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[S1E1] Rock And Ride!

This premiere episode featured 4 stunning kitchens, a hot air balloon ride, and plenty of fun. The hot air balloon ride sprung a design challenge to the teams to include nature back into their designs for this week.

[S1E1] Rock and Ride!

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The women have formed in-house alliances (good girls vs. bad girls) and now must compete against one another in a motocross relay race. After a few lessons from nine-time national motocross champion Mercedes Gonzales and professional mx instructor Charity Okerson, the women are ready to ride. Bret chooses Magdalena, Heather and Erin as captains. They in turn choose their relay teammates.

The women are paired up and told that they are to compose lyrics for a track from Bret's solo album (a ballad or a rock song), which they will perform for the two judges: Bret and radio personality Richard Blade. The winning team gets a date with Bret.

Lacey and Erin choose the ballad. Lacey sings while Erin fearfully plays the tambourine. Heather and Magdalena sing and dance together. Jes and Brandi M. shout-sing a punky version of the rock song using electric guitars as props. Mia and Rodeo's rock song lyrics reflect Rodeo's desire to see her son. Sam and Brandi C. perform their brooding lyrics. The judges confer, and Heather and Magdalena's and Sam and Brandi C.'s team tie.

Lacey and Sam ride in a convertible Bentley on their tandem date with Bret. While Lacey is in the bathroom, Sam asks Bret why he is keeping Lacey around when he knows that she can be mean and conniving. Bret now sheepishly admits he doesn't know why.

This episode takes place in Las Vegas, where the four remaining contestants watch Bret perform and also experience the band's rock-and-roll lifestyle. When they arrive at the hotel, Big John tells the women that they should have "their A-game on" because after the concert, they will be having an intimate dinner with Bret in his hotel room, and whichever woman impresses him the most will also enjoy a "nightcap" solo date.

Soon after, Lacey's dad confronts Bret with the question that Bret says all rock stars dread, "I need to talk to you about whose dick my daughter has been sucking." As Bret lifts weights, he listens to Lacey's father discuss what he has been told and what he thinks is acceptable. Bret expresses frustration in his dialogue to the camera after the meeting.

At the elimination, Bret notes that his decision is being based upon who is being honest and genuine with him and who is not. Jes gets to stay in the house. Lacey is called down next and is summarily kicked out. He says that he sees two sides to her, but that in the end, the bad side would take over and he could not trust her. Heather is called down last and is invited to continue to rock Bret's world.

As one would expect knowing who's behind this series' production, the lyrics of "Never Let Me Down Again" are perfectly aligned with the whole episode's story. The words can be read mostly through Ellie's point of view, but there are some parts that also apply to Joel, as we'll see. In the first part, the song tells of two people going on a journey together, the singer hopeful that this time will be better than the last: "I'm taking a ride with my best friend / I hope he never lets me down again / He knows where he's taking me / Taking me where I want to be / I'm taking a ride with my best friend"

Right after setting foot outside the wall of the QZ for the very first time, Ellie can't help but stand up and look around, almost jeopardizing the whole operation. "I'm actually outside!" she says in wonder. We know full well there's nothing to see, really, but she's a teenager who grew up surrounded by walls on all sides. She's entitled to her amazement and to never want to go back in again. "I'm taking a ride with my best friend / I hope he never lets me down again / Promises me I'm safe as houses / As long as I remember who's wearing the trousers / I hope he never lets me down again"

Like many Montanans my age, I grew up watching Kevin Costner ride a horse, mostly in Dances With Wolves, which remains one of the best Westerns ever made, but also to a lesser extent Open Range and even The Postman, which saw Costner's horse-riding temporally relocated to the post-apocalyptic future.

We do, however, see why the episode didn't spend much of it's extended running time wasted on Lee, who the show was just going to kill anyway. We do, however, see a rare moment of emotion from the otherwise stone-faced Dutton, who rides with his son's body into the woods and cradles it like a child.

Finally, Kayce rides up to the Dutton's ranch and gifts him with a difficult stallion that Kayce, whose job is to train horses, rounded up earlier in the episode. In keeping with the show's themes of wild versus domesticated, the untamed stallion seems to be a fitting gift. Or is that apology?

