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Amazing Race Season 23, Episode 3, "King Arthur style"
Film date: 13-15/6

Teams are released from Cascada de Las Animas, close to where the pit stop was, in the following order:

1.Chester & Ephraim18:272.Leo & Jamal      18:39(+0:12)3.Brandon & Adam   18:58(+0:31)4.Nicole & Travis  19:11(+0:44)5.Jason & Amy      19:25(+0:58)6.Tim & Danny      00:25(+5:58)7.Ally & Ashley    00:27(+6:00)8.Tim & Marie      00:33(+6:06)9.Nicky & Kim      01:00(+6:33)
Route info: "Fly to Lisbon. Portugal". When teams land they must make their way to Martim Moniz Square and ride a tram (line 28) to the top of the hill where they will receive their next clue.

Most teams go to the Cocha travel agency (60km 1:30), while Leo & Jamal and later Tim & Marie go directly to the airport (85km 2:00).

In the taxi we hear that Tim & Marie have a strategy of offering to give the extra express pass to teams who give them useful information. But they will not really give away the express pass.

Leo & Jamal quickly book a flight via London with arrival at 11 and decide to tell Ally & Ashley about this.

Meanwhile at the travel agencies teams are busy looking for possible connections. Nicole & Travis are smart and when they find a good connection they ask their agent to hold it for them while they continue searching. This and possibly the fact that Chester & Ephraims agent entered the wrong date, leads to them being the only team getting tickets on the first flight at the travel agency.
 "When we travel, we have four kids, when you see a seat available you'd better book em now before the flights are gone", Travis

Jason & Amy are delayed on their way to the travel agency when their cab rear-ends another car.
 "And that is the luck that we have with cab-drivers"", Amy

When they leave the agency Chester & Ephraim have tickets with arrival at noon. As does Brandon & Adam. At the airport Chester & Ephraim receive a call from their travel agent, who is feeling guilty about the wrong date thing. She has found a better flight for them. They will get in at 7 with two connections.
 "Any other time, we would never have two connecting flights", Chester
 "Sometimes you gotta roll the dice man", Ephraim

When Ally & Ashley arrive at the airport they have no idea on what to do. Luckily for them they run into Leo & Jamal who help them book the same tickets as they have through London. They all then debate whether to tell Tim & Danny as well. The idea is to have some sacrificial lambs in case of flight delays. Tim & Danny hesitate a bit but then they are in.

As Tim & Danny are getting their tickets Marie come up and ask if they have found anything better. They lie to her and say the haven't.
 "I have the express pass", Marie on why they shouldn't lie to her

Afterwards Danny is feeling bad for having lied and they almost crack and go tell Marie about their flight. They also realize why Leo & Jamal told them, sacrificial lambs, so they go and look for other flights, and they find one via Madrid with arrival at 10.

The booking agent who helped Chester & Ephraim also calls Brandon & Adam and tells them she had found tickets through Madrid for them. So they meet up with Tim & Danny.

Travis & Nicole are on the same flight to Sao Paulo as Tim & Marie, Nicky & Kim and Jason & Amy. They worry that the others will work some magic and get on the first flight to Lisbon.

In Bueno Aires Chester & Ephraim realize that their flight to Madrid is delayed and they will miss their connection. They scramble to find a better way and find a flight to Sao Paulo which would let them reunite with Tim & Marie on the late flight to Lisbon.

Meanwhile in Sao Paulo Jason & Amy, Tim & Marie and Nicky & Kim all make a mad rush to the next gate in order to be first on the standby list for the earlier flight, which Travis & Nicole already have tickets on. But the gate was not yet open so they camp out there. That is all except Nicky & Kim who go to the business lounge and get put on the standby list. This is a very smart move and when the gate opens the others are confused and upset that Nicky & Kim are at the top of the list.
 "But that's not possible to have done a while ago", Marie doesn't believe they could already be on the standby list
 "When we got here we figured it out", Kim doesn't say how they did it
 "That is it, you lied to me", Marie choose not to believe her
 "The express pass is not even an option. They pulled a stunt that I would pull and I wasn't expecting it from them", Marie does not like smart teams
In the end Nicky & Kim and Jason & Amy get on the flight.

Chester & Ephraim have more bad luck and their flight to Sao Paulo is delayed so they miss the connection. They find a flight to London which was supposed to have already left but is severely delayed which they get tickets to.

So in the end teams seem to have traveled like this (most of the work on this list of flights was made by claude_24hrs):

Travis & Nicole, Nicky & Kim and Jason & Amy fly via Sao Paulo
 JJ8029 SCL-GRU 07:00 - 12:49   (scheduled 06:50-11:40)
 TP86   GRU-LIS 17:34 - 07:09+1 (scheduled 17:10-07:00+1)

Tim/Danny and Brandon/Adam via Buenos Aires and Madrid
 H2501  SCL-EZE 07:30  - 10:37   (scheduled 07:30   - 10:35)
 IB6842 EZE-MAD 13:42  - 06:36+1 (scheduled 13:25   - 06:20+1)
 NI1011 MAD-LIS 09:50+1- 09:54+1 (scheduled 09:50+1 - 10:05+1)

Ally/Ashley and Leo/Jamal via Buenos Aires and London
 LA455 SCL-EZE 08:30   - 11:34   (scheduled 08:30   - 11:35)
 BA244 EZE-LHR 13:09   - 06:13+1 (scheduled 13:00   - 06:20+1)
 TP353 LHR-LIS 08:37+1 - 10:50+1 (scheduled 08:15+1 - 10:55+1)

Tim & Marie fly via Sao Paulo
 JJ8029 SCL-GRU 07:00 - 12:49   (scheduled 06:50 - 11:40)
 TP88   GRU-LIS 23:01 - 12:52+1 (scheduled 22:25 - 12:15+1)

Chester & Ephraim fly via Bueno Aires, Sao Paulo and London
 H2505  SCL-EZE 02:30   - 05:21   (scheduled 02:30   - 05:35)
   Flight to Madrid was late so they rerouted to Sao Paulo
 JJ8019 EZE-GRU 20:32   - 22:45   (scheduled 17:20   - 20:00)
   Missed connection to Lisbon so they rerouted through London (via an already delayed flight)
 BA246  GRU-LHR 03:34+1 - 18:33+1 (scheduled 16:15   - 07:20+1)
 TP367  LHR-LIS 21:28+1 - 23:15+1 (scheduled 20:35+1 - 23:15+1)

