A slip ‘n slide is a delicate ecosystem, and any number of things can turn it on its head. Ya know, things like an ill-placed rock or sprinkler head, a sneaky fire ant hill, or a sprained ankle of some kind. That said, nothing, and I mean nothing, stop a day on the slip ‘n slide quite like the phrase “diarrhea outbreak,” which is exactly what happened on the set of NBC’s Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide.
Apparently, around 40 crew members fell violently ill and were “being forced to run into port-o-potties” due to “awful explosive diarrhea,” according to The Wrap. It was so bad that production was halted, and they are currently trying to figure out a way to finish the filming of the show. If you think that is bad, just take a look at how the show was described in a spring press release:
“Wet-and-wild new series [that] takes the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize.”
Wet and wild are definitely two apropos descriptors for the situation
at-ass at-hand. Oh, and “real-life water park?” Nothing says real-life water park quite like someone having an internal bacterial infection and passing it along to everyone else at the park. Slippery is just not a word I am going to touch here.
I don’t want to say anyone shit the bed, or that this is a shitty situation, or even that it became a shit show, but man alive this sounds like a chaotic scene. I’m not sure how many port-a-johns there are on a set for something like this, but I am going to go out on a limb and guess not 40. Lest we forget that obviously those things do not flush, so that could not have been pleasant. Also, how the hell is anyone going to look each other in the eye when production picks back up? No one really wants to be truly vulnerable at work, and there is no more helpless time in your life than having diarrhea and there’s nowhere to go, and everyone around you can clearly see your panic.
Whenever something like this happens, there’s always finger-pointing. Who started it? A lot of accusations are going to be made. The first one is obviously going to be the guy in charge of catering. I am sure he or she got a lot of heated words in his or her direction, blaming the avocado wraps and Caesar salads.
I also wonder if there are any story comparisons going on. I figure there’d be some “oh if you thought your experience was bad, I had to stop at three separate 711’s on the drive home.” I guess these production workers really found out a lot about themselves and each other once the shit hit the fan, I mean slide.