The Amazing Race: Another One Bites the Dust

By Kim Hollis & David Mumpower

April 26, 2017

Let's see, 14 down: A whiny, insufferable team

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Having discovered the trick to the chests, Liz & Michael find their key and even though it’s difficult, they unlock it. Next, they are headed back to the mainland of Tanzania and a town known as Dar Es Salaam. They’ll need to locate a metal shop there, where they’ll find their next clue.

It’s back to the “Knock” challenge for Tara & Joey, but at least they’re near doors. Vanck & Ashton have somehow wound up in the shopping area. He wants to switch to the other task, but Ashton puts her foot down. Eventually, they find a nice gentleman who tells them where the doors are located.

Similarly, Shamir & Sara are given pretty explicit directions about where to find the royal doors. #TeamFun decides on “Lock” instead. “We can find the House of Wonders easy,” says Shamir, in what seems like it could be bad foreshadowing.

They do get their first carving, though, and so do Vanck & Ashton.

Finally, Brooke figures out that the chests have secret compartments. The other teams catch on pretty quickly, though Brooke & Scott locate their key first. Even so, they have a hard time unlocking their chest, so Matt & Redmond pass them buy.

Now having found their third door, Vanck & Ashton are ready to move on to the next clue. Shamir & Sara find door number two, and then a gentleman directs them to go to Harumzi to find the third one.

Even though they’re struggling, Tara & Joey are getting along in a weird way. Basically, they’re so well suited to each other that a dustup that would be significant for another team is minor for them. AND Joey can admit when he’s wrong.

Because their key doesn’t work, Brooke & Scott find a second key. Eventually, they’re able to unlock a chest and find their next clue. Scott gives the extra key to #TeamFun, which sends Brooke off on a rant, even though she says she’s not mad.


Sara isn’t going to take any chances. She has basically decided that she is in charge and that there will be no arguments from Shamir. She wants to make sure they’re going to the right place. For his part, Shamir says he’ll do whatever she wants, even if it means “going around in a million circles.”

Teams are starting to converge on the ferry to Zanzibar, where Brooke tells #TeamFun to remember how she and Scott helped them if she is ever in trouble.

Defeated by “Lock,” Logan & London swap Detour tasks and start searching for royal doors. A woman tells them where every single door is.

Now Shamir & Sara are being sent to the Sultan Palace for their third door, which is WAY out of the way from where they’re supposed to be. Logan & London have already found Door #3 and are off and on their way to the ferry, which is getting close to departure time.

In fact, #TeamLolo does arrive in time for the ferry, which means that Shamir & Sara are the only team not boarding. The two of them decide to switch to the “Lock” Detour, and the ferry leaves without them.

Now that teams are in Dar Es Salaam, their next task is a Road Block that asks one member of each team to manufacture a ladle from aluminum. It’s no easy task, as they have to cut the aluminum, bend it and punch holes in it. Brooke & Scott make the mistake of giving the task to her. She cries and insists that she’s not going to be able to complete the task. To be fair, the task does seem to require brute strength, and she definitely doesn’t have it.

Shamir & Sara have finally found their key and are making their way to the ferry, albeit much later than the rest of the teams. They’ll need to hope for someone like Brooke to lose her nerve for the challenge.

Realizing that #TeamFun owes her a favor, Brooke approaches Becca and asks if there’s a trick to the challenge. Becca readily agrees to help, realizing that this will clear their slate with their competitors.

Joey is the first to finish the ladle challenge, but he’s sent back to do a little more work. At least this judge tells him what needs fixing. Next up is Redmond, who stops to help Brooke some more. He tells her to calm down.

Matt: I heard she doesn’t like being told to calm down.
Redmond: That’s why I kept saying it.

#TheBoys are so great. They sort of get under people’s skin, but they’re so charming while they’re doing it that you just forgive them and laugh. Redmond’s first ladle isn’t approved, though.

On the other hand, Joey’s second effort gets full approval, and he and Tara are off to Coco Beach for the Pit Stop. Becca isn’t far behind.

Look, it’s pretty obviously a foregone conclusion at this point. Other than some continued tears and sobbing by Brooke, the main things of note are that Tara & Joey finish in first and win $5,000 each. Lots of people stop to help Brooke, for what it’s worth.

The producers try to convince us that Brooke might be terrible enough that Shamir & Sara could pull ahead, but they don’t. In fact, they’re so far behind that Phil comes to see them at the challenge and gives them the merciful news that the other teams have all checked in, and they are mercifully out of the race.

Even though Shamir was terrible in the last leg, Sara was really responsible for causing their loss this time around. Still, we like her enough that we hope she might be given a second chance on a future edition of the show, assuming CBS continues airing it.

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