Off to See the Wizard
November 11 - Leg 7
Previously on THE AMAZING RACE...seven
teams escaped Bangladesh (much to their DEEP relief) and headed
for Istanbul, Turkey...though not before James & Abba (Team
Hair Metal) lose their Leg stipend and have to beg in the streets
of Dhaka for funds. Once in Turkey, Josh & Brent (Team Beekman
Boys) had to down some Turkish ice cream (twice) in a SPEED BUMP.
All teams transported bagels or took the Turkish bath of a LIFETIME
before selling "Turkish sherbet" in Istanbul's largest
covered marketplace. In the end, Trey & Lexi (Team Texas Two-Step)
scored their first won Leg while Rob & Kelley (Married Monster
Truckers) - owing to a poor transportation decision upon landing
in the city - ended up eliminated. Five teams are left to Race for
a million...and one team still Races for TWO million...who will
be impeached NEXT?!
PIT STOP #6
In front of the luxury yacht where
they won the previous Leg, the two Texas daters rip open the first
clue of the seventh Leg of the twenty-first Race:
FLY TO MOSCOW,
Fly over 1000 miles to the
capital city of the largest country in the world: Moscow,
Russia (ANOTHER "Eurasian" country). Once you land,
travel by taxi to the Zurab Tsereteli Sculpture Park and find
your next clue.
You have $420 for this Leg
of the Race.
Trey & Lexi are happy
to have come on this Race; their relationship could not be stronger.
The other teams' (local) departure times are:
Abbie & Ryan (Team Dating Divorcees): 1256
James & Abba: 1303
& Nadiya (Team Jersey Twins): 1344
Jaymes & James (Team Full
Josh & Brent: 1607
Abbie & Ryan are certain
that Natalie & Nadiya and "latching on" to Trey &
Lexi so that they can have an "alliance" to U-TURN the
divorcees at the next possible opportunity...because, after all,
they're the ONLY ones who can win two-mil. But, this motivates them
to push harder. James & Abba admit not being 100%, but they
push harder as well (and keep a better eye on their cash). The twins
get some nosh from their driver en route to the airport...but they
think they need to "step it up" in the Race. Josh &
Brent are still in last...but overcoming the SPEED BUMP gave them
a lot of confidence that they can keep going.
ATATURK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Team Texas Two-Step arrive
at the airport and ask an information booth about flights to Moscow.
The agent sends them to Aeroflot, the Russian-owned airline. But...they
can't seem to FIND the counter as they forgot the name almost immediately.
They go to Alilalia (Italy's airline) and Air France without luck...so
they go to the food court to eat some American-processed chicken
and think about it. Menawhile, when Team Dating Divorcees arrive,
they check out an internet terminal and find a Turkish Airlines
flight with a one-hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany arriving in
Moscow at 3:40am. They feel the tight schedule is worth the risk
of arriving uber-early so they book it. When Team Hair Metal arrive,
they go to a KLM booth and book an Istanbul-to-Amsterdam, Netherlands-to-Moscow
flight, arriving at TWO in the morning.
After getting their protein
fix, Trey & Lexi run into Team Jersey Twins and inform the girls
that they are flight-less. The two teams go to Turkish Airlines
and get a similar flight as Abbie & Ryan...only THEIR flight
connects through Munich instead of Frankfurt and the Aeroflot flight
arrives in Moscow at roughly 4am. When Team Full Monty! arrive,
they book the same flight as James & Abba. And Team Beekman
Boys go to a travel agent in the airport. They don't think they
can make the layover in Frankfurt...but the next possibility is
connecting through Athens, Greece and arriving 80 minutes later.
So they do the only thing they can think of to make a choice: they
flipped a coin. It was heads...so they go through Frankfurt.
As they await their flights,
Team Texas Two-Step pass by Team Dating Divocees...and Abbie give
Lexi what Lexi describes as "crazy eyes". It was all they
needed to know that the competetiveness of this Race was "changing"
Abbie & Ryan.
VIA AMSTERDAM (ARRIVING 2:00am):
Team Full Monty! and Team
FRANKFURT (ARRIVING 3:40am):
Team Dating Divorcees and Team Beekman Boys
VIA MUNICH (ARRIVING 4:00am):
Team Jersey Twins and Team Texas Two-Step
But...you know the old
saying: ANYTHING can happen on the Race. And the flight to Frankfurt
has been DELAYED...for an HOUR! There goes the layaway time, pushing
the divorcees and the goat farmers to the back of the pack when
they arrive at...
