Take Down That Million
December 9 - Leg 12
Jaymes & James have been enjoying
playing with the new Ford Escapes they've won. But here in the wee
hours of the morning in the French countryside, they are focused
on winning this final Leg of the twenty-first Amazing Race. They
rip 'n' read the clue to find out exactly where in the US they're
FLY TO YOUR
FINAL DESTINATION: NEW YORK, NEW YORK!
Head to Paris in the taxis
nearby and fly more than 3600 miles to your final destination
city: New York, New York. There's a postcard which shows where
you need to go when you land to find the next clue. (The postcard
is of the Coney Island Boardwalk, and the clue is hidden on
The dancers have already figured out
that the postcard is directing them to Coney Island...they think.
Eleven minutes later, at 1:44am, Trey
& Lexi leave, loving each other more than when they started
and ready to "take down that million". At 3:06am, Josh
& Brent learn they're heading home, where Josh has worked for
five years to help pay off the farm. This would be the biggest challenge
they have every faced...and they hope they can finish it off with
the money to pay the mortgage and live together on the farm again.
CHARLES de GALLE
The first two teams await to see who
they are Racing home against...as, again, they were not informed
whether it was Team Beekman Boys or Team Jersey Twins kicked to
the curb by Phil. They seemed happy the see Josh & Brent walk
into the airport and the Final Three hug it out. It doesn't seem
to matter that the Great Race Equalizer has struck one last time
and everyone is on the same flight to the NYC. They just seem happy
to have made it this far and that it'll be every team for themselves
when they arrive at:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA
(This is the fourth time the FINISH
LINE!! has been in New York, including twice when it was also
where the Starting Line was. It's been nine Races, though, since
NYC has been the final destination for a Race.)
Ah, Lady Liberty, Times Square, the
nearly-completed Freedom Tower...all welcome the American Airlines
flight which lands at JFK Airport in Queens. The Vegas dancers,
the Texas lovers and the upstate New York farmers run like crazy
through the terminal to get one of the world-notorious New York
City cab drivers to take them to the place on the postcard signed
"WISH YOU WERE HERE!" The cabbies take off to Brooklyn,
Team Full Monty! in first, Team Texas Two-Step in second and Team
Beekman Boys (as always) in the rear.
NEW YORK, USA
(Yeah, needless to say that this was
taped BEFORE Hurricane Sandy made a mess of things. They're getting
better thanks to all the support.)
Like The Warriors before them,
the teams make their way to the amusement park and beach of the
south shore of Brooklyn. Jaymes & James hit the Boardwalk first
and try to get in the right frame a view to match the picture on
the postcard. They look for anything red-and-yellow...unaware that
the clue this time is actually BLACK-and-yellow. Trey & Lexi
then arrive and look around carefully...not seeing anything and
even running right PAST the clue and into the amusement park. .
Josh & Brent complete the threesome...and THEY miss it! Who
will "come out to play-i-ay" and find the clue first?!
Well, Lexi sees SOMETHING on the Houdini
poster and points it out to Trey. One of the smaller signs (right
under the "The Amazing" part of "The Amazing Houdini")
on said poster says:
Take a quarter from them because they
just bought themselves a clue! They remember the clue (and another
sign saying "Clinton Avenue Gate") and walk away casually...but
not casually enough to stop Josh & Brent from finding it. The
teams run for their cabs, leaving a dumbfounded Jaymes & James
in the dust...or in the SAND, anyway. After agonizing and agonizing
for 15 minutes...they get smacked with a clue-by-four and find the
NEW YORK, USA
Everyone is thinking that, with the
signs having been on a Houdini poster, they'll have to perform some
escape like the great Harry Houdini did. Team Texas Two-Step arrive
first and find the Clue Box in the middle of the yard. And it's
the Race's penultimate:
WHO'S UP FOR
AN AMAZING ESCAPE?
Harry Houdini was the greatest
escape artist that ever lived. The Austro-Hungarian would
perform many of his escapes in New York, the city where he
became famous. Now YOU get to try performing one of his classic
escapes. One team member will be placed in a straightjacket
and then suspended by the ankles fifteen stories up from a
crane, hanging upside down over a dry dock. You must figure
out the way to get out of the straightjacket. If you do, you'll
be brought to the ground and given your next clue. If you
panic at all, let them know and they will lower you, but you
MUST return up and escape the straightjacket before you can
get the next clue.
Well, they called it. Trey does NOT
like heights...at ALL! (Where do they FIND all these acrophobes?!?)
