A Double U-Turn spells doom for one Amazing Race team

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With five teams remaining, the quest to make it to the final Pit Stop is more fierce than ever. And for this leg, teams remained in Indonesia visiting another of the 17,000 islands, Nusa Lembongan. With first and last place teams only fifteen minutes apart, it was imperative to keep or take the lead with the knowledge of a U-Turn somewhere on this leg.

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At the leg’s first clue, some teams were already screwing themselves by not understanding where or what the clue was. Teams had to snorkle to find one of three boxes, each containing two clues. But instead of the usual laminated card, the clues were in cylinders which Kurt & Brodie and Dana & Matt thought were weights. Brodie & Kurt finally figured it out, moving past Dana & Matt to put themselves in fourth place. The dancers did finally figure it out, but now they are several minutes behind the fourth place team.

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Teams then had to travel to the Pura Puseh Stairway and find a dancing monkey to get their next clue. The stairway was quite large and the monkey was a man in a costume who was a little playful when it came time to give the clues, but it all went well for the teams.

Ahead of them from this point was a Detour: Haul or Harvest. Haul required teams to run back and forth across a rickety bridge full of pedestrians and bike riders, carrying fifty coconuts and four chickens. Harvest required teams to go to a seaweed farm and harvest enough seaweed to cover a tarp completely. Okay, if it had been up to me, I would have chosen Harvest because it sounded the quickest and least physically demanding. Guess which task EVERY team chose? Yep, they all went to the Haul challenge.

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Which actually was very beneficial because every team knew where they stood at that point, and it gave the current first placers, Tyler & Korey, an amazing advantage and incentive to get through the challenge as quickly as possible. While they managed their chickens and coconuts rather well, some teams had minor issue that set them back a bit. Dana decided she could only carry one chicken at a time while the others had two with the other team member carrying coconuts. That strategy really slowed them down. But with Kurt & Brodie sweating making their coconuts too slippery to carry, they were almost on an even playing field. However, being bigger guys, they were able to carry more coconuts at one time than everyone else and ended up finishing third behind Burnie & Ashley. Sheri & Cole finished fourth with Dana & Matt once again pulling up the rear.

When Tyler & Korey arrived at the next clue box at Warung Sunrise, they were confronted with the U-Turn. And not just any U-Turn, but a Double U-Turn. No one knew this was what awaited them. Now, I’ve always had some issues with the whole U-Turn “advantage”/”penalty” because no one ever uses it to the best strategic advantage. You usually see someone U-Turning a team that’s already in last place instead of a team that’s just a few minutes behind them. It’s never made sense to me how teams use the U-Turn, and it’s generally earlier in the season as well so it’s harder to decide who to use it against.

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Well, this time, Tyler & Korey actually thought strategically and knew they had to use it against their biggest competition, Brodie & Kurt (although with Burnie & Ashely having four consecutive second place finishes and being right behind the guys, it almost would have been a better opportunity to use it on them). But with this being a Double U-Turn, they had to count on Burnie & Ashley being just as strategic if they wanted to try to take out Kurt & Brodie, and that would mean Burnie & Ashley would have to U-Turn Tyler & Korey so that no one else could use it and possibly give Kurt & Brodie a shot at beating them.

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While Tyler & Korey began to second guess they decision only because they like Kurt & Brodie, they had to put those thoughts to rest and carry on, hoping the plan worked out. And it did, as Burnie & Ashley actually thought through the process and realized that by U-Turning Tyler & Korey, who had already passed, that no one else including Kurt & Brodie could use the second U-Turn. It really was a brilliantly strategic move that we rarely see on this show. But there was one very concerning factor ahead.

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While Kurt & Brodie had to double back and do the seaweed task, the other teams had to find their way to Pande Curly Paddleboard Shop for their next clue which contained a Roadblock. The clue was pretty vague about what lie ahead, so when Tyler opted to take it on, he learned he would have to climb a ladder up the side of a cliff and them jump four stories into Blue Lagoon. Of course, there was the added incentive of a very hunky instructor who took each team member through a series of stretching exercises before they were allowed to jump.

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Tyler had no problem, even if he was a little frightened at first, but they had to keep themselves ahead of the game. Ashley was next and the two teams were then in a race to Bajra Sandhi, the Pit Stop for this leg. Sheri & Cole had moved up to third place, and reading the clue, Cole decided to do the Roadblock. Then he found out it involved heights, which Sheri had promised she would do if any height challenge came up (if you remember, Cole was none too pleased about the heights of the Alps either). The two teams in the lead were concerned Cole would freeze up and allow Kurt & Brodie to pass them, completely blowing their U-Turn shenanigans.

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But Cole manned up, took a deep breath and took the plunge, with Matt not far behind him. Kurt & Brodie actually finished the seaweed challenge pretty quickly (supporting my thought that it would have been the faster of the two Detours). Tyler & Korey ended the leg in first place, with Burnie & Ashely only second behind them in second place for the fifth time in a row. Matt & Dana passed Sheri & Cole to come in third, but no matter how close frantic the editing made it seem, Sheri & Cole finished the leg in fourth place.

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While all four teams were at the mat chatting with Phil about the U-Turn, a couple of them really wanted to not be there when Kurt & Brodie arrived. Some time must have passed as everyone but Phil and the greeter were there when the guys finally arrived. Sadly, the team that started the race strongly, finishing in either first or second place until making some bad decisions in Dubai, found themselves in last place and eliminated, showing just how unpredictable The Amazing Race can be. Might we see them back again if the show does another All-Star season? My guess would be yes.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Is your favorite team still in the race? Who are you rooting for? Would you like to see Kurt & Brodie in an All-Star season? Tell us in the comments below!

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