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‘Stolen Intelligence’ Preview: Finale of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Monday at 8-10 PM EST

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 31, 2012

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The ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ website has posted a preview preview  of Episode 4, the grande finale episode, which will air from 8 to 10 PM EST on Monday.  The brief description of the episode is as follows:

In an action-packed finale, the remaining squads execute a ship-board mission in a battle for the championship.

We’re rooting for Todd Palin and J. W. Cortes, but regardless of who wins the championship, a lot of money will have been raised for the respective charities of the participants.  And that is a good thing.

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Dean Cain About Todd Palin: “He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

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Last night,  the 3 remaining squads competed in Episode 3 of ‘Stars Earn Stripes.’   According to the website, their mission was to:  “[d]rive into a hot zone, shoot out land mines to clear a landing zone, retrieve a desert patrol vehicle, destroy a fuel depot and ammo bunker.”   The squad to which Todd Palin and Picabo Street were assigned came in second.   Eve Torres’ sharp shooting skills helped her squad  to come in with the fastest time.  A shootout between Dean Lachey and Laila Ali resulted in Laila being the one dismissed from the competition.  Next week will be the final episode, in which two squads will compete for $100K for the winner’s charity.

Dean Cain appeared on Access Hollywood Live and talked to them about the show today.  Here is their report:

Todd Palin may have appeared on reality television before – on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” – but this summer’s “Stars Earn Stripes” has shown a new side of the Alaskan to America, as well as his castmates like Dean Cain.

“Todd Palin was an animal,” Dean told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood Live, about the celeb who surprised him the most on the NBC show. “He really was amazing.”

Over the show’s run, which has featured celebrities competing with military and law enforcement members in combat style challenges, Todd has kept his cool as he took out targets, and showed an incredible amount of support for teammates who felt disappointment after struggling on challenges.

“He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady,” Dean continued, praising Todd. “In the middle of it all, things go crazy, and you’ll see that in next week’s episode… Some people react well [under pressure]. All the ops are just, I think their blood pressure drops… but Todd is kind of always in that zone. He’s a real guy.”

Dean, who has been tackling the challenges on “Stars Earn Stripes” for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project, said next week’s show – the finale of the series – features some stunts that left his own heart racing.

“We’re scaling a 75-foot cargo net over the ocean with all our gear on [in the finale], and if you fall, there’s no safety line, there’s no nothing. You’re probably not going to be conscious when you hit the water, so some guys are going to have to get in there and get you because that’s a real big fall, and that sort of stuff happens and you just go, ‘Don’t fall,’” Dean said of how he stayed on point in the challenge.

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Todd’s operative trainer,  J. W. Cortes, had an unusual encounter with a good Samaritan – fellow former Marine, Tyler Dodd – yesterday in New York City.    Zap2it reports:

“I was working in Grand Central Terminal at around 10:30 this morning,” Cortes tells Zap2it, “and over the police radio, I hear a call for police officer needing assistance. I responded to the corner of 43rd and Vanderbilt Ave.

“Basically, I see a police officer and two guys in a scuffle. I go to the police officer; I assist him in arresting one suspect. Then the other one is tell us that he’s not the bad guy, that he chased this person. He keeps telling us, ‘This guy, he just robbed somebody,’ something. I wasn’t really that sure what the bad guy had done.

“So, lo and behold, we’re talking, and he’s telling me that he’s an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran. He’s got two Purple Hearts. We’re talking, and he looks at me and says, ‘Aren’t you on “Stars Earn Stripes”?’ I said, ‘This isn’t about me; this is about you, man. You did a great job.’ I’m telling him, ‘This is outstanding, good for you. Dangerous. It was very dangerous. This thing could have gone horribly wrong, but congratulations are in order. You did an outstanding job.’

“He was just so humble. He told me he was a staff sergeant, showed me his wounds. I was so in awe of him, just how nice he was. That’s basically the gist of it.”

[…]

According to Cortes, Dodd told him that he was active in the Wounded Warrior Project, on behalf of which “Stars Earn Stripes” celebrity Dean Cain and operative Chris Kyle are competing.

“They’re doing an impeccable job for that charity,” says Cortes.

Told of his partner’s meeting with Dodd, Palin says, “That’s awesome. That’s cool.”

Cortes and Palin are competing for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, which helps service members and their families. Palin has invited Cortes to come up next May for some “Combat Fishing.”

“Last year,” says Palin, “they had 250 men and women, servicemen, fishing for Halibut in Seward, Alaska, and all the charter boats donate their time for that day. It’s an incredible event. I think it’s only best to have him come up and talk to Alaska’s soldiers.

J.W. is a rock. he’s a great guy. It was an honor to be his partner.”
Told that J.W. was impressed with his skills, Palin says, “I’m just another Alaskan grandpa.”

Both Palin and Cortes are impressed with competitorNick Lachey, who survived his second elimination challenge in Monday’s (Aug. 27) episode, besting boxerLaila Ali.

“Nick is just rock solid,” says Palin. “He’s a good man. I’m so excited for him and Vanessa, their new baby boy coming within the next couple weeks. He’s just awesome.”

“I didn’t know what to expect, honestly,” says Cortes. “What I quickly learned is, number one, he’s intelligent; number two, he’s a guy’s guy. He was there for the right reasons. He chose a charity for police officers, and I thanked him for that.”

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Suspense is building to see who wins during the final episode of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ next week.  Of course, we at SPIB are rooting for Todd Palin and J. W. Cortes.

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