But Lexi "volunteers" him. So they run to the cranes and
Trey gets the straightjacket while Lexi just gets a safety helmet.
As he gets saddled, Team Beekman Boys arrive at the 'BLOCK and Brent
offers to do it. When they arrive, they see Trey being ratcheted
up to 150 feet above the dry dock. And, when Team Full Monty! arrive,
Jaymes is EXCITED of the prospect!
Once Trey is in position, an air horn
sounds and Trey gets to work. He's seen films of Houdini doing this
trick so he knows he has to get his arms over his head first. Sure
enough, he does (losing his headband in the process but relatively
freeing his hands). He uses his teeth to get his hands free of the
buckles and then works to get the rest of the jacket off by unbuckling
the back. Finally, the jacket slips off Treys arms and falls to
the ground. He did it! Erich Weiss (Houdini's real name) would've
Oh,...the clue didn't mention HOW Trey
would be "brought to the ground". He assumed he'd just
be slowly lowered. Uhhhhh,...no. His legs are attached to a bungie
cord...and his ankles are released to let Trey go SCREAMING down
to about 30 feet above the dry dock before bouncing back up. Still,
he survives and, getting the accolades of Brent and Jaymes, he runs
to join Lexi with the next clue:
Make your way to the first-ever
pizzaria in New York (which they must figure out is Lombardi's
Pizza in Manhattan). Once there, ask the owner, John, for
your next clue.
ILexi's hoping she doesn't
have to chow down on a whole pizza (she knows she'll have to do
the final 'BLOCK) as they split. Meanwhile, Brent is in position
and starts to work his way out. Team Texas Two-Step use the cabbie's
smartphone to find out about Lombardi's and asks him to take them
to the isle of Manhattan. As Brent starts to get an arm over his
head, Jaymes is cranked up. But Brent overcomes the panic in his
heart and gets his arms free, using his teeth to get his HANDS free
and reaching back to get his TORSO free. Before Jaymes is in position,
Brent plummets. As he's being unstrapped from the bungee, Jaymes
literally PULLS the arms apart from the jacket and works on his
hands. Team Beekman Boys may be leaving in second, but Team Full
Monty! is mere minutes behind as Jaymes gets out of the jacket and
falls to terra concreta. Well...that is, they WOULD be mere minutes
behind if they didn't let their taxi go! DOH!! It takes some time
for them to get another and make their way to...
NEW YORK, USA
restaurant is actually considered the first-ever pizzaria in the
United States (not just NYC), but this famous place just north of
Little Italy and Chinatown is about to get even busier. Trey &
Lexi arrive first and it seems John is the only person there. The
clues are actually under some pizzas that Lombardi's offers. Lexi
is scared that she'll have to eat a whole pie...but she relaxes
when she sees it's:
GET THE PIES
Deliver 10 pizzas to three
locations on foot. The pies are located against the wall along
with the addresses each pie is supposed to go to. YOU CANNOT
TAKE NOTES; you must know the addresses by memory. Once all
10 pizzas have been delivered correctly, return to John at
Lombardi's to receive your next clue.
Ah, well,...that doesn't
seem hard...save for the memory part. Team Texas Two-Step decide
to divide the memory work. Trey would handle LaFayette St. pies
while Lexi says she can hack the others. As they march down the
street with the ten pies - getting help from the oh-so-friendly
New Yorkers - Jost & Brent notice them and get an idea what
needs to be done. They find the pizzaria and get the clue. Josh
decides to memorize the pizzas and Brent the addresses.
First stop for Trey &
Lexi is the Italian museum on Mulberry St. First for Josh &
Brent is a salon on Prince St. Both are delivered sans hitch. The
bike shop at LaFayette works for the couple. But the Mulberry St.
one for the farmers...not correct. And that means the dry cleaners
on Broom St. gets the wrong ones, too. Good thing the Ja(y)mes Boys
are still stuck in busy Manhattan traffic; they can make up time.
Trey & Lexi finish their correct deliveries and make their way
back to John. They are then handed a blue tag with the symbol of
a globe (as seen from above the North Pole) and olive branches surrounding
it. Were it a paper clue, it would read::
TIME TO UNITE!
I am a visitor's pass to
the United Nations. Take me home to the U.N. Headquaters building
on the East Side of Manhattan and search the grounds outside
for your next clue.
As they leave, Team Full
Monty! arrives to do their task. While the couple takes a cab to
the East River, the Chippendales work out their delivery route.
