The Amazing Race Season 28 Recap - Episode 2

You Look Like Gollum

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

February 22, 2016

Short-lived happiness.

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The Amazing Race has never been to Columbia, and the first destination is Totumo. Cartagena is just as beautiful as you’ve heard. At Totumo, the Road Block asks, “Who is a hot mess?” They’ll have to climb stairs that lead to the top of a volcano. That volcano contains… a lot of mud. They’ll have to dive in that mud and search for an emerald.

Hey, ladies! It’s the moment you dreamed of! One of the Ultimate Frisbee guys is shirtless and covered in mud! You’re welcome, America!

One Direction is still broken up, though.

Anyway, Brodie finds his diamond before Dana can even make it up the stairs. He delivers the emerald to some ladies standing on the shore, and they direct him out to a clue box in the middle of the water. When he arrives back, he’s extremely winded, which leads us to believe you don’t have to be in peak physical condition for Ultimate Frisbee. The clue directs them to go to Manzanillo del Mar.

Dana fails on her first effort, picking out a pink gem instead of an emerald. Ashley finds a blue one. Korey finds an emerald, but he drops it on the way down the stairs. So, he’s wandering around trying to locate it. This allows both Dana and Ashley to locate emeralds ahead of him, because he has to go back into the mud.


There’s some good news for Darius & Cameron, because the third flight containing Marty & Hagen was delayed. The women are frustrated because their cab driver is so slow that we think power walkers could pass them. Let’s see who arrives first.

Over at Manzanillo del Mar, Brodie & Kurt are choosing between Pop-Up and Parilla for the Detour. For Pop-Up, they have to build a shelter using items from the beach. Once complete, they’ll call in the locals, who will then get a party going. For Parilla, teams will cook some barbecue to the proper specifications and serve it up. The first four teams - the frisbee guys, the dancers, Tyler & Korey and Burnie & Ashley - are all doing Pop-Up.

We visit the teams at the mud volcano, and Blair is trying to find a way she can dive without wearing a thong. Apparently this was the only thing she thought to bring with her for swimming and other underwater activities, but now she’s all self-confident and doesn’t want to wear it in front of her dad. Fortunately, one of the Clevver Girls loans her some spandex. Or something.

Here is some actual dialogue from the Pop-Up challenge: “It’s gotta be deep! Put it in! Deeper, deeper, deeper! A little bit deeper!” Frisbee fangirls are now out of the contest.

We return to the volcano, where Blair finds an emerald, followed by Rachel (after a missed first effort). A short while later, the other teams at the location have finished, which means only...

Darius & Cameron and Marty & Hagen are still in their cabs.

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