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Amazing Race Season 22, Episode 9, "The ultimate fun house"
Film date: Dec 1  2012

The last pit stop was at the Bodmi ski school in Grindelwald, Switzerland. In this episode teams seem to be released in Interlaken (which is the closest bigger city). They are released in the following order:
1.Bates & Anthony    02:502.Mona & Beth        02:57(+0:07)3.Max & Katie        03:01(+0:11)4.Caroline & Jennifer03:28(+0:38)?.Joey & Meghan      not shown(+?)
Route info: "Make your way to the city of Dresden in Germany". Once teams arrive they must make their way to the ministry of finance where they will find waiting cars and their next clue.

 "We're right behind Bates & Anthony, who are like supermen", Mona fears the hockey players
 "They are our race boyfriends", Jennifer about the hockey players

Teams travel by train from Interlaken at 05:26 to Basel with arrival at 07:29. Then they probably fly from Basel to Dresden via Munich on:
 IQ2393 BSL-MUC Dec  1 09:20-10:25
 CL2124 MUC-DRS Dec  1 11:30-12:23

Everybody falls asleep on the train. Bates & Anthony put their bags on the sets right across from themselves, and when Bates wakes up a little bit later his bag (which was by the aisle) is gone.
 "I've got my passport and that's all I really need", Bates is not too worried
 "I'm sorry Bates. Do you need anything? Do you want some thongs? Womens underwear?", Jennifer offers to lend some of her clothes

At the Dresden airport there is the usual mad dash to the taxis. Teams
arrive at the cars by the ministry of finance in the following order:
 1. Max & Katie
 2. Joey & Meghan
 3. Caroline & Jennifer, a few seconds after #2
 4. Bates & Anthony
 5. Mona & Beth, a couple of seconds after #4

The next clue can be found on the windshield of the car. It is a route info: "Answer three questions about your next destination". Teams must enter their cars and use the in-car computer to answer three questions. The questions arrive one by one via text messages and there are pre-defined text messages with the response alternatives. The questions are:
 Q1: Which US president said "Tear down this wall"?
 Q2: Which world leader did president Reagan direct it to?
 Q3: Where did president Reagan say it?

 The response alternatives are:
   1. John F. Kennedy
   2. Ronald Reagan
   3. Bill Clinton
   4. Boris Yeltsin
   5. Nikita Khrushchev
   6. Mikhail Gorbachev
   7. The Brandenburger gate in Berlin
   8. The Hofbräuhaus in Munich
   9. The Kölner Dome in Cologne
  10. THE
The correct responses are: Q1-1, Q2-6, Q3-7. When teams have answered all questions correctly they get an SMS: "Congratulations, now drive to the Brandenburger gate to find your next clue".

 "The second we got there and saw all the cars I got a little rush of confidence. We don't need to be in the pack. Today we're going after it", Max wants to lead
 "Was it Roosevelt?", Meghan hasn't found the response alternatives
 "Was that the great wall of China?", Caroline is stumped

 "Bates & Anthony are here. Should we wait?", Jennifer
 "No, just go", Caroline realize that they need to focus on themselves

 "Hopefully we can do well today and come in first and win two Ford Fusions", Katie has noted certain patterns in earlier seasons
 "A stands for 'Aaargh these people are driving really fast'", Beth is not used to driving on the Autobahn

 "I lost the boys", Jennifer tried to follow Bates & Anthony while driving through Berlin

Teams find the clue box by the Brandenburger gate in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie
 2(+0) Joey & Meghan
 3(+2) Mona & Beth
 4(+0) Bates & Anthony, about 30 seconds after #4
 5(-2) Caroline & Jennifer

Route info: "Make your way to the roof of the Park Inn hotel in Alexanderplats for your next clue". At the Park Inn roof teams find out that they have to base-fly. Contestants are strapped into a harness and then  lowered face first by a wire, at close to free-fall speed, 37 stories back to the ground. Both team members must perform this. One nice touch is that the landing mat has a big picture of a clue box on it.

This task is scary, but there is no skill involved. And this late in the game only the determined teams are left so nobody hesitates.

