This week we come across the power of ice, flashbacks in sand, and the most unlikely cheat in the history of Taskmaster.
With five nice things to hold literally up for grabs, including £200 cash, a stolen chess trophy and a note sung by Pavarotti, the first task proper saw the contestants drawing a picture of a former Taskmaster player, but they had to draw it by blowing air into the stand by an item chosen by rolling a dice. Greg Davies had to figure out the person drawn. Save to say it was hard for him to figure out who Sian Gibson drew with panpipes, but easier for him to detect who Lou Sanders depicted, given that she wrote the name “Phil” and drew a “wang”.
Next was a complicated team task: different coloured tennis balls were fired at them, and they had catch red balls with something from the shed, yellow balls in clothing, the single blue ball in something from the kitchen, and avoid being hit by green balls. The comedians of Sanders, Paul Sinha and Iain Stirling had certain issues, namely Paul seemingly being hit by every green ball coming his way, but Stirling was brilliant catching the blue ball in a bucket. Meanwhile the actors of Gibson and Joe Thomas had other problems, especially when one of them discovers they have lost points when the other cheated.
After that they had to complete an obstacle course, by propelling a beach ball using only water. What we discovered here is that most people seemingly forgot that water hose nozzles can be adjusted, meaning most tried to push the ball with a slow stream for about five minutes. Fortunately Sinha was clever enough to spot that he could move the finishing line closer – but not clever enough to make the hose stronger at any point. Sanders just took the nozzle before and squirted water over Little Alex Horne, while Thomas didn’t bother with a hose at all, instead using flowerpots full of water and ice cubes. The final live task involved having to guess what five-syllable words Davies was trying to say first.
The big talking point of this edition was the first major case of cheating of in this series, and it is shocking to see who breaks the rules. To quote Davies: “I feel like I’ve been stabbed in the back. Of all the people!” It really is the person who least expect, possibly across all eight series, to have done something like this.
Indeed, this week’s episode has been all about the unexpected: an unexpected winner, an unexpected cheat, and an unexpected drawing of Jessica Knappett that looks more like the alien in Predator.
Taskmaster is on Dave at 21.00 on Wednesdays.