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The Amazing Race Season 26 - Episode 9

Can I Get a Hot Tub?

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

April 27, 2015

Ugh. Non-elimination legs.

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Jenny & Jelani get the “date night” reward in their clue, and Jenny takes the task for their team. She is joined by Tyler, and they both discover that they’ll need to change into a costume.

Ashley tells Matt that he has a nice “klompen,” while Rochelle and Blair will search for shoes on behalf of their teams. Tyler turns in a shoe but is sent back to search again. Jenny gets hers right on the first try, and she and Jelani must ride bikes to the Munttoren.

As they pedal away, Matt gets his first try wrong, but Tyler has figured it out. Both of the biking teams seem to be having the time of their lives.

Matt misses another one, but Blair finds the proper shoe (despite constant prattle from Hayley, who tells him to hurryuphurryuphurryuphurryup). Jelani & Jenny have taken a ferry so that they don’t have to overexert themselves. When they get off, they have to ask for directions to the right place, which allows Tyler & Laura to catch up.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Matt gets another one wrong. Rochelle gets hers correct, so they’re off and leaving the hairstylists in their dust. Matt tries again. Matt fails again. Ashley insists that he’s great with detail, but we see no evidence that this is true.

Apparently, Jenny & Jelani didn’t get the greatest directions, because Tyler & Laura arrive at the next cluebox first. It’s a Detour, and the choices this time are “Soak” or “Shuffle.” For “Soak,” they will drive an electric-powered hot tub (you read that right) through the canals of Amsterdam. They’ll look for signs with clues along the way that will give them a rebus to solve.




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“Shuffle” involves a game of shuffleboard, a game that dates back to the 15th century. Teams will play a Dutch version of the game, which Phil calls “frustrating.” If a team can score 51 points, they’ll move on.

We are now up to Matt’s 31st attempt… and he gets it wrong. Both Tyler & Laura and Jenny & Jelani choose “Soak.” Matt strips down to his boxers, and the two of them, er, mention that this challenge is like Date Night. So maybe they’re not as just friends-y as we thought.

Hayley & Blair and Mike & Rochelle are pretty close at this point, and they choose the do the “Soak” and “Shuffle” tasks, respectively.

On his 43rd attempt, Matt finally finds the right shoes. It really would have been quicker to just line up all the shoes and hand them in one by one… even if there was a forced one-minute delay.

Tyler & Laura are puzzling through the rebus (she asks if the square root of 64 is six), and Tyler quickly ascertains that the second clue refers to skating. The first clue (which is five letter I’s) is still elusive to them. Then they see “R” + a thing that looks like a splat, but Tyler gets that it’s ink. So it’s I’s and a skating rink, whatever that means. Jenny & Jelani wonder how Tyler & Laura got in the hot tubs so fast.


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