It was a sad catch 22 last week as Anne-Marie and Tracey went home before the eyes of Mo and Mos. As the contestants start to make their mark with Australian audiences, will this loss dampen the spirit of this show, or will it grow ever stronger. The contestants are in South Africa tonight; so let’s go with them!
Something that surprises me is the length of the recap; it’s literally been cut down to nothing except the important parts. Well done, Amazing Race- you’re learning! Even the preview is well done!
We start the episode where we left off, Macau where Grant reminds us of the pit stop. Richard and Joey were first at the pit stop after winning last week’s fast forward. They will depart first at 9.52am to Port Elizabeth in South Africa where they must search for a marked vehicle in the car park.
The hurry to the airport and book their cheap flights before telling us all how big a threat the team is. They are quickly on their plane as the sisters and surfers leave for the airport next. The sisters tell us how much they hate Richard and Joey as it looks like the surfers and sisters work together.
Next up to leave are the bikers and the farmers as the sisters and surfers choose to take the ferry to the mainland in hope of more flights to take.
Dave isn’t confident with the upcoming legs, believing they will get harder and harder. The farmers however, are just relaxed about the whole thing.
Back in Honkers, the sisters and surfers find out that the next flights to South Africa don’t leave until near midnight!
Next to leave are Luke and Jeff, the lovebirds and the models. The father and son team look confident as they find out they will be going to South Africa. The lovebirds are in a rare state of happiness as Chris believes they have done well to control their anger. Umm… delusional much? Luckily, the production team have slotted in a nice reminder of their fights, proving this toxic team wrong.
The models are at the airport and Renae rudely gets ahead in the line, telling some poor guy to move. In Asia, this is would be considered a big no, no for their respectful culture.
Mo and Mos are the last to leave as they rush off. At this point, you can’t look at them without laughing. Mos is seasick and Mo can’t get to him as the ferry is bouncing around too much. He considers whether they are healthy enough to continue. This is so funny.
Luckily, when they arrive at the airport, all the other teams are there, and the race becomes a near equal race. Richard and Joey are in front however their lead is dashed as their connecting flights with the other contestants are the same.
In Port Elizabeth, the contestants quickly find their cars. They now must drive 300km (!!!) to Camdeboo National Park and search for the next clue on the cliff face of the Valley of Desolation.
The surfers are in first place with some teams struggling with the manual cars they have to drive.
Alana, driving the sister’s car is having no luck but Mel has a go, and they look like they are getting somewhere.
The surfers quickly make it to the next clue (jee… that was fast) and it is a detour. For this detour they can choose either Smash or Bash. In Smash, they must smash four pots with a traditional African tool but in Bash, they must build a giraffe feeder.
The surfers choose smash while the bikers and the FABelievers also choose smash. The other contestants also make their choice and with the sisters in last place, the race is neck and neck. Meanwhile, the lovebirds have a scuffle after the FABelievers are let through by Chris. Chris takes a jab at Joey having Richard’s balls before they find out the hours of operation for both challenges doesn’t open until the morning.
The safari backdrop at smash is quite breathtaking and is different to the Asian backdrop we have been used to thus far. However, it becomes a bit of a problem when the smash competitors (the lovebirds, bikers, surfers, FABelievers, the farmers, the sisters and I believe Mo and Mos) realise that to get to their challenge, they must drive their 4WD through a mud bog. For the FABelievers, this is harder than they thought!
They get bogged after driving their car off the steep embankment. This causes me and the other contestant’s great joy, especially their worst enemy the sisters. As they don’t help anyone, no one helps them.
The hero Chris also tries to go through and has no luck. This is just funny as; every non-bogged contestant is just laughing like crazy. The surfers try to make a path and after getting nearly all the way over, they get stuck. Oh dear… oh wait, no, they made it! However now all the other contestants take their path, even the lovebirds that finally get unbogged.
Meanwhile, after several teams make it across, the sisters, who can’t really drive manual, just plough all the way over the bog with no trouble at all. Meanwhile, the FABelievers are having no luck.
The surfers make it to smash and they begin their challenge before the bikers, Mo and Mos and the farmers make it as well.
I have just found out that ALL competitors had to make it through the bog as BOTH challenges are located over it.
