The Amazing Race Season 27 - Season Finale Recap

We Got a Chance, Baby

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

December 11, 2015

Kelsey even smiles like a robot.

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There’s nothing particularly special about the lobster pot portion of the challenge. It’s pretty grueling, and teams are going to finish in order of arrival. It will be the memory part of the challenge that will allow possible shifts in placement.

Kelsey notes that she and Joey had been studying all sorts of possible permutations for the memory portion of the final leg, and flags was actually something they had paid attention to. They get a little hung up by a sneaky flag that is thrown into the mix but doesn’t belong, but eventually they get through it in first place.

Logan & Chris, on the other hand… Well, let’s just show you how it went for them. “I don’t know what Africa’s flag looks like.” Hoo boy. Dear celebrities, if you see these two trying to take your picture, run them over. No one will convict.

“You know we were supposed to study everything. We didn’t study flags. We were stupid,” says Chris. I mean, yes, but only if you were hoping to actually win the Race. Have they never watched a season before?

Of course, Justin & Diana have no trouble with the flags, as they studied these as well. They’re able to pass Logan & Chris but still seem to be a fair distance behind #TheReporters.

With the flags hung, Kelsey & Joey are now returning to shore, where they’ll drive a dune buggy to their next clue. That clue instructs them to build six Adirondack chairs, all of which feature images from the Race. They’ll have to arrange them in chronological order.

Somehow, Joey is an expert on Adirondack chair building because he looked at one once when he was considering buying it to put on his “tiny little porch.” They approach the challenge from a great perspective. Kelsey puts the images together and plans the order of the chairs while Joey builds. It’s good that they have a strategy, because Justin & Diana have arrived, and Diana is great at building stuff.


On their first pass, Kelsey & Joey are told that some of their chairs aren’t aligned properly, so they go back to try to correct their issues. They still have issues with one chair after their second pass. There’s a bit of faux drama as the “judges” look at both #TheReporters’ and #TheGreenTeam’s chairs, but ultimately, Kelsey & Joey have got it right. They receive their next clue, which tells them to…

Run to the nearby Hampton Estate and find Phil. It’s basically right around the corner, and all of the eliminated teams waiting for them are thrilled to see that it’s Kelsey & Joey. There is no love for the team that dominated the Race, but as we’ve mentioned a few times, #TheReporters were careful to never make enemies.

After five continents, 10 countries and 34,000 miles, Kelsey & Joey have finally managed to finish first. And it’s the leg that matters. Phil informs them that they have won the million dollars, which they will use to buy a house together and move in together. Then, Joey wants to pay off his parents’ mortgage. He asks one of the dancing brothers if he can wear his giant heavy chain, and Joey finishes the Race all blinged out.

The applause is significantly more subdued when Justin & Diana arrive, and Justin obviously has some tears. He obviously regrets arguing with the cabbie. It was in fact the thing that set them. They’re great sports, and they hug #TheReporters. Justin tries to look at the bright said, realizing that their wedding is paid for, they have money put aside for a future baby, and they have a vacation or two, but he dreamed of winning The Amazing Race. Still, when Diana says, “But you can’t buy what we have,” he loses it.

Eventually, after arguing about who they hope won The Amazing Race, Logan & Chris finish the final challenge and land on the mat. To our surprise, Phil questions them about why they’re a couple, seeing as how they seem to be utterly incompatible and completely contemptuous of each other. “We need to maybe go to therapy or something,.. Don’t try this at home.” says Logan. Maybe so, Logan. Maybe so.

Anyway, we’re sure that we’ll be seeing Justin & Diana on an All-Stars edition of the Race at some point in the future, and we’ll probably be around to recap it for you! Next season will feature YouTube personalities, so… uh. Yeah. We hope you’ve enjoyed the 27th season of The Amazing Race!

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