And when the farmers arrive, John informs them of their mistakes.
So...they grabs a few more pizzas and try to work out their goofs.
Meanwhile, Jaymes & James drop off their first at 27th. Mistakes
corrected, Josh & Brent head back where they leave for the U.N.
in second...quietly arguing on the way. Jaymes & James get their
Elizabeth Street delivery right as well as their Rivington St. job.
They get back to John and get the clue in third. Off they go to...
NEW YORK, USA
After World War II, the
world wanted to avoid a third global war and, as such, the United
Nations was born to keep the peace. People may not think much for
the organization these days...but, hell, the globe isn't a nuclear
wasteland so they must be doing SOMETHING right. Anyway, Team Texas
Two-Step pulls up and feel VERY excited for their last task of the
Race, which is the final...:
WHO HAS A WAY
WITH WORDS? (NOTE: WHOEVER DIDN'T PERFORM THE ESCAPE ROADBLOCK
MUST PERFORM THIS ROADBLOCK)
As the home of delegates
from nearly 200 different nations, there are a FEW "language
barriers" to be broken. Now it's YOUR turn to be an interpreter.
And the good news is: you've already heard the answers. At
every PIT STOP on this Race, the local greeter wished you
"hello" and "good-bye" in their native
language. Before you are flags, sixteen of which each has
the way of saying those greetings in each of the eight UN
countries visited. You also have eight flags of said countries.
Your task is to take the "hello" and "good-bye"
flags and match them with the correct country's flag. Once
the U.N. official says you are correct, you may raise the
U.N. flag which will, in turn, lower your final clue.
MUST do this without help from Trey. The official brings her to
the spot where the eight flags of the nations visited - China, Indonesia,
Bangladesh, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain and France -
fly high. The other flags have the words for the greetings in bold
letters. Lexi chooses to go backwards in the Race. They just left
France, who say "bonjour" and "au revoir". But,
before she raises that, she gets the more obvious Spain out of the
way with "hola" and "adios". The official says
she is right with those under the red and white Spanish flag.
Josh is excited to enter
the grounds of the building he's been driving by for the last twenty
years. Not sure how excited he is when he learns the ROADBLOCK task
he must do..but seeing Trey & Lexi kicks his competativeness
into high gear. He gets the Spanish greetings done, no problem.
Lexi gets the French greetings under the blue-white-and-red flag,
but Josh is right behind.
James is set for his seventh
and final 'BLOCK as he goes to the third station. But damned if
HE remembers the greetings; they thought the greeters were just
being cordial. But, of course, HE gets Spain and France rather quickly.
Russian is "do svidaniya"
for "good-bye"...but NOT "olga doma" for "hello",
Josh. Get that down from under the white-blue-and-red flag. James
blows Bangladesh and has to lower from the green-and-red-circled
flag. And Lexi goofs on the red-and-white flag of Indonesia...and
then the Russian. No, James, "Hai" is not Chinese for
"hello"; the red flag with yellow stars has to be bare
again. After ANOTHER mess-up with Indonesia, Lexi lowered the flags
right onto her head.. She starts to cry, being so close and having
to falter like this. Trey tries to comfort her to get her back in
It takes a good while...but
someone FINALLY gets one RIGHT: Josh gets the Chinese "ni hao"
and "zai jian" (though he had the flags reversed the first
time). But for Turkey, he goofs, meaning the red flag with the white
star-and-cresent is still bare beneath. But at least they're ahead
of everyone else. Josh then turned it into a "math problem",
working out which one is "hello" and then just going flag-by-flag
for "good-bye". And he gets the Netherlands' red-white-and-blue
flag with the right Dutch words: "hallo" and "tot
ziens". James then LUCKS OUT with a guess on Russian: "zdravstvujtye"
and "do svidaniya". So it's Team Beekman Boys: 4; Team
Full Monty!: 3; Team Texas Two-Step: 2. Er...make that Beekmans:
5...Josh gets Russian as well.
Two and a half hours into
the ROADBLOCK. The sun starts to set on the Big Apple...and the
teams are getting close to finishing. Josh gets #7: Turkish is "merhaba"
and "hoscakal". James gets Bangladesh: "shagotom"
and "aabar dekha hobe". Team Full Monty! needs Turkey,
Team Beekman needs Bangladesh. Both got Indonesian earlier ("hai"
and "selamat tinggal"). Lexi seems to be out of the running
as they're not going to her.
