The Amazing Race Recap
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
November 19, 2012
We're over at the Roadblock now, where Josh & Brent note that there's really no reason for Abbie & Ryan not to work with them since the four-hour penalty makes the winner between the two of them a foregone conclusion. This works out well for Abbie, because she's unable to figure out the key task and needs the help of Team Beakman to proceed.
James & Abba have attempted to get a new passport issued from the US Embassy, but they seem to be accepting that the Race is over for them. The two of them agree to go say goodbye to Phil. They discuss how much this has strengthened their friendship. This is really a shame.
Abbie & Ryan and Josh & Brent arrive at the mat and are given the good news that they are not in fact the last teams to arrive. Needless to say, they are all thrilled. Team Beakman will have to serve out their four-hour penalty at the beginning of the next leg.
Cue the sad music as James & Abba walk to the mat. Phil asks if they've been able to procure their passports, and they tell Phil that the answer is no. He tells them that they are in fact the last team to arrive...
Because we are recapping this episode, there will be no elimination. James & Abba will remain in the race, giving them extra time to come up with their passports. They will only be eliminated if they get to a point where they need them and can go no further. If the US Embassy can help them before that time, they're still in the race. They have a Speedbump to contend with as well, but with Josh & Brent's disadvantage due to the penalty, it's still totally up in the air as to who is in the worst position.
Summing up our two Amazing Race recaps, we have hit the Daily Double. Not only did we get the dreaded "To Be Continued" episode, but we also were "awarded" with a non-elimination. We're hoping that we at least get to see Phil send someone home later tonight.
We're not holding our breath, though.
With all that out of the way, Trey & Lexi are first to leave. They don't tell us what time they're departing, which tells us that the gap is extremely big. In fact, we're pretty sure that the time distance between the Longhorns and the Headbangers is so great that Trey & Lexi can wear white and be fashionable, while James & Abba cannot.
The clue sends them to the Agricultural Academy, where they will go to Large Chemistry Auditorium #1. We're picturing a room full of oversized beakers and test tubes. Hopefully there is no giant Walter White to go with them.
Trey & Lexi have established themselves as smarter than some other contestants, as they actually remove their backpacks from their cab, which means that they have their passports. Also, they are aware of their sizable lead, but claim that they will run the race as though someone is right behind them.