All the teams talk about how much they want to win the Race, but let’s see them prove it! They all discover that they’ll have to travel to Hawaii, but they’re all on the same flight. At least it gives them a chance to sleep!
The Amazing Race USA
A man arrives with the clues and the teams must go to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Once there they must find the Atomic Blast Dome. Then, things get real. Phil tells us the tragic story about the A-bomb and the destroyed building that has remained untouched since the blast. All the teams take a real moment to reflect. Except for Dave who takes the moment to justify the bombing by talking about how many people died in Pearl Harbour.
The wilderness of Africa put the amazing in “The Amazing Race”. As the six remaining teams headed from Azerbaijan to Africa, the gloves came off and secrets were exposed.
Art and J.J., the border patrol agents who have dominated much of this season, expressed their frustration that the former Big Brother contestants (Brendon and Rachel) were content to just follow their lead when it came to navigating the race. And they weren’t shy about who they told. “That they are even in the same race as us is disgusting,” J.J. complained. The cocky border patrol agents also pieced together a few clues and realized Nary and Jamie weren’t really the kindergarten teachers they have been claiming to be since the start of the race – a secret they happily shared with the other teams in hopes of stirring the pot.
As the teams hustled to check-in for their connecting flight to Tanzania (all the teams were on the same flight with a layover in Nairobi), teams bumped each other during the sprint to the airline counter, middle fingers went flying, words were exchanged and egos got bruised.
Vanessa, never at a loss for words, took the opportunity to pick on the emotionally challenged Big Brother’s Rachel. “You should get your nose done before your boobs,” Vanessa taunted, eventually drawing the tears she was hunting for from Rachel.
But once the race hit the ground, the stunning landscape of this East African nation calmed the hostilities and soothed the tensions.
After the six remaining teams took three small planes (take-off times were separated by 15 minutes) on a scenic flight to the Ngorongoro Crater, a wildlife convervation area, the teams had to successfully navigate their provided safari driver into the heart of Maasai country, where they encountered the detour for this leg.
The teams then had an option between “Marksmanship” or “Courtship.”
Marksmanship had the teams throwing a tradional Maasai warrior hunting weapon – a short stick with a club-like head – to break a clay target. Each member of the team had to hit a target before they could receive their next clue. “It’s like knife throwin’!” Dave, the Type-A army guy, explained to his wife.
The other option on the detour was a Maasai courtship ritual, which didn’t appear to be more challenging than doning robes and jumping up and down for a minute in a circle of local tribespeople. “I hope it doesn’t mean me and him was courtin’,” Mark joked after he and his buddy hopped up and down with the locals.
But neither option in this detour proved much of a challenge for the remaining teams. The real challenge on this leg was the final task, where each team had to successfully pitch a full-size safari tent, complete with shower, before they could check in at the pit stop.
Rachel and Dave were first to start assembling their tent and despite their usual ugly back and forth (“You are the most negative person I know in this universe,” Rachel complained), they did manage to figure it out and finish first. “When communication is flowing and we are supportive of each other we are unstoppable,” Dave explained.
1. Rachel and Dave
2. Bopper and Mark
3. Art and J.J.
4. Brendon and Rachel
5. Vanessa and Ralph
6. Nary and Jamie (Non-Elimination leg).
In one of the wackiest challenges in “Amazing Race” history, contestants had to use shoe horns to wipe crude oil off the bodies of men taking a theropeudic dip in black gold at a local health spa in this former Soviet republic.
“He looks like a Nutella-covered man,” J.J. joked as the hairy local with gold teeth stepped out of the bathtub.
While Art grumbled that his partner was losing focus during the detour with all his wise cracks, J.J. couldn’t help but laugh at the awkward situation.
“I’m in his thighs, Art!” he explained.
But just like every other task the two border patrol agents have been asked to perform in this season’s race around the world, they didn’t hesitate and quickly got the job done.
“You want a million dollars, scrub a man’s junk,” J.J. explained on the way to a second-place finish on Sunday’s episode.
Rachel and Dave, won the fast-forward challenge at the beginning of the leg and bypassed all other tasks to check in first.
“We’ll take a second place when the fast forward is in play,” Art said, “because it’s actually a win.”
