Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 11 – “They got a horseshoe stuck in their rear end.”


The Leg
There’s no time to waste as Nick & Starr the first clue on the final leg of the 13th season of The Amazing Race.
Teams will travel to their final destination city, Portland, Oregon.  There, they will take a taxi to Tilikum Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Newberg, Oregon where they will find their next clue.

Nick & Starr can’t believe they’re at the end of the Race, but that they are still a long way from the end.   They have a good feeling about the final leg.
Dandrew say they persevered through the Race and that they aren’t going to just be chicken feed for Nick & Star and Ken & Tina in the final leg (he spoke too soon).  Their “Moscow miracle” brought them to the final 3.
Ken & Tina have their eye on the prize as they always have, and they are positive about where their relationship is heading.  Tina promises not to help anyone but themselves this leg.  

All the teams take the same Lufthansa flight through Frankfurt and upon their arrival in Portland, the Race has really started.

Nick & Starr get out of the airport first, but Ken & Tina are right behind.  Dandrew, already has trouble with their taxi driver and the rattlesnakes are cued.  Nick & Starr’s driver drives past the street they were to turn at allowing Ken & Tina to get to the clue first and find the Detour.

In this Detour, teams must choose between two activities used to improve the balance and reduce the fear of people working in Oregon’s logging industry.
In High & Dry, each team member must climb 30 feet up a tree, walk across a 40 foot log and leap for one half of their next clue hanging from a trapeze.  If they fall without their clue, they have to start over.
In Low & Wet, teams must walk 850 feet across the water on log bridges to get their clue.

 Ken & Tina choose the High & Dry as Nick & Starr arrive.  Dandrew are still lost and they use the driver’s cell phone to try to get them to the retreat center.

Ken quickly grabs his clue half, and Nick catches up.  Tina’s helmet becomes a nuisance as she stops every couple of feet to put it back on the top of her head to avoid the strap from choking her.  Starr, meanwhile, passes her and the siblings are off first, but Ken & Tina are right behind.

Teams now make their way to The Bridge of the Gods where they will zip line 2000 feet to the island below for their next clue.
On the way, Nick  & Starr’s taxi driver drives past the exit again, allowing Ken & Tina to move back into first.  The siblings arrive just as Ken & Tina get their next clue.
Before moving on, teams have to complete a puzzle board that had the teams needing to remember their time on the Race.  Each team had a puzzle board that had 10 spaces.  Uncovering each space, teams would find either a Route Marker, Detour, or Road Block symbol.  They’ll use those clues to search among 150 clue boxes for pictures that correspond to the symbol and the leg of the Race.  When they have the correct picture in the space, a green light will light up and the teams can move on to the next leg.  When they have all 10, they can look for their next clue.  

Ken & Tina and Nick & Starr are neck and neck at the task while Dandrew is still on the road.

The pressure is on as the two teams run around the field of clue boxes.  Tina doesn’t want to worry about the siblings, but Nick & Starr pass them and regain the lead.

They get their next clue telling them to head into downtown Portland, to the Portland Building where they’ll have to search for a green dinosaur located at the Standard Plaza across the street.  Their next clue is waiting there.

Ken & Tina are right behind Nick & Starr into downtown Portland.  Ken & Tina make a right turn while Nick & Starr head straight.  The siblings arrive at the building first with Ken & Tina getting stuck in traffic.

Nick & Starr find dinosaur and the next clue telling them to head to the Alder Street Cart Pod where they must search for a Russian Food Cart.  They take off while Ken & Tina stay close behind.

At the Russian Food Cart, the lady hands Nick & Starr their next clue telling them to make their way to “where the magic is in the hole” referring to Voodoo Doughnut where their next clue is waiting outside.

Nick & Starr ask a woman if she knows where it is, but she suggests looking in a phonebook.  They eventually get directions from a guy on the corner.

Ken & Tina get their clue and ask that a woman for directions.  The same woman who didn’t know for Nick & Starr gives Ken & Tina specific directions and even tells them to go this other way since the people before them went the long way.

Running through downtown Portland, Nick & Starr finally arrive at the clue which tells them to head to Pittock Mansion and follow the marked path to the finish line.  They run to find a taxi.

Ken & Tina get the clue and they head off to find a taxi also. Neither team has any luck getting one fast as a taxi with a passenger refuses Ken’s $50 offer.

Both teams finally find taxis and it is a taxi ride to the finish line.  Ken & Tina say a little prayer as Starr is about to freak out with excitement.

The Philiminated teams are already cheering at the finish line as the winners’ taxi arrives and Nick & Starr come running to win The Amazing Race 13.  

Ken & Tina take 2nd and Phil asks them if they were able to reconnect on the Race to which Ken replies with reaching into his Race pack and pulling out a pouch holding a ring to which he puts on Tina’s finger (with Phil looking over his shoulder) and says he wants to start their relationship over right at that moment.  They kiss.

Dandrew officially finishes 3rd and Dan says what a perfect way to end the Race, exactly the way started, with a bunch of mistakes.

And so another season of  The Amazing Race is over and we have to wait only 10 weeks for the next season!

Leg Overall
Much kudos to the TAR editors for making the episode very exciting even though it was pretty obvious who was  going to win (long before the last taxi ride).

It was also great though that Nick & Starr and Ken & Tina stayed so close throughout the leg, you didn’t need editing for that.

