Run, Babushka, Run!
Crossing the Laplands of upper
Scandinavia landed the Racers into Norway. After rappeling off a
bridge and climbing back up again, they decided between mountain
biking and fish hauling. But Nat & Kat (Rhyming Doctors), wanting to
secure their lead, took the FAST FORWARD and consumed a cooked
sheep's head, despite Kat being a vegetarian. They succeeded and
still leads the back, leaving Katie & Rachael (Jersey Shore Spikers)
to get off the court.
2026 LOCAL TIME
Nat & Kat (hopefully after Kat's body got
used to meat being in it for the first time in over two decades) are
amazed at the fact that it's light outside in the evening. They rip open
the clue that starts Leg 6...
FLY TO SAINT
Drive yourself to the nearby
train station and take the train and then taxis to Arlanda Airport
in Stockholm, Sweden. From there, fly more than 1200 miles to the
city of St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon arriving, head for the Old
Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and the Rostal Columns (a monument
to Russia's largest rivers). Somewhere on the grounds near the
Columns, you'll find your next clue.
You have $184 for this Leg of the
Ah, but when they get to the
station, they find the Alternate Great Equalizer strikes: the ticket
counter isn't open until 6am! And even if they could GET in early, the
first train to Stockholm leaves at 10:26am.
So...it doesn't really
MATTER when the other teams leave the PIT STOP since they'll all be on
the same train. The teams take the time to relax, enjoy the BEAUTIFUL
view...and play around like the Docs and Brook & Claire (Team HSN) do
when the TV hostesses toss their dirty socks at the ER girls. Oh, and
they're sleeping cars so, even though the sun is up until just before
midning and then up again just AFTER it, they can still take a snooze.
Fourteen wacky Racers exit
the train and scramble for taxis, all telling their drivers about being
in a race and that speed to the airport is of the essence. Well,
everyone except Chad & Stephanie (Team Almost Engaged), who can't seem
to find a cab to save their lives. And, of course, the couple argue
about who's to blame. Yeah, I can see Steph knocking him on his ass once
he gets down to one knee when they get eliminated. They even argue when
they GET a taxi, right behind Gary & Mallory (Miss KY and Dad)!
But, again, it doesn't
matter; at Arlanda airport, the earliest flight to St. Pete is VERY
light...so ALL the teams board the same jet and head to Leningra...er, I
At the site where the
Bolshevik Revoultion kicked off in 1905, the teams once again rush out
for taxis to the Rostal Columns. It's tight, but it appears Nat(ashia) &
Kat(ya) and Brook & Claire have the early lead. Kevin & Michael (The
WuTubers) are amazed...Michael at the scenery and Kevin that the taxi
seems so SLOW to him. EVERYONE seems to enjoy the buildings, even Nick &
Vicki (Team Ick) who are glad the Russians don't implode old buildings
like is done fairly frequently in their native Vegas.
At the park where the large,
ornate columns signify such grand rivers as the Volga and Neva, Team HSN
are the first to the clue box...which leads them on a...
CLASSICAL MUSIC or
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Head
to the palace on the map and find the maestro standing by three "gramaphones"
(old fashioned record players). Each one is playing a different
classical compositions. Then head into the ballrooms nearby where
pianists are playing classical compositions. Find out which three
pianists are playing the same compositions as on the gramaphones.
Take a sheet of music and put it in the given folder in the order of
the gramaphone you heard the composition in. Once you have all
three, hand the folder to the maestro. If you're right, he'll hand
you your next clue. (For the aural among you, the three comps are:
#1) Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition", #2) Rimsky-Korsakov's
"Schehrazade" and #3) Thaikovsky's "Troika".)
CLASSIC CINEMA: Head
for LenFilm film studio and head for the marked sound stage (#4).
