I Want to Be in the
Circus, That's Where I Belong!
Last time, we left the bitter cold
for the bitter... cold, trading in Norway for Russia. After
deciphering movies.... and music... and the way of the babushka...
Nick & Vicki (Team Ick) are in dead last, having survived an NEL in
order to take on a Speed Bump.
Meanwhile, we continue the Race in Russia
with Jill & Thomas (Team I'M Right!) at...
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
0830 LOCAL TIME
Here's your first clue...
JOIN THE CIRCUS!
Travel by taxi to Avtovo Circus,
where you will find your next clue.
You have $184 for this Leg of the
Five minutes later, Brook &
Claire (Team HSN) head out, followed by Michael & Kevin (WuTubers),
and... another equalizer! All the teams arrive before the circus even
opens! That can only mean one thing... once the gates do open, it's a
mad dash to...
CIRCUS BAND or
CIRCUS BAND: Learn from
an accordion player a Russian folk song. When you both perform the
song correctly, the band member will give you your next clue.
CIRCUS CLOWNS: Learn a
traditional plate spinning routine from circus clown. If you can get
ten plates spinning simultaneously for 10 seconds, the clowns will
give you your next clue!
Jill & Thomas start spinning
plates, as do Michael & Kevin ... and Brook & Claire.... and Chad &
Stephanie... and Nick & Vicki.
Meanwhile, Nat & Kat decide
to get in touch with their inner accordionist. It's a slow and steady
process. Meanwhile, Gary & Mallory are musical as well... Mallory more
so than Gary.
And just because we can,
here's a bear drinking a Coke.
Jill & Doubting Thomas
decide to forego the plates for accordions.
Brook & Claire are the first
to pop open this clue after spinning their plates.
TIME TO SOLVE A
Find the canal bridge guarded by
four creatures with golden wings, and you'll find your next clue.
(Proceed to Bank Bridge)
Nat & Kat finish their jam
session and head to the bridge, as do Gary & Mallory. Chad & Stephanie
also lane-switch. Meanwhile, Nick & Vicki head out with another
successful task under their wings.
Meanwhile, back in our round
of "Accordion Hero", there are apparently three songs that blend into
one song that all the teams have to learn. After this, you're probably
BEGGING for plate-spinning. WuTubers are outta here... but their cabbie
knows where they're headed... So do Brook & Claire's, as they pick this
Walk to 1 Vladimirskiy Prospekt
Tower, where you will receive your next clue, a building on the
ledge representing the Church of Spilled Blood. You may ask locals
for help, but you may not pay a taxi to lead you. If you're keen,
the view will help you locate your next clue.
NOTE: only 2 team members at a
time may climb up the tower.
Chad & Stephanie finally
come up with a code of sequence for learning how to play the
accordion... and it pays off. For Jill & Thomas... not so much. They're
going back to the plates.
Chad & Stephanie head to the
bridge, Stephanie proud of Chad.
Meanwhile, our intrepid
group of crazy Americans are walking the streets of St. Petersburg
looking for the tower, as Jill & Thomas FINALLY escape the circus. Nat &
Kat and Nick & Vicki form an alliance of rhyming Racers to head to the
top of the wall to look for the church.
Kevin learns the hard way
that the clue strictly forbade the use of cab assistance to get to the
tower. D'oh! Meanwhile, at the top of the wall, Nick tries to play with
the other teams... and that doesn't work.
HSN and the WuTubers head to
the church, thinking that the WuTubers may just have to eat the penalty.
Meanwhile, Mallory and Thomas play like most the teams do and completely
miss the clue until it hits them over the head.
Once the teams do get the
WHERE AM I?
Peter the Great is buried inside
(The clue leads them to Peter &
Paul Fortress. The clue is on the gorodki courts).
HSN and the WuTubers
confront the Icks on their "DS13" lie. Once they're done, they look for
Chad & Stephanie finally
find the tower. But can they find the building?