 "Oh my god, what are we doing", Katie is not comfortable
 "This is worse than Bungee-jumping". Jennifer

Teams complete this task in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie
 2(+0) Joey & Meghan
 3(+0) Mona & Beth
 4(+0) Bates & Anthony
 5(+0) Caroline & Jennifer

--- Quote ---DETOUR

Detour: 'Train Trials' or 'Font

Train Trials: At the Deutsches
Technikmuseum try out train
tracks so that they are all
connected in a circuit. Then,
place a model train on the
tracks. If the train makes it's
way around the circuit without
derailing, the Conductor will
hand you your next clue.

Font Follies: Make your way on
foot through the streets of East
Berlin to Wasserturm Am
Pretzlauer Berg and pick up
two illuminated billboard letters
from a market stand. Then
deliver the letters, on foot, to the
attached address to receive
your next clue

--- End quote ---

The train trials takes place in the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (5.8km 0:11).

In font follies teams must first travel 1.7km on foot to pick up the letters. They must then transport them on foot to the Museum of Letters (1.8km) which is very close to the Park Inn. The letters are blinking and obviously battery powered since they keep blinking while teams carry them. If teams drop and break a letter they must go back and pick up a new one.

Bates & Anthony run into the girls and decide to do font together with them. Caroline is not entirely happy with this because she realizes that they will not have a chance against Bates & Anthony in a foot race.

 "I made a poor decision on this", Caroline realize she picked a hard to carry letter
 "This is really frustrating", Joey when their train derails again

Teams carrying the letters must stop every now and then to ask for directions. During one such stop Anthony's letter 'v' falls over and breaks.
 "We were pretty sure we're the last two teams and now we have to start from scratch", Bates
Bates & Anthony decide to switch detours and jump into a taxi.
 "Busted letter, busted spirit. We could be in serious trouble", Bates thinks they are last

"Patience is not our strong suit", Anthony about the train task

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie, font (b & O)
 2(+1) Mona & Beth, font (u & n)
 3(-1) Joey & Meghan, train (on their 7th try)
 4(+1) Caroline & Jennifer, font (s & k)
 5(-1) Bates & Anthony, started font (r & v) but switched to train (which they completed on their 9th try)

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Drive yourselves to the
Salon Zur Wilden Renate
and search for the
entrance to the Peristal
Singum to find your next

--- End quote ---

 "This place, it was like a trippy end of the communist era shady little place", Max found the saloon a suspect place

Mona & Beth have major issues navigating to the salon.
 "This city layout is way to fricking crazy", Mona as trouble reading the map

And Bates & Anthony are dead last, and they know it.
 "I can't see us coming back from this one", Anthony think they are dead last after the detour
 "We need a miracle again", Bates

But the miracle is coming in the form of the roller derby moms navigational issues.
 "I think we should go to the Hostel. They're used to helping idiots", Beth decides to ask for help
 "I felt like at one point I was gonna start to cry. But it never occurred to us to quit", Beth never considered giving up

Teams reach the clue at the salon in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie
 2(+1) Joey & Meghan
 3(+1) Caroline & Jennifer
 4(-2) Mona & Beth
 5(+0) Bates & Anthony, a minuter after #4

--- Quote ---ROAD BLOCK

Who wants to go

--- End quote ---

The extra info reads:

--- Quote ---ROAD BLOCK

Make your way into the
Peristal Singum and
search for your next clue.

To gain entrance, tell the
Doorman who famously
said "Ich bin ein

--- End quote ---

In this road block teams must first figure out that JF Kennedy famously stated that he was a jelly donut. They must then search a theatrical labyrinth and find the white room This is where their next clue awaits.

The maze is very psychedelic with lots of weird exhibits and designs. There are ladders to climb and doors to find. It is of course very dark.