There is a scene playing on a screen and a pile of filmstrip on a
table. Look through the filmstrips and find one that has a part from
the scene being shown on the screen. When you think you have one,
hand it to the director in the studio. If you're right, he'll hand
you your next clue. (For the movie buffs, the scene is from Sergei
Eisenstein's 1927 classic silent film "October: Ten Days That Shook
the World" about the October Revolution that put Lenin into power.).
As Brook & Claire decide on
CINEMA, The WuTubers arrive next and follow them to the film studio. The
others quickly follow suit, choosing the following:
MUSIC: Chad & Stephanie,
Gary & Mallory, Nick & Vick, Nat & Kat
CINEMA: Brook & Claire, Kevin & Michael, Jill & Thomas (Team No I'M
Aaaaaaaaand, Team HSN has a
stupid cabbie, not knowing where the studio is. That means the father
and son arrive first...and gawk at all the film they have to wade
through. Jill & Thomas arrive and likewise start to sift.
Meanwhile, Chad & Stephanie
arrive at the palace and start to act like Nipper from the classic RCA
logo. Once they think they have all three tunes done they head into the
ballroom...and FREAK at all the pianists all playing compositions at
once. Gary & Mallory get the same treatment when THEY arrive. Team Ick
and Team Docs are right behind.
Aaaaaaaaand, Team HSN's
stupid cabbie has to ask directions from a nearby hotel to LenFilm
Studios. Team Almost Engaged take the first crack at the tunes...but
they don't find the right ones according to the maestro, so they listen
to the records again. Team Ick thinks they found #3...that is, VICKI
thinks SHE found it but Nick is in absolute disagreement (which is sad
since it WAS #3 where they were).
Back at LenFilm, Team
WuTubers and Team No I'M Right continue their sifting, going back and
forth from the screen to the films, looking for a match. Both try a
strip with the director, but he says "nyet" to both. Suddenly, Thomas
finds a Russian word on one frame of a strip which MIGHT match one of
the words shown on the scene. He hands it to the director...he checks...
...and he says "Da!" Team No
I'M Right IS right and, on a film cannister, they receive their next
clue: a picture of a faraway look at a monument and square. (The same
picture is on a record given to those who solve the other part of the
DETOUR; they need to find out that the picture is of Palace Square, the
central city square of St. Petersburg.) As Jill & Thomas go OUT, Brook &
Claire come IN and start to sift along with Kevin & Michael.
Back at the ballroom, the
pianos keep plinking and some of the Racers wonder if they can hear the
"Refrain from Playing". Stephanie finds #1 "for sure". Vicki thinks she
found #1 (which she did) but, again, Nick disagrees. Team Almost Engaged
gets a "nyet" from the maestro while the two all-fem teams listen
closely and grab sheets. Kentucky & Dad get a "nyet" as well. The "nyet"s
pile up as the teams fail and fail again. Chad thinks about switching,
but Steph doesn't want to get frustrated.
More sifting through the
celluloid for the two teams...more and more "nyet"s from the director.
And then...Brook finds almost the same strip with a Russian word in a
frame. She hands it in and gets a "da" and Team HSN leaves the DETOUR in
second. Michael suddenly gets the idea and finds ANOTHER one with the
Russian word and the WuTubers split in third, leaving the piano
listeners with ringing ears.
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Jill & Thomas arrive at the
Square where they get their next...
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
Travel by taxi to the town of
Alexandrovskaya, a "suburb" of St. Petersburg. Once there, follow a
marked road to a neighborhood store where your next clue awaits
As they split and the other
two film buff teams approach close-by, the pianos are STILL plunking
along. After another "nyet", Gary & Mallory decide to switch to CINEMA.
Right behind them is Team Ick and Team Docs, leaving Team Almost Engaged
behind (and possibly heading for another blow-up). Steph insists on
staying, even though they're the last one at this DETOUR.
Team No I'M Right has issues
finding the marked road and the neighborhood store...and Team KY and Dad
have issues with the films while the other teams arrive right behind
them. Chad & Stephanie...well, they argue and fail and argue and fail.
