Slip and Crash
Original Airdate: 23 November 2015
Trailer Parking Challenge: After receiving a lesson on driving in reverse with a trailer from Tim Danter, the candidates were given 10 opportunities to back a boat trailer, with boat, attached to a Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, around a fairly sharp corner and through a narrow door into one of Dunnville Airport's hangars. Renee is up first, and quickly finishes the challenge, only briefly getting slowed down by a minor jackknife at the halfway point. Jordan proves incredibly slow during his run, and after an hour of him fruitlessly trying to get the boat into the hangar, Lorraine bails out and has Andrew direct him for the rest of his run; this fails to yield results however, and Jordan eventually quits. Polly fails to make use of her mirrors and repeatedly jackknifes, eventually having to rely on Jeff to make all the decisions; she eventually gets the boat into the hangar, but her run is deemed a failure due to her over-reliance on Jeff. Jillian does almost as well as Renee, and gets the boat into the hangar without major difficulty, but then manages to fail her run by crashing the van into the hangar door.
Sholom, who has swapped out his glasses for contact lenses, does okay for the first half of the run, but then repeatedly jackknifes while trying to get the boat into the hangar. He nearly succeeds just as the sun begins setting, but jackknifes in the hangar doorway, with the only saving grace of his run being that it wasn't the worst of the day.
The Longest Reverse in the World: A straight 1.0 km (0.62 mi) lane is set up with various obstacles on the sides, including cars, concrete barriers, wooden boxes and foam shapes, getting a little wider with each section. The candidates are given one chance to reverse down the entire course in the 5.8 m (19 ft) long 1976 Cadillac Calais. The drivers are each told to take it as fast as they reasonably can, but to do it safely. Polly quickly starts hitting things, thanks to her over-steering and veering toward the driver's side, something that Andrew and the experts note is unusual given that the vast majority of bad drivers usually hit on the passenger side. At the end, she admits that she was staring at the driver's side obstacles rather than where she wanted to go. Sholom has a similar set of issues, over-steering and looking from side-to-side rather than at the end of the course, and he posts a similarly poor run. Renee does well for most of her run, but gets increasingly flustered, eventually causing her to leave the course altogether and nearly hit the camera car. Jordan has the best run of the day, only hitting two objects late in the course. Jillian starts off well, but her run rapidly falls apart after she hits a parked car early on. Despite the best efforts of Andrew and Mitchell, she becomes overwhelmed with stress, and ends up hitting a lot of things during her run. After this, Andrew decides to send her on a public drive with Tim, and for the most part she proves far less nervous than she did during the previous episode's public drive, even though she gets nervous while handling lane changes.
Charger Challenge: Icy Corner Challenge: In an example of the mantra of the show, "Look Where You Want to Go," the candidates are given a lesson by Philippe Létourneau on avoiding a collision on a low-friction surface by locking up the brakes, looking at the opening where they want the car to go, releasing the brake and steering through the opening. The candidates are then given 5 chances to get around a simulated icy corner. Jillian nearly passes on her first attempt, but needlessly hits the brakes a second time and locks up the wheels, causing her to fail. She then brakes too long on her second attempt, and pumps the brakes on the third, before braking too long again on her fourth run. She becomes stressed and tries to quit at this point, but Andrew calms her down and makes her take her final run, which again ends in failure when she brakes too long and stares at the wall. Jordan doesn't steer at all in his first run, and goes straight into the wall; he then brakes too long in his next two runs, then turns too early in his fourth run, and fails to let go of his brake at all in his last run. Polly passes easily on her first attempt, much to the shock of Andrew, Jeff and all four experts. Prior to Renee's run, Jacque admits that seeing this challenge in previous seasons saved her from getting into an accident a year previously, and Cam and Tim also comment about how they've had members of the public thank them for the useful tips. Renee ultimately fails all five or her runs due to braking too long and over-steering. Prior to his run, Sholom is given a sign reminding him to look where he wants to go, which he had specifically requested in an earlier episode; he duly fails his first run by over-speeding, and his next three by under-steering. Andrew decides to stand near the end of the corner to remind him where he wants to look (and thereby drive toward), and he nearly passes, but pumps the brakes and spins out of control.
Despite the generally very poor performances of everyone in this episode, with only three challenge passes in total (Renee on the first challenge, Jordan on the second, and Polly on the third), Jordan and Polly put themselves forward to graduate. Jillian, meanwhile, admits that she should be forced to take more challenges by herself in order to build up her confidence.
While the experts consider Jillian the best overall of the remaining drivers, her failure to pass a challenge this episode and admitting to still having confidence issues rules her out as a feasible candidate for graduation. Jordan and Polly are shortlisted simply because they were the only people who wanted to graduate, and Jordan receives the half-hearted backing of Shyamala and Cam, while Philippe and Tim just as unenthusiastically support Polly. On further discussion, it's pointed out that Jordan quit the trailer challenge and performed disastrously in the Icy Corner, while Polly had a similarly disastrous run in the reversing challenge and overall seems a much less attentive driver than Jordan. In the end, the experts agree that no-one did well enough to be seriously considered for graduation, meaning that the episode ends with nobody leaving rehab.
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