"Round of Three" - December
The faceoff continues into the semifinals at
Universal Studios with the comeback-kids of Taylors (Toni, Terri, Teffani &
Tessani), the Benavides (Brian, Lori, Brandon &
Katie), and the second-time's-a-charm-for the
Bakers (Duane, Terri, Kira & Kody).
Scavenger hunt time... Each task will take anywhere from 1 to 10
minutes off of their final race time. The tasks for the
Universal Studios Scavenger Hunt are...
Go find Babe the Pig and wear
your four piggy noses throughout hunt
Stomp over to Frank'n'Stein's and
retrieve one frank and one stein
Ride a horse
over to the Tombstone Saloon and play horseshoes
Play the blues
Have Dave Coulier of "Full House"
take a family Polaroid
Race a car
Squeeze into phone booth
Squeeze into the British phone
booth and rip your family's name page out
Get a foot
Find Sweet Liberty and get a foot
Find a Parisian courtyard and put
on four matching hats
Go to Bedrock and sink four
Teams will have 45
minutes to complete the tasks. Pay special attention to
Robosapiens, for they hold the key to special
information and important decisions. Time will not be
counted until the end, and unlike previous scavenger
hunts, the teams will have to walk the entire leg. Give
me 45 minutes...
(Gordongram: You have 45
minutes - and a Legends of the Hidden Temple coin that
will protect you from the mumm....oh wait, wrong show)
Bakers: They head to
Bedrock to sink four boulders... and then
Yabba-dabba-doo (10 minutes... after 10 minutes of
shooting). Next up, pronouncing Parisian correctly and
heading off to that particular direction. They decide to
crown themselves kings/queens (19 minutes) and get a
foot massage (27 minutes). Then it's off to see Dave at
his photo lab (32 minutes). See a pig about a few snouts
Benavides: They head to
Bedrock (10 minutes... again, if they make it). After
that, it's off to the Pa-REE-zhan. Again, follow the
Bakers' path through "Paris" (19 minutes), but they find
a clue: "This $100 is yours to keep. Take it!" But it's
attached to the five-minute clue. In more ways than one.
That $100 is Dave's photographer's fee. But for the five
minutes, they'll part with it (24 minutes). Brandon
doesn't want the Taylors to win, as they accuse the
Benavides of cheating. Then it's over to the saloon (27
minutes) and a pig (28 minutes).
Taylors: Another Bedrock
pop-a-shot (10 minutes) and trip to Paris... in
Hollywood (19 minutes), then opt for a different path,
going for the eight-minute task in a British phone
booth, ripping their page out (26 minutes). They're also
at the saloon pitching ringers. Don't forget the horse
(29 minutes). Then they inadvertently find a
Frank'N'Stein restaurant (31 minutes)
The Bakers try to outrun
the Benavides for as long as they can through the entire
search, as they emerge as the team who'll do ANYTHING to
win. Now to the challenge phase. Today, since we're in
Universal Studios, we get the magic of movies.
Challenge 1: Escape
from "Jurassic Park: The Ride": Simple task: dress a
stunt dummy and feed him to a T-Rex.
The Bakers have a
strategy: the guys take the feet while the girls get the
torso. The Taylors just rely on quickness. Lori... just
hates the game. None of their items fit. The Taylors are
almost done, but they need to button up the top button.
John says that the dummy needs to be representin'. Upon
closer inspection, we see that that the host himself...
is not representin'. The Bakers are the first to feed
their dummy to the dino. The Taylors are second, while
the Benavides are third. They too face the button.
Button button who's got the button?
Challenge 2: Mummy
Dearest: Another simple task: wrap your mummy (get
it, mommy, mummy?... It's PUNNY!) and answer a question
about horror flicks for another piece of gauze. Answer
five questions and it's off to your final challenge.
"And don't forget to
unwrap you mummy before you leave." The Bakers jet out
to a lead, as Katie and Brandon can't seem to gel.
Bakers still have the lead as the other two families
fight for second. "Dr. Octavius" of Spider-Man 2 (also
known as Dr. Octopus) sends the Bakers to their final
Then the Benavides get
the five to unwrap themselves... or is it the Taylors?
It's the Benavides in second!
Meanwhile, Duane Baker
relearns how to drive.
Challenge 3: Bar
Hopping: Take the bravest adult and the bravest
kid... and sit them out. The other two must cross a beam
30 feet in the air, jumping over marked obstacles. For
the Bakers, it's Terri & Kira. Terri is shaking as she
is hoisted into the air. "I didn't sign up for this!"
Yeah, you did. Take some advice from Kody, and don't
look down. Upside, the beam is wide. Downside, it's not
sturdy. Terri. makes it across. Now it's up to Kira.
The Benavides arrive as
young Kira gets her constitutions in order. She gets
across... in no time flat. For the Benavides, it's Katie
& Lori to take to the sky. Katie is first. "Walk the
center and make it happen. She wants to be a model, so
think about it as another catwalk. See, that was easy!
How will Lori take it, though?
The Taylors arrive as
Lori takes the team. "I got this!" She does. Now it's
time to see who the bravest is for the Taylors.
Obviously it's Toni and Teffani, because Terri is on the
bar. She freezes, but eventually makes it across. Now
for little Tess to take the bar. "I'm not going to
jump!" You have to! You have this! Just focus! She makes
the first jump. She makes the second... She makes the
third... And makes the fourth.
It was Bakers first,
then Benavides, and finally, the
Taylors. A reprise of last time, but will the Taylors
come out on top? All three go for high-time stunts, but
will the freeze on Tess' part exhaust all their free
time? The Bakers were hung up on the foot massage, the
Benavides tried to hang out with Dave INSIDE somewhere,
and the Taylors... just got lost a lot.
First, prizes. Each team
will receive an HPI Racing RC car. And you remember the
California Roadster minicars that the families went from
challenge 2 to challenge 3 in? Come in first and you can
drive one home! The American Custom Golf Cart California
Roadster goes to... the Bakers at 7:13. They will
challenge in the final round... the Benavides family,
who come in at 7:20. The Taylors, at 7:19... huh? Wha?
Ummm.. what's going on? Well, all I can say is that
they're going home with a computer and a Palm Springs
vacation. But I'm still scratching my head over the OSG.
But in defeat, ever
gracious are the Taylors. they had fun. "Just because we
lost... doesn't mean that we didn't win."
Change-in-the-game Moment: Fear was definitely a factor
for Tessani, who froze on the balance beam.
Next time, it's the
comeback kids versus the powerhouse players. Who's going
to Hawaii? Who's going home? Find out next time!