"Tell My Mom I Love Her - Leg 7" - January 11
PIT STOP: HALASZBASTYA, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Hanging around Budapest was FUN...but I think it's time to move
on. The Racers played water polo, paddled across the Danube and
slurped up spicy soup to get to the monument to the fishermen who
stopped the Turks all those years ago. But Lori & Bolo (Team
Rasslers) decided to down some pig blood instead in a FAST FORWARD
and, because of that, arrived in first. Kris & Jon (Team
Restauranteurs) and Jonathan & Victoria (Team Dom-Sub) are close
behind, Freddy & Kendra (Team Engaged Models) are in the
back...and Gus & Hera (Team Who's Da Boss) are the latest victims
of the PIT STOP elimination.
At 11:12pm Euro-time, the wrestlers have digested their blood and
are ready to start on Leg 7 with this clue:
Make your way to the neighborhood
of Budafok (about 7 miles away). Find the winery called "Promontor
Boruovar" and follow the marked path around the halls of the
winery to a 14,000 wine cask (the largest in the country). In
front of the cask is your next clue. You have $31 for this leg
of the Race.
Team Rasslers know they need to
make the right decisions in order to maintain their lead. Just
after midnight, Team Restauranteurs depart followed quickly by
Team Dom-Sub. A few minutes later, Hayden & Aaron (Team 'Dating'
Actors) depart ...after Aaron fails to get a kiss from Hayden.
Hayden hates to see Aaron so laid-back and hurries him into a cab.
Right behind them are Adam & Rebecca (Team Shrek), seemingly
content with the villianess/lackey roles. Finally, Team Engaged
Models leave over an hour after the leaders, hoping that the Model
Alliance will help them out of the cellar.
Lori & Bolo arrive at the wine cellar...and - surprise, surprise -
it won't open until 10am. The other teams line up by the gate and
roll out sleeping bags. As such, 12 Racers awaken and ready
themselves for a sprint as soon as the 24-hour clock hits '1000'.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd there off!
The wine cellar is a labyrinth which one could EASILY get lost
in...if not for bright red-and-yellow arrows to point the way.
Some of the males have to duck their heads along the low-ceilinged
hallways. Aaron and Bolo are the first to arrive at the gigantic
cask (serious, folks, Bacchus would have a hard time emptying that
in one sitting) and get the clue:
Fly to the city of Ajaccio on the
French island of Corsica (1300 miles away). Once you arrive,
drive to Napoleon Bonaparte's birth house (about 4 miles from
the airport) and find the room he was born in to get your next
The teams file out of the cellar
and board taxis. Team 'Dating' Actors wait for Team Engaged Models
to exits so that they can leave at the same time. But, as such,
they allow almost every other team to pass them even though THEY
got out of the cellar FIRST.
En route, Kris & Jon stop at a pet grooming facility to call a
travel agent and get information on flights to Ajaccio. They
actually book a flight on Air France...even though Kris is
allergic to all the dog fur in the place. Jonathan & Victoria find
a travel agency and tries to book flights as well.
At the international airport, Adam asks if he's allowed to handle
the ticketing... and Rebecca says, "Shush," just as Adam thought
she would. Lori & Bolo are the first to the counter and get booked
on a flight on Malev Airlines via Lyon in southern France. Team
Dom-Sub get on the same flight. But Team Shrek...well, Adam
doesn't like Rebecca treating him like a moron. So Rebecca has to
find out solo that the Malev flight is booked solid and they have
to go to another terminal to look for other flights.
It turns out that everybody is going to said terminal and lining
up at Air France. Team Rasslers and Team Dom-Sub are SO happy
(note the sarcasm) to be on the same plane together as they board.
The other teams get on the Air France flight ...except for Team
Restauranteurs who, despite having a reservation, cannot get
tickets because the flight is closed in the computer system. But,
after some jerry rigging, they were able to get an E-ticket on the
Air France flight via Paris to...
AJACCIO, ISLE OF CORSICA, FRANCE
At 6:40pm, the Malev Air flight touches down and Lori & Bolo and
Jonathan & Victoria hop off. They decide to set animosity aside
and walk together towards Napoleon's house. But, of course, they
find out that the house became closed to tourists an hour ago and
won't re-open until 9am tomorrow. When the Air France flight lands
at 7:15, the four teams likewise walk to the house and likewise
find out they'll have to wait until morning.
So, again, 12 Americans wait outside the 'masion' for the morning
and the chance to rush in and get the next clue. Adam & Rebecca
are the first to meet and greet a Napoleon cosplayer and receive
Drive yourself in a marked car to
the beach city of Calvi (over 100 miles away). Once there,
find Camp Raffali (a boot camp for the French Foreign Legion)
and find the next clue by the main entrance.
But, wait! There's also...