It turns out that Chester & Ephraim take off from Sao Paulo about the same time as the first teams run out of the Lisbon airport. The teams in Lisbon run out and grab taxis in the following order:
  1. Nicole & Travis
  2. Jason & Amy
  3. Nicky & Kim
  4. Tim & Danny, about 3 hours after the first teams
  5. Brandon & Adam, see above
  6. Leo & Jamal, about 50 minutes after teams #4 & #5
  7. Ally & Ashley, shares a cab with #6
  8. Tim & Marie,  about 2 hours after teams #6 & #7

They arrive at the Martim Moniz Square (6.5km 0:13) and jump onto tram #28.
Tram #1 carries
   Nicole & Travis
   Jason & Amy

Tram #2 carries
   Nicky & Kim

Tram #3 carries
  Tim & Danny

Tram #4 carries
  Brandon & Adam

Tram #5 carries
  Leo & Jamal
  Ally & Ashley

Tram #6 carries
  Tim & Marie

 "So this means we just left the bunnies, hopefully they don't use their bunny charm to stop this thing", Jason when Nicky & Kim don't make the tram

At the top of the hill teams easily find a singer in a red dress with a yellow flower in her hair. Teams reach her in the following order:
  1(+1) Jason & Amy
  2(-1) Nicole & Travis, a couple of seconds after #1
  3(+0) Nicky & Kim
  4(+0) Tim & Danny, wait around confusedly and then work with Brandon & Adam
  5(+0) Brandon & Adam
  6(+1) Ally & Ashley
  7(-1) Leo & Jamal, a few seconds after #6
  8(+0) Tim & Marie

The singer gives each team a painting of a coach. Teams must now figure out that this clue directs the to the National Coach Museum. This seems to be fairly easy to solve for the locals. Teams jump into taxis and reach the Coach Museum in approximately the same order. It can be noted that the teams carry this, relatively large, painting through the rest of the leg and all the way to the pit stop.

At the coach museum (9km 0:16) teams need to find the coach on the painting. It is by this coach they find their next clue in the following order:
  1(+0) Jason & Amy
  2(+0) Nicole & Travis, a couple of seconds after #1
  3(+0) Nicky & Kim
  4(+0) Tim & Danny
  5(+0) Brandon & Adam
  6(+1) Leo & Jamal
  7(-1) Ally & Ashley, a couple of seconds after #6
  8(+0) Tim & Marie

Detour: "Tiles or miles"

In tiles teams must assemble a life size puzzle. The pieces are ceramic tiles (mostly square) and must be placed on a board which can then be raised. The board seems to be somewhat sticky as well. This detour is performed at the Fabrica Sant'Ana (1.4km 0:03)

In miles teams teams must use a giant navigation instrument (dividers) to measure the total distance Magellan sailed to ten destinations. Once they are within 500 miles (the correct answer is 16 500) a dressed up actor will give them their next clue. The measurement is made on a giant map on the ground by the monument to the discoveries where the journey is marked. Teams also get a list of the different ports visited and the order, so all they need to do is measure the distance. The only difficulty is that they must realize that the world is round so they can walk from one end of the map to the next when measuring one leg. The dividers are picked up at the Jeronimos monastery (600,) and teams walk to the map (400m).

Jason & Amy and Nicole & Travis decide to work together. Later on Leo & Jamal work with Ally & Ashley.

 "As you finish doing adding you guys can take a look around, it's beautiful", Travis takes time to check the surroundings
 "I had a brain fart at first, then he's like 'The world is round'", Tim
 "Here's the map, this is going to be easy guys, just easy", Leo
 "I've got this, we're gonna give you the answer", Jamal to Ally & Ashley
 "I have no idea what we are doing", Ally & Ashley
 "I'm gonna get it on the first try, I guarantee you", Jamal is sure of himself

Despite their brave words Leo & Jamal (and Ally & Ashley) fail miserably at the miles detour. They forget that the world is round so at the critical point they measure back round South America and Africa rather than just crossing the edge of the map to the other side. Their first guess is 31000 miles and the girls guess 53500. None of them are even close.
 "It's nautical miles. Nautical miles are not the same as regular miles", Jamal over-thinks the task

Both Ally & Ashley and Leo & Jamal decide to switch to tiles instead. While they are there Tim & Marie walks in.
 "We've been here for two hours so I don't know if you guys wanna do this", Jamal plays mind-games with Tim & Marie

Tim & Marie are having problems with their puzzle. They drop tiles which break and so on. They debate whether to use the express pass or not.
 "Are you actually doing anything?", Marie wonders if her partner is helping
 "Can you get out of the way", But she doesn't want any help

Here we get to see a bit from an interview with Tim & Marie where Marie first says that there will be situations on the race where she will let him take control. Then she snaps out of it and admits that she doesn't actually think that will happen.
 "When people watch this at home I would like them to think that I don't think you are that terrible a partner", Marie
So from this conversation we learn that:
 1. Marie thinks that her partner is more or less worthless
 2. She doesn't want the audience to know that she thinks so
 3. You should not trust the editors with any secrets
But while she says all this Tim just laughs.

Anyway Tim & Marie resist the urge to use the express pass and finally manage to complete the tiles puzzle.

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
  1(+0) Jason & Amy, miles, got 16772
  2(+0) Nicole & Travis, miles, a couple of seconds after #1, with the same answer
  3(+0) Nicky & Kim, tiles
  4(+0) Tim & Danny, miles, first said 1625, then 16250
  5(+0) Brandon & Adam, tiles
  6(+1) Ally & Ashley, started miles but switched to tiles
  7(-1) Leo & Jamal, started miles but switched to tiles
  8(+0) Tim & Marie, tiles

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Make your way to Clube
Portugues de Tiro a
Chumbo, at Parque
Florestal de Monsanto
and search for your next clue.

--- End quote ---

Teams arrive here (10km 0:12) in the following order:
  1(+0) Jason & Amy
  2(+0) Nicole & Travis, just after #1
  3(+0) Nicky & Kim, after teams #1 & #2 have left
  4(+0) Tim & Danny
  5(+0) Brandon & Adam, as team #4 leaves
  6(+0) Ally & Ashley
  7(+0) Leo & Jamal, about a minute after #6
  8(+0) Tim & Marie, after #7 have left

--- Quote ---ROAD BLOCK

Who has a hand for
slings and arrows?

