Recap: The Amazing Race 15, Episode 10 – “This is ridonkulous.”


Episode 15.10 –  We’re Not Working with Anybody, Ever, Anymore
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THE LEG
Tenth leg of the Race and the teams head for Prague in the Czech Republic.  Once there, they must make their way to the Old Town Square and locate a man in a vintage Praga, which the teams must figure out is a classic car.  The man will hand them their next clue.  With zero dollars for this leg of the Race, all teams catch the same flights through Riga, Latvia on Air Baltic to Prague. 

Meghan & Cheyne, Sam & Dan, and Flight Time & Big Easy easily head out of the airport in their taxis, but Brian & Ericka, based on a trip from a passenger on the plane, take a shuttle to the subway, which they believe is faster.

Meghan & Cheyne arrive at the square first and immediately see the car.  Sam & Dan are right behind and follow Meghan & Cheyne right to the clue since they had no idea what a Praga was.  They get their next clue telling them to make their way to Kayaky Troja.  

The Globetrotters get their clue and are off, but Brian & Ericka’s bus is stuck in horrible traffic.  They finally decide to just take a taxi.  Brian concludes their gamble didn’t pay off.  Ericka was unsure about it in the first place. 


Meghan & Cheyne and Sam & Dan arrive at Kayaky Troja and find the Detour.
In Fast & Furious, teams will ride down the man-made white water rafting course and grab two ribbons with their next clue on it.  If they tip over, they must start the course over.
In Slow & Steady, teams instead will pull themselves on a grueling aerial ropes course, at the end of which, they will each grab a ribbon with their next clue.

Sam & Dan decide to kayak, but Meghan & Cheyne decide on the ropes course.  The Globetrotters are close behind and choose Slow & Steady as well.  Meanwhile, Brian & Ericka are at the square looking for the Praga.  They realize it’s the car, they get their clue, and rush to the Detour.

As Meghan & Cheyne and the Globetrotters start pulling themselves across the line, Sam & Dan are having trouble with the white water rafting.  Their quick frustration is kicking in once again and they flip over several times.  Up top, Big Easy is having trouble pulling himself up while Flight Time passes Meghan & Cheyne. 



Big Easy is still on the ropes, but the rope guides ask the three of them to go down.  Flight Time takes his time climbing down as he’s tired, but Meghan & Cheyne suggest he’s going slow on purpose to keep them from getting ahead.  They get frustrated and want to go ahead, but can’t. 

They get down, Flight Time tells Meghan he wasn’t slowing them down, but when they accused him of doing so, he decided why not slow them down, especially as Cheyne started yelling.  Thanks for the idea.   Meghan says it’s not like that, no big deal and she and Cheyne run off.

They have their clues, Stavoski Divodla which refers to the Estates Theater, where they’ll search for their next clue.  The two teams leave as Sam & Dan capsize again.  Brian & Ericka finally arrive and catch up.  Sam & Dan decide to switch Detours.  And now both Sam & Dan and Brian & Ericka do the ropes. 

Meghan & Cheyne learn they can take the tram to the theatre and Meghan decides to just work with the Globetrotters despite Cheyne being against it.  Since the Globetrotters were going to follow them anyway, they welcomed the invite.  

Sam & Dan get on the ropes and Brian reminds us of Ericka’s fear of water and his fear of heights.  But he’ll do the higher Detour just for Ericka.



Meghan & Cheyne and the Globetotters get to the train stop and they ask a lady for directions.  She writes them down on Meghan & Cheyne’s little notebook, but Cheyne sees a taxi and tells Meghan to come.  He grabs the notebook from the confused lady and runs to the taxi.  Meghan feels he’s being very rude.  The Globetrotters get the lady to write the directions for them instead.  Meghan & Cheyne speed off, Meghan upset that Cheyne has to be to rude to the Globetrotters after they agreed to work together.  Cheyne thinks that’s crazy at this point of the Race.  The Globetrotters, left behind, decide to take the train that’s just arriving and on their way out see the brothers and Brian & Ericka still on the ropes.

Ericka is far behind and Brian is trying to tell her technique, but she tells him to stop, she’s trying and she’s getting there.  Meanwhile Sam is having his own trouble with Dan far ahead of him.


Meghan & Cheyne get to the theatre and find the Road Block, Who can remain composed under pressure?
This is the Estates Theatre, the historic opera house where Mozart premiered his legendary opera Don Giovanni.  For this Road Block, teams will have to search the theatre’s 600+ seats for one of several tiny mandolins.  When they find one, they must bring it to Don Giovani himself who will give them their next clue.

Cheyne does the Road Block.  He heads up to the balcony rooms and finds a large instrument and brings it to Don Giovanni, but he just laughs and says “No!”  The Globetrotters get to the subway and get off at their stop for the theatre.  Big Easy decides to do the Road Block and Flight Time takes a seat next to Meghan.



At the Detour, Sam & Dan finish and Ericka is slowly getting herself up to the platform.  The brothers see Brian & Ericka’s taxi and tell the driver they’ll pay extra if he can drive them instead of waiting for Brian & Ericka.  Brian tells Ericka, use this as motivation: the brothers are trying to steal our taxi!  They yell to the driver to wait for them but the driver decides to go with the brothers.  They leave.  Ericka says the fire’s been lit and she powers through the rest of the line.  They now have to find a taxi.

The brothers get to the theatre and Dan decides to do the Road Block.  They are all searching the theatre and find some big instruments and other small things but all get laughs from Don Giovanni.  Cheyne finds a small mandolin case with a small mandolin inside, takes it to Don Giovanni and is handed the next clue: Teams must now head to the Pit Stop, Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.

Brian & Ericka get to the clue box and read the clue, Who can remain composed under pressure?  Ericka laughs, but Brian answers “My baby.”  Ericka gives a “Huh?” expression but agrees to do the Road Block if he thinks she can.   They head inside just as Dan exchanges the mandolin for the clue.  The brother make a point to avoid eye contact as Ericka reminds Brian not to say anything to them.



