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The Amazing Race: Have Faith in Me, Broski

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

April 27, 2017

Knew they should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque

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What’s interesting about Trolls is that it is a really slooooooow challenge. It requires a lot of tracking back and forth through the city. If the contestants weren’t in a race, it’d be a fun event. Since they are, it seems stressful and annoying.

Speaking of stressful, the two members of Team Fun jump out of a helicopter.

We learn in this moment that Floyd & Becca aren’t psychopaths. They do show at least a hint of fear. That’s presumably because the doors open, allowing them to look down at the ground thousands of feet below. You’re not human if that doesn’t affect you some. Still, the two of act the same once they’re in the air. They start whooping and screaming excitedly, clearly having the time of their lives. Their joy is infectious.

The Pit Stop is at Mount Aksla, and the only shock here would be if Team Fun weren’t the first to arrive.

Coincidentally or not ,the action cuts back to Tara & Joey and The Boys, who are still kayaking hopelessly. After circling each other for the twentieth time, the four people realize they need to work together. What they learn is that they both have read the same word, “Aksla.” They have no idea what it means, but the teams agree to exit their kayaks and ask the locals for help. They quickly learn of the Mount.

This turn of events leads to a race up to the top of Mount Aksla. And an upset occurs. Two of them, in fact. Tara & Joey somehow outsprint The Boys and wind up in first place for the second straight leg. This team is a force. Matt & Redmond join them moments later. Team Fun is dancing and celebrating as they arrive, only to have their smiles fade away when they learn they only finished third. We don’t know if they got lost or what, but that’s a strange turn of events.

Vanck & Ashton and Team LoLo are the first two teams to complete Trolls. Their fourth and fifth place finishes prove that it was the much slower of the heat’s Detour options.

The only remaining mystery is which team will finish last. The obvious guess is Brooke & Scott, who have somehow wound up far behind Team LoLo despite working with them. Liz & Mike also finish the Detour first. Then, they ask for directions to the top of Mount Aksla. They learn that it’s 9,300 steps and wisely choose to drive rather than walk.



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BUT WAIT!

Liz asks to drive, but Mike shoots her down. After a nightmarish leg, he needs to control something. He refuses to let her drive. Then, as he pulls out from their parking space, he crashes into another car. Actually, it’s a hotel shuttle bus, and he hits it so hard that he breaks the rear bumper.

BUT WAIT!!!

The driver informs him that the rear bumper was already broken! Instead, it’s a small bruise that doesn’t bother the Norwegian. He tells them not to worry about the wreck and wishes them well. THAT is a huge break.

When they get back in the car, Liz is behind the wheel. Still, they’re frenzied due to the erratic afternoon. Their best idea is to enter a parking garage, hoping that an elevator will take them to the top.

Meanwhile, Brooke rants, whines, and vents as she climbs 9,300 stairs. As they laboriously walk, a funny edit shows Liz & Michael listening to elevator music and regretting everything. A chaotic day finally gets to both of them, as they start arguing about whether they should stay on the elevator or get back in the car.

Mike storms off, angry about everything, especially that he’s not getting his way about the elevator. He’d tried and tried to avoid walking up those stairs. The journey is just life piling on. Every single step is a reminder of how badly his day has gone.

At the Pit Stop, Liz vents that Mike isn’t listening to her. He states that “it goes both ways,” and that’s the straw that sends her over the edge. She points out several ways she was right and he was wrong, which only drives him crazier. He’s well aware of all this. That’s precisely why he’s so angry. Somewhere in the middle of this, Phil informs them that they’re still racing, as this leg is only halfway through.

You gotta love CBS. They air two episodes in a row, but they don’t do it as two parts of a double leg. Instead, they wind up with a To Be Continued cliffhanger.

We need a break from this show. Thankfully, we’ll be at Walt Disney World for a couple of weeks. So, Daron Aldridge will get to see if Liz & Mike go back to being buddies or choose the Brooke & Side option instead.


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