Dustin and Heather were immediately drawn to each other on Real World: Las Vegas, but their relationship was rocked when Heather learned about Dustin's history working for a gay porn website. The couple weathered the obstacles, but when time came to leave Vegas, they decided that maintaining a long distance relationship would be unrealistic. Unable to resist each other, the exes resumed their romance after the show and are currently dating. Dustin is enthused to be partnered with his girlfriend, stating, "I don't have any lack of confidence in us, as a team. I think we're strong." Heather, on the other hand, sees some potential pitfalls. She notes, "The worst thing about being paired with Dustin is that he has no shame in showing his competitive side." It's yet to be seen if the stress of competition will bring out Dustin's temper and if that will prove too much for their relationship.
Las Vegas is this season's wild card, as Challenge veterans Trishelle and Alton of The Real World: Las Vegas pair with Back to Las Vegas's Nany and Dustin to form the only team combining two casts. While other teams deal with old grudges, Las Vegas's lack of history could work out in their favor. "A lot of other teams can't stand each other. We're starting fresh," Nany explains. Although Trishelle and Alton are the oldest competitors in the game, their confidence hasn't waned a bit. Trishelle's skills as a professional poker player will be valuable when it comes to game strategy, while Alton remains a physical threat in any challenge. He boasts, "I feel like I'm actually in the best shape of my life, ever. I feel like Alton 2.0." Rookie Nany hopes to prove herself as one of the game's fiercest female players and after being sidelined with a knee injury in Battle of the Exes, Dustin hopes not only to bring home a win, but to finally "put a ring on it" when it comes to former castmate Heather, confessing, "I live with the girl I love now and the only thing left to do is get the ring. This is a real love and I'm ready to make the commitment." Team Las Vegas has all the elements to be a major threat, but with four dynamic personalities involved, could this team's emotional highs and lows be their downfall?
Fresh off a breakup with his Real World sweetheart, this is Dustin's first Challenge as a single man. Although he made a pact with his ex not to hook up with anyone in the house, that notion flies out the window on night one when Dustin catches the eye of a rookie girl. Last seen finishing in second place on Battle of the Seasons, Dustin has proven he can excel in the physical aspects of the game, but hopes the Free Agents format will negate his weakness—politics. Dustin notes, "A lot of people want to play politics. I just want to play the game." Will Dustin's political naivete be his Achilles heel? Or will he go the distance again?
When Dustin arrived on Free Agents newly single, it didn't take long for his swag to win over Jessica's Southern charm. However, lack of a political game sent Dustin packing early, and the budding romance was cut short. After their season, Jessica tried to pursue Dustin, but was dismayed to discover that Dustin had already moved on. Jessica explains, "I made plans to see Dustin, but found out he ended up having a girlfriend and he didn't have the balls to tell me!" Dustin explains, "I didn't pursue a relationship with her like she thought we would and now my balls are in her hands." Will Dustin and Jessica be able to recapture their once fun and flirty relationship to seize the win? Or will Jessica's broken heart cause her to sabotage their chance of winning like Dustin sabotaged their chance at love?