Meghan & Cheyne arrive at the Mat and officially check in 1st, again. 
Sam & Dan are having trouble finding a taxi and the Globetrotters finish and catch up to them on the streets.  They get taxis at the same time and arrive at the Pit Stop at about the same time.  Sam & Dan find Phil first and take 2nd. The Globetrotters want to crash the party and Phil happily welcomes them in 3rd.  Sam & Dan tell Phil they aren’t worried about Brian & Ericka and the Globetrotters tell Phil about drama with taxi stealing and they aren’t going to get in the middle of it.

At the theatre, Don Giovanni starts eating a McMuffin or something waiting for Ericka to find the mandolin.  She finally finds one under a chair and she and Brian head for the Pit Stop.  They arrive at the Mat and Phil tells them they are last.  Brian says they’ve had a rough morning and that angels have been with them every leg of the Race.  Phil tells them they have one more angel as this is a Non-Elimination Leg and they are still in it.  He tells them they’ve got to give it their all, they’ve still got a chance for Final 3 and if they want, the $1 million.


OVERALL
This was an all right leg.  The tasks weren’t all too exciting.  We’ve seen ropes courses and white water rafting tons of times and though the theatre was beautiful, the needle in a haystack/luck tasks are always tedious at best. 

The taxi drama, it’s sneaky to do but sometimes that is what it takes to stay in the Race.  It isn’t nice at all, but it’s hard to fault someone for playing the game.  Cheyne’s actions at the train stop were very uncomfortable.  Him grabbing that notepad from the lady who had a WTF look on her face as he ran off with Meghan calling after him.  He could’ve said something instead of just running off like that, to both the lady and the Globetrotters.  Still, no matter how cliché, karma still plays a big part in the Race. 

This leg being non-elimination was not a surprise, especially considering there are only two episodes left this season.  Next week the final three will be decided and the week after is the final leg and the Race home!

Leg Ten Itinerary
DEPARTURE
Keava Raba Outlook Tower
Rapla County, Estonia

CASH
$0

STOP OVER CITY
Riga, Latvia

DESTINATION CITY
Prague, Czech Republic

ROUTE MARKERS
Old Town Square
Prague

DETOUR
Kayaky Troja Along the Vltava
Prague

ROAD BLOCK
Estates Theatre
Prague

PIT STOP
Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic

Leg 10 Departure Times
Keava Raba Outlook Tower
Rapla County, Estonia

Meghan & Cheyne 12:00am
Sam & Dan 12:19am
Flight Time & Big Easy 12:20am
Brian & Ericka 12:22am 

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

FAST & FURIOUS
Sam & Dan attempted this Detour but switched.

SLOW & STEADY




Road Block Count

In order of completion; Italics indicate who did this week’s Road Block
Who Can Remain Composed Under Pressure?
4 Meghan Cheyne 5
6 Sam Dan 4
6 Herbert Nathaniel 4
5 Brian Ericka 5

4 Gary Matt 5
2 Maria Tiffany 4
1 Mika Canaan 5
3 Lance Keri 2
2 Zev Justin 2
1 Marcy Ronald 2
1 Garrett Jessica 1
0 Eric Lisa 0

Leg 10 Order of Finish
1st Meghan & Cheyne
2nd Sam & Dan
3rd Flight Time & Big Easy
4th Brian & Ericka



My Team Rankings for Leg 10

Brian & Ericka Brian & Ericka -  Not a good decision by Brian to start off the leg and that one decision, like it usually does, almost cost them the Race.  Still, despite them playing catch up the entire leg, neither broke down and Ericka, not surprisingly, stayed calm throughout.  I think they’ve realized that frustration leads nowhere and they stayed positive for the most part.  Other people would’ve just stopped in the middle of that Detour and started crying, but Ericka  soldiered through.  We’ll  see if they can kick it into high gear next week to get themselves into that final 3.
Herbert & Nathaniel Herbert & Nathaniel – The drama with the brothers behind them, they concentrate on their own game as they always do.  But when their game half of the time is following other teams, that may not be the best thing to do.  When there are only four teams left, a neck and neck Race with one other team could help or really hurt you.  So they’ve gotta step it up on their own or be careful with who they tag-along with. 
Sam & Dan Sam & Dan – Nothing new from the brothers this week.  More frustrated yelling at each other and the game move of stealing the taxi.  They must hope that doesn’t bite them in the butt next leg.    
Meghan & Cheyne Meghan & Cheyne -   It seems to be back and forth with these two.  One week Cheyne is the tolerable one, another week Meghan.  This week it was Meghan’s turn as Cheyne just came out with bursts of mid-level doucheiness through the leg.  It would be foolish to bet against them  making the final 3, but at the same time, that’s probably a good reason to bet against them.  This is The Amazing Race after all.
Quotes from Episode 15.10
Sam: “PRAGUE!
Dan: “What’s that?  Do they speak Spanish there?”
Sam: “No.”
Dan: “Where is it?”
Sam: “Prague?  It’s a country.”

Ericka: “I shouldn’t have to look under every single chair to find this.  This is ridonkulous.”


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Recap: The Amazing Race 15, Episode 9 – We’re Not Meant for the Swamp

Episode 15.09 – We’re Not Meant for the Swamp!
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THE LEG
The 9th leg of The Amazing Race is about to begin.  Phil reminds us the last Pit Stop was in Sweden, the birthplace of dynamite, the Nobel Peace Prize, and… ABBA!

The leg gets underway as the Globetrotters are the first to leave at 2 in the morning.  Teams will cross the Baltic Sea on a ferry to Tallinn, Estonia.  There, they will have to find Mustpeade, the secret building of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads.  Using the keys given to them at the Mat, teams will have to find the right key to open the door and find their clue inside.

The Globetrotters head to the ferry terminal and find out the first boat to Tallinn leaves at 17:45 or 5:45pm later in the day.  That allows all the other teams to catch up to them.  The Globetrotters sleep in their Mercedes as the other teams arrive one by one at the terminal.

They board the ferry, settle into their overnight sleepers and float towards Tallinn.  The sun rises and the teams arrive, ready to Race.  They run out into the terminal and rush to find taxis.

