Taste Your Salami
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...from
one South American capital to another, nine teams travelled to Asuncion,
Paraguay, where they stacked melons, fixed harps and balanced bottles
on their noggins while dancing around. Art & JJ (Team Border
Watch) arrive in first this Leg...but Elliot & Andrew (Team
Twins? Really?) took too long to string the harp and were sent to
the curb. Eight teams still have a million dollars in their sights...who
will be Philiminated NEXT?!
PIT STOP #3
a los COMUNEROS
ESCALINATA de ANTEQUERA
1710 LOCAL TIME
On top of one of the seven hills Asuncion
is built on (gee,...thought that was Rome), the two border patrolers
start Leg 4 with a HUGE lead and this clue:
FLY TO TURIN,
Fly over 6300 miles to Turin,
Italy, the former site of the 2006 Winter Olympics and the
"Motor City" of Italy. Once you land, go to the
parking garage and choose a (PRODUCT PLACEMENT ALERT!)
2012 Ford Focus and drive it to the Lingotto Building where
your next clue awaits on the ceiling.
They're confident they
can win every Leg from here on...but, first, they have to get to
a travel agency to find a quick flight across the Atlantic. But
there's a problem: the next flight doesn't leave until 9:15am TOMORROW...and
doesn't arrive in Turin for over 24 hours later. Eww...can you say
"Great Equalizer"? As they get to the airport, the other
teams start departing. Their times (local zone) are:
Brendon & Rachel (Team Oh, Brother!): 2159
Joey "Fitness" & Danny (Team Clubbers): 2200
Bopper & Mark (Sons of Anar-KY): 2208
Nary & Jamie (Party In the CIA): 2209
Rachel & Dave (Team Yellow Ribbon): 2210
Kerri & Stacy (Team Double Trouble): 2145
Vanessa & Ralph (Team It's Complicated!): 0015
Didya know that Bopper
is Racing to help support his child's respritory medication? And
here we thought he was just a hick globe-hopping with his bud! A
number of the teams clash at a different agency from where Art &
JJ got their tickets and they all book the same flight, too. Bopper
& Mark, though, went straight to the airport and ran into Team
Border Watch. But the Kentucky rednecks were SHOCKED to find that
they needed to go to a travel agency to book their flight as no
place in the airport was open! As they head back (and head to Art
& JJ's agency), more teams get on the 9:15 flight. In a panicked
state, Bopper & JJ pick a flight that arrives at 11:50am...over
an HOUR after the other teams' flight! But they don't KNOW it until
they're all at the airport!
The plane arrives, is
"turned around" (in plane parlance, that means refeuled
and prepped for the next flight) and the teams start to board. The
Sons of Anar-KY are all but BEGGING the ticket-taker to put them
on standby of this full flight! The taker looks to see if seats
are avaliable...the team waits...but nothing opens up. The plane
leaves for Italy...and Bopper & Mark are wondering how the hell
they're gonna make up 75 minutes in....
Benvenuti in Italia...the country a
manga artist made millions from by exploiting its stereotypical
uselessness! Fourteen wacky Racers exit the plane and head for the
parking garage where they can say they've driven a Ford in Italy
lately. They take off in their cars...and IMMEDIATELY get lost in
the busy streets of this Alpine city. Team Border Watch...hates
the lack of street signs. Team Oh, Brother!...is confused as to
which side of the road to drive on. Party In the CIA...enjoys the
view. Team Clubbers... argue about Italian women. And Team Yellow
Ribbon...argue at each other until Rachel pulls over and tells Dave
to drive. Oh, and Kerri can't drive a stick so she & Stacy are
still in the parking lot taking an impromptu driver's test until
Stacy finally takes over.
FIERE (LINGATTO BUILDING)
TSomehow, Art & JJ and Brendon
& Rachel find their way to the building. The ceiling is atop
of a "fireman climb", a large parking-lot-style structure
that goes around and around in a continuous loop. As they start
the jog upwards, Joey "Fitness" & Danny, Vanessa &
Ralph and Nary & Jamie arrive and start THEIR climb. But it's
Team Border Watch that arrives first and opens the clue...and we
see something we haven't seen in a good while on a Race:
A FAST FORWARD
ALLOWS ONE TEAM TO BYPASS ALL OTHER TASKS ON THIS LEG AND
GO DIRECTLY TO THE PIT STOP!
To win this FAST FORWARD,
teams must land a helicopter on top of a building. Once the
copter is safely landed and shut down , the trainer will hand
you the clue to the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
(What is NOT said is that
it's...not a REAL copter...and not a REAL building. One team
member operates a remote-controlled helicopter and attempts
to land said copter on a model of the roof of the Lingatto
Building...which is worn on a helmet by the other team member.)
