Last night’s Episode #9 of ‘The Amazing Race’ took our teams to Prague in the Czech Republic for a relatively short but competitive leg of the Race. Battle lines continue to be drawn and MORE enemies were made. Let’s get started with today’s Blog!
EPISODE 9 —– PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The show began with teams departing from the Pitstop in Estonia enroute to Prague, Czech Republic. Meghan & Cheyne, being the first team to arrive at the Pitstop in the previous episode, were the first to depart….followed closely by the remaining 3 teams The clue instructed our teams to fly to the Czech Republic.
At the airport, all of the teams scored the same flight to Prague. After landing, teams had to make their way to Staromestske namesti, to search for a man in a Praga. A “Praga” was apparently a vintage Czech car.
The first 3 teams out of the plane quickly caught taxis. Brian & Ericka, however, decided to take the subway, believing it would be faster. Soon after making this move, the married couple realized this was a major mistake…….
Over at the Staromestske namesti, Meghan & Cheyne arrived and found the man in the vintage car. Sam & Dan, not realizing what a Praga was, followed Meghan & Cheyne and thusly found the vintage car easily. The clue both teams discovered instructed them to head to the Kayaky Troja.
DETOUR – FAST & FURIOUS or SLOW & STEADY
Meghan & Cheyne and Sam & Dan arrived at the Kayaky Troja where they discovered a DETOUR. The choice was FAST & FURIOUS or SLOW & STEADY. In Fast & Furious, teams would need to kayak down a rough whitewater rafting course. If they tipped over before reaching the clue, the team would have to start over. In Slow & Steady, teams would need to pull themselves along high-ropes above the rapids to reach the next clue.
Meghan & Cheyne immediately selected Slow & Steady, while Sam & Dan chose Fast & Furious. The Globetrotters soon arrived and also decided to go for the rope course.
SAM & DAN + KAYAKS = DISASTER
As Sam & Dan began to kayak, they yelled up to Meghan & Cheyne (who were on the ropes), “We’re going to beat you!”. However, this task proved to not be the best for the brothers. Within minutes of their first try, their kayak flipped over! Then the BLAME GAME and the BICKERING began…..and oh joy was it FUNNY to watch!
Dan: “You’re not even digging in!”
Sam: “Shut up, I’m trying.”
Dan: “Sam you’re supposed to guide it.”
And on and on their bickering went!
Meanwhile, the Globetrotters and Meghan & Cheyne were tackling the rope course. This Detour choice was also difficult, as it required extreme coordination and upper-body-strength. Flight Time was the first to finish, followed by Meghan & Cheyne. One of the task attendants then asked Flight Time to climb down from the finish structure to the ground. As Flight Time climbed down, Cheyne yelled that Flight Time was going intentionally slow, in order to slow them up. Flight Time shot back, “I’m going slow because I’m tired.” Smartly, Flight Time used Cheyne’s accusations against him, as he then DID intentionally start going slowly down the scaffolding to slow the dating blondes down.
Once they got down, Meghan & Cheyne read the clue which instructed them to travel to the Stavovske Divaldo, which was the Estates Theater. Big Easy then finished the Detour and he and Flight Time joined up with Meghan & Cheyne to search for the Theater TOGETHER.
THAT ALLIANCE DIDN’T LAST LONG
Meghan & Cheyne and Flight Time & Big Easy found a little old lady who told them to take a tram to the theatre. However, as soon as a taxi pulled up, Cheyne flagged it and pulled himself and Meghan into the car, effectively ditching the Globetrotters.
Meghan actually called Cheyne out for his rudeness and questioned his decision to break their bond with the basketball players.
Back at the Detour, Sam & Dan continued to kayak with just disastrous results. At this point, even last place Brian & Ericka arrived and began the rope choice. Sam & Dan, realizing how much time they had lost kayaking, switched to the rope course.
THE BROTHERS STEAL A TAXI
Sam & Dan finished before the married couple….and made a deliberate move…..stealing the taxi that was waiting on Brian & Ericka. To persuade the driver to ditch the married couple, Sam & Dan offered him additional monies.
Brian noticed what was going on and yelled to Ericka “Let this motivate us. The brothers are stealing our taxi!” Ericka replied, “They just proved that they are jerks for doing that. We’re not working with anybody EVER anymore. It’s over.”