Still no luck with the store
for Jill & Thomas. Not even pantomiming and slowly talking English is
helping to get the point across to their cabbie. Fortunately, Brook &
Claire have no issues and find the store. Their reward?
WHO'S READY FOR A
RUSSIAN DRAG RACE?
Women known as "babushkas" do
much of the farm work. For this ROAD BLOCK, you must don the
clothing of a babushka and plant fifty (50) potatoes properly on a
strip of land. Once it's done properly according to the Babushka
Matron, she will hand you your next clue.
(What they DON'T know at
first is that, as part of the "proper way" of planting, they must
fertilize the land with a healthy dose of fresh cow manure!)
Brook decides to don the
kerchief and dress of the bubushka and heads out to find the potatoes
and the wheelbarrow. Only THEN does she realize the s**t she's
(literally) got herself into. Still, she starts to shovel the stink and
she hefts it to her row.
Meanwhile, the WuTubers show
up and Michael, again, lets his dad rest while he does the
ROADBLOCK...and, once he finds out about the dress, he wishes Kevin had
done it instead. Brook gets lost en route to the field while Michael
shovels his sh...OK, y'know, it's just too EASY to do these manure
jokes...so I won't. In any case, he arrives at the field first and
watches the demonstration: dig a hole, drop some manure in, drop in the
potato and cover it up. Simple enough...except the dress.
Back in St. Pete, the CINEMA
buffs are struggling and HOPING Chad & Stephanie are still having their
ears rung. Sure enough, they are...and Chad's about had enough! He
thinks they should've left with the other teams...and he feels like
Steph's insistance on staying will lead them to elimination! They decide
to keep trying to get the tunes right since the other teams are probably
well on their way right now. They argue when Steph wants to try to do it
herself and Chad refuses. The yelling overshadows the loud pianos in the
ballroom...but Steph's cooler head prevails. And, lo and behold, they
are the ONLY one to finish that DETOUR! They leave for Palace Square in
fourth! It was hard for Chad to take a back seat, but he won't forget
it...as long as Steph keeps reminding him!
This is unbeknownst to the
CINEMA Racers who are still looking. But Nat finds the right strip and
she and Kat head out the door in fifth.
At LAST, Jill & Thomas find
the store and the ROADBLOCK. Jill does the babushka-ing and grabs the
potatoes while Michael is complimented on his hard work by the matrons
(in Russian, of course). Brook finally finds the field, learns the
routine and gets to work. But, as she's getting started (and SCREAMS at
stepping in poo), Michael (with the encouragement of the matron)
finishes up. She hands him the clue, which he and Kevin read together:
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Head back into St. Petersburg
proper and locate St. Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian
Orthodox church in the city (and second tallest in all of Russia).
It is the next PIT STOP for the Leg of the Race.
WARNING: The last team to
check-in MAY be eliminated!
Back at the
studio, the last two teams keep looking...and the one who finds the
strip first...is Mallory. She and Gary split in sixth, leaving Team Ick
in the dust. Nick & Vicki does the very rare "double DETOUR reverse" and
returns to MUSIC...seemingly already resigned to their fate.
Babushka Brook finally
finishes her crop and leaves the ROADBLOCK with Claire in second, with
Jill just starting her row. But Jill seems to finish up before anyone
else shows up...so she and Thomas leave for St. Pete in third. Add to
that that Team HSN's cab needs a refeul...and it's anybody's Leg.
Team Docs shows up next at
the store and Nat gets her babushka on for the ROADBLOCK. As she shovel,
Stephanie opts to do the task when they show up. She gets her potatoes
and asks a local for directions to the wheelbarrow...while Nat walks
RIGHT BEHIND HER!
