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The Amazing Race 12 Episode 7

This is Forever, Now

By Reagen Sulewski

January 10, 2008

That's right. It's a non-elimination leg.

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After embarrassing themselves with one dance routine in a previous Detour, Jennifer wants to try again, and Nathan agrees to try out the flag Detour, although they have to race back down the hill to their car, shedding valuable time to a hard charging Ronald & Christina.

TK is still stuck on the Roadblock at this point, and they have lost all their advantage of the morning, with Kynt & Vyxsin finally reaching the Roadblock themselves. Kynt & Vyxsin momentarily consider the Fast Forward, but realize there's probably no point.

Nicolas & Donald march their way up to the Pit Stop and are greeted with trumpet blasts and a first place finish. Their prize for this leg is a spa trip for two to Cancun, which is probably pretty high on the misplaced bonus awards scale for this show.

While Jennifer proves to be pretty competent at the flag Detour, Nathan takes a bit of practice to be able to get through it. Eventually he gets it, and these two head off to the Pit Stop, where they grab second place. Ronald makes Nathan look like a drum major, but eventually he and Christina get through it as well, giving them third place.

Vyxsin moves ahead of TK in the Roadblock, though he eventually finds the location. They get going although they're now in last place. Kynt & Vyxsin initially try for the invention Detour, but after one look, decide that their brains aren't working well enough to put it together. The drive down to the Flag Detour proves to be a bit of a challenge in itself, as Vyxsin misses a turn and starts racing ahead to an intersection, which freaks Kynt out. He tries to pull a scary control freak play, gets her to stop and jumps in to drive... promptly forgetting that he can't drive a stick shift competently in a city. Oh you wacky Goths.




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After getting back in the car, Vyxsin realizes that Kynt has done something to break it, leading them to have to abandon it, hoping their replacement car will be waiting for them when they get done with the Detour.

TK & Rachel decide to go with the invention Detour, which they prove quite skilled at. They make pretty short work of it and appear to be pulling ahead when they suffer mechanical problems of their own with a flat tire. TK gets down to do "the fastest tire change in the history of the Amazing Race"

Kynt & Vyxsin do very well with the Flag Detour, and there's some legitimate tension as we're not sure just how long it took TK to change the tire, nor how long the Detour took for the Goths.

However, after a tough day, TK & Rachel are able to get in for fourth place, leaving an exhausted Kynt & Vyskin to come in for last. However, although it had been rumored that non-elimination legs had been removed from the race, this is clearly not true as the Goths are given a second life. The penalty for the non-elimination has changed yet again – the Marked for Elimination penalty has been removed, but in its place is the Speed Bump, which will be an extra task given to only them at some point during the race. It's a really appropriate penalty, and it may actually be the solution to the non-elimination problem.


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