Meghan & Cheyne and Sam & Dan arrive first at Mustpeade.  Cheyne tries his keys but nothing happens until Dan tries one of his.  An alarm sounds and the door opens just as Brian & Ericka get out of their taxi and run.  The first two teams close the door before Brian & Ericka can get in.


Inside, the teams find the Road Block.  Phil explains the Brotherhood of the Blackheads is a secret society of merchants that has existed in Estonia for at least 600 years.  In this Road Block, teams will join the ranks of the Brotherhood to uncover a mystery.  Teams will descend into the cellar and find a candelabra with a room number attached.  They must find the room where they will then be given what appears to be a blank piece of paper.  They will have to figure out that they must hold the paper over the candle to reveal their next clue.  

Sam and Cheyne decide to do the Road Block. 


Outside, Ericka is at work with the keys as Gary & Matt arrive and see the Speed Bump, “It’s time to sweat the small stuff.”  For their Speed Bump, Gary & Matt must find a Saunabuss and take a 5 minute sauna with Estonian strangers.  Afterwards, they can get their next clue. 

Gary & Matt run to the Saunabuss, strip, and get into the sauna with a couple and a pretty Estonian girl.  Matt is uncomfortable next to the Estonian girl, she was very pretty.  Gary tells stories of Minnesota.

The Globetrotters arrive at Mustpeade just as Ericka opens the door and the head in.  Ericka and Flight Time decide to do the Road Block and head down to the cellar to get their candelabra.  They head back upstairs to find the room and Flight Time finds it first.  He goes inside to find a man there with a scroll.  He thinks there’s a crayon attached so he starts scraping at the paper with it in the hopes of revealing the secret message.  He doesn’t see anything and lays it on the piano.  The cameraman sees it though, very easily in fact.

Cheyne finds his room and “immediately” knows to hold it up to the light.  Ericka does the same as Sam finds his room as well.

Both Cheyne and Ericka discover the clue at the same time, Pikk Hermann Tower Garden, and they head off.  Gary & Matt finish their Speed Bump and go inside the Mustpeade.  Matt chooses to do the Road Block and goes down to the cellar, but he has no idea what a candelabra is.

Sam finally sees the clue… “Pikk Hermann Tover Garden”.  And Flight Time finally figure his out as well.  They are off, leaving Gary & Matt.  Matt asks a minstrel player or something if he’s a candelabra.  He gives him a funny look.  Matt realizes, hmm, maybe it’s a candle and sees the one on the table.  He takes it and goes.


Brian & Ericka and Meghan & Cheyne find the tower and their next clue, the Detour.
In this Detour, teams will make their way to the bogs of Estonia.
In Serve, teams will play volleyball in the mud against a local team, in their underwear, and they will have to score 5 points to get their next clue.
In Sling, teams will ground themselves in the bogs and fire assorted vegetables at a moose target which will make the table collapse, letting the cabbages and their clue fall to the ground.

Both teams choose Serve.  They continue running side by side and both see a taxi up ahead, but Brian lets Meghan & Cheyne have it.  Cheyne (I think) asks the taxi driver to call for another one.  Ericka is surprised Brian actually gives up the taxi to them, his heart of gold strikes again!  Meghan & Cheyne tell their driver to hurry, but he asks, what about the other guys? “No!” Cheyne says.  “Just go!  We don’t care about the other team!  Forget about the other taxi. Just forget the other taxi.” Meghan exclaims.
Meanwhile, the Globetrotters stay on Sam & Dan’s collective ass all the way to the garden and the clue.  Both teams also choose Serve and rush to find a taxi.  Sam & Dan find a taxi with someone in it and they asks if they can have the taxi, but she says she can’t walk. 

A taxi van comes right behind and both teams run to it.  Both teams get in.  Sam & Dan are frustrated the Globetrotters have stayed on their asses, now literally.

Matt sees Pikk Hermann Tower and they run to find the tower, not realizing they have to find the garden.  They run around the tower, trying to find a way in.

The Globetrotters follow Sam & Dan to the clue and both teams choose Serve too.
Gary & Matt finally find the cluebox and choose the slingshot.  They get in a taxi who actually calls the taxi driver of Meghan & Cheyne, possibly asking where the place is.  Meghan & Cheyne’s driver tells the guy he doesn’t know.  Meghan & Cheyne are happy lucky kids.

They arrive at the Detour and they strip, choose a pair and start playing.  They score points pretty quickly but have trouble finishing as the Globetrotters and Sam & Dan catch up to Brian & Ericka arriving at the Detour.   The three teams cannot find the marked path and run all over the place into the forest.  This gives Meghan & Cheyne lots of time to finish and get their next clue.

Teams must now run through the bogs to Keava Raba Overlook Tower for this leg’s Pit Stop.
Meghan & Cheyne finish first again.  They win a red cedar sauna.

The three teams finally find the marked path.  The Globetrotters think the Estonians will be scared of two big black, good looking, athletic guys and Sam & Dan appreciate the “hottie Estonian guys.”  Since there’s only two courts available, Brian & Ericka decide they might as well start the Sling Detour.

Sam & Dan’s crotches are blurred, but that doesn’t help them score any points.  The Globetrotters aren’t doing so well either.  Gary & Matt, meanwhile are still a ways away from the bogs.

Brian & Ericka continue to work on the slighshots while it seems as if the hottie Estonians are just letting the two teams win now.  The Globetrotters finish first, but take their time putting their clothes back on and then walking the wrong way.  Sam & Dan finish and head off in the right direction before the Globetrotters realize it.  They chase after the brothers.

On the pathway, something happens and Flight Time and Dan go down.  “That’s messed up,” the Globetrotters say.  Sam & Dan arrive at the Mat and Phil waits for the Globetrotters to arrive before officially checking them in 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Phil says “Big Easy looks like he’s ready to kick some butt right now.”  They each give their own version of the story, both teams know its awn.

Brian & Ericka finish up the Detour and slog through the mud back to the path and make their way to Phil and the Mat.  They officially finish 4th.

