On the new series Hunted, it's a bit like cat and mouse—nine teams of Fugitives trying to outrun and, hopefully, outsmart their pursuing Hunters and Command Center investigators in order to win $250,000.
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Of course, staying off the grid for up to 28 days is easier said than done. After all, the people going after the Fugitives are highly trained experts with extensive experience in tracking down and catching perps.
But, every once in awhile, even civilians can teach an old pro new tricks.
Let's take a look at some of the Fugitive teams' more, shall we say, creative escape tactics so far...
David and Emiley squeezing into a car trunk
David is no stranger to avoiding unwanted attention, but when he and his girlfriend Emiley caught their first whiff of danger, they weren't taking any chances. They packed themselves into their friend's car trunk for a speedy and effective getaway.
Aarif and Immad transposing their geographical locations
Thanks to a bit of tech know-how, Aarif and Immad were able to hide their smartphones' location while also being able to find their destinations. Instead of popping up in the southeastern United States, it appeared as if they were traveling through Europe. C'est magnifique!
Troy and Chele camping in the woods
Sometimes the simplest tactic is also the most effective. While alternative strategies ultimately cost them their game, Troy and Chele spent most of their time on the run in the wilderness. What better way to stay off the grid than by hiding in the boonies, away from civilization? It doesn't get much more isolated than this.
Miles and Will hiding in plain sight
Taking what some would call the opposite approach to Troy and Chele, social butterflies Miles and Will decided to completely immerse themselves in densely populated areas with similarly aged crowds. Rather than getting in contact with friends or family (who could be easily traced), the boys relied on the kindness of strangers—"girls, specifically"—who would let them crash at their place for a night.
Lee and Hilmar communicating via email drafts
Here we have a classic case of K.I.S.S., or "Keep it simple, stupid." Basically, Lee and Hilmar devised a form of contacting close friends and family by way of accessing the same email account, writing messages in code, and saving them in draft folders—that way, there were no emails being sent and, therefore, nothing to intercept. Savvy, no?
David and Emiley creating a diversion
In what was perhaps David and Emiley's most ingenious escape tactic, the couple managed to lead their pursuers astray by getting a friend of theirs to rent a separate vehicle as a decoy, and put an impressive 125 miles between themselves and the Hunters.
English and Stephen digging up past contacts
Some Fugitives have learned the hard way that their close friends and relatives are easily tracked. But when it came to finding olive branches, English and Stephen decided to leave nothing to chance and reach out to an old college friend, who English hadn't seen in 15 years.
Aarif and Immad negotiating a cab discount
Sometimes it's not about who you know but what you believe. As practicing Muslims—and in the spirit of Ramadan, which was being observed at the time—Aarif and Immad were able to talk down the price of their cab with a fellow Muslim driver, proving that "you can find a connection everywhere."
Lee and Hilmar flying in a loved one
Like the old saying goes: The greater the risk, the greater the reward! In a truly heartwarming moment, Lee and Hilmar flew Lee's wife Beth out to see them at a secret location so the couple could learn the sex of their baby together. Not only did they pull this off without detection, but they even flaunted their achievement to the Command Center investigators in a newspaper photo op on social media.
Watch the season finale of Hunted on Wednesday, Mar. 1 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.