Nick Viall cried after being physically and emotionally tested on Monday’s episode of Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test on Fox.
The 43-year-old reality star silently wept after he was called in for questioning and mocked after revealing he hosted a relationship and pop culture podcast for a living.
Tom Sandoval, 40, also was among the seven recruits remaining on Day 5 of the military training that saw them challenged as they reached the halfway point.
‘I definitely expected it to be hard,’ said Sandoval who was branded as ‘pathetic’ last episode. ‘I didn’t expect it to be this hard.’
‘They are ramping it up,’ said Bachelor franchise veteran Nick. ‘Hell, I’d never been in a fight before so I guess that was kind of cool.’
Getting emotional: Nick Viall cried after being physically and emotionally tested on Monday’s episode of Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test on Fox
‘You did well, man,’ Tom said.
The trainers were getting into the recruits’ heads. Jack Osbourne, 37, said he even had a dream with Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham, the ex-SAS Sergeant Major, yelling at him to get in a hole.
The season two episode titled Pressure opened on Day Five with just seven of the 14 recruits remaining. Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox, a former SBS operator, said to the camera that the group was at the halfway point, which was when they started to amp things up.
The recruits were told to stand at attention while three helicopters landed. Then were told to get in.
‘This is so badass,’ Nick said.
‘Yeah it is,’ Tom said.
They were flown into a mountain range and dropped off.
‘We are ramping it up,’ Chief instructor Rudy Reyes, a former recon Marine, told them. ‘We are going to be relentless.’
Wet eyes: The 43-year-old reality star cried after failing a task, struggling through military exercises and being mocked for being a host of a relationship and pop culture podcast
Helicopter ride: The recruits were flown into a mountain range and dropped off
They then had to do a commando cliff crawl of using a single rope to move across a deadly ravine.
‘The commando cliff crawl is by far the most difficult thing these recruits could have ever imagined doing,’ Rudy said to the camera.
Olympic Alpine skier Bode Miller, 45, went first. He had to crawl on the rope across a ledge. When he got to the middle, he was told to go upside down and dismount and then to pull himself back up. Billy yelled at him to look up at him when he looked down instead.
‘Just do as you are told,’ Billy said. ‘It’s simple.’
Bode hanged from a single rope attempting to maneuver himself. Bode was able to compose himself and pulled himself across.
Jack fell to the other side of the rope and the instructors told him that he failed. Erin Jackson, 30, an Olympic gold medal speed skater, also failed as did singer Jojo Siwa, 20.
‘It is absolutely petrifying, your heart’s beating. All you can see was death,’ Billy said. ‘In order to pass this test you have to overcome your fear.’
Sandoval struggled, but was able to do the task.
Cliff crawl: They then had to do a commando cliff crawl of using a single rope to move across a deadly ravine
Mission accomplished: Tom Sandoval struggled, but was able to do the task
‘He’s cockroach,’ Tyler Cameron, 30, said. ‘You can’t kill him. He just keeps coming back.’
‘We got another pass,’ said Jovon Q, directing staff, a former Navy SEAL.
‘I just improvised,’ Sandoval said.
Nick was the last person to go. He also struggled to cross the ravine on the rope and failed the test.
‘You look like a pathetic bag of s***,’ Billy said to him.
Bode and Sandoval were the only two who passed. The group then got into waiting helicopters and flew off.
‘Look where they landed us,’ Jack said. ‘I’m dreading what’s next.’
The recruits who failed the test and to carry the packs of the two people who passed the mile back to camp. Nick carried Sandoval and Tyler carried Bode.
Failed it: JoJo Siwa also failed the test
Tough time: Nick after failing was tasked with carrying Sandoval back
‘You’re a f***ing animal dude,’ Bode said.
Nick struggled to carry Sandoval. JoJo stepped in and carried Sandoval herself.
Back at camp, Nick was struggling, shaking and sweating. They rushed him into a hot shower to help recover.
The special forces instructors brought in Nick to talk to him. Nick told them he had hit a wall.
‘You sure it’s just not mental and you’ve just given up?’ Billy said.
Billy asked what he did for a living and Nick smiling told them that he hosted a relationship and pop culture podcast.
‘F***ing hell,’ Billy said. ‘You are Mr. Interesting, aren’t you?’
He said he also found out his fiancée was pregnant before he signed up for the show and wanted people to know they could count on him. Billy said he had the potential to make it to the end.
Helping out: JoJo stepped in and carried Sandoval herself as Nick struggled
Bad shape: Nick was in bad shape when they got back and was helped into a hot shower
Pop podcast: Billy asked what he did for a living and Nick smiling told them that he hosted a relationship and pop culture podcast
Not impressed: ‘F***ing hell,’ Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham said. ‘You are Mr. Interesting, aren’t you?’
‘I see potential and I’d hate for it to go to waste,’ Billy said.
‘I got some tough love,’ Nick said to the others when he got back to camp. ‘I was hoping for a pat on the back.’
Nick told the others that the instructors told him that that he wasn’t giving it his all but in the end that they believed in him.
‘How long are they going to keep f***ing hammering us,’ Jack said.
The group thought they were done for the day but then the instructors had then run outside and jump into a tank of water and then do a grueling circuit drill. They were made to do push ups and bear crawl around a muddy yard.
‘Pain is glory,’ Billy said.
‘If I do quit, I’m going to be really upset with myself,’ Jack said in a confessional.
Bode didn’t appreciate the way the individuals were treating him. Foxy brought in Bode to talk to him. He said he just didn’t deal well with authority when he felt things were not fair.
Not appreciated: Bode Miller didn’t appreciate the way the individuals were treating him
Bode started crying and said he had five children and didn’t want to push him the way he pushed himself. Foxy asked how old his kids were.
‘My daughter’s the oldest at 15,’ Bode said. ‘Then ten, eight. Our daughter that we lost would have been six. Four, three, three and one.’
‘What happened with your daughter?’ Foxy asked.
‘She drowned in our neighbor’s pool.’ Bode said. ‘I was with my older daughter at softball. Honestly I hadn’t thought that, that my being away for that, at another kid’s sport thing, it could be some f*** weird routing to why I’m so tentative around like encouraging my kids to want to pursue something that way. That’s f***ing scary.’
Foxy told him that he was doing well but just needed to keep his attitude in check.
Bode said he realized how his behavior towards the instructors wasn’t positive and would try to change.
Jack checked his heart rate and saw it was still at 100 beats per minute and wouldn’t go down. The other remaining recruits were also struggling to remain.
Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test will return next Monday on Fox.