The seven remaining teams making the 2,000-mile journey from Munich to Baku, Azerbaijan. Although the geographically-challenged Mark thought they were headed for Africa, the teams were actually off to the oil-rich country located on the Caspian Sea.
Once on the ground, Rachel and Dave went head-to-head against Joey “Fitness” and Danny in the fast-forward challenge, which had the teams unloading and then stacking 150 bales of hay.
The army officer and his wife, who have been hampered in recent episodes by their eroding communication, got back to the team work they showed early in the season to send the disappointed Long Island buddies – “Can’t believe we got beat by a frickin’ girl” – to the back of the pack at the road block.
The road block (“What goes up must come down”) wasn’t for the faint of heart.
One member of each team had to participate in a simulated underwater helicopter rescue. Strapped into a helicopter simulatator in a swimming pool, the Amazing Racers were submerged, flipped upside down and then had to break out a window and swim to the safety raft.
“What do you have to do?” Big Brother winner Rachel asked.
It’s pretty simple, Vanessa explained. “Save yourself … don’t die.”
Once the teams survived the underwater challenge, it was off to the detour where the option was “Apples” or “Oil.”
The teams that didn’t want to scrape oil off a stranger’s body had to search an old Soviet-era car filled with thousands of apples in search of one marked apple. It was the needle in the haystack option and the one Joey “Fitness” and Danny picked after rejoining the pack after their failed fast-forward gamble.
But they couldn’t make up for the time they lost stacking hay and by the time they found their apple it was all over.
“It wasn’t our day today,” Joey “Fitness” said as they arrived last at the pit stop. “We made it six legs, and for a couple kids from Long Island that’s not bad at all.”
Episode 6 Standings:
1. Rachel and Dave: Fast-forward winners 2. Art and J.J.
3. Bopper and Mark
4. Brendon and Rachel
5. Nary and Jamie
6. Vanessa and Ralph
7. Joey ‘Fitness’ and Danny: Eliminated
Departing the Pit Stop in first place at 8:57am, Border Patrol Agents Art & JJ ripped open their clue, sending them by train to Ehrwald, Austria. From there, they had to drive across the border into Germany’s oldest state, Bavaria, and make their way to the Gasthof Zum Rassen restaurant to search for the Travelocity Roaming Gnome that held their next clue.
In the early evening darkness, last place Bopper & Mark finally began their journey to Bavaria, saying, “Down but not out.” Mark added, “It’s a long shot, but I think we can do it. We need the money worse than any team out there so we just gotta get it done.” The Kentucky friends’ optimism for staying in the race was More…bolstered further when they, along with Mississippi cousins Kerri & Stacy, met up with Federal Agents Nary & Jamie, PhD student and event hostess Brendon & Rachel, and dating divorcees Vanessa & Ralph at the connecting train station in Innsbruck, Austria at 4:30am. Mark later commented, “When we seen them all, man you talk about adrenaline flow.”
At 6:30am in Ehrwald, Austria, Border Patrol Agents Art & JJ, having spent the night sleeping in the train station, jumped into a car and drove to the Gasthof Zum Rassen restaurant. Since it did not open until 8:30am, they waited in the chilly weather for other teams to join them, having not seeing anyone for a full day. Joining them in the wait for the restaurant doors to open were trainer and club Joey “Fitness” & Danny and Army wife and combat pilot Rachel & Dave, who arrived on the second train into Ehrwald.
At 8:30am, the doors to the Gasthof Zum Rassen restaurant opened allowing Art & JJ, Joey “Fitness” & Danny, and Rachel & Dave to run inside where they were greeted by the lively music of a traditional German band and yodeler. Finding their gnomes seated at a table filled with Bavarian pretzels, the three teams each picked one up and turned it over to find a Detour, giving them the choice of Fairy Tale or Champion Male. Fairy Tale required teams to follow a trail of ginger bread, picking up the pieces as they walked through a forest to the fairy tale inspired village of Oberammergau, and find the witch’s cottage from Hansel and Gretel. Once there, teams had to use the pieces to complete the roof of a gingerbread house and decorate it properly. Champion Male required teams to choose a champion beard enthusiast and style his beard with provided hair care products to shape his beard into a winning look with no hair out of place.
