As we reach the half-way point in the series, Little Alex Horne is stabbed with a pen and Paul Sinha uses a basketball to heard a ping pong ball.
With five great faces up for grabs, including an outfit entirely decorated by pictures of Greg Davies and a photo of The A-Team’s Templeton “Faceman” Peck, the opening task involved moving sand from one bucket to another, without leaving the lab or moving either the sand or buckets. However, one of their hands was placed through a loop of string at the bottom of one hanging bucket, and moving their wrist caused the sand to leak out. Lou Sanders and Sian Gibson both had problems by setting off the trickling sands before reading the task out.
Next the contestants had to make the most realistic injury using food, with disqualification for anyone if two or more players used ketchup. Here Joe Thomas gave a horrific warning concerning candles and birthday cakes, Iain Stirling had a ghastly compound fracture with bone breaking out of his skin, and Gibson decided to have Horne stabbed with his own pen. This was followed by a team task: making a film throwing a beach ball, that is seemingly across the greatest distance. The actors somewhat ruined their go by due to Gibson lying about their locations with the assistance of Romesh Ranganathan, while Sinha did well just on his own.
Afterwards, the next challenge involved herding ping pong balls from one pen to another, and only allowed to touch the ping pong balls with a basketball, some balls or string, or one little finger. While a few of the challengers were clever enough to ask for scissors to cut the basketball, Sinha decided to roll the basketball to move just one ping pong ball into the pen successfully. However, there is also Davies’s special ball to account for. The live task involved having to reconstruct a scene they conga past for a few seconds.
It seems that deception was a theme surrounding the episode: from Davies’s special ping pong ball, to a poor attempt at trying to hide ketchup in your mouth, and trying to ring in Romesh Ranganathan in to claiming you are in New Zealand when you are actually in a studio in London. The lesson learned? Only the Taskmaster comes out on top when deceiving, which may explain Horne’s claim that Davies puts sand in all his drinks.
At the half-way point, two contestants have won two episodes each, and two none at all. Still, anyone can win (except Sinha, obviously).
Taskmaster is on Dave at 21.00 on Wednesdays.