--- End quote ---

In this road block teams must put on a knight's suit of armor (heavy) and use a giant ballista to shoot an arrow at one of five shields 150ft away. Once they score a hit they will receive the hit shield which has their next clue on the back. There are two ballistas and two sets of targets so two teams can try at the same time.

 "Do not get frazzled", Nicole to her husband when he keeps missing
 "I'll give it a go, I'm native American", Danny
 "If he does well on this the we won't fight. because he couldn't do anything at the tiles thing", Marie

Teams complete this road in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+0)Jason* & Amy      (2-2)Hit on his first shot2(+0)Nicole & Travis*  (2-2)About 7 minutes after #13(+0)Nicky & Kim*      (2-2)4(+0)Tim & Danny*      (1-3)5(+0)Brandon & Adam*   (1-3)6(+1)Leo & Jamal*      (2-2)7(-1)Ally* & Ashley    (2-2)8(+0)Tim* & Marie      (2-2)Hit on his first shot         

The next clue is printed on a small sticker on the back of the shield. Teams carry these shields all the way to the pit stop, as well as the painting they received earlier.

--- Quote ---END ROAD BLOCK
Make your way to Castelo dos Mouros and search the ancient
ramparts for the next Pit Stop!

NOTE: Exercise caution when running at Castelo dos Mouros.

Warning! The last team to check-in may be eliminated

--- End quote ---

Teams jump into their taxis and make for the castle (24km 0:23). Once there they must run on top of the walls, with a gorgeous view, to reach Phil.

Ally & Ashley arrive at the castle car park not long after Leo & Jamal and find the boys waiting for them. I suspect that it is not just that the boys want to be nice but rather that they want to keep an eye on the girls so they don't find a faster way to Phil.

Teams reach Phil in the following order:
  1(+1) Nicole & Travis, win a trip to Costa Rica
  2(-1) Jason & Amy, taxi took a wrong turn
  3(+0) Nicky & Kim, never saw the other teams after they left the airport
  4(+0) Tim & Danny
  5(+0) Brandon & Adam
  6(+0) Leo & Jamal
  7(+0) Ally & Ashley, a few seconds after #6
  8(+0) Tim & Marie

 "Tim & Marie, I'm sorry to tell you that you are the last team to arrive... except for one", Phil plays with Tim & Marie

And sometime after Tim & Marie have checked in, Chester and Ephraim arrive in London. When they arrive in Lisbon they are far behind that Phil meets them at the airport.
 "Uh oh, that's not good", Chester when they see Phil at the airport
 "Not real happy to see you right now Phil, gotta be honest with you", Chester knows what is coming

Unsurprisingly Phil eliminates them on the spot.

 "This was a great experience", Ephraim
 "You're at an airport so it might be easy to get out of here", Phil can't resist teasing them


--- Quote ---Chester & Ephraim fly via Bueno Aires, Sao Paulo and London
 H2505  SCL-EZE 02:30   - 05:21   (scheduled 02:30   - 05:35)
   Flight to Madrid was late so they rerouted to Sao Paulo
 JJ8019 EZE-GRU 20:32   - 22:45   (scheduled 17:20   - 20:00)
   Missed connection to Lisbon so they rerouted through London (via an already delayed flight)
 BA246  GRU-LHR 03:34+1 - 18:33+1 (scheduled 16:15   - 07:20+1)
 TP367  LHR-LIS 21:28+1 - 23:15+1 (scheduled 20:35+1 - 23:15+1)
--- End quote ---

That was really hard to read. :( Poor boys.

Racing report
Amazing Race Season 23, Episode 4, "Beards in the wind"
Film date: 15-17/6

Phil says that teams are released from Castello dos Muros, where the last pit stop was. But they are clearly not released from the exact same location.

1.Nicole & Travis23:082.Jason & Amy    23:14(+0:06)3.Nicky & Kim    ??:??(+?:??)4.Tim & Danny    ??:??(+?:??)5.Brandon & Adam ??:??(+?:??)6.Leo & Jamal    ??:??(+?:??)7.Ally & Ashley  ??:??(+?:??)8.Tim & Marie    ??:??(+?:??)
We are only shown the departures of the first two teams.

Route info: "Travel to Solvær, Norway". Teams must now travel by plane and ferry to Solvær, Norway. This is in the arctic circle. Teams will find their next clue by the ferry terminal i Solvær.

 "Freezing, is the arctic circle ever not freezing?", Nicole dreads the next destination
 "I've had the very pleasant surprise of seeing that Nicole is even tougher than I thought she was", Travis

Amy interviews that they have been working with Nicole & Travis for the last two legs and that they see them as mini mentors.

Both the first two teams hope they will be able to get on an earlier flight. But that hope is dashed when they arrive at the travel agency, Osiris travel, and learn that the first flight is at 08:55 the following morning (16/6). So they realize that all teams will be on the same flight.

The flight is probably:
 TP768  LIS-OSL 09:31 - 13:57  (scheduled 08:55 - 13:55)
 SK4116 OSL-BOO 15:57 - 17:15  (scheduled 15:35 - 17:05)

On arrival in Bodø teams hustle to the ferry terminal, but to no avail. There is only one ferry to Solvær per day, and today it departs at 20:30 with arrival in Solvær at 23:05.

 "We're in Norway right now, how pretty it is", Nicky has time to look around

We also learn that teams have a really hard time to pronounce Solvær.

During the ferry ride they have time to play around in the wind, but as the ferry approaches Solvær teams get into race-mode again and they are soon madly sprinting along the dock towards the next clue.

This is technically a night leg because teams arrive in Solvær at 23:05, but since this is above the arctic circle the sun will stay up and it never really gets dark in the summertime.

The clue box in the harbor contains a detour clue:

--- Quote ---DETOUR

Detour: "Hang Your Heads"
or "Hammer of the Cods"

Hang Your Heads: Air out
the main ingredient for Fish
Head soup! Using twine
and a metal spike, make six
strings of cod heads. Then
hang them out to dry in the
midnight sun.

Hammer of the Cods:
Pound out some fish jerky!
Scale the drying racks and
retrieve 15 pairs of dried
cod. Then use a wooden
mallet to pound out a kilo of

--- End quote ---

In hang your heads teams must create six bundles of 10 cod heads each. They must then load them into a wheelbarrow and transport them to the drying racks (1.3km) where they must hang them on the marked poles.

In hammer of the cods teams must first make their way on foot to the drying racks (1.3km). Then climb 30ft up in the air and fetch 15 pair of dried cods. They must then carry these back to the fish factory where they get to pound them.

