The Amazing Race 27 Episode 10 Recap
Bring the Fun, Baby!
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
November 30, 2015

Dysfunction, thy name is...

Previously on The Amazing Race, #TeamTexas learned that obsession is a terrible strategy. Their downfall truly began several legs ago when they botched the Express Pass by using it too soon and then encouraging their allies, #TheCheerleaders, to U-Turn Justin & Diana. From that point on, #TheGreenTeam’s ascension began, while Tanner & Josh saw their fortunes come crashing down around them. We’d like to think that other teams would learn from their mistake, but instead…

#ThePaparazzi have taken over the job. Logan & Chris are pretty obnoxious in their own right, but they tried to stir things up with Justin & Diana by accusing Tiffany & Krista of U-Turning them earlier in the Race. Even though this is completely true, the only reason they brought it up was to cause strife between other teams. Justin & Diana weren’t buying it, and even worse, they got annoyed enough with Logan & Chris that they’d probably help any other team over them.

Teams are all now in Agra, India, where the leg begins with a jubilant Justin & Diana setting off in first place. They will start off by traveling via Tuk-Tuk to Kachora Bazaar, which is where they’ll find their next clue. They’re also told to get ready for a U-Turn, which is a shocker as The Amazing Race has never featured three U-Turns before. It makes the two of them smile, probably because they know they can mete out a bit of punishment to #ThePaparazzi.

Kelsey & Joey, who are leaving about 15 minutes behind them, continue to express frustration over the fact that they just can’t beat Justin & Diana. The difference between them and the obsessives is that they worry more about their own race and trying to find ways to position themselves to win. You can’t control #TheGreenTeam’s destiny – only your own.

Adding onto Logan & Chris’s impending misery is the fact that Chris is sick. He’s been throwing up and miserable, which means that he’s even less pleasant than usual. Hard to imagine, we know.

At the bazaar, the clue indicates that it’s time for a Roadblock called “Full of Hot Air.” The designated contestant from each team must blow up balloons and use them to fill a giant net. They’ll then have to attach them to the back of a bike and pedal to a wedding party planner, where they’ll deliver them. Once this task is complete, teams will receive their next clue.

Justin takes the task for #TheGreenTeam, and although he pops a few of them, it doesn’t seem like a challenging task for him. He keeps a positive attitude throughout the assignment, and plays to the crowd that has gathered to watch him. It seems that people think the Racers might be movie stars or something, because big groups are gathering wherever they all go.

By the time Kelsey & Joey and Logan & Chris arrive, Justin is nearing the end of the task. He’s even giving some extra balloons to kids. Justin has a conversation with Joey about the U-Turn, saying that they want to keep #TheReporters in the Race and help them as much as possible. It’s agreed that Logan & Chris will be the target for the U-Turn.

#TheCheerleaders leave about a half hour after #ThePaparazzi, and then Denise & James Earl are about a half hour behind them. Given how terrible #TeamAlabama has been at tasks, it’s going to be very difficult to catch up.

While Logan works on the balloons, Chris talks about how this wouldn’t be a great spot to get down on one knee and propose and maybe the two of them might consider marriage some day and blah blah blah, but it is distinctly lacking in the romance department. Or even the affection department. She takes this moment to tell him to shut up and get away from her because his negativity is driving her crazy.

The bicycle ride to the wedding planner is fraught with peril, but Justin handles it like a champ (of course). While he’s making the delivery, Diana is giving temporary tattoos to some of the kids in the area – and some adults, too. He’s back well before #TheReporters or #ThePaparazzi have enough balloons for the bike ride, and neither #TheCheerleaders nor #TeamAlabama have even arrived yet.

With their next clue in hand, Justin & Diana are headed to the Goyal Book Store, which is where the U-Turn will be located. Sorry, Logan & Chris!

Joey has finished the task, and arrives back to pick up Kelsey just as Tiffany & Krista arrive on the scene. Tiffany watches Logan’s bad balloon strategy and figures out a better way to load them into the net. Even so, Logan has finished and is off for her bike ride. Denise & James Earl are also at the balloon area, and Denise says that James Earl should take the challenge. At this point, if they’re not eliminated, Denise is pretty much going to have to do all of the Roadblocks remaining.

The Roadblock is really hard for James Earl, because he got the last remaining net, which is pretty crappy and hard to work with. They’re just in a terrible position right now, and their best hope is that the Detours are hard enough that Logan & Chris will fall behind.

Indeed, Justin & Diana have decided to U-Turn #ThePaparazzi as expected, and we hope this doesn’t come back to bite them someday. Strategically, #TheReporters would be the team to U-Turn since they’re the strongest ones remaining.

