Farmers = Matt & Tom
Father/ Son = Jeff & Luke
Models = Sam & Renae
Surfers = Tyler & Nathan
The race is coming to an end! The contestants will tonight head to Sri Lanka in one of two legs destined for the Aussieland, where four teams will become three finalists! After last week’s non-elimination leg, this is sure to get fans in the mood for a little finale!
We begin the leg at the last pit stop in the Wailing Wall district of Jerusalem. The farmers will depart at 1.14am for Colombo, Sri Lanka as they were the first to arrive at the pit stop. There, they have to travel to a temple to retrieve their next clue. They are off straight way for the airport.
Jeff & Luke depart second at 1.32am with Tyler & Nathan departing third at 1.46am and the models departing last at 1.52am.
The contestants all share their experiences with the game thus far as they travel to the airport.
Matt and Tom and Jeff & Luke get to the airport and book the fastest flight to Colombo.
Tyler & Nathan decide to go for a flight that has a short changeover in Rome which they may miss, but decide to go for it anyway.
The other two teams decide to go on a later but more direct flight. The models arrive and find that the plane they think the contestants are all on is full, so they decide to go on the flight the surfers are on.
The surfers are mum on their plan to get on the earlier flight, leading the contestants to believe they are on a flight via Mumbai. The models find out soon enough that they are on the same plane to Rome.
Meanwhile, father/son and the farmers are on a plane to Jordan where they will wait five hours for their next flight. The farmers are in luxury, kicking back near a pool in a luxury hotel as they wait as the other teams attempt to reach their flight in Rome. The farmers think the surfers and models are waiting for a flight in Mumbai that will get them to Colombo only 15 minutes earlier than them, but little do they know that if the surfer’s and model’s plan works, they will be heading for Colombo very soon!
The models are on the sky train to the correct terminal, but the boys seem a little lost. Meanwhile, we see montages of the father/son and farmers in luxury as a stark contrast to the struggle the surfers and models are in to get to their next flight.
It is as if the surfers and models are fighting for the hugest advantage in TAR history as the others sleep unaware beside a pool. So funny and riveting!
They make the plane and arrive in Colombo at midnight, five hours before the other two teams. They make it to the temple first and wait for six o’clock for the temple to open.
Meanwhile, the farmers and father/son get on their plane and at six in the morning, the temple opened and the surfers and models both get their clue.
It is a detour between Count and Carry. In Count, teams must count the correct number of fish in a basket in a busy fish market before they get their next clue. In Carry, teams must use a wooden trolley to transfer 15 blocks of unbroken ice through a market place to its destination.
Both the surfers and the models decide to choose Carry and they are off with their challenge. The surfers find it hard to find the right stall, as do the models.
Meanwhile, the planes for the other teams arrive and the father/son believes the surfers and models took the Rome flight (correct) and missed the flight (incorrect). They notice the two teams have passed, but don’t know the circumstances in which this happened.
After the break, the surfers and farmers are trying to complete their challenge and they both finally find the right stall at the same time and finish. The surfers think the girls are flying under the radar as the girls believe that by following the surfers, they are placing themselves in a good position.
The surfers get their clue first before the models do and the clue points them to Galle, a Sri Lankan town, where they must travel to an historic fort and grab their next clue.
Meanwhile, the father/son team are stressing at the lack of sighting of the other two teams as they grab their clue and go for carry. The farmers do the same.
Meanwhile, the surfers and models are now waiting for the train as they calculate how far behind the father/son and farmer teams are.
The father/son team and farmers struggle like the surfers and models did to complete their challenge and both teams are just trying to rush through it.
Meanwhile, the train arrives to collect the surfers and the models in 25 minutes and if the other two teams don’t make that train, they have to wait an hour for the next one.
Back at the fish market, the two other teams get their clue and rush for the train station in hope of catching them.
It’s a race against time and it is as if they are approaching the pit stop but as it turns out, the farmers arrive at the train station, sinking the spirits of the two girls. Meanwhile, the father/son team find it hard to catch up with their taxi getting stuck in traffic!
The train arrives to collect the first three teams and the father/son team make it to the cashier, but they only sell second class tickets. They decide to go second class if it meant getting on the train, but this could mean penalty.
In Galle, the teams search for the next clue but the father/son team have to use a ten minute penalty due to the fact they travelled second class. The other teams race to the clue box in what looks like the most dangerous one yet!
The surfers make it to the clue box first. The clue asks them a question based on Sri Lanka’s independence. The correct answer will be the code to unlocking a chest containing another question which in turn, the answer to which unlocks a second chest. The second chest houses their next clue.
The contestants ask around for advice with the surfers and models getting 1948 as the answer from a friendly local man. It opens their next clue which asks a question based on a past influential Sri Lankan ruler and their birth year.
