In this week’s episode, three teams are transported in an armored van through the dark streets of downtown Los Angeles. They are then blindfolded, unloaded from the vehicle and escorted into the depths of this super populated city.
Each team has its blindfolds removed, revealing host Rich Eisen and the dark tunnel surrounding them. Eleven miles of underground tunnels, numerous patrolling guards and various physical and mental challenges comprise the barrier between these teams and the grand prize of $100,000. The rules are explained, the teams are locked up and the escape is on.
When the city hall clock strikes midnight, each team frantically struggles to escape their confinements and move to Stage 1. All teams escape detainment and run down the hall to find their maps, not realizing that the maps are back in the detainment zone. One by one, each team realizes its mistake and run back to the cells.
On the way to Stage 1, the Blue Team is in the lead, followed by the Green and Red teams. To complete the stage, competitors must use a marked calendar to open a large fire safe. Unfortunately all of the teams face another major setback when they can’t figure out how to decode the dates on their calendars.
Dwight and Jared, the father-and-son members of the Blue Team, are first to Stage 2. They move through it quickly, with the other two teams still finishing the prior stage. In their rush, they completely forget about the patrolling guards and are apprehended. In the meantime, Jevin and Latasha of the Green Team are trying to figure out how to maneuver through the sewers in Stage 2. While Latasha panics and cries for help in her fruitless efforts to navigate the dirty environment, Jared and Dwight pass by once more.
The Red Team, made up of mother Dara and daughter Alix, finally makes it to the sewers and sees the Green Team struggling to make it through. Alix is excited to see they have caught up…that is until her mother Dara starts gagging and feeling sickly. Still, both teams find the resolve to make it through. As they are collecting themselves, a guard comes by and sends them straight back to detainment. Amid all the chaos surrounding the other two teams, Jared and Dwight of the Blue Team are already out of the tunnels on ground level, searching for City Hall and the next stage.
The Red and Green teams make it through the sewers again and run through the tunnels towards the exit. Because of bad luck and failed attempts at hiding, both teams are caught and sent back to square one. Halfway into the escape, it seems as if an easy road to victory is being paved for the Blue Team. But the boys in blue aren’t without struggles of their own. Guards seem to be crawling all over the streets of Los Angeles, making it difficult for Jared and Dwight to find a safe route to City Hall.
Finally, the other teams start to catch up. The Blue Team can’t figure out how to find a phone number required to complete Stage 3, and the Red Team is hot on their tails. As if their prayers for the other teams to falter are answered, the Blue Team watches as a guard catches the Red Team for the third time.
The Green Team, despite trouble escaping from the tunnels, finally makes it to the surface. The pair navigates the city streets, fearless of patrolling guards. Inevitably, they are caught once more. Instead of going back to detainment, though, Jevin decides that it is time to simply quit the game and go home.
Being so familiar with the competition after multiple failed attempts to make it to Stage 3, the Red Team moves through in a mad rush to City Hall. They appear to be catching up with the Blue Team, but it is too late. Jared and Dwight have already met up with host Rich Eisen, collected $100,000 and won The Great Escape. Now the winners are on their way home in style, with a helicopter airlifting them from Los Angeles.
Son and Father – BLUE TEAM
Jared, 18, Student, Altadena, Calif.
Dwight, 51, Shelving Company Owner, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Mother and Daughter – RED TEAM
Dara, 49, Respiratory Therapist, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Alix, 24, Student, RSM, Calif.
Married – GREEN TEAM
Jevin, 30, DJ, Los Angeles, Calif.
Latasha, 40, Stay-at-home mom, Los Angeles, Calif.