Alana and Mel and the lovebirds try their luck at Bash. Meanwhile, Luke and Jeff and the bikers are trying to hit their smash items to the laughter of the locals. The surfers and the farmers are having some luck but to some laughing locals and upbeat, child-like music, Mo and Mos prove to be the clowns once more. They don’t last long before going over to bash.
Luke and Jeff also head off after some unsuccessful throws. The farmers make quick work of the challenge and receive the next clue. It’s a road block. In this one, they must go Bunjy jumping- my worst fear. Simply, they must bungee off the highest bridge bungee in the world.
The farmers are off before the surfers also get their pass to move on. There’s a bit of a panic as the words ‘caution- U-Turn ahead’ pops up on the clue. The surfers have no idea what this means.
Meanwhile, the farmers reach the u-turn where they can force another team to repeat a previous challenge in the leg. The farmers don’t use the u-turn but the surfers are very worried. Once the surfers find out they didn’t get u-turned, they quickly u-turn the FABelievers. Nice work, boys!
Meanwhile, the FABelievers are really having problems getting through the bog (yes, still!) and are close to panic.
They try to dig their way out before a ranger helps them out and they finally complete their journey to the detour.
Meanwhile, the lovebirds are working well at their giraffe feed. Luke and Jeff, two seasoned carpenters also make quick work of the challenge and the two teams are off to the roadblock.
Meanwhile, the bikers are still trying at their smash challenge, but Dave is having no luck. It isn’t long however, until their luck turns and they’re off. Meanwhile, in true fashion, Mo and Mos struggle at their bash challenge and even have a bit of a comical argument.
Sam and Renae finish the bash challenge before we see the FABelievers start their bash challenge. Richard gets frustrated as he hammers his thumb in pretty bad. Ouch!
Meanwhile, on the way to the roadblock, Dave and Kelly are delighted to see that the FABelievers have been U-turned!
Alana and Mel are still going on but can’t even get their frame off the ground. They needn’t worry as the FABelievers struggle with the challenge and with each other. Oh wait, no, they should worry, somehow, the FABelievers have just finished the challenge. No worries, they quickly find out they’ve been u-turned, and they turn back to complete smash.
The two are obviously bitter as they slander the surfer team. Talking about the surfer team, they hear the sirens of a police car but find out, they aren’t for him. They are however, for another team! The farmers, who somehow got in front of the surfers, are quickly pulled over for speeding.
The police officer obviously lets them go quite easily after being shown that they are apart of The Amazing Race and are probably contributing to South African tourism. The farmers do put on a good South African mock accent in the cutaways though which is quite amusing.
Meanwhile, the sisters complete their challenge in seventh place and go off to bungee. Meanwhile, the FABelievers finish the other detour and are off before the sisters see the U-turn and are grateful for the surfers’ choice.
Nathan and Tyler are gobsmacked by the size of the drop when they reach the destination. One comments ‘you can see the actual bridge and then you can see the actual ground’! Really?!?
Nathan is freaking out as he bungees the distance and my heart just sinks to see him just go down like that. Anyway, it’s over with and they find out that their next destination is a town called Nomathamsanqa where they must select a goat and take it to a witch doctor.
The FABelievers are still going with their challenge (apparently before, they were just over the moon to hit one of their targets). Mo and Mos on the other had finish their challenge as Chris begins to take that plunge. This is definitely a highlight of this entire season, seeing that guy pushed over the edge.
Next up are the farmers as Tom takes his plunge. He successfully completes the challenge as the lovebirds begin their trip to Nomathamsanqa. They are having a bit of a scuffle as their try to find out where to go and it sounds like Chris is getting angry at almost nothing as Anastasia just says nothing.
Meanwhile, with one more thing left, the FABelievers are still at smash but finally finish their mission as the surfers make it to the ‘town that is 20 letters long’ and describe quite briefly and easily what they had to do.
The surfers and bikers are neck and neck in dragging their goats as the farmers take in the sights. Luke gets all sentimental on his ‘hero’ father Jeff who takes the plunge. It’s a bit corny but who cares, they’re off.
Meanwhile, the sisters are near in last place as Mo and Mos pass them. Mel is being a bitch, saying Alana has ‘failed’ them. Bitch, bitch, bitch. She’s actually sounding worse than Chris and Joey.
