Precision, teamwork and a showmance on The Amazing Race

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With nine teams remaining, The Amazing Race finally took them to a new location after being in Cartagena, Columbia for the last two legs. Teams learned they would be flying to Geneva, Switzerland, and we heard the inevitable “what country is Switzerland in?” question, but the biggest news of the leg was that all teams would be on the same flight.

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Prior to the start of the leg, the editors had fun putting together little clips of the teams mentioning a possible love connection between Brodie and Blair which only became more intense at the airport. This was the first time that all the teams have seen each other in one place since the first leg. It was cute seeing Brodie and Blair flirt and hang out together taking pictures with people around the airport, and it gave the teams some much needed to to just relax before getting on that plane. They also got mobbed by their online fans and got a chance to pose for photos making this the first time that we’ve really seen (except for last week with Zach) the teams really being recognized. And despite the naysayers, it still has not impacted the actual race.

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It was back to business once everyone was in Geneva as they had to race to a water jet for a clue, then find a chocolate shop. The shop itself seemed easy to find, but getting to the right side of the shop was another matter altogether as the main entrance was not the spot to go. Instead they had to go to the side of the building and take a number from a board to determine in what order they would depart the next morning.

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Which meant they all had to spend the night in some type of specially designated underground bunker where Brodie and Blair got even more time together. And did they get together, as Korie said, it was “when two sleeping bags became one.” The teams then coined the hashtag #blodie, but strangely there was no comment from Blair’s dad. Was he even aware of the clandestine snuggling? And would it help them in the next leg? Surprisingly, the two teams did not stick together as they were separated by the time factor so they never really had a chance to work together.

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Even though they did both end up at the same Detour which required teams to build a Swiss Army Knife to exact specifications. The only other team that took this part of the Detour was Zach and Rachel. The rest of the teams went to what is considered the world’s longest wooden bench, and then they had to determine how many people could sit on the bench at one time.

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Call me crazy, and perhaps I missed something in the instructions, but it seemed everyone did the challenge the hardest way possible. What they had to do was sit side by side on the bench holding a newspaper and the pages had to touch. I don’t recall the clue saying they had to get up and down for the entire length of the bench. It seems to me it would have been easier to sit in one section and used the concrete supports as dividers for each section, and multiply the number from the first section by the total number of sections of the bench. But everyone got up and down, forcing people to move, and knocking over chess pieces to come to the correct total. And none of them got it right on the first try.

The teams had to arrive at a total in the range of 190-197. Burnie & Ashley finished first but their total was 217. The problem with a wrong guess was that you couldn’t just guess again but you had to repeat the entire process again. Dana & Matt, still bickering, got 203, Erin & Joslyn had 240, but Kurt & Brodie came along and arrived at 190, being the first team to finish the Detour. They also gave the answer to Burnie & Ashley and Matt & Dana, who had just guessed incorrectly so they still had to go back and do it again.

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At the knife challenge, Zach & Rachel finished first but missed one piece which gave Tyler & Korie the chance to overtake them and complete the task first, which put them in third place. Sheri & Cole, Dana & Matt and Erin & Joslyn finished the bench challenge, putting them in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively. Zach & Rachel and Scott & B;air finished the knives for seventh and eighth place. That left Brittany & Jessica bringing up the rear, putting them way behind everyone else at the next location which was a Roadblock.

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The Roadblock asked “who is having a banner day?” as the teams gathered at the United Nations headquarters where one member had to identify the flags of the ten founding UN nations from four long rows of flagpoles. Each person took a book and had a diagram in front of them highlighting the flags, then they had to tear the right flags out of the book and hand them to the judge. Korie and Kurt just started taking the flags they knew from the book, but did not know how they were going to figure out the others. If they only had some kind of key. Korie started walking around, thinking that maybe the names were on the poles and it finally dawned on him …

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The diagram was the key. DER! All they had to do was count the poles in each row to the highlighted flag and that was the answer. It took the other teams quite a while to figure this out too. Maybe it was too cold and their brains weren’t functioning but it seemed to be a pretty simple and obvious way to figure out the correct flags. Burnie finally figured it out and managed to finish first because Korie and Kurt had screwed up their flags before they started using the key. That put Burnie & Ashley on the train to Chamonix, France, site of the first Winter Olympics, first. Sheri & Cole caught up and joined them, along with Kurt & Brodie.

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As the other teams figured out the whole “the diagram is a key” thing, they started to break off into groups to complete the task together. As everyone was already working when Brittany & Jessica arrived, Jessica was basically on her own, whining and complaining the entire time that no one would help her. Hey girl, it’s a race. For a million dollars. Why would you expect anyone to help the last place team and possibly get themselves eliminated? If you know one team is behind you, that puts you in a pretty good place. Suck it up and get your butt into gear instead of just meandering around whining.

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The rest of the teams deserted Brittany & Jessica and got on the next train, but who is that coming down the walkway? Yes, Brittany & Jessica actually managed to catch up while the other five teams waited for their train to leave. But, in the same way she meandered through the challenge, they both took their sweet time getting to the train. And it left, putting them all alone on the next train out.

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The race got really exciting as the second group of teams learned there were two stops along the way and they’d have to make a transfer … to the first train! The teams on that train were a little shocked to see five teams heading for their train at the transfer point, and a three-way race to the mat turned into an eight team race. At least they all kner Brittany & Jessica were behind them, and unlike a flight there was no way for them to be delayed so the girls could miraculously get ahead.

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In the end it was a real photo finish as all eight teams got to Phil and the Pit Stop within seconds of each other, but even with things this close our top two teams since the start of the season remained firmly in place:

  • 1. Kurt & Brodie, who won $3000 each
  • 2. Tyler & Korie
  • 3. Dana & Matt
  • 4. Burnie & Ashley
  • 5. Zach & Rachel
  • 6. Erin & Joslyn
  • 7. Sheri & Cole
  • 8. Scott & Blair
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With eight teams on the mat at one time, Phil pointed out that this is only the second time in the show’s history that anything like this has happened and it was during the All-Stars season. Unfortunately, Brittany & Jessica could not make up the time and were eliminated. With the camaraderie, the stunning locations and the budding showmance, this was one of the more entertaining episodes of the season so far.

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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