 "The honeymoon continues, here at the underground German speakeasy", Max is not entirely comfortable
 "Oh my god, this is freaky", Katie upon entering the maze
 "I walk in and it is pitch black. And I'm thinking to myself somebody's gonna jump out and they're gonna get hurt because I just gonna punch them", Katie goes into survival mode
 "It was a nightmare", Katie
 "Oh my gosh, this is soo cool", Joey enters the maze
 "So many doors leading everywhere", after a while Joey starts getting frustrated
 "It was the ultimate fun house", Joey gets the title after completing the road block

 "It was probably what it is like to do drugs", Jennifer

Anthony catches up with Beth in the maze, and they decide to work together.

Teams complete this roadblock in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+0)Max & Katie*        (5-5)2(+0)Joey* & Meghan      (6-4)3(+0)Caroline & Jennifer*(5-5)4(+1)Bates & Anthony*    (4-5)5(-1)Mona & Beth*        (4-6)A second after #4
The next route info tells teams to make their way to the Kurfürstendamm and find the next pit stop.

 "Should we just follow them and beat them in a race?", Anthony wants to follow Mona & Beth

The boys decide to just follow Mona & Beth in their car.
 "If we get there at the same time, we will definitely beat them in a race", Anthony has a strategy
 "The boys are hot on our tails", Beth realize what their plan is

As they reach Kurfürstendamm both teams hustle out of their cars and run for Phil. But it is no contest, the boys are faster out of their car and reach Phil a couple of seconds before the moms.

The greeter in this episode is a hot dog salesman who has his entire kitchen strapped to his body, including an umbrella. Teams reach the pit stop in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie, around 20:03, win one car each
 2(+0) Joey & Meghan, around 20:53
 3(+0) Caroline & Jennifer
 4(+0) Bates & Anthony, around 22:20
 5(+0) Mona & Beth, are saved by a non-elimination

 "I think we did pretty good for a couple of moms", Beth
 "You guys make us nervous, that's for sure", Anthony has respect for the moms

Racing report
Amazing Race Season 22, Episode 10, "Working our barrels off"
Film date: Dec 3  2012

Teams are released from hotel InterContinental in Berlin in the following order:
1.Max & Katie        02:022.Joey & Meghan      02:49(+0:47)3.Caroline & Jennifer03:44(+1:42)4.Bates & Anthony    04:20(+2:18)5.Mona & Beth        04:21(+2:19)
Route info: "Fly to the city of Edinburgh, Scotland". As teams land they must pick up a sponsor car from the airport and drive themselves to Gosford house where they'll get their next clue. The clue also warns that there is an U-turn ahead.

Joey & Meghan are worried about the U-turn. They know that Bates & Anthony, Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer have an alliance. And it sucked getting U-turned the last time. So they vow to do their best to stay ahead.

Max & Katie go directly to the hotel business center and book flights on the web. They find a flight which arrives at 10:40. All the other teams make their way to the airport where they are patiently standing in line by the Lufthansa desk as it opens at 05:00.

 "We're thinking that everybody is in line wanting to get in at 1'o clock", Max keeps quiet about their flight when he see where teams are lining up
 "We're going to wait in line like sheep over there and act like sheep", Max pretends to follow the other teams

Joey & Meghan are first in line, and Mona & Beth go to the 1st class counter and those two teams are the only ones getting tickets with arrival at 13:00. The other teams get told that the flight is full and get tickets with arrival at 16:00.

Joey & Meghan and Mona & Beth are very excited when they learn that they will have a three hour lead.
 "Think of what we can do", Joey can't contain his excitement

 "Meghan & Joey can't U-turn, but it's definitely a worry with the roller girls", Jennifer is worried

Meanwhile Caroline & Jennifer and Bates & Anthony hunt around for other flights. And both teams stumble upon Brussels airlines which have a flight with arrival at 10:40. When they board they are surprised to see Max & Katie on the same flight.
 "Are you joking, the sexy six are together forever", Caroline upon meeting Max & Katie on the flight

So in the end teams end up on two different sets of flights:

The first flights are:
 SN2592 TXL-BRU Dec-3 06:58-08:15
 BM1628 BRU-EDI Dec-3 09:55-10:40
This flight carries:
 Max & Katie
 Bates & Anthony
 Caroline & Jennifer