The Detour seemed pretty unexciting, but the Road Block-esque final task was great.  It would’ve been more awesome if it was right before the finish line like in TAR8 and TAR9. Since those two seasons, I’ve thought it would be so much more exciting to have the final task right before the finish line.  The added tension of having the finish line just around the corner or a run away is so much better than a taxi ride.

Though the teams seemed to make it harder for themselves than they need to, the task was nowhere near as epic as TAR12’s final Road Block.  I’d love to see next season’s final task be as challenging and then have the finish line be far enough away, but within sight from the location of the final task.  Ooo… the drama and tension of being almost there! 😀

Season wrap-up coming soon!


         LEG ELEVEN

VDNKh Park
Moscow, Russia

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Tilikum Christian Camp & Retreat Center,
Newberg, Oregon

Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks
Portland Building/Standard Plaza, Portland
Adler Street Food Pod, Portland
Voodoo Doughnut, Portland

Pittock Mansion
Portland, Oregon

VDNKh Park
Moscow, Russia

Nick & Starr 10:56pm
Andrew & Dan 2:28am
Ken & Tina 3:30am




There was no Road Block in the final leg

1 AJA TY 3
italic indicates who did Road Block this week

The clues for the final task:
Leg 1Route Info: The carts
Leg 2Detour: Boats
Leg 3Road Block: Fighting Cholitas
Leg 4Pit Stop: Summerhill Farm Sheep
Leg 5Road Block: Angkor Wat
Leg 6Route Info: Ambassador Hotel
Leg 7Detour: Indian Power Lines
Leg 8Pit Stop: Old Square
Leg 9Route Info: Monastery
Leg 10Road Block: Lenin & Stalin

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… They raced almost as well as Nick & Starr did and more than deserve 2nd place.  Ken’s “proposal” at the mat was great and best of luck to them.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  They couldn’t be denied the win, they dominated a good part of the Race, by no means perfect, but more then deserve their 1st place win. 
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… Well, like Dan said, they ended like they started… with mistakes.  Story of the Race life I guess.   
Quotes from Episode 13-11
Ken: “I’ll tell ya, Nick and Starr got a horseshoe stuck in their rear end.”


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Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 9 – “That is studly!”


The Leg
Birthday boy Nick and Starr set off from the Pit Stop first as they learn their next destination is Moscow, Russia.  Once there, they’ll take a taxi to Krutitsy Monastery where they will light a candle to receive their next clue.  

Toni & Dallas are off next and Dallas notes how hopefully they’ll finally get 1st.  Ken & Tina, again, relate how their rocky relationship is affecting them in the Race, but that they’ll work through it.

At the airport, the Dallas and Starr love story continues and he tells her how frustrated (in a flirty way of course) he is with the siblings winning every leg.  

It turns out Dandrew never did get their shoes back from the puppets, so they “jacked” some slippers from the maid at the hotel.  They also mention how no one expected them to make it as far as they have… “we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
At the airport, foreshadowing their money troubles later on, they lower their taxi fare and then figure they have enough money to buy some shoes at the airport.  $160 for the shows I think.

RHYTHM OR FOODMorning comes, and all teams board the 6:05am flight from Almaty to Moscow.
Teams come running out of the airport looking for taxis, and it is Dandrew who grabs one first by running to the parking lot.  They’re off, and then worry about the taxi possibly being too expensive.

Nick & Starr get in a taxi, ask if the driver speaks English, and take “Нет” to mean “Yes.”  So begins the siblings’ taxi troubles.

But they and Toni & Dallas arrive at the monastery first and their next clue tells them to go to Kolosok Camp, a decommissioned military base on the outskirts of Moscow to find their next clue.

Nick & Starr get in their taxi first and leave Toni & Dallas behind.
Meanwhile, Dandrew arrive next at the monastery with Ken & Tina in last.

Toni & Dallas calculate they’re spending $100 to go from each clue to the next and worry they could be out of money quick.
They get to the camp first and find the Detour.

In this Detour, teams will take part in “two activities  that will entrench will them in Russia’s strong military tradition, Boots or Borscht.  For both Detours, teams will have to don a complete military uniform. 
In Boots, teams will join a training squad and learn a traditional parade march.  When ready, teams will fall in line and complete one lap of the parade grounds and wait for the okay from the drill sergeant.
In Borscht, teams will find a mess tent and serve borscht to a table of 75 waiting soldiers.

Toni & Dallas choose Boots and they head into the tent to find uniforms with their names on them.  They headed outside to watch a demonstration on how to put on traditional foot wraps before they could put on their boots.  

Nick & Starr meanwhile are having more trouble, not understanding a word of their driver who is lost.  Starr gets very frustrated (the grimace not leaving her face the entire leg), Nick tries to calm her down.
Back at the camp, Ken & Tina and Dandrew arrive and both choose Boots.  Andrew says he has 6 years of marching band experience, so the Detour would be easy for him.

Toni & Dallas start marching, and Ken & Tina are right behind.  Toni wants a rhythm, Dallas thinks its easy while Tina has fun and Ken thinks she was cute side by side with the soldiers. Andrew, meanwhile is having trouble putting on the foot wraps and Dan starts to get impatient, wondering if they should do the other Detour.

Toni & Dallas get the “Да” from the drill sergeant and get their next clue telling them to make their way to the town of Zhukovsky and to a bakery where they’ll find their next clue.

