|Season 3, Episode 17|
|Aired||February 5, 2005|
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Three remaining teams, two days to go, and one final elimination. No more alliances, no more second chances, and no more surprises. The only way to guarantee a spot in the Endurance finals is to win today's Temple Mission.
After enjoying a sunny morning of swimming in Kauai, the contestants meet with JD at the huts to hear about the afternoon's Temple mission — the last one of Endurance: Hawaii. With only three teams left in the game, the winner of the mission is a lock to play for the championship, while the other two teams will have to test their luck at Temple later that night. No one needs reminding that the Yellow Team was given the Samadhi by the Gray team the previous day, but JD brings up an interesting fact: no team in Endurance history has ever been to Temple three times and played for the championship. If the Samadhi handicaps Yellow and forces them to Temple, and should good fortune be on their side and they make it back to the jungle anyway, they could make game history!
Later, the contestants rendezvous with JD to play the final Temple mission, Color Coded. In this memory game, the players on each team must correctly choose one of five colored discs from a row, in search of the one that has a triangle symbol beneath it. Should a team find the disc with the symbol, they will move on to the next row, where once again they'll have to find the disc marked with a triangle. Should they be lucky enough to find the winning disc once again, they'll move on to the next row, and so on. At any point, should a team choose a blank disc, they'll have to start over. To win the game, a team must pass through seven rows of colored discs and find seven triangle-branded discs without choosing a single blank disc. But, because they were given the Samadhi, the Yellow team must pass through one extra row of colored discs, meaning they'll have to choose eight correct discs to win the game.
JD begins the game, and right off the bat, the Gray team chooses the correct disc three consecutive times, giving them a huge advantage. On the fourth try, Gray guesses incorrectly, and they have to start again from the beginning. While Gray goes back to the first row of discs, the Orange team (Nicole and Demian) makes it to the fifth row. Meanwhile, the Yellow team consistently falters, having difficulty making it past the third row. Orange guesses incorrectly on the fifth row, sending them back to the start, while Gray makes their way to row No. 5 as well. But they, too, choose the incorrect disc in that row and are forced to begin again. Then, the unpredictable happens: Orange's memory holds up and they recall the placement of their discs to get back to row No. 5; then, they correctly choose the next three discs! Orange wins the game, automatically sending the Gray and Yellow teams to Temple!
Although you'd think Nicole and Demian would be elated to have won the game and made it to the final round, they are anything but happy. Their bickering reaches an all-time high, which both delights and depresses the Yellow and Gray teams. On one hand, they feel that Orange has managed to manipulate their way into the championship, without enduring very much to get there; on the other hand, Orange is a weak team with very few pyramid pieces, so they won't be very strong competitors in the final round.
Night falls and the time comes for Yellow and Gray to meet with JD at the Temple to play Fire-Water-Wood. In the first round, the Gray team chooses water, and Yellow chooses fire. Water puts out fire, so Gray wins the round. In the next round, the Gray team chooses fire, and Yellow chooses wood. Fire burns wood, which means Gray wins the second round and the game! But before Gray is able to return to the jungle, they receive a parting request from an emotional Yellow team to not let Nicole win the game. After several weeks, targeting, and endurance, the Yellow Team's luck has run out, and became the last team eliminated from E3.
|Chris & Lindi|
Knowledge, Teamwork, Heart, Courage, Discipline, Strength, Trust & Ingenuity
|Demian & Nicole|
Leadership & Commitment
To be won in the final mission: Perseverance, Luck
In Color Coded, teams come across a code on the plates in front of them. They choose a color plate, and when asked to reveal, they show it. If it contains a triangle, they are allowed to move one place forward; if not, then they have to go back to the beginning. The first team to completely finish their code wins.
- Monroe (before leaving): "Chris and Lindi, do not let Nicole win this game."
- Third time in three seasons where a team tries to survive three trips to Temple, but failed. This is also the last time it happened, as the Blue Team from Endurance: High Sierras succeeded in that feat.
- Endurance Hawaii: Final Elimination on Veoh (full episode)