The Challenge

Season 17 Episode 1

Damned If You Duel...

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 2009 on MTV - Music Television
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The 17th Season of the challenge is here! Twenty-six of our favorite Real World, Road Rules and Challenge alumni are back to compete for $300,000 and prizes. Challengers include Eric, Nick, Brad, Dunbar, Adam, Mark, Landon, Davis, Derek, Evan, Isaac, CT and Ryan for the guys. For the girls, we have Kimberly, Ruthie, Diem, Katie, Aneesa, Jenn, Tori, Robin, Brooke, Paula, Rachel, Brittini and Shauvon. TJ welomes the challengers to Queenstown, New Zealand and The Duel 2 where everyone will be competing on their own. Rules of the games are that there will be only one guy and one girl winner at each challenge which makes them exempt for the Duel. They will agree on a person to pick causing a chain reaction of picking leaving one guy and one girl left. Those two will automatically be sent into the Duel with a person of their choosing. The challengers are sent to their house to settle in and party. We learn that Tori and Brad are engaged and David and Ryan are hooking up. CT and Diem are no longer together which leads to a mysterious hookup between CT and Shauvan on the roof during Kimberly's costume Birthday party. Diem learns about this and is humiliated. She asks Adam about it and he says he only has heard what she has heard. CT sees the two of them talking and thinks that Adam is the one that ratted him out leading to another blow up and another fight between the two of them. They are both eliminated from the show and replaced the next day by MJ and Nehemiah. TJ announces the first challenge will be "Last Man Standing" which is just a rugby game eliminating players until they're down to one guy and one girl which end up being Evan and Robin. The winner of this challenge also won a XBox 360 and Rock Band 2. Because of the count, one guy and one girl had to sit out the first round and won exemption from the Duel which ends up being Paula and Brad. MJ and Robin created an alliance which causes Robin to talk Even into picking him first. The pick goes Evan/Robin choose MJ - Katie - Eric - Tori - Mark - Rachel - Dunbar - Diem - Landon - Brittini - Derek - Kim - Nick - Aneesa - Isaac - Ruthie - Nehemiah - Brooke - Davis - Jenn leaving Ryan and Shauvon. Ryan chooses Nick to Duel with and they pick "The Elevator". Shauvon chooses Aneesa and they pick "Back Off." "The Elevator" involves pulling a chain which raises the opponent's platform. Ryan wins sending Nick home. "Back Off" involves unhooking a clamp for the opponent's back and clipping it onto your base clip. Aneesa and Shauvon start to battle and we get - TO BE CONTINUED...moreless

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