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The Amazing Race has been renewed for a 29th season. It wasn't on the Fall 2016 Schedule, but finally returns Spring of 2016.  This thread is for episode recaps and your comments, so tell us what  you think of the teams of complete strangers racing around the world for $1,000,000!

 

The world is waiting for you, so on your mark...  get set...  GO!

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For over a decade, teams of two have raced over a million miles around the world testing their relationships to the limit. Today, in an Amazing Race first, 22 complete strangers are meeting each other for the first time at the starting line. Welcome to Grand Hope park in downtown Los Angeles, the start of an Amazing Race unlike any race we’ve ever had before. This is all about first impressions, so take a really good look at the people standing around you. Have a good look. Because you are about to pair up with a complete stranger for a 9 country, 17 city, 36,000 miles race around the world for one million dollars.

 

Olive says they’re in a race for a million dollars, she definitely doesn’t want to be dragged down by somebody. Brooke is nervous who her partner will be. She says they’re strangers no matter what, but there are certain strangers that you want more than others. Michael says ideally, I’d like someone with a little more charm than me because I can be a pain in the butt. Phil says the question is who is going to be your teammate. Shamir says it doesn’t matter who he gets paired up with, he’ll throw them over his shoulder to make sure they win. Jenn says she’ll definitely use her looks to her advantage to win the race and a million dollars. Jessie says oh my God, I really don’t want to be partners with the Asian Barbie because she’s only here because she thinks she looks good. Phil says at this point, nobody has spoken to anybody, but you’re going to see how everybody performs. Because the game starts now.

 

Before you pick your teammate, I have a challenge for you. I need you to pick up a piece of luggage that has a tag on it with the Panamanian flag. To get to the luggage store, you’re going to go through that gate, you’re going to go 2 blocks southwest, and 7 blocks southeast. The sooner you come back with the correct piece of luggage, the more likely you are to choose your ideal partner. What are you waiting for? Go get your luggage! Go for it!

 

Seth is a police officer in Bellevue, Washington. As a police officer he’s trained to work well with a partner right off the bat. Same thing on the race, he’s going to have a partner he hasn’t met, he doesn’t know them, and they’re going to have to work well together right off the bat.

 

Brook is a criminal attorney and she thinks she comes off looking like a high stress, wound New Yorker. She likes to be in control of situations, but if she thinks someone knows better she’s able to step aside and let them lead. Probably.

 

Scott says he is a big achiever. He graduated Harvard University near the top of his class. It can be hard for him to build a relationship with another Type A personality quickly because they’re trying to get at the same objective with very dominant ways. He says so I might be easy to snap, I mean I am a gay redhead.

 

Redmond was a navy foreman with marines for five years. He stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his leg. He immediately started competing in every sport he could imagine because he wanted to show the world that no matter what happens to you, your goal should be to continue to succeed and that’s what he’s going to do on the race.

 

Vanck thinks he is intellectually oriented. He likes thinking about how things work, multiple time lines, are we alone in the universe, does the outside world exist? For a race partner, a pretty girl never hurts in terms of success on the race because people look at him like he has two heads or something.

 

Jenn is a model in Los Angeles, and she predominantly does swimwear. An ideal partner for her would be the surfer kid from Hawaii. She doesn’t know if he’s very smart, no offense, but she feels like he’d be really fun.

 

Jessie is the very first woman K-9 police officer in the police department where she lives. She’s 6 foot 3 and that’s intimidating to most people. She says I’m an alpha male, I can’t help it.

 

Francesca is an army drill sergeant. She enlisted when she was 17, and when she was 19 she went right into Iraq. She’s been in the military for 15 years, 6 years of that as a drill sergeant.

 

The first contestant has gotten to the luggage shop. They are looking for the tag. Floyd finds one and is the first out. A couple others are behind him. We meet Matt, who’s a professional snow boarder, and he won the 2016 X games in halfpipe. To win the gold meant so much to him, and to win the race, he’d feel pretty unstoppable then.

 

Floyd tells us it’s a good thing he memorized all the flags of the world before he came on the show. He tells us he’s a college drum major and he’s watched the Amazing Race since the 5th grade and it’s always been his dream to win the race. People tell him he’s the most positive and optimistic person they’ve ever met. His perfect race partner would have to be positive and be able to enjoy this incredible experience they’re having together.

 

We see one of the contestants has the wrong luggage. We see Becca at the luggage shop climbing on suitcases to reach one. Becca is a rock climbing instructor and she says she’s an enthusiastic, fun-loving, and goofy. She’s wearing a “fun meter” and she says it’s pretty much always in the red zone. If her partner isn’t into the fun thing, then what are they doing there?

 

Liz is an auctioneer and says she can be in the city, but she’d rather be out on the farm with her horse. She’s wearing boots and she says these boots were made for walking, not running. She’s a fifth generation auctioneer, and whoever is partnered up with her better be ready to enjoy the ride because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

 

Michael is a butcher and says his appearance is his secret weapon. He started growing his beard the day after he stopped his last job and that was over three years ago. He now owns and operates a butcher shop with his wife and his IQ is right around 140, so don’t judge a book by its cover.

 

People start coming in and checking their luggage with Phil. He checks to make sure it’s correct and then has them get in line. Olive is a Providence firefighter and rides one of the busiest firetrucks in the country. She says she gets some funny looks, but she’s always trying to challenge herself and she definitely thinks she’s going to win the Amazing Race because she’s a maniac and she’s willing to do whatever it takes.

 

Joey has the wrong luggage and has to come back. Joey is a police sergeant and says he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was born the third of four kids to a single parent and he grew up in the projects in Boston. He’s had to work hard for pretty much everything he’s had and today he’s a police sergeant. He’s looking for the luggage and says to himself no one will want to be his partner. He likes to drink beer, that’s one of his weaknesses. He makes it back with the correct bag.

 

Phil says welcome back everybody. You all are standing in the order that you finished this particular challenge. Seth that puts you in a very powerful position because you get the first pick and your first pick is who? Seth looks down the line and picks Olive who came in two spots behind him. Phil asks why he picked Olive and Seth says she’s probably a better dancer than him and she was the first lady to arrive. Olive says when Seth picked her, she was excited because he was the first finished and she knew he was going to be a strong competitor.

 

Matt gets the next pick and picks Redmond. Matt says Redmond seems like a guy who believes in himself and when the going gets tough he will not give up. Redmond says Matt is obviously really fast and he’s really smart because he chose him.

 

Shamir picks Sara. Scott selects Brooke. Becca picks Floyd. Ashton is a residential real estate agent and she tells us what she’s looking for in a race partner is someone who brings even more visible strength to the relationship. So a guy that would be taller and stronger than her would be great. Vanck picks Ashton. Tara picks Joey. London gets the next pick and chooses Logan. Jenn picks Kevin. Michael picks Liz, leaving Jessie and Francesca.

 

Phil says their first clue is inside the luggage in front of them and hidden in one of these pieces of luggage is the one and only express pass. When I say go, run out of the park, grab a taxi to Los Angeles International Airport, there are two flights to your first destination. So if you want to get on that first flight, which gets there sooner, you’re going to need to hustle. Now one more thing. Jessie and Francesca, since neither one of you got to pick a teammate, I’m going to take you to the airport. They ride with him. Is everybody ready to race? The world is waiting for you. Good Luck! Travel safe! Go!

 

Everyone is running to get to a taxi. They start opening their luggage. Floyd has the express pass and Becca celebrates with him. They all begin opening their clues and they are going to Panama City. Logan is a sales rep for a surgical company. London is an artist. Scott tells Brooke he’s gay and she says team Will and Grace. Matt and Redmond are the first to the airport and are first on the flight. Becca and Floyd are second on the flight. Scott and Brooke are third on the flight. London and Logan are the fourth on the flight. Seth and Olive are the last team on the first flight.

 

Everyone else is on the second flight and Liz and Michael are the last to the airport. Olive says she loves cops, but her mom always told her to never date a cop. Someone asks since she’s with a cop if there’s a romance going on and she says she doesn’t think she’s his type. Seth has told Olive he’s gay and Olive has a roommate who’s gay so Seth thinks they’ll get along. All teams are now flying from Los Angeles to the country that’s known as the Bridge of the World, Panama. When they land, they’ll need to pick up a rental car and then navigate their way to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal.

 

The first flight has landed and all teams are headed to their first stop. Seth and Olive figured out they’re going the wrong way and turn around. Brooke and Scott have stopped and asked for directions. London and Logan have also stopped and asked for directions. All the first teams to land seem to be lost.

 

Olive says she could not be as calm as Seth and they have reached the destination first. Phil is at there and says this is the Panama Canal, a 15 mile stretch of water that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and where Seth and Olive will pick up their first clue in Panama. Route info: Drive to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center in Gamboa and search for your clue at the canopy tower. Floyd and Becca reach the first clue second. Scott and Brooke get there and celebrate and say they’ve been lost for three hours and they can’t believe they’re not in last place.

 

London and Logan are 4th to reach the clue, followed by Matt and Redmond in 5th. We see the second flight has landed and they are headed to the Locks. Seth and Olive are at their second destination and going to search for their clue. They have reached the first Detour: Shoot or Scoot. Both sides of the detour require teams to use a traditional dugout canoe that has evolved into a high tech racing machine. Shoot: Gliding down the Chagres River in a traditional canoe, teams must use a bow and arrow to knock over two silver fish to receive their next clue. Scoot: Powering their way along a course on a sleek, modern canoe teams must go head to head against a professional team to try and win their next clue.

 

Seth and Olive select Scoot. Becca and Floyd decide to Shoot. Brook and Scott also decide to Shoot. Joey realizes they are going North and they have to turn around. Jenn tells us her Spanish is actually better when she’s drunk because that’s when she learned her Spanish. Seth picks a team to compete against. If Seth and Olive lose, then they get a head start the second try and a further head start the third try.

 

Seth says their competitors were very skilled rowers and pulled away immediately. Seth started to think they picked the wrong detour. Brook and Scott and Becca and Floyd are on the canoes attempting to shoot the fish. Becca is just missing but Scott is struggling to properly shoot the bow. Becca gets her first fish. Scott and Brooke decide to switch detours. Olive is frustrated with their task. London and Logan have arrived at the detour.

 

Seth and Olive are on their third attempt and they completed the task. Route info: Make their way to the next pitstop. Phil says the Cinta Costera is the coastal beltway that wraps around Panama City, allowing access from one end of the city to the other. Teams will find me here, under this enormous Panamanian flag. The last team to check in with me here at the mat will be eliminated.

 

Seth and Olive take off. Becca hits her second fish and they get their clue to head to the pit stop. Scott and Brooke make their first attempt and fail. Brooke says they started out well and she’s a better rower than runner and Scott is frustrated and just wants to get through the detour. Michael and Liz have arrived at their first stop at the Locks. Kevin and Jenn are stuck in traffic. London is also struggling to shoot the bow and they decide to change to the other detour. Matt and Redmond have arrived and they are doing Scoot and are making their first attempt. Matt and Redmond got it on their first try.

 

Shamir and Sara are at the detour and so are Vanck and Ashton and Joey and Tara. Liz and Michael are in 10th and heading towards the detour and Jenn and Kevin are lost. Becca and Floyd are singing in the car and Seth and Olive are heading towards the pit stop too. Seth and Olive are the first team to arrive at the mat. Becca and Floyd came in second. Brooke and Scott are on their third attempt and completed the detour. Matt and Redmond came in third at the mat.

 

Scott and Brooke came in fourth. Phil asks them if they think they made a wrong choice and Scott says no but Phil noticed a hesitation. Joey and Tara capsize their canoe, followed by Vanck and Ashton who decide to switch to Shoot. Ashton acknowledges they got on each other’s nerves and are very different people. Vanck shoots first and struggles. Ashton steps up to try and Vanck gives her advice and Ashton tells him to maybe just be quiet so she can try.

 

Ashton and Vanck choose to switch back to Scoot. London and Logan are on their second attempt at Scoot and just lose. Kevin and Jenn are looking for the tower but can’t find it. London and Logan are in 6th, Tara and Joey in 7th, and Vanck and Ashton in 8th. Jessie and Francesca also finish and they are in 9th. Michael and Liz are trying to shoot and they are struggling so they decide to switch to Scoot. Shamir and Sara are 5th at the mat.

 

Kevin and Jenn head back towards the tower. Liz and Michael are getting ready to start Scoot and their canoe capsizes. Joey and Tara meet Phil at the mat in 6th. Vanck and Ashton finish as 7th. London and Logan hit the mat in 8th. Kevin and Jenn have finally found the tower and decide to Scoot. Liz and Michael are on their first attempt and they did not do well and end up capsizing again.

 

Michael says he’s at the end of his rope. He doesn’t think anyone who has run the race hasn’t thought about quitting the challenge ten times in one day because it’s brutal. Liz encourages Michael and they agree to try and finish. Michael says there was no way he was going to quit. They attempt Scoot a second time and fail. Francesca and Jessie hit the mat in 9th. Michael sees Kevin and Jenn have arrived. Michael and Liz are on their third attempt and they complete the task. Kevin and Jenn begin their first attempt while Michael and Liz head out.

 

Jenn and Kevin have to try again. Due to the darkness and safety, the detour has been closed so Kevin and Jenn are given the clue. Kevin and Jenn are the tenth team to arrive at the mat. However, for not completing the detour they’ve incurred a two-hour penalty and they have to wait out the penalty before Phil can check them in. Michael is going the wrong way again. They head the right direction and head to the map. Phil says Liz and Michael, unfortunately you are the last team to arrive. However, Kevin and Jenn incurred a two-hour penalty which they’ve been waiting out and they got there before their penalty was up. Liz and Michael are officially team number ten.

 

Phil calls Kevin and Jenn over to the mat and says he’s sorry to tell them they have been eliminated from the race. Jenn says thank you, they tried their best. They ran as hard as they could and she tells Michael and Liz good job. Jenn says as a team they never fought once and that actually was a major issue. One of them should have stepped up and been more authoritative and that definitely would have been a game changer.

 

This season on the Amazing Race, strangers become teammates as they race through breathtaking countries and face three U-turns. Will first impressions turn into lasting impressions, and who will win the Amazing Race?

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On your mark! Get set! Go! The teams are reflecting on their partners and how well they work together, or what they need to do to move forward. Seth and Olive, the first team to arrive is the first team to leave. They rip the envelope and they need to fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil. They have to book tickets through a travel agent. All teams are now booked on six different flights to Brazil.

 

Vanck and Ashton are on the first flight with Matt and Redmond, Seth and Olive are on a second flight with Shamir and Sara and Brooke and Scott, Liz and Michael are on the third flight, London and Logan are on the fourth flight, Becca and Floyd and Joey and Tara are on the fifth flight, and Jessie and Francesca are on the last flight. Once in Sao Paulo, the teams must make their way to a helipad and sign up for helicopter ride over the congested city to a skyscraper. Then they’ll have to travel to Praca Da Se and pick up their next clue.

