"I Got Electrocuted" - July
PIT STOP: LA PORTENA ESTATE, SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO,
After a short trip from Uruguay to Argentina, Brandon &
Nicole (the Models) have taken a very slight lead, with
Charla & Mirna (Team Hi-Lo) close behind. Kami & Karli
(Team Twins) are currently on the bubble... and Alison &
Donny (Off-and-On Daters) are out of the Race... and out
of the relationship for good.
Another Pit Stop, another mandatory 12-hour rest period
to eat, rest and shmooze. Tensions are high between Team
Twins and Chip & Kim (Married Parents) after the blown
At 11:50pm, the Models rip open their first clue of the
ROUTE INFO: Take one of the marked cars and drive
yourselves to the Jorga Newbery Domestic Airport in
Buenos Aries (60 miles away). Fly to San Carlos de
Bariloche in Patagonia (Argentina). Once there, take a
marked jeep and find the town's mayor to find your next
clue. You have $11 for this leg of the Race.
Brandon & Nicole reaffirm why they're doing this Race
(to see if they're right for each other) and grab a car.
One minute later, Team Hi-Lo depart and form a temporary
"holy" alliance with the Models (since they feel Brendan
& Nicole are "God-fearing people like they are" and
wouldn't lead them awry) to get to Patagonia.
But the Models run into
their first obstacle of the leg: the muddy roads outside
the plantation. They end up stuck in it, and Charla &
Mirna waffle between leaving them behind and trying to
help them. They ultimately decide to help them and the
four get a tractor driver to pull Brandon & Nicole's car
to the paved road, with Charla & Mirna close behind.
However, the teams separate when they reach an
intersection, Team Hi-Lo getting lost while the Models
hit the highway.
No one else seems to
have any trouble getting through the mud. An hour
and 23 minutes after the Models depart, Kami & Karli
leave, still bitter about the Married Parents' betrayal
At the airport, Brandon & Nicole arrive first and try to
make reservations over the phone. The 9:10am flight to
San Carlos is sold out, and the next flight from that
airline is at 10:30am. While they struggle with the
phone, Jim & Marsha (Team Wounded Knee) arrives and gets
on line. Linda & Karen (Team Bowling Moms), Bob & Joyce
(Team Net-Widowers) and Colin & Christie (Team Type A)
are in a road race to find the airport and decided to
all follow Colin's driving. When they arrive, they get
the news about the flights and work out strategies.
Marshall & Lance (Team
Pizza Brothers) get a flat tire on the highway.
The rules state that they can fix it themselves OR they
can wait for a back-up vehicle. Either way,
time's-a-wasting so, though they had little experience,
they successfully change the tire in 13 minutes and make
it to the airport... behind Team Hi-Lo, who had a local
show them the way. Charla & Mirna confront Brandon &
Nicole, who say they waited for them as long as they
dared (yeah, right) and promised to book a flight for
all of them.
When Team Pizza Brothers arrive, THEY decide to check
out the flights on the OTHER Argentine airline at the
terminal. It turns out THEY have a flight to San Carlos
at 9:40am. Charla & Mirna hear about this, inform the
Models... and get in line at the ticket booth across the
hall from the baggage counter, which cheese-off Marshall
& Lance. The brothers try to find out if Team Hi-Lo and
the Models will be together and, when they find out they
are, they're even ANGRIER!
Soon, all the teams are at the airport and, at 4am, the
ticket counter for Aerolineas Argentinas (the first
airline) opens up. Jim & Marsha try to book for the 9:10
flight... but there's only one seat left. Marsha
confirms the seat for herself and asks for standby on
that flight and the 10:30 flight for her father, since
the rules state that both team members MUST travel
together at all times. Then Brandon & Nicole ask Marsha
to book THEM on the 10:30 flight... much to Charla &
Mirna's chagrin. Linda & Karen buy tickets for
themselves and Bob & Joyce for the 10:30, followed
closely by Chip & Kim. Team Twins are shut out of the
flight, but get on the waiting list.
At 5:30am, the Southern Winds airline counter opens and
Team Hi-Lo gets on the 9:40. Team Pizza Brothers
likewise get on the flight, while Team Twins get on the
waiting list for THAT flight as well. Colin & Christie
get at the top of the standby list for the 9:10 flight,
despite Christie being "high-strung", according to
Colin. Meanwhile, the Models get on standby for the
other two flights, hoping the 10:30 they're already
booked on will be a last resort. Also Charla once again
uses her height to an advantage (and also says she needs
to get to a "doctoro" in Patagonia) to get on the
waiting list for the 9:10.