As they are leaving, Nick & Starr finally arrive and choose Boots.  Dandrew gives up on putting on their uniform and decide to do the Borscht but don’t realize until later that they still have to wear a uniform for the other Detour.

Ken & Tina get the yes and are off. 
Nick & Starr (who are wearing each other’s uniform, I must add) begin to march as Andrew, on their way to the Borscht, realize their mistake.

Dandrew relates how they have made so many dumb mistakes that a compilation video should be made.

Nick & Starr breeze past Dandrew.  Dan can’t get the rhythm of the march and after laughs from the soldiers and a frustrated Andrew, they decide to do the Borscht.

Toni & Dallas meanwhile arrive at the bakery and find the Road Block.

In this Road Block, teams must become a delivery person and unload 50 55lb bags of flour and take them into the bakery, arranging them horizontally on the floor.  They lady will hand them their next clue when finished.

Dallas gets to it, taking two bags in at a time and we are introduced to the tough shop owner.  (“That won’t do!”  “Be careful!” “Follow instructions!”)  Toni worries Dallas will get himself exhausted.
Ken & Tina arrive and Ken starts unloading.

Back on the road, Starr’s frustration continues.  Back at the camp, Dandrew starts serving the Borscht to the hungry soldiers and have some fun with it. (“Anna Kournikova. Hm?  Maria Sharapova!”)
When the finish, they head to the “yum yum” bakery and again worry about running out of money.

At the bakery, Dallas finishes and they get their next clue to the Pit Stop, Neskuchny Sad Park.  Toni & Dallas are off just as Ken gives the shop owner kisses on the cheek before they leave.  They see Nick & Starr on their way out as Nick starts the Road Block.  

“Hee’s not fit” says the shop owner as Nick pushes through it.  After letting their non-English speaking taxi driver go, Nick & Starr now run around looking for a taxi.  Starr, her frustration growing, jumps in  the middle of the street, in front of cars and taxis hoping to find one.

Dandrew make it to the bakery with Dan doing the “simply, Neanderthal” Road Block.As Dan finishes, Nick & Starr find a taxi, who doesn’t know where he’s going and they switch to another.

All four teams are on their way to the Pit Stop.  Dandrew’s money worries return as Nick & Starr’s latest cab driver assures them that they are going in the right direction (“You’ve said that a million times.”  *shrugs* “What can I do?”)

At Gate 14, Toni & Dallas run into the park looking for the library and the mat.  Ken & Tina are right behind them.  

Ultimately, Toni & Dallas arrive at the Mat first…
Toni: “Say it Phil.”
Phil: “Say what?”
Dallas: “That you’re team number one!”
Phil: “You really want me to say that?”
Mother and son finally win a leg and a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Ken & Tina come in 2nd, telling Phil they’re on their way back up.

Nick just isn’t having Starr’s crying and tells her to stop since it’s not going to help anything.  They head into the park, but her impatience continues.
Meanwhile just outside, Dandrew doesn’t have enough money to pay for the cab and have no idea what to do.  The taxi driver isn’t letting them go and starts smoking a cigarette until giving up on them.  

Nick & Starr think they’re last, but end up 3rd.
Dandrew arrives last, but it is unsurprisingly a non-elimination.

So we are almost at the final leg.  One more to go and we’ll have our final 3 racing back home. 

Toni & Dallas officially make 3 of the final 4 and possibly (if Dandrew is eliminated next week), have the only 3 teams to have won legs be the ultimate final 3.

This leg spent a rare amount of time in taxis.  I don’t remember a time when taxi drama took even more time than airport drama usually would in an episode (though no amount of taxi drama could top Charla & Mirna’s pseudo-taxi drama in All-Stars).

The military Detour is fitting, though uneventful save for the hilarity of Dan’s lack of coordination.

With the Road Block, imagine the divorcees doing that manual labor.
I am surprised though the clue was so obvious… “Who has a strong back?”
Usually, they are more cryptic than that, especially for tasks that require heavy lifting.  (Like TAR6’s Senegal Road Block that had almost all the women of the teams lugging huge baskets of salt through the water)

Not the most exciting episode of the season, nor the most surprising result, but we’re down the wire and the finish line is almost in sight.


         LEG NINE


Old Square
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Moscow, Russia

Krutitsy Monastery
Moscow, Russia

Kolosok Camp
Outside Moscow

Zhukovsky Bakery
Zhukovski, Russia

Neskuchniy Garden
Moscow, Russia

Old Square
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Nick & Starr 9:21pm
Toni & Dallas 10:47pm
Ken & Tina 11:17pm
Dan & Andrew 12:41am



  *Andrew & Dan attempted Boots

(as of Leg 9, in order of completion)
Who Has a Strong Back?

1 AJA TY 3

italic indicates who did Road Block this week

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Toni & Dallas Toni & Dallas… It is great to finally see them take 1st.  They’ve definitely worked hard for it.  I think they have been the only team to avoid making any mistakes during the Race and as long as they continue that way, they have a good shot.
Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… Great for them continuing to make steps to mend their relationship.  It’s definitely showed in the Race and their racing is a testament to them working well together.  Barring any big mistakes, they certainly have a shot at making a run for the million as well.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  Everything’s not so happy-go-lucky when you’re trailing huh?  Looks like Starr can’t handle the pressure well and if Nick can’t calm her down, that could not be a good thing for them in the final 2 legs of the Race.  It was good to see them knocked down a peg or two, if only to remind them that they aren’t just skating by and that they have to continue to push themselves to stay at the top. 
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… Their luck comes in handy again, but it can only take them so far.  I don’t know about people rooting for their underdog status, but they are right about a compilation video of their mistakes being very, very long.   Their level of escaping their own little mistakes is unprecedented on TAR, no question and could’ve only been passed by Kelly & Christy if they were still on the Race.   As I say every week, they have a steep hill to climb if they want to go to the end. 
Quotes from Episode 13-09
Andrew: “We’re looking for the monastery.”
Dan: “That red thing could sure be it.  It looks churchy.”
Andrew: “Only Dan and I would say something looks ‘churchy’.”