 

Ashton and Vanck made an agreement with Matt and Redmond they would do a coin flip when they got to the helipad on who would go first so they wouldn’t kill themselves to get there. Matt and Redmond arrived first and decided not to wait and signed up for the first helicopter flight. Ashton and Vanck are second and asked them about the agreement and Matt says he would have expected them to do the same thing. The rest of the teams arrive in the same basic order as their flights.

 

Matt and Redmond take off first and they are enjoying their flight over Sao Paulo. The teams are looking over the buildings and talking about how excited they are to be in Brazil. Matt and Redmond have arrived at Praca Da Se and hit the detour: Work your feet or keep your beat.

 

Phil says this music is the most recognizable music in Brazil, the Samba. For keep your beat: teams will now find out if they have what it takes to keep up with the beat. They must master two samba instruments and perform a routine with the samba group to get their next clue. Work your feet: This is how you go to the gym, Sao Paulo style. With a highway for a roof, plenty of cheap square footage, and world champion athletes lining up at the door, it makes you wonder why anyone would want to buy a gym membership. Teams must build a work out stations using rudimentary equipment including a refrigerator, a giant truck tire, tin cans, and spare auto parts to the exact specifications of heavyweight boxer Flavio Henrique.

 

Matt and Redmond decide to work their feet. Shamir and Sara decide to keep the beat and Ashton and Vanck choose work their feet. Matt and Redmond look over the example and get started immediately. Shamir and Sara are excited and get changed into a uniform to perform in and begin to learn the instruments. Seth and Olive choose work their feet and Liz and Michael choose to keep the beat. Matt and Redmond are working well together. London and Logan decide to keep the beat and Brooke and Scott choose to work their feet. Matt and Redmond are looking things over and they think they are done. Flavio says they are not done. They forgot the water in the barrel. Ashton and Vanck have arrived and Liz and Michael arrived at the keep the beat. Sara didn’t stop when she was supposed to so they have to try again. Matt realizes they forgot the water in the barrel and go to correct it.

 

Seth and Olive arrive at the work their feet detour. Matt and Redmond ask for another check and Flavio checks the amount of water and gives the thumbs up. Matt and Redmond rip the envelope and they have to make their way to the Avenida Paulista and find the marked bicycle. Brooke takes a spill running and bruises her elbow. She says pain is temporary, elimination is forever.

 

Seth and Olive and Ashton and Vanck are still working on their gym stations. Shamir and Sara are on their second attempt and Shamir forgot to stop this time. Becca and Floyd decide to keep the beat and Tara and Joey pick work their feet. Ashton and Vanck got their water and are trying to block it so Seth and Olive can’t see it. Ashton and Vanck think they are done and ask for a check and they are done. They get their clue and grab their bags. Seth and Olive ask for a check and they are also finished.

 

Brooke and Scott get to the work your feet detour and Brooke is having difficulty helping life things. Michael and Liz and London and Logan are ready for their first try at keeping the beat and Shamir and Sara are on their third attempt. London and Liz weren’t holding their instrument correctly so they have to try again. Shamir and Sara completed theirs and get their clue. Jessie and Francesca are behind and they are trying to stay positive. London messed up again and they will have to retry. Michael and Liz successfully complete their task and get to move on. Tara and Joey arrive at work your feet. Becca and Floyd have reached the keep the beat and Floyd says being a drum major is about keeping the beat. Matt and Redmond are still struggling to find the marked bicycle. Vanck and Ashton are the first to reach and find the bicyclist.

 

Road Block: Who likes things squeaky clean? Phil tells us Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America with more than 5,000 high rise buildings, and all of them need their windows cleaned. After rappelling down the side of a building teams must thoroughly wash a marked window. When their window is squeaky clean, they will receive their next clue. Ashton decides to do the road block. Jessie and Francesca finally reach the detour and decide to keep the beat.

 

London and Logan complete keep the beat and get their clue. Becca and Floyd are making their first attempt and successfully complete it. Brooke and Scott get their gym area checked and they are done leaving Tara and Joey alone. Liz and Michael reach the bicyclist and Liz is going to do the road block. Tara and Joey are done with their gym and move on. Shamir and Scott are going to do the road blocks. Scott has a fear of heights and falling and he’s nervous and getting emotional.

 

Scott is really nervous and starts to rappel. Brooke is yelling encouragement and says she’s proud of him. Seth and Redmond are both also doing the road block. Francesca and Jessie are practicing for keep the beat. Redmond is getting a little frustrated but he says he’ll get it. Seth asks for a check and he is told no and he has to rappel all the way down and start over at the top. Liz finishes and gets her clue. Ashton also gets hers done. Becca is going to do the road block. Liz and Michael rip the envelope and they have to find the next pit stop in the urban rainforest.

 

Phil tells us Trianon Park is a rain forest located in the middle of one of the world’s biggest cities. Teams must find me in the middle of this lush 11-acre reserve. The last team to jump on the mat may be eliminated. Liz and Michael grab a cab and Vanck tells Ashton they can run. Tara is going to do the road block and she says people would be surprised if they knew she had been a paratrooper. Scott is mumbling to himself saying he can do this. Logan is going to do the road block. Michael says they are racing for first and Liz tells him to carry her bag.

 

The race for the mat is on. Welcome to Sao Paulo Brazil. Liz and Michael hit the mat. Phil says you arrived on the third flight, you went past five teams, and you are team number 1. As the winners of this leg of the race, you have won a trip for Travelocity and you are going to Barbados. Michael says they crushed it and they want to keep the momentum. Ashton and Vanck hit the mat second. Ashton is glad they beat Matt and Redmond.

 

Redmond finishes his window and get his clue. Jessie and Francesca complete their detour and are excited. Matt and Redmond hit the mat in third place. Shamir missed a spot and has to go down and start back over. Shamir thinks his harness is too tight. He goes back and he doesn’t last long before saying he’s in pain and he needs to get down and he hits the window and breaks it. He says he feels like he’s bleeding and asks for a doctor and an ambulance. They close the door on the cameras and Sara is concerned.

 

Logan says Shamir at the road block got a little “testy”, no pun intended, he was definitely losing his temper because of the injuries he was experiencing. Seth and Olive are fourth on the mat. Scott finished the road block and is excited he did it. Becca finishes right after, then Logan, then Tara. They all take off together and Brooke says she’ll keep up as much as she can but her arm is hurt. Shamir emerges from the ambulance and dances in the hall as he goes back up. Jessie and Francesca and the bicyclist rides just past them. The bicyclist passes them again and Sara sends them down the block to buy time for them. Brooke and Scott race Becca and Floyd for the mat. Scott hit the mat first but Becca and Floyd hit the mat before Brooke. Becca and Floyd are fifth and Scott and Brooke are sixth. Tara and Joey are team number seven, and London and Logan are team number eight.

 

Shamir does not complete his window again and has to go back down. Jessie and Francesca finally see the bicyclist and Shamir is taking a break. Francesca is going for her first attempt at the window. Sara is frustrated with Shamir. Francesca and Shamir are racing to finish and Francesca failed and has to do it again. Shamir finally completed his task. Sara and Shamir are running for a cab. Francesca is going down for her next attempt. Shamir and Sara hit the mat in ninth and he complains to Phil about the harness and his pain. Phil asks if he has worn a harness before and Shamir says no. Shamir is mad and Phil can tell and Sara is emotional and Shamir says he’s not mad at her. Jessie and Francesca finally hit the mat and Phil tells them he’s sorry to tell them they are the last team to arrive and they have been eliminated from the race.

 

On the next episode of The Amazing Race, teams visit the island of Zanzibar where Shamir and Sara’s problems persist and the U-turn gets teams seeing red.

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As we start the episode we see Sara and Shamir after the previous leg walking up and greeting the other racers. Sara tells us that she told herself that whoever her partner was she was going to make the best out of the experience. However, she thinks she’s being tested because they were welcomed by everyone and then he goes in a corner and starts talking about his junk again. He is talking to Scott and Joey talking about the harness. Tara tells us she is happy with her partner and Scott says he and his partner are learning each other’s personality.

 

Ready, Set, Go! Michael and Liz rip their envelope and they are going to fly to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Phil tells us Liz and Michael will be the first to fly more than 6,000 miles to the east coast of Africa and the nation of Tanzania. Once there, they must head to Askari Monument, a statue commemorating the African soldiers that fought in World War I. Teams will find their next clue nearby buried in the news. They have $320 for this leg of the race. Caution: Blind Double U-Turn ahead.

 

Vanck and Ashton head out second and Matt and Redmond and in third. Seth and Olive leave in fourth. Ashton says her initial thought is to U-Turn Matt and Redmond. Matt tells Redmond they need to get Ashton and Vanck back on their side in case they are in front of them, that’s the only team he’s worried about. Ashton recalls their agreement leaving Panama about flipping the coin to see who would be first and second at the helipad. Ashton doesn’t like it when people screw her over.

 

Becca and Floyd leave in fifth and Brooke and Scott leave in sixth. Tara and Joey are in seventh and Tara tells us if they have to use the U-Turn then they will because they aren’t here to make best friends, she’s here to win money for her family. London and Logan leave in eighth, and Shamir and Sara are the last to leave in ninth. Everyone is on the same flight.

 

They all head to find a taxi and they are off. Logan says this is bucket list type stuff, he never thought he’d be in Tanzania. They all find a newspaper stand and are looking for their clue in the newspaper. They go to buy tickets and Matt and Redmond skipped everyone in line because a new window opened up and others got upset. They are going to Zanzibar via a ferry. They all head for a cab and they know there is a U-Turn directly ahead.

 

Phil tells us teams are about to face a blind U-Turn, the first opportunity that teams have to slow down another team forcing them to perform both sides of the detour. Michael says there are unlimited U-Turns this season so they are going to use it. Tara and Joey are the first there and they U-Turn Seth and Olive. Vanck and Ashton chose to U-Turn Matt and Redmond.

 

Detour: Build it or Weave it. Build it: Phil tells us it doesn’t matter where you go in the world, education is a priority. And here in Tanzania, school supplies and desks are in short supply. Teams can now help supply a valuable seat for the students by piecing together these donated supplies. When the carpenter approves of their handy work, they must deliver the desk to a classroom for a quick Swahili lesson. Weave it: Phil explains there are more than a million plastic bags used around the world every minute. These toxic bags are now banned on the island of Zanzibar. Locals have replaced them with a green, sustainable solution made with coconut leaves. Each team must weave two baskets to get their next clue. To reach both detours, teams will travel across the bay in a traditional sailing vessel called a Dhow.

 

Tara and Joey, Ashton and Vanck, and Michael and Liz all choose build it. Brooke and Scott and Becca and Floyd run up and see they aren’t U-Turned. Matt and Redmond arrive and they see they have been. Brooke and Scott and Becca and Floyd choose build it. London and Logan choose weave it. Matt and Redmond say they can handle it and say they are going to get Vanck and Ashton. Seth and Olive arrive and see they too, have been U-Turned. Shamir and Sara arrive. Matt and Redmond are behind Vanck and Ashton and they say they’re going to get them and Ashton tells them they should have been nice to begin with. Redmond tells Vanck to look at him and he hopes he’s scared, because he should be scared. Redmond says you only U-Turn if you’re weak so they are weak. They have to wade through the water to get to the Dhow. The other teams are talking about Redmond being mad and the way he was talking to Vanck.

 

Redmond says they are just afraid of them because they are so strong and Vanck and Ashton are a weak, pathetic team. Ashton says he’s trying to be hateful and aggressive and he’s trying to get inside of their heads right now. Seth and Olive discuss they are going to be neck and neck with Redmond and Matt. Matt calls out and asks if Tara and Joey U-Turned Seth and Olive and Joey denies it. Matt says you’re lying, you had to have U-Turned them. Seth and Olive don’t want Matt and Redmond to see them because it will only push them to go faster so they go to build it and Matt and Redmond go to weave it.

 

Shamir says he’s not good at building things and his sister builds all of his IKEA stuff. Michael is taking the lead with his and Liz’s desk. Matt and Redmond stop to watch a local climbing a tall palm tree to get them some tools to do the weaving. They realize the weaving is going to be hard. The local is showing off jumping on the tree and London and Logan are impressed. London is confident she can weave quickly because she is an artist. Brooke is getting frustrated with her project. Shamir got a splinter. London says she thought she would be good at it but she’s freaking out a little bit. London and Logan decide to switch and go to build it.

 

Becca notices Brooke is very negative and she says her team is trying to stay positive. Liz says she is glad Michael is her partner and they call for a check. It is no good and Liz notices there is a peg missing. Seth and Olive call for a check and they are approved and go to deliver the desk. Liz and Michael call for a second check and they are approved. Matt is working on finishing on his first basket and Redmond is still working on the second one. Liz and Michael struggle and a piece falls off. Brooke and Scott call for a check and they are missing a piece. Shamir is getting frustrated because others are ahead of them. Seth and Olive make their delivery and they sit at the desk because they have to learn four phrases. They have to learn Habari njema which means Good News. The second is Safari njema which means Good travels. The third phrase is Asante sana which means Thank you very much. The final phrase is Kwaherini which means Goodbye. Seth and Olive head to the baskets.

 

Redmond says he thinks Seth and Olive will get to the basket station first and they didn’t want to be against them in a U-Turn. Redmond thinks Seth might not do well with the basket. Tara and Joey have delivered their desk and Tara says the children are so beautiful. Liz and Michael are making their delivery, but Liz is struggling. Liz struggles with the phrases and the kids are giggling. Liz and Michael finish and are leaving first. Matt and Redmond take their baskets to be checked out and they are good and head to the building task. Tara and Joey finish their phrases and are leaving in second. Matt and Redmond showed up expecting to be last and alone and they weren’t. Brooke and Scott are making their delivery. Vanck and Ashton get their approval, as do Becca and Floyd. London and Logan get their approval and they are off to make the delivery. Shamir is snapping at Sara.

 

Roadblock: Who’s ready to do some market research? Phil tells us due to lack of refrigeration, most locals buy their dinner fresh daily in vibrant market places. Following a shopping list, teams must purchase an assortment of local items, then deliver it all to the family chef for their next clue. Joey and Michael decide to do it for their teams. They are given the lists in Swahili and need Nyanaya chungu (a pepper), Pomelo (a melon), Mchicha (lettuce), Mkonowatembo (Bananas), Haluwa (, and Tungule Dogo (Tomatoes). Joey is worried about the language issue.

 

Seth and Olive are trying to stay calm. Vanck and Ashton are learning their phrases and they learn Habari Yako which means How are you? Becca and Floyd get their clue and head out. Shamir and Sara are still working on their desk and still arguing. Matt and Redmond call for a check and get the approval. Olive says they need to hurry up because she is getting stressed. Shamir is yelling at Sara to hurry up because if Seth and Olive finish the weaving, then they are last.