And finally, Gary & Matt do the slingshots as well and make their way to the Mat where they are Eliminated.

OVERALL
This was an unusually quick leg I thought.  It went by very fast.  Not to say it wasn’t enjoyable, because it was, but definitely not the strongest episode of the season for sure.

Sad to see Gary & Matt go though.  But like is always said, little mistakes can cost you.

I just realized three more episodes left!  Next week is probably the final non-elimination leg and then we have the last two after that!  

Leg Nine Itinerary
DEPARTURE
Bögs Gård Farm
Häggvik, Sollentuna, Sweden

DESTINATION CITY
Tallinn, Estona

ROAD BLOCK
Mustpeade Maja
Tallinn

SPEED BUMP
Saunabuss
Tallinn

ROUTE MARKERS
Pikk Hermann Tower Garden
Tallinn

DETOUR & PIT STOP
Keava Raba and Outlook Tower
Rapla County, Estonia

Leg 9 Departure Times
Bögs Gård Farm
Häggvik, Sollentuna, Sweden

Flight Time & Big Easy 2:23am
Meghan & Cheyne 4:12am
Brian & Ericka 4:37am
Sam & Dan 5:04am
Gary & Matt 6:29am 

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

SERVE


SLING

Road Block Count

In order of completion; Italics indicate who did this week’s Road Block
Who Can Solve a Medieval Mystery?
4 Meghan Cheyne 4
5 Brian Ericka 4
6 Sam Dan 3
5 Herbert Nathaniel 4
4 Gary Matt 5

2 Maria Tiffany 4
1 Mika Canaan 5
3 Lance Keri 2
2 Zev Justin 2
1 Marcy Ronald 2
1 Garrett Jessica 1
0 Eric Lisa 0

Leg 9 Order of Finish
1st Meghan & Cheyne
2nd Sam & Dan
3rd Flight Time & Big Easy
4th Brian & Ericka
Eliminated Gary & Matt

My Team Rankings for Leg 9
Brian & Ericka Brian & Ericka –  After Gary & Matt’s Philimination, Brian & Ericka are now my favorite team to win.  I hope they can get out of their perpetual middle/back of the pack standing to get themselves into the final 3.  They have two legs to step it up, I hope they do.
Gary & Matt Gary & Matt – They ran a respectable Race.  A good team with a great relationship, it is always nice to have a parent-child team on the Race.  Sad to see them go, but congrats to them on making it this far.
Herbert & Nathaniel Herbert & Nathaniel – Again, strong and fun.  A  good combination, but the little things is what’s going to get them if they don’t look out.  Their strength and positive energy have made up for their little missteps along the way, but luck can only go so far. 
Sam & Dan Sam & Dan – It’s probably expected that they will make the final 3 and they’ve done pretty well save for the yelling at each other.    
Meghan & Cheyne Meghan & Cheyne –  They are dominating, no question.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they won the whole Race.  Excited about it? No.  Not surprised? Definitely.  They’re just not an exciting team for me.  They’re likeable most of the time (read: Meghan’s bitching), but I just can’t get excited about them.
Quotes from Episode 15.09
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Recap: The Amazing Race 15, Episode 8 – “Where did that big black man come from in that red shirt?”


Episode 15.08 – This is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done in My Life
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THE LEG
It’s still light out, though it’s already 9:33pm as Sam & Dan get their first clue of the 8th leg at the Mat.  Teams will now fly to Stockholm, Sweden and once there must take a train and a ferry to amusement park, Tivoli Gröna Lund where they will find their next clue at the Fritt Fall ride.  

The teams leave the Pit Stop one by one.  Sam & Dan have 21 years of sibling rivalry, Meghan & Cheyne have done well in the Race, which is of course a sign of good compatibility for marriage, It’s Flight Time’s birthday and he wants to get first place for his gift, Gary wants to keep up with the youngins, and Brian wants to show Ericka’s mom that her marrying a white guy is okay.

KLM ticketing opens at 5:30am, so the teams spend a few hours in the airport.  When they get to the counter in the morning, Sam & Dan, Meghan & Cheyne, and Flight Time & Big Easy manage to get on the 6:55am flight.  Gary & Matt and Brian & Ericka get the bad news that the flight is booked and have to instead get on a 9:25am flight.



The first flight touches down at Stockholm-Arlanda and the teams run for the train.  Flight Time & Big Easy get left behind at the platform.  Sam & Dan and Meghan & Cheyne get to the ferry and arrive at the cluebox in the park.  One team member must ride the Fritt Fall and while on it, look for an arrow on a rooftop in the park pointing them in the direction of their next clue.  

Cheyne and Sam go up and then down fast and they head to the next clue.  Now teams will have to play Roaming Gnome Ring Toss.  When they’ve landed a ring on one of the giant hats covering a Roaming Gnome, the attendant will hand it to them and will find their next clue underneath.  And as always, they must keep the Travelocity Roaming Gnome until they reach the Pit Stop.


They get the Gnome and find the Detour.
In this Detour, teams will have to choose between two of Sweden’s most notable historic figures.
In Nobel Dynamite, teams will fill sandbags to create a protective bunker in a rock quarry.  Once they’re protected, they’ll set off “an enormous explosion” that will unearth a box containing their next clue. 
In Viking Alphabet teams will decode a secret message using the Viking alphabet.  The message tells them to “Find the Strong Viking” who will give them their next clue.

Both teams choose Nobel Dynamite and head off as the Globetrotters arrive at the amusement park.  No one taller than 6’4″ can ride the ride, so Big Easy is out.  Flight Time goes up to search for the arrow.  They get to the Gnomes and decide on Nobel Dynamite as well.



And as they finish, Gary & Matt and Brian & Ericka arrive in Sweden.  Brian & Ericka get their tickets and get on the train, but Gary & Matt just miss it and are left behind.  15 minutes until the next one.

 The Globetrotters want to name their Gnome.  Flight Time suggests “Sweet Pea” (“Naaww, that’s dunb.”).  Big Easy says “Louisiana Shorty” (“That’s gettho!”).  Then he says “Harlem Gnome” (“Harlem Gnome!?!?!”)