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Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 8 – “Be a good ass!”


The Leg
Nick & Starr leave the Pit Stop first for the 4th time as they get their clue telling them to make their way to Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Once there, they’ll take a taxi to the Al Agro Chicken Factory to search for the next clue on the grounds.

The siblings wonder when their luck will run out, while Toni thinks they’re flying under the radar.  At the hotel, while Toni and Nick are concentrated on looking for flights, Dallas and Starr continue their flirting (signaled by harps playing).  They find one flight on Lufthansa that takes them into Kazakhstan at 11:50pm.

Terence & Sarah head straight to the airport, and while Terence stresses about something, Sarah says she’s in a very good mood.  Ken & Tina say they’re doing a better job of communicating, but not yet where they want to be.

Dandrew realize the teams they are up against are not to be messed with, but that they’re still in it.

At the airport, Terence & Sarah head to Aeroflot and find a flight through Moscow that gets them in at 1:20am, but with only 2 tickets.  Ken & Tina spot the siblings and Toni & Dallas at Lufthansa and head straight there.  They get tickets and only 3 teams make the first flight through Frankfurt.  Terence & Sarah settle for the next flight through Moscow, while Dandrew end up on a later flight through Dubai.

FAST CHICKENSThe first flight arrives in Kazakhstan and they all rush to the chicken factory only to find our first Hours of Operation of the Race, allowing for the last 2 times to catch up before it opens at 7:30am. 

On the way, Sarah thinks they’ll be eating chickens which Terence hopes isn’t the case.

As the gate opens, the teams sprint to the waiting clue box where they find the Road Block and the Fast Forward.

In this Road Block, teams will “have a close encounter of the bird kind” (according to Phil).  They’ll have to head inside the chicken shack and search through a sea of 30,000 chickens for one of only seven golden eggs, which they will exchange for their next clue.
In the Fast Forward, teams must head to a local restaurant where they will eat a local delicacy, Beshbarmak, whose main ingredient is the fat from the rear end of a sheep.  When both team members finish their servings, they’ll get their Fast Forward clue.

Nick & Starr and Terence & Sarah both rush to the Fast Forward.  Sarah isn’t sure about going for it, but Terence assures her and they both agree this is a Race and they have to do what they can.

Meanwhiel, Toni, Andrew, and Tina head into the shack for the Road Block and Toni finds a golden egg first as she and Dallas get their next clue.

Teams now have to search the grounds for giant crane trucks which they must take to the Koktobe Arch at the foothills of the Tienshan Mountains.  There they will follow a marked path to meet some Mongol Warriors where they will wait for their next clue.

Toni & Dallas head off, while Tina is right behind Andrew with the eggs.
At the Fast Forward, Nick & Starr dig right in while Terence, a vegetarian, says he hasn’t eaten meat in 15-16 years.  He realizes it’s for a million dollars though and starts eating.  Starr starts to gag, but so does Terence.  The siblings continue eating as Terence debates  whether or not he can finish.  Sarah says she can keep going, but they ultimately decide Terence won’t be able to and they quit the Fast Forward and have to rush back to the chicken farm to do the Road Block, allowing Nick & Starr to win the Fast Forward.

Meanwhile, Toni & Dallas are led into a clearing by a Mongol Warrior and await their clue which is attached to the foot of an eagle that flies towards them and lands on the arm of a warrior.
The clue reveals their Detour.

In this Detour, teams must choose between Play Like Mad and Act Like Fools.
In Play Like Mad, teams take a taxi to the Museum of Folk Musical Instruments where they will learn to play a simple Kazakh folk tune on two instruments, the dombra and the shang-kobuz. When the instructor thinks they’ve learned the song, the teams will head to the park and earn tips equivalent to $1.50 to exchange for their next clue.
In Act Like Fools, teams make their way to a children’s puppet theatre.  There, they will don a 2-person cow costume.  Then dressed as a cow, teams will walk to the corner of Zhibek Zholy and Kunaev where they will find a marked stall and drink a glass of milk, which will reveal their next destination.  Teams will then walk to the Zelyoniy Bazaar and find the marked butcher stall in the meat section where they’ll deliver themselves and receive their next clue.

Toni & Dallas choose the cow and head back down as Ken & Tina head up.  Dandrew are lost in the city, as they get frustrated when no one will even speak to them.
Terence & Sarah arrive back at the chickens as Sarah heads into the chicken sea and like her care with the birds last week, takes care in asking the chickens to stand up so she can look under and to move so she can pass through.  She finds the egg and they’re off to the warriors.

At the Pit Stop, Nick & Starr arrive 1st and each win a 180-hp wave runner.

At the puppet theatre, Dallas takes the front half and Toni takes the back half and head out just as Ken & Tina walk in.  On the way to the milk stand, mother and son have fun as Dallas moos his way along the streets.