 

Back at Darajani Market, Michael and Joey are still shopping the market. Joey is frustrated, but Michael seems to be enjoying the experience. Vanck and Ashton have arrived and Vanck is going to do the shopping. Shamir and Sara are approved with their desk and they are going to make the delivery but they are struggling to even pick up the desk and they are not working together well. Seth and Olive are almost finished. Floyd, London, and Brooke are doing the shopping for their teams and they decide to work together. Vanck has gotten some help from some locals and he is getting most of his items. Vanck and Joey are haggling over the prices for their items. Matt is going to do the shopping for his team. Joey thinks he has everything and is taking his items to the chef. Tara has her fingers crossed. Joey is missing one item and has to go back. Michael is looking for his last item. Shamir and Sara finally delivering their desk and they head out to the market.

 

Seth and Olive are getting their baskets checked and they are done and they head off to the market as well. Michael delivered his items and they are all correct and they rip the envelope and are ready to make their way to the next pit stop. Phil tells us Zanzibar is famous for its rooftop hotels. This one, the Emerson on Hurumzi, built in the 1870s overlooks Stone Town and is now the pit stop for this leg of the race. The last team to check in here may be eliminated. Liz says she is so proud of Michael. Joey has finished and hugs the chef and they head out. Vanck is looking for his last item. Matt only has a few items left. Floyd, London, and Brooke are arguing over how much each spent. Each one got an item for all three while the others were looking for other items and are now arguing over money. Shamir and Sara are running low on money and they have to use their leg money for the items on their shopping list.

 

Liz and Michael are climbing stairs and are the first to arrive at the mat. Phil has great news for them, as the winners of this leg of the race they have won a trip from Travelocity to Amsterdam. Phil says so far they are the best performing team on the race. Vanck is making his delivery and he gets their clue. Matt thinks he is done and is going to check the items and he is finished and they get their clue. Tara and Joey are the second team to arrive at the mat. Floyd is finished and gest his clue. London and Brooke are also finished and they all head out. Seth and Olive have arrived at the market. Sara ran out of money and is going to ask for money back from other places. Olive is also low on money and doing the shopping. The vendor for Sara says he will not give her the money back.

 

Sara has someone translating for her saying she was overcharged and needs some of her money back. The guy who is translating say his brother will give her ten thousand back. Vanck and Ashton hit the mat third and Phil asks about the U-Turn and Ashton says there is some bad blood between them. Matt and Redmond come up right behind and hit the mat fourth and Redmond says they did both detours and still come up four minutes behind them. Matt asks why they U-Turned them and Ashton says they made the most sense because they lied to their faces and Redmond says they didn’t. Redmond says this is cool because he didn’t think he’d have any drama. He says everyone likes them except for her. Redmond says he likes Vanck, he just doesn’t like Ashton. Ashton says she has plenty of friends. Becca and Floyd are fifth and Phil asks where the fun meter is and Floyd says off the chart. Olive pays in Brazilian currency and explains how much it is U.S. and the vendor says he doesn’t know what the money is. Sara is done and goes to make her delivery. London and Logan are sixth place and Brooke and Scott are seventh place.

 

Sara gets her clue and they head out and they ask if a driver can take them for free because they have no money. Olive is coming out to make her delivery and Seth says they are going to try to run to the pit stop and see if it’s faster. The vendors that received the Brazilian money are following Olive and she explains why to Seth and says she has no more money. Seth says they have to settle it before they can check-in. Olive says she explained they can exchange the money at the corner. Becca and Floyd when they checked in thought they had their passports. Since then they have discovered they do not have them and Phil cannot check them in until they have their passports. Phil tells them whatever you need to do, go do it. Floyd had gotten the taxi driver’s business card and he says they need to call him. Becca says he’s an idiot because he didn’t zip his fanny pack. Sara and Shamir are looking for the pit stop and Seth and Olive are running to the pit stop. Becca is making a phone call to the taxi driver. The driver has their passports and gives them to Floyd. Shamir and Sara are checking in as team number seven. Becca and Floyd are back and Floyd shows them the passports and they check in 8th place. Phil tells them if they lose the passport the race is over. Seth and Olive make their way to the mat looking disappointed, tired, and dejected. Phil tells them they are the last team to arrive and they have been eliminated from the race.

 

Next week on a two-hour episode of The Amazing Race, Vanck and Ashton work on their communications and Brooke hits her breaking point.

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Eight teams remain, who will be eliminated next? Ready, set, Go! Vanck and Ashton at the pit stop and Ashton and talking about it was a good day. Matt and Redmond come in and Ashton says weak teams finished in second and third and there’s still a little friction between the two teams. Matt says hopefully this thing is over and Ashton says it is.

 

Michael and Liz rip their envelope. Stone Town was the center of the spice trade in the 19th century and today is a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s most famous son is Farrokh Bulsara, also known as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen who lived her as a kid. Teams will find their next clue here in his house. Tara and Joey leave second and they aren’t confident the driver knows where he is going. Liz and Michael were told the house was torn down. Tara and Joey get their clue and it’s a detour.

 

Detour: Lock or Knock. The houses of Stone Town are connected with a confusing maze of alleyways that teams will have to navigate either side of the detour. Lock: Zanzibar chests are known for their intricate carvings and brass ornamentation, but what really makes them unique is that they all have a secret compartment. If they can find one with a key inside, they can use it to open this tricky lock and get their next clue. Knock: Zanzibar’s most famous pieces of architecture are the more than 500 one-of-a-kind doors that were designed to represent a family’s social standing and there are only three royal doors in town. These enormous royal doors are distinguished by this carving of a lion, a serpent, and falcon. Teams will have to go door-to-door to retrieve three wood carvings and then bring them to the shop on Gazanga Street for their next clue.

 

Tara and Joey decide to do knock and they are knocking on every single door. Tara found one. Vanck and Ashton and Matt and Redmond head out. Liz and Micahel are at the wrong location and looking in rocks for a clue. They go and ask for help and get directions. London and Logan and Brooke and Scott take off. Liz and Michael have chosen to do Lock. Tara and Joey are still knocking on random doors. They find the Lock detour and decide to switch. Vanck and Ashton decide to do Knock because they have a map. London and Logan and Matt and Redmond and Brooke and Scott all choose Lock. Michael quickly found there was a secret compartment so he’s caught on. Vanck and Ashton are still trying to find Knock and get directions. Vanck wants to look at a map to make sure they are right and Ashton wants to go and they have a little argument.

 

Becca and Floyd and Shamir and Sara have taken off to find the Freddie Mercury house. Liz finds a key and they begin looking for a lock that matches the tag on the key. Michael unlocks their lock and they have their clue. Phil tells us teams are leaving the islands of Zanzibar and heading back to the mainland of Tanzania to the city of Dar Es Salaam, where they’ll need to find a metal shop. Liz and Michael go for their taxi. Tara and Joey switch back to the Knock detour and Joey thinks they are making a mistake.

 

Vanck and Ashton are having trouble with the royal doors and Vanck wants to switch and Ashton is refusing. They are arguing and someone helps them by telling them where doors are and how to identify them. Becca and Floyd decide to do lock and Shamir and Sara decide to do Knock. Tara and Joey are arguing over the royal doors and Tara asks for assistance and a guy tells her what to look for. Vanck and Ashton have found their first door and retrieved their first item. Everyone in the lock detour is struggling to find the keys.

 

Brooke is looking through doors and she finally realizes there is a hidden compartment and some of the other teams are looking to figure it out and Matt and Redmond figure it out as well. Matt and Redmond have opened their lock and head out. Brooke and Scott are struggling to open their lock. Vanck and Ashton have all three of their items and go to get their clue. Shamir and Sara have two of their items. Tara and Joey are still bickering with each other still looking for their doors. Tara and Joey have found their second item. London and Logan are getting frustrated. Becca is trying to figure out how they found those keys. Brooke found a second key and that opened their lock. Becca asked if they could have the other key and Scott gave it to them.

 

Shamir and Sara struggle to find their third door and they start bickering. Vanck and Ashton have their clue and head to the ferry. Brooke and Scott and Becca and Floyd are at the ferry terminal getting tickets. Tara and Joey have their three items and get their clue. Shamir and Sara are still trying to find the last door and bickering. London and Logan are just looking around and not really looking in the chests. They leave to do Knock and ask about the royal doors. When they came back outside, there was a woman who knew where all three doors were and gives them directions.

 

The teams at the ferry are figuring out who’s missing and they hope if one of them doesn’t make the ferry it takes the pressure off of them. London and Logan have found their first item and Shamir and Sara are still bickering. London and Logan have their second item. Sara asks for help and someone tells her the Sultan’s palace. Shamir asks to switch detours. London and Logan have their last item. The ferry is pulling up to pick up the teams that are waiting. London and Logan make the ferry. Everyone has made the ferry except Shamir and Sara. The ferry is leaving and Shamir and Sara have missed the ferry.

 

We come back to Shamir and Sara still wondering the alleys and Shamir is very frustrated. They finally make it to Lock and they are still arguing. Shamir wants to at least try this challenge because he’s followed Sara all day. The ferry is pulling up to Dar Es Salaam and all the teams are off looking for a taxi. The teams have quickly found the metal shop.

 

Roadblock: These skilled craftsmen can turn aluminum sheets like this into just about anything, including these popular ladle strainers. Working in this ear-splitting cooperative workshop, teams must cut, punch, and pound metal into this useful cooking utensil. When their work meets the standards of Secretary Mohammed, he’ll serve up the next clue.

 

Becca and Vanck both decide to do the road block. Brooke is going to do the road block for her team, Michael is going to do it, and Joey. Redmond is also doing the road block for his team. Michael is impressed with the craftsmen and their talent. Brook is frustrated and doesn’t think she can do it. Logan is doing it for his team. Vanck is struggling a little bit and asking a lot of questions. Brooke is frustrated and crying and saying she can’t do it. Shamir and Sara are still looking through chests and saying they are dead last. Shamir has found the hidden compartment and finds a key and quickly opens their lock. They find the clue and head out to the ferry.

 

At the roadblock, Brooke is still upset and frustrated and she goes to Scott and tells him he has to tell her she can do it because she doesn’t think she has the strength. She asks Becca for help and Becca helps her cut the circle because they helped them with the key. Vanck is struggling a bit and says it’s not easy work. Becca finishes cutting the metal for Brooke and says they are even and Becca goes back to her own ladle. Shamir and Sara are now on a ferry and headed to the mainland. Joey takes his for a check but they said the edges are too rough.

 

Brooke is panicking again because she can’t get the holes in the metal and Redmond shows her how to do it and he tells her to calm down. Redmond takes his for a check and Joey follows right after. Redmond is told no and the holes aren’t good. Joey is successful and has completed the road block. Becca takes hers for a check. Tara and Joey get the clue and rip it open.

 

Pit stop: This is Dar Es Salaam’s favorite place to go for a swim, Coco Beach, and now the pit stop for this leg of the race. The last team to check in here at the mat may be eliminated. Becca is finished with her and they are headed to the pit stop. Vanck is piecing his ladle together. Brooke is still upset and saying she can’t do it. Shamir and Sara are still on the ferry and Sara says they haven’t given up yet because you never know what can happen.

 

Tara and Joey are team number one and as winners of this leg of the race, they have won $5000 each. Becca and Floyd arrive second on the mat. Michael has successfully completed his ladle and they get their clue. Michael goes to give a little assistance to Brooke, offer support, and tells her she can do this. Logan has completed his ladle and Redmond is right behind. Brooke is taking hers for a check so they can tell her it’s bad. Brooke says they will have to take a penalty. They tell her no and tell her the holes aren’t good and edge is rough. Vanck takes his for a check and he has completed his. Michael and Liz are team number 3 and Matt and Redmond are team number 4. London and Logan are team number 5. Shamir and Sara are headed to the metal shop. Brooke goes to haves her checked again and she is begging please let it be good.

 

Brooke apologizes to Scott and says she is trying so hard. They give her the ok and her ladle is complete. Brooke celebrates. Vanck and Ashton hit the mat in sixth. Shamir is doing the road block for his team. Brooke and Scott check in as team number seven. Brooke says she is so grateful to the other teams because without them she just would not have finished. Sara tells Shamir to stay focused, she knows he will not give up. Phil comes to the road block to see them and says it’s a tough day and a long way. Phil says he’s sorry to tell them all the other teams have checked into the mat and they have been eliminated from the race.

 

On the next episode of The Amazing Race, Norway has Liz and Michael going the wrong way and team fun going one way, straight down.

 

Liz and Michael say they are getting along great. Tara and Joey rip their envelope. Phil tells us Tara and Joey will be the first to fly from the continent of Africa 5,000 miles north to Europe and the kingdom of Norway, home to the highest concentration of fjords in the world. When they arrive in Alesund, they will drive to Hogsteinen Fyr Lighthouse and be treated to rock fish, something locals just can’t get enough of. Tara says they are glad they did well last leg, but they have no idea who has the express pass. Becca and Floyd are behind with the express pass and say it has to be used by leg 5 and they want a first place today. Liz says it’s getting a little bit cutthroatish.

 

All the teams are on the same flight headed to Alesund, Norway. The teams are remarking how beautiful it is as they drive. Michael is nervous they are going the wrong way so they stop and ask for directions. There is a fisherman cutting up the rock fish and he tells the teams when they finish their plate, they get their next clue. Brooke doesn’t think she can eat all of it. Becca and Floyd are finished and get their clue. Brooke says she can’t eat it because she can’t breathe.

 

Phil tells us that teams must now drive themselves to the village of Slinningen and search for the Slinningsbalet. There is also a fast forward in the envelope and Becca and Floyd want to do it. Phil says Becca and Floyd have decided to try for the Fast Forward which begins with a trip in a helicopter. What they don’t know is that the fast forward requires them to do a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet. It’s called Jump for Joy.

 

Brooke and Scott wanted to do the Fast Forward but they see Becca and Floyd. Vanck is checking their map before they head out and Brooke and Scott follow them because they don’t have a map. Brooke and Scott are bickering in their car because she wants him to drive faster and not lose them.

 

Brooke and Scott have lost Vanck and Ashton and they aren’t sure where they are going and Brooke wants to stop and ask for directions and Scott doesn’t want to stop because they’ll be in last. Floyd and Becca are flying over a valley and Floyd says they won’t have to use their express pass and ruin trust with other teams because they kept it a secret. Matt and Redmond and Tara and Joey are at the Roadblock: Who wants to help break a world record?

 

Road block: Every year, Norwegians attempt to break their own world record for the tallest hand stacked bonfire, made with about 31,000 wooden pallets that are stacked about 13 stories high creating this rickety tower. One person must carefully climb to the top, then place and nail down a pallet so this place is ready to be lit up.