The second route is:
 LH177 TXL-FRA Dec-3 08:51-10:09
 LH962 FRA-EDI Dec-3 12:11-13:13 (landed 0:13 late)
This flight carries:
 Joey & Meghan
 Mona & Beth

When teams land they all run to the cars. Everybody counts the number of cars so they know their position.
 "I feel good, basically we're in first", Meghan hasn't reached the cars yet
 "There's only two cars here!", Mona is unpleasantly surprised

Teams drive out of the airport in the following order:
 1. Max & Katie
 2. Bates & Anthony
 3. Caroline & Jennifer
 4. Mona & Beth
 5. Joey & Meghan

In the car Bates explains that the first three teams have agreed to U-turn the last two teams so they can battle it out. Meanwhile Caroline is having problem with her car, it just won't accelerate.
 "Is there a brake on?", Eventually Caroline find the problem

At Gosford house (27km 0:30) the clue box is at the foot of the grand staircase leading up to the entrance. And on the stairs is the Royal Scots bagpipers arrayed. This makes for a very impressive entrance.

Teams reach the clue box here in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie
 2(+0) Bates & Anthony, about a minute after #1
 3(+0) Caroline & Jennifer, a few minutes after #2
 4(+0) Mona & Beth
 5(+0) Joey & Meghan, a minuter or so after #4

--- Quote ---ROAD BLOCK

Who has the deep lungs
and strong legs of a
Royal Scot?

Note: Mona and Meghan
must perform this Road

--- End quote ---

Contestants must dress like the Royal Scots, including a kilt, and learn how to play the bagpipes. They must then hold a single harmonizing note for two minutes as they march around the marble room of Gosford house.

 "I'm hal'f Scottish, so hopefully this will work out for me", Bates feels he is natural for this
 "I'm getting used to the whole skirt thing. What I wore under the Kilt will forever remain a secret", Max

 "The more practice I made the more time i was wasting. Just learn by fire and go for it", Max

 "She's a singer, she knows how to blow", Jennifer about Caroline
 "I'm so sorry, but my mouth isn't working now", Caroline after her 6th attempt

 "I have found my husband in Scotland. His name is Jim, I think he's 70. If he hadn't been there along with my best friend Jen I don't know if I would have made it through the day", Caroline had a hard time

 "I can totally do this. This is easy", Meghan is sure of herself going into this task
 "It takes a lot of hot air, which she has", Beth thinks Mona is uniquely suited to playing bagpipes
 "It sounded like they were torturing an animal", Beth about Mona's bagpipe playing

 "I'm not meant to be a bagpiper", Meghan struggles after Mona has left

Teams complete this roadblock in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+0)Max* & Katie        (6-5)On his 1st shown attempt2(+0)Bates* & Anthony    (5-5)On his 1st shown attempt3(+0)Caroline* & Jennifer(6-5)On her 7th attempt4(+0)Mona* & Beth        (5-6)On her 2nd shown attempt5(+0)Joey & Meghan*      (6-5)On her 1st shown attempt
Meghan struggled a lot with the training before her instructor allowed her to try the real challenge, so they are about 30 minutes after Mona & Beth as they leave.

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Search the fireplaces at
Craigmillar Castle for
your next clue.

--- End quote ---

Craigmillar castle (19.7km 0:20) is a large ruin with lots of fireplaces. Teams reach it
in the following order:
 1(+1) Bates & Anthony
 2(-1) Max & Katie, after #1 has left
 3(+0) Caroline & Jennifer
 4(+0) Mona & Beth
 5(+0) Joey & Meghan, just as Mona & Beth return from their speed bump

As teams enter the castle they pass the speed bump sign. That is all teams but Mona & Beth who have to open it. They learn that the speed bumps means that they have to play Skittles. This takes place in the cellar of the Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston village (2.6km 0:04). Skittles is a Scottish variant of 10-pin bowling where the ball has no holes. They must take turns to roll the ball until one of them scores a floor (a strike). Since this place is very old there is no mechanics, so after each throw they must run down to the end of the lane and manually reset the pins.
 "Sucks to be you", Max when he passes the speed bump sign

This task is rather hard, but on the 16th try Beth finally scores a strike and they can go back to the castle and search for clues in the fireplaces.