Tina, meanwhile, expresses her concern of being in the back as she is a navigator so she’s the head and they head out.

Back at foothills of the mountains, Andrew walks ahead of his partner, while Dan is a little behind.  Andrew asks Dan if he’s okay and he offers to carry his bag, but Dan simply asks his partner to walk with him, but Andrew won’t have it.  (“The Race isn’t won by walking everywhere.”)

Back to the cows, Toni & Dallas arrive at the street corner but pass by the milk stand.  Ken & Tina see it and she drinks the glass of milk but has no idea what to do next and think they’re at the wrong stand.  Toni & Dallas come walking back and Ken & Tina leave as the mother & son get their clue at the bottom of the glass and head to the bazaar.

Ken & Tina head back to the stall and find the clue, but think they have to return the costume first, so they walk back to the theatre.  Dandrew is still back at the mountain and are trying to decide who’ll be where in the cow.

Toni & Dallas arrive at the market and find the marked stall and receive their clue telling them to make their way on foot to the Pit Stop, Old Square, the oldest part of the city.  They must bring their cow head with them to the Mat.

As they leave the market, Ken & Tina come walking up and Dallas asks where’s their costume.  They tell Ken & Tina that they need to still be wearing their costume, but Ken & Tina head in anyway.  The lady won’t give them their clue without their costume.  They head back.  

Toni & Dallas say they shouldn’t have told them the critical piece of info.  Regardless, they arrive at the Mat, Phil’s eyebrow in full force and take 2nd.

Terence & Sarah head off from the mountain as Dandrew leave their shoes at the theatre and head out in their costume.  They ask an older man to take them to the milk stand and he does, for 1000.  Ken & Tina return to the butcher and they finally get their clue.  They finish 3rd.

It is now between Terence & Sarah and Dandrew.

Terence & Sarah are being led a nice man who asks if they’re tired.  They say to go faster.
Dandrew get their clue from the butcher, but don’t read carefully enough and take a taxi to the Pit Stop.  Phil tells them to go back and read their clue correctly.

Terence & Sarah get their clue at the bazaar and we are to believe they are neck and neck.  Dandrew has another little spat walking back to the Pit Stop about being patient with each other.  

Despite their disagreements, Dandrew barely escape elimination again and place 4th.

Terence & Sarah arrive last at the Pit Stop and despite Phil’s misleading pause, they are Philiminated.
They say they’ll take away a lot from the Race and hope to spend the rest of their lives together.

Finally! We get some fun animals on the Race, not only live but huge talking ones as well.

We get the first hours of operation on this Race (and it was a legitimate one).  I can’t complain too much about that bunching.

I’m kind of so-so on the Fast Forward though since I’m not really a fan of the eating challenges.  I guess they’re standard, but I’m sure they could come up with better, still cultural tasks that don’t involve food going into the Racers and coming back out a few minutes later.

The Road Block was not the typical needle in a haystack  task, though I wouldn’t even really call it that either.  It was just great having all the chickens there and it was funny and I guess a little cute seeing Sarah being gentle with the chickens this week as she was with the birds at the hospital last week.

The clue with the Mongol Warriors reminded me of a TAR8 clue where the teams met a trained elephant.  An eagle is just as awesome I think, couple with the warriors. 

 The Detour, I’m sure the instruments and asking the old ladies for money would  be fun, but the cows were just so much more fun and probably easier as long as you read your clue carefully. 

It’s a wonder that even down to the final 5, teams still make the little mistakes that could cost them the Race.  Lucky for Ken & Tina and Dandrew this leg, but those kinds of little things could really spell the end of the Race for you if you aren’t lucky enough to recover or someone else makes a bigger mistake than you. 

And Nick & Starr take 1st again.  While it’s great to see a team doing well, it makes me want the Fast Forward back on every leg again just to see other teams come back from behind or something and take 1st.  That could have an adverse affect too, but I guess that’s the price to pay.

All in all, a great leg.  Definitely lots of fun.


         LEG EIGHT


Humayun’s Tomb
Delhi, India

Frankfurt, Germany
Moscow, Russia
Dubai, UAE

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Al Agro Chicken Factory
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Restaurant, Almaty, Kazakhstan

State Children’s Puppet Theatre
Corner of Zhibek Zholy and Kunaev
Zelyoniy Bazaar
Museum of Kazakh National Instruments
Panfilov Park

Koktobe Arch
Tienshan Mountains, Almaty
Old Square
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Humayun’s Tomb
Delhi, India

Nick & Starr 10:14pm
Toni & Dallas 10:24pm
Terence & Sarah 10:43pm
Ken & Tina 11:48pm
Dan & Andrew 12:00am



