The Amazing Race Season 26 Recap - Episode 3
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
March 7, 2015
Mike & Rochelle have arrived at My Way Cabaret, and are told they have to dress up in go-go costumes (including makeup) and learn a dance routine. They giggle as they get ready, and Mike says he feels “fabulous.”
Matt & Ashley are on their third attempt at Tree, but Matt sloshes his wine out of his glass and they’re back to the beginning. Bergen & Kurt serve their menu correctly and are on to the cabaret. Jenny & Jelani are not far behind them.
Tyler & Laura and Hayley & Blair are suiting up at the cabaret, while Mike & Rochelle are learning how to dance.
While telling Ashley to be careful, Matt spills his champagne in the soup. She is less than thrilled with him. Steve & Aly serve their menu with no difficulty at all (unless the editing is misleading).
Matt & Ashley are finally through the tree course, and Jeff & Jackie are right behind them. Everyone except Jonathan & Harley are now either at the cabaret or on their way.
Mike & Rochelle fail their first attempt at the dance, but since everyone else is still trying to get their clothing and makeup set, they can keep trying again and again until someone else is done. It works to their advantage, because they get eight tries in and finally succeed. Their final clue sends them to the Pitstop at the Baba Nest Rooftop Bar, a location that includes a gorgeous infinity pool.
Hayley & Blair and Tyler & Laura are onstage together for their first attempt, but they all fail. Then we see Tyler & Laura and Jenny & Jelani, but none of them emerge unscathed.
Jonathan & Harley have finished the Tree task, but they are way behind.
Hayley & Blair finish their dance and are off to the Pitstop. She’s still bitching about their mistake, but says they won’t talk about it anymore. Of course, she proceeds to talk about it some more. I guess that the hot outweighs the crazy for Blair, because he’s still laughing about it. Jenny & Jelani aren’t far behind.
Mike & Rochelle check in at the Pitstop as team number one, and they are awarded a trip to Prague. They are the first “previously dating” team to finish in first place.
At the cabaret, Matt & Ashley have finished and are in fourth place. Steve & Aly and Laura & Tyler are right behind them. At this point, everyone from second to eighth place is bunched closely together and it’s going to be a dash for the finish…
…Or it would be if Matt hadn’t left his fanny pack back at the cabaret. He panics in the extreme, and they tell their driver to turn around. As they pick it up, Jeff & Jackie complete the dance.
Matt says that Ashley has his back no matter what. He’s a goofball, but it’s sweet.
Hayley & Blair arrive at the Pitstop in second place, followed by Jenny & Jelani, Tyler & Laura and Steve & Aly. While they’re all being checked in, Matt & Ashley, Bergen & Kurt and Jeff & Jackie show up.
Phil asks the racers if any romance has developed. Ashley says that Jeff & Jackie call each other “babe” all the time, but Jeff denies ever using that word. Hayley says that the Amazing Race is not an optimal situation for developing a relationship because there’s so much stress (and also, presumably, because Blair doesn’t listen to her and do everything she says).
Matt tells Phil he has something he wants to say.
“I got a promise I want to make to Ashley. I wanna promise you that every morning before I leave to work, I’ll tell you I love you. I wanna promise that every night before I go to sleep you’re gonna be kissed good night. You gotta promise me that you’ll make me the happiest man in the world.”
And with that, he reaches into the FANNY PACK and pulls out a ring, kneels on the ground and asks Ashley to marry him. Everyone applauds, and Jackie cries, because we all know that she’s already been imagining what her wedding to Jeff will be like.
Bergen & Kurt, who drew the date night card in their clue earlier without us realizing it somehow, offer it to Matt & Ashley so that they can celebrate their engagement in style. This simultaneously makes them look like good guys while also getting them out of having to spend that kind of awkward time together.
We’re half expecting Phil to meet Jonathan & Harley before they dance at the cabaret and tell them that they’re done with the race since they’re so far behind, but instead they finish the dance and meet him at the Pitstop. There, Phil exercises the secret “New Kids on the Block” clause that says if you are a pop star appearing on The Amazing Race, you may not be eliminated in the third leg. Yes, this is a dreaded non-elimination leg, but the good news is that it benefits probably the nicest couple/team in the race. We’re glad that Jonathan & Harley will continue for another leg, especially because we hate flight-related shenanigans as a cause of elimination.
Next week, Jonathan & Harley must complete a Speed Bump, while Matt & Ashley celebrate their engagement. And it looks like the non-dating teams are headed for some strife at last.