Recap: The Amazing Race 20, Episode 2 – “You have a booger on your nose.”

The Amazing Race 20, Episode 2 – You Know I’m Not as Smart as You

The Leg

It’s 2 in the morning and teams head out on the 2nd leg of The Amazing Race.  The first clue tells teams to drive themselves to the Cafayate Town Square and wait for a Chasqui, a mounted postman, who will deliver their next clue.  Dave & Rachel arriving at the square first are told the chasqui won’t come till sunrise.  All teams catch up and as the sun rises, a man comes galloping up in a horse.

The teams rush towards him (and the horse!) and frantically try and grab a clue.  Bopper & Mark grab the first clue and they find the Race’s first Detour.
In Boil My Water, teams must drive to one of three isolated villages, grab a solar kitchen kit from a pickup truck and assemble it using only the picture on the side of the box as instructions.  After positioning the completed solar kitchen in direct sunlight, teams will fill a kettle with water, place it on the dish and wait for it to boil and whistle.
In Light My Fire, teams must gather firewood and clay by the riverbank, load it onto a donkey and deliver them one mile to a pottery workshop.

All teams but Art & JJ choose the solar kitchens and are spread out over the three settlements.  That leaves the border patrol agents wandering around lost looking for the other Detour. 

While Bopper & Mark fly through assembling their solar kitchen, other teams rely on help from other teams.  Joey & a bloodied Danny turn to the “sexy senoritas” Kerri & Stacy, while Dave & Cherie look to Rachel & Dave.

Team Kentucky gets their kettle to whistle first and they get the next clue telling teams to take an 18 hour bus ride to Buenos Aires.  They head to Salta to catch their bus and with Mark & Bopper on Bus #1 are Art & JJ, Rachel & Dave and Brendon & Rachel.

On the 2nd Bus are Dave & Cherie, Vanessa & Ralph, Joey & Danny, and Elliot & Andrew, leaving Nary & Jamie and Kerri & Stacy on the last bus.  But later that night, a back windows explodes on the 2nd Bus, delaying them and allowing the last bus to pass them on the highway.

The 1st Bus arrives in  Buenos Aires and teams must head to Mercado de Hacienda de Liniers.  Dave & Rachel get there first and find the Road Block.

In this Road Block, teams must listen to an auctioneer who will yell out the total weight of cattle in a specific pen.  After counting the number of cattle in that pen, teams must then calculate the average weight of each cow using those two numbers and before the auctioneer moves to the next pen.  Once they get the correct answer, they’ll get the next clue,

Rachel (of Dave) starts the Road Block first and are quickly followed by JJ, Mark and Rachel (of Brendon).  Rachel (of Dave) works with JJ to figure out the answer first.  They get the next clue pointing them to the Pit Stop, the El Gomero, a 200 year old rubber tree standing in the middle of La Recoleta neighborhood.  As Rachel & Dave claim 1st and a trip to Grenada and Art & JJ finish 2nd, Rachel Reilly is struggling back at the Road Block.

Rachel is frustrated even though Mark is more than willing to team-up with her to finish the task.  Meanwhile, the 2nd Bus arrives carrying Nary & Jamie and Kerri & Stacy.

Rachel and Mark submit their answers and get their clues.  Mark & Bopper head off, leaving Brendon & Rachel waiting for a taxi and allowing Rachel’s frustration to come pouring out when Brendon unconsciously blames her for wasting time. 

Mark & Bopper officially jump on the Mat in 3rd and Brendon & Rachel finish a not too shabby 4th.  Once last placers Kerri & Stacy and Nary & Jamie finish 5th and 6th respectively.

The last four teams are at the Road Block.  But Vanessa & Ralph, Joey & Danny, and Elliot & Andrew leave the clowns behind, stepping on the Mat 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively.

Dave valiantly finished the Road Block and he and Cherie head to the Pit Stop where Phil gives them the bad news and they are eliminated.

Episode Thoughts
An alright episode this week.  Certainly better than those Oscars eh? 

The Detour and Road Block were fine tasks.  I wish there was more fun with the donkeys though or maybe those llamas.  A little disappointing that Art & JJ got a cooperative donkey and that no other teams got to interact with one.

But I hope this grouping/clumping/chunking up of teams at tasks isn’t going to be a regular thing this season.  Having teams grouped together actually takes some excitement out of the leg and prevents any placement changes before the Pit Stop.