Brian & Ericka get to the park and find the clue.  Brian is scared of heights so it’s up to Ericka to find the arrow.  She has fun and they head to the Gnomes.  Ericka gets it on first try.  Gary & Matt get to the park and Matt goes up, even though Gary wanted to have fun too.  They get the Gnome and all the teams are now on their way to the Dynamite.

The first three teams all meet up and start the Detour.  Sam & Dan use their hands to fill the sandbags which was faster.  Meanwhile, Meghan suggests she and Cheyne work together by having one person hold the bag open and another shoveling in the dirt.  He won’t have it.  (“Cheyne! Encourage me please, help me!”)

Still on their way, Brian & Ericka hire a taxi to lead them while Gary & Matt are confusing themselves with Swedish street names.



Sam & Dan finish their bunker and blow s—t up.  They find the clue, telling them to drive themselves to Bögs Gård Farm, the site of one of the most infamous and daunting challenges in Amazing Race history (I just got chills).  There teams will find their next clue. 

The Globetrotters are next and Meghan & Cheyne finish last of the three.  Meghan is frustrated Cheyne didn’t listen and was so uncooperative with her.  

Brian & Ericka arrive at the dynamite.  Gary & Matt get pointed in the right direction.  The Globetrotters get lost and Sam & Dan arrive near the farm.  Meghan & Cheyne are right behind and it’s a 0.2km jog to the farm.


Sam & Dan get to the cluebox and *dun*dun*dun*, it’s a Road Block.
Phil reminds us that nine seasons ago, this was the site of one of the most unforgettable Road Blocks in Amazing Race history.  Simple enough, Phil says (yeah sure).  We get a flashback to Lena & Kristy’s unlucky afternoon turned night.  Lena, almost 10 hours unrolling hay bales and she found not one clue.  Now, in an “Amazing Race Switchback,” teams will face the same challenge. This time teams will have to search 186 bales of hay for 1 of only 7 Race flags.  Also, the farm is the Pit Stop for this leg, so teams will have to work even harder to avoid possible elimination.



Sam decides to do the Road Block.  At the start, Dan starts yelling which Sam is not liking.  Frustration already starting and they don’t even know the half of what this Road Block can be.  Meghan & Cheyne arrive.  Meghan asks Cheyne which one of them should do it.  He is silent… and silent… until Meghan says she’ll do it.  Hmm…

The Globetrotters arrive.  Big Easy gets out into the field.  Dan continues yelling at Sam.  Sam continues yelling back at him to shut up.  Meghan wants encouragement.

At the rock quarry, Brian & Ericka are finishing up their bunker, scooping the sand with the hands when Gary & Matt arrive.  They put on one last row, Ericka goes to protect their gnome and the blast the cluebox out of the ground.  They leave for the farm with Gary & Matt not too far behind.

 

Dan continues yelling at Sam.  Sam flips him the bird.  Meghan says “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life” a 2nd time.  Flight Time tells Big Easy to find that flag first for his birthday.  “Screw you!” Sam yells after Dan criticizes his hay rolling technique.

Brian & Ericka and Gary & Matt are running towards the field as Big Easy finally finds a flag.  Sam proclaims the Globetrotters as “the luckiest team ever on the Race” as the two friends run towards Phil and the Mat.  They claim 1st and win a trip to Turks and Caicos.  

Sam says he hates Big Easy.  Brian & Ericka and Gary & Matt arrive at the field and all teams are now at the Road Block.  After some hesitation, Brian & Ericka decide Brian will do it and Gary chooses to do it for his team.  Meghan is in tears, she’s been there for TWO HOURS!  (Oh my goodness!  Go cry to Lena and Kristy).  Sam is going to kills his brother.



Another WTF are you doing? to Sam prompts Brian to tell Dan, hey man, it’s harder than it looks.  Dan finally shuts up.  Sam says they’ve only been doing this for an hour and a half!Matt says it’s a little easier for them and Brian & Ericka since the other teams have already rolled out a lot of the bales.

Meghan finally finds a flag and wants to surprise Cheyne.  She pretends she’s giving up, but FAIL! she trips and falls in a hole.  Ericka points and laughs, and Cheyne slaps Meghan’s ass and they run off to the Mat to claim 2nd.  

Three teams left.  Ericka praying Brian finds it next.  He does.  He flips over a bale and they run to the Mat to the finish 3rd.

Dan now starts encouraging Sam, sympathizing with him.  Matt says his dad’s worked with hay all his life, he can do this.  Finally, Sam finds a flag.  They head to the Mat and claim 4th.  Phil says… almost forced, “Wow… that was like a… replay of season 6.” (No Phil… it was not.)  Dan puts on the waterworks, though really he’s only got one tear running down his face. Phil doesn’t look impressed (haha).

An hour and 56 minutes have passed… Two hours and 45 minutes… finally Gary finds a flag.  He didn’t want to give up and it paid off.  They run to the Mat and Phil tells them, he’s sorry to tell them… next leg will be a tough one.  This is a non-elimination leg.  Speed Bump next week.

 


OVERALL
It was a great leg. First of all, why didn’t the Roaming Gnome have his own safety gear?  I loved last season’s Gnome leg when he got his own costumes and stuff throughout the leg.  

And the Switchback.  While many TAR fans were speculating/reporting that the Switchback was some U-Turn/Yield type of power, it was basically just TAR recreating a past task.  

And what a task to go back to.  I admit, my eyes began to water seeing TAR6’s Aaron and Jon rolling those hay bales and then I really started tearing up seeing Lena & Kristy and Lena powering through those hay bales for 8 hours+.  

Showing Lena’s toughness from TAR6 (5 years ago! Can you believe it?) and comparing it to the big babies from this week’s leg… wow.   Though Sam’s frustration was aggravated by Dan’s unhelpful yells, he and Meghan’s Woe is me after just an hour or two?  Come on!  TAR6’s Don could roll those hay bales faster than them.



