The Amazing Race Season 28 Recap - Episode 10
Monkey Dance
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
May 2, 2016

Ultimate Frisbee is totally a sport!

Previously on The Amazing Race, Zach & Rachel had a tough leg due to choosing the wrong person for a Roadblock. They lost by only seconds. The big story of the leg was the fact that the Frisbee dudes came down in the world for the first time in the entire Race. It seems that Kurt has been the backbone of the team thus far, because Brodie is now forced to do the remainder of the Roadblocks for their team. We’ll obviously be continuing to track this story, as a window has definitely been opened for the other two stronger teams in Burnie & Ashley and Tyler & Korey.

Now we’re down to five teams, and tonight’s episode threatens a U-Turn. The good news is that this should mean someone will in fact be eliminated.

Apparently, the teams slept on the boat where they arrived for their Pit Stop. Burnie mentions that it’s the most restful night of sleep he’s had the entire Race. The teams are fairly bunched, but at least the teams are staying within Indonesia for at least the first portion of this leg. Tyler & Korey are first out at 7:45 a.m., and will be headed toward a nearby island called Nusa Lembongan. Once they arrive, they’ll need to retrieve their next clue from an underwater location.

With the news that there will be a U-Turn on this leg, Tyler & Korey’s thoughts immediately go to Brodie & Kurt, who have obviously established themselves as the biggest threat win. Burnie & Ashley are just seven minutes behind them. They agree that the U-Turn is critical, and the two of them expect for it to be used in an offensive matter (rather than defensive).

Within 10 more minutes, both Sheri & Cole and Dana & Matt are out of the gate. Brodie & Kurt are only five minutes after them. It’s going to be all-out war to get to the actual U-Turn area.

When Tyler & Korey pull their clue from the box, they realize that there are only a couple of clues per box, and the boxes are spread out a little bit. The later teams to arrive may have some trouble locating their clue.

Now, teams will make their way to the bottom of the Pura Puseh Stairway. A dancing monkey will apparently hand them their next clue. Actually, it’s a guy in a monkey suit. Don’t pray for Mojo.

Although Burnie & Ashley have no trouble finding their clue, Sheri & Cole struggle a bit. Sheri hasn’t snorkeled in 20 years, and Cole never has. They open two boxes but neither one has what they are looking for. Actually, the underwater clues are a bit tricky because they’re stuck inside canisters and don’t look like what the Racers are used to seeing.

Eventually, Sheri & Cole figure out the puzzle, while Matt is holding a cylinder without understanding what it is. His error in judgment allows Brodie & Kurt to realize that the cylinder is the clue, so they retrieve theirs and are back in their boat while Dana & Matt still are swimming around obliviously. The guys note that they need to stay aware of who is behind them so they can U-Turn someone if necessary.

After a brief Dana meltdown, Matt finally opens the cylinder to find their clue. They’re very aware of both their last place position and their failings in the game. Well, other than the fact that Dana is a miserable human being the majority of the time. She doesn’t seem to be cursed with self-awareness.

With the clue from the dancing monkey in hand, Tyler & Korey are now making the Detour choice between Haul or Harvest. For Harvest, teams must propel themselves along a marked course in a canoe to fill a tarp with seaweed. Once they have it, they’ll turn it in to a judge, who will give them both a clue and some face cream. Yeah, don’t ask.

For Haul, teams will have to drive 50 coconuts and 4 chickens across a bouncy, rickety suspension bridge. It sounds like the U-Turn will be found at the end of the Detour. Both the first two teams choose Haul, and Korey notes that it’s easier for him and Ashley to pick up chickens than it will be for other teams, because there are a lot of chickens in the pen and they can select the ones that are calmer.

Sheri & Cole and Brodie & Kurt arrive at the monkey man at about the same time, and these two teams will also be choosing to Haul. Same for Dana & Matt, which means no one has any real hope of picking up an advantage here. On the plus side, it should be exciting, because Brodie & Kurt should be able to carry more coconuts than the other teams. Will the head start for Tyler & Korey and Burnie & Ashley to U-Turn the Frisbee guys?

Well, Brodie & Kurt may have bitten off more than they can chew, because both of them are dropping coconuts as they cross the suspension bridge. Meanwhile, Dana can only handle one chicken at a time. Only jerk chickens seem to be remaining. Also, as teams run by on the bridge to get more coconuts, it shakes it for the teams who are trying to get across while balancing their items in their arms.

Tyler & Korey finish the task first, which means they will now be making their way to Warung Sunrise, where they will find both the U-Turn and their next instructions. It’s a Double U-Turn, so it’s about to get super real. And… Tyler & Korey do in fact U-Turn Brodie & Kurt. Depending on how crafty Burnie & Ashley are, this could be a move that puts the Frisbee guys in last place.

Now that they’ve got the strategic portion of the leg out of the way, Tyler & Korey will now proceed to a paddleboard shop. Team Rooster Teeth arrives at the U-Turn, and after a moment of consideration, they U-Turn Tyler & Korey. It’s a brillian move that ensures that Brodie & Kurt are the only team that will have to complete the second half of the Detour. Unless something goes terribly wrong for another team during the remainder of the leg, we’re probably going to be saying goodbye to our Frisbee friends this evening (unless Phil has a nasty trick up his sleeve). Although they’ve managed to move up to third place, the guys are about to have their spirits crushed.

At the next clue box, Tyler realizes that he will have to perform the task for his team as Korey has done all the Roadblocks that he can. The good news is that this challenge is just leaping off a really tall rock (albeit five stories high). It’s scary, but it’s fast.

Back at the seaweed task, Kurt warns Brodie that the area is really slippery right as Brodie’s feet nearly go out from underneath him. Sheri & Cole have finished gathering chickens and coconuts, while Dana & Matt should have one more pass at it.

We remember at this point that Cole is incredibly afraid of heights, which makes it unfortunate that he chooses to do this Roadblock. Tyler is happy to do some stretches with the instructor at the top of the rock before jumping because the guy is cute.

Brodie & Kurt have finished the second half of the Detour and rub moisturizer all over their face. They’ll be moving on to the Roadblock. If Cole is too afraid to jump, they still have a remote shot at staying alive. Tyler notes that the jump itself isn’t too bad, but the landing in the water is a little bit rough.

With the Roadblock disposed of, Tyler & Korey will now be making their way to the Pitstop at the Bajra Sandhi monument. Burnie & Ashley are truly right behind them.

Although both Ashley & Burney worry that Cole will freak out and not jump, he handles the challenge like a champ. He doesn’t wait more than a few seconds. He’s off the rock and in the water. Matt should be at the top awaiting his turn.

The race for first place is genuinely close, but Tyler & Korey get there seconds ahead of Burnie & Ashley. They’ve won an Alaskan cruise. For Burnie & Ashley, it’s now their fifth second place finish in a row.

We get a few taxi shenanigans that allow Dana & Matt to finish in third. That means Sheri & Cole are in fourth place. All of the teams are on the mat, but Ashley says maybe they should all leave before the Frisbee boys arrive.

Even though we worry that there might be a non-elimination in store, Phil does in fact tell Brodie & Kurt that they are going home. The guys are good humored about the whole thing. Brodie mentions that he’s planning to visit Los Angeles for a few days, which makes Kurt roll his eyes. Enjoy your date with Blair, Brodie. We’re rooting for the two of you.