Bunching up points like buses or, I guess, waiting for the postman are fine, but then the categorical division of teams into groups is strange.  It might give the TAR editors an easier time, but it makes for a less exciting and dynamic episode. 

Patios de Cafayate Winery
Cafayate, Argentina


Cafayate Town Square
Cafayate, Argentina

Mercado de Hacienda de Liniers
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mercado de Hacienda de Liniers
Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Gomero
Recoleto, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Patios de Cafayate Winery
Cafayate, Argentina

Rachel & Dave 2:46am
Brendon & Rachel 2:48am
Art & JJ 2:49am
Nary & Jamie 3:21am
Vanessa & Ralph 3:31am
Elliot & Andrew 4:21am
Kerri & Stacy 5:23am
Dave & Cherie 5:27am
Bopper & Mark 5:29am
Joey & Danny 5:35am



In order of completion
> or < indicates team switched Detours.

Who did the Road Block?
Where’s the beef?
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

1 Art JJ 1
1 Rachel Dave 1
1 Bopper Mark 1
1 Brendon Rachel 1
1 Nary Jamie 1
1 Kerri Stacy 1
1 Vanessa Ralph 1
1 Joey Danny 1
0 Elliot Andrew 2
1 Dave Cherie 1

0 Misa Maiya 1

El Gomero
Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1st Rachel & Dave =
2nd Art & JJ +1
3rd Bopper & Mark +6
4th Brendon & Rachel -2
5th Kerri & Stacy +2
6th Nary & Jamie -2
7th Vanessa & Ralph -2
8th Joey & Danny +2
9th Elliot & Andrew -3
Eliminated Dave & Cherie -2

Brendon & Rachel Brendon & Rachel – An okay leg for them.  I may love them, but I also know that they are best in small doses.  So I am glad that they haven’t taken over the show like Romber did in TAR7.  Some genuinely solid Racing, but also the fun drama only Rachel can bring.  I do hope Rachel can be more willing to work with others in the future.  Mark was willing to help, but she was being her usual (hilarious) Rachel-self.
Dave & Cherie Dave & Cherie – They were actually doing well and if it hadn’t been for that exploding window, they’d still be in it.  Of course, there’s Dave’s horrible math skills.  But it’s always a shame to see genuinely nice people who are excited to be on the Race get eliminated, especially this early.  
Bopper & Mark Bopper & Mark – Awesome.  They are just awesome.  Hilarious and they Race well too.  They’re definitely motivated by the million bucks, but they are definitely going to have fun working for it and that is always great to see on TAR.  I hope they go far, if not all the way. 
Joey & Danny Joey & Danny – For big, athletic guys, they’ve been Racing pretty horribly.  And that is hilarious.  Definitely the complete opposite of the stereotypical tanned, muscled, jerky Jersey boy.  And they aren’t even from Jersey, so there.  Again, they still seem like nice guys, but they’re going to have to step it up unless they decide to bumble their way through the Race.
Nary & Jamie Nary & Jamie – Okay leg for them with some luck on their side.  I think they have what it takes to go far, but they’re going to have to step it up a little bit and try to avoid putting themselves in situations where they’re fighting to get out of last.
Kerri & Stacy Kerri & Stacy – Like Nary & Jamie, an okay leg for them.  They’re definitely enthusiastic and happy to be on the Race, so I think they can do well too.  I mean, they knew how to put together the solar kitchen better than Joey & Danny.  So they’re definitely a team that could go far as well.  
Elliot & Andrew Elliot & Andrew – Another very under the radar leg from them.  And that might be pretty dangerous when it comes to Race longevity.  Though it looks there’s some sparks next week so let’s hope they deliver and maybe step their Race up.
Vanessa & Ralph Vanessa & Ralph – Another pretty quiet leg from them.  Nothing much Race-wise or personality-wise from them yet.  But looks like that’ll change next week for sure. 
Rachel & Dave Rachel & Dave – They definitely had a strong leg and are positioning themselves to be one of the Race’s dominant teams.  The government alliance tough, I could do without.  Here’s to seeing some great dysfunction from them next week though.
Art & JJ Art & JJ – Still a Michael & Louie vibe from them.  Which is not good for me.  And then they have to go and obsess over Brendon & Rachel the entire leg just for being part of that frenzy getting the clue.  Plus their government alliance is kind of annoying.
Quotes from Episode 20.02

Cherie: “I think we got a few screws loose.”

Rachel: “I don’t know anything about cows except they taste good as steak.”

Rachel: “You have a booger on your nose.”

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