 

Joey says he’ll do it and Matt is going to do it. Ashton and Vanck arrive and Ashton wants to do it. Matt is climbing quickly and Joey is a bit slower because he has a slight fear of heights. Scott is going to do this task and London is going to do it. Matt has reached the top and is nailing down his pallet. Liz is going to do this road block. Matt heads back down and Joey has reached the top. Matt and Redmond rip their envelope and it’s time for the detour.

 

Detour: Trolls or Troll. Trolls: according to a fairy tale, an evil professor was responsible for the great fire of Alesund in 1904. When the town was rebuilt, these little trolls were trapped in the building. Teams must search for fire trolls like this around town, and then recite a spell to free them. They’ll be rewarded with a giant firework. When they collect six rockets, they’ll find out the name of the next pit stop. Troll: One of the great things about living in Alesund is that you get to go fishing from the comfort of your own home. Teams must kayak through this canal and check the lures of local fisherman until they figure out they’ve found one with the name of the next pit stop.

 

Matt and Redmond decide to Troll and they say Becca is going to be bummed she missed out. Floyd says he’ll do anything right now for the Fast Forward. They land on a strip and find out they’re going skydiving. Joey is at the top nailing his pallet and he heads back down. Ashton has reached the top and Scott and London are neck and neck. Tara and Joey also choose Troll. Liz is a bit behind but she catches up and she reaches the top with Scott and London. Ashton is headed back down and almost to the bottom. Ashton and Vanck decide to do Trolls. Scott and London are back down at the bottom and Liz is about halfway down. Ashton has lost her fanny pack and they don’t have their map. Ashton goes back and grabs her pack. Liz and Michael decide to do Trolls.

 

Matt and Redmond are kayaking quickly and checking lures. Becca and Floyd are heading back up for the skydive and they are both scared but they are ready. Matt and Redmond find an orange lure but they toss it back. Tara and Joey are there to kayak and they are looking. Joey has found it and they read it. Tara looks at another one just to make sure. Tara isn’t sure if it is right and Joey says it is. Matt and Redmond are still looking. Joey says they found the clue but they weren’t sure what to do with it. Vanck and Ashton are at their detour and get their instructions. Liz and Michael see the kayak challenge and Michael wants to do that but Liz doesn’t want to. Brooke and Scott have arrived at the Trolls challenge as well. London and Logan have also arrived.

 

Vanck and Ashton have found the first one and they recite the riddle and get their first rocket. They quickly find their second Troll and get their second rocket and they decide to take them back to the story teller so they don’t have to carry them around. London and Logan and Brooke and Scott are working together. London and Logan and Brooke and Scott both have their first firework. Michael and Liz are starting to argue.

 

Michael and Liz are arguing over directions and Michael doesn’t want to do the challenge. Liz is staying calm and giving directions and they find their first rocket. Liz leads him around the corner to find the second and Michael apologizes. Ashton and Vanck are driving for their third troll and find the building and bicker if they’re at the right place. Ashton is looking for their third troll and Brooke and Scott and London and Logan come up while they are looking. They find their third rockets. Becca and Floyd are doing their tandem skydive. Becca and Floyd land and complete their Fast Forward.

 

Phil tells us after the 1904 fire, Alesund was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style architecture and this view on top of Mount Aksla is the perfect place to take it all in. The last team to check in here with me at the mat may be eliminated.

 

Tara and Joey ask Matt and Redmond if they understand the clue and Matt and Redmond say they don’t have it. Tara and Joey head back so they can go out and ask what Askla is and Tara asks why he told them. Vanck and Ashton have their fourth rocket. Brooke and Scott and London and Logan have their fourth, and Liz and Michael are right behind. Becca and Floyd ask for directions to Mount Aksla. Matt and Redmond and Tara and Joey get directions as well and are headed to the pit stop too. There are a ton of stairs leading up the mat.

 

Joey and Tara are first to hit the mat. Matt and Redmond are team number two. Becca and Floyd get there and Phil says they had the express pass in their pocket and they did the Fast Forward, however they are team number three. They are stunned because they were laughing and happy they thought they would be first. Phil tells them yes, he’s serious.

 

Vanck and Ashton have all 6 of their rockets, Brooke and Scott and London and Logan. Michael and Liz need one more and they are going to grab it on their way back to the story teller. They are all struggling to carry all the rockets. Liz and Michael got theirs and when they go to leave they hit a car. They were going to drive to the Mount instead of climbing the stairs, even though they told the stairs were faster and not that hard.

 

Michael tells the driver of the van he hit them and he says it’s not too bad and he thinks it’s ok. They head back out. Brooke just turned the corner and she is saying she doesn’t know if she can do it. Vanck and Ashton are team number 4. Brooke tells Scott he needs to slow down and Scott tells London and Logan they can head on up. Brooke starts yelling at Scott. London and Logan keep encouraging Brooke. Michael found an elevator and they use it to go up.

 

Brooke needs water and her back hurts. Scott keeps encouraging her. London and Logan are team number five. Phil says Brooke doesn’t look happy and she says just tell me. Brooke and Scott are team number six. Michael and Liz are arguing again in the elevator and Liz says they should go back out, park, and climb the steps. Liz and Michael are the last team to arrive. Phil tells them to lift their heads up because they are still racing and he has their next clue. Phil says keep on racing, don’t give up because they can still win the race. Liz says there’s a lot of negativity and Michael says it goes both ways and Liz says she didn’t do anything. Phil says they have to work it out and work together. They still argue for another minute or two and Michael says he is done and Liz says that’s it, she’s done and it’s over. To be continued…

 

Next time, on The Amazing Race will Liz and Michael overcome their differences? And when the race heads to Italy, teams face another U-Turn, and their fears.

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Ready? Set…Go! We see Tara and Joey as team number one from the previous leg and we find out they are still racing. Phil tells us Tara and Joey will be the first team to kick start the next leg of the race, flying to the Republic of Italy, known as The Boot. They can purchase tickets on the fast and easy Travelocity Mobile App. After landing in Milan, they must travel to Piazza Fontana where they’ll find their next clue. Phil hands them a phone so they can book their flights.

 

Tara has been there with the military and she speaks a little Italian. They show the various teams booking their flights and we see Liz and Michael at the mat. They are still arguing and bickering. Liz apologizes and Michael isn’t happy and is still arguing. They finally hug it out and Michael says he’s embarrassed by the way he acted and they book their tickets.

 

All teams are headed to the train station so they can head to the airport. Brooke and Scott are confused why they keep ending up at the back of the pack. They have decided Ashton and Vanck are the targets to U-Turn. Everyone has talked about it and they want to Ashton and Vanck because they rub people the wrong way and they aren’t as social. They also agree they would block out a second U-Turn option so Ashton and Vanck could not U-Turn someone else.

 

All teams are now in Italy and running for taxis. Tara and Joey are the first to arrive and it’s a roadblock. Roadblock: Who’s hungry for their next clue? Italy is known for its amazing culinary delights, but what makes the experience really special in this restaurant is that you’re treated to a moving view. This mobile restaurant offers pleasures of the palate while travelling through the heart of Milan. Teams must try to spot three different words: Cernobbio, Concordia, and Lago. And they must do it while completing one lap around the city. And just to make things interesting, they’ll need to polish off this meal as they go.

 

Liz and Michael have arrived at the roadblock as well. Tara is doing the roadblock, as is Michael. Vanck, Scott, Floyd, and Redmond make the second tram. Logan has to wait until the next tram because there is a four-person limit on each tram. London is upset because they are in last.

 

Tara missed the first word, but Michael seen it and spells it for her. The guys on the second tram have all seen the first word. Michael gives Tara the second word as well. The second tram also has the second word and they are looking for the last word. Logan is still waiting for a tram. Scott believes he found the third word. Tara and Michael have all three words. Tara gets her clue first and Phil tells us Lake Como is Italy’s most popular lake, a romantic destination featured in numerous films. And this beautiful lakeside town, Cernobbio, is where teams will find out they’re in for a big night. Michael gets his clue right after Tara.

 

Logan is getting on the tram and going to look for his words. Scott says the words are in Italian so he’s not sure he has them all correct. Vanck missed a word and has to go back again, Scott also doesn’t have them correct and has to go again. Floyd is also wrong. Redmond was the last to try and he is also incorrect. Logan has two of the words he’s sure on, but he has two others written down and he’s not sure which is correct. Logan chose the one wrong word of the two others he wrote down so they all get back on the tram for their second trip.

 

Tara and Joey have arrived at the steamboat to take them to their next stop. There is a banquet on the steamship. Teams are staggered by 5 minute intervals. Tara and Joey will leave at 7. Vanck, Floyd, Scott, and Redmond all have their words and get their clues. Michael and Liz arrive and will leave at 7:05, Becca and Floyd 7:10, Matt and Redmond 7:15, Vanck and Ashton 7:20, Brooke and Scott 7:25. Logan gets back on the last tram and has the words correct. They are the last to get there and will depart at 7:30.

 

They are in the village of Varenna waiting for their departure time to get their next clue. Tara and Joey head out first and Tara asks directions from a taxi driver and they are told it’s three minutes by foot. They are undecided if they are going to use the U-Turn and neither is sure if they want to do it again.

 

Tara and Joey decide not to U-Turn anyone. Detour: Make a Mold or Grab a Hold. Make a Mold: Castello Di Vezio is famous for being haunted and is what inspired artists to create spooky looking ghosts. If they can make one of them appear, they can give up the ghost for their next clue. Grab a Hold: Italy is mostly mountainous and part of Europe’s Alps. The rock from the limestone and granite mountains extends down to the shoreline of Lake Como and attract climbers from all over the world. If teams want to climb for their next clue, they’ll have to make their way up a vertical rock face ninety feet above the ground.

 

Tara and Joey decide to Make a Mold. Michael and Liz are looking for the U-Turn and they use it to U-Turn Vanck and Ashton. They decide to Grab a Hold. Becca and Floyd are heading out and Michael and Liz run by and tell them where to go and tell them to U-Turn Michael and Liz to burn it. Becca and Floyd decide to use their U-Turn on Michael and Liz to ensure Vanck and Ashton get U-Turned and they can’t U-Turn anyone else. Liz and Michael are going the wrong way and Liz stops to ask questions and Michael takes over and tells them which direction they should go. Becca and Floyd are going to Grab a Hold.

 

Matt and Redmond are going to Grab a Hold too. Vanck and Ashton are looking for the clue box. Brooke and Scott have just departed. Tara and Joey are watching a demonstration on how to do a mold. Becca and Floyd asked directions and they went the wrong way. Matt and Redmond arrive and they go the right direction for Grab a Hold. Brooke and Scott head out to Grab a Hold and they’ve seen they aren’t U-Turned and Vanck and Ashton are. London and Logan have gotten to the clue and they are going to make a mold. Brooke and Scott arrive behind Liz and Michael and they celebrate with them on the U-Turn.

 

Matt and Redmond and Becca and Floyd have arrived for their climb. Becca is excited because she’s a climbing instructor. Vanck and Ashton have finally found the U-Turn and their clue and see they have to do both detours and they know they are the only ones who will have to.

 

Teams will now travel in style to the pit stop in a famous Italian regal watercraft known as the Ferrari of the Seas. Phil will be waiting for them in the town of Tremezzo, here in this beautiful park. The last team to check in at the mat may be eliminated. Ashton says they were going to get U-Turned no matter when they arrived. Vanck says we’re not going home until Phil tells us we’re going home. Brooke is getting emotional because she’s scared she won’t be able to do the climb. Matt and Redmond and Becca and Floyd are neck and neck going to the pit stop.

 

Scott is encouraging Brooke and she’s still nervous. London and Logan decide to Make a Mold. Michael is encouraging Liz and he tells her she can pass Brooke. Brooke asks Scott where Liz is and he says she’s fine. Brooke is panicking because she can’t find a hold. She yells at him because she doesn’t think he’s holding the rope firmly enough.

 

Matt and Redmond and Becca and Floyd have all spotted Phil and they know it’s a footrace. Becca and Floyd get off the boat first because of the way their drives pulled up to the platform. Becca and Floyd are team number won and as the winners of this leg of the race, they have won a trip from Travelocity to Argentina. Matt and Redmond are team number two.

 

Tara and Joey finished their mold and London and Logan are just getting started. Brooke is still panicking and yelling at Scott and he tells her where her holds are. Liz gets the clue and she heads back down. Brooke finally gets her clue and yells at Scott to lower her slowly. She says she didn’t know she was being so vocal and Scott looks surprised. Vanck and Ashton run by Liz and Michael and say thanks and they appreciate them. Ashton is doing the climbing.

 

Tara and Joey are team number three. Liz and Michael are team number four and Scott and Brook are team number five. Ashton gets her clue and they head to the other detour. London and Logan have finished the mold and get their clue and head out. Phil asks about the U-Turn and Brooke says there are people you like and want to keep around and Vanck and Ashton are on the B list of people they want around.

 

Ashton says she is proud of them. They were very different but were able to work together. Vanck and Ashton are the last team to arrive and have been eliminated from the race. Phil tells them for whatever reasons, the other teams decided to get rid of them and you just got to a point where you felt like everything was gelling. Ashton says they were really getting there, but this is where the road stop. Ashton is disappointed and mad and sad. Vanck says they were very different, from different backgrounds and they were able to overcome it and begin to work together.

 

On the next episode of The Amazing Race, teams head to Venice, Italy where some carry a tune and others carry a grudge.

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Ready? Set…Go! We see Liz and Michael talking and he’s missing his daughter and she misses her family. Becca and Floyd rip their envelopes and get ready to head to Italy. Phil tells us Italy has more world heritage sites than any other country on earth. Becca and Floyd will be the first to visit perhaps the most famous of them all, Venice. Spread out over 118 isles, 150 canals, and 400 bridges, Venice is known as the floating city and a street sweeper in Piazza San Marco will hand them their next clue.

 

Matt and Redmond head out second and Becca and Floyd have found a stand with tickets for the racers. Becca and Floyd, Matt and Redmond, and Tara and Joey will all be on the first bus to depart. Liz and Michael, Brooke and Scott, and London and Logan will be on the second bus that leaves twenty minutes after the first.

 

The first bus arrives and the first three teams depart. The second bus arrives shortly after and all teams are now taking a four-hour bus ride headed to Venice. Scott says the race is exponentially harder with someone with a glass half empty mindset and he just learned any reaction he has sends her further into negativity. The first bus arrives and they head out to some water taxis. Matt and Redmond are trying to get out front and stay there because they really want first.

 

Tara speaks Italian and explains to Joey what they are looking for, a street sweeper in a green shirt, and he says it has helped she speaks the language. The second bus has arrived and are also on the water taxis. They find Piazza San Marco and Tara and Joey find him first and run away. It’s a detour.