Used fast forward

(as of Leg 8, in order of completion)
Close encounters of the bird kind


1 AJA TY 3

italic indicates who did Road Block this week

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Toni & Dallas Toni & Dallas… It was great seeing them have fun together, especially during the Detour, while still racing well.  So far, they and Dallas’ love connection are the teams that haven’t made any major blunders and that bodes well for them as long as they keep it up.  Speaking of love, that’s all fine as long as they keep it out of the Race and know when it’s time to step it up and concentrate, which they have managed to do.  
Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… Lucky for them, their two oversights didn’t cost them the leg, which could have easily done in another leg.  They too are doing well, despite that, and you can definitely see them working better together.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  What can be said?  They have emerged as the dominant team, which in the end, doesn’t really mean much unless they keep it up to the finish line.  We’ll see how their smooth sailing hits rough waters next week (if it does). 
Terence & Sarah Terence & Sarah… They really have come a long way in terms of racing.  They’ve made less mistakes, yet Terence’s intensity still needed to be toned down at times, but I guess it’s just part of his personality and Sarah is comfortable with that.  They seem to really be in love, so best of luck to them in the future.  
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… Lucky guys.  They’re managed to escape elimination almost every week, placing either 2nd or 3rd to last in every leg but the first.  While Dan had a point about not winning any races by walking, Andrew also had a point about being patient with his partner, and I do think Andrew has been a little more patient with Dan’s go-go-go  attitude.  Still, they have an uphill climb to make it into the Top 3, but anything is possible. 
Quotes from Episode 13-08
Dallas: “The only thing I know about Kazakhstan is Borat.”
Toni: “And we’re not gonna mention that to anybody.”

Phil: “Teams will have a close encounter of the bird kind.

Tina: “We’re going to put on a cow costume at the children’s puppet theatre.”
Ken: “Guess what half I am.”

Toni: “Ahhh!  The wardrobe witch!”

Dallas: “Yes!  I’m going to make my mom be the ass of the cow.”

Ken: “Mooo! Moooo!”
Tina: “If you don’t calm down, we’re never going to get this done.”

Dallas: “Wag the tail!  Be a good ass!”

Terence: “Good job my love.”

Sarah: “Good job my cow boyfriend.”


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Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 7 – “I’m not going to watch us kill the happy family.”


The Leg
The teams get to leave during the day this leg and they stay in India as their first clue tells them to make their way to the Deshbandhu Apartment Complex where they will find their next clue at the complex’s central park. 

Nick & Starr worry their early dominance puts a target on their back, but they say they will do anything to win regardless of how the other teams might feel about them, and that includes telling “little white lies.”

Kelly & Christy are happy they are moving up in the rankings, while Toni is happy about learning more and more about her son Dallas every day.  Terence & Sarah say running the race with a romantic partner makes the Race more complex, but they feel like they’ve been working better at focusing as the Race progresses.

Dandrew says they both have “awesome strengths” but at opposite sides of the spectrum, and they hope they’ll have a task where they can use both and do well at.  Ken & Tina realize their problems, but they say they will overcome their challenges.

Nick & Starr arrive at the clue and find the Road Block.

Who’s ready for a colorful experience?
In this Road Block, teams must take part in a traditional Indian celebration known as the Holi Festival.  Team members must make their way up three ladders and search through hundreds of envelopes marked “Try Again” for one of only six marked “The Amazing Race” which will contain their next clue.  While in the middle of the plaza though, the locals will be pelting each other and the Racers with colored dye and water in the festival’s tradition.

Starr heads into the plaza and up the ladder as the locals begin pelting her with the dye.  She finds the clue and runs back to Nick.  The clue tells them to head to Charity Birds Hospital, which caters to injured birds, where they must search for their clue in one of the cages.
The siblings get a move on, but not before Nick gets his own pelting of color making him look much more colorful than Starr who actually did the Road Block.

Meanwhile, Kelly & Christy’s taxi driver does not know where to go allowing Toni & Dallas to reach the Road Block in 2nd.
Dallas decides to do the Road Block and as soon as he runs into the plaza they go at him. Toni moves away form the revelers while she loses her son in a cloud of pink dust and smoke.  He finds the clue fast and they are on their way.

The divorcees arrive at the Road Block and they decide not to have their taxi wait since he didn’t know how to get there in the first place.  Kelly decides to do the Road Block and the locals have at her as soon as she enters the plaza.  She runs back to her partner at the gate needing water after the paint goes into her mouth.  Not even a minute into the Road Block, Kelly is already completely covered.

And as we’ve seen many times in the past, the divorcees either do not read the clue at all or they simply misread it as they think they must only pull one clue at a time and bring it back to their partner to see if it is the right one.  Kelly goes back in  now with a cap and a scarf over her mouth.

Terence & Sarah come running in, and Terence decides on doing the Road Block.  Once he finds the clue, he runs to Sarah, pushing anyone who’s in his way.  (Very polite yeah?)Terence vividly describes how he feels with paint in his nose and mouth to a “I’d rather not hear or see it” Sarah.

Meanwhile, Dandrew arrive next and head into the sea of paint.  Dan does the Road Block and they move past the divorcees.
A frustrated Kelly heads back in, trips and falls, she says she’ll “seriously die” but they eventually read their clue correctly and she finds it, but not before they both get more colorful dye thrown at them.

Ken & Tina finally arrive at the sea of paint and dye and water and Ken braves it all to do the Road Block.  Tina gets some color as well and is not happy about it.

Kelly & Christy, who let their taxi go, struggle to find another taxi or an auto rickshaw to take them, but no despite grabbing onto the tuk tuks or offering lots of money, no one seems to want to take these weird, colorful ladies into their vehicles.

They finally find a taxi as Ken & Tina finish the Road Block as well and all six teams are on their way to the Bird Hospital in Old Delhi.

Nick & Starr arrive first at the hospital and they pass the Speed Bump waiting for Ken & Tina.  Inside, after taking off their shoes and socks as custom, they search the cages for their next clue… a Detour.