Well, hell, of COURSE they'll give
it a go! That leaves Team Oh, Brother! stuck to do THIS instead:
WHAT GOES UP
MUST COME DOWN
One member of each team must
put in rock-climbing gear and rappel down the middle of the
Lingatto Building (past the trail you just took to get up
to the clue). About midway down, your next clue hangs. You
must get the clue within two minutes of starting your rappel.
If you do so, you can go all the way down to your partner
and then read said clue. If you don't, you must rappel down
and then climb back up to try again. Only four lines are avaliable;
first come first serve.
And other teams reach
the top and choose their ROADBLOCKers. This time they are: Rachel,
Danny, Jamie and Vanessa.
Art & JJ think they're
gonna fly a real copter...until they arrive at where the clue tells
them to go. "What the hell," is about all JJ can say.
But he grabs the "building" and puts it on his head while
Art cranks up the mini-chopper. (BTW, the faux-"Flight of the
Valkyries" music? Nice touch, CBS.) Art seems to be doing OK...until
he slams the copter into JJ's helmet.
Outside, Rachel and Danny
are ready to fall down and try NOT to go boom. Rachel's been rapelling
before so she seems to be a natural. Danny...he's never done it
in his life and it's giving him an atomic wedgie. Still, both of
them make easy work of the event and slide down to their partners,
now in first and second respectively. And their next clue reads
SEE YOUR CAR'S
Return to your cars and drive
yourselves across town to the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile
(National Automobile Museum). Once there, paralell park using
the Focus' Active Park Assist feature (which pretty much parks
the car irself) in designated areas. Then go into the Museo
and find the 1916 Ford Tin Lizzie (distant relative of your
own car) and find the clue on the driver's seat.
As the two teams take
off, Team Border Watch keeps trying to get that Get-Out-Of-Leg-Free
Card and Team Double Trouble navigates their way to the building,
the flight with the Sons of Anar-KY shows up. They may be in last
but they swear to keep plugging away. When Team Yellow Ribbon arrives
at the ROADBLOCK, Rachel decides to rappel...but Dave is INTRIGUED
about the prospect of landing a helicopter (being a former Army
pilot and all. Rachel is wondering is Art & JJ are doing it
now (which they are) and Dave decides to give in and let the matter
(and her) drop.
Vanessa goes out...but
is moving rather slowly down the rope. Jamie catches up...and, as
they dangle, they wonder how to get the clues in front of them.
As Rachel gets set to go down, Vanessa's time runs out, mean she
has to go all the way down, get unhooked and then go all the way
UP to start again! Fortunately, Jamie likewise times out. But Rachel
is smart: she starts swinging a little as she goes down, thus giving
her the momentum to reach for the clue...which she does. She &
Dave leave in third for...
Brendon & Rachel are
first to the museum...but they argue about using the Active Park
Assist feature. On the other hip, Joey "Fitness" &
Danny just take the instructions one step at a time...and then let
the car do the rest. Once parked, they bust out of the car and into
the building looking for the OTHER car. They have a little trouble,
which gives Team Oh, Brother! a chance to stop arguing and get parked...only
they DON'T stop arguing...and Rachel is angry at being talked down
to the way Brendon allegedly did. In fact, they're considering just
quitting the Race...but (as much as we'd LIKE for them to leave,
I'm sure) they plod on into the museum.
Back at the Lingatto,
Art & JJ are STILL struggling to land that copter...and JJ's
wondering if they can finish the task in the next 30 minutes so
that the other teams don't catch up! Speaking of, Vanessa and Jamie
try again...and THIS time they get the idea of swinging before dropping
to the clue. As such, Party In the CIA leave the ROADBLOCK in 4th
and Team It's Complicated in 5th.
JJ is in a tuck position,
Art asks for a little levelling out of his head...and we have a
touchdown! the trainer gives them this awesone clue:
YOU HAVE WON THE FAST FORWARD!
You are now free to bypass
all other tasks on this Leg and proceed directly to the PIT
STOP for this Leg of the Race: Piazza Castello.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Oh, what a feeling! And
as they take off for a potential first-place (though it's not set
in stone, as was seen with other FAST FORWARDs), Kerri & Stacy
arrive at the same building...and Bopper & Mark are still en
Back at the museum, Team
Clubbers find the floor with the older cars...while Team Oh, Brother!
continues their lover's spat. Outside, Team Yellow Ribbon, Team
It's Complicated! and Party In the CIA run into an unusual sight:
a busload of Saint Nicholases in some sorta convention. Doesn't
distract them for TOO long, though; they have cars to have park
themselves, after all.
At the ROADBLOCK, Stacy
decides to do it...and instantly regrets it. She's scared of heights...but
she carries on, swinging and grabbing the clue in record time. She
& Kerri leave 7th for the the museum...leaving the Sons of Anar-KY
left to find the place and do the deed. They ask a local for directions
and frown at their alleged inability to speak English.