Out of the plane and straight
to the ticket counters go the two teams...with just THREE MINUTES
to make their connection. They run like crazy through the terminal
to the Aeroflot gates...but to no avail. The last flight to Moscow
is outta here...and Abbie & Ryan and Josh & Brent are stuck
until the next morning. They go to a "last-minute tickets"
counter and find that the earliest flight will be via Warsaw, Poland
and will arrive at 3:10...in the AFTERNOON! They're gone from 100
minutes behind...to over 13 HOURS behind! Ryan claims, "This
isn't fun anymore."
Flew in from old Amsterdam
on Aeroflot...didn't get to bed last night...but the Ja(y)mes Boys
and James & Abba are back in the former USSR. The two all-male
teams hop into cabs and head straight to...
TSERETELI SCULPTURE PARK
Mr. Tsereteli is still
alive and well and making sculptures...but that hasn't stopped the
people of Moscow from honoring this controversial artist with an
outdoor museum of his works. Team Hair Metal and Team Full Monty!
arrive at the entrance...but the gate is locked, not to open until
9:30am. Still plenty of time for the other teams to show up...which,
sure enough, Team Texas Two-Step and Team Jersey Twins do as the
sun rises over the former Soviet capital. The teams feel that the
others missed their flight (or, at least, they HOPE so).
At 9:30, the majestic
gates open and the teams jog into the park and look around the maze
of large sculptures for the Clue Box. Once found, they grab the
clues to find:
ROCK THE MOST!
Make your way to Moskvoretsky
Most, just east of the Kremlin. Locate Ivan the Terrible's
guards who will have your next clue.
While James & Abba
take a cab, the other six Americans decide to save money and jog
to the bridge, comfortable in their "alliance".
Team Hair Metal gets dropped off in
front of the Kremlin and (without even a wave to President Putin)
run out onto the bridge (which is "most" in Russia) once
they spy two men dressed in red from a distance. Sure enough, these
are the guards for the much-hated Tsar of Russia in the 16th Century.
The men give the rockers the next clue, which is the next:
SYNCHRONIZE: Get stroking!
Head for Trud sports complex, home to Russia's next generation
of Gold Medalist synchonized swimmers. Don swimsuits and learn
a synchonized swimming routine. then get into the pool and
perform the routine to the sound of the beat. Once the head
coach believes you have performed the routine correctly, she
will hand you your next clue.
ALPHABETIZE: Read up! Go
to the Russian State Library - home to over 24 million books
- and go to the (rather large) card catalouge index. Choose
a librarian who will give you a list of books (in Cyrillic,
the Russian alphabet). Choose four of the books and search
the card catalouge for where each of them are located in the
library. Then collect all four books. Give the list and books
to Olga (the head librarian) at the main desk and, if you
have given the right books, she will hand you your next clue.
While SYNCHRONIZE may
have music involved, Abba's not sure he can swim well with his hurt
knees. So they choose ALPHABETIZE and find that the library is within
walking distance across Red Square. As they head off, the other
three teams arrive. While Trey & Lexi choose ALPHABETIZE, Natalie
& Nadiya and the Ja(y)mes Boys choose SYNCHRONIZE. The Texas
team walks, the Chippendales get a cab and the twins...well, they
might as well be in the rain because nobody is stopping for them.
James & Abba trudge
up the steps into this ginormous library (and, yeah, that's an actual
word now) and get the list from a librarian. The books are listed
by author, title and year of release. Of course, the Cyrillic alphabet
is a fair bit different from the English one, with the infamous
backwards "R"s and "N"s and something that looks
like the symbol for "pi". So...needless to say, there's
a lot of "O, moy Bog" muttered by Team Hair Metal. "I'd
rather drown," say Abba..
Speaking of which, up
come Jaymes & James to the nadatorium (fancy word for "swimming
and diving complex"). We are treated to some highlights of
a six-woman team (aquaphilia overload) before the boys - in Speedos,
flowery head caps and their signature Chippendale bowtie collars
- show up at the pool. They have to remove the collars by order
of the instructor. A paper on the poolside shows that the two must
join six others in an eight-person routine. They think it's breeze...up
until the in-pool moves. the arm movements, the underwater rolling,
the spins...this might be a BIT much for these guys to handle.
Team Jersey Twins FINALLY
get a cab...but they claim to be "an hour behind". They
contemplate using the EXPRESS PASS they won in Leg 2, as this is
the next-to-last Leg they can use it in. They could have a huge
time lead...or they could blow it anyway since the PASS is only
for ONE TASK, not the rest of the Leg.