In this Detour, teams have to choose between two professions seen in the streets of India, Bleary Eyed or Teary Eyed.

In Bleary Eyed, teams will head to a street corner at Nai Sarak where they will help the department of power by looking up at the power lines from street level and keeping track of the numbers on small tags that sporadically appear along the power lines.  They must then find the man at a sewing machine who will verify their numbers and then direct them to a shop, New India Stationers, where they will plug in a musical Ganesha to receive their next clue.
In Teary Eyed, teams make their way to a spice market, find a marked stall at Ram Bhandar and pick up two 40lb bags of dried chili and deliver them on foot to Sharwan Kumar & Son.  There, they will use a mortar and pestle to grind enough chili to fill a container up to a designated line.  Once completed, they’ll receive their next clue.

Nick & Starr choose Bleary Eyed and head to the street corner.  Meanwhile, Toni & Dallas meet some kids who guide them to the Hospital and then to the street corner.  Toni expresses how proud she is of her son, especially after seeing him enjoying running with the kids to the Detour.

Terence tries to pour water in his nose as they arrive at the hospital.  Terence things the clue is underneath the seeds of the birds in the larger cage/cells and he closes the door as Sarah enters.  She puts her hands in the tray, careful not to disturb the bird minding its own business in the tray and politely asks it to move.  She then picks the tray up, with the bird still firmly stuck in the tray with no clue to be found.  They eventually find the clue around the corner in a small cage.

Dandrew arrive next in 4th and head to the streetcorner.  Meanwhile, Kelly & Christy decide it’d be fun to scare people in the street with how they look so they scream and growl their way to the hospital with the taxi driver unsure of what is happening in his taxi.


Ken & Tina, making up time, arrive at their Speed Bump.
In this Speed Bump, they must make their way to a Sikh temple and volunteer to serve holy water to the patrons of the temple.  They must serve the people until there are no more wanting water at which point they can resume the Race.

Kelly & Christy bring up the rear.

At the power lines, Nick & Starr have no idea what they’re looking for as they walk down the street.  When they see the small tags, they go back to retrace their steps and they see Toni & Dallas.  They try to pretend they have no clue what to do, but they both find the first number at the same time and they decide to just form a temporary alliance to complete the hard Detour.

Terence & Sarah meanwhile arrive at the Teary Eyed Detour and they lug the sacks to the next destination.  On the Road, Kelly & Christy get an unsolicited guided tour from their tricycle driver; “Bank of India, built by British 1857… American McDonalds…”
But they just want to make it to the next clue.

At the Speed Bump, Ken & Tina have a fun time with the people.  Tina learns some words while Ken pretends he’s selling hotdogs at the ballpark. Tina has to remind him it was holy water.  After they’ve served all they can, they head back to the Hospital, but the traffic is a mess.  They get out of the taxi and themselves guide their taxi through the street by making way and waving off rickshaws and motorcycles. 

Meanwhile, Terence & Sarah get started with the very hot chili crushing as Nick & Starr and Toni & Dallas finish the Detour and head to the Pit Stop, Humayun’s Tomb.

Toni & Dallas are on the road first, but the traffic mess slows them down as Nick & Starr find a break in the traffic and take the lead all the way to the Pit Stop where they finish 1st.  Phil has to call the greeter over though who is busy watering the grass, and after welcoming them to the Mat are told they’ve won a trip to Hawaii.

Toni & Dallas arrive 2nd, maintaining their strong showing from the last few legs.  

Back at the Detours, Terence & Sarah struggle through the chili as the shopkeeper isn’t letting them off that easy. 
Dandrew and Kelly & Christy arrive at the power lines and instead of the small tags on the power lines, they write down the numbers on the storefronts instead.  When they bring their numbers to the man at the sewing machine, he gives them the thumbs down.  He even throws Dandrew’s notebook to the table just to show how tough he is.

Ken & Tina arrive at the Detour and are right behind the two befuddled teams.  They know what to look for and breeze through the streets.
An utterly confused Dandrew ask a worried Kelly & Christy if they want to work together, but they say no.

Terence & Sarah, meanwhile, finish their peppers and head to the Pit Stop to finish a strong 3rd.

Kelly & Christy finally look up to the power lines while Ken & Tina await the verdict on their numbers.  The man pushes Tina aside, but then gives them a huge grin as they finish the Detour.On their way back to their taxi, they help Dandrew finally find the tags by pointing one out.  Ken & Tina hope the good karma will come back for them in the future.

Dandrew and Kelly & Christy finally finish the Detour and they both head to the Pit Stop.

Ken & Tina arrive 4th, overcoming their Speed Bump with the help of the other teams’ mistakes.

Dandrew finish 5th and Kelly & Christy arrive last with their mistakes and not reading clues finally catch up to them and are eliminated. 
They are sad to be eliminated, but they are happy that the Race has shown them that they are best friends and that even after their divorces, they know that they have big things in store for them in the future.

This was an Emmy-worthy ep if I ever saw one.  Best episode of the season so far, lots of action and drama, plenty of hilarity, well-planned leg, great tasks… it had all the things that make TAR awesome. 

The teams are fighting to the end, and the strong teams are separating themselves from the ones who are begging to be Philiminated next.  

The competition is only going to get more heated from here on out, proven by the preview for next week.

This week’s Pit Stop greeter was fun… I guess he was tired of waiting and decided he had  more productive alternatives for his time than waiting with Phil at the mat.