The clues are placed in the chimneys so teams have to enter the, rather large, fireplaces to search. They are also spread out so no two clues are in the same place. Teams find clues and leave the castle in the same order they arrived.

--- Quote ---DETOUR

Detour: Tasty Puddin' or
Whisky Rollin'

Tasty Puddin': At the Sheep
Heid Inn Pub in Duddingston
Village, perform the final
preparation of the Scottish
national dish, Haggis. Once
each of you have prepared four
portions of Haggis and enjoyed
a bit of this tasty treat, you'll
receive your next clue.

Whisky Rolli': Deliver eight
large barrels of Scotland's
national drink, Scotch whisky,
from the loading area through
the steep, cobblestone streets
of Duddingston Village to the
Whisky Festival grounds to
receive your next clue.

Caution: U-Turn ahead!

--- End quote ---

Max assumes that Bates & Anthony are doing the barrel rolling so he and Katie goes for pudding to separate themselves from them.

Bates & Anthony find the rolling hard so they carry their barrels on their back. This is very heavy, even though the barrels seem to be empty. It is also allowed since the additional info just stated that they must transport the barrels by their own power without any help.
 "How is anybody else gonna do this challenge?", Anthony

 "They're having great old time dancing around while we are working our barrels off", Bates gets the title
 "The meat smelled good. But the stomach, I could smell that sheep's last meal", Max
 "I feel like the Greek god holding up the world", Bates about carrying Whisky barrels

As teams make their Haggis an actor dressed as Robert Burns, an 18th century Scottish poet, steps in. He starts to recite "Address to a Haggis" in a wonderful Scottish accent. This adds loads of local color to the scene which, due to the pub setting, already had lots of it.

Mona & Beth start their Haggis making at 16:55. Mona & Beth and Joey & Meghan know they are fighting for last as they enter the pub more or less together.

 "I still don't know what Haggis is, and I don't want to know", Joey
 "You lasses look like you've done this before", The poet to Mona & Beth
 "They're moms, they cook. I know how to cook chicken", Joey thinks Mona & Beth have an unfair advantage
 "Aw, real good", Beth to the judge as they taste
 "Sorry Scotland, it was awful", Beth in an interview later

Mona & Beth seem to just kill this detour and leave well before Joey & Meghan. Both teams know that the U-turn may determine this race. So even though they are last at the detour Joey & Meghan have a samll hope that the moms have been U-turned and they have not. Unfortunately that hope is crushed on the cold hard stones of reality as they reach the church and see that both the last two teams have been U-turned.

 "This is brutal", Beth about the Whisky barrels
 "Don't let 'em see us", The moms try to roll their barrels stealthily past the pub
 "Oh, they got U-turned. The moms got U-turned", But Joey see them and gets some hope
 "I smell like Haggis and sweat", Beth

Unfortunately for Joey & Meghan, Mona & Beth are faster. The moms are delivering their 3rd and 4th barrel as team Youtube starts. And when the moms are done Youtube have only delivered three barrels.

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
 1(+0) Bates & Anthony, whisky
 2(+0) Max & Katie, pudding
 3(+0) Caroline & Jennifer, pudding
 4(+0) Mona & Beth, pudding and whisky
 5(+0) Joey & Meghan, pudding and whisky

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Make your way to
Duddingston Kirk to find
your next clue.

--- End quote ---

The Duddingston kirk is not far away, and here teams find a double U-turn. They reach it in the following order:
 1(+0) Bates & Anthony, U-turns Joey & Meghan
 2(+0) Max & Katie, U-turns Mona & Beth
 3(+0) Caroline & Jennifer
 4(+0) Mona & Beth
 5(+0) Joey & Meghan

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Search Niddry Street
South in Old Town
Edinburgh for the next
Pit Stop.