As the last five teams sprinted off their train in Ehrwald, Rachel & Dave, Art & JJ, and Joey “Fitness” & Danny all drove to the town of Unterammergau and selected their client from a row of long white-bearded men ready to have their facial hair styled into an award winning look. Relying on Rachel’s experience with blow driers and curlers, Dave tried to follow his wife’s lead as the married couple began the task in first place. Meanwhile, Joey “Fitness” & Danny realized immediately they may have made a mistake in picking a guy with the longest beard, making it more difficult to mold into the intricate pattern. However the trainer and club promoter remained optimistic they could do well, saying, “We gotta be good at this. We use gel in our hair. Nobody else does.” Although the Border Patrol Agents began the task in third place, JJ demonstrated a remarkable and previously unrecognized knack for styling beards, later joking, “I’m not ashamed of who I am and that’s one of my abilities. I can craft a man’s facial hair really nice.” After molding their German gentleman’s white hair into two rigid spikes sticking straight out with accompanying ringlets above them, Art & JJ received approval on their masterpiece creation and ripped open their clue which instructed them to find the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Before jumping into their car, the Border Patrol Agents asked a local woman for directions and she informed the team they were looking for Neuschwanstein Castle, home of King Ludwig II, whose bedroom was where teams would find their next clue.
Arriving at the Gasthof Zum Rassen restaurant in fourth place, Bopper & Mark held a slim lead over the other four teams on their train, but the best friends now faced a Speed Bump for coming in last place on the previous leg. In this Speed Bump, Bopper & Mark had to listen to an expert yodeler and master the skills of yodeling a specific tune. When the expert felt they hit all the right notes, he would hand over the next clue.
The Kentucky friends laughed as they donned traditional lederhosen, red and white checkered shirts, and brimmed hats to complete the ensemble. After Bopper & Mark received lessons from the two yodelers and had some practice time, the German band, consisting of a trumpeter, tuba player, drummer, and accordionist, struck up a bouncy tune for the best friends’ first attempt. What Bopper & Mark clearly lacked in yodeling skills, they definitely made up for in enthusiasm, but when the song ended, the flabbergasted lead yodeler said, “That’s the American way of yodeling.” After performing the fast tempo song for a second time, the Kentucky duo finally got the thumbs up from the yodelerm, who shook their hands and told them, “Excellent!” However, by the time Bopper & Mark changed out of their lederhosen, all of the other teams had already picked up their Travelocity Gnomes, once again putting the best friends in last place as they headed to Fairy Tale with Brendon & Rachel and Kerri & Stacy. Vanessa & Ralph and Nary & Jamie instead chose to style beards.
With Rachel & Dave finishing the elaborate curls of their German gentleman’s beard in second place, Joey “Fitness” & Danny still struggled to master the difficult design of the beard they selected. A worried Joey “Fitness” told Danny, “It’s sticking to my fingers. It looks sloppy man.” As the Long Island team fumbled around with an incredibly long mustache, dating divorcees Vanessa & Ralph arrived and quickly gained ground by relying on Vanessa’s hair styling skills. The arrival of federal agents Nary & Jamie only made Joey “Fitness” & Danny more anxious to finish their beard styling and keep the small lead they had on the other teams. With more curlers and blow drying, the trainer and club promoter finally molded their beard into the winning style that matched the picture they used as a reference. Before opening the next clue, Joey “Fitness” told his satisfied customer, “You’re a tough guy over here.” Dating divorcees Vanessa & Ralph finished their beard moments after Joey “Fitness” & Danny to jump into fourth place, while Nary & Jamie styled theirs for fifth place.
RAISE THE ROOF With the snow falling to create a magical fairy tale setting, Brendon & Rachel and Kerri & Stacy could not figure out how to get their own fairy tale started as they overlooked the giant yellow and red adorned trunk that contained the baskets they would need to collect gingerbread. As the two befuddled teams mistakenly ran the wrong way, last place Bopper & Mark arrived, took a basket from the trunk, and began to walk along the snow covered trail through the woods, picking up pieces of gingerbread along the way. Realizing they had made a mistake, Brendon & Rachel and Kerri & Stacy retraced their steps, spotted the trunk with the baskets, and began their journey through the woods now tied for last place.
