The Final Four set off on the 22nd Leg of the Race by flying to Broken Hill. Upon arrival, teams must head to the Palace Hotel, spiritual home of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Teams find their next clue next to the Big Heel.
That clue tells teams to follow clues to find four street intersections named after elements. At each intersection, teams must pick up equipment or chemicals and then find the mad scientist with whom they will conduct an experiment.
Jaskirat & Anurag slip into the lead at this first task and decide not to tell 2nd place Ashleigh & Amanda anything on this final Elimination Leg. Chris & Aleisha are in third and the Cowboys are bringing in the rear. They decide to follow Chris & Aleisha, but a local points them back in the other, correct way.
The Super Sikhs maintain their lead and open the next clue revealing a Road Block: Who’s watching their weight? For this Road Block, teams must find Junction Mine where they must shovel dirt from a pile and fill a barrel on a seesaw to attempt to balance it out with their teammate on the other end.
Ashleigh & Amanda arrive at the mine first and Amanda gets started transferring the dirt. The Sikhs arrive and Anurag has an easier time transferring more weight. But Ashleigh & Amanda stay in the lead. They can now drive to Silverton and find the John Dynon Gallery. There, they must count all the wheels on all the gallery’s pushbikes and tricycles to receive their next clue.
Chris & Aleisha had fallen to last after the experiment, but move into third arriving at the mine. Chris has chosen to do the Road Block and they are unsure where to get the dirt. They ask Jaskirat & Anurag who tell them that they can just shovel dirt from anywhere. But Aleisha doesn’t think that’s right and they eventually find the pile.
The Cowboys arrive and are able to move quickly. But Chris & Aleisha move quicker. They leave the Road Block in 2nd after their first attempt. The Cowboys move into 3rd, leaving the Super Sikhs in last.
The Cowboys say that Ashleigh & Amanda were leaving just as they arrived.
Chris & Aleisha are hopeful seeing Ashleigh & Amanda still at the wheels. Brendon & Jackson also arrive soon after. Chris & Aleisha are first to go in for a check. But their first guess is incorrect. Ashleigh & Amanda go in and also get the thumbs down.
Jaskirat & Anurag finally get the thumbs up at the mine on their 5th attempt and hurry to try and catch up at the gallery.
All four teams are now running around counting. Ashleigh & Amanda go in with a guess of 107 and it is correct. The Cowboys also get the answer.
Teams can now make their way on foot to the Silverton Pub where they must drink a cocktail of ingredients off the menu out of two boots. Ashleigh & Amanda and Brendon & Jackson are struggling to down the strange concoction and then they realize they have to do two.
After the drink, teams can now make their way to the Mad Max Museum, the Pit Stop.
Chris & Aleisha are next to get the correct number of wheels and now must find the Pub. But they see the flags at the Mad Max Museum and are unsure if that’s where they’re supposed to go. Ashleigh & Amanda and Brendon & Jackson are running toward the museum. But seeing Jaskirat & Anurag struggling, Ashleigh & Amanda tell Jaskirat & Anurag the correct answer.
The Super Sikhs then manage to arrive at the Pub before Chris & Aleisha.
Ashleigh & Amanda step on the Mat as Team #1 and Brendon & Jackson take 2nd.
Jaskirat & Anurag finish their drinks next and step on the Mat in 3rd.
That means Chris & Aleisha are last and unfortunately eliminated.
The scavenger hunt-ish first task was a good way to start the Leg. It was a straightforward task, but as we saw, it can definitely trip up some teams. And it was not a linear task! Woohoo!
The Road Block was a good, creative task. Especially as it involved their teammates. But at the same time, is there a bit of a disadvantage for heavier partners? I have no idea. But I liked it. A good physical and also a bit of a mental task as well. And having to do it in such hot, windy conditions is a great.
The wheels counting is an okay Leg filler and can certainly trip up a team who isn’t careful. Interesting editing showed Ashleigh & Amanda so far ahead at the wheels, yet the Cowboys said they had been on their way out at the mine when they arrived.
Anyway, knowing this was a “give an answer” task, I feared the alliance would share the answer with each other. I was happy when it appeared I would be proven wrong… and then they went and shared the answer. Disgusting. But not surprising. TAR32 and now TARAu5 are really putting out horrible vibes into the Amazing Race universe and I hope somehow it gets disinfected before any new TAR season is produced.
Another eating task? I’m sure the casuals will be as upset with another eating task as they were with the multiple dancing tasks. *giggle*
Anyway, horrible result of course. But an okay Leg overall. Except for the show allowing teams to just avoid actually doing tasks.
My Subjective Team Rankings
I was prepared for Chris & Aleisha to be eliminated this Leg. Definitely sad to see them go, but the writing was on the wall. (The spoilers were also on the wall as the three alliance teams were spotted on the Final Leg.) Anyway, the pressure definitely got to them at the start of the Leg. If they had not gotten so lost, they would’ve had a comfortable cushion and perhaps hadn’t been so under pressure. It’s too bad. But I really enjoyed their emergence during the Race. And they Raced every Leg since the beginning!
I liked Jaskirat & Anurag not telling Ashleigh & Amanda anything with the chemicals, but I didn’t like them telling Chris & Aleisha to just shovel dirt from anywhere. lol A rough Leg for them. And if they don’t recapture the magic from the start of the season, they are going to lose to the Gold Coast Girls.
This is definitely Ashleigh & Amanda‘s Race to lose. I wish I liked them more. But I don’t. Brendon & Jackson say the lesson they learned from the drinking task was to “Never accept a drink from a drag queen.” That’s pretty offensive.
I don’t know what it is about Network 10, but I have not been a big fan of either Final 3 for their seasons. (Though I at least liked last season’s final 3 teams well enough.) And the team I had been rooting for gets eliminated in the most heartbreaking way in 4th. Bad luck Network 10.
Amanda: “I feel like I’m gonna vomit.”