Warning! The last team
to check-in may be

--- End quote ---

Teams must now drive to Edinburgh and find the designated parking space before making their way on foot to the pit stop.
 "Now I'm all fricking turned around", Bates have trouble navigating in Edinburgh.
 "Parking area is probably on your right hand side", Katie is however spot on
 "I think we should follow them ,beat them at a race", Anthony see Max & Katie run away from the parking area as he pulls in

 "And Haggis", Max jumps onto the mat

The editors tries their best to make it look like a tense race between Mona & Beth and Joey & Meghan. Therefore we get to see lots of shots of the moms having trouble navigating while Joey & Meghan just seem to get there straight away.

The pit stop greeter on this leg is an actor dressed up as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Teams reach him and Phil in the following order:
 1(+1) Max & Katie, $10.000 each
 2(-1) Bates & Anthony
 3(+0) Caroline & Jennifer
 4(+0) Mona & Beth
 5(+0) Joey & Meghan, are eliminated

 "That eyebrow always gets me", Katie when Phil raises his eyebrow
 "I'm so proud of us. We made it a lot farther than I thought we were going to", Joey

Racing report
Amazing Race Season 22, Episode 11.1, "Beacon of hope"
Film date: Dec 4-5  2012

This report covers the first half of the finale episode.

Teams are released from some street in Edinburgh in the following order:
1.Max & Katie        16:074.Bates & Anthony    16:15(+0:08)3.Caroline & Jennifer17:27(+1:20)5.Mona & Beth        19:27(+3:20)
Route info: "Travel to the capitol of northern Ireland, Belfast". To get there teams must first take the train to Stanraer (via Glasgow). From here they take a ferry to Belfast. Once in Belfast they must pick up a sponsor car from a harbor warehouse (All-route shipping) and drive themselves to Peatlands Park.

 "We definitely think the roller moms have to go, I think they are one of our strongest competitors", Anthony
 "I really think we got this far because Jen and I have so much positive energy", Caroline
 "We are close friends, but our whole relationship is centered around competition", Mona thinks this gives them and edge

The first 3 teams probably arrived at the ferry terminal i Stanraer around 21:00, and learn that the next ferry is at 07:30 in the morning. This gives the roller derby moms plenty of time to catch up (they probably arrive around midnight).

The ferry reaches Belfast at 09:45. While on the ferry all teams get directions to Peatlands park.

 "We're just trying to get as much information as we can on Belfast", Max on the boat

Once in Belfast all teams run for the warehouse where their cars are. They reach it a few seconds apart, enter their cars and drive out in the following order:
 1. Mona & Beth
 2. Max & Katie
 3. Bates & Anthony
 4. Caroline & Jennifer

 "You're a navigating machine Katie", Max appreciates the good directions he is given

Teams drive more or less together on the freeway, but once off it they are separated as they all search for the Peatlands Park.
 "Max & Katie and the hockey players are going to the right, and rollergirls and us are going to the left", Jennifer
 "Darn, darn, darn, darn", Mona when she finds out they went the wrong way

The clues at Peatlands Park lie in a basket marked with a race
flag. Teams reach it in the following order:
 1(+2) Bates & Anthony
 2(+0) Max & Katie, a second after #1
 3(-2) Mona & Beth, probably 2-3 minutes after #1
 4(+0) Caroline & Jennifer

Road block: "Who wants to get bogged down?". In this road block contestants must snorkel in the murky waters of the bog. There is a small train which will take them out into the bogs where they will be equipped with a wet suit, mask, snorkel and flippers. They must then cannonball into a pit of mud, climb up and then swim 100 yards in a muddy ditch (50 yards out and 50 yards back). All in under 4 minutes.

This "sport" was of course conceived over a few pints of beer.

A rule on this race is that nobody may perform more than 6 road blocks before the finale. This means that Bates & Anthony is the only team who may choose who will do this task, this since they skipped one task in Botswana thanks to the fast forward.

The task is a lot harder than it sounds. Just putting on the wet suit is a challenge in itself. Then, since this is early December, the temperature is a bit on the chilly side. In fact there are remnants of an ice sheet at the edge of the ditch they swim in. The mud clogs the snorkel and the mask fogs up almost immediately so visibility is close to zero.