Entering the village of Oberammergau, Bopper & Mark quickly found the Hansel & Gretel inspired house adorned with paintings depicting the famous fairy tale about the two children. Running around to the back of the house, the Kentucky pair spotted a cackling witch (who Mark called “uglier than a mudrail fence”) stirring her cauldron beside a row of gingerbread houses in need of roofs. Using frosting as glue to connect the pieces of gingerbread together, Bopper & Mark began construction on their roof as Brendon & Rachel and Kerri & Stacy arrived. All three teams soon realized that the only way to properly build the roof was to break up the pieces of gingerbread into flat edges that fit together like puzzle pieces. Using a fork to cut and shape their pieces, Kerri & Stacy jumped ahead of the other two teams and finished the task after adding frosting around the edges and gumdrops for decoration. When Bopper & Mark completed their gingerbread house next, Brendon did his best to calm down fiancée Rachel, who began to cry about being in last place. After a few brief minutes, Rachel’s tears turned to squeals of excitement when the witch presented them with their clue. Running to the car, Brendon assured Rachel, “We’re right behind everybody.”
Still in first place, Art & JJ could see Neuschwanstein Castle nestled high in the Bavarian Alps of Germany above them. After parking their car, the Border Patrol Agents assessed their options and decided to take a horse drawn carriage up the steep and long path to the fairy tale inspired castle. Reaching the entrance, Art & JJ jumped out of the carriage, walked up the steps, and entered the massive, stunning castle. Walking from room to room, each more beautiful than the last, the Border Patrol Agents found King Ludwig II’s bedroom and their next clue, instructing them to drive to the town of Fussen and find an eishockey und curling rink.
GRIM FAIRY TALE
Arriving at the parking lot to Neuschwanstein Castle together with Joey “Fitness” & Danny, dating divorcees Vanessa & Ralph looked up at the steep path leading to the castle and disagreed on how to climb it. Ralph wanted to walk like Joey “Fitness” & Danny, who darted ahead, while Vanessa suggested taking a carriage instead. Grudgingly conceding to Ralph’s idea, a very annoyed Vanessa told him, “If we’re going the wrong way I’m gonna kick your ass.” When Ralph pleaded for Vanessa to walk faster, she snapped back, “I am making an effort to not kill you right now.” As the dating divorcees continued their ascent to the castle, Ralph’s insistence that Vanessa walk faster only made matters worse. Not liking Vanessa’s attitude, Ralph tossed her jacket he was carrying back at her. Now fuming, Vanessa threw her jacket at Ralph and shouted, “This is your jackass idea!” When Ralph asked if “princess” Vanessa had anything else she wanted him to carry, she snapped “Maybe a little bit of class and dignity. You look more like a juiced up hothead.” Once the bickering couple reached King Ludwig’s bedroom in third place, Ralph offered an olive branch, calling Vanessa “babe,” but she was not having it, incredulously asking, “Now I’m baby?”
Reaching the parking lot to Neuschwanstein Castle after getting lost, fourth place Army wife and combat pilot Rachel & Dave noticed a second castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, adjacent to the parking lot and considerably closer. When the parking attendant pointed Rachel & Dave to the incorrect Hohenschwangau Castle, they walked up the stairs and waited for the English speaking tour of the castle to begin. Just before the tour started, Federal Agents Nary & Jamie joined Rachel & Dave and the two teams wasted precious time taking a guided tour of the wrong castle. When they reached the bedroom in Hohenschwangau Castle and did not see a cluebox, their tour guide informed the two teams they needed to go up to Neuschwanstein Castle instead. Surprisingly, after their massive blunder, Nary & Jamie and Rachel & Dave still reached King Ludwig’s bedroom at Neuschwanstein Castle in fourth and fifth place.
After making the same mistake of walking to Hohenschwangau Castle, Bopper & Mark began the long, steep hike up to Neuschwanstein Castle in last place. By the time the best friends reached the castle entrance, Bopper could barely breathe, wheezing heavily as he dropped to his knees. Later confessing that he also prayed for strength from above when he was on his knees, Bopper got the second wind he needed and continued on with Mark who scolded his friend, “Quit trying to be a superhero. Take your time.”
BULL’S EYE Arriving at the eishockey und curling rink in first place, Art & JJ ripped open their clue to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to use their Travelocity Roaming Gnome in a 16th century winter sport known as eisstockchienben. Sliding their gnome across the ice, teams had to land it on a bull’s eye.