As Kentucky & Dad reach the
Square and head for the suburbs, Tem Ick returns to the scene of the
pianos and tries again...and they seem disheartened that Team Almost
Engaged had finally solved the puzzle. THIS time, instead of all three
compositions at once, they concentrated on one at a time, found the
pianist playing that one, then went back to the gramophones for the
next. Took some time...and a LOT of patience on Nick's part (not wanting
to repeat the blow-up he had in Ghana)...but they got it done, leaving
the DETOUR in last.
ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Team WuTubers and Team No
I'M Right arrive at the cathedral and look around the grounds for Phil,
the local and the PIT STOP mat. They don't seem to realize that those
are waiting at the park NEARBY the cathedral. One partner of both teams
think it MIGHT be the park...but Michael disagrees with Kevin. Thomas,
however, believes Jill and head for the park.
As such, for the first time
since the first Leg, Team No I'M Right is Team #1! Sao Paolo, Brazil
will be waiting for them for 5 nights and a chopper tour at the end of
their Race thanks to (who else?) Travelocity!
Kevin TRIES to convince
Michael to head for the park...but Michael ain't listening. Brook &
Claire arrive and spot Phil right away. Michael FINALLY breaks
down...and they sprint upon seeing Phil. And Team #2?
Team HSN! The WuTubers are
content with being Team #3.
Back in Babushkaland, Nat's
sweating it out in the field and Steph is STILL lost. Gary & Mallory
reach the ROADBLOCK and Mallory decides to haul sack and crap. The two
girls find each other but don't team up to find the wheelbarrows. Steph
FINALLY finds it and gets to shovelling while Mallory wanders (and Team
Ick gets to the Square and heads towards them). Mallory even runs into
some Russian men who...well, I'd like to say they "hit on her" but...I
don't think asking her to stay for vodka qualifies as such.
Nat finishes up her row and,
as she passes Mallory, tells her she's going the wrong way to the
wheelbarrows, giving no other clue as she and Kat split in fourth. Steph
uses some strategy and tosses the shovels FAR into the pile of manure,
hoping Mallory will be too freaked out to get it and buying them more
time. Mallory FINALLY finds the wheelbarrows and, despite being a bit
grossed, gets a shovel and starts piling. She actually stands IN the
pile to shovel it up...losing shoes in the process (well, hey,
"Cinderella" started as a Russian fairy tale so...). Steph doesn't get
the process (hole, crap, spud, cover) right the first time or two,
helping Mallory to catch up a bit. Nick & Vicki aren't giving up yet;
they're en route to the ROADBLOCK. Steph finishes ahead, though, and
Team Almost Engaged leaves in fifth. Miss Kentucky & Dad leave in
sixth...while Team Ick is still on the road.
Nat & Kat check-in as Team
Nick, who got confused about
the whole "drag race" part, chooses to do the ROADBLOCK in full regalia.
He grabs his sack, shovels the manure and gets to work.
Back at St. Pete, Chad &
Stephanie and Gary & Mallory find the park at the same time and sprint.
Team #5 is...Team Almost Engaged! Team KY and Dad are Team #6:
Nick keeps up the digging,
not believing he's doing this...but determined to see it through to the
end, despite that it may actually BE the end for him and Vicki. He
finishes and they head back to the city in the dusk hours, feeling they
did the best they could under the circumstances. They arrive at
nighttime and get the bad news: they're the last team to arrive.
Phil caps it off by saying,
"I'm very sorry to tell you...that you gotta run another Leg because you
guys are still in the Race!"
Ayup, this is the second
N.E.L. out of three in this Race. The DOWNSIDE to that is, of course,
that a SPEED BUMP awaits Team Ick at some point during the next Leg.
They seem very confident that they'll come out on top in the end.
AFTER LEG 6: NARVIK,
NORWAY to SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
1) Jill & Thomas (+2) -
Express Pass [USED], Brazil
2) Brook & Claire (+3) - Hawai'i
3) Michael & Kevin (+1)
4) Nat & Kat (-3) - Belize, Costa Rica
5) Chad & Stephanie (+2)
6) Gary & Mallory (-4)
7) Nick & Vicki (-1)
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