As usual, major spoilers beneath the jump so don’t click if you’ve not yet seen the most recent episode.
I’m going to skip straight to it. It had to happen eventually. I got eliminated, and hey this stuff happens on reality TV shows. Alright, on to the episode breakdown.
So, we shot flintlocks. I actually felt GREAT about this challenge, because I had shot cap-and-ball and flintlock rifles with some regularity in high school, picked them again briefly in college, and had an affinity for them in general. I shot very well in practice with the gun we had, so I felt great going in to the challenge.
As you saw, the dramallama showed up before the challenge. Here’s the short version – I was pretty good friends with Blake and JJ, especially Blake. Adam came to me with a plan to pit them two of them against one another in an elimination challenge if we lost the flintlock challenge. I was uncomfortable and had reservations and said as much. However, with 20/20 hindsight what I wish I had done was say right then and there that “no way, I want no part of this plan whatsoever and what you’re doing is shady”. I didn’t. However, I did do what any friend would do – I told my friends that someone was gunning for them, and they would have done the same had the roles been reversed.
Well, then we go and lose the challenge. At the challenge itself, as you saw in the episode they did switch the rifle up on us. I had volunteered to take the 125 yard shot based on practice and how everything had gone up to that. Well, I missed. No excuse for that, I had the shot and I plain sailed it over the target. Even if we had been in dramatown, I would have likely volunteered for the elimination challenge.
And that’s when the fun began. Honestly, I don’t know what to say about that. I regret that our relationship deteriorated, and I regret that it had to come down to the two of us in the elimination challenge. But that’s the game, and Adam had a big old hate on for me, so no matter what happened win or lose Blue team would have been better off for it.
The elimination challenge was awesome. One of my childhood dreams – cutting a rope with a lever action rifle. It’s a scene that’s been in countless westerns, and the video is just too good! I wish I had won and actually cut the rope, but that wasn’t to be on that day. And ultimately, that’s alright. I learned a lot from my time on Top Shot, I made some great friends (and apparently 1 enemy!) and I came back from the experience ready to tackle whatever shooting challenges I could find.