The Amazing Race Season 20 Recap
The Amazing Race Season 20 Recap
May 1, 2012
Brendon gets done as Rachel is letting JJ’s words get her but not to the extent that JJ was probably hoping. Back at the pitstop, Bopper & Mark are on their way to the first temple clue.
Anti-Big Brother and Army of Two find the barber and get the Detour clue. They must now choose between Pachyderm or Pack a Box. For Pachyderm, they have to adorn an elephant with elaborate decorations and then haul 15 wheelbarrows of elephant manure to a truck. For Pack a Box, they have to fill ten boxes with dried ginger, seal the boxes, stencil labels on them and deliver them to a depot. Both teams opt for Pachyderm. Surprisingly, Big Brother catches up to the Border Patrol, with Brendon & Rachel doing the elephant and Art & JJ going for the spice box.
Bopper & Mark must face their Speed Bump, which gets them up close and personal with another guy wearing only a loin cloth (kinda like the oil bath task from earlier). They have to paint a tiger on the belly of a dancer to get their next clue. Bopper pulls out the finger painting and rock painting expertise with his daughter to make short work of the task.
While they paint, Vanessa & Ralph and Rachel & Dave are at the Pachyderm Detour. Vanessa is overjoyed that she will get to interact with elephant, yet seems not as excited once she gets on its back. Once again, Art & JJ have separated themselves from the pack and that could be detrimental at this point, considering the Pack a Box Detour seems much more labor intensive that the other one.
As the guys get to work on painting the boxes first, JJ spends the entire time complaining about the fact that the other teams didn’t attempt the Fast Forward. Once again, I don’t recall anyone being this upset about people not doing something on the race.
Rachel & Dave get the thumbs up on the first part of decorating the elephant and now they are off to part number two…get it…because it’s shoveling and hauling elephant dung. Yes, I am a proud to have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old. Dave credits their work ethic and efficiency on the task for their success.
They have a slim lead over the other two Pachyderm teams, who are just now heading to the dung part of the Detour. Over at Pack a Box, Border Patrol has completed one of their ten boxes. This choice in Detour could spell their elimination, especially if Bopper & Mark go for the Fast Forward.
Speaking of Team Justified, they have painted their tiger belly and see the Fast Forward. They decide to head over just to see if the Fast Forward has been taken.
Rachel & Dave get their final clue, which sends them to a ferry for the pitstop. They are in the lead but could still may not get to the pitstop first, depending upon the ferry schedule, because Anti-Big Brother and Big Brother aren’t far behind them. As they nervously wait on the ferry to leave, Dave contemplates paying the ferryman off to go early but they appear to already be preparing to leave. Fortunately, they are the sole team on the first ferry and the other two arch rival teams are left on shore to wait with each other.
Border Patrol admits they may have picked the wrong task for their Detour, as they are only half way through the box filling part. Awaiting them still is delivering said boxes to the spice depot. The only plus that they aren’t aware of is that Team Justified still hasn’t reached the Fast Forward. Border Patrol then takes it upon themselves to mock the contentious relationship between Rachel & Dave. Of course, this is instigated by bitter JJ. Sadly, it wasn’t clever or funny but just him lashing out about being ‘out-raced’.