Look, folks: I Love Money may not be winning an Emmy awards this September, but that’s certainly not due to a lack of drama. Or people acting dramatic. And it’s a shame, really, because the level of acting required to successfully back stab, lie, and cheat your way to the $250,000 prize is way more entertaining than anything we’ve ever seen Charlie Sheen do on Two and a Half Men.
With only four eliminations left, there’s not much room for error, which was exactly why this week’s challenge—the first in which players were competing as individuals—was so important. Called “The Backstabber,” players were asked to throw knives into papier-mâché versions of other players. The first person with three knives in their back would be put in the vault for elimination, and the other players would continue to throw knives until just one was left standing. The last doll standing would be the paymaster.