FAST FORWARD #2:
This is the second of only two
FAST FORWARDs in the entire Race. If you choose to take it,
you must go to the nearby harbor, each put on heavy
old-fashioned diving suits and walk across the bottom of the
Mediterranean Sea to find a lobster trap. Inside the trap is
the clue to the next PIT STOP.
They decide on doing the FAST
FORWARD...even though Adam doesn't like the idea. The other teams,
certain that that's where Team Shrek went, decide to continue to
Camp Raffali. But Team Dom-Sub decide to head for the harbor and
see if Team Shrek actually did head that way and, if not, try the
FAST FORWARD themselves.
Adam & Rebecca of course arrive first and climb down to a pier to
get into their suits. Adam does NOT like the fit of the suit at
all. When Jonathan & Rebecca show up, they are denied entry. They
head back to find the marked car, even though they're already in
last. "What are the chances of them getting it," asks Jonathan.
The other teams find their cars and, though some have trouble
deciding who's driving and who's back-seat-driving, they take off.
Jonathan & Victoria leave in last...and, once again, Jonathan
blames Victoria. "You're just gonna drill that hole in me until I
commit suicide, aren't you," asks Victoria. And Jonathan... says
yes. (Just when I thought I couldn't hate this pr@#k any more...)
"Tell my Mom I love her," says Adam as they finish putting the
suits on. They slowly walk to the ladders and descend them.
Rebecca has no trouble hitting the ocean floor. Adam, however,
can't seem to reach the valve that allows him to release air and
On the road (again), the Model Alliance stop at a gas station to
receive directions to Calvi. This gives Team Dom-Sub AND Team
Rasslers a chance to pass them. Team Restauranteurs likewise get
directions, even though THEY'RE now in last. Then the Alliance
breaks down as Hayden & Aaron get lost...and Freddy & Kendra
refuse to wait for them
Rebecca has zero-point-nada problems walking the floor towards the
lobster trap. She yanks out the clue and makes her way back.
Meanwhile, Adam is stuck in the air-filled suit (and kinda LOOKS
like Shrek now) and is in pain. The men on the dock finally heft
him out of the water and get the helmet off. Adam is NOT happy.
Rebecca comes back with the clue ...but...there's a problem. The
clue states that BOTH team members must walk to the trap. So, in
order to get the clue, Adam must go down, walk to the trap, touch
it and return. The question is: does Adam WANT to try this
again... or will he force Team Shrek into last?
He decides to try it again. This time, he's able to sink...but not
walk. Rebecca encourages him through the radio...and he lumbers
towards the trap. With a light touch of the trap, he schleps
back...and, once he's out of the suit, gets a big proud hug from
And the reward for Adam's persistence? This:
FAST FORWARD TO
CONGRATULATIONS! You have earned
the FAST FORWARD. Skip all other tasks and go directly to the
next PIT STOP: La Pietra in the city of Ile
Rousse. Head for the airport and take a private Cesna
plain to the town of Calvi. Once there, drive yourselves to
the PIT STOP.
They get to the airport and find
out just how small the plane is. THIS time, it's REBECCA who is
nervous and asks Adam to hold her hand on take-off.
CALVI, ISLE OF CORSICA, FRANCE
Team Rasslers and Team Dom-Sub arrive at the fort. There, they
both find the Route Marker and the next:
DETOUR: Climb Up
or Fly Behind?
CLIMB UP: Follow the marked path
to a 45-foot wall of the fort. Use a mechanical ascender to
scale the wall. Once both of you are at the top, run down a
marked path and receive a medal from a French Legionnaire.
Then continue down the path to a repelling station where you
will repel 75 feet down another wall. Once you're down WITH
the medals, the assistant on the bottom will give you your
FLY BEHIND: Choose a Zodiak boat. One team member will
navigate the captain while the other rides on a Flying Fish
raft being towed by it. In the harbor are 25 yellow-and-red
buoys, twelve of which have your next clue attached to the
chain underneath. The raft-rider must pull up the chain to
find a clue or a "TRY AGAIN" message. Continue until you find
your next clue.
Lori & Bolo decide on the
strength-required CLIMB UP while Jonathan & Victoria decide (after
Kerry-like flip-flopping) to FLY BEHIND. Team Engaged Models
arrive next and decide to climb. It's a rough ride for Jonathan as
he rides on the raft while Victoria navigates ...though she can't
see ANY buoys.
PIT STOP: LA PIETRA, ISLE OF CORSICA, FRANCE
Meanwhile, the Cessna lands and Team Shrek find their private
convertible and directions to the next PIT STOP. They easily reach
La Pietra and stomp on the mat "Adam & Rebecca, you're Team # 1,"
says Phil Keoghan as he and a local Corsican greet them. And, of
course, they get a Caribbean vacation courtesy of AA.com. Rebecca
can see the confidence in Adam's posture now.
Back at the fort, the climbing trial begins. Remember how
difficult those ascenders were for the teams in the LAST Race?
Well, it ain't improved much. Even Bolo has troubles with it.
