The Amazing Race Season 27 - Episode 4 Recap

Good Old Fashioned Spit in the Face

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

October 19, 2015

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It gets worse, though, because Justin & Diana get the other 8 a.m. start time. #TheReporters mumble about Tanner & Josh under their breath, and it may be worse for #TeamTexas than they had imagined, because now a whole bunch of other teams are annoyed with them for botching the plan.

As the new day begins and the teams prepare for the Detour portion of the leg, Justin approaches Tanner & Josh and tells them he has no intention of U-Turning them this leg. And why would he? You save that for a time when you need it. Again, fostering enmity unnecessarily is no way to play the Race. It only comes back to bite you later. Justin also jokingly says that #TeamTexas should give him and Diana their Express Pass. The guys fake laugh, and then we go to confessional with Tanner, who insists that his plan to U-Turn Justin is still on. Sigh.

The Detour gives the teams their choice between Co-Op or Croquet. For Co-Op, they have to stain and polish a large wooden giraffe. Croquet requires teams to play - you guessed it - croquet. They’ll have to score five points against professional players in order to get their next clue. The giraffe task seems painstakingly time consuming, so we’d definitely choose croquet. It’s not even a close call.

Obviously, #TeamTexas, #TheGreenTeam and #TheReporters agree, because they all go to the Victoria Falls Hotel for a rousing round of croquet. Cindy & Rick, on the other hand, don’t even know what “croquet” is, so they’re going with Co-Op.

For the back four teams, #TeamAlabama chooses Croquet, but the other three have elected to stain some giraffes. Do these people not know how easy croquet is? And since we’re now seeing that the giraffes will be stained with something that looks a lot like a toothbrush, there’s just no contest here. Croquet is the far superior task.

Then again, “We were hoping for a toothbrush challenge,” says Rick, presumably because Cindy is a dentist.


Justin & Diana get off to a slight lead in the Croquet challenge, though #TeamTexas is pretty close behind them. It’s not long, though, before #TheGreenTeam accumulates five points and is headed for the Pit Stop, which is at the Rose Charity Orphanage. The people here care for kids from six months to 16 years. If you’d like to consider a donation, you can find their GoFundMe page here.

With Tanner & Josh right behind them, it’s coming down to taxis to see who will be the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop. Justin & Diana get the first one, so it’s going to be a race to the finish line again.

The giraffe staining is moving about as slowly as you might expect, with no teams passing muster on the first try. And that’s just the staining portion! They have to get the dark stain just right before they can even begin with polish.

Denise & James Earl actually finish their croquet match before #TheReporters can get it figured out.

Some adorable kids are singing to welcome our contestants to the Pit Stop, and there is a quick edit to the U-Turn board before we’re shown the first team to arrive. And it is…

…#TheGreenTeam, who chooses not to U-Turn anyone. Justin & Diana donate all their money to the orphanage, and Phil tells them that they are… still racing! So although the U-Turn doesn’t come into play for the top few teams despite the hype, there’s a strong chance that some team near the bottom of the pack takes advantage of it in an effort to stay in the game.

Of course, Tanner & Josh don’t U-Turn anyone either. Although Josh says that he really respects Justin for his gameplay, Josh continues with his insistence that if they have the opportunity, they will U-Turn #TheGreenTeam in a later leg. He gets… a look on his face whenever he hears Justin mentioned.

Now that #TeamTexas has donated their cash to the orphanage, Phil informs them that not only is the race continuing here, but they’ll also have to decide right this second who to give their Express Pass to. It’s a tough call for them, and they decide to award it to…

We’ll find out next week. You’d think they’ll hold strong to their promise to #TheReporters even though that team wasn’t able to hold up their end of the bargain through no fault of their own. Instead, we think it will go to a lower-tier team, because the guys would rather keep a non-threatening duo in the game.

Tune in next week to find out!

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