Can Emy break a 30-season challenge record?
30 Challenge seasons and nearly 20 years ago, the most iconic MTV underdog of all time, Sarah Greyson, won The glove after surviving his team’s season-long mission to oust him. She notched five knockout round wins en route to her Season 7 victory, including two against men, and by the time she collected her check, she had unwittingly made history.
Two decades later, Sarah’s record remains unbeaten and has only been equaled once, but Season 37’s standout rookie, a blue-haired Romanian pop star named Emy, is able to finally alter the record book. But with the Spies, lies and allies likely finale around the corner, will Emy have time to collect Lair’s wins five and six to officially cement her position as one of the greatest players of all time, or will Sarah continue to reign supreme?
In the final episode, and outnumbered by the wider rosters of Ruby and Emerald Cells, Emy, CT, and Kyle – the Sapphire Cell – seemed doomed for the next mission, “Million Dollar Heist”. The competition challenged teams to each move $1 million, or 2,000 pounds of cash, from a designated safe to a designated SUV.
Quickly, the mission boiled down to a sprint between Ruby and Emerald Cells, but with one final push, Team Green clinched their fifth win, leaving Sapphire’s Emy and Ruby and Big T’s Tori each vulnerable to elimination.
And Tori, for her part, wasn’t thrilled that Emerald Cell was using her as an assassin to take out Big T, who was threatening to infiltrate Emerald with a potential victory.
“If you decide to weaponize me and it doesn’t work, it won’t be pretty,” Tori said.
Tori could avoid any ugliness for at least one more round, however, as the Emerald Cell agency named Big T – who ultimately chose Emy as their opponent – in The Lair.
Emy, who had already won three tense elimination rounds, felt scorned by friends who she thought could have protected her, but with a few minutes to swell – and another fiery summons from her late grandmother – Emy -the-beast looked set to annihilate Big T in “License to Chill,” which challenged players to complete a giant puzzle punctuated by twisting journeys through an ice bath.
“If I have to die here, I will die here,” Emy said. “My grandmother motivates me the most. She’s up there in the sky, I really need her and I want to make her proud.
And that is precisely what Emy did. Although Big T, a self-proclaimed ‘puzzle queen’, was favored to win the Lair match, Emy, who admitted puzzles were her weakness, pulled through, picking up her fourth victory in the knockout round.
“Congratulations – 4-0 – can we say Emy is Rookie of the Year?” Nelson asks. “She’s definitely the rookie of the year.”
It’s undeniable, but will the rookie of the year finally lend herself to Challenge legend, and can Emy pull off the nearly impossible feat of two more wins at Lair?
What do you think – Can Emy beat Sarah’s record, and is it Challenge story about to change? Or is there too little time left and the remaining women are too hard to beat even Emy? See what’s happening next Wednesday at Spies, lies and allies.