ROADBLOCK – SEARCH THE OPERA
Meghan & Cheyne arrived at the Theatre, where they were confronted by a ROADBLOCK. In this week’s Roadblock, one team member would have to search the 600+ seat theatre to find a miniature mandolin and bring it onstage to a guy dressed up as Don Giovanni who would then grant them their next clue.
Cheyne volunteered and began his search. He quickly found a full sized mandolin and took it to Don Giovanni, who laughed in his face and told him “No.” Big Easy then began the search, neck and neck with Cheyne.
Sam & Dan arrived, with Dan volunteering for the Roadblock. Big Easy found an empty mandolin case and took that to Don Giovanni, who laughed at him as well.
Luck was on the side of Cheyne, who finally found a tiny mandolin underneath a seat…..ran down to Don Giovanni, who presented him with the final clue, instructing them to head to the PITSTOP at Prague Castle.
5 TIMES ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!?!
Meghan & Cheyne soon arrived at Phil’s mat to claim FIRST PLACE for the FIFTH TIME! For their victory, Phil rewarded the duo with a trip for two to Lanai, Hawaii, courtesy of Travelocity.
Cheyne mentioned, “I think we are the team to beat.” Which is unquestionably true at this point. With only two more Legs left in the Race, can anyone beat Meghan & Cheyne at this point??
Back at the Roadblock, Dan found a mini-mandolin to jet the brothers into a firm second place. Brian & Ericka then arrived, as Big Easy continued to search the theatre. On their way out of the theatre, Sam & Dan made sure to avoid eye contact with Brian and Ericka. Brian mentioned, “It was kind of cowardly that they didn’t even look or apologize.”
Shortly thereafter, Big Easy found a mini-mandolin and the Globetrotters checked into the Pitstop in 3rd place, leaving Brian & Ericka (presumably) for dead at the Roadblock.
BRIAN & ERICKA SAVED BY NON-ELIMINATION
After finishing the Roadblock, Brian & Ericka checked into the Pitstop, dreading their imminent elimination…..only to be saved as Phil informed them that they had an “angel on their side”….that angel being a NON-ELIMINATION Pitstop. Because of this, Brian & Ericka would have to face a SPEEDBUMP, a time-consuming task that only they would have to complete, in the next Leg of the Race. Brian close the Leg saying, “In life, you don’t get a lot of second chances and this is a huge second chance for us. I still think you can win by playing fair and we’re going to PROVE that to people in this next Leg.”
FINAL ORDER OF FINISH
1. Meghan & Cheyne
2. Sam & Dan
3. Flight Time & Big Easy
4. Brian & Ericka [NON-ELIMINATION]
FINAL 4 SUPERLATIVES
*The Globetrotters = MOST ATHLETIC and BEST OVERALL TEAMWORK
*Sam & Dan = MOST WILLING TO PLAY DIRTY
*Meghan & Cheyne = MOST CONSISTENTLY SUCCESSFUL
*Brian & Ericka = MOST OPTIMISTIC (AND LUCKY) TEAM OF THE SEASON
OTHER TIDBITS TO NOTE
*This is the THIRD NON-ELIMINATION this season……WOW that’s a lot! Thus far, here is the score of who has received them:
(1) Tiffany & Maria — who SURVIVED the Speedbump
(2) Gary & Matt — who were KILLED OFF by the Speedbump
(3) Brian & Ericka — we find out their fate next week.
*Sam & Dan’s kayaking attempt was a “keeper” of a moment if you recorded this episode on your DVR or TIVO. The funniest “team-bickering” moment of the season.
*I think that Brian could watch Ericka lose 3 out of her 4 limbs in the next episode and he would still look at her and say, “It’s ok baby, you’ve got one arm left you can pull yourself to the pitstop.” This man’s optimism is just unreal. The guy NEVER gives up and ALWAYS encourages his wife. No matter what happens with this team next episode, we encourage Brian to usurp Oprah’s soon-to-be-vacated position in “pep-talk-TV” for women. The guy knows how to motivate himself and his woman. GO BRIAN!
*Sam & Dan just keep compiling enemies! They are already on the bad side of the Globetrotters “radar” and Brian & Ericka have had enough of the brothers as well.
*The next episode will be pivotal — as the FINAL 3 is DECIDED.
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