The Amazing Race Season 26 Recap - Episode 7

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By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

April 20, 2015

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Previously on The Amazing Race, the only blind dating team that seemed to like each other was eliminated. That really doesn’t look good for the premise of the show this season.

Before the leg begins, we begin the leg with the only blind dating team whose members aren’t actively trying to harm one another. However, the closest they come to physical contact is clinking wine glasses.

Only 23 minutes separate first place from last place, which means that no bunching is necessary. It happened organically. Hayley & Blair are first out, and their clue sends them to Windhoek, Namibia, home to the oldest desert in the world. Once they arrive, they’ll sign up for one of six bush flights. The duo is creepily nice to each other. If Hayley isn’t the face of evil for a second consecutive leg, we’ll have to reevaluate her placement on the Disney Villainess Hall of Fame.

With everyone leaving at the same time, the producers of the show don’t bother with any airport drama. It’s an uneventful several minutes as the teams get their tickets, banter, and sleep.

Tyler mentions that of the remaining six teams, three of them were existing couples, while three are blind dates. Whether it’s related to the casting or simply coincidence, this really has been one of the most competitive seasons the show has ever had.


AND at the eight-minute mark of the show, Hayley returns to being Hayley. She berates Blair for having the audacity to pick seats she didn’t like on the plane. All joking aside, Blair is on the world’s worst blind date in history because it has lasted two weeks already and he can’t get away.

However, we learn that Hayley has a huge crush on Hagen, who is identified onscreen as “handsome bush pilot” (don’t make it dirty). Maybe Blair will get lucky and Hayley will get lucky and run of with Hagen, or maybe the plane will crash. Either way, he’ll be out of his misery.

You know how the teams are always trying to pass each other in taxis? Well, today they’re trying to do that in bush planes, which probably will have a tendency to be a bit more combustible. How small are the planes? One of the pilots (Handsome Hagen) appears to be navigating his plane using an iPhone. Seriously.

Once the teams have landed, they must drive themselves to a bushman village. On the way there, they have to pick up a salt lick. Amusingly, Tyler & Laura get the date night reward again.

When they arrive at the bushman village, the clue is written on an egg in a nest. It asks, “Who’s feeling grassy?” Aly takes the Roadblock for her team, and she gets her instructions by breaking open her egg. It tells her to help the bushmen build a grass hut, following all their instructions and being as helpful as possible. She gripes that Steve would have been better at the task and even tells him she hates him for making her do it.

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