Brendan & Rachel FINALLY
calm down and are the first to locate the Tin Lizzy (but they don't
start singing "The Boys Are Back In Town"; that's THIN
Lizzy)! On the driver's seat are a number of small red-and-white
boxes.Upon opening one they find...a penny? Well, it's SOME copper-looking
coin. Were it a proper clue, it would probably say this:
TAKE ME HOME!
The coin you have is a two-cent-Euro
coin printed for Italy. Imprinted on the back of the coin
is the location of your next clue: Mole Antonelianna. Ride
the elevator to the top and search for it.
Ah, but never overestimate
the prowess of two people who met on a REALITY SHOW, even if one
of them is studying to be the next Leonard Hofstadter! THEY think
they have to put the coin in the car somewhere to release the next
clue. So...they start looking around the model and the OTHER cars
for something to stick the coin in. The GOOD news is that Team Clubbers
and Team Yellow Ribbon seem to think the same thing. Vanessa &
Ralph find the clue in 5th...and assumes (correctly) that the place
on the back is where they're going. Nary & Kamie likewise feel
Well, hey, there are a
bunch of local Father Christmases waiting to be asked about the
coin...and Rachel & Dave approach one and get directions to
the place. Joy "Fitness" & Danny do the same. The
other teams follow suit...and Brendon & Rachel go out to see
who's left. Team Yellow Ribbon start to argue and go the wrong way.
As the other teams head for the Mole (Italian for "size"),
Team Oh, Brother! argue again and consider calling it quits. Brendon
has an IDEA that the building on the coin has something to do with
it...and Rachel says to head for said building, though she's more
or less given up.
As they leave, Team Double
Trouble arrives...and they think they MIGHT be in front because
no other Focus-es are here. Little do they know that Bopper is doing
the ROADBLOCK as they speak. Bopper thought the rappel device worked
like a ratchet, but Mark (who, being afraid of height, I have NO
idea how he knows this) tells him how to do it properly. Bopper
has little problem getting the clue and trying to catch up again.
Art & JJ have an easy
road to first place...but FINDING the road to the piazza is a different
story. At a large castle-like building, they park and start running
around the open courtyard. Suddenly, they spot Phil standing by
the local and jog to the mat. The local welcomes them (and hugs
them) and Phil pronounces them again as Team # 1! And they have
won US$5000 each! "This Race is gnarly," says JJ.
Team Clubbers are the
first to the impressive century-old once-synagogue-now-museum and
start to search around it for their clue. Other teams arrive as
they ride to the observation deck and locate their clue wrapped
around an arcitechtural ball. And it's the next:
STATUE or NAME THAT SALAMI
CLEAN THAT STATUE: Drive
yourselves to L'Arte Marmi, a statuary restoration shoppe
and, using the tools provided, help to CAREFULLY clean off
a statue. Once the statue is restored to its prestine state,
the master restorer will give you your next clue.
NAME THAT SALAMI: Go to the
Gastronomia Salumeria shop and taste fourteen different types
of salami. Once you have the looks and tastes of the salamis
down, travel on foot a half a mile to Piazza Vittorio, locate
a salami table and identify all 14 by name. If you're successful,
the salumeria will give you your next clue.
The NYC/NJ friends choose
to CLEAN THAT STATUE and, as they go down, Team Yellow Ribbon goes
up...and THEY decided that the salami was "too much meat for
us to handle" and followed Joey "Fitness" & Danny
to the statuary. Other teams arrive...and Ralph lets the Ford park
itself again which, while cool, DOES take time. Next to the DETOUR
clue is Party In the CIA, who choose STATUE as well. And next is
Team It's Complicated who choose likewise.
Meanwhile, on "As
the Stomach Turns", Brendon relates to the camera how this
spat could lead to the end of their relationship...and Rachel cries,
saying she just wanted to "travel around the world with her
best friend". They find enough courage to call Vanessa a "triflin'
ho" (though not to her face, of course) as they approach the
DETOUR clue. Vanessa predicts they'll do NAME THAT SALAMI...and
they DO, asking a local for directions on foot. But...there's no
truce between the two as they trudge off.
OFF OF PIAZZA VITTORIO
As the other teams get
lost in cars, Team Oh, Brother! find their DETOUR on foot. The salami
have a LOT of odd names, but they take them one at a time, getting
the names, looks and tastes just right.
Back at the Museum, Kerri
& Stacy are still looking for "Lizzy" and their next
clue. They find...JUST as the Sons of Anar-KY arrive! Bopper &
Mark are a little more optimistic, having made up most of the 75-minute
deficit they got themselves in.
