"It Got Really Ugly
Just Now" - July 13
PIT STOP: PUNTA BALLERNA, URUGUAY
When last we left the Racers, Alison & Donny (Off-and-On
Daters) were in a slight lead, Jim - stitched knee and
all - & Marsha (Team Wounded Knee) was in last (though
only by less than an hour)... and Dennis & Erika (Team
Once Engaged) were eliminated thanks to Dennis' "Good
At 12:48am local time, exactly 12 hours after they
arrived in first place, Alison & Donny rip open their
first clue of the second leg:
ROUTE INFO: Drive one of the marked cars to Montevideo
(75 miles away).
Once there find the Shake Mega Disco. Inside (during a
"foam rave") you will find a clue inside globe-painted
balls bouncing on the dance floor. You have $136 for
this leg of the Race.
No sooner does Alison get behind the wheel than she
starts yelling at Donny to find Montevideo on the map...
and Donny tells her to shut-up. It's just their way of
communicating, they say.
One-by-one, the teams leave the Stop. Some go the wrong
way out of the lot, others have troubles with their
cars, still others start up and go the right way without
a problem. Kami & Karli (Team Twins) follow Chip & Kim
(Married Parents) out... until Team Twins lose sight of
the Married Parents BEHIND them. Finally, Jim & Marsha
(Team Wounded Knee) split last, 51 minutes after the
On-and-Off Daters started the leg.
Linda & Karen (Team Bowling Moms) are the first to find
the disco in the Uruguayan capital and they charge into
a loud and raucous crowd, with foam practically raining
down on their heads. They seem some balls bounced
around... and try to scream for the dancers to bring one
of them to them. Meanwhile, Alison & Donny show up to
try THEIR luck. No sooner do THEY enter than Karen finds
the next clue:
ROUTE INFO: Drive to the public ferry station in
Colonial de Sacramento (over 100 miles away) and take
the public ferry to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Once there,
search for the grave of Evita Peron to find your next
Alison & Donny find the clue quickly afterwards, ask for
directions and tail after Linda & Karen. Meanwhile,
Colin & Christie (Team Type A) and Charla & Mirna (Team
Hi-Lo) run neck-and-neck on the road to the capital.
Marshall & Lance (Team Pizza Brothers) find the clue in
the disco and head off in third place, despite not
getting any help from the "useless foreigners" outside
the disco. (HELLO, Lance... they LIVE there!) Chip & Kim
try to get directions to the disco WHILE driving and
Team Twins find someone to tail to the disco.
The fourth team to the disco is Brandon & Nicole
(Models), who hug each other with the globe between them
to pop it. Someone ELSE tried to hug Nicole and touch
her, but Brandon managed to get the clue and pull her
out of the uncomfortable situation. The Twins are the
next to find the clue, followed closely by Bob & Joyce
(Team Net-Widowers) and Colin & Christie. Meanwhile
Charla & Mirna have trouble finding the disco. They even
go as far as to ask a nearby..."lady of ill repute", who
just shrugs them off.
FERRY STATION, COLONIAL DE SACRAMENTO, URUGUAY
The Off-and-On Daters reach the station at 3:30am, an
hour before the first ferry of the day departs for
Buenos Aires. They buy their tickets... and wait to see
if others show up.
Meanwhile, Kim gets propositioned by someone at the
disco, but Chip manages to find the clue and get her out
of there. Team Wounded Knee grab the clue in 9th place,
followed closely by Team Hi-Lo... though it wasn't easy
since the mountain of foam on the floor nearly SWALLOWED
Back at the ferry, teams start to filter in, each
getting tickets for the 4:30am boat. Everyone hopes that
not everyone makes the boat. Well, Charla & Mirna
struggle to find directions the station. At 4:18, the
boat starts to board passangers and nine teams get on.
At 4:27, Team Hi-Lo arrives and tries to get a ticket.
When they're informed that the ferry is to leave right
away, they're heart-broken.
But, then, Charla &
Mirna luck out. Possibly due to Charla's height
promoting sympathy, a nice worker held the ferry up sp
that they could get their tickets and board the boat.
Now all ten teams were at "level pegging" (as Anne
Robinson would say). They relax and enjoy the ride over
while working out where Evita Peron's grave is located.
It turns out there are TWO major cemeteries in Buenos
Aires: Recoleta and Chacarita. Recoleta is where Evita
is buried, whereas Chacarita is where her husband, Juan
Peron, is buried. Some teams get directions from the
ferry-goers... but are they to the right cemetery?
