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The Ruins
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Season Information
Season No. 18
Location Phuket, Thailand
Season Run September 30 – December 23, 2009
Episodes 12 (including reunion and special)
Host TJ Lavin
Prize Money $300,000
Winners Champions
Derrick Kosinski
Evan Starkman
Johnny Devenanzio
Kenny Santucci
Susie Meister
Cast
Season Chronology
Previous The Duel II
Next Fresh Meat II
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The Ruins is the 18th season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. It premiered on September 30th, 2009 and concluded with the "S#!t They Should Have Shown" special on December 23rd, 2009.

Description

Twenty-eight competitors have been tapped to compete in an exciting new Real World/Road Rules Challenge. We're pitting grizzled and greedy former winners, henceforth known as "Champions," to do battle against a team of equally greedy newcomers and past Challenge losers we've dubbed "Challengers." They will meet in exotic Thailand to see who can face the rigors of The Ruins.

Although players will compete at teams, they will also bank winnings into individual bank accounts as they compete in nine intense challenges and a thrilling finale. There is $300,000 up for grabs and, as always, the players will do whatever it takes to get their cut of the Challenge prize.

Not everyone will last until the end to earn a share of the wealth. After each weekly challenge, one man and one woman from each team will compete in "The Ruins" -- a head-to-head battle between two competitors, where one man and one woman will be eliminated. The winner of "The Ruins" not only stays in the game, but pockets the loser's bank account, making them richer -- as well as a bigger target in the eyes of the other players. The loser? Well, the loser goes home flat broke.

Avoiding "The Ruins" depends on how well teams do in the challenges. Before each challenge, each team will nominate six people -- three men and three women from their ranks -- to be eligible for "The Ruins." After every challenge, the winning team will split $20,000 evenly. Then, the winning team's lucky six nominees will be "the match-makers" who will select which man and woman from each team will be sentenced to "The Ruins." The selected men will have their "Ruins" competition and so will the women. The losers will be sent packing.

As with any Challenge, the competitor who plays their cards right and forms the best alliances will find they have the power. Those who do not may just find themselves in "The Ruins." However, in Thailand, going into the elimination round is a risk that could pay off, as the winner ends up acquiring their opponent's bank account.

Only the players that make it to the end will walk away with the cash they've banked and compete in the finale. Plus, the winners of the finale will earn an additional grand prize!

Ultimately, friendships will be put to the test, hearts will be broken and battles will rage -- both on and off the playing field -- as players do whatever it takes to be crowned the winners of The Ruins!

Cast

Champions
Contestant Finish
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Derrick Kosinski
Road Rules X-Treme
Winners
in Good Thai and Good Luck
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Evan Starkman
Fresh Meat
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Johnny Devenanzio
The Real World: Key West
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Kenny Santucci
Fresh Meat
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Susie Meister
Road Rules Down Under
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Darrell Taylor
Road Rules Campus Crawl
Disqualified
in Thai Me Up! Thai Me Down!
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Johanna Botta
The Real World: Austin
Eliminated
in Silence of the Ruins
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Veronica Portillo
Road Rules Semester at Sea
Eliminated
in Ruining on Empty
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Syrus Yarbrough
The Real World: Boston
Eliminated
in Ruining on Empty
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Ibis Nieves
Road Rules X-Treme
Eliminated
in Reversal of Fortune
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Wes Bergmann
The Real World: Austin
Eliminated
in Reversal of Fortune
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Katie Doyle
Road Rules The Quest
Eliminated
in Girls Gone Wild
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Tonya Cooley
The Real World: Chicago
Disqualified
in Girls Gone Wild
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Evelyn Smith
Fresh Meat
Eliminated
in The Booby Trap
Challengers
Contestant Finish
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KellyAnne Judd
The Real World: Sydney
Runners-Up
in Good Thai and Good Luck
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Sarah Rice
The Real World: Brooklyn
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Casey Cooper
Fresh Meat
Eliminated
in Muay So-Called Ruins
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Dunbar Merrill
The Real World: Sydney
Eliminated
in Muay So-Called Ruins
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Kimberly Alexander
The Real World: Hollywood
Eliminated
in Muay So-Called Ruins
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Brad Fiorenza
The Real World: San Diego
Disqualified
in Thai Me Up! Thai Me Down!
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Cohutta Grindstaff
The Real World: Sydney
Eliminated
in Silence of the Ruins
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Danny Jamieson
The Real World: Austin
Eliminated
in Girls Gone Wild
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Adam King
The Real World: Paris
Eliminated
in The Road to Ruins
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Brianna Taylor
The Real World: Hollywood
Eliminated
in The Road to Ruins
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Nick Brown
The Real World: Hollywood
Eliminated
in The Booby Trap
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Shauvon Torres
The Real World: Sydney
Medically Disqualified
in The Booby Trap
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Diem Brown
Fresh Meat
Eliminated
in Wes Side Story
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Chet Cannon
The Real World: Brooklyn
Eliminated
in Wes Side Story

Format

Each team will compete in numerous challenges followed by elimination rounds known as "The Ruins". Before each challenge, each team will nominate six nominees (3 men, 3 women) to possibly compete in the Ruins. The winning team of the challenge will earn $20,000 to be split evenly among each players' individual bank account. The nominated players of the winning team will also decide the match-ups in the Ruins; one man and one woman among themselves as well as one man and one woman from the opposing team. In the Ruins, the players will compete in an elimination round where the winners stays in the game and also adds their opponents bank total to their own. The losers go home empty handed.

In the Final Challenge, the remainder of the two teams will race for $120,000 to split. The team that wins will earn the $120,000, and each player's cut from the final prize will be added to their final totals. The losers will be left with whatever they earned throughout the season.