Both detour options first require teams to make their way to L. Bergs Sønner fish factory.

Teams decide which detour to take in the following order:
  1. Jason & Amy
  2. Brandon & Adam
  3. Nicole & Travis
  4. Tim & Marie
  5. Ally & Ashley
  6. Leo & Jamal
  7. Nicky & Kim
  8. Tim & Danny

 "At one point we were both boy-scouts, we're no longer boy-scouts", Brandon
 "Now we're man-scouts", Adam fills in

 "What's a kilo?", Kim lacks education

 "Look at that, you expect vikings to come rushing down that mountain at any point", Brandon enjoys the view

The fish factory turns out to be about 2km away. Since this is a small town and it is in the middle of the night taxis are few and far between. Tim & Marie are the first ones to realize they need a taxi and grab the only one available at the spot. Some teams select to run and some to call for taxis. Eventually teams reach the fish factory in the following order:
  1(+3) Tim & Marie, taxi
  2(+0) Brandon & Adam, jogged
  3(-2) Jason & Amy, taxi
  4(+1) Ally & Ashley, walked
  5(+1) Leo & Jamal, walked
  6(-3) Nicole & Travis, taxi, after 23:24
  7(+1) Tim & Danny, taxi
  8(-1) Nicky & Kim, jogged

 "They're gonna be good at this. They eat gross stuff and do gross stuff all the time", Marie think Brandon & Adam will do good

Jason mentions to Marie that they need to put ten heads on each string, not eight as Tim & Marie have been doing:
 "Jay & Amy, they know we have the express pass. And I don't really care what their motivation is for wanting to help me as long as they help me", Marie

 "This one's too small, like a child", Ashley gets emotionally attached to a fish head
 "Everything he does is really sexy", Amy is more than a little smitten with her partner

As they start making their way to the drying racks, at 01:09, Leo & Jamal realize that their wheelbarrow has a nearly flat tire. It becomes really difficult to push and progress is slow so other teams do pass them.
 "This is beyond grueling", Jamal

Tim & Marie is the first of the cod head teams to arrive at the drying racks. They pick the closest pole to hang their cod heads. Unfortunately for them they miss the small fact that they are supposed to use the marked poles, and the one they pick was not marked.
 "I don't have time to stand looking at yours", Brandon declines to help them
 "I mean we have an express pass, help us", Marie tries to use the express pass as leverage
 "I don't need your damn express pass", but to no avail, as Brandon doesn't care

Here we get to see an interview where Brandon tells he have heard from all the other teams that Marie have promised all them the express pass at one time or another.
 "Marie is a little bit manipulative to begin with", Adam
 "I'll tell you where you can stick your express pass", Adam

Meanwhile Tim & Marie get rejected again, and none of the other teams there show the slightest inclination to help them.
 "Why is this happening to me? I'm nice to everyone!", Marie can't understand why the other teams won't help her

On their way back to the factory Jason & Amy run into Travis & Nicole. Amy tells them to look for the marked poles, and how they are marked.

Eventually Marie figures out that they have used an unmarked pole and they move all their cod heads to a marked pole and get approved.

Carrying fifteen pair of dried cod is heavy as Nicky & Kim are finding out. They are really struggling with the task. And as they go back Kim suddenly miss the clue:
 "Wait, now I lost it. Did I drop the clue?", Kim
 "It's in my mouth", After some frantic searching Kim find the clue

 "My hair is caught", Kim is having trouble letting go of the cod at the factory
 "Yeah, it kind of sucks. The other one would have been a lot better to do", Tim & Danny about the hammering when Nicky & Kim asks
 "I was so angry at those cod that I kind of started to take out my aggression on them", Kim had no problem with the hammering
 "This stuff really ain't bad", Tim & Danny try some fish jerky when they're done

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
  1(+2) Jason & Amy, hang
  2(+0) Brandon & Adam, hang
  3(+3) Nicole & Travis, hang
  4(-3) Tim & Marie, hang
  5(+1) Ally & Ashley, hang
  6(-1) Leo & Jamal, hang
  7(+0) Tim & Danny, head
  8(+0) Nicky & Kim, head

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Take a high-speed ride
in a RIB boat to the
Fishing Village of
Henningsvær to find
your next clue!

--- End quote ---

Teams must now return their protective clothes and equipment to the fish factory. Then make their way on foot to the Lofoten Explorer shop in the harbor (1.3km) where they will get equipped for the boat ride.

It is not shown in the episode but Leo & Jamal take a taxi there. They then realize their mistake and go back to the factory to make their way on foot to avoid the penalty.

 "Let's get some beards in the wind", Adam gets the title when the boat leaves the harbor

Teams arrive at the clue box in Henningsvær in the following order:
  1(+1) Brandon & Adam
  2(-1) Jason & Amy
  3(+1) Tim & Marie
  4(-1) Nicole & Travis
  5(+0) Ally & Ashley
  6(+0) Leo & Jamal
  7(+0) Tim & Danny
  8(+0) Nicky & Kim

--- Quote ---ROAD BLOCK

Who's the biggest

--- End quote ---

In this road block contestants must jump off the Henningsvær bridge and swing at the end of an 80 ft rope. They must then unclip and plunge into the frigid arctic water where they can swim to a buoy with their next clue.

 "Running in a wet suit", Brandon runs for the bridge after suiting up

None of the teams have any trouble jumping off the bridge. But Jason has a hard time to reach the strap he needs to pull to release himself. Eventually he succeeds and drops into the frigid water.

 "Are you cold?", Marie to Tim as he swims up to the boat
 "I don't wanna get eliminated, I don;t wanna stop seeing the world", Nicky & Kim know they are last

Teams complete this road block in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+0)Brandon* & Adam   (2-3)2(+0)Jason* & Amy      (3-2)3(+0)Tim* & Marie      (3-2)4(+0)Nicole* & Travis  (3-2)5(+0)Ally & Ashley*    (2-3)6(+0)Leo & Jamal*      (2-3)7(+0)Tim* & Danny      (2-3)8(+0)Nicky* & Kim      (3-2)         

Teams must now make their way back to shore. It is not shown in the telecast but it looks like they pick up a car and drive themselves to a rock quarry (1.2km 0:02) where the next task is found. Here they must choose a Ford Ranger and back it up to a big rock lying on a sled in a quarry across the road. They must then secure the rock to the sled and connect the sled to the truck with chains before pulling it forward to reveal their next clue as well as a satchel of viking coins.