But going around the TAR message boards got me thinking too about how much the Race has changed since then.  Has it gotten easier?  Harder?  Honestly though, I must agree with some fans saying teams these days probably couldn’t handle some of the things they’ve done in the past.  The TAR6 Senegal salt Road Block comes to mind.  The women powered through that one, while Adam, the only guy to do the Road Block struggled!  And Mary Jean, so awesome in the Road Block, it brought husband Don to tears.

Which reminds me… about how the placement of the clueboxes right next to the Road Block defeats the purpose.  The Road Block is (was?) supposed to throw the teams for a loop, that’s why they are only given a cryptic one-line clue as to what the task is before they find out what they’re actually supposed to do.  But lately, the clueboxes are placed right next to the task which allows the teams to choose based on what they see and in most cases seeing other teams already doing the task.  TAR6’s Senegal salt Road Block was perfect because the cluebox was hidden behind a huge mountain of salt and the teams had no idea what the clue meant, automatically assuming it was something female-geared.  

The Switchback… well, it’s cool and fun especially for TAR fans who’ve been there from the beginning to see some of the most classic Detours and Road Blocks recreated.  But like this week showed, it just paled in comparison and the teams seem so weak now! especially when you look at these teams going at it for not even 2 hours and crying, Lena did it for 8 hours+ and would’ve kept going had Phil not come out to them.  Of course, future Switchbacks could produce some unforgettable moments as well, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Well, there’s a lot of things we can dissect and change about TAR and hopefully for TAR16, Bertram and Co. can make some fresh changes, but for now, TAR15 is getting into gear and hopefully gets even more exciting now that we’re in the final stretch.

Leg Eight Itinerary
DEPARTURE
Zoutkamp Harbor, De Marne
Groningen, The Netherlands

CASH
$220

DESTINATION CITY
Stockholm, Sweden

ROUTE MARKERS
Tivoli Gröna Lund
Stockholm

ROAD BLOCK & PIT STOP
Bögs Gård Farm
Häggvik, Sollentuna, Sweden

Leg 8 Departure Times
Dolphin Bay Beach
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Sam & Dan 9:33pm
Meghan & Cheyne 9:48pm
Flight Time & Big Easy 10:32pm
Gary & Matt 11:08pm
Brian & Ericka 1:38am
 

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

NOBEL DYNAMITE





VIKING ALPHABET
No teams chose this Detour

Road Block Count

In order of completion; Italics indicate who did this week’s Road Block
Who thinks they can spot a needle in a haystack?
4 Herbert Nathaniel 4
4 Meghan Cheyne 3
5 Brian Ericka 3
5 Sam Dan 3
4 Gary Matt 4

2 Maria Tiffany 4
1 Mika Canaan 5
3 Lance Keri 2
2 Zev Justin 2
1 Marcy Ronald 2
1 Garrett Jessica 1
0 Eric Lisa 0

Leg 8 Order of Finish
1st Flight Time & Big Easy
2nd Meghan & Cheyne
3rd Brian & Ericka
4th Sam & Dan
5th Gary & Matt
Non-Elimination Leg



My Team Rankings for Leg 8

Brian & Ericka Brian & Ericka -  After last week’s rough leg, Brian & Ericka seem to have bounced back nicely.  Though a bit of bad luck with the plane at the start of the leg, they had a much calmer and smoother leg which should help them regain the drive and the positive vibes to keep going.  They had fun.  Up that morale! 
Gary & Matt Gary & Matt – Much kudos to Gary for completing the Road Block. Hard work on the farm probably helped, but good for him because I was surprised Matt didn’t choose to do the Road Block.  Great to see them saved by a non-elimination though because I feel like they could do a Nicolas and Don (TAR12) and go to the final three.  One leg of bad plane luck can easily be recovered from.
Herbert & Nathaniel Herbert & Nathaniel – Looks like Sam & Dan aren’t just frustrated with each other, but also with the good luck the Globetrotters seem to have every week.  Really, the Globetrotters have the right combination of fun, skill, teamwork, and luck that gets them through each week.  The Globetrotters probably don’t care what Sam & Dan think, and why should they.  They’re doing perfectly fine on their own.  Another good leg for them. 
Sam & Dan Sam & Dan – The big things a little encouragement can do.  Looks like Sam and Dan’s impatience will be a recurring theme, regardless of how much they say they will change, though Dan put on the waterworks at the Mat pretty well.  Again, keep those short fuses in check, calm down, and they’re good to go.
Meghan & Cheyne Meghan & Cheyne -  They finish well, but a tough leg for their communication skills.  Meghan actually made sense for the first time in the midst of her frustration.  Cheyne wasn’t having any of it at the Detour and his silence at the Road Block prompting Meghan to do it was mind-boggling.  This isn’t a good sign if they want to make it to the end. They should be careful with that or it’ll catch up with them sooner or later.
Quotes from Episode 15.08
Brian: “The guy is supposed to win his girl something at the fair, not the other way around!  But hey…”
Ericka: “It’s 2009!!”

Big Easy: “Where did that big black man come from in that red shirt?”
Flight Time: “Big black, ugly man too!”
Big Easy: “You talking about you”


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Tiffany Reveals What REALLY Happened at the End of the Leg!

Tiffany Reveals What REALLY Happened at the End of the Leg!

Tiffany writes on her official blog and clears up a few questions, including recounting what really happened when Phil came out to them at the field and whether or not they “quit” The Amazing Race.

And Maria & Tiffany tell TVGuide.com what they could’ve done differently at the Detour.

Maria & Tiffany tell People Online that the final task was “unfair.”

Reality TV Wanted ask Maria & Tiffany what the best part about the Race was and what made them initially want to try out.

And here’s Phil’s final “Mat Chat” with the girls:

And their final interview…

Recap: The Amazing Race 15, Episode 7 – “My dress is falling!”

Episode 15.07 – This is Not My Finest Hour!
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THE LEG


They aren’t wasting any time this week.  The teams depart the Pit Stop with their next destination, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  The only flight out is at midnight, so all the teams are bunched up at the airport for the rest of the day.  While the teams wait, they have some fun, eating McDonalds, and the brothers reveal to the other teams that they are gay.  Brian & Ericka dance around, Maria & Tiffany shed a little tear that their crushes are gay, but still think they are two of the nicest guys.