Freddy, however, is the first one up the wall. Bolo has enough
difficulty that even KRIS catches up to him. But, not ready to let
a woman beat him, he makes it to the top. Kris and Kendra are
close behind, meaning Freddy & Kendra are the first to run for the
Meanwhile, Victoria SPOTS a buoy! That's good! But ...there's no
clue attached at all. That's bad. Jonathan hops back on and Vic
finds ANOTHER buoy! That's good! But Jon doesn't see a clue
attached to it. That's bad. Vic YELLS at Jon that they're going to
be in last! That's good AND bad (the good part being that it's
While Jon and Lori race up the wall, Freddy & Kendra get the
medals and repel DOWN the wall easily, receiving this at the
Drive yourselves in your vehicle
to the village of Zilia (about 10 miles away). Your next clue
can be found outside the winery.
While ONE member of the so-called
Model Alliance departs, the other arrives. Hayden & Aaron decide
to CLIMB UP for the DETOUR, disappointed that they're in last.
Meanwhile, Jonathan dives again and finds out there actually IS a
clue on the buoy they are at. This puts them in third...for now,
Kris & Jon take off from the repel in fourth, with Lori & Bolo hot
on their heels. Dragging along in last is Hayden & Aaron...and
Hayden has a LITTLE trouble figuring out the whole "jump down wall
and slip down rope" aspect of repelling. This might take some time
so...let's see the OTHER teams in...
ZILIA, ISLE OF CORSICA, FRANCE
Team Engaged Models find the winery and follow a marked path to a
Route Marker in front of large buckets with spigots attached. They
soon find out that it's a:
("Who's ready to have a barrel of fun?")
One team member must make wine by
stomping on 55 pounds of grapes with their bare feet. You must
stomp enough to pour five wine bottles to the rim. Once you
fill them, the steward will pour a glass of the juice. You
must drink the glass empty before the steward can give you
your next clue.
Kendra decides to stomp away. And
she's a maniac, stomping like she's never stomped before. It takes
a while to get the 'wine' flowing but she gets it going. The
problem arrives when she has to get OUT of the barrel to switch
As Team 'Dating' Actors completes their descent (and argues en
route to the winery), Team Dom-Sub and Team Restauranteurs
arrive...just as Kendra finishes filling her final bottle with
jumping jacks. She slams down the juice as Jonathan decides to
stomp for his team. She and Freddy then get the vital clue.
ROUTE INFO - PIT
Drive yourselves to the next PIT
STOP: La Pietra in the town of Ile Rousse
(about 18 miles away) and find the red rock isle known as La
Pietra. WARNING: the last team to check-in MAY be eliminated!.
As the models split, the
entrepreneurs arrive and Jonathan starts stomping the grapes...
while Victoria makes some 'whine' of her own in telling him what
to do. They get past the fourth bottle when Kris & Jon arrive,
Kris opting to do the task. Jonathan, however, has to stop to
clear the branches of stomped grapes out of the way of the clogged
spigot... and that gives Kris all the time needed to catch up.
Meanwhile, Team Rasslers arrives at the barrel and big bad Bolo
bounds right in and starts pounding with his feet.
This upsets Victoria to no end... which in turn makes Jonathan
even more verbally abusive towards her. This combination makes it
hard for them to solve the problem. And, as such, Kris finishes
ahead of them. She chugs down the juice, she and Jon grab the clue
and high-tail it out of there. Bolo quickly follows suit (glad it
tastes better than pig's blood, I'm sure) and speed off in fourth.
It takes some doing, but Jonathan FINALLY gets the spigot
unclogged and gets the fifth bottle filled.
PIT STOP: LA PIETRA, ISLE OF CORSICA, FRANCE
"Freddy & Kendra, you're Team #2," says Phil as Team Engaged
Models arrive on the hunk of rock Team Shrek was on an hour or two
Meanwhile, as Jonathan closes in on bottle #5, Team 'Dating'
Actors continue to have trouble finding the winery. Thus, Team
Dom-Sub are able to leave the ROAD BLOCK in 5th. Vic feels
defeated... but she fails to remember that Hayden & Aaron are
still out there. As they leave, the actors arrive and Aaron makes
quick work of the grapes.
The car race is on as Team Rasslers and Team Engaged Model jockey
for position en route to La Pietra. It ends up as a foot race onto
the rock... which, of course, Lori & Bolo win handily. They stop
off to let Kris & Jon take fourth.
Both remaining teams think they're in last. Both are desperate for
a way to get ahead. Both are in danger of being eliminated.
But it's Jonathan & Victoria who hit the mat in fifth... much to
Team 'Dating' Actors are the last team to arrive at the PIT STOP.
That's bad. BUT...this is a non-elimination leg! That's good!
BUT...they have to fork over all their dough to Phil. That's bad.
But they're still in the Race in last place! That's good! Or...is
that bad? Guess we'll find out next time, won't we?