The Amazing Race Season 27 - Episode 4 Recap
Good Old Fashioned Spit in the Face
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
October 19, 2015
Tanner is almost hyperventilating with excitement as he turns in the Express Pass, which directs them cross the border from Zambia to Zimbabwe, where they’ll head to the town of Victoria Falls. Once there, they will have to find Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge for their next clue. Josh is fretting about possibly using the Express Pass on a task that was too easy, but we all know Tanner’s obsession with Justin is driving this bus. They note that the U-Turn is usually at the Detour, so they’re hoping to fulfill their lifelong dream of beating Justin in just a few moments.
“In the history of The Amazing Race, when you U-Turn a team that’s right behind you up at the top, it never works out,” says Justin. As a student of the Race, we’re sure he’s right (and logically, it makes sense as well). But there’s no logic involved in Tanner’s seething hatred for Justin.
While Joey and Justin wait for their counterparts, Justin asks the news anchor how he would feel about allying. Joey says sure, why not, but tells the audience in confessional that he’s just playing both sides. And really, there’s no reason to antagonize Justin since you have no idea what’s going to happen even if they do get U-Turned. If they’re not eliminated, you’ve needlessly created an enemy.
At this point, we’re reminded that there are some other teams in the race other than the top three, as #TheTrackStars arrive for the Roadblock and the other teams are pulling in to the blessing ceremony. When the “blesser” spits in Denise’s face, well, let’s just say that you can see an undercurrent of rage pass through her. We’re very close to seeing her devil face here.
The editing makes it seem like it might be hard to find the clue flag during the horrifying flying motorbike flight, but none of the teams struggle. Kelsey is first to land, and as she and Joey are making their way to the suspension bridge, he points out some monkeys or baboons. Apparently, Kelsey is no fonder of primates than she is of dogs, and she basically tells Joey to shut up. We hope her news anchor job never requires her to do any cute adopt-an-animal segments.
As the lagging teams start to arrive at the Roadblock, they question the wisdom of Tanner & Josh using the Express Pass so soon. Rick is going up in the air while Jazmine is returning. Logan is yelling at Chris about something or other as she prepares for her microlight ride, and Denise is taking the challenge for #TeamAlabama. Krista is the last one in the air, and Tiffany worries that she might forget to look for the clue.
When the teams go to the Victoria Falls suspension bridge, they all get soaking wet, but enjoy the amazing view. Just as we already learned from Tanner & Josh, they’ll now be proceeding to Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge.
#TheTrackStars get a little bit lost when they look for the suspension bridge, but it’s really all just faux drama because there will be bunching at the Detour. Each team will pick up a time – two at 8 a.m., and then two more every 10 minutes until they all go. Obviously, this is terrible (though unsurprising) news for Tanner & Josh, who were expecting to build a big lead here. “We just basically wasted our express pass,” says Josh. Ah, the perils of fixation are always hazardous in The Amazing Race.