The Amazing Race 12 Episode 6
The Cherry On Top of the Sundae...
By Reagen Sulewski
December 17, 2007
Ronald & Christina stumble up the steps to the Pit Stop, although they're nearly dropped back by artillery fire from the Serbs... oh, wait, it's a greeter. But hey, a live fire exercise would spice things up a bit. Can we look into that?
Phil greets them with the news that they're in first place, and responding to Ronald's attempt at a catchphrase says, "Who's your daddy now?" Can we please clue everyone on this show in to what that actually means? It's really creepy otherwise. Their prize for the leg is a 12.5 foot catamaran, which is really practical for these two, seeing how well they did in the row boat.
That nasty surprise I was talking about for Nathan & Jennifer comes when they hit the mat and are told that they've arrived second, but, in the show's carefully read legalese, means they haven't actually checked in. They are told to go back down the hill and get into a taxi and come back. Jen apparently thinks better of throwing another fit right in front of Phil, and she and Nathan both head back down. This opens the door for Kynt & Vyxsin, who read their clue correctly and get up the hill for second spot on the leg.
Finally, another team has landed in Dubrovnik, that being TK & Rachel. Rachel takes the roadblock on for them, which she handles with ease. Then they proceed on to the rappel and ladder Detour after TK defers to what Rachel is most comfortable doing. Amazing how well that strategy of being supportive and actually liking your teammate works.
Nathan & Jennifer get back up the hill legally, though Jen seems ready to quit on the spot. They're officially third on the leg, and exchange the first-ever sarcastic handshake. Jen, never one for self awareness, declares that she still thinks the possibility of she and Nathan being together after the race is up in the air. It's all the ups and downs, you see. Interesting... I just have one question – WHAT UPS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, DEVIL WOMAN?
Nicolas & Donald's flight has now arrived, leaving them in fifth, but with no real idea of where they are relative to other teams. They'd better hurry because Azaria & Hendekea are now just behind them, finally recovering from their ticketing snafu.
TK & Rachel cruise through their Detour, while Donald dawdles through the Roadblock (seriously, why isn't Nicolas doing any of these, especially the ones that involve heavy lifting?), giving TK & Rachel an easy fourth place finish. This means it's down to our last two teams for this leg.. Nicolas suggests that they take the boating Detour so Donald can rest, but what's the first thing we see when they're in the boat? Donald rowing. What the hell, Nicolas?
Azaria makes pretty quick work of the Roadblock, meaning they still have a chance against Pokey Joe and his grandson, although they choose the same Detour as Nicolas & Donald. I understand the decision on one level if you think you can outrow the other team, but you're immediately handicapping yourself. In this situation, you should probably always choose the other Detour unless you think there's no way you can do it.
Nicolas & Donald throw them a bone by promptly getting lost on the streets of Dubrovnik looking for a taxi, but ultimately it's not enough. Their only real chance is if the gunshot greeter gives Donald a heart attack. No such luck, I'm afraid, and Nicolas & Donald come in for fifth. They really need to pick up the pace to stay alive.
The only question remaining is if the rumours about the non-elimination legs being done away with is accurate, and unfortunately for Azaria & Hendekea, it appears to be true. What should have been an easy final three team is knocked out, essentially by a careless mistake in the airport.