 "Brandon's done construction and I've done construction", Adam think they are well qualified for this task
 "I've got this, it is no problem", Jason also has experience with hooking stuff up
 "Nobody's in charge of this operation. This is one where neither one of us knows what we are doing", Marie

 "The coins are probably our clue", Marie & Tim miss the real clue

 "We got in, and it was stick shift", Ally & Ashley have a problem

Ally & Ashley are having serious problems with the stick shift pickup truck. Luckily for them Tim & Danny are nice and help them out. I wonder why they didn't ask Leo & Jamal who are also in the quarry.

 "We don't need boys for this", Ally & Ashley when they find the clue

Teams complete this task in the following order:
  1(+0) Brandon & Adam
  2(+0) Jason & Amy
  3(+0) Tim & Marie
  4(+0) Nicole & Travis
  5(+1) Leo & Jamal, after 02:43
  6(+1) Tim & Danny
  7(-2) Ally & Ashley
  8(+0) Nicky & Kim

The clue is a small piece of cloth with a picture of a viking longhouse on it, it is also labeled "VIKING LONGHOUSE". Teams must now drive themselves to the next pit stop at the Lofoten Viking longhouse museum (45km 0:40).

 "I don't know where we are going right now", Marie hasn't realized they miss the clue

 "It would be a blessing to find somebody at 3'a clock in the morning to get directions", Jason about the problem with getting directions

Inside the longhouse there is a viking party going on. This is also where teams find Phil and the mat. At least Brandon & Adam does. They are the first team to reach him, and they win $5000 each. They also learn that the race is still on when Phil gives them their next clue. The episode ends before any other team reach Phil.

Meanwhile Tim & Marie are completely lost. They meet Travis & Nicole who are also trying to find the next location. But Travis & Nicole has an advantage in that they have the clue so they know where they are going. Tim & Marie still don't have the clue so they are completely clueless.

 "I could see the desperation in her face", Nicole see that Marie is lost
 "I will tell you, but I want the express pass", Nicole realize she can use the situation
 "Do you want the pit stop or not?", Nicole pressures Marie

And the episode ends before we get to know if Marie is desperate enough to give up the express pass or not.

To be continued...

Racing report
Amazing Race Season 23, Episode 5, "Get Our Groove On"
Film date: 17-19/6

At the end of the last episode we had one team which had reached the pit stop at the Viking Longhouse museum on Lofoten. After receiving their price they also got their next clue. We then got to see a tense situation where Marie, who missed picking up the last clue, asks Travis & Nicole where the pit stop is. Nicole realized she had an edge and demanded to get the express pass in order to help them. And there the previous episode ended.

 "Alright, we'll give you the Express Pass", Marie gives in
 "I'm so pissed right now" Marie isn't happy about it though
 "This is the first time I ever make, let you make a decision" Marie let us know that it was Tim who decided to give up the second express pass
 "Today was torture", Nicky & Kim when they finally reach Phil

Teams reach Phil at the pit stop in the following order:
  1(+0) Brandon & Adam, won $5000 each, sometime between 03:00 and 04:00
  2(+0) Jason & Amy
  3(+1) Nicole & Travis
  4(+1) Leo & Jamal
  5(-2) Tim & Marie
  6(+0) Tim & Danny
  7(+0) Ally & Ashley
  8(+0) Nicky & Kim, are not happy about being last

 "But there's no need for tears. Because I have your next clue, and you are still racing", Phil to Nicky & Kim

The clue they get from Phil tells then to go back to Solvær and take the Hurtigruten ferry to Trondheim. Then fly to Gdansk, Poland,, and make their way to Solidarity Square where they will find their next clue. They are also warned that there is an upcoming U-turn.

 "We've been racing now for 30 hours or so", Adam
 "'cause the sun's still up", Amy on why she guessed they should continue racing when Phil asked

Once in Solvær (55km 0:48) teams find out that the Hurtigruten boat departs at 18:30 that evening. The trip to Trondheim takes 34 hours and they will arrive there at 06:30 on the 19th. From Throndheim teams fly to Gdansk. This part is not shown but they probably flew over Oslo and arrive in Gdansk before 13.00.

The boat trips give teams time to rest up before they start racing again. It also gives Tim & Marie a chance to give the second express Pass to Travis & Nicole. Both teams are interested in keeping this transaction a secret for the moment. Tim & Marie want other teams to think they still have it and Nicole & Travis want to avoid have a target on their back in the upcoming U-turn.

Once teams land in Gdansk they are back in race mode. There is the customary mad dash to the taxis.

 "There might be a bloodbath out there", Tim about the upcoming U-turn

While trying to make their way to the Solidarity Square (17km 0:17) some teams learn that there are a lot of shipyards in Gdansk, and they feel like they visit them all.

In the end all teams find the clue box at the Solidarity Square. They do it in the following order:
  1. Tim & Danny
  2. Jason & Amy
  3. Nicole & Travis
  4. Nicky & Kim
  5. Brandon & Adam
  6. Leo & Jamal
  7. Ally & Ashley
  8. Tim & Marie
Teams must now travel by Taxi to the Golden Gate (2km 0:05), a historic entrance to old town Gdansk. Here they will find their next clue.

Brandon & Adam's driver doesn't know where it is so he calls one of his colleagues. That colleague is currently driving Jason & Amy, who tell him to not help them
 "They're with another team, they wouldn't tell us", Brandon realizes what happened

Teams find the clue box by the Golden Gate in the following order:
  1(+0) Tim & Danny
  2(+1) Nicole & Travis
  3(-1) Jason & Amy
  4(+0) Nicky & Kim, a few seconds after #3
  5(+0) Brandon & Adam
  6(+1) Ally & Ashley
  7(-1) Leo & Jamal, a second after #5
  8(+0) Tim & Marie

--- Quote ---Detour: "Pose" or "Polka"

Pose: Get into the spirit of
the sea! Find the God of the
Sea hoisting his Trident and
become a human statue.
Earn 75 Zloty from the crowd
by posing like the God and
the sculptor will hand you
your next clue.

Polka: Get down, Polka
style! Make your way to Old
Town Hall and dance to the
Warsaw Polka. When you
think you have all the right
moves, join the dancers and
dance for your next clue.

Caution: U-Turn Ahead!

--- End quote ---

In Pose teams must make their way to a nearby Neptune fountain (350m) and dress up as statues. This involves tight black clothes, a fake black beard and wig. They must then balance of a stand in the same pose as the god. When they stand correctly a small hatch opens where onlookers can deposit money. 75 Zloty is approximately $25. The pose they have to hold is awkward and tiring to keep.