Nat & Kat can... But the
Icks... can't. Because their cabbie is gone. Meanwhile, Brook & Claire
find out that they need to go back to the towers and walk to the church.
Nat & Kat are the first to
the fortress... fair & square, mind you... and get this...
BETWEEN THE TWO OF
YOU, WHO'S THE REAL PLAYER?
One of you must master a
centuries-old traditional Russian game of lawn bowling to receive
your next clue.
What our teams don't know is
that the game is gorodki, a form of bowling that involves small pins and
a huge stick. They'll have to clear THREE pin formations in order to
move on. But if they can't do it in two moves, they'll have to reset and
Nat will try first.
Meanwhile, Nick & Vicki...
finally find a cab. So do Brook & Claire... only after going BACK to the
tower and proceeding en route per the clue.
Michael will swing for the
fences on the gorodki courts, as will Brook. Just as Nat finishes the
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Enter the fortress and make your
way to the next Pit Stop upon one of the bastions located near the
WARNING: The last team to
check-in MAY be eliminated!
PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
First on the mat are Rhyming
Docs Nat & Kat, who will receive for their troubles... $5000 CASH MONEY!
Brook & Claire are the
second to finish the Roadblock, while Michael's still trying to find his
swinging arm. Chad & Stephanie and Nick & Vicki head to the Roadblock.
Nick and Stephanie will take their aggressions out on the pins. Jill &
Thomas arrive, and Thomas opts for the Roadblock.
The Icks finish and head to
the Pit Stop, while the Icks finishes. They're in... THIRD. Brook &
Claire take second. And it's legal and official.
Gary crushes the gorodki
course, while Michael... finally clears frame 1.
Jill & Thomas finish the
Roadblock... as do Gary & Mallory... But they beat No I'M Right! for the
Michael & Kevin FINALLY
finish the Roadblock. Meanwhile, the price of not having enough
cash money on hand is being felt by the teams as a couple of cabbies are
threatening to "hold onto their luggage." And by that, we mean...
literally hold onto their luggage.
Jill & Thomas learn
something else, though... Unwritten Race Law #12: Even if you don't have
the local currency, there ain't a damn body who won't take AMERICAN
MONEY. They're Team #5.
Chad & Stephanie finish the
Roadblock. They head to the Pit Stop... but they need to pay their
cabbie and get their bags before checking in.
Michael & Kevin arrive at
the Pit Stop... BUT due to the TWO blunders involving cabs, they are
assessed two 30-minute penalties to be served together... RIGHT NOW. If
Chad & Stephanie return with their bags in that hour, the WuTubers will
be eliminated... if this is indeed an EL.
Chad & Stephanie... ALSO
took a taxi to the church and must wait 30 minutes. HOWEVER, because of
Michael & Kevin's penalty, their time will be affixed to the start of
the next leg. Confused? Me too.
Simply put, the WuTubers are
eliminated from the Race. They came a long way and when they get home,
they'll have something interesting to vlog about. They will no doubt
treasure this time they had together, as they grow closer as father and
(C-NOTE: You might have
noticed that there was no Speed Bump in this leg. This from the AR
Wikipedia article: "Following the broadcast of episode 7, a source
close to the show's production team revealed that Nick & Vicki's Speed
Bump in Leg 7 was waived, and that everyone's placement was equalized at
the Detour, in compensation for various production difficulties in the
previous leg affecting all of the teams. One of the problems involved
the judge at the Classical Music Detour; he made an erroneous call that
caused Nick & Vicki to spend more time at the task than they needed
AFTER LEG 7: SAINT
1) Nat & Kat (+3) -
Belize, Costa Rica, $5000
2) Brook & Claire (EVEN) - Hawai'i
3) Nick & Vicki (+4)
4) Gary & Mallory (+2)
5) Jill & Thomas (-2) - Express Pass [USED], Brazil
6) Chad & Stephanie (-1)
ELIMINATED) Michael & Kevin (-4)
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