The teams arrive in Amsterdam and they must drive themselves to Afsluitdijk, a 19-mile causeway that connects North Holland and Friesland, and find the Lely Monument for their next clue.

The teams find the marked cars at the airport and are off, but Brian has trouble starting the car.  The other teams get a head start on the couple.  They have to get someone (and their kid) to help get the car started.

The teams arrive at the monument with Brian & Ericka nowhere to be seen.  The clue tells the teams to now make their way to the city of Groningen and find Martinitoren, the highest building in the city, for their next clue.


The teams arrive at the church and find the Road Block.  In this Road Block, teams must climb up the Martinitoren’s tower and count all the bells of the carillon on the two floors.  When they give the correct answer, 62, to the carillonneur, they will receive their next clue. 
Meghan and Sam head into the tower and decide to work together.  Matt follows them up to the top with Flight Time right behind when suddenly, the bells begin ringing as they count.  The carillonneur has begun playing, making a relatively easy task a little more distracting.

All the teams are there as Brian & Ericka catch up.  Ericka does the Road Block but isn’t sure what she’s supposed to be doing.

Matt manages to finish first and heads down.  Teams must now head to the village of Vierhuizen De Marne and find the windmill which is where they’ll find their next clue.  Gary & Matt head out and ask for directions as Sam and Meghan finish.  As they head down, Tiffany is running up the stairs and Sam tells her the answer saying it was a smart move because they are a team he can beat.  They head off with their partners and get a taxi to lead them to the village as they pass the father and son still getting directions. 

Flight Time finishes leaving Ericka up in the tower.  She goes to the carillon player but she gives him 43 instead of 62.  Not correct. 


Meanwhile, the other teams are arriving in the town.  Sam & Dan get to the clue first and find the Detour.  In this Detour, teams have to choose between Farmer’s Game or Farmer’s Dance.  For both Detours, teams must wear traditional Dutch costumes, a male and a female, and each ride a bicycle to their Detour choice. 
In Farmer’s Game, teams must strip down to their farmer’s underwear and swim across a creek.  Then using clog-shaped clubs, play three holes of farmer’s golf and taking turns, must finish each hole in 8 or less strokes before getting their next clue.  If they don’t finish the hole in 8 strokes, they must start over.
In Farmer’s Dance teams head to a country festival.  Outside, one team member must ring the bell on top of a High Striker.  Then inside, they will learn a Dutch folk dance which they will perform in front of a crowd.  If their instructor approves, they will each be awarded salted herring and onions which they must eat before getting their next clue. 

Sam & Dan, Meghan & Cheyne, and Gary & Matt dress up, Dan and Gary getting the female costume and they hop on their bikes.
Meghan reminds Cheyne (repeatedly) that she sucks at golf, but he says they’ll be fine.  They with Sam & Dan strip down and head to the field with the game.  The couple has trouble at the start, but the brothers breeze through.

Meanwhile, Ericka is still struggling with the Road Block.  She goes to the carillonneur several times but with wrong answers.  She goes down to Brian and they take a moment to calm down as Ericka begins feeling frustrated.  

Gary & Matt get started learning the dance, but Matt realizes something.  He shows his dad the clue, telling them they have to eat the fish, and he hates fish.  They switch Detours on the spot and leave, the locals laugh and continue their dancing.  As Meghan & Cheyne put their costumes back on, Gary & Matt take theirs off and jump in the water for the golf.  

Maria & Tiffany are on their bikes having fun, but that is until they get to the High Striker.  They can’t get the puck up to ring the bell, Maria having a lot more trouble than Tiffany.  They switch Detours and meet up with Gary & Matt at the golfing.On the other side of the Detour, their buddies Sam & Dan finish and head for the Pit Stop.  On their bikes, teams will ride through town to Zoutkamp Harbor and find Phil and the Mat.  They officially check in first and win a sand buggy.

Brian & Ericka arrive at the Detour and leave the windmill but do not take any bikes.  They jog a ways… a long ways in their clogs until Brian realizes they were supposed to take bikes.  They continue on. 
Meanwhile, Maria & Tiffany are struggling with golf, badly… so they swim back and do the other Detour.  They make their 31st… 32nd… 43rd… 50th attempts at the High Striker.  They stop to take a moment and hug it out.  They are emotional.  Flight Time and Big Easy go dance and they have a fun time with it.  They finish the dance and down the herring, though not easy, they get the Pit Stop clue.  They check in 3rd.

Gary & Matt finish the Detour and head to the Pit Stop 4th.

That leaves two teams struggling to stay safe from elimination.  Frustration is starting to get to Brian & Ericka as they walk in the heavy clogs, Ericka pointing out she was stairstepping for 2 hours at the Road Block.  Maria & Tiffany meanwhile are now on their 72nd attempt and Tiffany almost makes it to the top, but it just isn’t enough.  They switch back to the golf again.  They feel weaker, but are not giving up.  They are making strides.

Brian & Ericka start learning the dance and they are slowly, but surely getting their spirits up.  Ericka says seeing Brian dancing made her fall in love with him again.  They finish the dance and it’s on to the herring.  They tell Ericka to hold it up high and drop it in her mouth, she smiles and eats it and they finish the Detour.  They remember they need bikes so they ask a man if they could borrow two of his bikes.  They take them to the Pit Stop.

They get to the Mat, relived to finally be finished.  They are shocked when Phil tells them they are the 5th team to arrive, but then he gives them the news that they have incurred a 30 minute penalty for not taking the bikes to the Detour.  They go sit and wait it out as Maria & Tiffany are still trying to get their first hole.  They are frustrated but soldier on.

The winds pick up, the poker players fight their fatigue and frustration.  But back at the Mat, Phil calls Brian & Ericka over and officially checks them in as Team #5.  

