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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Pop-Up mostly seems to be moving along smoothly. Ashley in particular seems to have great attention to detail, and she and Burnie are working well together. On the other hand, Dana & Matt are… not. She screams at him for his lack of communication and also apparently her lack of height. Because of their lack of attention to the details, their pop-up is not approved. That’s okay, because the Frisbee dudes aren’t right, either.

Tyler & Korey complete the challenge first, and by the way, they’re an awful lot of fun. We’ll consider subscribing to their channel (or at least Kim will). Now that the party has begun, they’re directed to go to the Pitstop at Plaza Bolivar.

Although Marty & Hagen arrive at the volcano first, the brothers finish the task ahead of them and are off to complete their Detour. Hagen isn’t handling the pressure well, particularly when she comes up with a pink gemstone.

We’d forgotten that Scott & Blair need to complete a Speed Bump due to their non-elimination, and it’s happening right ahead of the Detour. We guess now is as good a time as any to bring up the fact that Scott is a Dr. Lawyer in David’s hometown. After last week’s performance, he worried for the women in that location (Dr. Lawyer is an OB/GYN). Let’s see if he can restore our faith.

We finally have some teams that selects Parilla as their Detour challenge - and it’s Erin & Joselyn and Brittany & Jessica. Everyone else seems to be at Pop-Up, except for Scott & Blair, who must help some local fishermen pull in an enormous net and grab the catch of the day. It’s not a terribly complicated challenge, but it is certainly physical.

Teams are building their party shelters when newlywed Rachel notices that theirs isn’t adjacent to a truck. She asks Zach if it should be, and he says he doesn’t think so. (Of course it should.) They get the “you messed up!” sound effect.

Although Dana has figured out their mistake on their shelter, Matt is determined to fix it in the most awkward way possible. This gives Burnie & Ashley a chance to complete the task and move on.

We join Phil at the Pitstop mat, where Tyler & Korey are first to check in. They win a trip for two to St. Thomas, which looks lovely and will probably allow for some entertaining video segments.


Scott & Blair wrap up their Speed Bump (after being bitten by some angry Catches of the Day), and they join Brittany & Jessica and Erin & Joselyn at the Parilla challenge, primarily because they’re already right there.

Even though Darius & Cameron have a decent lead on the mother/daughter team, they drive right past the next clue (mainly because they can’t see the clue box. There’s not one. Some guys playing dominos have them).

Brodie & Kurt are checked in as team number two, and they acknowledge that Tyler & Korey are a tough, competitive team. We think the frisbee dudes assumed this leg would be a breeze to first place, but now they realize that other teams are good, too. Burnie & Ashley join them on the mat, bringing them even further down to earth.

At last, Darius & Cameron arrive at the Pop-Up beach, but they quickly realize no clue box will be found here, either. The other teams send them in the right direction, and they choose to do Parilla.

Finally, Dana & Matt finish their task and will move on to the Pitstop. They fight a little more on the mat, but it’s clear that Matt is still enthusiastic about the Race.

Marty & Hagan have gained some time, and they will be doing Parilla. Scott & Blair serve their fish, but it’s no good. Brittany & Jessica do serve some successful fish, followed by the noisier female team of Erin & Joselyn.

At this point, the teams have all finished their various challenges with the exception of Darius & Cameron and Marty & Hagen. Assuming we don’t have a non-elimination, one of these two teams will be going home - and it might be one of our favorites so far. Darius & Cam have the advantage that they asked their cab to remain there for them, while the mother/daughter team sent theirs away.

Marty & Hagan do in fact finish the Detour first, but they have to run a significant distance to their cab. This gives the brothers a chance to complete the fish challenge, and they are climbing in their taxi and headed on their way to the Pitstop. They pass Marty & Hagan as they’re running the long way to where their driver is parked.

That gives Darius & Cameron the chance to finish 10th, and they vow not to make the same mistakes moving forward than they did in this leg. Marty & Hagan, then, are eliminated. That’s right! Eliminated! They seem like nice enough people, but they’re probably the pair that CBS is happiest went first. Anyway, the brothers live for one more day. We’re glad.

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