 

Phil tells us it’s early morning in Piazza San Marco, a place where it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture and where teams will choose a detour. Sing It: The international language of music is Italian, something you’ll hear performed around the canals of Venice. If teams can learn this Italian song, and hit all the right notes for a couple in love the mandolin player will give them their next clue. Bring It: If you book a room in Venice, then make sure you pack lightly because getting your luggage to the hotel can be a nightmare. Most hotels can only be accessed by narrow alleyways connected by bridges that require porters to use a special technique to navigate the stairs. Teams will now become porters. They must stack a cart with suitcases, make their way through these narrow passages, and deliver it to the hotel listed on the luggage tags.

 

Tara and Joey and Matt and Redmond decide to do Bring It and Becca and Floyd choose Sing It. London and Logan have arrived and got the clue and run to hide and they decide to do Bring It. Liz and Michael are looking for the clue and walk right by the street sweeper. Brooke and Scott ask London and Logan for help and they just tell them to go towards the square. London and Logan feel bad for not helping them and say they did a bad thing.

 

Brooke and Scott ask Liz and Michael if they found the clue and Michael tells them where the street sweeper is to help them. Scott says to Liz and Michael there is something shady about Logan and London and they decide they won’t help them moving forward. Tara and Joey ask for help and have been looking for the detour on foot, which has taken longer. Matt and Redmond have arrived at the Bring It detour and start stacking the cart. Becca and Floyd have arrived at Sing It and go to dress in costume. Matt and Redmond have their cart stacked and begin looking for the hotel.

 

Matt and Redmond ask for help and she guides them in a different direction and they drop suitcases a few times and have to restack. Matt wonders if they have to go up the steps and Matt says probably not. They go over some steps and drop half of their luggage. Tara and Joey are still on foot and they are debating on whether or not to take a water taxi. Tara and Joey and London and Logan have all arrived at Bring It and begin loading their carts. Both of these teams also struggle getting up and down the stairs. Liz and Michael and Brooke and Scott have arrived at Sing It.

 

Becca and Floyd are making their first attempt at the song on the gondola. They have to try again and the mandolin player tells them more together. Liz and Michael and Brooke and Scott are all learning the song. Tara and Joey are working well together and London and Logan go down some stairs and drop all of their luggage. Matt and Redmond have arrived at the hotel and unload their cart and get their clue. They are to make their way by water taxi to Ca’ Zenobio and search for their next clue.

 

Liz and Michael leave to make their first attempt and Becca and Floyd are on their second attempt. Becca and Floyd fail again even though their couple clapped and he tells them more together again. Liz and Michael also fail and must make another attempt. Tara and Joey are still trying to find the hotel and he’s dropped some luggage this time. Tara and Joey find the hotel and unload their cart and get their next clue.

 

Matt and Redmond find their clue and it’s a Roadblock. Roadblock: Many believe that improve theater was created at Commedia dell’ arte as early as the sixteenth century. Teams must choose an actor from this performance and then re-create a copy of their intricate mask. This is all about precision and attention to detail. Who has masked attentions? Redmond decides to do the roadblock and Matt tells him to pay attention to the detail.

 

Becca and Floyd have completed their third attempt and have successfully finished it this time. Liz and Michael have failed their second attempt and are told more together. Brooke and Scott have made their first attempt and failed and have to try a second time. London and Logan have delivered their luggage and are headed to find a water taxi.

 

Redmond is still working on his mask and he’s distracted by the performance and says it’s funny. Liz and Michael have to make another attempt but Brooke and Scott have completed their attempt and have their clue. Liz and Michael successfully complete their next attempt and they are looking for water taxis. London and Logan and Brooke and Scott are still looking for water taxis and Liz and Michael, Tara and Joey, and Becca and Floyd all have water taxis. London and Logan finally find a water taxi and they share with a family. Brooke is frustrated trying to find a water taxi. They have found one but there is a line and she’s frustrated and says this is stupid.

 

We’re back and Brooke and Scott go back to the detour so they can find a water taxi there. Redmond gets his masked check for the first time and he is told it’s not shiny so he goes to work on it. Tara and Joey have found the clue and Tara is going to do the roadblock. Redmond thinks he has the mask completed so he takes it for a second check. He is given the ok and they rip their envelope. Pit Stop: Phil tells us Venice offers spectacular views around every corner. It’s the perfect place to go for a stroll with hundreds of beautiful pathways that lead to beautiful plazas like this, Campo San Vio. The last team to find me at the mat may be eliminated.

 

Matt and Redmond head off to find the pit stop. Tara is working on her mask and says it isn’t her favorite, she only does finger painting with her children. She wants to pay attention to detail to get it done right the first time. Becca and Floyd have arrived and Floyd is doing the road block. Brooke and Scott finally have a water taxi. Liz and Michael have found the clue and Liz is going to do the road block. Liz says she loves to paint at home and she knew this was her challenge. Michael is outside with Joey and Becca and complaining about London and Logan.

 

Floyd is working on his mask and he thinks it’s cool. London and Logan have arrived and London is going to do the roadblock and she says this is perfect, she’s going to do really well. Matt and Redmond have found Phil and they are the first team to arrive. They have won a trip for two from Travelocity and they are going to the Caribbean island of Grenada. They celebrate and say this is the best leg so far.

 

London is saying this is right up her alley. Brooke and Scott have found the clue and Scott asks if Brooke wants do it and she says she doesn’t feel good about it, but she’ll do it. Tara is getting her mask checked and she is told no, it’s not blended. Tara is starting all over again with a fresh mask. Brooke is looking for a mask to do and she chooses a mask. Floyd takes his mask for a check and is successful and gets his clue. Floyd explains to Tara what she needs to do to blend her colors.

 

Brooke asks the woman doing the demonstration if she can start over because she doesn’t know how to start. She asks a few people for help and Liz says Brooke is always asking for help and she’s starting to freak out a little. London says Liz isn’t doing very well with her mask because she’s doing it different than they’re supposed to. London wanted to give her a heads up but because of where they are in the race, she just couldn’t help her. Tara goes for a second check and she is successful this time.

 

Liz says she’s starting to feel the pressure. Becca and Floyd arrive at the mat in second place and Becca says she couldn’t be happier with her partner. Liz is taking her mask for a check and she is told no because it’s not blended. London says hers looks right and she knows she’s on the right track. Liz is starting to panic and is getting teary as she starts fresh with a new mask.

 

Liz says she was really bummed out when she was told her mask wasn’t any good. Tara and Joey have arrived at the mat in third place. London, Brooke, and Liz are all still working on their masks. Brooke takes her for a check and she is approved and gets her clue. Scott is surprised and they head out. London is going to take hers for a check and she is also given approval. She gives Liz encouragement as she leaves and Liz is now nervous. London and Logan head out and London tells Michael Liz will get it because she knows what to do.

 

Brooke and Scott and London and Logan both ask for directions and London says they need to hurry because Liz will be done any minute. Michael is hoping someone gets lost on the way to the pit stop and Liz takes the mask for a check and she is given approval. She heads out with the clue and she apologizes to Michael. London and Logan and Brooke and Scott have gone over a wrong bridge, but they are all together looking for the mat. Liz and Michael are looking for the mat too. London and Logan and Brooke and Scott hit the mat in fourth and fifth and Michael and Liz come up at the same time and hit the mat in sixth and they are the last team to arrive.

 

However, this is a non-elimination leg and they are still in the race. Liz is very emotional and she was very discouraged when the others completed their masks. Phil asks her what got her through it and she replies Michael and Pearl, she didn’t want to let her partner down. Since they are the last team to arrive, at some point on the next leg, they will encounter a speed bump and they need to complete that before they continue racing with the other teams.

 

Next time on The Amazing Race, a confusing self-drive opens old wounds, and a U-Turn rears its ugly head.  

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Ready? Set…Go! Matt and Redmond are the first to depart and they are getting ready to travel to Greece. Matt and Redmond talk about how much fun they are having. Becca and Floyd are right behind leaving the mat and they talk about how staying positive has helped them do well. All teams have now departed and are talking about how they are doing with their partners. Liz is hesitant on self-driving because that’s when her and her partner fight.

 

All teams are now travelling by plane to Bari, Italy where they’ll take a 16-hour ferry ride across the sea to Patras, Greece. They’ll then drive themselves nearly 100 miles to the small mountain village of Arahova and a traditional Greek wedding where teams will have their last chance to U-Turn another team forcing them to perform both sides of the detour.

 

All teams are on their way to the village. Liz and Michael work together and agree on a direction and Michael says they are going to take it nice and slow. Becca and Floyd realize no one is going the same way they are so they turn around. The teams are discussing the U-Turn and Scott says to Brooke that they might target Michael and Liz because they have a speed bump and if they get U-Turned it might help him and Brooke stay in the race longer.

 

Liz and Michael see some cars behind them and Liz tells Michael to go left and Matt and Redmond go right and say Liz and Michael turned the wrong way. Brooke and Scott and London and Logan also turned right behind Matt and Redmond and they are discussing Liz and Michael going the wrong way. Michael realizes the other three teams turned and Liz says they can turn around and Michael doesn’t want to do that and they start bickering.

 

Becca and Floyd are still behind. Tara and Joey are the first to arrive in Arahova and they go to find the clue box and they can’t find the clue. Matt and Redmond and Brooke and Scott are still heading in the right direction, but they’ve lost London and Logan who are struggling with their car. Matt and Redmond and Brooke and Scott have arrived and Brooke and Scott are the first to find the clue. Brooke and Scott U-Turned Michael and Liz. Tara and Joey decide that Michael and Liz are their friends so they U-Turn Becca and Floyd to give Michael and Liz a chance.

 

Detour: For the Bride or For the Groom. Greeks love to celebrate life at traditional festive weddings. Both sides of the detour require teams to deliver a gift to either the bride or groom. For the Bride: Delivering two big tins of sheep’s milk to two cheese makers, teams can exchange them for some local specialty cheese which they can then give to the bride. For the Groom: Teams can take part in a sporting custom where they’ll be joined by locals as they race up the steep staircase, 252 steps, past the Church of St. George to find this shepherd, who will give them a gift for the groom.

 

Brooke and Scott and Tara and Joey decide to do For the Bride. Tara says she can’t believe Brooke and Scott U-Turned Liz and Michael. Becca and Floyd get directions and they realize they can’t turn around where they are. Becca says oh well, at least they aren’t on target for the U-Turn. Liz is telling Michael they are getting too far up the mountain and they are going the wrong direction which they need and Michael gets frustrated. Liz apologizes and Michael still is frustrated.

 

Liz is trying to get Michael to turn around and Michael does not want to turn around and go back down. Liz says she hopes no one turned them. Becca and Floyd have found the bridge they need to go over to head in the correct direction. Matt and Redmond also chose for the bride and they are getting their donkeys ready with Tara and Joey and Brooke and Scott. Tara and Joey are the first to head out with their donkey. Matt and Redmond head out with their donkey. Brooke and Scott struggle with their donkey and Brooke pulls on the lead until the donkey goes.

 

Becca says it doesn’t feel good to be behind like they are. Liz and Michael are still arguing because Liz still wants to turn around and Michael does not. Tara and Joey have made their first delivery and got their cheese. Scott and Brooke and Matt and Redmond both find the same delivery and both get their cheese as well. Tara and Joey have made their second delivery and they left the donkey behind. Matt and Redmond and Brooke and Scott are trying to find their second delivery.

 

London and Logan arrive at the detour and celebrate they weren’t U-Turned, but they are surprised Tara and Joey U-Turned Becca and Floyd. They also decide to do for the bride. Tara and Joey have given their gift to the bride and they break a dish and find their clue in the broken remnants of the dish.

 

Teams will now drive themselves to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens where they will find their next clue. Brooke and Scott are still struggling with their donkey but they find their second delivery with Matt and Redmond. London and Logan are starting to get their donkey prepared. Matt and Redmond give their gift to the bride, followed by Brooke and Scott.

 

London and Logan make their first delivery. Becca and Floyd are talking saying it’s been impossible to navigate but Liz and Michael still have a speed bump and they’ve also struggled driving and who knows where they might be. Liz and Michael are lost in the mountains and Michael says they are dead north where they are supposed to be. Liz is upset with herself for not saying something sooner. London and Logan have made their second delivery and they deliver the gift to the bride.

 

Tara and Joey have found the stadium and get their clue. Phil tells us the Greeks invented the Olympic games and the first modern Olympics where held there in 1896. Teams must complete one lap of honor around the track to get their next clue. Tara says the stadium was incredible. Phil says the oldest team in the race is on track for a win here in Athens.

 

Tara and Joey finish and they must make their way on foot to The Zappeion and search for their next clue. Matt and Redmond have arrived with Brooke and Scott right behind and they go to run their laps. Redmond falls and trips over his bag but gets right back up. Matt and Redmond finish in second and Brooke and Scott are in third. Liz and Michael have parked and they see they got U-Turned. They are upset with Brooke and Scott and Michael is frustrated that he helped Brooke with her ladle at a previous road block.

 

Becca and Floyd arrive and see they are U-Turned as well. Floyd says they never expected to be U-Turned and even though they know they’re a strong team they didn’t know they were perceived as that. Michael and Liz are still complaining about Brooke and Scott but they have found their first cheese maker and make their first delivery. Becca and Floyd have named their donkey Speedy McSpeederson.

 

Liz and Michael have found their second delivery and go to take the gift to the bridge. Becca and Floyd have found the first cheesemaker to make their delivery. Liz and Michael head to do the other detour and they pass Becca and Floyd and they realize they are still in it. Tara and Joey found their next clue and it’s the Roadblock.

 

Roadblock: The changing of the guard is a tradition that takes place all around the world. But those who keep watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier here in Greece could be the most unique. Working around the clock, they perform this complicated choreography with extraordinary precision. Teams must master a small part of it under the watchful eye of a no-nonsense command instructor.

 

Tara is going to do the road block. Matt and Brooke are also behind and going to do it. Liz and Michael have arrived at the stairs and begin. Michael struggles on the stairs he’s out of breath and Liz says her legs feel like jelly. Becca and Floyd make their deliveries and give their gift to the bride. Liz and Michael finally make it to the top and Liz gets a goat to give to the groom and they head back. Becca and Floyd head to do the other detour. Liz and Michael make their delivery to the groom, but they realize Michael also had to get a goat.

 

Michael and Liz are heading back to get their second goat and Becca and Floyd are starting their climb. Michael gets his goat and they head back down. Becca and Floyd have reached the top and go to get their goats and they both get them and head down. Liz and Michael give their gift to the groom and get their clue and they head out. Liz and Michael see Becca and Floyd as they leave and see they got both goats. Becca and Floyd give their gift and get the clue and are shortly behind.

 

London and Logan have finished their lap at the stadium. We see the first three teams practicing their routine in a practice area. They are given strict instructions on the choreography. Tara is out to make her first attempt. Joey hides behind a column so Tara doesn’t get nervous or lose focus on what she’s doing. Tara is told no good and she has to make a second attempt. They have a line because only team can make an attempt but no one else is ready so Tara gets to try again immediately. She is successful on her second try.