Finally, Josh hauls up
"shagotom" and "aabar dekha hobe" under the
green flag with the red circle...and the official gives him the
thumbs-up! Josh jumps up and down in joy and then runs to the final
flagpole to hoist the light blue flag with the white globe-and-olive-branch
design of the United Nation. Up goes the flag of world peace...down
goes a red-and-yellow-stiped clue...the final clue...the million-dollar
THIS IS IT!
Make your way to the Gotham
Hall, the old main banking rooom for one of the formerly biggest
banks in the U.S. and the FINISH LINE!! for
The Amazing Race!
The first team to check-in...wins
ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!
GO, GO, GO!!!!!
Josh & Brent tell
the others not to give up as they head out the gate to procure a
cab to the landmark building. Lexi breaks down into tears, though
Trey lets her know that it's all right. James apologizes to Jaymes
for not getting it right fast enough...but his friend knows he tried
his best. And besides, they're not down yet. Team Beekman Boys are
having troubles finding a cab who knows Gotham Hall. This gives
James enough time to hoist the Turkish words up, strike the colors
of the U.N. and get the final clue. So there's still a chance. Well,...for
Team Full Monty!, there's still a chance. For Team Texas Two-Step,
there are only tears.
Two cabs...four men...a
million-dollar check on the line...
BUILDING - GOTHAM
YORK, NEW YORK, USA
Now...I missed a few Races
so I'm not 100% sure...but I think this might be the first time
EVER in TAR history that a FINISH LINE!! was indoors.
The former banking hall is certainly big enough for it. There's
the usual giant raised mat. There's Phil standing by his lonesome
in the middle of it. And there are the sixteen Americans who were
Philiminated during the last few weeks. From monster truckers to
rockers, snowboarders to besties, couples to twins, they line each
side of a makeshift aisle and applaud. Two men come through the
doors, run up to the mat and collapse in exhaustion, relief and
overwhelming joy. Phil then gives them the news they raced around
the world to hear:
nine countries, twenty cities and more than 25,000 miles...Josh
& Brent,...you have won the million-dollar prize and you are
the official winners of The Amazing Race!!"
They had been behind almost
the entire Race, being either last or next-to-last at the last seven
PIT STOPs. But they were the only team to overcome a SPEED BUMP
and stay in the Race...and they won the Leg that truly counted:
the LAST one. The two men kiss each other lovingly as they celebrate.
they hope this proves that, no matter what straits you may be in,
if you keep plugging away, you will win! And now they can stay on
the farm together...forever! That's the best prize of them all!
Although they're the official
"silver medalists" of this Race, Jaymes & James still
run with enthusiasm. They're happy for the Beekmans and had a great
time travelling around the world. And, hey, James got his ma the
car she needs so...that's great, too. And maybe the world will have
a different view of Chippendale dancers now...though whether for
better or worse is still up in the air.
Who knows if Trey &
Lexi ever finished that last ROADBLOCK...but here they come anyway,
all a-smiles and waves as they jog to the mat and get checked-in
as the third-place team. Hugs all around and tears from Lexi as
she says how much the Race meant to her. Trey agrees that the three-time
Leg winners have grown closer during the last few weeks...and, who
knows? He could be ready for the "next step".
The twenty-two people
who started out nearly 3000 miles away on the opposite coast on
a trip around the world all gather on the mat for a massive group
hug and to congratulate the goat farmers from just upstate. Rob
(of Married Monster Truckers) has changed his mind about people
with "alternate lifestyles"; he won't ever look down on
Alright, people, you know
the drill! Everyone one the mat facing forward...start applauding
and waving...one last word from the winners about "nice guys
finishing FIRST"...aaaaaaaand...CUT!! See you
on February 17th for THE AMAZING RACE 22!!
AFTER LEG 12:
LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE to NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA (FINISH
Josh & Brent (+2) - ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
SECOND) Jaymes & James (-1) - Costa Rica, Ford
THIRD) Trey & Lexi (-1) - Australia, Maui, Riviera
ELIMINATED IN 4th) Natalie & Nadiya - EXPRESS PASS (used),
ELIMINATED IN 5th) Abbie & Ryan - $2M Chance (squandered),
ELIMINATED IN 6th) James & Abba - Antigua, Malaysia Rainforest
ELIMINATED IN 7th) Rob & Kelley
ELIMINATED IN 8th) Gary & Will
ELIMINATED IN 9th) Caitlin & Brittany
ELIMINATED IN 10th) Amy & Daniel
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Rob & Shiela
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