In Polka they make their way to old town hall (600m). Here they must dress up in traditional costumes, one male and one female. Then learn a complicated routine. They will receive their next clue when they perform this correctly.

 "Rock, paper, scissors for who's the man?", Danny tries to avoid getting the female polka costume
 "You're smaller dude", Tim has other ideas
 "You're a more attractive female dude", Tim also has really persuasive arguments
 "Aw man, do I really have to wear this?", Danny see the dress
 "I don't wanna look good in a dress", Danny is not happy
 "This was probably the hardest challenge we've done",Tim after trying for a while

To make matter worse Tim & Danny are really struggling with this detour. Tempers are flaring and their instructor have to step in:
 "Don't fight with each other", The instructor to Tim & Danny
 "Alright, they're terrible. They're worse than us", Danny gets new hope when he see Nicole & Travis dancing

Brandon & Adam initially decide to do polka. This is where one of them gets the title. But they have trouble locating the place and when they run into the pose detour they decide to switch.

 "We actually did something fast", Nick & Kim are surprised over how fast they did the detour

Unfortunately for Brandon & Adman Nicky & Kim have already cleaned out the crowd. After posing for 20 minutes Brandon & Adam they have only collected 10 Zloty so they decide to switch.
 "We need boobs, apparently that's what does it", Brandon & Adam think they lack certain assets
Once they find the polka detour they make relatively quick work of it. But they are still the last team to leave.

Tim & Marie decide to use the express pass at once when they reach the
pose location.
 "If we don't use our express pass we're probably gonna get U-turned", Marie

Leo & Jamal struggle with the polka. But they manage to finish up before Brandon & Adam. And later when they are posing they spot an promising American tourist who has 50 Zloty to spare.
 "Tell me two quarterback and I'll give you money", The tourist as a BYU shirt on
 "Ahh. This stumps Leo & Jamal
In the end Leo & Jamal persuade his kids to snatch the money and give it to them. Thanks to this Leo & Jamal finish this task very quickly. And when they leave they meet Brandon & Adam who are just arriving for their second posing. So yet again Brandon & Adam arrive at the posing just after another team has milked the crowd. So again they have a hard time.
 "This was hard to do before the dance, and it is brutal now", Brandon & Adam struggle with the posing

Teams complete the detour in the following order:
  1(+3) Nicky & Kim, pose
  2(+1) Jason & Amy, polka
  3(-1) Nicole & Travis, polka
  4(-3) Tim & Danny, polka
  5(+3) Tim & Marie, use the express pass before even trying the posing
  6(+0) Ally & Ashley, polka
  7(+0) Leo & Jamal, polka
  8(-3) Brandon & Adam, tried pose and switched to polka
  7(+0) Leo & Jamal, pose
  8(+0) Brandon & Adam, pose

 "That was the most frustrating thing dude, it's humiliating to", Danny is not happy

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Search the Motlawa
riverfront for the foreman
at the medieval harbor
crane to find your next

Note: For either detour
you must wear your
costume until the end of
this leg of the Race. If
you "posed," carry your
trident and wear your
beard for the remainder
of this leg. Remove your

--- End quote ---

Teams must now make their way to the medieval crane by the riverfront (500m from pose and 950m from polka). Here they will find a foreman standing next to the new double U-turn board. This new one has cut out holes where the pictures go.

Nicky & Kim take aim at the wrong building so they run right past the foreman and the U-turn board. This allows Jason & Amy to pass them.

At the U-turn board Tim of Tim & Marie wants to U-turn Travis & Nicole to force them to use their express pass. But Marie think they may have already passed. So they decide not to U-turn anybody.

 "We've been the nice boys from Oklahoma, but we're willing to do anything to win the race", Tim & Danny are ready to use the U-turn

Teams reach the double U-turn board in the following order:
  1(+1) Jason & Amy
  2(+3) Tim & Marie
  3(-2) Nicky & Kim
  4(+0) Tim & Danny, U-turns Leo & Jamal
  5(-2) Nicole & Travis, as #4 leaves
  6(+1) Leo & Jamal, U-turns Brandon & Adam
  6(+0) Ally & Ashley, less than a minute after Leo & Jamal
  7(+1) Brandon & Adam
  7(+0) Leo & Jamal
  8(+0) Brandon & Adam

Route info: "Make your way to the longest apartment building in Poland and search for your next clue". Teams must now make their way to Falowiec building (9.3km 0:17).

Ally & Ashley have trouble getting a taxi after the detour. None will stop for them. While they are trying Leo & Jamal turn up from their second go at the detour, they manage to get a taxi top stop and jump in, leaving the girls in the dust.
 "Sorry guys", Leo & Jamal to Ally & Ashley

They reach the clue box at the Falowiec building in the following order:
  1(+1) Tim & Marie
  2(-1) Jason & Amy, a minute after #1
  3(-1) Nicky & Kim
  4(+1) Nicole & Travis
  5(-1) Tim & Danny
  6(+0) Ally & Ashley
  7(+0) Leo & Jamal
  8(+0) Brandon & Adam, after all others have left

--- Quote ---ROAD BLOCK

Who's got a sweet

--- End quote ---

In this road block each contestant must search the largest apartment building in Poland for a Rose Paczki (polish donut). They are given a list of 12 addresses to flats in the building and will be offered a donut in each of them. When they find a donut with red filling they will receive their next clue.

The addresses they are given are: 4B/9, 10B/99, 8A/35, 6B/92, 4D/110, 10C/34, 8C/45, 6C/60, 8C/21, 10B/116, 4B/61 AND 8B/43. The red donuts are in 8C/45.

 "I'm eating donuts", Marie is excited (and probably hungry)
 "'Warning, you may be penalized for bad manners'. Be nice please once in your life", Tim reads the extra instructions to Marie

Marie & Amy quickly decide to work together.

