finish line in 15 seconds. Matt was eliminated. Gena was first for the women. She got run over before finding the right key, and crossed the finish line in 23 seconds. Natasha was next. She twisted the keys so hard that one bent and got stuck in the ignition. She got run over, and crossed the finish line in 48 seconds. Keshia was last. The truck ran over her car, but she managed to get it started and drive it over the finish line in 32 seconds. Natasha was eliminated.

Stunt #2: Snake Tank
Contestants would have to swim to the bottom of a water tank occupied by over 1,000 snakes, including a 10-foot long albino Burmese python. They would have to dig through the 1,000 pucks at the bottom of the tank and place as many of the 100 yellow pucks as possible into a bucket. The three contestants to retrieve the most yellow pucks in 90 seconds would advance to the finals. The contestant to get the least pucks would be eliminated.

Barry was first. He retrieved 18 yellow pucks. Teller was second, and went in the tank in his tuxedo. Penn made a $100 side bet with Barry that Teller would tie or beat him. Teller got 18 pucks and tied with Barry, so Barry owed Penn $100. Keshia was next, and also bet Penn that she could do better than Teller. She only got 11 pucks and paid Penn $100. Gena was last, and chose not to bet. She retrieved a bunch of black pucks which did not count. She only got 6 yellow pucks. Joe made a deal with Gena that if she ate a Madagascar hissing cockroach that she could advance to the finals. Teller ate one just to show off, but Gena chose not to and was eliminated.

Stunt #3: Floor Drop
Over 200 feet above a dam, contestants would have to transfer flags from one corner of a Plexiglas box to the other. After 30 seconds, the floor would drop out and the contestants would bungee drop. The contestant to transfer the most flags the fastest before the drop would be the Celebrity Fear Factor Champion and win $50,000 for their charity.

Barry was first. He transferred 10 flags before the drop. Teller was next. He also transferred 10 flags. Barry had gotten the 10th flag in 29.8 seconds; Teller had gotten his last flag in 29.2 seconds. Barry was eliminated. Keshia was last. She dropped her first flag, but managed to transfer 12 flags before the drop. Keshia was the Celebrity Fear Factor Champion and won $50,000 for the Friendship Foundation.

PLAYER RECAP
Keshia Knight Pulliam (Winner)
*$50,000 for Friendship Foundation
Penn & Teller (2nd place)
*$10,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union
Barry Williams (3rd place)
*$10,000 for Presley Scott Research Foundation for Leukemia and Dorough Lupus Foundation
Gena Lee Nolin (4th place)
*$10,000 for Make a Wish Foundation
Matt Cedeño (5th place)
*$10,000 for Parents Against Cancer
Natasha Henstridge (6th place)
*$10,000 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

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