The Best Episodes of The Challenge
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2019
Each Challenge pits numerous cast members from past seasons of Real World and Road Rules against each other (only the Fresh Meat Challenge has introduced new cast members that have never appeared on either The Real World or Road Rules), dividing them into two separate teams according to different criteria, such as by gender, which of the two shows they first appeared on, whether or not they're veterans or rookies on the show, etc. The two teams compete in numerous missions in order to win prizes and advance in the overall game.
#1 - Stratos-Fear
Season 3 - Episode 1
The new crop of "Real World" and "Road Rules" teams arrive in Las Vegas, in front of the Stratosphere Tower, where they are greeted by Road Rules: Latin America cast member Gladys Sanabria, who informs them that they will be competing for $100,000. Their first mission is to bungee jump from the Stratosphere Tower.
#2 - Disco Domino Derby
Season 8 - Episode 5
Mission: ""Disco Domino Derby""- To set up 110 dominos in a order that they will knock eachother down as fast as possible while wearing roller skates. Mission Winner: Real World Guy's Inferno Nominees- Real World: David + Mike Road Rules: Abram + Jeremy Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Mike Road Rules: Jeremy Bank Totals- Real World: $20,000 Road Rules: $30,000
#3 - Balls Out
Season 8 - Episode 6
Mission: ""Balls Out""- To peddle a stationary bike as fast as possible which blows a ping pong ball up a tube and keep it there while the opposite team throws water at you and the tube to knock the ball out. Mission Winner: Real World Aztec Lifesaver Winners: Real World: CT Road Rules: Veronica Final Inferno Contestants- Real World: Mike Road Rules: Jeremy Inferno Mission: ""Human Candlelabra""- To hold a candle up in each hand straight out to your side the longest. Sent Home- Jeremy from Road Rules South Pacific Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $30,000
#4 - Ultimate Saturn Road Trip
Season 8 - Episode 7
Mission: ""Ultimate Saturn Road Trip""- To traverse a net wall and unhook two bags then climb down, get the key out of the bag and drive a Saturn SUV through a curved course the fastest. Mission Winner: Road Rules Girl's Inferno Nominees- Real World: Coral + Mallory Road Rules: Christena + Katie Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Mallory Road Rules: Christena Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $40,000
#6 - A Radish in a Salad Spinner
Season 1 - Episode 3
The cast are given their next clue where they're told to write a new theme song for Road Rules. Eric chose to isolate himself from the project because he was afraid it would conflict with his record deal contract. The cast drive to a field to compete against each other in a sport called "zorbing". During the mission, Jon gets hurt, but turns out to be fine. When it comes down to Rachel and Cynthia to compete against each other, Cynthia bows out, allowing Rachel to win $150. Eric gets into a fight with Cynthia, Rachel, and Sean when he wants to stay. Cynthia and Rachel get into an argument over Eric and Cynthia's alleged "connection" in Connecticut. When the cast arrives in Auckland, Eric tries to make amends by suggesting they go horseback riding. The cast have a good time in New Zealand and things begin to look more positive for the group.
#7 - Island King
Season 16 - Episode 6
The alliance takes back their strong hold on the game and officially crowns Johnny as the Island King.
#8 - Five Easy Pieces
Season 1 - Episode 1
Five The Real World alumni gather together to travel across the world for a handsome reward. The cast mates were given enough money for nine days and the keys to the winnebago. Rachel and Sean connect instantly and begin to flirt. The cast mates are given their first clue from infamous The Real World: San Francisco alum David "Puck" Rainey. The cast mates are given instructions to drive to Connecticut where they meet two demonologists and are informed that they will have to spend the night in a supposedly haunted mental hospital. During their mission, the boys decide to play a prank on the girls by pretending to be ghosts. Eric upset one of the demonologists because of his immaturity, but he later apologized. It's later revealed that they did, in fact, catch a ghost on camera and have completed their mission. The episode ends with Puck informing the group that they will be going to New Zealand for their next mission.
#9 - Duel Unto Others
Season 17 - Episode 2
The competitors find themselves on thin ice during their challange. The Challengers come up with a master plan that results in pandemonium.
#10 - Casualties of War
Season 33 - Episode 3
Zach makes a shocking move at the "Search and Destroy" challenge that makes everyone question his loyalties; Wes sets his sights on his mortal enemy, Bananas, but his attack may be premature.
#13 - Dead Man's Drop
Season 6 - Episode 3
We start off this week with all the ladies having a battle of their own to fight right now and that is not against the guys, but with Mr. Diarrhea. While all the women are trying to gain enough strength for the next competition, the guys are living it up in their now ""peaceful without David"" villa. The mission phone lets them know that they should be ready by 10:30am and wear swimsuits and have plenty of sunblock. On the way to the mission the guys try to form a ""voting-off"" plan to keep their team more organized and civil than the ladies. With David withdrawing himself from competition in the previous episode, the guys have yet to have to vote someone off. The guys finalize a plan to vote off the male player with the lowest commulative score which leaves Latterian the team mascot fearing his departure. The teams arrive to find trapeeze bars hanging above the water. Jon announces ""Dead Man's Drop"", where each team member will have to hand upside-down with their legs over the bars
#15 - The Road to Ruins
Season 18 - Episode 3
The Champions wonder if their rogue player, Wes, is genuine when he approaches them with a peace treaty. Demoralized from back-to-back losses, the Challengers vow to take home a victory at the "Repo Race" challenge. Two players' spots in the game are extinguished during the "Burnout" Ruins. An unlikely romance is sparked between two Champions.
#16 - Big Little Lies
Season 32 - Episode 7
Queen Kam devises an elaborate plan that rocks the house and tests her royalty status. TJ proves yet again that he is the dirtiest player in the game when he drops a massive twist that will change the game.
#18 - Sloppy Ho's
Season 19 - Episode 3
Fearing that she may be next to face The Exile, a worried Paula takes her frustrations out on her partner, Jeff, and then hopes to gain immunity at the "Water Logged" challenge. When Mandi calls out Jenn for her questionable voting record, Jenn flips out, and in the process, her true allegiance is revealed. Two powerhouse teams are sent into the "Lost & Found" Exile, and the results are unforgettable
#19 - Good Thai and Good Luck
Season 18 - Episode 10
The Champions become paranoid that they could lose in the end if one worrisome team member fails to pull their weight. Finally, the Champions and the Challengers take part in a nail-biting finale -- a grueling race for the $300,000 prize!
#20 - Meats 'N Potatoes
Season 19 - Episode 4
At the "King of the Hill" challenge, one player faces an injury that could potentially take their team out of the game. Wes and Evelyn successfully lure a member of Kenny's alliance into becoming a double agent. The winners of The Exile return to the house with a secret that could shock the entire house.
#22 - Hellraiser
Season 33 - Episode 2
Challengers battle head-to-head in the exhausting "Arms-a-geddon Tired" challenge; two teams wrestle for survival in a brutal elimination; Bananas performs an exorcism on a player that he deems "the spawn of Satan."
#23 - Unhappy Days
Season 32 - Episode 12
One player is left shook when their partner hurls an unforgivable insult at them. The players find themselves locked up and puzzled at the "Caged In challenge." At the "Tread Lightly elimination," a shocking matchup has tremendous impact.