ALL ABOARD! Three teams anxiously wait at the standby
counter... and Colin & Christie and Charla & Mirna luck
out to get on the flight, leaving Jim & Marsha with no
choice but to hope they get on the 10:30am. For the 9:40
flight, Marshall & Lance get on board... and the seats
opened up by Team Hi-Lo's early departure go to...
Brandon & Nicole. That leaves the 10:30 flight. Linda &
Karen, Bob & Joyce and Chip & Kim are on the flight,
leaving Team Wounded Knee and Kami & Karli the hope of
getting on standby. And the winner is... Team Twins!
They depart... and Team
Wounded Knee is left behind! They DO manage to
catch an 11:30 flight... but they are almost two hours
behind the leaders!
Arriving at 11:30am: Team Type A & Team Hi-Lo
Arriving at 12noon: Models & Team Pizza Brothers
Arriving at 12:55pm: Team Net-Widowers, Team Bowling
Parents & Team Twins
Arriving at 2:20pm: Team Wounded Knee
SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA
After arriving, Team Type A and Team Hi-Lo find the
marked jeeps... and
Colin & Christie pull ahead thanks to Mirna's inability
to drive a jeep at first. Both enjoy the view on the
road to town. A half-hour later, Models & Team Pizza
Brothers hit the road... but Brandon & Nicole got EXACT
directions from a friendly traveler on the plane, so
they have an advantage. Therefore, Marshall & Lance
agree to follow them.
Colin & Christie arrive at the mayor's office and are
given their next clue:
ROUTE INFO: Make your way to the Del Turista Chocolate
Factory (one of many chocolate factories in town, except
this one is only two blocks away) at 252 San Martin.
Find your next clue inside.
Team Type A try to keep
Team Hi-Lo from seeing them and finding the office...
but they do and follow Colin & Christie to the factory,
where they find:
ROAD BLOCK - ("The one who does this task must have a
sweet tooth") Bite into each of the nearly 11,000 pieces
of chocolate on the counter inside until you find one of
the 20 that has a white center. You must BITE the
pieces; you cannot break them apart with your hands. You
need not swallow the chocolates you bite. Show the
worker the white center to obtain your next clue. (That
makes the odds of finding a white center only a LITTLE
better than 1-in-550!)
Colin is bullied into
going for Team Type A while Charla volunteers for Team
Hi-Lo (though she needs a stool to get up to the
counter). They chomp their way through the pieces... and
Charla finds one first (and nearly kills herself jumping
off the stool). She gets the clue (from a worker almost
as "vertically challenged" as SHE is), which she and
Mirna read together:
ROUTE INFO: Drive yourself to the Villa Catedral (a ski
village nearly 12 miles away). Take the gondola ride to
the top, and then walk the trail to find your next clue.
Mirna once again has trouble with the stick-shift of the
jeep... which allows Marshall & Lance to catch up (and
to pass by yelling "B*TCH" at them). Colin finally finds
a white center and gets the next clue, pulling ahead of
Meanwhile, the second group arrives at the mayor's
office and gets the clue that leads to the ROAD BLOCK.
Brandon decides to do the task since he "has the bigger
stomach". He finds a white center in record time and run
out... just as Team Pizza Brothers head in. Marshall
volunteers and Lance tells him to take his time since
there are no other teams there.
This changes when teams from the THIRD plane arrive in
town. Joyce takes the ROAD BLOCK for Team
Net-Widowers...and finds one relatively quickly. Then in
comes Team Bowling Moms. Linda charges in, chomps
through a number of sweets. This further frustrates Team
Pizza Brothers, as they've been trying for close to an
hour now... and Marshall's getting queasy. Then Kami of
Team Twins joins the fun. She finds a white center and
THEY split... and Marshall's about to hurl... or give
up, whichever comes first! Linda isn't much better.
