The Amazing Race Season 28 Recap - Episode 12

The Only First That Matters

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

May 31, 2016

Moments later, she told him to shut up and stop talking to her.

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At Gibraltar Rock, teams will have to do a coordinated rock climb to retrieve clue halves. One team member will do a Tyrolean Traverse (hand over hand on a wire), while the other will rappel down a mountainside. Once both clues are retrieved, they can move forward to the next portion of the leg. The catch is that the person doing the Traverse will control the speed of their partner. Matt claims that he takes the Traverse slowly, which makes Dana gasp in shock. She felt as though she was flying down the hill, and even has to yell at Matt to stop so that she can actually get to her clue.

Taxi troubles appear to be Tyler & Korey’s doom. Their driver pulls over, and she doesn’t speak English, so they’re really struggling.

Getting back is a lot slower than the journey out for Dana & Matt, but they reunite with their clue halves as Sheri & Cole arrive at the clue box. The leaders will be racing to the Grassini Family Vineyards, while we’re pretty sure that Cole is about to cry like a baby because of the height he’s about to face while rock climbing.

“If you’re afraid of heights, people, don’t make it to the finale of The Amazing Race,” he says.


Although there are a few moments of confusion, the mother/son team gets through the rock climbing challenge okay. Tyler & Korey arrive, and knowing that they are in third place, they realize that they are going to have to push to the limit.

The dancers are struggling to find the clue at the vineyard, but since we’re at the 46-minute mark of the show, it’s starting to look like they’re a foregone conclusion as winners, anyway. They get the instructions, and Dana will be responsible for the memory/puzzle portion of the Race. She’ll need to spell out nine cities that they’ve visited in order based on the hashtag clue she’s given.

There are a few editing moments where the producers of the show try to convince us that anyone other than Dana & Matt will win The Amazing Race, but she absolutely kills it on the final task. She has no mistakes and blows straight through it. She notes that when they received their first clue and it had a hashtag on it, she knew it was going to play in to the final challenge, so she prepared accordingly. Clearly, this is true. We’ve got to give her a lot of credit here. She’s been extremely focused in this final leg.

Dana cries as she is handed the final clue that directs them to the finish line. Supposedly, Dana & Matt are lost while Cole and Korey do the final challenge (and by the way, both guys are also completely prepared for this one as well), but ultimately, the dancers arrive on the mat in first place. Eighteen cities, 10 countries and more than 27,000 miles, and Dana & Matt have won a million dollars on The Amazing Race. They dance for the crowd in celebration, which draws a lot of cheers.

In case you’re wondering, Sheri & Cole finish in second, and Tyler & Korey come in third thanks to one of their worst legs in the Race.

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