Amazing Race 15: Episode 7
By Daron Aldridge
November 11, 2009
This is the worst thing I have ever done in my life. – Meghan using extreme, absolute declarations about the return of the ‘needle in the haystack' Roadblock.
The only all-female team on the race quit last week. Good thing for them, because the return of an infamous Roadblock is on tap.
Before we can get to said challenge, the teams have to get out of Amsterdam. First out of the gate are brothers Sam and Dan at 9:33 p.m. They are told to head to Stockholm, Sweden and then take a train and a ferry to an amusement park.
Sam and Dan say they tasted first place and are pleased. They don't even acknowledge their now defunct alliance partners, the aforementioned Tiffany and Maria. I guess they served their purpose for the brothers. I think for Sam and Dan, that alliance could be summed up by the joke, "If you and me are being chased by a bear, I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you." The bear of the race devoured the girls last week on a windy Holland golf course, so the guys' strategy worked.
Meghan and Cheyne leave at 9:48 p.m. We finally get a look at their relationship. They have been dating for four and half years. Cheyne says that marriage is definitely in their future and how well they have run the race proves their compatibility.
Next up are the Globetrotters who leave at 10:32 p.m. Because they were close to elimination in Dubai, Flight Time and Big Easy say they are still going to have a good time with the race but they are here to win it and that is their goal. It's Flight Time's birthday, so they are determined to get him a first place finish for his birthday. We avoided any hash and marijuana stereotypes last week during the leg in Amsterdam but Flight Time trots out another one – the ubiquitous red-light district. Apparently, he had another birthday present in mind and even an excuse of "we were using the Internet" for why they would be there. These guys are living their claim of just enjoying the race and having a good time with it. Even at their worst performance with the dreaded locked briefcase, they were pretty light-hearted about it. Next, Gary and Matt leave at 11:08 p.m.
The brothers get to the airport followed shortly by Meghan and Cheyne. There are two flights at 6:55 a.m. and 9:25 a.m., so this is the first time in a couple legs where the teams aren't potentially traveling together.
Brian and Ericka leave at 1:38 a.m. Brian foolishly reminds us that they walked a couple of miles in wooden shoes because they ignored the bike instructions on the last leg. Thanks for the recap, buddy, but you might want to remind us of the good choices you made on the race. They explain that the personal reason they are on the race is to show her family that they are a good team because her mother has issue with her daughter marrying a white guy. I think calling out your mother-in-law's problem with your skin color is not the best way to overcome that obstacle.