The farmers get the advice of 1948 as well and open their chest in third place before the father/son team go to make up time as their penalty time is up.
They rip open the first clue as the surfers and the models rush for answers to the second question. Thanks to a local man and his mobile, the answer the surfers get is 1884 and ask the man to keep quiet.
The father/son team get their first clue right quickly and head off to answer the second. The surfers meanwhile open their next clue which asks them to travel by bus to Ambalangoda and find a masked store vendor. They must memorise a particular mask and find someone in a street festival wearing the same mask. That person has their next clue.
The models open their case second and are off to the northern bound town. The farmers are still finding out the answer to the second answer and find it quickly, heading off to Ambalangoda in third place.
The surfers and the models again hop on the bus together as the father/son team get the right answer and head off for Ambalangoda in last place.
Meanwhile, the surfers and the models arrive in the town and head for the mask vendor. The surfers and models choose the mask they thought would be the easiest to identify. They then go to search for it in the crowd but sometimes they will find the correct mask with different colours, which doesn’t help things.
The father/son team are trying to find the stalls for the mask, but a local is taking them in the wrong direction. The farmers are going the right way, and choose their mask.
The models quickly choose a man in the crowd with the correct mask, as do the surfers in second place; both teams receiving their next clue.
It is a road block where one team member has to use a professional sewing machine to sew a shirt. Once completed, they will receive their next clue.
The surfers are confident but the surfers are not. They are both trying to find a registered taxi and find a bargain with a registered taxi van, but it is the wrong decision!
The father/son team is trying to find their mask truck, but a local takes them to the wrong one. Meanwhile, the farmers pick a mask and look for their man. They find a person, but they refuse to come. Finally, they convince him to come, but it is the wrong masked man and they have to try again.
Meanwhile, Jeff and Luke finally find the right vendor and search for their masked man. Meanwhile, the farmers find the right man after all, and head off to their roadblock.
The father/son team are still trying to find their man and grab someone, bring them back and are given a roadblock! Well done boys!
All teams are off and the models and the surfers seem to make it to the sewing shop in time, which is weird considering they were going on about the cab being the wrong decision! Renae begins her sewing challenge with Tyler sewing for the surfers. They are both put off by the weird patterns.
The farmers and soon the father/son team are onto their challenge with Jeff not having much luck at all. The models hope to get out first and avoid a 30 minute penalty. Renae hands up a sewn shirt, but it needs alterations which she tries to fix.
The farmers are also struggling with the sewing and cannot seem to do it properly.
The models finally pass in first place and are over the moon, getting their next clue, taking them to Independence Square, the eleventh pit stop of the race.
This leaves the surfers, father/son team and farmers still in the challenge with Tyler continuously having to restart his shirt.
Meanwhile, the models make the pit stop in first place however have incurred a 20 minute time penalty for getting into a registered, BUT PRIVATE vehicle. Ahh, so that’s what was so wrong.
If another team makes it before them, they then have to wait out another 30 minute penalty.
The contestants are working on their shirts with no success with Tyler being rejected a few more times, haha.
Jeff is getting quite frustrated now, but so is everyone. Tyler then delivers a good shirt, and receives their next clue, now headed to Independence Square- but they too will have to wait out a 20 minute penalty.
Tyler and Nathan rock up in second place and begin their penalty.
The other two teams are still going on their challenge nonetheless.
At the pit stop, there are some nervous images of the waiting contestants as Matt hands up another improper shirt and goes back to do it again. Jeff then has a go, and gets a ‘yes’, making their way to Independence Square. They struggle to get a cab as Matt tries again and finally gets a yes and are too off to Independence Square.
Meanwhile, Sam & Renae have waiting out their 20 minute penalty and become the first contestants to make it to the pit stop, and because this means their 30 minute time penalty is null and void, they become The Amazing Race Australia’s first ever finalists.
The boys still have 9 minutes to go as Jeff & Luke find a car to get them to Independence Square.
With 7 minutes to go, they are still waiting for the other two teams. Meanwhile, the cab of the father/son team needs petrol as the farmers get stuck in traffic. Wow, this is nerve racking!
In the end, Tyler & Nathan wait out their penalty and become the second finalists for the season.
The father/son team arrive in third place and become the last finalists for this season.
This leaves the farmers Matt & Tom eliminated, AND WHAT DID I SAY?
You read back on my blogs and you’ll realise I’ve predicted this outcome for WEEKS now, since Chris & Anastasia were eliminated. It is a stereotypical American season, with a final filled with frat boys, models and a team with a hugely close bond.
Still, a very impressive episode, but considering I have now been blogging for four and a half hours straight, I’m gonna leave it there!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.0/10
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