 

Pitstop: Teams must make their way to The Acropolis, an ancient Greek citadel which represents the pinnacle Western Civilization. They’ll find Phil nearby at Areapagus. The last team to check-in may be eliminated. Brooke is making her first attempt. She makes a mistake in the step and is told no good. She goes back in to practice. Brooke comes out to make her second attempt. She is successful and gets her clue. Scott says they could get first, but it’s a foot race, then he says second is fine. Matt is making his first attempt and is successful and gets his clue.

 

London and Logan have arrived at the roadblock and London is going to do it. Liz and Michael are driving to the stadium and still complaining about Brooke and Scott and Michael says he will tell Brooke she wouldn’t be in the race if he hadn’t helped her. Becca and Floyd are right behind and saying they are still in it. Tara and Joey have found Phil and are team number one. They have each won $7500 to take home. Brooke and Scott are looking for Phil. Matt and Redmond have found him and are team number two.

 

London is making her first attempt and she is successful and got her clue. Brooke and Scott still haven’t found the pit stop, but finally see the arrow and find Phil and are team number three. Phil asks them about the U-Turn and Scott says they had to push someone down to keep themselves in. Liz and Michael are still looking for the stadium. Becca and Floyd aren’t sure if they found it but they got there first. Michael sees them and wonders how they got there so fast and he says it’s do or die.

 

Becca and Floyd go to run their lap. Liz and Michael are at their speed bump. Prepare Kokoretsi: Phil explains after wrapping these prize meats in a web of intestines, it will be inspected by the chef who will decide if it’s ready for the kitchen before they continue racing. Liz and Michael find the stand to start their speed bump. Becca and Floyd have finished their lap and get their clue.

 

Michael says the challenge was right in his wheelhouse because it’s basically what he does every day. Liz is grossed out and says it smells like anatomy class. They finish pretty quickly and head out to go back to the stadium and they say they are still in it because Phil hasn’t told them to go home yet. Becca and Floyd have found their next clue. London and Logan have found Phil and are team number four and London celebrates because that’s their highest finish yet. Becca is doing the roadblock and Liz volunteers. Becca has made her first attempt and made a mistake and is told no good. Liz is in the practice area.

 

Becca is making her second attempt and is told very good and she gets her clue. Liz is out making her first attempt and Becca and Floyd are off to look for Phil. Liz completes it on her first try and they head out. Becca and Floyd took a cab and they found the arrow and head to find Phil. They are team number five. Liz and Michael hit the mat and Phil says they survived eight legs of the amazing race. Unfortunately, with all the obstacles they had today they are the last team to arrive and they have been eliminated from the race. Michael says he appreciates everything they did and with a partner who was a stranger and is now like a sister. Liz agrees and says he’s like a big brother. Michael says he’ll be checking out her Facebook page to make sure there aren’t any creepers.

 

Next week on a two-hour episode of The Amazing Race, in Hanoi teams get “hung up” and Brooke and Scott “fall to pieces”.

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Ready, Set, Go! Tara and Joey are the first to depart and the rip their envelopes and reads they need to take a taxi to the bridge at the Corinth Canal. Teams must head to this manmade wonder, the Corinth Canal, a 4-mile waterway cutting through an isthmus in the middle of the country. Joey is not happy with Brooke and Scott for their U-turn last week.

 

Tara and Joey reach the clue box and it’s a roadblock: Who is ready for the long stretch? Road block: To kick start this leg, teams will take on a challenge last seen on Season 9 of The Amazing Race. Today, there can be no hesitation. Joey is going to do the road block and he doesn’t seem thrilled.

 

Tara goes up with him and she says she feels sick because she doesn’t like heights at all!  Joey makes his jump and says it was awesome. Now it’s time to fly to Hanoi, Vietnam. Once there make your way to Ly Thai To and search for your next clue. Tara asks him if it was fun and he says yeah.

 

Brooke and Scott are talking and Scott says they have split the road blocks, so whatever today’s is, he has to do it. (If you recall, he is afraid of heights and had to do the window washing road block) Scott closes his eyes and says please don’t be bungee jumping, it’s the only thing he doesn’t want to do.

 

Matt is doing the road block for his team. Matt has never bungee jumped, but he has jumped out of planes. Matt makes his jump and says it is beautiful. They get their clue and move on. Matt also says he enjoyed it. Redmond says Scott is afraid of heights and he is going to cry so hard.

 

Scott asks if they are kidding because it’s the one thing he did not want to do. He says he has a fear of heights and falling and bungee jumping is his number one fear. He can’t cross the bridge to get to the platform and Brooke is trying to calm down and Scott is freaking out. He gets to the platform and is rigged up and steps to the edge but he says he can’t do it.

 

Scott is still not sure he can do it and the guys who are run the bungee jump tell him it’s a mind thing. Brooke is encouraging him and he finally makes the jump and screams and says Oh My God! He says that was horrible. He will never do that again in his life. Ever. If he doesn’t win a million dollars for doing that…

 

When he comes back he says it was actually ok. Logan is going to do it for their team. She asks Scott if he did it and he says yeah and she says she’s so proud of him. Becca is doing it for her team. Both of them make their jumps. Everyone is ready to make their flight to Hanoi and they are all on the same flight.

 

Becca and Floyd and London and Logan are the first two with Matt and Redmond and Brooke and Scott following behind. Tara and Joey are in last and Joey isn’t feeling well and Tara isn’t feeling great. They didn’t get much sleep. They are remarking on how crowded it is and the traffic.

 

Becca and Floyd arrive first. Phil says after travelling 5000 miles to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, teams will pick up their next clues in this park where locals are starting their day with morning exercises. Becca and Floyd are walking through the people and Floyd sees someone with a yellow stick and she gives them their clue. Brooke and Scott ask if they found anything and Floyd tells them to look for a yellow stick.

 

Phil says Buddhism was first introduced to Vietnam about 2000 years ago and is now this country’s most popular religion. Practiced at temples like, Quan Su Buddhist Temple. Brooke and Scott get their clue and London and Logan come in. Brooke tells them to get their clue from a person, but not what to look for. Brooke says she will always help London and Logan.

 

London and Logan get their clue and Matt and Redmond also get theirs. Tara and Joey show up and they also find their clue. Becca and Floyd have reached the temple and it’s the detour.

 

Bamboo Climb: Some species of bamboo can up to an inch an hour, and is as strong as steal. Teams must pick up one of three bamboo ladders and then navigate these busy streets to a nearby apartment. They will squeeze their way up a narrow stairway and retrieve a birdcage from the roof. That is just the half of it! They’ll then have to return the ladder and drop off the birdcage where they started.

 

Window Design: To get the attention of shoppers, a good window display like this is an important selling tool. Teams need to pick up three mannequins, find Chan Cham Street, and then use a photo to dress an empty window to match. When their display is picture perfect, they’ll get their next clue.

 

Becca and Floyd decide to do Bamboo Climb and head out just as Brooke and Scott arrive. Brooke and Scott also decide to climb and London and Logan arrive just as they are getting directions. Matt and Redmond are also there and London and Logan are doing bamboo climb and Tara and Joey decide to do window design. Becca and Floyd get their ladder and head out and ask for directions.

 

Matt and Redmond pass Brooke and Scott running and Matt and Redmond go for a ladder and Scott tries to grab it but Redmond gets it. They see one more ladder at the top and Brooke sees it but London climbs to get it first. Everyone got a ladder except Brooke and Scott. Scott is mad at Redmond and Matt and Brooke tells him to quit yelling. Scott says they have to switch detours because there are no more ladders.

 

Scott is still complaining and realize it’s a limited number and he wants to know where the other detour is. London and Logan get directions and say they were on the ladder to grab the last one and the friendship is over. They say they need to do what they need to do to win. Brooke says Scott wasn’t holding her ladder like Logan was holding London’s ladder and that’s why she couldn’t get the ladder first.

 

They decide to switch and they bicker with each other. Becca and Floyd are running through the streets and say it’s mayhem. Becca says there are no stop signs or stop lights so it’s a mad rush of pedestrians and scooters. Matt and Redmond also say it’s mayhem on the streets, it’s unreal.

 

Brooke and Scott are trying to find the other detour and Scott and Brooke are still arguing and they stop to argue in the street. Tara and Joey run by and ask what’s the matter and Brooke says she’s losing her mind. Becca and Floyd have found the apartment and are squeezing up the staircase. Floyd says it’s easy just as the ladder gets stuck trying to move up the stairs. They are struggling to get it moved up.

 

Tara and Joey found the Bamboo Climb but see there are no ladders and realize they have to go back and try and beat Brooke and Scott. Brooke is freaking out they have to carry three mannequins and Scott gives her one that’s not very heavy. Brooke wants to wrap the limbs in a scarf so they drop and break anything. Brooke and Joey have found the mannequins, but they only got two of the three. Joey drops the female mannequin and it falls apart.

 

Becca and Floyd have finally gotten the ladder up to the roof and they are now climbing for the birdcage. They get the birdcage and Matt and Redmond arrive to climb and they have to wait for Becca and Floyd to come down. Matt decides to help them down so they can get going. Matt says he’s got some experience moving furniture so they are fairly quick getting up the stairs and they get their birdcage and head back down.

 

London and Logan have arrived and they pass Matt and Redmond already down and they start their climb. Scott drops his mannequins and Scott yells at him to figure it out. Tara and Joey are still going and they are having difficulty with the mannequins. Becca and Floyd are headed back and they decide to run in the street. Matt and Redmond are still behind. London and Logan are having trouble with their ladder.

 

Brooke begins crying because the mannequin is hurting her back. Scott asks for directions and Brooke says she is angry because they were at the other one and she doesn’t think Scott is supporting her. Scott tries to restack the mannequins and Brooke says no it won’t work and Scott says Brooke is the worst. Brooke says the mannequins will slide right out of her hands because she’s sweating like a maniac.

 

Becca and Floyd get the clue and Matt and Redmond are immediately behind. Becca and Floyd get their clue. Pit Stop: This serene lake in Thong Nhat Park offers locals a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Phil will be waiting for teams under some trees in the middle of the park. The last team to find me may be eliminated.

 

Becca and Floyd find a taxi driver who says he knows where to go. Matt and Redmond grab a taxi and the race is on to the pit stop. Tara and Joey have arrived at the marked store front and they realize they forgot the man. They start dressing the two mannequins they have.

 

Scott asks Brooke how she’s doing and she says they’re going to fall and to stop asking her how she’s doing. Scott says you have to tell me what you need and Brooke says I NEEDED you to hold the ladder and he says you didn’t even grab the ladder, so shut up about the darned ladder, it’s your fault we didn’t get the ladder. Brooke says Scott is so abusive it’s disgusting and he says it’s reality. Scott says no chance at a million because he does all the work for the team.

 

Brooke drops the mannequin and say she can’t because she is soaking wet. She is crying and says she needs this to be over. London and Logan finally get their ladder up the stairs and they climb to get their birdcage. Matt and Redmond and Becca and Floyd are neck and neck to the finish line. Becca and Floyd are the first out and Matt and Redmond are on their tail. Becca and Floyd are first to the mat and Phil checks them in. Phil says as the winners of this leg of the race they have won a trip for two from Travelocity to the Galapagos Islands. Matt and Redmond run up a minute later and they are team number two.

 

Brooke is still complaining because she is in pain and she’s screaming Ow! Brooke can’t believe Tara and Joey are there. Brooke has stopped again in the street still struggling with the mannequins. Scott says he used to be a retail manager. Tara and Joey ask for a check and they are missing the man and they can’t figure out what they’re missing. Brooke and Scott are working and trying to get it right the first time.

 

Tara and Joey have realized they are missing the male and they have to go back. Tara says it’s her fault and they leave to head back. Scott realizes they only have two mannequins. Tara apologizes to Joey again and says they are done. London and Logan have arrived back with their ladder and bird cage. Tara keeps apologizing and they get their man mannequin and head back. Tara is trying to stay positive.

 

Scott thinks they have theirs right and they ask for a check. The judge is looking and they got it. They grab a taxi and head out. London and Logan have found Phil and they are team number three. Brooke and Scott are at a standstill in traffic and Brooke is freaking out because she says Tara and Joey always get places before them.

 

Tara and Joey are quickly back and dress their mannequin. Brooke and Scott arrive at a park but they aren’t sure it’s the first one. Brooke is freaking out because she doesn’t trust her driver and she is asking for help. They ask for directions from another taxi driver. Tara and Joey finish their task and head out and Tara is visibly upset. They get a taxi and head out to the park also.

 

Brooke and Scott hit the mat and they are the fourth team to check in. Tara and Joey run up just about two minutes later and Joey collapses to his knees at the mat. They help him take his bag off and get him some water. Brooke asks if they are ok and Tara says now you care? Tara and Joey are the last team to arrive and this is a non-elimination leg. Joey says Brooke and Scott have been devious the whole race. They have a speed bump next time, but they just have to crush it and move on.

 

Phil says while some relationships were destroyed beyond repair while showing Tara and Joey and Brooke and Scott, Phil tells us others were mended and we see Scott hugging London. He wants to talk about the ladder situation later and London says they don’t have to talk about it. Scott says they are still in alliance and the race is all about alliances, but you drop them when it’s time to win.

 

Ready, Set, Go! Becca and Floyd are the first to depart and they rip the envelope and read: Race to the spectacular limestone mountains of Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Phil tells us teams will now catch a bus to the ancient city of Ninh Binh, famous for its rugged topography.

 

Matt and Redmond head out and they note they have $30 for this leg of the race. London and Logan are out and they say last leg was disappointing because it was the first time mom and dad came in last and of course it was a non-elim. But they have to look on the bright side they are starting in last place and they have a speed bump.

 

Scott says they are going to a bus stop and hopefully they all catch up. Brooke says she hopes just they catch up. Then she complains about not moving in the taxi and it’s going to take three hours to get there. Scott asks if she wants to stay in the taxi and she says the other option is to walk and they aren’t going to walk six kilometers. Becca and Floyd arrive and the team bus leaves at 9:00 am. Becca says at least one team will not catch the bus, maybe multiple teams.

 

Tara and Joey are heading out and they are positive. Joey says it’s going to be a comeback like the Red Sox and the Yankees. Matt and Redmond are on the bus and they hope Becca and Floyd are on the bus and they are. The first bus leaves carrying Becca and Floyd and Matt and Redmond.

 

London and Logan get their tickets and they will leave at 9:30 am. Tara and Joey arrive at the same time as Scott and Brooke and they all get tickets. Scott says their driver was fast. London and Logan feel good that no one will be on the bus with them. Brooke and Scott get on and London tells them to tell the driver to go. Brooke and Scott offer to pay the driver if he will leave. Tara and Joey get their ticket and they make it by about a minute.

