The Amazing Race Season 27 - Season Finale Recap
We Got a Chance, Baby
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
December 11, 2015
Now that he’s completed the drill, Justin has started the memory challenge. It requires him to put the capital cities of the countries they’ve visited in order. There are a couple of extra names in there just to throw people off. Obviously, Justin has been preparing for this already, and he has absolutely no problem breezing through. Chris, on the other hand, requires multiple attempts. Joey isn’t far behind him.
Remember how Justin sent their cab away? Well, he tries to get one of the cabbies waiting for #TheReporters and #ThePaparazzi to take them to their next location (Belmont Park, home of the Belmont Stakes), but neither of them is taking the bait. The drivers claim they don’t know where Belmont Park is, and one of the guys (Logan & Chris’s driver) even drives away in frustration. With no one to drive them, Justin & Diana walk away, hoping they can find another cab.
What happens next, after Joey & Chris finish the challenge, is weird. Logan & Chris are running around panicking because their taxi is gone. When they see one pull up, they hail it. Chris asks, “Is that our taxi?” “No,” Logan says. Nonetheless, they jump in the car.
At this point, Kelsey runs up to the cab, saying, “No, no, no! This is our cab! We still owe him, guys.” #TheReporters stop the driver, and Joey tells them to “get the hell out.” Logan & Chris run off in another direction, lost without a cab. With both #TheGreenTeam and #ThePaparazzi wandering without taxis, a door may have just opened for Kelsey & Joey, who are now on their way to Belmont Park.
Logan yells at Chris about giving up the cab, but he points out that “the guy wasn’t taking us.” He’s right. The guy was similarly vague with Justin & Diana, but it seemed pretty clear that he was waiting for his real fare. He knew it wasn’t #ThePaparazzi, and he stopped the instant he realized he had the wrong people in his cab. He wasn’t taking them anywhere.
Eventually, both #TheGreenTeam and #ThePaparazzi board a bus so that they can get to a better location for a cab. We fast forward through Logan & Chris fighting about it so that we can get to some non-cab seeking action.
At Belmont Park, a jockey gives Kelsey & Joey a clue that tells them to fly to the Hamptons in style to receive their next instructions. They’ll board a helicopter that will take them to their next location, and the duo is shocked to see that they are the first team to arrive at the helicopters.
Logan & Chris get to the helicopters second, at which point Chris takes off his pants and boots from the fireman challenge. Logan yells at him that this is stupid (though she thinks everything he does is stupid). He’ll be racing the remainder of the leg in bare feet.
When their helicopter lands, Kelsey & Joey read the clue that instructs them to ride a SeaDoo to Shinnecock East County Park, where they’ll board a lobster boat and help local fishermen pull up seven lobster pots and replace them with new ones. At this point, they’ll have a second memory challenge, where they’ll arrange the flags of the countries from the various legs of the race in order of visit.