We are live at the 2012
TAR-lympic Games. First up in synchronized swimming is the
Russian team, anchored by Jaymes & James. The instructor has
them and the six ladies lined up on the poolside and is on the side
with a brass pole stuck in the water. The pole will be struck to
the time of the beat and is submerged so that it can be heard underwater
as well. The music starts, the quick above-water routine is complete...and
the whole thing is stopped as they dive in incorrectly and get out
of formation. The second take goes fine until the underwater flip,
which one of the boys does prematurely...twice. Then the FINAL flip
is out of synch as well. But they're confident they can get it the
Back at ALPHABETIZE, James
& Abba are still struggling with the card catalouge when Team
Texas Two-Step arrives at the library. As they're handed their list,
they're given advice by James: "Run for your lives." But
luck was on the couple's side; they stumble upon the authors' set
of catalouges and some more English-looking characters on their
list. Unfortunately, that seems to be the ONLY luck; they still
can't find the right one. They start matching up shapes instead...and
manage to get one correct book on the list. As they write it down,
James & Abba decide to do a "self U-TURN" and do SYNCHRONIZE
In the "capital"
of the Eastern Bloc that lorded over half of Europe from the 1950s
to the 1990s, Josh & Brent and Abbie & Ryan wait for their
flight into Moscow. Ryan starts to think that it's no longer worth
Racing because they're so far behind. But the two teams decide instead
to just run the Leg together...and let the chips fall where they
may. So, as they board, there's a sense of comeraderie instead of
Back at SYNCHRONIZE, Natalie
& Nadiya arrive and start to practice THEIR routine (same one
but with all girls) as Jaymes & James try once again to finish
THEIRS correctly. The girls have trouble, though, as their instructor
only speaks and understands Russian. Still, they practice as best
they can and try the routine. Despite being a LITTLE out of synch,
at least they weren't TOTALLY out like Team Full Monty! was. But
one of the girls missed the final flip and, so, they're sent back
to the start. Again, they ponder using the EXPRESS PASS. But, instead,
they likewise "self U-TURN" head out of the water and
to the library, waving to the boys on the way out. But Jaymes &
James convince the girls that they're still in the front pack and
that changing tasks would just waste more time...so Team Jersey
Back at ALPHABETIZE, Tery
& Lexi find their four books and are ready to find them physically
amid the millions of bound-paper implements. It looked daunting
at first but, once they figured out the way the shelves were set
up and how they were numbered, finding the first book was relatively
easy. They get the four books and bring them to Olga. One by one
she checks them against the list...and, with a shrug and a smile,
she hands them this clue:
COME WITH ME
(MY LOVE) TO THE TREES OF LOVE!
Travel by taxi to Luzhkov
Most and search for the "Trees of Love" to find
your next clue.
As they leave, Team Full
Monty! try the routine again...and THIS time they go off without
a hitch. They are second to leave the DETOUR, though they give Natalie
& Nadiya encouraging words before departing.
The "Trees of Love"
are trees with locks in them that lovers apparantly love to smooch
by. There seems to be an inordinate number of couples in tuxedos
and bridal gowns. Team Texas Two-Step find the trees on the bridge
and the clues in a treasure box amid them. And it's their next:
TO UNLOCK THE FUTURE?
The Trees of Love have countless
locks on them, each proclaiming the undying love of a couple
who placed it there. One team member must go to a tree with
a Race-colored ribbon on it. Grab the abundance of keys at
the base and unlock the ten locks upon it. Once the ribbon
is free, so will your next clue be.
Trey decides to give the
locksmith thingy a whirl. He unlocks the first with ease...but the
"domino effect" he was hoping for was not happening. Lexi
admires all the wedding couples that seem to be around the bridge...though
Trey tells her not to get ANY ideas. As he continues, Jaymes &
James arrive and ask about the task before ever grabbing the clue.
James opts to do it this time.
Aaaaaaaand James &
Abba are lost en route to the nadatorium.
At said nadatorium, Team
Jersey Twins finish the routine and get the thumbs-up from the judge.
They leave the DETOUR in third and head for the Trees of Love. As
they leave, Team Hair Metal arrive. They choose a coach and get
to work. the judge says (in Russian), "I'm already scared."
Trey gets the tenth and
final lock undone and pulls the ribbon out of the tree. He &
Lexi find a small metal cylinder in the ribbon and open it to find...a
paper money note? Ah, I see. It must be saying this:
THE NEXT PIT STOP!
I am a 100-ruble note, the
currency in Russia. You may notice the building on the back
of me. You are to head there, the Bolshoi Theatre, home of
the most famous ballet company in the world and the PIT STOP
for this Leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
They leave (and show the
cabbie the note for reference)...and Natalie & Nadiya arrive
(much to the Ja(y)mes Boys' happiness). Natalie does the ROADBLOCK
and gets to unlocking. As she gets her first, James gets his seventh.
