The Amazing Race 26 Recap
Episode 5: Get in That Lederhosen, Baby
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
April 6, 2015
Previously on The Amazing Race, four of the best coaches in NCAA history led their teams to spots in the Final Four. It was a lot more exciting than usual. The Amazing Race needs more buzzer beaters.
We also vaguely recall something about blind dates, an extremely annoying woman, and a couple who do not believe in the third date rule. Yes, it’s the horniest season of The Amazing Race ever. Eight teams are still competing, and we hope that they wouldn’t dare spring a non-elimination episode on us after this extended break.
We kick off the show by spending a little time with Laura & Tyler who had won the “date” from the previous leg. They both talk about how they’re in the friend zone. Even though there’s no real love connection between this blind date duo, they’re still determined to win.
Bergen & Kurt are first to leave at 3:03 p.m. We presume they’ve been tapping their feet anxiously for several minutes now, as any non-race time spent together is utter torture. The clue instructs them to head to Munich, Germany. Once they arrive, they’ll need to head to the Wies’n Tracht & Mehr clothing shop, where they will choose appropriate attire to wear for Oktoberfest.
For his part, Bergen had been worried that Kurt might quit on him ever since they discovered their incompatibility as a match (instantly). He’s hoping that winning the last leg will motivate them both to push forward and continue to take control of the race.
Our second team to leave is Hayley & Blair, only three minutes behind Bergen & Kurt. They admit to having been angry at each other a lot in the last leg, but now Hayley says they’re best buds who are going to win the race. “Yeah,” says Blair, unconvincingly. We’re pretty sure he’s thinking, “Since there’s no place else I can be, there’s no place I’d rather be.”
Olympians Aly & Steve are right on the heels of Hayley & Blair, and are excited about their next destination because they met in Munich at a dinner prior to the Sochi games. Laura & Tyler depart about a half hour later, followed by Jeff & Jackie who are another half hour behind. This pair is the first of our blind daters who have any real chemistry between them and as we mentioned at the beginning of this recap, things have *ahem* progressed between them.
Eventually, the producers decide that it’s dumb to keep showing the teams as they depart because they go ahead and cut to the plane to Munich, where all eight teams have boarded. Departure times were unimportant, and we’re bitter that we wasted time trying to keep track of them.
Now that we’re all bunched, it’s a race to the first clue box. Laura & Tyler arrive first, and set about choosing their lederhosen. Once their outfits are approved, they’ll be able to proceed to the Alter Peter Tower. Jeff & Jackie, Bergen & Kurt and Hayley & Blair are in the clothing store before the first place team is even dressed. Matt & Ashley, Jenny & Jelani and Mike & Rochelle are waiting for dressing rooms as well.