American Grit Season 1 Episode 7: Dawn Patrol

Scott Fishman
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On Last Week’s American Grit, Ivette was eliminated, leaving Tony as the sole survivor of Team Tee. The former football player managed to pull through once again and live to fight another day.

The show started with an ominous knock at the door and the delivery of four compasses for each team. This left the competitors wondering what was to come.

They got their answer in the form of a horn and John Cena in full drill instructor mode  —at 3:30 in the morning. The crew had five minutes to get mentally and physically prepared for the “Dawn Patrol” evolution.

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Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

They were blindfolded and transported by truck to a mysterious location. After the vehicle stopped, the teams made their way to a stockpile of equipment and other items to complete their objective. There was a large case, weighted backpack and field instructions that needed to be carried across treacherous terrain.

A compass had to be used to locate their respective cadres more than three miles away. The final stage saw the groups having to figure out a code to open a case which contained a map to the finish at the Circus location.

Miraculously, Team Noah added another victory to their stellar record. Team Nick had to live with the fact they were only nine seconds away from securing first place. To make matters worse, they had to endure watching Noah’s group enjoy a massage — the reward for winning the evolution.

Cameron was feeling down about the disheartening experience, so Haze decided to cheer him up with a makeout session. The budding romance between Cameron and Haze seems to intensify. But with big money and bragging rights on the line, it’s easy to see this couple is on borrowed time.

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Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

Rorke wasn’t happy with the last place finish. He hoped to motivate his team a bit with a gift in the form of name-engraved bullets. Noah met with his team to find out more about them outside of the show, feeling it will help strengthen their ties. This led to Clare telling a harrowing story about being on a fishing boat and saving a life. David talked about his journey to the Olympics.

These scenes are great because they provide viewers with reasons to get behind the competitors and perhaps emotionally invest in a particular person. Elsewhere, Team Nick held a strategy session.

Tony, KJoy and Mario were the ones to face the Circus this time around. Nick chose KJoy, but it seemed very close to being Cameron.  The course was accompanied by the Hump Day endurance challenge. The three were tasked with taking sand bags weighing 20 percent of their body weight from one location to another.

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Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

Adding another level of difficulty was the fact they had to scale a flight of steps during the repeated trips to pick up the bags. Mario breezed through the Circus to get an early reprieve from the second phase.

After the hour mark, KJoy ended up feeling it in her legs and couldn’t continue. The Team Nick member had no choice but to ring out. KJoy went in confident and thinking Tony would be the one to go home. However, he persevered and proved naysayers wrong…at least for now.

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