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Amazing Race Recap

I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard!

By Kim Hollis

March 1, 2009

Well, all the older couples have been eliminated now...

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We soon learn that Amanda & Kris can run really, really fast, as they are able to get tickets for the earlier flight along with Mel & Mike and Margie & Luke. Also, remember when we mentioned that Victor & Tammy had gotten out on a super early flight? Well, they are in the air when they learn that their plane is having mechanical issues and that they will have to turn around and go back to the Munich airport. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be dominant on the Amazing Race.

Brad & Victoria do in fact learn that they are too late for that 4:45 flight, but they do find a helpful ticket agent who is able to swing them to an airline that will have them landing in Bucharest at midnight. They're hoping this puts them ahead of some teams who might only be able to catch the late flight.

Back to Victor & Tammy, and they're waiting to be allowed to leave their faulty airplane. They are hoping to be able to get on the 4:45 flight, but sadly, they do not get to leave quickly enough and are left behind. As Homer Simpson would say, the lesson here is "Can't win, don't try."

The 9:30 p.m. flight is therefore made up of Kisha & Jen, Mark & Michael, Christie & Jodi, Jaime & Cara and Victor & Tammy. But it's bad news for Brad & Victoria, as their flight from Munich to Amsterdam arrives late and they miss their connecting flight to Bucharest. Even worse, the flight that they were booked on is the last flight to Bucharest of the day. There will be no more flights at all out of Amsterdam due to foggy conditions. Their new flight to Bucharest departs at 9:15 a.m. the next day, which puts them way, way, way, way behind the other teams. Unless something miraculous happens, we're pretty confident this is going to be too much of an obstacle to overcome.




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After 15 full minutes of airport drama, teams are finally landing in Bucharest, where it's time for a Road Block at the aforementioned gymnastics training facility. Each participant must learn a couple of gymnastics moves and successfully execute them in order to receive their next clue. Luke signs to his mother that there is no way he's wearing a leotard, so Margie will complete this event for their team. Meanwhile Amanda is doing a fine job with the task, and has gotten their team out to first place. Mike is the choice for their team, mainly because he doesn't have a groin injury.

Now that Amanda & Kris have completed the gymnastics task, they must go to Brasov in Transylvania, where they will be forced to conquer Dracula. We wish. No, they'll actually be headed to a Biserica Neagra, which translates to "Black Church", which is where they will find their next clue.

Margie isn't super great at the gymnastics task, but it's good enough to keep them in second place. And lo and behold, when they make their way to the train station, we learn that there will in fact be bunching as the first departure isn't until first thing in the morning. What this means is that any team that gets to the gymnastics facility quickly enough will be bunched with the rest of the group and it will be a free-for-all in the morning as they all board the train. This means that the rest of the Road Block is pretty dull. The only thing worth mentioning is that Tammy has a very tough time with the gymnastics challenge, and Victor gets sort of irritated with her about it. This makes her cry and claim she doesn't listen to her ideas. She believes that Victor sees her as the baby sister who needs protecting. This has been a small problem in earlier legs, but with real failure on their hands, some cracks are beginning to show.


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