Recap: The Amazing Race 28, Episode 5 – We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today
First of all, have you seen this absurd list of The 25 Most Favorite Teams of All Time posted by CBS.com? It actually is more absurd than TAR28’s absurd opening credits of doom!
On to the episode. After teams are given new clothes, teams must search the streets of Chamonix for a Dacia car with one of the provided license plates. They will be driven in that car to Les Grands Montets Gondola Station.
There, teams will choose a guide and collect gear and a baguette which they will take with them up Mont Blanc and the summit of Les Grands Montets.
To get the next clue, teams must pull themselves along a line to the hanging envelopes.
Those envelopes reveal the Detour: Dynamite or Campsite.
In Dynamite, teams will deliver a dynamite and a baguette to crews who perform controlled avalanches to prevent the accumulation of snow on the slopes.
In Campsite, teams must set up a tent based on an example.
Brodie & Kurt, Tyler & Korey and Matt & Dana choose Dynamite. After Ashley has to get a 2nd clue when she drops her first, she and Burnie choose Campsite.
Sheri fights through tears to do the zipline because Cole is afraid of heights. She gets through it and suggests they do Dynamite.
Blair jokes to Erin & Joslyn about making sure to grab lunch with the dynamite.
Meanwhile, Brodie & Kurt arrive at Plan Praz Gondola Station and find the Road Block: Who feels the wind beneath their wings?
For this Road Block, teams will go tandem paragliding and must keep an eye out for the yeti (which is right in front of them). When they get back on solid ground, they must answer a question correctly to get the next clue.
Brodie and Korey do the Road Block. Brodie messes up the run down the hill, so Korey is able to pass him. Immediately after takeoff, they both see the yeti waving the French flag.
Back at the Detour, Cole agrees to do Dynamite while Erin & Joslyn are still looking for lunch. Burnie & Ashley discover the tent is taking a long time.
Korey reunites with Tyler after giving the correct answer about the yeti and the flag. They can now make their way to the Pit Stop at the Dr. Paccard Statue. Brodie apologizes to Kurt for putting them in 2nd.
Tyler & Korey step on the Mat and Phil tells them they’re going to Boracay in the Philippines.
Sheri & Cole think they are last, but Burnie & Ashley show up behind them. Sheri suggests they work together to pass others, but Burnie says they’ll just race.
Matt, Blair, Rachel are next to do the Road Block. They end up stepping on the Mat as Teams 3 to 5.
Erin, Ashley and Sheri (arriving in that order) are tied for last and the pilots are waiting for the right wind. Ashley is allowed to go first, but faceplants into the snow. Sheri is then next to run down and is able to takeoff.
Erin goes next, but falls right at the start. Ashley fails a 2nd time as well.
Cole is surprised to see his mom arriving next. Ashley reunites with Burnie. For some reason, Burnie & Ashley finish 6th and Sheri & Cole are 7th.
That means Erin & Joslyn are last, but this is a Non-… and are eliminated.
Seriously? This was a horrible Leg. Complete waste of a stunning location. But then again, these European mountain snow Legs have never really been conducive to competition. And when that’s the case, then it most certainly should be a Non-Elimination Leg.
It was a linear Leg that was mainly an hour-long commercial for beautiful Chamonix and Mont Blanc in France. And this was the episode before the March Madness hiatus. Craziness!
A completely sketchy Leg all around.
Let’s back up to the start of the episode though. Hello non-sponsors REI and Automobile Dacia!
The high wire clue was fine. The Detour choices were okay, though completely unbalanced again. It’s kind of a cop out that the teams didn’t even witness a single explosion. But that Detour choice also helped prolong the linear nature of the Leg. As did the paragliding, which is absolutely a TAR staple.
All visually stunning tasks. But not very good in a competition sense. TAR is still a Race, after all. This episode was being hyped as one of the best ever.
Umm… the person who thought that must have been the same person who came up with the “Most Favorite” teams list after looking at Wikipedia and looking at only teams finishing Top 3 while throwing in Jeff & Jordan since Jeff actually works for CBS.com.
This Leg was almost as bad as last week’s Leg. The pretty mountains and all the snow were the only things that help this episode barely top it.
Aside from being a competition, TAR is of course a travel show that shows off the world. But TAR can be travel porn while still providing exciting competition. That did not happen this Leg (or last).
Anyway, first Philippine trip from Travelocity! And of course it’s Boracay, one of the biggest (though beautiful) tourist traps in the country. lol
This three-week hiatus might actually be a good thing. By April 1st, we might forget how horrible these episodes have been and we can only hope things get better with Episode 6 and beyond.
My Subjective Team Rankings
What did the teams really do this week to really change anyone’s opinion of them though?
Looking back though, Blair joking with Erin & Joslyn about the lunch looks like a pretty douchey move now that they’ve been eliminated. Of course, editing could’ve just made it a bigger deal than it was. But TAR editing made a conscious choice of pointing out Blair causing Erin & Joslyn to go walking around for lunch before they are eventually eliminated. Umm, okay.
Sheri was great all Leg. But this Kurt & Brodie vs Tyler & Korey “rivalry” has to be one of the most boring ever.
Tyler: “Why would you eat me?”
Dana: “These toes are not for sale.”
Dana: “I’m gonna be sick, I think. I’m gonna die.”
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