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
After crossing the inlet between Uruguay and Argentina,
the ten teams disembark in a BIG hurry and look for cabs
to take them to the cemeteries. Well,... not ALL of
them. See, Jim & Marsha are on a line to exchange their
dollars for pesos... all because Team Bowling Moms said
the locals won't accept U.S. currency. Of course, that
couldn't be more wrong. It takes them a good while to
realize they've been duped... and were in last place
because of it.
Thankfully, the local cabbies were able to correct most
of the teams who thought Evita was in Chacarita. Colin &
Christie, however, just ask to be taken to Chacarita.
Bob & Joyce likewise ask to be taken to Chacarita.
Linda & Karen, Charla & Mirna and Alison & Donny all
arrive at Recoleta at about the same time. Charla again
uses her "disability" to get a transport to stop for her
and Mirna and leave the others behind. Meanwhile, at
Chacarita, Team Type A and Team Net-Widowers find out
they're at the wrong cemetery. The Married Parents
likewise show up at Chacarita, only to find they were
looking for the wrong Peron.
Team Hi-Lo reach Eva Peron's grave site in first, though
Team Bowling Moms are right on their tail. The find the
route marker and find a...
DETOUR - PERRO OR TANGO?
PERRO (Spanish for "dog"): Walk eight dogs (like
Argentines like to do) through a one-mile path, stopping
at each of three checkpoints along the way. The dogs are
right outside the cemetary and the "finish" is a statue
called "La Flora". One member must walk the dogs while
the other navigates with a map.
TANGO: Take a cab 1.5 miles to the El Tango Theater.
Once there, find the male tango dancer that fits the
picture in the program given to you there. If you choose
the wrong man, you'll have to return to the lobby for
another program. Find the right man and you will get
your next clue.
Charla objects Mirna's decision to do TANGO since she
obviously CAN'T tango. But Mirna says they just need to
look, not dance. So they hop back on the transport and
head for the entrance, leaving Linda & Karen behind.
Team Bowling Moms decide on PERRO and head to get the
Meanwhile, the Off-and-On Daters finally find the
entrance to the cemetery and hop on the same transport
Team Hi-Lo just got off of. But Team Pizza Brothers and
the Models find the grave on foot first and choose to
TANGO. Alison & Donny grab the clue and hop on the same
transport as the others, but they decide, once at the
entrance, to do PERRO.
Linda & Karen get the dogs with Linda pulling while
Karen navigates. Alison walks the dogs for the
Off-and-On Daters while Donny navigates. Meanwhile the
other teams' cabs have a hard time navigating the busy
streets of Buenos Aires. Linda & Donny argue as they
search and search for the first checkpoint.
Meanwhile, Team Hi-Lo reach the theater, run in and look
over the twenty-some pairs of dancers. But the blue
lighting of the theater makes it hard to distinguish
between the already-identical-looking males. Their first
attempt fails, so they run to the entrance to get
another program... which has a DIFFERENT male. The
second time, however, was successful and the first-place
Mirna asked the man to tango with her for a minute
before they left. Hey, this is a trip of a lifetime; you
HAVE to enjoy it sometimes.
Is Alison walking the dogs or vice-versa? Well, either
way, Alison is getting pissed because Donny can't seem
to find a clothed man in a nudist colony, let alone the
checkpoint using a map! Team Bowling Moms aren't doing
much better... since they're FOLLOWING them. Kami &
Karli, 8th to Eva Peron's grave, decide to do PERRO,
thinking it would be easy. Alison would disagree,
finally telling Donny, "We're done!"
As Charla & Mirna leave
the theater, Brandon & Nicole charge in. As Team Hi-Lo
enter the cab, they read the clue:
ROUTE INFO: Travel by bus or taxi to La Estancia La
Invernada (an Argentine cattle ranch 70 miles away) just
outside San Antonino de Areco and find the next clue.
