I wonder if the show’s producers have decided that in order to keep ratings from sinking, they need to show only beautiful places in the world. Â This recent leg took the racers to New Zealand, and holy moly, it was gorgeous. Â Of course it would be so, as there is a reason why Peter Jackson chose to film the Lord of the Ring trilogy there. Â It’s almost too beautiful – it really doesn’t look real. Â I’m not surprised the producers would want to highlight these gorgeous places, but typically, it mixes up beautiful with…. not-so-beautiful. Â Think extreme poverty and overpopulation, like what you might find in South Asia. Â Not that there isn’t beauty there, but it’s not easily confused with the beautiful landscapes found in the South Pacific and in New Zealand. Â So yeah, I am wondering what’s up with that?
The Recap-esque Section
I should have been looking at the clock while watching this episode because if I had, it would have been clear this was a “keep racing” leg as there was not enough time to show the remaining contestants coming in. Â So I admit I got completely tricked by the producers when they laid that little bit o’ drama in the proceedings. Â What will Connor & David do? Â Will they keep racing or will they concede defeat because it just seems bananas to keep going with David in a cast?
I have a sad feeling that they will end up quitting the race. Â A torn Achilles’ tendon does not sound fun, and the doctor in Tahiti confirmed the tendon and muscle were jacked up. Â Ugh. Â I get sympathy pains just thinking about it.
Anyway, there was an episode leading up to the cliffhanger, which involved the teams jetting off to New Zealand from Bora Bora. Â Surprisingly, Pam & Winnie scramble from last place into a temporary first place position when they get the only seats on the first flight out from Auckland to Christchurch – yet they squander that away fairly effortlessly once in country. Â Le sigh. Â They’re not really on my favorite team list anymore as they just seem incompetent. Â The Walmart team, Chuck & Wynona, end up arriving in Christchurch last after they didn’t realize that the game is still played even when booking travel in airports. Â Unless you’re super savvy at traveling, never get caught alone without knowing where everyone else is. Â The Walmart team is NOT super savvy.
It doesn’t really matter though as the teams all end up having to camp on a riverside at Rakaia River Gorge until the next morning. Â At that point, they get a river ride to the Detour cluebox, which they have a choice between “Rev it Up” and “Reel It In”. Â Almost everyone chooses the “Rev It Up” option which makes sense, as it is more about skill (finishing a road course in 83 seconds or less) vs luck, which “Reel It In”‘s fishing could potentially be. Â Connor & David take an early lead and cement it when they decide on using the Express Pass which was just given to them by John & Jessica. Â David’s foot prevents him from driving with a clutch and when they Â try fishing, it seems hopeless. Â So they Express Pass ahead to the Roadblock, located at Mt Hutt Station.
The Roadblock involves one member partaking in an obstacle course that involves getting slathered in molasses, having a dog follow you, getting feathered, then taking eggs with you on a giant slip & slide into a little lagoon. Â New Zealand is weird. Â Ah well, it looks fun though. Â This isn’t a tough challenge for Connor to complete, which isn’t done until you’ve transported 12 eggs. Â They end up arriving at the Pit Stop first, where they’re awarded a prize by Phil but also are informed that the race isn’t over. Â But will they continue? Â We’ll see.
Everyone else shows up to the Roadblock without there being a clear loser, although some teams drop a staggering amount of places when they (Max & Katie, Bates & Anthony) go all the way up the mountain to Mt Hutt summit. Â Oops. Â I was wagering this to be a non-elimination leg, and I guess it kinda is but I still think it’s possible that the next leg will be non-elim just because.
There’s no leg rankings graphic this time because there are no places!!!!!