 "I'm going snorkeling in freezing cold water", Katie is not looking forward to the task

 "What is Bog snorkeling, do you have any idea?", Mona wonder what the task will be while they wait for the train with Caroline & Jennifer
 "They're not gonna make us get into the water, right?", Jennifer is a little worried

 "Two things that I hate are being cold and in dirty water", Mona is also not looking forward to this
 "I was lucky I made it since there was no chance I was going to do that again", Katie did not enjoy this experience
 "I don't know that I've ever been that scared, I felt a lot of pressure", Mona is anxious before starting the task

Poor Jennifer is having a hard time. She forgot to turn back at the platform at the end of the ditch, instead she climb over it and jump into the ditch on the other side. It takes a while for her to get her bearings and free herself of the mud to go back. This makes her fail the time limit so she has to start all over again.

 "Jen did a great job, but Jen can not really swim", Caroline
 "I can't do it again", Jennifer is mentally and physically exhausted after her failed attempt

On her second go Jennifer gives up before she has even completed half of the swimming.
 "I can't breathe", Jennifer

It takes quite some persuasion from Caroline to get Jennifer to make another attempt. On which she completes the course before the time runs out.

Teams complete this roadblock in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+0)Bates & Anthony*    (5-6)Time: 02:182(+0)Max & Katie*        (6-6)Time: 03:093(+0)Mona* & Beth        (6-6)Time: 02:534(+0)Caroline & Jennifer*(6-6)Time: 03:43, on her 3rd attempt

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Drive back to Belfast and
find 'The Thing With A

--- End quote ---

The thing with a ring is a big steel statue also known as 'Beacon of hope' and it is fairly well known. Mona & Beth catch up with Max & Katie in the parking lot as the latter are getting directions. The moms decide to just follow Max & Katie to the next route marker.
 "I hate being followed", Max

The only team having a hard time finding this route marker is Caroline & Jennifer they get directions to the Giant's ring which lies 5km south of Belfast. But eventually they get good directions.

 "We need a beacon of hope right now", Jennifer gets the title

Teams reach the clue box by the statue in the following order:
 1(+1) Max & Katie
 2(+1) Mona & Beth
 3(-2) Bates & Anthony
 4(+0) Caroline & Jennifer

--- Quote ---DETOUR

Detour: 'Tray It or Spray It'

Tray It: Become fine-dining
servers! Make your way to the
dry dock where the Titanic
was build over 100 years ago.
Once there, deliver five
courses from the last dinner
served to the Titanic's first
class passengers. When all
five courses have been
served correctly, and in the
proper order, the Captain will
hand you your next clue.

Spray It: Become graffiti

--- End quote ---

At the Titanic dock teams encounter a tent with a menu on a poster outside. The menu is:

--- Quote ---           R.M.S. "TITANIC"
            April 14, 1912

        The First-Class Menu

      First Course ~ Hors d'oevres
            Oysters à la Russe

        Second Course ~ Soup
Cream of Barley finished with Whiskey and Cream
Consommé Olga with Scallops and Celery Julienne

         Third Course ~ Roast
      Roasted Squab and Watercress
        served with a Madeira Jus

        Fourth Course ~ Salad
Seared Asparagus drizzled with a Saffron
     and Champagne Vinaigrette

      Fifth Course ~ Dessert
Spiced Peaches with Chartreuse Jelly and
         Crème Fraîche
  Waldorf Pudding with Crème Anglaise

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This is half the actual first class menu served as the last meal on the Titanic.

Below the menu is a bunch of seating charts, one for each table. These lists the names of the passengers at the table as well as their choices for the soup and the dessert. This throws a number of teams who immediately start to serve what is on the seating chart and bypassing the other courses. Another difficulty is that there are lots of different courses on the tables in the kitchen tent, and none of them are labeled so teams must identify the correct course by looking at them.

The hardest course to identify is the peaches with Chartreuse Jelly. The chefs have prepared to different dishes with peaches and jelly. One with red jelly and one with green. Chartreuse is a kind of green color, something which only Mona & Beth seem to know.

