Recap: The Amazing Race 16, Episode 10 – I Feel Like We’re in, Like, Sicily

Episode 16.10 – I Feel Like We’re in, Like, Sicily

The Leg
Dan & Jordan open the first clue of the leg telling them to fly to Shanghai, China.  Once there, they’ll make their way to the nearby village of Zhujaijiao where waiting boats will take them to their next clue.

Dan & Jordan act like normal brothers.  Caite is so proud of herself.  Jet misses his wife and 17 month old baby while Cord misses his new fiancé.  Louie & Michael are old.

All the teams get on the same flight to Shanghai at 12:55am, but once they touch down, it all comes down to the right taxi and Jet & Cord and Brent & Caite get the right ones, while Dan & Jordan and Louie & Michael get lost together.

The two leading teams get to Zhujaijiao and take the boats to their clue, the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will make noodles by hand.  They’ll watch a demonstration and then make enough noodles to weigh 1 kilo.  When they get enough, the world’s shortest man, Pingping, will hand them their next clue.  

The last two teams catch up, but Jet uses the cowboy magic to finish fast and they are off to Shangahi’s fashion district, Taikang Lu, where they’ll find their next clue.

Jet & Cord find the cluebox and the clue telling them to head into the fashion house where they will choose a model and find all the clothes and accessories in a sketch which they will hand to the model to change into.  If they have all the correct clothes, they’ll get their next clue.

Brent & Caite and Louie & Michael finish the Road Block and head to the fashion district, but Jet & Cord finish the task before they arrive and get the next clue telling them to make their way to Hongkou football Stadium.  Jordan still at the Road Block gets frustrated, but Dan encourages him until he finishes.  They’re off.

Jet & Cord get to the stadium and find the cluebox.  Surprise, surprise!  It’s a 2nd Road Block, the first time there’s even been two Road Blocks in a non-superdoubleleg. 
For this Road Block, the team member who did not complete the first one will have to assemble a large puzzle cut into 96 different pieces using a picture for reference.  Once they’ve assembled the puzzle, they’ll then had the pieces to a waiting crowd in the stands who will flip the cards over and reveal the seat number in the stadium where they’ll find their next clue.

Brent & Caite fly through the fashion task and catch up to the cowboys at the stadium.  Louie & Michael and Dan & Jordan are neck and neck at the fashion task as they switch their models’ stockings and finish.

All four teams are at the stadium now and are working on the puzzle. Brent and Cord are almost finished with theirs until the wind comes and blows their pieces away.  They recover, but Jet pulls ahead.  He hands the crowd the pieces, they flip them over and the cowboys are off with their clue telling them to head to the Pit Stop via subway, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.  They have no problems getting to Phil and checking in first.  They win a trip to Alaska.
Brent & Caite finish 2nd and Dan & Jordan take 3rd. Louie & Michael go into the night and finish last, but no surprise, it’s a non elimination leg.

Episode Thoughts
It was a good leg.  The double Road Block is a nice twist, though probably budget-related, still it was a nice curveball to throw the Racers.  Now let’s get a double Detour leg next season!

I wish the wind did a little more havoc on the puzzles though so it could’ve been more fun, but it is always great when you get crowds of locals involved in tasks.  

It was no surprise that this was a non-elimination leg to avoid a Speed Bump in the final leg.  Maybe next season, have the last non-elim with 5 teams left?

But it was a fun leg for Shanghai itself.
Leg Ten Itinerary
Marina Barrage

Shanghai, China


Fashion House at Taikang Lu

Hongkou Football Stadium

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
Shanghai, China

Departure Times
Marina Barrage
Dan & Jordan 4:47pm
Brent & Caite 6:18pm
Jet & Cord 7:04pm
Louie & Michael 7:35pm

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

 There was no Detour this Leg.

Road Block Count
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

First Road Block: Who wants to get their hands on some extra dough?
5 Jet Cord 4
5 Brent Caite 4
5 Louie Michael 4
3 Dan Jordan 5

Second Road Block: Assemble Puzzle
5 Jet Cord 5
6 Brent Caite 4
5 Louie Michael 5
4 Dan Jordan 5

4 Carol Brandy 4
4 Steve Allie 3
2 Jordan Jeff 3
2 Joe Heidi 2
1 Monique Shawne 2
1 Jody Shannon 1
0 Dana Adrian 0

Order of Finish
1st Jet & Cord/
2nd Brent & Caite =
3rd Dan & Jordan /
4th Louie & Michael =

My Subjective Team Rankings for Leg 10

Daniel & Jordan Dan & Jordan – They’re very iffy.  I still love them and hope they win, but their emotions could get the best of them.  Did you catch Dan’s seizure or whatever that was in the preview?  They really have to step it up next week otherwise they’ll lose their chance at the million.
* GAP*
Jet & Cord Jet & Cord – They are just amazing.  Their magical cowboy powers were back in full force this week.  A clean leg for them and it seems to be their Race to lose at this point. 
Brent & Caite Brent & Caite – She seems to love making fun of her tiara now.
Louie & Michael Louie & Michael – …
Quotes from Episode 16-10
Jet: “It was a pretty place, I mean, it was neat, kind of tranquil.”
Cord: “Tranquil?!”
Jet: “Tranquil.”
Cord: “What is that?”
Jet: “Like peaceful, calm, tranquil.”
Cord: “It was tranquil?”
Jet: “Um-hmm.”
Cord: “Oh, like tranquility?”
Jet: “Yeah.”
Cord: “Tranquil.  Wow.  Whew.  Write that down!”

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