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Free Agents
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Season 25
Location Punta del Este, Uruguay
Pucón, Chile
Episodes 13 (including reunion)
Season Run April 10 – June 26, 2014
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $350,000
Winner(s) Johnny Devenanzio
Laurel Stucky
Cast
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Season guide
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Free Agents is the 25th season of The Challenge. It premiered on April 10th, 2014 and concluded with the reunion special on June 26th, 2014.

Description

Twenty-eight money-hungry competitors arrive in Punta del Este, Uruguay, expecting to be teamed up with an ex, an enemy, or even a weak rookie. Little do they know, this is an individual game, and they’ll be answering to no one but themselves in the most unpredictable Challenge ever.

The 25th season, Free Agents, forces players to compete on their own in a battle of perseverance and luck. The players will have no idea if they’ll be competing in teams, pairs or as individuals until moments before each challenge begins. Winners are not only safe from elimination, but also have the power to choose one guy and one girl to send in. The losers from that day’s challenge must take part in the game’s biggest elimination twist yet, “The Draw”, where one guy and one girl are selected by pure chance to face the two nominated players in the elimination round. With competitors’ fates being determined by a flip of a card, no amount of strategy can protect them.

A grand total of $350,000 is up for grabs, and with so much money on the line, these already blood-thirsty competitors turn vicious. Heated rivalries will take shape, bitter enemies will clash, and heart-tugging relationships will form. Only the lucky few will face the epic final challenge that starts in dangerous rapids and ends at the top of an active volcano. In the end, this season will find the most worthy challenger yet, the ultimate FREE AGENT.

Cast

Male contestants
Contestant Finish
BananasFAIcon
Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio
RW: Key West
Winner
in A Walk in the Clouds
JohnnyFAIcon
Johnny Reilly
RW: Portland
Runner-Up
in A Walk in the Clouds
ZachFAIcon
Zach Nichols
RW: San Diego (2011)
Third Place
in A Walk in the Clouds
CTFAIcon
Chris "CT" Tamburello
RW: Paris
Eliminated
in The $350,000 Pyramid
LeroyFAIcon
Leroy Garrett
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in The $350,000 Pyramid
CohuttaFAIcon
Cohutta Grindstaff
RW: Sydney
Eliminated
in Best Friends for Never
PrestonFAIcon
Preston Charles
RW: New Orleans (2010)
Eliminated
in Strike a Pose, There's Something to It
JordanFAIcon
Jordan Wiseley
RW: Portland
Eliminated
in Pride Before the Wall
SwiftFAIcon
Brandon Swift
RW: St. Thomas
Eliminated
in Not So Trivial Pursuits
IsaacFAIcon
Isaac Stout
RW: Sydney
Eliminated
in Stripes
BrandonFAIcon
Brandon Nelson
Fresh Meat II
Eliminated
in Inadequate
FrankFAIcon
Frank Sweeney
RW: San Diego (2011)
Medically Removed
in You Be Illin'
DustinFAIcon
Dustin Zito
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Eliminated
in Love in the Fast Lane
ChetFAIcon
Chet Cannon
RW: Brooklyn
Quit
in Live Free or Die
Female contestants
Contestant Finish
LaurelFAIcon
Laurel Stucky
Fresh Meat II
Winner
in A Walk in the Clouds
NanyFAIcon
Nany González
RW: Las Vegas (2011)
Runner-Up
in A Walk in the Clouds
DevynFAIcon
Devyn Simone
RW: Brooklyn
Third Place
in A Walk in the Clouds
TheresaFAIcon
Theresa Gonzalez
Fresh Meat II
Eliminated
in The $350,000 Pyramid
CaraMariaFAIcon
Cara Maria Sorbello
Fresh Meat II
Eliminated
in The $350,000 Pyramid
JessicaFAIcon
Jessica McCain
RW: Portland
Eliminated
in Best Friends for Never
AneesaFAIcon
Aneesa Ferreira
RW: Chicago
Eliminated
in Strike a Pose, There's Something to It
JonnaFAIcon
Jonna Mannion
RW: Cancun
Eliminated
in Pride Before the Wall
CamilaFAIcon
Camila Nakagawa
Spring Break Challenge
Eliminated
in Not So Trivial Pursuits
JasmineFAIcon
Jasmine Reynaud
RW: Cancun
Eliminated
in Stripes
LaToyaFAIcon
LaToya Jackson
RW: St. Thomas
Eliminated
in Inadequate
NiaFAIcon
Nia Moore
RW: Portland
Eliminated
in You Be Illin'
EmileeFAIcon
Emilee Fitzpatrick
RW: Cancun
Eliminated
in Love in the Fast Lane
JemmyeFAIcon
Jemmye Carroll
RW: New Orleans (2010)
Eliminated
in Live Free or Die

Format

Prior to each challenge, players are informed whether a challenge will be declared as either an individual, pair, or team challenge. For pair and team challenges, T.J. draws names out of a bag — one of each gender, or more for multi-team or pair challenges — that will be designated as captains. For team challenges, the captains will select players that will be split evenly amongst gender. For pair challenges, the captains will either select players of the opposite gender for challenges that are designated as male/female pairs, or the same gender for challenges that are designated as same-gender pairs.