After school, Walt performs his second job at a car wash, where he finds himself wiping down the convertible of a disrespectful student. Returning home, he discovers that Skyler has organized a surprise birthday party for him. Among the guests is Walt's gregarious brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, a DEA agent. Coincidentally, Hank is the subject of a local news report covering a methamphetamine lab bust. Walt is impressed with the amount of money recovered from the dealers, and Hank discloses that he confiscated $700,000. Hank then invites Walt to accompany him on another bust as a ride-along. Meanwhile, Skyler talks to her sister Marie, Hank's wife, about her pregnancy.

Jesse takes a sample of Walt's meth to Krazy-8, a mid-level drug distributor who happens to be the cousin of Jesse's partner, Emilio Koyama. Emilio, who was arrested in Hank's bust and is now out on bail, believes that Jesse ratted him out. The three then drive out to the RV, where Krazy-8 asks Walt if he wants to switch allegiances. Before he can answer, Emilio recognizes Walt from the bust and begins threatening him. Jesse tries to flee but trips and knocks himself out on a rock. Walt barters for his life by promising to reveal his meth formula.

As for their opponents, TJ reveals that the infamous "Draw" is back! The other three teams who were interrogated have to pick one of three daggers that are stabbed into a rock, and Tori and Devin and Laurel and Jakk each pick a dagger with nothing on it, so they think that means they're safe. Unfortunately, German rookies Colleen and Kim lift the final dagger to reveal it says "safe" on the blade, meaning they actually get to choose who is sent in against Kailah and Sam. They ultimately pick Tori and Devin to spare Jakk because he's a rookie and therefore is sort of protected by the rookie alliance despite having former champ Laurel as his partner. Tori and Devin end up beating Kailah and Sam, sending them home. As they head out of the elimination arena, TJ jokes that he hopes their marriage lasts longer than their time on The Challenge. Ouch!

Elsewhere, Kayce Dutton attempts to get horses out of an area that is actively being drilled for oil. The oil drillers from IL Energy don't believe he'll be able to wrangle the horses on his own. He says that if he can get the stallion out, the rest of the horses will leave on their own but that he should leave the horses there to prevent anymore drilling. As Kayce rides toward the horses, the oil drillers comment that they think he's crazy and that they found him through his ad in the Yellow Pages indicating he works with problem horses.

John sees Dan Jenkins playing golf at the edge of the property line. There is a stark contrast between the manicured appearance of the golfing green and Dan Jenkins and the meadowlands of the ranch and John astride his horse. John tells Dan he knows about the subdivision plan and that it's not welcome. Dan tells him he can't stand in the way of progress. The two men are pitted against each other and John rides away after telling Dan he owes him a new horse.

His marriage with Tracy dissolved as her career skyrocketed. She's the face of NASA, an international celebrity. A brief scene featured her sharing news of a new engagement with the world on Johnny Carson -- well before her friends or ex-husband were clued in.

After this scene, run across the campus to the parking lot to meet Warren. Before talking to him, you can speak to a few other students. You can also approach the parked RV, and write on the window. This will allow you to take another Optional Photo. A long series of events will begin happening once you talk to Warren, which culminate in you meeting your old friend, and taking a ride back to her house.

Regardless of your choice, you will eventually end up going for a drive with Chloe. Your destination happens to be the same spot from the beginning of the game, minus the massive storm. Instead of walking forward though, head back down the path. There is a large rock on the right with a bird atop it. This is another Optional Photo. Once you have it, you can head up the mountain. There are a few objects along the way you can interact with. Once at the top, stand behind the bench Chloe is on, and you can take another photo. This is the last of the Optional Photos for this episode.

Next day at the car wash, Walt suffers a coughing fit and collapses outside by the cars, and is rushed to the hospital by ambulance, against Walt's protests. After a scan, a doctor tells him he's been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Walt seems to take the news well, hides it from Skyler, but explodes at his car wash supervisor, Bogdan, and angrily quits. Sitting alone by his poolside at dawn lighting matches, he calls Hank to take him up on the offer to ride along with him for a drug bust. The DEA busts Emilio Koyama's meth lab, while Walter sits in the car and witnesses Emilio's partner, Jesse Pinkman, escaping from the house next door while a naked woman throws his clothes out of the window. Walt recognizes Jesse as a former high school student of his. Later that evening, Walt stops by Jesse's house to make him an offer: they go into business making meth together, Jesse handling the business and Walter handing the chemistry. He subsequently threatens to turn Jesse in if he doesn't agree. 041b061a72


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