Today’s Detour Choices are between “Bring the Groom” or “Bring the Fun.” For “Bring the Groom,” teams have to lug a heavy generator and a heavy electric candelabra as they march a groom to his wedding. Once there, they receive the next clue. “Bring the Fun” has teams pushing a kid’s fair ride through the crowded streets of Agra. Once it is in place, they’ll push the kids – it’s kind of like a swing.

Justin & Diana choose “Bring the Fun,” which definitely looks like the easier of the two challenges. #TheReporters choose “Groom,” and also note that they intend to work with #TheGreenTeam all the way to the final three. Of course, we’re not too far from that point, so it’s not like that’s saying much.

Way back at the balloon area, Tiffany is off on her bike ride, while James Earl frets about their last place positioning – especially with the U-Turn ahead. Isn’t it cute that he thinks someone would consider them a big enough threat to U-Turn them?

While Tiffany is biking, people keep grabbing at her balloons. Eventually, someone gets them enough that they all fall off into the road. “Why would you do that? she sobs.

Even with this disadvantage, she somehow gets her clue anyway. We’re not sure how. Basically, the show cuts from the scene where she’s crying to the scene where’s she’s receiving the clue.

When Justin & Diana arrive to pick up their kids’ ride, they demonstrate their skill in the Race by checking it first to make sure the wheels are good. We’ve seen other teams struggle through some challenges because of inferior equipment. #TheGreenTeam leaves nothing to chance.

They push the ride about a half-mile down the road, and behind them a crowd cheers delightedly. Kelsey & Joey have set off on their journey as well, and as we suspected, the Groom challenge seems decidedly tougher.

Logan & Chris yell at each other all the way to the clue box, and it only gets better when they see their own faces on the U-Turn board. “Justin & Diana aren’t our favorite people,” Chris says, “We won’t be inviting them to Miami anytime soon.” I’m sure #TheGreenTeam will be very sad not to witness the home version of “Shut up!” “No you shut up!”

James Earl has finally finished the balloon challenge, and will be following #TheCheerleaders to the Detour clue stand. The girls are happy not to be the victims of the U-Turn, and they choose the Groom challenge, which seems a bad option for them.

Logan & Chris start with the “Fun” challenge. They look absolutely miserable, and Chris confirms this, saying that he feels dehydrated and weak.

It’s truly a joy for Justin & Diana to push the kids on their swing. As they do so, they comment that they want children of their own, so this experience is special for them. They receive their next clue, which tells them to look for Phil somewhere on the party grounds for the Pit Stop. The editors don’t even bother to tease us. It’s the 33-minute mark of the show and they’re already checked in as Team #1. For winning this leg, they each receive $5,000. I guess they were running out of trips to give them.

Kelsey & Joey are checked in next, as they are led to Phil by a bunch of happily screaming kids. We’re surprised that Kelsey is smiling considering how little she has seemed to like them in past legs.

When Denise & James Earl see Logan & Chris’s faces on the U-Turn sign, they’re really grateful. They think that #TheGreenTeam did it to help them, but really it was just about smacking down a team that had been jerks. Either way, it’s the only thing giving #TeamAlabama a chance. This leg would be a foregone conclusion otherwise. They’re doing the Groom challenge as well.

More screaming ensues between Logan & Chris as they get their kids’ swing to its location. There’s some weird disagreement between them about what they’re supposed to do, even though they’re both saying the same thing.

#TheCheerleaders have a lot of trouble getting their generator going, and to make matters worse, people are laughing at them as they do it. As soon as they get going, Chris & Logan arrive on the scene, which means that the two of them realize that they are still in the race.

Soon after they’ve arrived (theoretically, anyway – who knows with editing?), Denise & James Earl choose their groom and have started their procession to the wedding.

So, there’s a lot of cuts between the three teams as they make their way to the wedding, but we’re pretty sure the writing is on the wall for #TeamAlabama. Tiffany & Krista do arrive first, which means that they will be checked in as Team #3. It’s pretty much miraculous that they’re still in this Race.

That leaves Logan & Chris as the fourth team to arrive, which means that it’s the end of the line for Denise & James Earl. They arrive while #TheCheerleaders and #ThePaparazzi are still on the mat. Tiffany & Krista are bereft, as they’re no more fans of Logan & Chris than anyone else, including us.

To the credit of Denise & James Earl, they really did get supportive of each other toward the end of the Race, and their final commentary is very touching. Even though Denise’s religion has previously caused them some strife, they have found common ground and a new appreciation for each other. We’re really happy to see it.

Next week, Justin has some tears. Does this mean they are in some trouble on the Race? Maybe, because the show doesn’t usually tend to show misleading previews. Even so, it looks like they’re not the only ones in trouble. We’re promised a shocking ending, though. We’ll see.