 

The first bus has arrived and Matt had hoped it would be cooler but he notes that it is still hot. Becca and Floyd find the clue box. Phil tells us teams must now travel by bicycle to Bich Dong Temple where they will meet up with their travelling companion, the Travelocity roaming gnome, who will join them for the rest of the leg. Matt and Redmond are there and they get directions and head out.

 

They have found the temple and run to find their gnome. Becca and Floyd get their gnome and open their clue and they have to take a ride to Thon Hai Nham and once there they must search for their next clue. Matt and Redmond grab their gnome and get the clue. The second bus is stuck in traffic. London says she is sure Becca and Floyd and Matt and Redmond were probably stuck in traffic too, so she isn’t worried.

 

Becca and Floyd and Matt and Redmond have arrived at the next clue box and it’s the road block, who’s feeling trapped? Road Block: There are more than a billion bicycles in the world and here in Vietnam just one bike can carry hundreds of shrimp traps. For some people, this is a balancing nightmare. We see a flashback to Season 3. If teams can transport the correct number of traps to this fisherman they’ll receive their next clue.

 

Matt is going to do and Floyd is going to do. Matt and Floyd are working together to figure out how many traps they need to take. Matt says they need to work together so they can stay in front of the others. Becca says she hopes Brooke and Scott and London and Logan work together to stay ahead of mom and dad. Becca says mom and dad are a strong team and they U-turned them and they’re tricksters.

 

The second bus has arrived and they all head out. Matt says it’s hot and Floyd says he’s not used to temperatures like this. Floyd says he’s so confident right now he’s not even worried. Matt counts his and he thinks they got it and Floyd does as well. Floyd goes to head out and immediately has trouble with balance. Matt is going and he says it’s shaky but he’s making progress. Floyd has dropped a couple of traps.

 

Floyd tells Matt he’s doing great. Matt is swerving all over the road. Floyd is making his way, but he’s behind and he’s dropped more traps. Becca says she might have been better at that than him. Floyd is fighting through but has dropped more and then his bike completely falls over.

 

Floyd is struggling to get his bike up. Becca says she bikes everywhere and she could tell she would have been more stable than Floyd. Matt says he’s got it because as long as you keep your speed up you’re alright. Redmond is glad Matt took this one because he might have struggled with balance.

 

Tara and Joey arrive first and they get their gnome and they see the speed bump. Tara reads they have to collect six dozen duck eggs for a local farmer before continuing on the race. Phil explains that ducks are an essential part of farming here in Vietnam. For one thing, they help to fertilize the rice fields and provide nutrient rich eggs. Tara and Joey will need to collect six dozen of them before they can continue racing the other teams.

 

London and Logan get their gnome and find their clue and head out. Brooke and Scott are behind. Brooke is struggling on the bike. Matt arrives to make his delivery and he falls as they get there so he is nervous while the guy is counting. He gets the thumbs up and gets the clue. Matt begins unloading his bike. Floyd says he knows he’s missing some but it’s ok because he can go back and get the rest. Floyd falls over again and Matt rides by and stops to help Floyd lift his bike back up.

 

Matt says Floyd is struggling and sees how many traps he’s dropped and realizes Floyd is in trouble. Brooke and Logan have arrived and get their gnome and Brooke is struggling to breathe, she’s sweaty, and she’s saying it’s hot. Matt is back and they read their clue. They are riding to Den Thai Vi-Ben Thanh to search for their next clue. Becca asks about Floyd and Matt says he’s going to have to come back because he’s dropped more traps.

 

Tara and Joey are looking for their eggs and they each grab a basket and decide to split in half to make the work quicker. London and Logan have arrived at the road block and London is going to do the task. Becca says Floyd has been gone a long time. He is told no good and he has to take the entire bike back and reload everything. Floyd thought he could drop off what he had and now he has to go all the way back.

 

Tara and Joey have found their eggs and they go back and head to the road block. Matt says making that bus changed everything for them today. Matt and Redmond find an arrow and we see a woman rowing a boat with her feet. Matt and Redmond reach the clue box. Redmond reads: Row the boat the way the locals do by using your feet instead of your hands and they laugh and Redmond says great.

 

Phil says considering your legs are three times as strong as your arms, it makes sense that when you row a boat you row them with your feet. This technique was developed so that rowers could protect their faces from the sun using an umbrella. With their gnome leading the way, either team member may choose to row. If teams can master the method and deliver these offerings to a ceremonial dragon boat, they’ll be rewarded with their next clue.

 

Matt and Redmond are getting their offerings and get on the boat and Matt is going to row. Redmond says he doesn’t like to complain, but realistically some things just hold him back. Matt struggles with the technique but he says there is a trick and he is going to find it out.

 

Brooke and Scott have arrived at the road block and Scott is going to do the road block. Becca is worried Floyd is lost and Floyd pulls up and Becca realizes he had to come back. Logan feels bad for Floyd and Becca notes Floyd is struggling. Scott heads out and Becca encourages Floyd. Tara and Joey stop and get directions and they realize they overshot their turn by two kilometers and they have to go back.

 

Matt has gotten the technique and they deliver their offerings. Matt starts back slowly. Scott makes his delivery and he prays he’s right and he gets the clue and asks for a hug and the guy doesn’t give him a hug. Scott starts to unload the traps. Matt and Redmond come back and they get their clue.

 

Pit stop: This is Hang Mua Peak where locals climb almost 500 steps for these spectacular views. The last team to find me at the pit stop may be eliminated. Matt and Redmond head out to find the pit stop.

 

Scott gets back and they celebrate and head back out. London and Floyd head back out to make their delivery. London’s bike falls over and she is frustrated that she can’t do it. Floyd is also struggling.

 

Floyd tells London to calm down and he moves forward to help her and in the process his starts to tip. When he gets his up London’s tips over again. They see a guy walking by and they ask for help. Floyd encourages London. Tara and Joey have arrived at the road block and Joey is going to do it. Joey says it’s like a big puzzle and you have to hook them the right way. Matt and Redmond grab a taxi and they head out.

 

London is asking how much farther and Floyd is struggling and has lost some more traps. London says they have the right number of traps and asks if they are almost there. Brooke and Scott have arrived to do the rowing with their feet which Scott is trying to master. Scott is frustrated because the current is sending them the wrong way and then they start arguing.

 

Matt and Redmond arrive at the pit stop and see they have to climb up. They yell to Phil they are coming. Joey heads out with his bike. Floyd and London have arrived to make the delivery and Floyd is told his is not good. London starts to worry and begs and hers is good. London gets her clue and Floyd rests for a minute and says he doesn’t want to give up and he doesn’t think he can do that again. Joey pulls up and gets his checked and he gets a thumbs up.

 

London hugs Floyd and says she is so sorry. Floyd says he was just exhausted and feeling light-headed. He stops to drink water and lays down. Matt and Redmond are climbing the steps and encouraging each other. London is riding back and she says her bike is broken. Joey unloads his traps and heads back out. London says she doesn’t want to lose this for Logan but she knew something was wrong with her bike when she started riding back. She thinks something snapped and it was the icing on top after such a hard challenge and she had to run in the heat and Joey passes her.

 

Becca sees Joey back and she can’t believe. Tara cheers and says Joey smoked that. London gets back and tells Becca that Floyd has to do it again. Matt and Redmond almost reach the top and Phil yells down they are team number one. He tells them to come up to the mat because he has good news. As winner of this leg of the race they have won a trip for two from Travelocity to Costa Rica.

 

Floyd has found that one of his things has fallen off so he goes back to get it and puts it back on. Becca doesn’t understand how they were the first there and every other team passed them. Becca changes her fun meter and sends it down. Floyd is finally successful with his delivery and he heads back to Becca. Brooke and Scott have delivered their offerings. Floyd makes it back and he apologizes and they are staying optimistic. As they’re riding and Floyd rides off the road and hits a tree. Becca is concerned and she carries Floyd’s bag for him.

 

Tara and Joey have arrived and Tara is doing the rowing. Brooke and Scott arrive back and they get ready to head to the pit stop. Logan is trying to row but he seems to be too tall. Joey is coaching Tara on the rowing. Becca and Floyd are still going and Floyd rides off to the side and he is dizzy and he passes out.

 

Becca runs back to check on Floyd and they have a race medic come in and help him. They give him water to help cool him down and he takes his helmet off. Becca is coaching him through telling him to take deep breaths. Tara tells Joey to keep his mouth shut and be positive. Logan is frustrated because when he rows the oar gets stuck under the seat. Brooke and Scott are riding and Brooke is screaming and saying she can’t go. Scott says she’s giving birth again. They pull up and return the bike and get a taxi.

 

Tara and Joey deliver their offerings and head back and Tara encourages London and Logan and ask about Floyd and London tells them he had to do it again. Brooke and Scott have arrived and see the steps and she can’t believe that’s right. Brooke says that’s torture. Tara and Joey head out to return their bikes while London and Logan deliver their offerings.

 

Brooke and Scott have reached the top and they are team number two and Phil agrees. London and Logan are heading to return their bikes. Floyd stands up and the medic asks if he is dizzy and Floyd says yeah and the medic says he’s overheated. Floyd says his head is starting to hurt and Becca is emotional saying she can’t believe this is happening. She says she’s never seen anyone in this state before and it’s scary and she doesn’t know what happens at this point. Tara and Joey have arrived and start up the stairs.

 

London and Logan have arrived and see the steps and London can’t belive it either. Tara and Joey arrive at the top as team number 3. Tara says Joey creamed the traps. London and Logan come up and they are team number four. The medic is getting Floyd back up and ask how he feels and he says he’s a little dizzy. Floyd isn’t sure if he can keep going and Becca says, yeah don’t hurt yourself. She’s crying and she feels sad they made it this far and this is the way things panned out. It’s not the way they wanted to go out.

 

Phil comes to where Becca and Floyd by the side of the road and tells them all the other teams have checked-in at the mat and it is an elimination leg and they have been eliminated. Phil asks what happened, if they just got to a breaking point. Floyd says he kept trying until he physically just couldn’t. Becca says Floyd has been the best teammate for the race.

 

Becca says once upon a time, Floyd and Becca were total strangers. Phil says and? Becca says and now Floyd and Becca are great friends.

 

Next week on The Amazing Race, the pressure stacks up as teams fight it out to earn a spot in the final three. We see Redmond stacking some cups and teams playing a fighting video game.

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Ready, Set, Go! Matt and Redmond are the first to leave and they are heading to Seoul, South Korea. Phil tells us teams will now leave Vietnam and will fly 1600 miles north, over China, to Seoul, South Korea. Teams must make their way to the Gangnam District. Matt and Redmond are saying this leg will determine the final three, they believe one more team will be eliminated. Only one of the four remaining teams has beaten them, and that’s “Mom and Pop”, so that’s who they’d like to see eliminated so their competition isn’t as tough.

 

Brooke and Scott say they are the underdog team and they are only one of two teams to never win a leg. Tara and Joey are on their way and they say they had no expectations coming in. They say the last leg was the toughest, but they aren’t focusing on anyone but themselves. London and Logan are the last out and say South Korea is going to be a change of pace. All teams are the same flight.

 

Brooke and Scott are first out and they head to get a tax, with Tara and Joey and London and Logan right behind. Matt and Redmond decided to go to the subway because everyone they talked to told them not to take a taxi. Tara and Joey are talking and they say the pros of the subway is it could be faster, but it’s very confusing knowing which line to ride.

 

Matt and Redmond think the subway is faster than the taxi and they said the taxis could be going through rush hour right now, so they think they made the right decision. Scott says he’s telling Brooke patience is a virtue. Matt and Redmond get off and head to a second line, but they missed it and have to wait.

 

Tara and Joey are the first to arrive at the Gangnam District and they get their clue. They are to take a taxi to Hanyang University Olympic Gym and search for their next clue. Tara and Joey head back out just as Brooke and Scott arrive and get their clue. London and Logan arrive and celebrate with Brooke and Scott. Matt and Redmond are still hoping they’re first and that they made the right decision. They get out in two stops.

 

Tara and Joey have arrived at the gym and it’s time for the Roadblock: Who stacks up? Phil tells us this is sport stacking, a highly competitive event that takes fast and furious to a whole new level. Teams will give this high speed sport a go, racing against the clock, they must complete a sequence in less than seven seconds. And by the way, the world record is less than two!

 

Joey is going to do the roadblock and he begins to practice. Brooke and Scott arrive and Brooke says she can do it before seeing the roadblock, so she decides to do the roadblock. Joey and Tara are talking about how amazing those kids are doing the stacking. Several of the kids are doing it in 3 and 4 seconds.

 

Matt and Redmond have arrived at the Gangnam District and get a taxi and head out. Matt has a bad feeling because there were four girls on stage and only one had a clue. Joey and Brooke are both getting close around 8 and 9 seconds. Brooke went over by just a little at 7.044 seconds. London and Logan arrive and Logan is going to do the stacking.

 

Brooke is trying again and she gets it right on the dot at 7 seconds and gets her clue. They are to make their way by taxi to the Mugyewon Arts and Cultural Center and search for their next clue. She says good luck as they head out screaming because of their excitement. Joey tries again and just misses with a time of 7.076 seconds.

 

Joey is going again and hits the clock at 6.962 seconds. Logan gets his at 6.699 seconds and they head out right after Tara and Joey. Matt and Redmond still have not gotten to the gym yet. Matt and Redmond are in the taxi and they are not going the right way. The taxi driver offers them a discount and Matt and Redmond are upset.

 

Matt and Redmond are hoping they aren’t in last but they say they just have to get through the roadblock. Scott and Brooke have arrived at the Cultural Center and they are to make kimchi. Phil tells us kimchi is a spicy dish made from cabbage that is a part of almost every meal. Teams must properly make six servings of kimchi, pack it into ceramic jars, and bury it to begin the fermenting process.

 

Brooke tells Scott not to mess this challenge up and he says he cooks at home. Tara and Joey have arrived and Brooke and Scott go to watch the demonstration and Brooke says they already messed up and she wants to dump it and Scott does not. Tara and Joey realize they have to wait until the woman starts again so they can see the mix. London and Logan arrive and they begin watching the demonstration.

 

Redmond and Matt have reached the roadblock and Redmond is doing the roadblock. Redmond says he has done cup stacking at a party to impress the ladies, but never in a professional setting. Brooke asks if they are supposed to do the servings one at a time and Scott says it doesn’t say that. Tara and Joey think they are done and ask for a check. The judge says four are perfect, but two aren’t good. London and Logan ask for a check and they need more sauce.

 

Brooke and Scott ask for a check and they have three done and three are not good. Tara and Joey ask for a second check and they have it and they start putting it in the ceramic jar and go to bury it. London and Logan ask for a second check just as Tara and Joey finish burying their jar. They get a sample of the kimchi and get their next clue. They now need to take a taxi to Seoul OGN E-Stadium.