Maria & Tiffany are still at the golf and Phil arrives out on the race course (which is never a good sign).  They don’t want to give up, but they just don’t see themselves finishing the task in the weather (it’s really looking like a storm is arriving).  Maria & Tiffany are then officially the 7th team eliminated from the Race.  

OVERALL
What a tough leg, probably the toughest of the season so far. 
The tasks were very intricate each with different facets to them.  The Road Block was easy as long as you had presence of mind. 

And the Detour was very interesting.  Again, always awesome to have teams interact with the locals and not only that, dress like them and really get into their culture. 

Kudos to Maria & Tiffany for continuing to fight and funny coincidence with the previews for next week showing the Race going back to definitely one of the most unforgettable Road Blocks ever; the hay bales Road Block that did in Lena & Kristy in TAR6.  They didn’t give up until Phil comes to the field to eliminate them.  Almost the same with Maria & Tiffany. 

And Brian & Ericka, just a tough leg for them.  Started off rough and just stayed that way until they got their spirits up with the dancing only to have their spirits dashed when Phil gives them the penalty… then relief again when they are told they are safe.

Next week should be exciting, especially with the Road Block and then this interesting and mysterious “Switchback” that’s been talked about and previewed as well.

Leg Seven Itinerary
DEPARTURE
Dolphin Bay Beach
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

DESTINATION CITY
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ROUTE MARKERS
Lely Monument on The Afsluitdijk

Windmill at Groningen

ROAD BLOCK
Martinitoren
Groningen City, Groningen

DETOUR
Vierhuizen (De Marne), Groningen

PIT STOP
Zoutkamp Harbor, De Marne
Groningen Province

Leg 7 Departure Times
Dolphin Bay Beach
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Meghan & Cheyne 1:13pm
Meria & TIffany 3:09pm
Sam & Dan 3:10pm
Brian & Ericka 3:25pm
Gary & Matt 3:34pm
Flight Time & Big Easy 4:20pm

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

FARMER’S GAME


FARMER’S DANCE

DID NOT COMPLETE A DETOUR

Road Block Count

In order of completion; Italics indicate who did this week’s Road Block
Who’s got strong legs and keen eyes?
3 Gary Matt 4
4 Sam Dan 3
3 Meghan Cheyne 3
2 Maria Tiffany 4
4 Herbert Nathaniel 3
4 Brian Ericka 3
1 Mika Canaan 5
3 Lance Keri 2
2 Zev Justin 2
1 Marcy Ronald 2
1 Garrett Jessica 1
0 Eric Lisa 0

Leg 7 Order of Finish
1st Sam & Dan
2nd Meghan & Cheyne
3rd Flight Time & Big Easy
4th Gary & Matt
5th Brian & Ericka*
Philiminated Maria & Tiffany

* Incurred a 30 minute penalty

My Team Rankings for Leg 7
Sam & Dan Sam & Dan – Another strong team.  They have the physical aspect and the mental aspects of the Race down.  They’ve gotten over their short tempers and that could be enough to get them to the final leg.  Now without Maria & Tiffany, they have to work alone (though they did work with Meghan & Cheyne a little this leg) which actually could benefit them more.
Herbert & Nathaniel Herbert & Nathaniel – Having fun… one of the most important things to remember to do on the Race.  It’ll definitely help get you through even the toughest Road Blocks or Detours.  Flight Time and Big Easy always remember to have fun and enjoy (well, except for last week I guess) and they’ve done well for themselves so far. 
Gary & Matt Gary & Matt – A good leg for them, but a little bit of a  bump with that Detour switching just because of the fish.  They’re a sleeper team for sure and have a good shot to make final 3 if they keep up their good teamwork.
Brian & Ericka Brian & Ericka –  Also a rough leg for them.  Rough from the get go, Ericka’s performance at the Road Block knocked them down in morale a little going into the Detour, which may have caused that oversight with the bikes.  But once their spirits are up, they can Race well and hard.  They escaped elimination thanks to Maria & Tiffany’s worse luck, but next week they need to pick themselves up and Ericka will need to keep her frustration down to a minimum, and judging from her carefree herring snack, she can overcome rough patches easily. 
Maria & Tiffany Maria & Tiffany – A tough break for them this leg.  They couldn’t muster up the strength to finish the Detour (or really, they didn’t have the male strength to breeze past the high striker or the golf like the other teams did), but they didn’t give up.  Much kudos to them for that.  Their Race overall though has been very sporadic with last week their only good leg.  Before that escaped most weeks on luck and luck ran out for them this week.  They started out sketchy with the lame lie to cover up their pokah pokah pokah, but they sort of picked themselves up afterwards (with the help of Sam & Dan of course).
Meghan & Cheyne Meghan & Cheyne –  Meghan’s frantic-ness continues this week.  If I were Cheyne I’d tell her to stop nagging, but it hasn’t seem to have hurt them yet.  They continue to do well also and are the team to beat.
Quotes from Episode 15.07
Sam: “What’s the town called, Dan?”
Dan: “Martinitoren.”
Sam: “Martini, like the drink?”

Gary: “My dress is falling!”

Carillonneur: “You’re laughing?”
Ericka: “Might as well, I already cried.  You just didn’t see that part.”

Phil: “You guys like dressing up like this?”
Sam: “We’re not that kind of gay guys.”

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Listen to Mika & Canaan’s Music!

Listen to Mika & Canaan’s Music!

Mika & Canaan recount their experience to People Online and whether they’ll follow in Garrett and Jessica’s footsteps to the altar.

Plus, Canaan has a top 10 hit on the Country music charts, a song he wrote, “Runaway” which is performed by Love and Theft.

Check out Canaan’s music and Mika’s music on their MySpace pages.

Canaan Responds to Criticism Of the Way He Handled Mika on the Slide

Canaan Responds to Criticism Of the Way He Handled Mika on the Slide
Plus, Mika & Canaan talk about team relationships

Canaan tells Reality TV World his strategies in trying to Mika down the slide.

Reality Wanted asks Mika & Canaan about their relationships with the other teams.

How did Canaan feel about The Globetrotters’ taunting? TVGuide gets the answer