“Battle Of The Network Stars” on Thursday featured stars from Primetime Soaps and ABC competing in the reality show’s signature challenges. Get the full recap below!
As Gossip Cop reported, last week’s “Battle Of The Network Stars” featured Team White House against Team TV Lawyers, with the former group winning. This time around, the participants either starred on a primetime soap opera or on an iconic ABC program. DeMarcus Ware was in charge of Team Primetime Soaps, which featured Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, Donna Mills and Mischa Barton. Ronda Rousey coached Team ABC Stars, with Olivia d’Abo, Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey and Anson Williams.
Mills, d’Abo and Belafonte all competed on the original series back in the day, and Mills actually won first place and hosted, too. Now she returned for another shot at TV competition glory, and even brought her old trophy with her. This installment was also an on-screen reunion for “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-stars Ziering and Carteris, as well as “The Wonder Years” cast members d’Abo and Hervey. But things actually got off to a rather tense and then scary start.
Before the relay race, Hervey refused to don a red shirt like his teammates. And then at the end of the race, Fishman tumbled as Henderson crossed the finish line, giving Soaps the win. But the “Dallas” actor was quickly down for the count, too, struggling with his breathing and dizziness. The competition was put on hold as Henderson received medical treatment, getting into an ambulance to be treated with an IV by paramedics.
Meanwhile, in soccer, Barton topped Hervey to continue the Soaps’ lead. Then it was off to the aquatic center. In the swim relay, Carteris and Ziering lost to d’Abo and Fishman, which made the score 2 to 1. Rousey then finally got Hervey to change his shirt, though he ripped it to suit his style, prompting the announcers to deem the situation “ShirtGate.” After Henderson returned to watch on the sidelines, it was time for the kayak relay. Ziering easily beat Williams, but Barton struggled against Belafonate. Team ABC pulled out the overall win, which tied the game.
Ziering and Williams had a rematch in basketball, and it actually came down to a tie-breaker based on time. Team Primetime Soaps ultimately got the point, upping the standings to 3-2. With the dunk tank, the score changed to 4-3 Soaps, and Henderson was able to take part, although his throws didn’t hit the target. Tennis followed, with regular player Mills easily beating Belafonte and earning the best score of the season. In archery, Fishman hit a bullseye and topped Carteris. And then there was golf, where Henderson made a big comeback over d’Abo to expand the Soaps lead to 6-4.
As always, though, the obstacle course was critical. For the women, d’Abo and Barton faced off for the five points. “The Wonder Years” actress defeated “The O.C.” star in a blowout, which gave ABC the lead for the first time, as the score changed to 9-6. For the men’s heat, Henderson wanted to continue his quest for redemption, which prompted Rousey to crack to Ware, “Do you have the ambulance ready, just in case?” With Fishman again, he was pretty much neck-and-neck, and eked out the victory.
With five more points, that allowed Soaps to regain the lead 11-9 going into the final task: Tug of war. Worth 10 points, it would mean winner takes all. But Henderson was struggling again, now with his back. Still, thanks to Ziering in the back and Carteris in front, it seemed like they would pull it off. That was not the case. ABC Stars pulled off an upset to get the final win! Next week’s edition will feature Cops versus TV Sitcoms.