The attention-starved pair thought they would be surrounded in the dark by creepy crawlies as they were in an earlier challenge, but this time around, "What we did was a far more interesting psychological experiment," says Paul Telegdy, NBC's executive vice president of alternative programming.
In scenes likely to be shown on Monday's episode, Speidi were tormented instead Thursday by the sound of an acorn dragged by a fishing pole along the floor of the chamber, and the feel of wind on their backs blown by a small tube. "When we cut the lights," Telegdy says, "We have them on infrared cameras, and all we can say is you see two sets of very terrified eyes, blinking, goggle-eyed, terror-struck! They prayed quite vigorously."
Spencer's EmergencyBefore the lights were even turned off, Spencer hurt his hand while trying to dispatch a single offending spider seen in the room. Telegdy says Spencer called out, "I've dislocated my thumb! Emergency! Call a medic!'" But when the medic asked if Spencer could give a thumb's up, he still could. "'Then you haven't dislocated your thumb, Spencer! Sit down! Don't be ridiculous.'" Telegdy says the medic responded, adding that Spencer continued, "'No, I've got to see a medic! This is the worst thing I've ever done in my life!'"
Angela Shelton, the comedienne who was voted off the show Thursday night, had this to say about the notorious twosome in a conference call with reporters: "My immediate instinct is they want to get back on the show [because] they are definitely people 24/7 on the J-O-B of promoting themselves." She added, "The show is all about giving people chances, [but] I've never seen them do any work in their lives. They're pretty closed off."
With reporting by PAMELA WARRICK