Teams divide the job so that one team member prepares the tray in the kitchen tent and carries to the top of the stairs. The other member picks it up here, walks down all the stairs to the bottom of the dock and then over to the dining tent set up in the middle of the dock where the tables are set up. It means quite a lot of running/walking for the teams.

Max & Katie is the first team to arrive and prepare a tray with the different soups. But before they leave Katie realizes that something must be wrong. She looks around and find the menu poster and realize they must server oysters first.

Bates & Anthony also figure out the menu pretty quick, but they do one wrong run with the soups first. Mona & Beth make many attempts before they finally figure out what they are doing wrong.

 "This is not what these people ordered", The waiter gets to say this a lot to Beth
 "I used to be a waitress so you'd think I'd be better at this", Beth apologizes for he bad serving skills (and she still is still serving the wrong course)
 "If I don't win this challenge I hope I get tipped well", Bates hopes to get something out of the serving
 "I think what is going on is that we're just intermixing our dishes", Mona thinks she knows what they do wrong, but in reality they aren't reading the menu
 "He's just having a meltdown right now, and there is no calming him down unless I get it right", Anthony feels the pressure
 "I'm gonna kill him", Bates gets frustrated when his next serving is also rejected (he had red jelly)

As Anthony is waiting to see if Bates is going to kill him or not (i.e. checking if the desserts are correct) he chats with Beth and happens to mention the list of courses. Luckily for him the desserts were right so they get their next clue. This leaves Mona & Beth alone trying to figure out which the first course they should serve is.

 "I'm so tired", Beth is rejected for the 10th time
 "Anthony said something about a list", Beth shouts to Mona
 "Bettie, I figured it out", Mona finally see the big menu

And this time the courses served are correct. And Beth gets an applause from the dining guests when she has served it. From this point on it is plain sailing for the moms.
 "We are probably in trouble, but all we can do is try to finish this challenge and get our next clue", Mona is not giving up

In spray it teams must complete a graffiti painting. They must drive to the T13 skate hall. Here they are given an almost blank door where they should spray paint one half of a given Graffiti painting from a given photograph. There is a simple outline on the door which helps with scaling and placement. Once they are done the other half of the painting is revealed and we get to see how well their half matches. All of this takes time. But Caroline & Jennifer, who is the only team doing this, feel like they are flying through it.

Once Caroline & Jennifer say they are done the artist closes the other door so we get to see the entire painting. He then points out some things which the girls need to improve on their half. They do this quickly and are then given their next clue.

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie, tray it
 2(+1) Bates & Anthony, tray it
 3(-1) Mona & Beth, tray it
 4(+0) Caroline & Jennifer, spray it

Route info: "Make your way to the next Pit Stop, Ulster Hall". Here Phil waits together with a bunch of young Riverdance girls.

Max & Katie find parking and are making their way on foot towards the hall as Bates & Anthony drive by. The brothers are convinced they can catch Max & Katie, they just have to find a parking spot first. Max & Katie in turn see that the hockey brothers drive by and realize they must hustle. They make it look like the start of a 100 meter event when they take off. Luckily for them they manage to keep ahead of the brothers so they reach Phil first.

The editors cut the episode so it looks like there is a tense race between the last two teams. But the feeling I get is that the country singers are way behind.

Teams check in in the following order:
 1(+0) Max & Katie, win a trip to the Dominican republic
 2(+0) Bates & Anthony, less than a minuter after #1
 3(+0) Mona & Beth
 4(+0) Caroline & Jennifer, around 17:45, are eliminated

 "You are joking?", Mona can't believe it when Phil tells them they are 3rd
 "People are just so good, all around the world", Jennifer has learned something


I have not had the opportunity to provide you with some corrections for the Belfast episode directly, but at the Bog Swim ROADBLOCK Jennifer actually failed a second time before taking a long additional time to make her successful 3rd try.

From the Extra Videos, Mona and Beth actually tried Spray It before switching to Tray It.

maf, thanks for episode 11 recap! Can't wait for the finale one! :conf: :colors


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