A second leg and silly mistakes on The Amazing Race

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It’s the second leg of The Amazing Race, and teams are traveling from Mexico City to Cartagena, Columbia, the first time the show has ever traveled to this country. And half the teams are already starting off on the wrong foot by saying they are on their way to “Carta-JEENA” instead of “Carta-HAYNA.” [face palm] Interestingly, we get a lot of big talk from Darius & Cameron right up front which, on these competition shows, is usually a foreshadowing of a fate to come. Are the editors telegraphing a last place finish for these two? It doesn’t help matters that they are alone on the last flight to Cartagena, almost 90 minutes behind the first four teams.

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One glimmer of hope for them is some overly confident talk from Marty & Hagan about Marty’s ability to score good plane tickets since she’s a flight attendant. That is until Scott & Blair, the non-eliminated team from the first leg, swoop in and grab the last pair of tickets on the second flight right out from under them, putting Marty & Hagan alone on the third flight out. At least Darius & Cameron are behind them and Scott & Blair still have a Speed Bump ahead.

When the teams arrived in Cartagena, they were greated with … a Roadblock. This one was called “A Dirty Look” and required one team member to get into a swimsuit and climb to the top of some volcanic structure to take a dip in the mud and then search under the goo for a back containing a giant emerald to get their next clue … which was several feet away from the shoreline so they had to swim out to get it.

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Brodie didn’t seem to have any problem getting into the mud and finding the jewel as he finished first. Other teams also fared well, but it turned out there were several bags in the mud that had other types of rocks in them, and poor Dana didn’t seem to have any idea that an emerald is green, not pink (she’s never seen The Wizard of Oz?), so she had to get back into the mud and search again. Korey found his emerald right away and then dropped it down the side of the volcano on his way back down, forcing him to go back into the mud and find another one. Hopefully there were more emeralds than teams or someone is going to get majorly screwed. And that person seemed to be Hagan as she was the last in the mud who could not find the green stone. She eventually did, but we’ll never know if someone from production had to go back and place another emerald in the mud for her to find.

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After the muddy Roadblock, teams had to find their next clue in a small town. This one was a little tricky as there was no clue box but just some guys sitting outside a café playing dominoes. Most of the teams read their clues and found the gentlemen in question, but guess who drove right past them? Yes, Darius & Cameron were looking for a clue box and somehow ended up at the beach where the Detours were taking place. That was good news for last place Marty & Hagan, who got their clue and headed to the Detour.

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The Detours this week were “Pop-Up” or “Parrilla.” Pop-Up required the teams to build a shelter from materials found on the beach for a traditional beach party. Parrilla required teams to take a cooking lesson so they could prepare three plates of a local delicacy which included cleaning, gutting and frying a fish, and preparing fried plantains and rice. Most of the teams went for the shelter but the last four took the cooking, which leads me to believe there were only a certain number of spaces available for each challenge (and the smart move was the shelter, in theory). Before they could even attempt the Detour, Scott & Blair had to complete their Speed Bump, which required them to help pull in a fishing net and grab the catch of the day. Good news for Darius & Cameron and Marty & Hagan who were now behind the team that started in last place … well, until they finished the Speed Bump and still made it to the Detour ahead of them.

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Building a structure out of poles and netting seemed easy enough, but there was still some specific technique required, as many of the teams learned when they thought they were finished. Mostly it was not having the poles aligned properly, or not having them down in the beach sand far enough (and considering the poles were painted down to a certain point, that should have signaled they needed to be planted firmly in the sand to that point). As I seem to say every season, teams need to read their clues. “Magic Zach” just decided to start building his shelter in a random spot on the beach, completely ignoring not only the clue but the other teams who had already started building in a specific location. [Second face palm of the evening] This prompted the on-screen hashtag #ReadYourClue. Always good advice.

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The real race at the Pop-Up task was between Brodie & Kurt, who arrived first, and Tyler & Korey, in second place. Meanwhile, Dana was completely losing her cool with partner Matt, shrieking at him pretty much the entire time. Matt, however, has the patience of a saint and remained calm, cool and collected the entire time. But it was Tyler & Korey who actually finished first, and they were on the way to the Pit Stop.

Back in town, Marty & Hagan got their clue to the Detour and then ran to the beach. Which was not within walking distance! It seemed pretty far so it’s baffling as to why they didn’t turn around and get back in their cab, but when they finally reached the location and saw everyone else’s cabs waiting they knew they were in trouble. But at least Darius & Cameron were still behind them.

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At the cooking challenge, everyone had trouble with the fish, Not the cleaning but the cooking. They were either over-cooking them to the part where they disintegrated, or just under-cooking them. All they needed was a nice golden brown crisp, but it took several tries for all the teams to get it right. Meanwhile, teams from the Pop-Up task were greeted by Phil at the Pit Stop in Plaza Bolivar. Coming in with a first place finish were Tyler & Korey (who won a trip to St. Thomas), followed closely by Brodie & Kurt. Third place went to Burnie & Ashley, with Dana & Matt taking fourth.

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After a break in the action, the next three teams arrived at the mat within seconds of each other — Erin & Joslyn (5th), Zach & Rachel (6th) and Brittany & Jessica (7th). Sheri & Cole took eighth place, and the last team to start this leg, Scott & Blair, managed to get ninth place, Speed Bump and all. It all came down to our last two teams with the heavy foreshadowing at the top of the show. Could Marty & Hagan cook their meals quicker and properly before Darius & Cameron, fast enough to overcome their cab mistake?

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Actually, they did finish before the guys and seemed to be toying with the idea of stealing their cab, but all of their personal items were still inside so they opted to hoof it back to town. And then … here comes Darius & Cameron’s cab. Not looking good for Marty & Hagan. Their only hope at this point would be for the other cab to break down or get lost.

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It didn’t, putting Darius & Cameron in tenth place with Marty & Hagan last and eliminated. No matter how good you may think you are at certain things, it only takes one simple mistake to take you out of the race.

What did you think of this week’s show? Is your favorite team still in the race? Who are you rooting for? Tell us in the comments below!

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