The Challenge Pluto Rewind: Battle of The Seasons Episode 3 — Winners & Losers

Brian Batty
6 min readJan 31, 2022


Welcome to a fresh Pluto Rewind!!! This time around we get an early episode of Battle of the Seasons titled “What Happens In Vegas…” Inside this edition: Sarah and Trishelle are both liars, Gilbert Arenas and Camila have a lot in common, the seeds of the world’s greatest love story are planted, and much much more…

Loser: White Lies During The Courting Process

While Sarah and Alton did yoga and played 21 questions, Sarah answered these loaded questions the same way any of us would if we were talking to a cute guy we just met and definitely watched on TV in high school.

She lied.

Look, we can all pretend that we “just need a comfortable life” and I’ve met plenty of people who would say that exact thing. But I’ve yet to meet anyone in my life who deep down doesn’t want to be “rich and/or “filthy rich”.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure as hell can put a down payment on it.

Loser: Lying in an Interview With Producers

Nobody said that to you Trishelle.

“Well, not me personally, but I guy I know. Him and her Got. It. On. WoooWeeeee”

No they didn’t.

“No, no, no they didn’t. But you could imagine what it would be like if they did. Huh? Huh?”

Little did I know that Trishelle would conjure images of Chris Farley as a bus driver in my head on a Monday morning, and yet here we are, still no clue how we got here.

I wonder who else is going to lie this episode.

Winner: Being Rich

I wonder if when walking upon the shores of this beautiful marina in Turkey and seeing those fucking Naval Ship Yachts docked up just waiting to have lobster eaten off of them, if Sarah re-thought her lie to Alton earlier.

Being filthy rich would be pretty dope.

Loser: Chet

You don’t wanna do what to your what?

Winner: Consistency

Eric’s never met a structure suspended over the water that he didn’t want to ungracefully fall off of.

Brandon, your thoughts?

Winner: Aggressive Marketing

Winner: Turkey

Check out that castle on the water across the way on the right. Turkey looks dope. I should park my yacht there more often.

Winner: Spoons

Alton eating watermelon with a spoon is my second favorite time someone has used a spoon to eat fruit. It’s only slightly edged out by the time Denzel ate a grape with a spoon during the cafeteria scene in Remember The Titans.

Loser: Over Justification

Roughly 50% of this episode is spent with Alton and Sarah justifying hooking up in a Challenge house and Trishelle turning this completely innocuous hook-up into the end of the world.

Completes a picture? Alton, you’ve known her for like ten days. And you, Trishelle, they just want to hook up. Leave Sarah alone. Nobody’s manipulating anything. Everybody needs to calm down.

Winner: Team Chemistry

Unanswerable Trivia Question: Who had the worse team chemistry? The 2009 Washington Wizards or Team Fresh Meat?

The 2009 Wizards had multiple players suspended because they pulled guns on each other in the locker room after a game one time. That’s an actual thing that happened.

Now look, the producers check for contraband on their way into the house, so none of Team Fresh Meat had a gun available. But if they did, there is about a hundred percent chance one of them would have not only pulled it out, but let loose a couple of shots.

Now that we’ve broached the subject of a gun being in The Challenge house, talk about a wild twist they could pull. Put one fully loaded gun in the house, hidden somewhere, and see what happens. Whoever has the gun has a ton of power, obviously, but that would then naturally lead to a game within the game as far as securing the gun for yourself/your team. I feel like now that Camila’s never coming back, the chances of it being used are significantly lowered. Hey, if we’re looking to spice things up around here after some pretty tame seasons, this is definitely one avenue they could pursue.

No bad ideas in a brain storm people.

Loser: Pants

Winner: Being Ahead of Their Time

Conspiracy Theories? Quarantine? I’d say it’s too soon to be making jokes like that but this episode aired on October 3rd, 2012. I’m not saying Chet’s a time traveler but I’m also not not saying Chet’s a time traveler, yaknowwutimean?

Loser: Alton’s Shirt

What do you guys think they blerkled out on Alton’s shirt?

My money’s on a picture of Dee’s face.

Loser: Cara Maria

What are you talking about? What does that mean? Who are you talking to?

Winner: True Love

You know what the best part of watching this show is? Every once in awhile, right when you’re least expecting it a true love story will sprout from the cracks in the sidewalk. Think Jasmine and Tyrie, Nany and Asaf, Nelson and Berna. Couples who represented the power of love and the spark it can create between two souls searching for their counterpoint in one another.

But no couple that I can come up with exemplifies this better than Devyn and Big Easy. I’m not going to rehash the details here, we all know the story. Marriage, three kids, living a peaceful life on a 200 acre winery just east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.

Seeing the seeds of this blissful, envious life be planted in the midst of such a dirty game really tickle’s the emotional twine.



Brian Batty

Writing about MTV’s The Challenge, one of America’s great institutions, from a fan’s perspective. Inquires: -Twitter: @TJsAirhorn