Walking onto the ice rink, JJ knelt behind the red line and began sliding gnomes across the ice in a sport similar to curling. With Art stopping the errant sliding gnomes on the other side of the ice just past the bull’s eye, JJ kept overshooting the target as he let out screams of frustration. Finally, after several more attempts, JJ had the magic touch and the gnome stopped perfectly in the white center bull’s eye. Ripping open their clue, Art & JJ discovered they had to find the next Pit Stop at Landhannes Farm, a 200-year old working dairy farm.
With no teams in sight, Art & JJ cruised to their third win in a row when stepping onto the mat in a barn filled with cows at Landhannes Farm. For their victory, the Border Patrol Agent won a trip for two from Travelocity to Thailand. Afterwards, JJ said, “Hey, we win because we dominate. We have a one in seven shot at a million dollars and it’s ours.”
OFF THE MARK
As dating divorcees Vanessa & Ralph finished their rocky day in third place, just behind second place Joey “Fitness” & Danny, Federal Agents Nary & Jamie arrived at the ice hockey rink in fourth place, where Nary chose to perform the Roadblock. While Jamie optimistically believed that her partner would be skilled at hitting targets, Nary did her best to prove Jamie wrong. As Nary continued to miss shot after shot, Army wife Rachel and Brendon both arrived, hit their bull’s eye, and left the rink with their respective partners. Unable to do much except watch, Jamie said, “This is extremely nerve wracking.”
With the arrival of Bopper & Mark and Kerri & Stacy on the ice, Nary & Jamie now felt the pressure, knowing they were now one of the last three teams. Nary continued to miss her shots and Kerri did not fare any better, but Mark quickly found his target, landing a bull’s eye, causing Bopper to erupt in a loud cheer. After near elimination in the last leg, the Kentucky best friends mounted a comeback to end their day in sixth place, saying, “We can’t give up. We’re not going to give up. We left everything on this leg.”
When Kerri hit the bull’s eye on her 70th attempt to pass the federal agents, Nary apologized to Jamie, saying, “Sorry. This is all my fault.” Jamie would not hear of it, still supporting her friends and teammate, replying, “I know this is frustrating for you. Just hang in there.” Finally, well past her 180th attempt, Nary slid a gnome across the ice that just barely touched the white bull’s eye to earn the clue. Still positive, Jamie reminded Nary, “We’ve been good with our directions all day today. We can beat them there.”
Jamie’s observation about finding Landhannes Farm proved very insightful when cousins Kerri & Stacy could not implement the directions they took the time to stop and ask for. Unsure of where to go and feeling the pressure, Stacy shouted at Kerri, “When somebody is giving us directions, could you actually listen to him?” Kerri snapped back, “I’m giving you as much as I can give you!” Although Kerri & Stacy ultimately righted their course and found the farm, their navigational mishap cost them the race when Phil eliminated the cousins after coming in last place. Tearing up, Stacy said, “Our family, we wanted to make them happy. Who knew that two southern, pink lipstick wearing girls like us would make it this far. We’re still awesome.”
2005 ROUTE MARKERS
Detour: A Detour is a choice between two tasks. In this Detour, teams had the choice of Fairy Tale or Champion Male. Fairy Tale required teams to follow a trail of ginger bread, picking up the pieces as they walked through a forest to the fairy tale inspired village of Oberammergau, and find the witch’s cottage from Hansel and Gretel. Once there, teams had to use the pieces to complete the roof of a gingerbread house and decorate it properly. Champion Male required teams to choose a champion beard enthusiast and style his beard with provided hair care products to shape his beard into a winning look with no hair out of place.
Fairy Tale: Bopper/ Mark, Brendon/ Rachel, Kerri/ Stacy
Champion Male: Nary/ Jamie, Rachel/ Dave, Vanessa/ Ralph, Joey”Fitness”/ Danny, Art/JJ
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform. In this Roadblock, that team member had to use their Travelocity Roaming Gnome in a 16th century winter sport known as eisstockchienben. Sliding their gnome across the ice, teams had to land it on a bull’s eye.
Performed Roadblock: JJ, Danny, Ralph, Nary, Brendon, Rachel, Mark, Kerri
Speed Bump: Bopper & Mark faced a Speed Bump for having come in last place on the previous leg. In this Speed Bump, Bopper & Mark had to listen to an expert yodeler and master the skills of yodeling a specific tune. When the expert felt they hit all the right notes, he would hand over the next clue.