Kim & Travis visit the same flat on the 11th floor. Travis has walked up while Kim took the elevator. When they are done Kim waits for the elevator while Travis hits the stairs.
 "I beat him up with the elevator last time so I think an elevator is faster", Kim waits for the elevator
 "I'd figure I give her a nice present. I just pushed the button on every floor", Travis play childish games
 "It just felt really natural to be in these peoples houses because they were so welcoming", Kim wouldn't have minded to be able to stay longer

Soon Travis end up meeting Marie & Amy in a flat. He realize they have been there longer and visited more flats so he decide to follow them.
 "He's gonna follow us to every one and know whether or not we got it", Marie realize what Travis will do
 "Hey, do you just want to do this together", Amy offers to cooperate

They decide to work together. Travis takes one entrance and Marie & Amy take a couple of others. Then they are supposed to share the result.
 "Teamwork happens when you catch up", Travis

The tree-team cooperation pact pays off when Travis finds the correct flat, and he keep his promise and tell Amy & Marie.

Teams complete this road block in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+3)Nicole & Travis*  (3-3)2(-1)Tim & Marie*      (3-3)3(-1)Jason & Amy*      (3-3)4(+1)Tim & Danny*      (2-4)5(-2)Nicky & Kim*      (3-3)6(+0)Ally & Ashley*    (2-4)7(+0)Leo* & Jamal      (3-3)8(+0)Brandon & Adam*   (3-4)         

Route info: Search for Phil on the longest wooden pier in Europe. Teams must now make their way to Sopot pier (5km 0:10) where they will find the next pit stop.

The first three teams arrive more or less simultaneously at the foot of the pier. So there is a footrace since Phil, naturally, is at the outer end of the pier.

Teams reach Phil in the following order;
  1(+1) Tim & Marie, win a trip to Hawaii
  2(+1) Jason & Amy
  3(-2) Nicole & Travis, a few seconds after #1
  4(+1) Nicky & Kim
  5(-1) Tim & Danny, very soon after #4
  6(+1) Leo & Jamal
  7(-1) Ally & Ashley
  8(+0) Brandon & Adam, are eliminated

 "You wanna rock, paper, scissor for who gets the trip", Marie to her team mate
 "We've been doing crazy stuff together before the race started and it's not gonna stop just because the race is over", Brandon

Racing report
Amazing Race Season 23, Episode 6, "Choir boys at hearth"
Film date: 20-21/6 - 2013

The last pit stop was at the outer end of Sopot Pier in Gdansk. In this episode teams are released a bit further in on the same pier in the following order:

1.Tim & Marie    08:332.Jason & Amy    08:34(+0:01)3.Nicole & Travis08:35(+0:02)4.Nicky & Kim    08:48(+0:15)5.Tim & Danny    08:51(+0:18)6.Leo & Jamal    10:10(+1:37)7.Ally & Ashley  10:18(+1:45)
Route info: "Take the train to Vienna, Austria". Teams must travel by train to Austria. Once there they must make their way to the opera house where a Rigoletto will lead them to the costume department where he will hand them their next clue.

 "Let's wait for Jamie", Marie wants to wait for the next team
 "We did great last leg. It wasn't physical so when it's not physical I feel like we're okay", Kim is reasonably happy

At the train station the first five teams hope they can keep ahead of Leo & Jamal. They find an early connection to Vienna which is
 TLK57102  Gdańsk Główny -> Warszawa Centralna     10:15 - 16:44
 TLK407    Warszawa Centralna -> Wien Westbahnhof  20:54 - 06:32+1

Leo & Jamal and Ally & Ashley miss the first part of this connection. But they get tickets on:
 TLK51116  Gdańsk Główny -> Warszawa Centralna     14:48 - 20:06
which lets the catch up to the others in Warsaw. Here Leo & Jamal deny that they U-turned Brandon & Adam (which they did). But the other teams are not buying this.

In the end all teams arrive in Vienna on the same train at 06:32 on the 21st. There is the customary mad dash to the taxis. But to no avail since teams are bunched at the opera house (4.7km 0:10). There was a hours of operation here. The opera house probably opened at 07:30.

A Rigoletto leads teams up all the stairs and through the opera house to the costume department. Here he hands out the next clue. This clue envelope contains a detour and a fast forward.

For the fast forward teams must go to the Donauturm (8.3km 0:16). The clue also states that the fast forward is weather dependent. Both Jason & Amy and Nicole & Travis make for the fast forward. In the taxi Nicole & Travis realize that Jason & Amy are ahead so they abort and go for the detour instead.
 "It's a little breezy", Travis see the weather

When Jason & Amy see the tower they realize they might go Bungee jumping.
 "I'm a little terrified of this", Jason doesn't look forward to this
At the foot of the tower there is a board:

--- Quote ---Take a number and make
your way to the Viewing

Drop all your belonging
before going up.

--- End quote ---

 "I'm freaking out", Amy in the elevator

Nether Jason nor Amy are really comfortable with this. But they really want to get a first place finish so they are determined to do the jumping. But when they get to the top they are told that they can't jump right now since it is too windy. Conditions might be better in 10-15 minutes, but there are no guarantees. Jason & Amy argue a bit weather to stay and wait for better wind or not.
 "Babe, you know that we can beat the other teams in a road block", Amy has confidence
Here the stress of the race seems to be taking its toll and they almost have an argument. But it fizzles and eventually they decide to abort the attempt and go back to the detour.

Detour: Light Brigade or Masquerade.

In Light brigade teams must dress up as court servants and properly assemble an elaborate crystal chandelier. If they fail their chandelier will be dropped on the floor and they have to start over from scratch again.

In Masquerade teams must wear ornate masks and join a lavish Viennese ball. They must find the dancing couple wearing the same masks as themselves. The differences are subtle. This detour takes place at the Theater museum (550m). and most teams run there.

All teams choose the masquerade detour. On the way to the there Danny twists his ankle. He limps a bit but fortunately doesn't seem to be bothered too much by this during the rest of the leg.

Teams arrive at the Theater museum in the following order:
  1. Leo & Jamal
  2. Nicky & Kim
  3. Tim & Marie
  4. Nicole & Travis
  5. Ally & Ashley
  6. Tim & Danny
  7. Jason & Amy, after all the others have left

 "Oh dear, we are definitely last, we are in trouble", Jason when they see no other teams at the detour

Even though the differences between the masks are small the task seems fairly easy. They complete the detour in the following order:
  1(+2) Tim & Marie, say they did it in 3 minutes
  2(+0) Nicky & Kim
  3(-2) Leo & Jamal
  4(+1) Ally & Ashley
  5(+1) Tim & Danny
  6(-2) Nicole & Travis
  7(+0) Jason & Amy

Route info: Make your way to the Wiener Sängerknaben and search for your next clue. Most team seem to have no trouble finding a taxi after the detour. That is all but Tim & Marie. They, however, have major problems finding a taxi. It might have been predictive karma due to what happens later in the leg.
 "Why is this happening to us", Marie is frustrated when they can't find a taxi

At the Wiener Sängerknaben (4.5km 0:11) the next clue can be found on a music stand outside the entrance. Teams reach it in the following order:
  1(+2) Leo & Jamal
  2(+2) Ally & Ashley
  3(-1) Nicky & Kim
  4(+1) Tim & Danny
  5(+1) Nicole & Travis
  6(-5) Tim & Marie
  7(+0) Jason & Amy

Road block: "Who's a choir boy at hearth?". in this road block teams must join the choir and sing the solo part, in German, of Die Forelle by Franz Schubert. They are given sheets with the music and lyrics on. They will be judged on the pronunciation of the German lyrics and their musicality.

