The Rivals 3 final may not have been the most interesting final to date, but it ended with a huge jaw dropper. Teammates completed checkpoint to earn points, and whoever acquired the most points was given the opportunity to split all the money, or keep it to himself.
Vince and Devin received the most points, but split the money. Then, Bananas kept all the money for himself. Sarah won this season, but left without a dime.
Depending on who you ask, Bananas made a huge investment in his future or the slimiest move in Challenge history. It’s difficult to watch Sarah get emotional over his decision, but was this decision really so wrong?
Firstly, let’s not forget these two are rivals for a reason. Sarah “betrayed” Bananas on Exes 2 by sending him into the final elimination, where he ultimately lost and didn’t make it to the final. While this may have been a cutthroat move, it barely compares to Banana’s move. After all, Bananas won because Sarah helped him cross that finish line. He only made it to the final because Sarah was his wing woman and helped him the whole season. Not only did they compete to win the challenge, but Sarah spent the bulk of the season trying to win Banana’s approval. She apologized for making the move on Exes 2 and spent a lot of time with Mr. Bananas. Sarah got a great partner this season, and she wanted to win an get her money.
Once the twist was announced, both partners had the opportunity to complete the check points. Sarah had her opportunity to beat Bananas and she failed to do so. Regardless of whether or not Sarah would have kept all the money, she had her chance to make that decision and she lost. The challenges won and relationships built this season got her to the final, but no one expected this twist and there was not way for Sarah or Bananas to prepare for this bomb to be dropped.
I think Wes made a good point at the reunion. For any other cast member this move would have been a shock, but it’s kind of an expectation for Bananas to screw people over. This is part of his character and that’s the reason he continues to get invited onto the show. Making this move was a big investment on Banana’s behalf. Not just because he got $275,000, but also because it will renew interest in him. He has furthered himself as the ultimate villain on the show, and he will continue to be on the show.
Of course, Sarah is entitled to be mad and upset. She invested a lot of time this season, and winning the money would have enhanced her life. Perhaps she’ll get the opportunity to screw over Bananas if Rivals 4 happens.
Can you justify Banana’s move? Or was he completely wrong?