Order of Finish:
1. Art & JJ
2. Joey “Fitness” & Danny
3. Vanessa & Ralph
4. Rachel & Dave
5. Brendon & Rachel
6. Bopper & Mark
7. Nary & Jamie
8. Kerri & Stacy
This week on The Amazing Race the 8 teams that are left travel to Turin, Italy.
Art and JJ get to depart first which is not much help, because when they get to the travel agency they discover that the earliest flight arrives in Turin at 10.35am the next day. The other teams also soon get tickets for the flight, except for Bopper and Mark, who decide to go straight to the airport. When they get there, though, Art and JJ inform them that they have to go back to the travel agency. They eventually get their tickets and are relieved to be reunited with the other teams, but it’s only when they’re comparing tickets that they realise they’re on a different flight and will land in Turin an hour and 15 minutes after everyone else. Bopper and Mark try to get standby seats on everyone else’s flight but there are none available, so they have no choice but to get on the later plane.
The other teams land in Turin and have to pick up a Ford Focus and drive to the Lingotto Building to pick up their next clue. After some tense driving – especially from Rachel and Dave, who begin to argue – they arrive at the Lingotto Building and have to run up to the top (“I’m going to die,” Vanessa groans.)
Art and JJ are the first to arrive at the top and choose to go for the Fast Forward, so they can go directly to the pitstop. One of them has to wear a hat shaped like the Lingotto Building, while the other has to land a remote control helicopter on top of it.
While Art and JJ struggle with the Fast Forward, the other teams all go for the Roadblock (though when Dave hears that the Fast Forward involves landing a helicopter, he complains that as a helicopter pilot it might have been better for him and Rachel to do that).
The Roadblock involves a member of each team rappelling down the centre of the Lingotto Building, picking up a clue on the way. If they don’t manage it within two minutes, they have to go all the way back to the top and start again.
Brendon’s thrilled when Rachel is successful with the Roadblock straight away, while Joey and Danny aren’t far behind. They discover that they now have to go to the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile, park using their car’s Park Assist feature, and then find the 1916 Tin Lizzy car for their next clue.
Meanwhile, Kerri and Stacy are still searching for the Lingotto Building, and Bopper and Mark have only just landed in Turin. At the Lingotto Building, Vanessa and Ralph and Nary and Jamie are trying the rappel, but both Vanessa and Jamie are too slow and have to go back to the top to start again. Meanwhile, Rachel manages to get to the bottom despite her arguments with Dave. Eventually Jamie and Vanessa complete the rappel, but some of the other teams are already at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile. Still, Brendon and Rachel are spending a lot of time arguing and Rachel suggests that their rows aren’t worth the $1m prize, prompting shouts that they should just quit the Race altogether. They continue yelling at each other but are first to find the Tin Lizzy, which holds several clue boxes. They open it to find a coin – they need to go to the Mole Antonelliana, which is pictured on the coin, and ride the elevator to the top. But Brendon and Rachel can’t figure this out and spend more time arguing about where to go next.
As they row, Art and JJ finally complete their Fast Forward and learn that the next pitstop is at the Piazza Costello. As they make their way there, Kerri and Stacy and finally get to the Lingotto Building to complete their rappel – Stacy is terrified of heights, but manages to complete the challenge.
Back at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile, Brendon and Rachel are appalled to see Joey and Danny and Vanessa and Ralph making their way towards the Mole Antonelliana. They’re not the only ones rowing, either – Dave gets fed up when Rachel starts complaining that he’s not following the locals’ directions (“I suggest you follow the directions of people who live here instead of thinking you know better,” she says). Brendon and Rachel are still arguing, and it’s taking an even more worrying turn as they discuss quitting the race and Rachel says that this could be a brick wall for their marriage. But eventually they figure out that they need to go to the Mole Antonelliana and start driving (still angry, though).
While Kerri and Stacy arrive at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile and Bopper does the rappel at the Lingotto Building, Art and JJ arrive at the pitstop and win $5,000 each for coming first. But they admit that while they want to make it three wins in a row, they are finding the race “gnarly”.