And now to the comedy
portion of our show: two aging rockers with shoulder-length hair
in ponytails and Fu Manchu beards in flowery caps trying to swim
in rythym. They do OK...until they pop up from the roll too soon.
At the 19th-century theater,
Trey & Lexi's cab pulls up. The greeter (once he stops doing
his "Weird Al" impersonation) wishes them "Zdravstvuyte"
(hello) and Phil tells Team Texas Two-Step that they are Team #
1 again! Their trip from Travelocity this time is a 5-night stay
in Maui, Hawai'i, including a luau, a scuba trip and a sunset dinner
on the beach. Oh, they are SO in love with each other (of so Lexi
says). Trey admits that they're stronger than they thought as a
team. A little Russian jig to the accordion and it's off to rest
for a while.
Back at the ROADBLOCK,
married couples are dancing and celebrating on the bridge as James
and Natalie work. James gets #10 unlocked and Jaymes & he get
out the 100-ruble note, signalling their PIT STOP location. Nadiya
(for perhaps the first time in the Race) actually BERATES her "twinnie"
for wasting time. They call each other "the worst partner ever".
Ah-HAH! THERE's the last
plane into Moscow...and there're Teams Beekman Boys and Dating Divorcees.
The BBDD INTERSECTION (a throwback to a rarely-used Race gimmick)
take off in cabs to the sculpture park together. They find the Clue
Box together. They head for Ivan the Terrible's guards together.
There's an issue with the DETOUR, though; the library is now closed.
So they are FORCED to do SYNCHRONIZED...together.
Team Full Monty! is Team
# 2. Much rejoicing.
After at least ten times
in the pool, James & Abba are getting worn out. But they go
for it again...and even the judge seems impressed by the entry.
When they finished, Abba says, "We GOTTA have that one."
And...they DO! They leave the DETOUR in 4th...and wants two of the
swimmers to join them at the Trees of Love.
At said trees, Natalie
gets the tenth lock undone and get the money and the clue...and
make up as sisters are want to do.
Unfortunately, the coaches
will NOT allow the INTERSECTION to perform as half of an eight-person
squad; each team must choose a coach and do their own. Abbie wasn't
nervous; having been a dance instructor, she's used to chroeography.
Josh is not used to swimming and doesn't think he has what it takes.
Ryan thinks having the national team nearby helps perk them up.
Natalie & Nadiya...they
are Team # 3. They'll take it...begrudgingly. They did crappy...but
they STILL have the EXPRESS PASS...and they intend to use it in
the next Leg. They get a "do svidaniya" (good-bye) from
the greeter before getting out of the cold.
Abba choose to do the
ROADBLOCK since a) it's not that tough on the knee and b) James
is more wiped from the swimming than his partner. Abba suggests
to James that they should release thier cabbie as this might take
some time. They abandon the task to look for the cabbie...and it
appears the cabbie released HIMSELF; he's nowhere to be found! And
all their stuff (save for some money) were in the taxi...including
their ! Ut oh...not again... They decide to continue with the task...and
hope the cabbie returns. After some time, Abba finishes the task.
They decide to try to check-in at the PIT STOP.
To say Abbie & Ryan
CRUSHED the DETOUR is an understatement. The adrenaline experienced
helped them power through the routine and leave the DETOUR in fifth.
But they decide to "watch the boys" instead of take off.
Josh & Brent are horrible. Well,...JOSH is, anyway.
Team Hair Metal arrive
at the PIT STOP looking thoroughly defeated. Phil says they're the
fourth team to arrive...but they need their passports to be checked-in.
Otherwise, it's "Zev & Justin" all over again. They
have no choice but to find that cabbie!
AFTER LEG 7:
ISTANBUL, TURKEY to MOSCOW, RUSSIA
1) Trey & Lexi
(EVEN) - Australia, Maui
5) Jaymes & James** (+3)
4) Natalie & Nadiya (+1) - EXPRESS PASS
?) James & Abba (-2) - Antigua, Malaysia Rainforest
?) Abbie & Ryan* (EVEN) - $2M Chance, Fiji
?) Josh & Brent* (+1)
ELIMINATES IN 7th) Rob & Kelley (-3)
ELIMINATED IN 8th) Gary & Will (EVEN)
ELIMINATED IN 9th) Caitlin & Brittany
ELIMINATED IN 10th) Amy & Daniel
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Rob & Shiela
* = One ROADBLOCK
more than partner
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN LEG: Jaymes & James
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Abbie & Ryan (regardless of position)
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