The Models find the right tango man on the first try and
bolt out of the theater as Charla & Mirna take off on a
$50 taxi ride, confident that going by bus would lead to
disaster. Marshall & Lance are the next to get to the
theater and they, likewise, get their clue on the first
Meanwhile, Team Twins get tied up in their task...
literally. The leashes tangle up Kami as Karli tries to
decipher the map. The OTHER two dog-gone teams decide to
trade their dogs for a cab ride to TANGO (with Alison
calling Donny "anal" and Donny replying, "You're an
embarrassment!"). But Team Twins don't give up; they
find a very helpful local to guide them to all three
checkpoints and the large flower statue to get their
Back at the cemetery, the other four teams arrive at
Evita's grave... and all but Bob & Joyce choose to
TANGO. Team Net-Widowers decide to PERRO since Bob's a
Back at the theater, Alison & Donny and Linda & Karen
arrive and look for their man. Team Bowling Moms blow
the first shot, but Off-and-On Daters don't. They take
off, with Donny deciding on taking the bus to save
money. Jim & Marsha then arrive and get THEIR clue on
the first try. Colin & Christie do likewise. But Linda &
Karen need THREE tries to get it right, bumping them
into 7th place.
LA ESTANCIA LA INVERNADA RANCH, SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO,
Team Hi-Lo arrives at the ranch, with the Models right
behind them. Charla's height is a DISadvantage as
Brandon & Nicole pass them and reach the clue first:
ROAD BLOCK - ("The person who performs this task must
have quick hands
and quick feet") One member must play a game of "ribbon
roping" (like youths do on Argentine ranches). S/he must
grab a red bandana off one of the young calves in this
pen. You may NOT tackle or pull the animals at any time.
Hand the bandana to the gaucho to get your next clue.
Obviously, Team Hi-Lo sends Mirna in (who think she
might have to "fist" one of the cattle) while the Models
choose Brandon. This task is harder than it looked,
since there were only about a dozen bandanas on over 60
rather anxious calves.
Meanwhile, Team Twins finish THEIR task almost at the
same time that the Married Parents complete THEIRS. Both
teams go to the bus station and end up on the same bus,
one that's behind the one Alison & Donny are on. Team
Net-Widowers finish their dog walk in last place and
taxi to the ranch. Marshall & Lance run into trouble
when their taxi runs out of gas... and Team Wounded Knee
are STILL angry at Team Bowling Moms for tricking them!
Back at the ranch (I always wanted to say that), Brandon
FINALLY grabs a bandana, causing Charla to shout louder
at Mirna to get one of her own. The Models open the last
clue of the leg:
ROUTE INFO - PIT STOP:
Take a marked horse-drawn carriage to La Portena
(150-year-old estate two miles away). WARNING: the last
check-in will be ELIMINATED!
As the two teams ride to the PIT STOP, Alison & Donny
find they're on a slow bus to San Antonio de Areco that
makes several stops. They argue
some more about the mistakes they've made today.
PIT STOP: LA PORTENA, ARGENTINA
The two teams hop off the carts and run like hell. But,
of course, Charla slows Team Hi-Lo down enough for the
Models to make it to the pad first. Phil announces,
"Brandon & Nicole, you're team number one!" No trip for
them this leg... but at least they and Charla & Mirna
have a fair lead on the other teams. "I am determined,"
says Charla, "to get to that FINISH LINE... to show what
I'm capable of!"
While those four relax, Marsha of Team Wounded Knee does
the ROAD BLOCK with ease, followed closely by Linda &
Karen. Jim & Marsha arrive in
3rd, Team Bowling Moms in 4th. While Bob of Team
Net-Widowers tries his luck, Team Type-A shows up. Bob &
Joyce get to the PIT STOP in 5th, while Colin grabs the
bandana and he and Christie arrive in 6th.
Meanwhile, Married Parents and Team Twins took an
EXPRESS bus to San
Antonio de Areco. The problem arose when they tried to
get a taxi to the ranch. Chip and Kami both got into the
same cab... and NEITHER were
willing to give the seat up to the other team! Finally,
a second cab
arrives and Chip & Kim. They're sure Team Pizza Brothers
are ahead of
them... but they DON'T know that the Off-and-On Daters
are behind them.
Marshall does the ROAD BLOCK... but doesn't run
(wouldn't YOU want to
walk at that weight?) to grab the bandana. As they take
off, Chip and Kami do the task at the same time. Both
reach for the same calf... but Chip grabs it first. As
he and Kim take off for the PIT STOP, Kami grabs one as
well... just before Alison & Donny arrive. The Married
Parents arrive in 8th... and Team Twins are SHOCKED to
find out they're still in the Race!
Donny grabs the bandana... and, a few minutes after Team
they reach the PIT STOP. It's there when Phil gives the
bad news: they're the last team to arrive... and they've
gone from first to worst within the span of a day. The
several hundred miles they've traveled in the day is as
far as they go. And, now, they have to re-think their