Another blow comes when Chip barges in and makes it a
three-way eatery. Meanwhile, Jim & Marsha arrive at the
mayor's office, then heads for the factory. Linda is the
first to find a center... followed by Chip. That means
everyone that had arrived almost an hour behind Team
Pizza Brothers are now AHEAD of them... and they've gone
from tied for 3rd to 8th! However, they FINALLY manage
to find a white center before Team Wounded Knee arrives
and start the drive to Villa Catedral (and I'm sure
Marshall will NEVER eat another piece of chocolate
AGAIN)! Jim takes some time to find HIS white center out
of the 12 remaining... but Marshall narrowed the field
down considerably, so they're not very far behind as
they follow a taxi on the road to...
VILLA CATEDRAL, ARGENTINA
Team Type A and Team Hi-Lo reach the ski village (which,
of course, is melted at this point) and ride the gondola
together. The Models are close behind on the next
gondola. Colin says (out loud, mind you), "We HAVE to
beat the midget." As such, the jerk and Christie arrive
first and get the next clue:
DETOUR - SMOOTH SAILING OR ROUGH RIDING?
SMOOTH SAILING: Climb to the top of the 5000-foot
mountain and paraglide down (in tandem with an
ROUGH RIDING: Choose two mountain bikes and follow the
6-mile trail down the mountain
Again, Charla's height chooses for them; they HAVE to do
SMOOTH SAILING because they don't have a mountain TRIKE
for her. Colin & Christie, who HAVE a choice, choose
paragliding, too. They are the first to head down,
taking in the breath-taking view. Mirna, however, is
apprehensive... but stays strong for Charla's sake as
they take off. This, of course, catches the
Models' attention as they travel up in the gondola. At
least they know what ONE of their options is now. Other
teams show up at the bottom of the mountain and notice
Colin & Christie land on
a grassy knoll, unhook their harnesses and run to the
ROUTE INFO - PIT STOP: Drive yourselves to Bahia Lopez
(14 miles away),
a small bay outside Bariloche. The PIT STOP is on a
small island in the bay. WARNING: the last team to
check-in will be ELIMINATED!
They take off as Team Hi-Lo lands. Mirna is happy she
overcame her fear... and Charla continued to act like
she was flying as they raced to their jeep.
Meanwhile, the Models take off on THEIR flight... while
Team Net-Widowers find the DETOUR and likewise decide to
go for SMOOTH SAILING. The Married Parents and their
"friends" Team Twins ride the next gondola up while Team
Bowling Moms try to FIND it.
As each team gets to the DETOUR and chooses SMOOTH
SAILING, Linda is nervous... not about the gliding as
much as the run down the hill. She manages to get up the
courage to run and joins Karen at the bottom of the
hill, currently in 7th.
Meanwhile, Marshall & Lance just miss the gondola... and
Jim & Marsha are pulling into the parking lot! As Team
Bowling Moms hit the dirt, Team Pizza Brothers board the
gondola...and Team Wounded Knee is left behind. Both
teams would choose SMOOTH SAILING and then head for
PIT STOP: BAHIA LOPEZ, ARGENTINA
Team Type A is worried about directions... while Mirna
is worried about looking good for Phil once they reach
the PIT STOP. Charla's just hoping her cousin stays on
the right path while she's preening in the rear-view
mirror. Colin & Christie find Phil on the island, fjord
across the shallow water and hit the spot, where little
children welcome them to Patagonia... and Phil proclaims
them "Team #1!" They're starting to learn how this
Race is played and are feeling very confident.
Charla & Mirna are next to arrive (though Charla
more-or-less SWIMS across than wades) and give Phil
their traditional hugs (did I mention that they think
Phil is hot? Yeah, I don't get it, either). The teams
filter in one-by-one; the Models, Team Net-Widowers,
Team Twins (who miss the fjord and swim the LONG way to
the island), Team Bowling Moms and the Married Parents
all make it in that order.
Marshall & Lance pull over to ask directions, giving Jim
& Marsha time to catch up. Team Pizza Brothers STILL has
problems with the directions given, while Team Wounded
Knee moves quickly. It's a literal race to see who
arrives first and does NOT get eliminated. And those
...are Marshall & Lance! And that means that Jim can
finally get some PROPER medical attention for his
knee... since he and his daughter are out of the Race.
Marsha is proud that Jim didn't let her down... and Jim
learned that what he wanted to teach Marsha in this
Race, she already knew (whatever THAT means). They hug
(in another awww-barf moment)... but the fact is that
the thousand or so miles they've traveled today was all
the traveling they'd be doing in this Race.