Losing Face (also known as Bail Out, Box Car Blues, Ball-istic Missiles, and Heroes End) is a recurring Survivor challenge that debuted in Survivor: South Pacific. While the obstacle course section of the challenge varies between seasons, the final portion of the challenge involves hitting targets with slingshots.
The castaways must race across a series of obstacles before getting to a slingshot at the end of the course. Using the slingshot and the provided ammunition, the castaways would attempt to knock down a number of targets. The first tribe to knock down all their targets wins.
In South Pacific, three castaways from each tribe had to assemble a wheelbarrow and then push the wheelbarrow around a series of obstacles. Along the way, they would stop at two stations and collect a load of coconuts. The three other castaways would then disassemble the wheelbarrow and reassemble it into a sling shot. They would use the coconuts as ammunition for the slingshot to knock down six targets. In the end, the Savaii tribe came from behind to win reward and immunity, sending Upolu to Tribal Council.
In Millennials vs. Gen X, the castaways had to throw coconuts into a basket; once enough coconuts were in the basket, a scale would tip, releasing three two-digit numbers; one castaway would then use the numbers to solve a combination lock and unlock a slingshot. The castaways would then use the slingshot to launch sandbags at targets. The Takali tribe easily came in first, while Vanua came from behind, winning both tribes immunity and sending Ikabula to their first Tribal Council.
In Game Changers, the castaways had to go up and over a large wall before three members of each tribe would tumble a large timber cube towards a stand. One castaway would get atop the cube and retrieve a key. The two other tribemates would use the key to unlock a crate of 100 sandbags. They then had to carry these sandbags across an uneven balance beam. Finally, the tribes had to use these sandbags as ammunition for a slingshot to knock down five wooden targets. In a closely fought challenge, the Mana tribe came in first and Tavua in second to win immunity, sending Nuku to Tribal Council.
In David vs. Goliath, two members of each tribe had to use poles to knock out sandbags from an overhanging net. Once they had all their sandbags, they then had to untie a slingshot. Each tribe would have to use the slingshot to get the sandbags into two baskets, which would raise a flag. The Vuku tribe came from behind to finish first, while Jabeni narrowly defeated Tiva for second, winning both tribes reward.
In Edge of Extinction, three members of each tribe had to assemble a wheelbarrow, then navigate through the course while untying a series of knots to collect two batches of sandbags. The other four members must disassemble the wheelbarrow and reassemble it to create a slingshot and knock down four targets. Although the tribes were relatively even throughout the course, Manu took the lead when Kama had difficulty taking apart their wheelbarrow, allowing Manu to pull ahead and claim their first victory.
In Island of the Idols, six members of each tribe will had to transport a sled loaded with sandbags and ridden by their last member down a track and through a series of obstacles. On the way, the rider must retrieve a key, use it to unlock a slingshot, then use the slingshot to knock down three targets. The tribes were neck and neck going into the slingshot portion, but Vokai's Aaron Meredith was able to hit all his targets before Lairo's Jack Nichting to win reward for Vokai.
In Winners at War, the challenge was used as an unaired Reward Challenge on Day 17. Press photos indicate that the variation used was similar to Ball-istic Missiles, as previously used in David vs. Goliath. It was revealed that Yara came in first and Sele came in second to win reward.
|Millennials vs. Gen X
"I Will Destroy You"
|David vs. Goliath
"Jackets and Eggs"
|Edge of Extinction
"Betrayals Are Going to Get Exposed"
|Island of the Idols
"Suck It Up Buttercup"
|Winners at War
"We're in the Majors"
- Adam Klein, Aubry Bracco, David Wright, Nick Wilson, Ozzy Lusth, Michaela Bradshaw, Sarah Lacina, Sophie Clarke, and Zeke Smith have all competed in this challenge twice.
- Adam, David, Nick, Ozzy, Sarah, and Zeke have won both times, Sophie has won once, while Aubry and Michaela have never won.
- Ross, Dalton (March 25, 2020). "Survivor: Winners at War recap: The queen abdicates her throne". Entertainment Weekly. https://ew.com/tv/recaps/survivor-season-40-episode-7/. Retrieved March 25, 2020.