After each challenge, the winning teams/pairs/players are not only safe from elimination, but will also choose one player of each gender to compete in the elimination round. If a challenge is played in a team or pair format, each member of the winning pair/team is safe from elimination. The remaining players will participate in an elimination vote called "The Draw," in which each player will either flip over a "kill card," which has a skeleton symbol, or a blank card. If a player flips over a blank card, that player saves himself/herself from participating in the elimination, however, if a player flips over the "kill card," that player will face the player of the respective gender that was previously voted by the winning team/pair/individual in the elimination. The winning players of each gender return to the game and have a shot at competing for a $350,000 prize, while the losing male and female players are eliminated from the game.

At the end of the season, six players will compete in the final challenge — three of each gender.

Money for finalists is split as follows:

  • First Place: $125,000 each
  • Second Place: $35,000 each
  • Third Place: $15,000 each

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Challenge type Challenge winners Elimination contestants Elimination game Elimination outcome
# Challenge Voted In Draw pick Winner Loser
1 Out on a Ledge Two teams of 14 Team Black Chet Frank Balls In Frank Chet*
LaToya Jemmye LaToya Jemmye
2 Auto Body Rally Male/female pairs Cohutta & Laurel Jonna Emilee Wrecking Wall Jonna Emilee
Dustin Frank Frank Dustin
3 Bar Crawl Six teams of 4 Team Brandon Johnny N/A Looper N/A
Nia Cara Maria Cara Maria Nia
4 Bounce Out Two teams of 11 Team Red LaToya Cara Maria Oppenheimer Cara Maria LaToya
Brandon Zach Zach Brandon
5 Piggy Back Two teams of 10 Team Purple Laurel Jasmine Balls In Laurel Jasmine
Bananas Isaac Bananas Isaac
6 Smarty Pants Individual Zach Swift Jordan Looper Jordan Swift
Devyn Theresa Camila Theresa Camila
7 Sausage Party Individual Laurel Aneesa Jonna Wrecking Wall Aneesa Jonna
Johnny Bananas Jordan Bananas Jordan
8 Hold That Pose Two teams of 7 Team Devyn Preston Cohutta Oppenheimer Cohutta Preston
Aneesa Laurel Laurel Aneesa
9 Dug Out Same-gender pairs Nany & Theresa Jessica Cara Maria Balls In Cara Maria Jessica
CT & Zach Cohutta Leroy Leroy Cohutta
10/11 Crossover Male/female pairs Bananas & Nany CT Leroy Wrecking Wall CT Leroy
Cara Maria Laurel Laurel Cara Maria
11 N/A Laurel vs. Theresa Puzzle Pyramid Laurel Theresa
Bananas vs. CT Bananas CT
11/12 Final Challenge Male/female pairs & Individual Bananas 2nd place: Johnny; 3rd place: Zach
Laurel 2nd place: Nany; 3rd place: Devyn

Notes:

  • Chet withdrew from the "Balls In" elimination at the end of Episode 1, after he busted his chin open. T. J. Lavin gave Chet the option to either continue the elimination round with a bandage, or get stitches and forfeit; Chet chose the latter option, fearing a bacterial infection. Therefore, Frank was declared the winner by default.
  • Frank initially thought that he was suffering from a collapsed lung, and had hoped to continue competing. However, when he arrived at the "Bar Crawl" challenge in Episode 3, host T. J. Lavin delivered the news that doctors diagnosed Frank with a contagious viral infection, and he was immediately removed from the competition.
    • As a result of Frank's departure due to illness, Team Jasmine competed in the "Bar Crawl" challenge with three players, while the other five teams competed with four players.
    • Johnny was selected for the elimination round in Episode 3, but did not have to compete. There were four cards in "The Draw," but only three male players were eligible for participation — CT, Jordan and Swift — none of them drew the "kill card." Therefore, by virtue of Frank's illness that resulted in his removal from the competition, no male elimination round was held.
  • A tie vote was reached in Episode 4 between Aneesa and LaToya. A re-vote was required to determine who would be selected for the elimination round.
  • In the "Piggy Back" challenge, each team advanced the same number of players (4) from one platform to the other. However, Team Yellow was disqualified due to Preston failing to grab the last two ropes with both hands, after T. J. Lavin stated in the rules that each player was required to grab all ten ropes with both hands. Therefore, Team Purple was declared the winner by default.
  • A tie vote was reached in Episode 10 between Cara Maria & Theresa. A re-vote was required to determine who would be selected for the elimination round. T. J. Lavin then made the stunning announcement that if a third tie occurred, Bananas and Nany — the winners of the "Crossover" challenge — would instead be placed into elimination. In the re-vote, Nany switched her vote, sending Cara Maria into elimination.
  • In Episode 11, no challenge was held prior to the final draw, and no competitor had immunity from the final draw. Johnny, Zach, Devyn and Nany each drew blank cards, automatically sending Bananas, CT, Laurel and Theresa to the final elimination round.

Elimination Progress

Males Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10/11 11 Finale
03Bananas WIN SAFE WIN WIN ELIM SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM WINNER
17Johnny WIN SAFE ELIM WIN WIN SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SECOND
23Zach SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM WIN WIN SAFE WIN WIN SAFE SAFE THIRD
01CT WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ELIM OUT
13Leroy SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM OUT
15Cohutta WIN WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM OUT
07Preston WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
25Jordan WIN SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ELIM OUT
21Swift WIN SAFE SAFE WIN WIN OUT
11Isaac SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
19Brandon SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
05Frank ELIM ELIM OUT
27Dustin SAFE OUT
09Chet QUIT
Females Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10/11 11 Finale
24Laurel WIN WIN SAFE WIN ELIM SAFE WIN ELIM SAFE ELIM ELIM WINNER
14Nany WIN SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN SAFE SECOND
06Devyn WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE THIRD
08Theresa SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN ELIM SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE OUT
02 Cara Maria SAFE SAFE ELIM ELIM WIN SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM OUT
16Jessica WIN SAFE WIN WIN WIN SAFE SAFE WIN OUT
10Aneesa WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM OUT
20Jonna SAFE ELIM SAFE WIN WIN SAFE OUT
28Camila SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE OUT
12Jasmine WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
18LaToya ELIM SAFE SAFE OUT
26Nia WIN SAFE OUT
22Emilee SAFE OUT
04Jemmye OUT
Competition
     The contestant won the competition.
     The contestant did not win the final challenge.
     The contestant won the week's competition, making him/her safe from the elimination round.
     The contestant did not win the week's competition, but was not selected for the elimination round.
     The contestant participated in the elimination draw, but did not draw the "kill card."
     The contestant was selected for the elimination round, but did not have to compete.
     The contestant won the elimination round.
     The contestant won the elimination round by default after their opponent withdrew due to injury.
     The contestant lost the elimination round.
     The contestant withdrew from the elimination round due to injury.
     The contestant was removed from the competition due to illness.

Episodes

Episode Air date Viewers (in millions)
1 "Live Free or Die" April 10, 2014 0.95
2 "Love in the Fast Lane" April 17, 2014 0.92
3 "You Be Illin'" April 24, 2014 0.94
4 "Inadequate" May 1, 2014 1.11
5 "Stripes" May 8, 2014 0.97
6 "Not So Trivial Pursuits" May 15, 2014 1.07
7 "Pride Before the Wall" May 22, 2014 1.14
8 "Strike a Pose, There's Something to It" May 29, 2014 1.08
9 "Best Friends for Never" June 5, 2014 1.08
10 "Talk to the Hand" June 12, 2014 1.14
11 "The $350,000 Pyramid" June 19, 2014 1.01
12 "A Walk in the Clouds" June 26, 2014 1.15

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Road Rules: All Stars · Real World/Road Rules Challenge · Challenge 2000 · Extreme Challenge · Battle of the Seasons (2002)
Battle of the Sexes · The Gauntlet · The Inferno · Battle of the Sexes 2 · The Inferno II · The Gauntlet 2 · Fresh Meat · The Duel · The Inferno 3 · The Gauntlet III · The Island · The Duel II · The Ruins · Fresh Meat II · Cutthroat · Rivals · Battle of the Exes · Battle of the Seasons (2012) · Rivals II · Free Agents · Battle of the Exes II · Battle of the Bloodlines · Rivals III · Invasion of the Champions · XXX: Dirty 30 · Vendettas · Final Reckoning