Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 9 – The Ultimate Fun House
All teams are on the same train to Dresden, Germany. Right before 7am, Bates finds his bag has been stolen. But it’s okay since he has his passport with him.
Once in Dresden, teams must head to the Ministry of Finance where they’ll choose one of the brand new Ford Fusions.
Max & Katie get there first and find out they must answer three questions about their next destination by using the audible text message feature of the MyFord Touch system.
First question: Which U.S. president said ‘Tear down this wall.”? Max is embarrassed when he chooses JFK at first when the correct answer is Ronald Reagan, his favorite president.
Second question: To whom did President Reagan address it to? Mikhail Gorbachev
And final question, where did President Reagan say it? Brandenburg Gate in Berlin… their next Route Marker.
Joey & Meghan and Caroline & Jennifer are next, but have no idea. When they guess out of it, Anthony & Bates and Mona & Beth arrive. The country singers feel bad, but also proud for not waiting for the hockey bros.
They end up catching the girls anyway and the Bros soon take the lead, armed with the correct directions. But they run a yellow light, leaving the girls at the intersection and left to work on their own.
Max & Katie arrive at the Brandenburg Gate and open the next clue telling them to head to the Park Inn Hotel.
Joey & Meghan are a little bit behind in 2nd while Mona & Beth point Anthony & Bates to the cluebox, hoping they’ll be repaid fort their help.
Max & Katie stay in first and find out they must BASE fly 37 stories from the rooftop of the Park Inn Hotel to the ground below.
They do the jump and open the next clue to find the Detour. In Train Trials, teams head to the Deutsches Technikmuseum where they must use all the provided pieces to lay train tracks within a wooden platform. When a train is able to run one full circuit, they’ll get the next clue. In Font Follies, teams pick up to giant neon letters at Alexanderplatz and must deliver them to Buchstaben Museum in tact to receive their next clue.
Max & Katie choose Font Follies and maintain their lead while Joey & Meghan choose the trains. Caroline & Jennifer manage to meet up with Anthony & Bates and they both decide to do the letters, even though the country girls aren’t really excited about doing the Detour with a team that could beat them in a footrace.
Max & Katie deliver the letters and open the next clue telling them to travel to Salon zur wilden Renate for their next clue.
They enter a shady bar and are pointed to the clues revealing the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams needed to answer the question “Who said ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’?” (JFK) to gain entrance into a strange labyrinth which they must weave their way through to find “the white room” that contains the next clue.
Meanwhile, the lovebirds are looking for the museum when Anthony’s letter suddenly falls over and breaks. The bros stand around dumbfounded as the girls actually ask if it’s okay with them if they kept going. Anthony & Bates decide to switch to the trains.
Back at the Road Block, Katie is horrified by the crazy maze, but finds the clue and reunites with Max so they can head to the Pit Stop at Kurfürstendamm.
They step on the Mat and Phil officially checks them in as Team #1 and says they’ve each won a brand new 2013 Ford Fusion.
Joey & Meghan finish the trains on their 7th attempt while Mona & Beth deliver their letters with Caroline & Jennifer close behind.
While Joey & Meghan finish the Road Block, Mona & Beth have yet to arrive because they are lost. That allows Caroline & Jennifer to pass them, arriving at the Road Block first.
Joey & Meghan and Caroline & Jennifer end up Teams #2 and #3 respectively.
The hockey bros manage to catch up to Mona & Beth at the Road Block and Anthony and Beth work together inside the labyrinth.
They finish together and Anthony & Bates decide to just follow Mona & Beth and beat them in a footrace to the Mat. They do, but it turns out this is a non-elimination Leg.
Episode Thoughts This was a good, full episode. They actually had extra tasks! The quiz inside the Ford Fusions was a very good way to show off the car while still being challenging for the teams.
TAR did a nice little shoutout to President Reagan which should draw the complete opposite reaction the show drew after the Vietnam episodes. Hehe.
I always love night Legs. Seeing teams run around in the dark is always fun. It’s great for TAR to have made the letters Detour require the teams to run around on the streets. The train Detour was alright and the Road Block was insane, but nowhere near being the “top Road Block” in TAR history like Joey said. That is an overstatement of epic proportions there buddy.
The non-elimination Leg was not a surprise. And Phil definitely needs to come up with a new fakeout for the non-Elims.
Overall, one of the better Legs this season.
PIT START Bodmi Snowboard and Ski Schol Grindelwald, Switzerland
CONNECTIONS Basel, Switzerland Munich, Germany
ROUTE MARKERS Ministry of Finance Dresden, Germany
Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany
Park Inn Berlin Berlin
DETOUR Deutsches Technik Museum Berlin
Buchstaben Museum Berlin
ROAD BLOCK Salon zur wilden Renate Berlin
PIT STOP Kurfürstendamm Berlin, Germany
DEPARTURE Bodmi Snowboard and Ski Schol Grindelwald, Switzerland
Anthony & Bates 2:50am Mona & Beth 2:57am Max & Katie 3:01am Caroline & Jennifer 3:28am Joey & Meghan before 5:26am
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who wants to go trippin’? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
1st Max & Katie +2 2nd Joey & Meghan +3 3rd Caroline & Jennifer +1 4th Anthony & Bates -3 5th Mona & Beth -3
Max & Katie – An excellent Leg for them. They grabbed the lead and kept it the entire Leg. That’s the kind of Racing they need to do all the way to the end. And Max’s Republican-ness finally on the show too. =D
Caroline & Jennifer – They’re settling down and are Racing very consistently. While personality-wise they are pretty bland, their Racing is definitely making a good four-way Race for the final 3.
Mona & Beth – It would’ve been a solid Leg for them without their little go at the roundabout. They are still Racing well and are definitely in the mix, but they can’t be making the same mistake twice. And they need to keep from being frustrated too.
Bates & Anthony – Horrible Leg for them. They seemed aloof and lost the entire time. First with Caroline & Jennifer and then with Mona & Beth. Yeah, they’ll probably beat anyone in a footrace, but it really diminishes their strengths.
Joey & Meghan – “Top Road Block” in the history of The Amazing Race? Wow. Please, please, please, please be eliminated next. Thanks.
Quotes from Episode 22.09
Max: “Make sure you don’t bang it.”
Katie: “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Someone’s going to jump out and they’re going to get hurt.’ because I’m just gonna punch ’em.”