Stars Earn Stripes is a new military-inspired reality TV competition show on NBC. General Wesley Clark and Samantha Harris are hosts. The executive producers are Mark Burnett, Dick Wolf, and David Hurwitz.
8 celebrities are scheduled to participate in military-like exercises. They are playing for the charity of their choice, and all of the charities are related to the military community.
Each celebrity will pair up with a military soldier and compete against the other teams. The celebrities include Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Picabo Street, Dolvett Quince, and Eve Torres.
The celebrities come in on helicopters. The operatives (teammate/trainers) arrive in Humvees.
Samantha Harris welcomes everyone. Each stripe earns money, but one winner will win over $100,000 for his or her charity. Samantha introduces General Wesley Clark.
Here are the 8 teams:
1. Terry and Dale
2. Dean and Chris
3. Eve and Grady
4. Laila and Talon
5. Nick and Tom
6. Picabo and Brent
7. Dolvett and Andrew
8. Todd and J.W.
The first mission is an amphibious assault. It will use real weapons, including a grenade launcher.
They train the celebs first before competing on the first mock mission. For this first mission, they will work two teams at a time.
Laila and Dean are going together with their operatives. Dean says sniper Chris is a superstar, so it will be his fault if they lose. Laila says this is a tougher environment than the boxing gym.
Observation: It’s really hard to tell how well the celebs are doing. It’s confusing the way it is edited, and there should some kind of straightforward scoring to make it more objective.
Dean and Laila’s group finished in 13 minutes and 20 seconds. Chris and Talon nailed their part of the shooting.
Dolvett and Todd are the next group. Dolvett freaks out. He isn’t much of a swimmer and starts yelling for help. Dolvett was evacuated, so Todd has to do everything that he and Dolvett were supposed to do together (shoot the targets).
Dolvett and Todd’s team finished in 20 minutes and 54 seconds. They were really slowed down by Dolvett’s being evacuated.
Nick and Eve are in the next group. Eve thinks Nick may be the weak link. But Nick seemed to do great, and this group is safe from the head-to-head elimination.
Terry and Picabo are the last group. Terry can’t seem to swim. They try to help him, but his head is still going under the water. So much for shattering that “black people can’t swim” stereotype. Both black guys were sinking like a rock. Terry was evacuated, so Picabo has to do double duty. She seemed to do well enough, but they did not show their finishing time.
After the break, General Wesley Clark will tell us which two celebrity contestants must do the elimination shootout.
Nick and Eve were the fastest. They did not give Picabo’s place, but she was apparently not last. Because Dolvett and Terry failed to complete the mission, they must participate in the elimination shootout challenge.
The two challengers must break through doors and shoot targets. They must make a long-range sniper shot and hit a small piece of plastic to complete the shootout.
Dolvett gets a big lead in the shootout, but he is having problems finishing off that last sniper task. Terry catches up and starts the sniper round. He hits the perfect shot before Dolvett can do it.
Dolvett is eliminated from Stars Earn Stripes.