Meanwhile, Dave takes the plunge for the bikers and it is so funny seeing him scream his guts out. He reminds us that nothing was lost in the defecation department, so that’s good to know.
Meanwhile, the treatment of some of these cute goats are quite undesirable as the surfers drag their goat by the horns (yes, it looked quite cruel, but the goat wasn’t really being dragged, but it looked uncomfortable) and receive their next clue.
They must now travel to Addo Elephant National Park which will be the fourth pit stop for the race. The farmers are next to grab the clue before a really awful scene involving Chris and Anastasia grabbing the goat by the horns as it groans and moans. As someone who battles for animal rights, and I know this sounds like a complaint and an unnecessary opinion, but this really upsets me; I don’t think we needed to see that.
The goat continues to be dragged as we finally move to the models who go to take the plunge. Sam does the deed and seems to find it fun. Well, she’d be the first (or second). Meanwhile, Mel plunges for the sisters and screams the entire way down. Afterwards, Mel threatens to throw Alana off the bridge if she gets them lost again. That’s not nice.
Meanwhile, the surfers and the farmers who have been neck and neck all the way so far, make it to the pit stop at the same time. Ultimately, it is the farmers who make it on the pit stop first, and it is quite a fun little scuffle. The surfers settle for second but hey, it was a very competitive dash.
Meanwhile, the FABelievers are at the bridge as the Arabs complete their challenge. Mos actually likes bungee jumping so this wasn’t an issue.
Meanwhile, Chris is struggling with the goat but they finally make it and they do a little dance. Hurry up guys; it’s a bloody tight race!
The FABelievers finally do their plunge and Richard’s screaming is so funny. Joey pulls out the old ‘Focus, Believe, Achieve as Luke and Jeff do the right thing and actually PICK the goat up and they actually make it in no time.
The models drag the goat as well as the bikers whose goat actually tries to sleep. Meanwhile, the FABelievers are on the tails of the Arab guy’s. Meanwhile, the lovebirds make it third to the pit stop before Luke and Jeff who are in at four.
Meanwhile, the models finish their goat hoarding challenge as the sisters begin their challenge. The bikers finish their goat challenge and the last two teams (Mo and Mos and Richard and Joey) begin theirs. Mo and Mos calls the goat ‘Bob’, a funny name from a funny team. Meanwhile, Richard decides to change goat through the challenge before we find out that the sisters, who are treating their goat the worst, actually gets their finger (Mel’s finger) caught in its arse. Sucked in.
Meanwhile, the models finish at the pit stop fifth and the bikers sixth as the sister finish their challenge in seventh.
Funnily enough, Mo and Mos’s goat Bob is walking quite well as the FABelievers have their most violent argument yet as the goat pisses off an agitated Richard.
Their goat actually runs to the finish as the sisters run to the finish line. They are happy to see Grant but are happier to find out they are seventh. Mo and Mos are now rushing for the pit stop as the FABelievers finish their challenge. COME ON MO and MOS FINISH THESE BASTARDS OFF!
Mo and Mos get lost and it looks dire, we have no idea who will make it first but in the end, lovely Disney sounding music plays as Mo and Mos waltz up to the finish line. They are in eighth.
Richard and Joey rock up last and they are finally eliminated. After such a great week last week, they are finally out. But watch out everyone else, no one else to cut loose- no more nice eliminations!
So a picture perfect race in my opinion with stunning views and breathtaking challenges. Comedy was aplenty thanks mostly to Mo and Mos, but the bikers are quickly becoming one of my hot favourite teams with Dave providing some good old Aussie humour.
I love how this race is so serious, but so funny and lighthearted. It has both extremes; heated (and I mean really heated) arguments between the lovebirds and the FABelievers on one side of the spectrum, but a clumsy roll through on the other side of the spectrum like Mo and Mos or the farmers.
Then you have all your stereotypical AR teams in between; the fratty surfers, blonde models and dysfunctional sisters. Loving this show and it just keeps on getting better and better.
Only problem; that goat challenge. Like Survivor and the killing of chickens, I know what to expect, so I won’t rant on, but I don’t think it was necessary for the producers to insert a scene involving a goat crying in pain and anguish. Really, not on!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.5/10 + 1.0 for the FABelievers elimination but – 2.0 for the goat incident=