Twists

  • Individual Bank Accounts: Unlike previous seasons, each player will have their own individual bank account. Their team will split $20,000 evenly if they win the challenge. The players also have an opportunity to add another player's bank total to their own if they win the elimination. For players who were disqualified from the game, their totals were added to the final prize.

Game Summary

Elimination chart

Episode Challenge Winners Nominees for the Ruins The Ruins game The Ruins Outcome
# Challenge Champions Challengers Winner Loser
1 Chain Gang Champions Darrell Kenny Wes Chet Cohutta Nick Shoots and Ladders Wes Chet
Johanna Susie Tonya Diem Sarah Shauvon Tonya Diem
2 Swing on By Champions Derrick Johnny Wes Cohutta Danny Nick Shadowfighter Wes Nick
Evelyn Katie Susie Casey KellyAnne Shauvon* KellyAnne Evelyn
3 Repo Race Challengers Ibis Susie Veronica Brianna Casey Kimberly Burnout Susie Brianna
Evan Kenny Syrus Adam Brad Danny Syrus Adam
4 Burning Bridge Champions Katie Susie Tonya* Casey Kimberly Sarah Oh Ring Sarah Katie
Darrell Derrick Johnny Cohutta Danny Dunbar Darrell Danny
5 Block Party Champions Evan Kenny Wes Brad Cohutta Dunbar Spool Cohutta Wes
Ibis Johanna Veronica Casey KellyAnne Kimberly Kimberly Ibis
6 Fruits of Your Labor Champions Derrick Johnny Syrus Brad Cohutta Dunbar Hog Tie Cohutta Syrus
Johanna Susie Veronica Casey KellyAnne Sarah KellyAnne Veronica
7 Rotary Club Champions Johanna Susie
N/A
Casey Kimberly Sarah Crunch Sarah Johanna
Darrell Evan Kenny Brad Cohutta Dunbar Darrell Cohutta
8/9 On the Fence Champions Susie
N/A
Casey KellyAnne Kimberly Rag Doll Susie Kimberly
Derrick Johnny Kenny Dunbar
N/A
Johnny Dunbar
9 Wall Walker Champions Susie
N/A
Casey KellyAnne Sarah Muay Thai Susie Casey
10 Final Challenge Champions

Notes:

  • Bold indicates that the contestant was sent to the Ruins.
  • Shauvon withdrew from the game in Episode 2 after sustaining a severe chest injury during the "Swing On By" challenge. She did not earn any money prior to her departure.
  • Tonya was disqualified from the competition in Episode 4, after she slapped Veronica multiple times during a heated argument. The money that Tonya earned was added to the final challenge total.
  • Prior to the "On the Fence" challenge in Episode 8, Brad and Darrell were disqualified from the competition after Brad instigated Darrell into punching him multiple times. Brad ended up suffering a swollen eye and the money they earned was added to the final challenge total.
  • No male Ruins was held at the end of Episode 9, after all the men from the Challengers team had already been eliminated.

Ruins Progress

Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 9 Finale
Derrick SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Evan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Johnny SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE WINNER
Kenny SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Susie SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS RUINS WINNER
KellyAnne SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE SAFE LOSER
Sarah SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE LOSER
Casey SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Dunbar SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Kimberly SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE OUT
Brad SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE DQ
Darrell SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE RUINS DQ
Cohutta SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RUINS RUINS OUT
Johanna SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Veronica SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Syrus SAFE SAFE RUINS SAFE SAFE OUT
Ibis SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Wes RUINS RUINS SAFE SAFE OUT
Danny SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Katie SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Tonya RUINS SAFE SAFE DQ
Adam SAFE SAFE OUT
Brianna SAFE SAFE OUT
Evelyn SAFE OUT
Nick SAFE OUT
Shauvon SAFE OUT
Diem OUT
Chet OUT
Competition
     The contestant's team won the final challenge.
     The contestant's team lost the final challenge.
     The contestant was safe from the Ruins.
     The contestant was nominated for the Ruins, but was not chosen to go in and was safe.
     The contestant was put into the Ruins and won.
     The contestant was put into the Ruins and was eliminated.
     The contestant was disqualified from the competition due to physical violence.
     The contestant withdrew from the competition due to injury.

Bank progress

Contestants Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8/9 9 Finale
Derrick $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220 $8440 $11300 $15300 $19300 $50,970
Evan $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220 $8440 $11300 $15300 $19300 $50,970
Johnny $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220 $8440 $11300 $17300 $21300 $52,970
Kenny $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220 $8440 $11300 $15300 $19300 $50,970
Susie $1400 $2800 $4800 $6400 $8220 $10440 $13300 $25520 $31520 $63,190
KellyAnne $0 $2800 $4800 $4800 $4800 $13300 $13300 $13300 $13300 $13,300
Sarah $0 $0 $0 $6400 $6400 $6400 $17700 $17700 $17700 $17,700
Casey $0 $0 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000
Dunbar $0 $0 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000
Kimberly $0 $0 $2000 $2000 $8220 $8220 $8220 $8220
Brad $0 $0 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000
Darrell $1400 $2800 $2800 $6400 $8220 $18660 $31960 $31960
Cohutta $0 $0 $2000 $2000 $8220 $18660 $18660
Johanna $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220 $8440 $11300
Veronica $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220 $8440
Syrus $1400 $2800 $4800 $6400 $8220 $10440
Ibis $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220
Wes $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400 $6220
Danny $0 $0 $2000 $2000
Katie $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400
Tonya $1400 $2800 $2800 $4400
Adam $ $ $2000
Brianna $ $ $2000
Evelyn $1400 $1400
Nick $0 $0
Shauvon $0 $0
Diem $0
Chet $0

Final Prize Money: $158,360

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