The other teams begin to arrive at the Mole Antonelliana, where they discover that they’ll have to complete a Detour – either they can clean a statue, or taste some salami and identify different types of the sausage in a taste test. Most of the teams choose to clean the statues, except for warring Brendon and Rachel and, when they finally arrive, Kerri and Stacy.
The teams cleaning the statues seem to have fun, though some of them are too forceful and knock off the heads. Rachel and Dave are done first and arrive at the pitstop in second place, though Dave calls this a “failure” as their communication was lacking throughout the leg. They’re followed by Joey and Danny, Vanessa and Ralph, and Nary and Jamie.
Over with the salami, Brendon and Rachel manage to name some of the salamis easily but struggle with others. Rachel gets increasingly frustrated – even at one point saying: “I might purposely jump in front of a car” – but after a final blow-up where they threaten to quit again, they agree to make up and end up making it to the pitstop in sixth place.
Stacy and Kerri are the seventh team, meaning that Bopper and Mark reach the pitstop last. They’re disappointed but agree that they’re pleased with what they did – and Bopper becomes emotional when Art and JJ arrive and explain that because of Bopper’s daughter, they want to share their prize money with him.
Bopper becomes emotional, saying the Race is all about “fighting for his child”, but Phil has more good news – this is a non-elimination leg and they’re still in the Race! “We better have our game face on,” Mark says.
The final pit-stop order is:
1. Art & JJ – win $5,000 each
2. Rachel & Dave
3. Joey ‘Fitness’ & Danny
4. Vanessa & Ralph
5. Nary & Jamie
6. Brendon & Rachel
7. Kerri & Stacy
8. Bopper & Mark – non-elimination leg
The teams stayed in South America this week as they were instructed to fly to Paraguay – four teams (Rachel and Dave, Art and J.J., Nary and Jamie, Bopper and Mark) ended up on an earlier flight, but their lead ended up not meaning much.
Instead of shooting the watermelons, for this Detour the teams had to stack them. “Stack Up” required teams to unload a wagon full of watermelons and stack them into a 10×10 pyramid. “Strung Out” required teams to string a harp, the national instrument of Paraguay.
All four teams from the earlier flight went the watermelon route, but only one successfully completed it. Art and J.J. made the smart observation that it was important to stack the watermelons all the same way, on their sides – if you stacked them all willynilly, the pyramid would collapse before it was finished and that was very difficult to repair. While most of the teams began bickering as they watched their watermelons come tumbling down or took one look at everyone else’s disastrous pyramids and headed for the other task, Art and J.J. collected a clue as reward for their perfectly constructed tower
Only the twins, Elliot and Andrew, initially opted for the harp – one of them is a musician and thought his experience stringing guitars would come in handy. Next thing you knew, almost every other team had joined them at the music conservatory. Only Vanessa and Ralph decided to gut it out with the watermelons, a decision that could have been their demise.
While everyone else struggled to string a harp, Art and J.J. were breezing their way through the Roadblock, which required one team member to complete a traditional dance with a bottle balanced on his or her head. If a team smashed all their available bottles before completing the dance, they’d have to leave for the pit stop and take a two hour penalty. Art finished the dance, got his next clue, and he and J.J. were Team number 1 and won a trip to the Bahamas.
When Rachel and Dave arrived at the conservatory to see all the other teams working on their harps, they decided the time was right to use their Express Pass and skip the Detour. Dave would be the only person to break all his bottles trying to learn the dance at the Roadblock. This meant that he and Rachel couldn’t complete their Roadblock, and they had to take a two hour penalty when they arrived at the pit stop.
Elliott & Andrew were so bad at the harp task they made the decision to leave the task but they didn’t make it very far because they couldn’t get a taxi so they stayed but everyone else had completed the task making them one of the last teams left. As they were stringing the harp Vanessa & Ralph kept on rastacking the watermelons as Vanessa didn’t want them to quit becasue Ralph has a daughter and she didn’t want them to be shown as quitters.
Much to Rachel & Dave’s dismay most of the other teams completed the waterbottle dance task during their penalty time. But they managed to be the only team to arrive at the Pitt stop and still be in the race even though they didn’t complete a task.
The last team to arrive was Elliott & Andrew only minutes after Vanessa & Ralph as Ralph learnt the dance faster and they were eliminated from the Race.