 "I love performing, but I'm actually extremely bad at trying to speak other languages", Ally
 "I can't even sing music in English, so this is going to be pretty hard singing in German", Oklahoma Tim
 "I actually play a lot of instruments", Travis
 "O my god, we caught up to everybody", Jason is happy when the see all the cabs outside

The boys in the choir can't contain their mirth when they hear the "singing" abilities of our contestants. To protect everybody's sanity the judge has to interrupt some attempts early.
 "Stop, stop please", the judge to Travis on his first attempt
 "That is unfortunately not good enough to Jamal (in German)
 "That is not good, not good at all unfortunately", to Nicky (in German)
 "I'm sorry, that's terrible", to Oklahoma Tim
 "That was acceptable", finally, to Ally

Poor Tim is struggling a lot:
 "Try to imagine you are Justin Timberlake", Tim's instructor
 "How would an opera singer?", Tim's instructor again
 "Sing like you're a child", Tim recounts his instructions
 "It's getting better but there is still some way to go", the instructor

At the end we have two teams left Ally & Ashley and Tim & Danny. And they are way behind. Actually in the telecast all other teams have checked in at the pit stop before these teams are shown completing the detour.

 "Sorry buddy, it's hard. I couldn't have done it any better", Danny to Tim

Teams complete this road block in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock)
1(+4)Nicole & Travis*  (3-4)On his second attempt2(+1)Nicky* & Kim      (4-3)On her second attempt3(-2)Leo & Jamal*      (3-4)On his second attempt4(+2)Tim* & Marie      (4-3)On his second attempt, around 09:255(+2)Jason & Amy*      (3-4)On her first attempt 6(-4)Ally* & Ashley    (3-4)On her fifth attempt7(-3)Tim* & Danny      (3-4)On his fifth attempt         

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Make your way to
Schloss Schönbrunn and
find your next clue inside
the Irrgarten!

NOTE: You must enter
the Irrgarten at the
marked entrance.
Be respectful of the
grounds and stay on the

--- End quote ---
Teams must now make their way to the Schönbrunn Palace (8.5km 0:18) and find the maze. Their next clue can be found inside the maze.

Upon exiting the Sängerknaben house Nicky & Kim run to the first taxi they see. When they spot Jason & Amy's bags in it they say sorry and start running to the street. They know that according to the rules of the race they can't interfere with another team's bags.
 "He's taking them out", Nicky see that the taxi driver removes the bags
They realize they can legally take the taxi, but decide to not mess around with that and leave to find their own cab.

 "Let's go steal somebody's cab", Marie has a plan when they complete the road block
Once they get out Tim & Marie jump into Jason & Amy's waiting cab (where the bags have already been removed).
 "PS, the Afghanimals took their cab, we saw it happen", Marie instructs Tim on what to say

Jason & Amy are not happy when they do not find they taxi waiting outside. They quickly assume that another team took it.
 "I'm going to flip out on the team",

Meanwhile at Schönbrunn the maze is more exiting that expected since we get Nicole & Travis in it at the same time as Nicky & Kim. Both teams know that they can expect the pit stop after this so they frantically search for the clue box. Nicky & Kim find it first and are the first team to leave.

A little later Marie asks some kids for help in the Maze
 "I love little kids", Marie after a kid shows her the way in the maze

As Jason & Amy arrive at Schönbrunn they see their taxi waiting outside. Jason run over and see Tim & Marie's bags in the back.
 "I'm so pissed", Amy

 "Oh my gosh, this is beautiful", Ally & Ashley when they arrive at Schönbrunn

Tim & Danny see Ally & Ashley exit the maze so their spirits are lifted.
 "We don't want them to see us cause then they'll start running", Danny

Teams reach the clue box in the middle of the maze in the following order:
  1(+1) Nicky & Kim
  2(-1) Nicole & Travis, less than a minute after #1
  3(+0) Leo & Jamal
  4(+0) Tim & Marie
  5(+0) Jason & Amy, shortly after 10:00
  6(+0) Ally & Ashley
  7(+0) Tim & Danny

--- Quote ---ROUTE INFO

Find your next Pit Stop
at the Gloriette!

Warning, the last team to
check in may be

--- End quote ---

The Gloriette is a prominent feature in the Schönbrunn gardens. It lies on a steep hill about 500m away.

Nicky & Kim rush back to pay their waiting taxi and get directions while Nicole & Travis run to the Palace entrance. The episode is cut like there is a footrace between the first two teams. But you never see both teams in the same shot, which is usually a clear indication that things are not as tight as they are made out to seem. And indeed the first team have left the mat before #2 arrives.

 "Dammit Phil, why do you pick hills", Ally & Ashley struggle on the path up the hill

Teams reach Phil in the following order:
  1(+1) Nicole & Travis, win a trip to Anguilla
  2(-1) Nicky & Kim
  3(+0) Leo & Jamal, less than a minute after #2
  4(+0) Tim & Marie
  5(+0) Jason & Amy, while less than a minute after #4
  6(+0) Ally & Ashley
  7(+0) Tim & Danny, are eliminated

At the mat we learn that the nickname for Nicole & Travis is "Power Parents", and they are not unhappy about that.

We also get some fireworks when Jason & Amy catch up with Tim & Marie on the mat. Tim looks embarrassed while Marie is defiant. Jason & Amy are mostly disappointed in Tim & Marie while Marie thinks that Jason & May would have done the same if they were in the same situation. Jason & Amy point out that they were in the same situation, no taxi, but still did not take another teams taxi.
 "It doesn't matter, we went all the way to a fast forward back and we're still here. We're gonna kick their ass, we know we are a better team", Jason

 "We didn't win a million bucks, but we have memories you know, that will last us a lifetime", Tim


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