It's Week 5 and all the stars must dive off the 10-meter platform (33 feet), which most of them have never done before.
Hosts Charissa Thompson and Joey Lawrence climb up to the 10-meter, the height of a three-story building, and look down. Charissa suggests that since they're the only ones on the show yet to get wet, it's their turn! Joey agrees, and together, fully-clothed, they execute great dives off the platform!
Then, there are more surprises. Katherine Webb tells Joey that since her bad landing in the water last week, she's been in pain during training and her doctor has told her she's out of the competition. Splash rules dictate that the in the event a diver cannot continue, the last diver eliminated will be brought back...that means Louie Anderson is back in the game!
The crowd cheers as Louie walks out onto the platform to perform his very first dive from the 10-meter, 33 feet in the air! He goes in feet first and makes a monster splash in the pool.
Everyone is glad to see him back, including judge David Boudia, who dubs him "Super Louie" for both his patriotic bathing suit and his great achievement. Louie gets emotional after a replay of his dive, and calls it the bravest thing he's ever done.
David awards him a 7.50 and judge Steve Foley gives him a 7.00. Foley says Louie's dive is probably a world record, and he doesn't know of any 400-pound person that's ever gone off a 10-meter platform.
"There's one thing," Louie says in response. "It's 399 pounds!"
"Well, you probably lost that extra pound when you were standing up there looking down," jokes Foley.
Louie's Average Score: 7.25
The second diver up is Drake Bell, who is seeking redemption after his low score last week.
Drake Bell's armstand somersault impressed the judges this week.
Steve rates the dive a 7.50, while David gives it an 8.00. "You looked like a real diver this week," he tells Drake.
Drake's Average Score: 7.75
Then it's Brandi Chastain's turn. She was a little nervous during training after Greg Louganis told her she'd be doing a front one-and-a-half off the 10-meter.
Host Charissa Thompson and Brandi Chastain listen to the judges' scores.
Both judges are disappointed with Brandi's entry into the water, and David says she was way over on the entry. Brandi gets a 5.00 from David and a 4.50 from Steve.
Brandi's Average Score: 4.75
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar follows Brandi. He seems anxious about diving off the 10-meter, and Charissa reveals that when he signed on to do the show, Kareem told producers he would not be doing a dive off the 10-meter platform. But, Kareem decides to go through with his dive.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dives off the 10-meter platform despite some trepidation.
Anxiety is high as Kareem laborously makes his way to the side of the pool. He tells Joey he is not ok, and needs assistance getting out of the water. Kareem says he couldn't swim after the dive, and knew he was underwater and had to get up. "I'm just happy I'm conscious," he says. After he recovers, Kareem tells Joey, "I'm old enough to remember Joe Louis. I felt like I just went a round with him!"
David calls him a born competitor and gives him a 7.50 and Steve gives him a 7.00, saying he is impressed with how Kareem has stepped it up when it mattered.
Kareem's Average Score: 7.25
Last week's top of the leaderboard, Nicole Eggert, is next up. She says she's "nervous as heck" before her dive off the equivalent of a three-story building, but says, "You've got to believe in yourself and you've just got to keep going."
Nicole Eggert celebrates her successful reverse somersault off the 10-meter platform.
Nicole's dive earns cheers from the audience and praise from the judges. David gives her a 9.00 beause she is the only diver to consistently enter the water straight up and down, and Steve lauds her progression from the beginning of the competition until now. "What a metamorphosis!" he says, and gives her an 8.00.
Nicole's Average Score: 8.50
Finally it's Rory Bushfield's turn. After suffering a perforated ear drum a few weeks ago, Rory is unable to dive into the water during training and must find other ways to prepare for his dive. It will be his first dive going in headfirst, and he doesn't see the point. As an extreme skier, he is taught to land on his feet, but he says, "If Sarah was here, she'd tell me to land on my head and not be a baby."
Tragically, Rory's wife Sarah Burke, a pioneering, medal-winning freeskier, was killed in a training accident in 2012. Daredevil Rory admits he did most of his craziest stunts to impress Sarah.
Rory Bushfield takes the plunge headfirst off the 10-meter platform.
Before his dive, Rory tells Charissa he is inspired by his wife and by his fellow divers. Despite not being able to practice it, Rory executes a beautiful dive headfirst into the water. Steve is impressed. "I'm thinking about signing him up for the 2016 USA Diving Olympic team, that's what I'm talking about!" he says, and gives Rory an 8.50. David says he's "blown away" and gives him a 9.00, making Rory the night's high scorer.
Rory's Average Score: 8.75
After everyone dives, it's time for the dive-off to see who will be sent home. Brandi has the lowest score of the night and automatically must dive, but Kareem and Louie are tied for second-to-last place. After audience scores are tallied, Louie is named the man who will have to battle it out with Brandi to stay in the competition.
But Louie bows out, saying while he does not have a chance to win the competition, Brandi has a chance and he defers to her. For the second time, Louie heads home.