And those Detour guys, especially the sewing machine guy were definitely hamming it up for the camera, yeah?  The Road Block looked like loads of fun (really!) until you get dye and paint in every orifice on your head.

I think this season has made it official official… India is the best destination TAR could ever go to.  Every single India leg in the past has been classic, the country never ceases to produce awesome legs.  There’s a little magic in India for TAR and I know many wouldn’t mind having India appear in every Race.  (Or at least every other.)


         LEG SEVEN


Baha’i House
Delhi, India

Deshbandhu Apartments
Kalkaji, New Dehli, India

Charity Birds Hospital
Old Delhi, India
New India Stationers
Nai Sarak, Delhi, India
Ram Bhandar and Sharwan Kumar & Son
Delhi, India

Sikh Temple
Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb
Delhi, India

Baha’i House
Delhi, India

Nick & Starr 8:55am
Kelly & Christy 9:02am
Toni & Dallas 9:10am
Terence & Sarah 9:31am
Andrew & Dan 9:44am
Ken & Tina 9:51am



(as of Leg 7, in order of completion)
Who’s ready for a colorful experience?

1 AJA TY 3

italic indicates who did Road Block this week

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Toni & Dallas Toni & Dallas… Well, no sign of romancing this week, which was good I must say.  Instead we got more proud mom moments as Dallas looked like he was genuinely having fun with the local kids who helped them find their way around the busy streets.  Not only do they continue to keep up the sweet mother-son bonding moments, they are also staying strong Race-wise.  
Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… Like in one of the earlier legs, there are times when I want to root for them and some times when I kind of scruch my face in confusion over how to feel about them.  They were very nice to Dandrew, and good karma is always a good thing on the Race.  But the few times either of them gets too intense or pushy or I don’t know… I do know that they really are good Racers and deserve to be in there.  Their good finish this week should serve as a boost for their morale in the Race.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  They’re positioned to be the team to beat.  Their heads are in the competition (except for the flirting last leg), they are intense, they don’t make major mistakes, they get along well with each other, they know how to work the other teams… they could go all the way, no question. 
Terence & Sarah Terence & Sarah… They started out as annoying… then became a funny fun couple… then back to a little annoying… then fit into the dysfunctional couple mold… and this leg, hilarity ensued.  Strange personality swings, yeah?  But in this leg, they did provide for some hilarious moments and that is what I want to see from them.  A fun, though slightly dysfunctional couple, that Races well.
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… The clock is ticking for these guys.  They can’t seem to step it up in the Race.  If they continue at the pace they’re in (and the preview, though never an accurate foreshadow, show that they run into some team dynamics trouble), they’ll be the next eliminated for sure barring another team making a huge mistake. They have been lucky so far thsi Race in escaping elimination, but as the teams get ready for the 2nd half of the route, the Race is getting more intense and either they step it up or they’re going to Elimination Station. 
Kelly & Christy Kelly & Christy… Well, their huge problem that’s plagued them 5 out of 6 legs previous finally did them in this 7th leg.  Reading clues never became so important until Kelly & Christy managed to misread their clues or just not plain read them at all in almost every leg this Race, causing to unnecessarily fall behind when they could’ve been one of the leading teams throughout.  Making such simple mistakes, it’s a wonder how they made it as far as they did.  They had personalities that were amusing at times, but annoying at others.  And you can’t help but be dumbfounded by their misreading of clues.  So, best of luck to them in the future, they did prove that they can do anything… or almost anything.
Quotes from Episode 13-07
Phil: “Along the way, Starr took a shining to Dallas.”

Terence: “I’m not going to watch us kill the happy family.”

Christy: “If you had to make out with Dan or Andrew, who would you make out with?”
Kelly: “Oh man!  Maybe Andrew, cuz he’s like different, with the big fro!”
*giggle* *giggle*
Christy: “Since you’re doing… uh, making out with Andrew, I’d have to make out with Dan.  He might get up from the kiss and start pacing.”
*giggle* *giggle*

Terence: “Who’s my girl?”
Sarah: “You are!”
Sarah: “No, I am!  I am, babe!”
Terence: “You’re my girl.”
Sarah: “Awesome.  You go all the way up there and you get that clue babe, I LOVE YOU!”

Dan: “The Road Block was like a wild rave party.  Except there weren’t any hot blonde girls walking around, it was a sausage fest of guys with paint.  It’s like the girls never showed up.”

Nick: “I don’t know what the birds were doing in all those cages.  I don’t even know if it was a bird hospital or if it’s a hospital for people and the birds are therapeutic.  But I did get nervous walking around barefoot, I felt like I was possibly walking along bird droppings.”

Terence: “These birds are really messed up babe.”
Sarah: “I know cuz it’s a bird hospital.”

Dallas: “Can you walk in front of me?”
Toni: “Yeah so I can get hit by that motorcycle?!”

Sarah: “I feel like I’m carrying my own weight on my shoulders.”

Tricycle Driver: “Bank of India, built by British 1857.”
Kelly: *nods* “It’s been there a while.”
Tricycle Driver: “… American McDonalds…”
Kelly: “Okay, thank you.”
Tricycle Driver: “Central Baptist Church.”
Christy: “Okay, but hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry.”
Tricycle Driver: “I’m behind him.”
Christy: “Yeah, I know… tell him to hurry.”
Kelly: “He’s telling us the landmarks.”


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