 

London and Logan and Brooke and Scott are both burying their jars now and they get their samples. Redmond is struggling with the cup stacking but he’s hitting around the 8 second and 7.2 second mark. Redmond says it’s a puzzle and he likes puzzles. He hits it at 6.976 seconds and heads back out to the cultural center. Brooke and Scott passed Tara and Joey in their taxi and London and Logan also slid past them and then they get past Brooke and Scott too.

 

All three teams get there at essentially the same time and are at the next clue box and it’s another roadblock: Who’s ready to take control? Phil tells us E-sports is South Korea’s national pastime, the gamers here are household names and have millions of fans around the world. They also attract audiences in excess of 100,000 who turn up to watch them play live. Teams need to win a round of this popular martial arts game, Street Fighter 5, against professional gamers. And just to be nice, every ten rounds, they’ll give our racers an advantage (one armed or blindfolded).

 

The racer who performed the first roadblock cannot perform this one. Scott, London, and Tara must do this roadblock. They all get a crash course in how to play the game and Scott is ready for his first try. Tara got beat by a perfect KO. All of them are now on round 3.

 

Scott is talking trash to his gamer but he still got beat, but he’s getting better. They all hit round 11 and each professional now has an arm tied behind their back. London almost had her opponent, but got beat at the last second. All of them are now on round 15 and Tara is still struggling.

 

Matt and Redmond have arrived at the cultural center to make the kimchi. Scott is on round 19 and he is close. London is on round 20 and she gets beat as well. Tara is on round 19 and she is still struggling. London is the first to do it with her gamer blindfolded on round 21. Scott beat his on round 20 with his gamer having an arm tied behind his back.

 

Scott and London open their clues with their partners and they must make their way to the roof of Gavit Some. Phil tells us Sevit Some are Seoul’s three floating islands on the Han River. Teams must find this one which is the pit stop for this leg of the race. Tara changes character’s as her opponent is being blindfolded. Tara is still struggling and getting frustrated as is Joey in the audience.

 

Matt and Redmond are still working on their kimchi and telling the ladies they are making them the best kimchi ever. Redmond says he thinks they buried it because they were so embarrassed by their kimchi. Matt and Redmond head out and Matt says it isn’t over yet.

 

Tara tells her opponent she is going to have nightmares about him for the rest of her life. She is on round 31 and Matt and Redmond have now arrived and see they have caught up and Tara is disappointed it’s going to come down to a video game. Tara says this is her worst nightmare.

 

Joey says this comes down to a kid with an ego trip and Tara has lost about 100 matches. Matt is now beginning his fights. Brooke and Scott and London and Logan have arrived at the pit stop and it’s a race. London and Logan take the stairs and Brooke and Scott take the elevator. Brooke and Scott hit the mat and they are the first team to arrive and they are one of the three teams to race to the finish line.

 

London and Logan come up and they hit the mat as team number 2. Phil says the underdogs are now the top dogs and he tells London and Logan they are one of the teams to race to the finish line as well. They celebrate together.

 

Joey is still upset with Tara’s opponent. Tara is close and about five hits from winning. She is trying hard and her opponent gets a few hits in. Tara finally KO’s her opponent and she gives them a hug, get their clue, and they head out looking for a taxi. None of the taxis are stopping. Matt has completed his fight before his opponent was blindfolded and they head out.

 

Tara and Joey have found a taxi and Matt and Redmond also have a taxi. Tara is upset and says she didn’t race around the world to lose to a video game. Tara and Joey have arrived at the pit stop and are in the elevator. Matt and Redmond hit the stairs.

 

Tara and Joey hit the mat as team number three and they are the third team to race to the finish line. Joey says he’s proud that Tara didn’t give up. Matt and Redmond arrive and they are the last team and they have been eliminated from the race. Matt says this wasn’t the way we wanted to lose and Redmond wanted to shock the world and show them that no matter what is holding you down, you can succeed.

 

London and Logan say they don’t think they would have made it as far as they did with anyone else. Logan says they are in the last leg of the race for a reason and their communication has been exceptional and they have 100% faith in each other.

 

Scott says his bickering with Brooke will not hurt them and Brooke says she hopes not. Scott says together they bring everything to the table. Brooke says there is no stopping us.

 

Tara says for being strangers it’s been interesting, but they made it work. They relied on one another and Joey says they don’t complain and they don’t fight. Joey says going into the final leg, they are the only team that has come back from the brink of elimination. They’ve shown throughout the race how much heart and strength they have. Tara says she is there for her family and there is no other option than to win.

 

Next week on the season finale of The Amazing Race, teams get revved up as they sprint through the windy city. Who will win one million dollars and The Amazing Race?

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We’re ready to race our final leg of season 29. Ready, Set, Go! Phil starts off and tells them they’re going to fly more than 6,000 miles to the windy city, Chicago, Illinois. They will all be pampered in premium class and they are going to need the rest because the last leg WILL be brutal, and there will be only one winning team!

 

The teams are reflecting on their partnership and discussing their focus to win the final leg. They each talk about how they are only there to win. Once they land in Chicago, teams will start the final leg with a pit stop, known as “The Pit” here in Chicagoland Speedway.

 

Scott and Brooke decided to gate check their backpacks so all they’re carrying is a fannypack. Scott says as superfans they know it’s common for the last teams to check their bags so they don’t have to carry them and the other four people didn’t figure that out.

 

Scott and Brooke are the first to arrive and Scott reads join an official racing team. Phil tells us this is Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5 mile NASCAR racetrack where the best drivers cover almost the length of a football field every second. It’s time for teams to really get their adrenaline pumping as they start the engines in one of these high powered professional stock cars. One team member will head behind the wheel, while the other will get their hands dirty in the pit changing a hard to handle racing tires in under 40 seconds. When they’re ready to roll, teams will take to the racetrack one at a time and attempt to clock a lap in under 48 seconds. If they move fast enough, they’ll get the checkered flag and their next clue.

 

Scott and Brooke are being shown how to change the tire. Scott is going to drive and Brooke is going to change the tire. Tara tells Joey she will drive because she can’t change a tire. Brooke is yelling at Scott the tire is stuck and she knows they have to start over. London and Logan arrive and Logan is going to drive. Brooke makes her second attempt and is frustrated. Logan says he’s ready to drive fast. Brooke makes her third attempt and still struggles and gets frustrated and says she gives up on this one.

 

Joey is ready to make his first attempt and Brooke is on her third attempt. Brooke gets hers done in 36 seconds and Joey gets his done in the same amount of time. Scott asks for a high five and London is set to make her first attempt. Scott heads out to make his first attempt driving. London finished but forgot to drop her gun and she wasn’t fast enough, she finished in 51 seconds.

 

Scott did not complete his lap in 48 seconds, he hit 58 seconds instead. Tara is making her first attempt. Tara’s first attempt was even slower at 1:06. London finishes her second attempt but is still over 50 seconds. Logan gives her encouragement to keep her from getting frustrated.

 

Scott is now on his second attempt and he finishes with a time of 49 seconds and missed by 1 second. Tara is making her second attempt and London is now on her fourth attempt at changing her tire. Logan is telling her not to give up. London finished in 38 seconds. Tara finished her second attempt at 49 seconds also.

 

Scott is now on his third attempt and he finishes in 45 seconds and has completed this task and they drive in to victory lane. Logan is making his first attempt. Brooke and Scott get the winners treatment and they get their next clue. Phil tells us teams must now make their way to downtown Chicago and find the Monroe Street Station, one of the few below ground stops on the city’s famous L train. There they must find a worker to receive their next clue.

 

Logan’s first attempt finished at 50 seconds. Tara is now on her third attempt and finishes in 46 seconds. Logan completes it on his second attempt with 46 seconds. All teams are now headed downtown. Brooke and Scott are looking for a clue box and Scott says it might not be a clue box. They walk right by the worker with the clue. Tara and Joey have arrived and they are also looking. Brooke and Scott see the worker and get their next clue.

 

Phil tells us teams must solve three riddles to identify these iconic city landmarks, collecting post cards containing letters as they go. Once they unscramble the letters, they’ll discover their next destination. Brooke and Scott are reading the riddles as Tara and Joey run by and get their clue. Brooke and Scott are asking for assistance from a local and borrow their phone. Tara and Joey also go to ask for help from another woman with a cell phone. Tara and Joey think they have the destinations and ask for directions. Brooke and Scott also think they have the landmarks and they decide to get on a train.

 

London and Logan arrive to get their clue. Brooke and Scott end up not taking the train and find their first destination. They can’t find the post card but Scott spots someone wearing yellow and red and they get their first postcard. London and Logan ask some people for a map and get directions. Scott and Brooke think they have found the second destination and they get their second postcard. Brooke doesn’t think she can run it but Scott asks her if she wants a million dollars. Tara and Joey are at their first destination and are looking for their postcard and Joey spots a guy on a bike and they have their first postcard.

 

London and Logan arrive at their first destination and they get their first postcard. Brooke and Scott arrive at the last destination and Brooke spots the guy on the bike and they have all three postcards. Phil tells us teams must make their way to Chicago’s historic city hall and then find this secret garden on the rooftop where Michael, the city beekeeper will hand them their next clue. Brooke is crying and Scott asks what’s wrong. Brooke says she doesn’t want to let him down but she’s going as fast as she can.

 

Tara and Joey are at their second destination and now have their second postcard. London and Logan have arrived at their third destination and they have all three of their postcards. Scott offers to give Brooke a piggyback ride but Brooke takes offense. Tara and Joey have arrived at a third destination, but it’s not the correct one and Tara tries to tell Joey they aren’t in the right place.

 

Tara realizes the building isn’t tall enough and a woman gives them directions to the correct destination. Scott and Brooke have reached the rooftop and give find the beekeeper. Scott reads they need to travel by taxi to Wrigleyville Dogs. Once there they must search for their next clue and they head out. Tara and Joey are running to their third generation and they see the guy outside and they now have all their postcards. London and Logan are taking a subway to the city hall rooftop.

 

Brooke is in the cab still telling Scott she doesn’t want to let him down. They find their next clue. Phil tells us teams need to deliver ten world famous Chicago style hot dogs to this rooftop overlooking Wrigley field. Once there, they must hand them out to these hungry Cubs fans, and then Amazing Race winners Ernie and Cindy (season 19) who happen to be from Chicago will swap their franks for tickets to Wrigley field.

 

Brooke and Scott get their hot dogs and head out to make their delivery. Tara and Joey have arrived at the city hall rooftop and have found the beekeeper and get their next clue. London and Logan get off the subway and they get to the rooftop and find the beekeeper and get their next clue. Brooke and Scott make their delivery of hot dogs and Scott is asking for extra tickets and Ernie hands them to him. Scott reads they are to make their way to the marquee entrance of Wrigley Field located at the corner of Clark and Adamson.

 

London and Logan get a cab and ask to go to Wrigleyville Dogs. The cab driver asks for the address and he doesn’t know where it is. Logan says should we get a different cab and the driver says that would be best. London asks Logan to get her bag and she goes to find a different cab frustrated. Tara and Joey are off to deliver their hot dogs. Brooke and Scott have arrived at Wrigley Field and find their clue: Who’s been keeping score?

 

Roadblock: Wrigley Field is more than 100 years old and home to Chicago beloved baseball team, the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs. Here in the friendly confines, teams will take on their final challenge of the race. They’ll use this iconic hand operated scoreboard displaying eleven destinations they visited during the race. Working from opposite sides of the stadium, teams need to finish what place they finished at each location and communicate that information through a one-way radio. They must then haul the corresponding giant sized numbers up these steep stairs and place them in the proper position. When they’re in the correct order, they can solve an equation that reveals a three-digit number representing an aisle in the ballpark where teams will find their final clue on The Amazing Race.

 

Brooke is going to communicate with the radio and Scott is going to climb and put the numbers up. London and Logan have found a second cab and are headed to Wrigleyville Dogs. Brooke is giving numbers to Scott through the radio and she’s hoping she’s right. She has a pair of binoculars also. London and Logan have arrived and get their hot dogs and leave to make their delivery.

 

Brooke and Scott are working well so far. Brooke tells Scott to put up a 5 and Scott puts up a 6. He fixes it and they keep going. Tara and Joey have arrived to deliver their hot dogs and Brooke sees Tara and Joey and tells them they will be headed over. Joey gets their tickets and says go Red Sox and their crowd boos. Brooke and Scott are starting to struggle just a little bit because Brooke isn’t very loud and Scott can’t hear very well. Brooke asks for a check from the usher.

 

Brooke gets the ok and they both head to home plate to figure out their equation. They are to use the specific destinations and the numbers that correspond to get their numbers to find the corresponding aisle. Tara and Joey have arrived and read their clue with the instructions. Brooke and Scott are looking for their clue and Brooke is wondering what they’re doing wrong. Brooke sees the clue and read it’s the finish line.

 

Phil tells us along the way these 8 teams were eliminated, and now the final three are racing here to the finish line with a chance to win one million dollars and The Amazing Race. Brooke and Scott take off and Scott says to stay focused. London and Logan have arrived to make their delivery and they get their tickets. Tara and Joey are still working and Joey says Fenway is so much easier because it’s all the ground floor. Scott and Brooke grab a cab and Scott says they deserve this.

 

Tara finishes her last couple of numbers and asks for a check and they get the approval and go to home plate. They get their seat number and head to find the clue. London and Logan have arrived and see Tara and Joey and they know they have to catch up. Joey finds the clue and they read it. London is giving the numbers and Logan is going to place them and they are struggling.

 

Brooke is realizing they are going to win and they are so excited. They head into the final mat and everyone is there cheering when they hit the mat. Phil says they started this race as strangers, and now after 9 countries, 17 cities, and more than 36,000 miles racing around the world together, he is pleased to tell them they have won one million dollars and are the winners of The Amazing Race.

 

Phil asks them how their first impression changed and Scott says they are very different people but they wanted the same outcome and they used their skills to come out on top. Phil congratulates them again.

 

Tara and Joey run up and they give a hug to Brooke and Scott. Phil tells them they had an incredible race, some great moments, and he’s glad to tell them they are team number two. Tara says they’re elated. They ran a really good race and she couldn’t have asked for a better partner and she’s proud of what they accomplished as a team. Joey says it’s been an epic ride, it’s just been awesome.

 

London and Logan arrive and Phil says he is pleased to tell them after travelling 36,000 miles and Logan interrupts and says are we done yet? Phil says the race is over for them but they are team number three and they should be very proud. London says it’s lucky they got paired up because were farther apart and to finish in third was great. Logan says it as an honor to race with her and she’s like family at this point.

 

All the teams come in to say their congratulations. Joey says The Amazing Race was epic for him. Tara says it’s one of her proudest accomplishments, after serving in the military and being a mom. Scott says he opened himself up to new experiences and pushed himself to new limits and he’s fulfilled a dream of a lifetime. Brooke says the race made her a better person, a stronger person. She says the money is gravy, the experience is priceless.

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