Rachel & Dave almost
literally stumble upon the restoration shoppe. they dress up in
whites and learn just how to clean off these ten-foot grimy statues
with pressure washers, paintbrushes and towels. And we learn NOT
to give Rachel a pressure washer as she almost lopped the statue's
head off with the stream of water before Dave took over. As they
start, Vanessa & Ralph show up with Joey "Fitness"
& Danny right behind. Ralph actually DOES decapitate their statue...but
they make up for it by scrubbing it while it's down. Team Clubbers
talk about their social lives to the camera as Nary & Jamie
arrive and Team Yellow Ribbon scrub the pedastal in the waning sunlight.
And there goes ANOTHER head, courtesy of Nary.
Back at the salami shoppe,
Brendon & Rachel continue noshing on the meat. At last, they
have a general idea and they head over to the piazza. One by one,
they guess the salamis on the table there. They get several right...but
then they pick one wrong and head back to the shoppe.
Oh, and Team Double Trouble
arrive at the DETOUR clue and choose SALAMI. Oh, and Sons of Anar-KY
find the coin.
Rachel. She & Dave wait as the master restorer inspects the
white statue from all angles...and gives them the thumbs-up! They're
first to leave the DETOUR (though currently in 2nd) with this vital
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Make your way on foot to
the Piazza Castello, the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
As the Army wife and husband
head out, Team Oh, Brother! try again to name the salamis...and
they miss right away, not even sure which ones they did right the
FIRST time. Well, at least they're not arguing. But while they head
back, Kerri & Stacy arrive to start tasting. When the couple
sees the cousins, Rachel decides to just go back and forth guessing
and re-guessing, since they KNOW there're four salamis they've yet
to get right. She starts to break down again...even thinking of
jumping in front of a car. And she REALLY breaks down when they
get one wrong. (Had I known better, I'd say she was "riding
the red tide", if you catch my drift.) But, hey,...they're
best friends...and best friends make up...and they SUCK it up and
get the task done! And that's what Brendan gets Rachel to do.
Team Clubbers are next
to get the nod from the restorer and depart the DETOUR in 3rd. Team
It's Complicated is next to finish in 4th...
...and Rachel & Dave
made a comeback as they checked-in as Team # 2 (TIED FOR BEST
IMPROVEMENT OF THE LEG). The Border/Ribbon Alliance is back
on top...though their communication together sucked eggs, they'll
Oh, and Bopper & Mark
choose STATUE as night falls.
Nary & Jamie put the
head back on the statue and ask for a review. the feddies get the
nod and leave for the PIT STOP in 5th.
& Danny check-in as Team # 3...again. And close behind is Vanessa
& Ralph, Team # 4 (TIED FOR BEST IMPROVEMENT OF THE LEG).
Rachel is still crying
and whining...but she's still sucking it up as Team Double Trouble
hasn't even finished their initial tasting. They're down to two
left. They taste them... they name them...and they get the clue,
leaving the DETOUR in 6th...
...just as Nary &
Jamie check-in as #5...again.
Kerri & Stacy start
to name the salamis at the table...and it's no telling how many
times it took but apparantly it was quick as they leave in 7th...
...thus leaving Bopper
& Mark still scrubbing that statue as the couple comes in as
# 6 (TIED FOR BIGGEST DROP OF THE LEG) and the girls are
checked-in as # 7..again. At least they had fun with cleaning.
The Leg started off with
a poor choice by the two Kentucky friends fro the "other side
of the tracks"...but just the fact that they made it to Italy
where three other teams didn't fills their hearts. They jog to Phil
in the dead of night and hear him say they are last to arrive (TIED
FOR BIGGEST DROP OF THE LEG). Phil talked to Bopper about his
daughter (mentioned above) and he says they had a good day despite
coming in last.
Wait,...why are Art &
JJ coming over? They want to split their $10Gs with Sons of Anar-KY
to help with Bopper's kid. Awwwwwwwww...Bopper's in tears!
And Phil has some BETTER
news! This is a Non-Elimination Leg! Bopper & Mark are still
in the Race! Phil warns Team Border Watch that the ones they gave
a LITTLE money to might just take a LOT of money FROM them before
the Race is over. But Art & JJ are sure they'd deserve it if
they fight back from a SPEED BUMP in the next Leg and beat them.
And Bopper vows to return the favor somehow!
AFTER LEG 4:
ASUNCION, PARAGUAY to TURIN, ITALY
1) Art & JJ
(EVEN) - Bahamas, $2500
2) Rachel & Dave (+4) - Express Pass (USED), Grenada
3) Joey "Fitness" & Danny (EVEN)
4) Vanessa & Ralph (+4)
5) Nary & Jamie (EVEN)
6) Brendon & Rachel (-4)
7) Kerri & Stacy (EVEN)
8) Bopper & Mark (-4) $2500 [gifted by Art & JJ]
ELIMINATED) Elliot & Andrew (EVEN) (9th)
ELIMINATED) Dave & Cherie (10th)
ELIMINATED) Misa & Maiya (11th)
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