The Amazing Race Oz – US Season 25 Episode 5 Recap

AmazingRaceOzUSS25Episode5Recap

We’re back for another episode of our ‘spin off show’ as we provide you a full recap of this weeks episode of the US version of The Amazing Race season 25 including full written analysis and our weekly podcast episode with guest host Noah and the ‘ARzlets’ giving you their unique take on all things to do with the the silver anniversary season!

Noah and the Ozlets (or ARzlets as they are sometimes referred for this episode) sit down to discuss their thoughts on the episode and go over their predictions from early in the season but also what they think will happen next week and who is in the box seat to win!

Each week we will also bring you a full written review of the episode from the mind of ozlet Alex Morella! Over to you Alex:

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Right…it’s 1am…and I’m in desperate need of sleep…but I haven’t done this for this week…and I’m running out of time so…here goes!

Previously on…The Amazing Race: We raced to Copenhagen…learned lots of green initiatives…and Team Pearly Whites got to keep their save as it was a non-elimination leg…the horror!

So…where do we start?

#1 The Cyclists (Kym and Alli)

#2 The Wrestlers (Brooke and Robbie)

#3 Team Survivor (Keith and Whitney)

#4 Lolly Queens (Amy and Maya)

#5 T&T (Tim and Tejay)

#6 Flight Attendants (Shelley and Nici)

#7 Soulsurfers (Adam and Bethany)

#8 Team Pearly Whites (Misti and Jim)

So yes…we are in the modern world of Copenhagen…at the modern, ugly, Copenhagen housing…we start with a bit more not subtle advertising for Ford…as Kym and Alli won Cars…and now…we’re on our way!

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Guess what we won!!!!

Fly to Marrakech, Morocco, Search Jemaa El-Fnaa for a food cart garage

The Cyclists are happy to have run a leg away from everyone so they could be calm…like on a bike path…now they’re ready to do it with teams around them…like they’re blocking me in bloody traffic! They have like a 2 hour lead…I assume it’ll count for nothing…I miss the days when that lead was like…untouchable and you could just extend your lead over teams! Ahh…the glory days of season 1!

The Wrestlers confuse Morocco with Maracas…ha!

Team Survivor are ready to move up…I don’t think that’s always a good sign!

The Lolly Queens are excited by Morocco…I love the Lolly Queens!

The Cyclists look up flights to Morocco at the airport…and…their lead is gone…shocker! Never seen that happen before…seriously…teams aren’t rewarded for beating the shit through the other teams in the previous leg…

So we see everyone else arrive…T&T are happy…The flight attendants are…sorted again…Soulsurfers are off…and Team Pearly Whites say they’ve beat themselves up…but as winners…they’ll just keep on trucking!

There’s small talk at the airport…people are disappointed when they hear Team Pearly Whites didn’t have to use their express pass…shocker!

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They were like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!

We cut to Morocco…Menara Airport looks awesome! And…Team Pearly Whites seem to be back in the lead…normality returns…

Nici speaks Spanish…that seems like a big advantage! Work it!

Team Pearly Whites arrive at the market first….followed by the cyclists…it looks kind of big and insane! That’s what everyone pretty much says…

After some searching…everyone pretty much gets it at once…

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How many teams can you spot???

Teams must Cart it Out – Assist with Setting up a shop

Caution – U-Turn ahead!

Speedbump – Team Pearly Whites must grab 8 rugs, and display that they are for sale on the wall

Ok so that was a lot to take in Phil!

Firstly…there’s a task…Secondly…there’s a U-turn ahead…but there’s no Detour yet…so I assume we’ll see it a bit later! But it’s nice to make teams panic now! Thirdly…Team Pearly Whites have a 5 minute Speedbump…Another thing that used to be hard but is now easy…Speedbumps…

Jim seems to think Misti is useless..fact…she’s not!

Everyone else is setting up a stand…it’s…chaos! The carts are really heavy…everyone is getting overwhelmed by how fast and crazy the locals are pushing…

Eventually I think someone will kind of explain what’s going on…maybe

Team Pearly Whites start hanging…Jim says it’s hard…maybe it is a tough Speedbump! Good work Amazing Race!

Cut to 7 teams unloading gear…I don’t know who’s winning….in fact…I have no fucking clue what they are doing…

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Some kind of building/setting up thing…

There’s a great compilation of things falling down and locals yelling things and pointing…I still have no clue what’s going on!

Misti has begun to be a bit useless…come on Misti! Don’t leave it all to Jim!

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Rugs…less complicated…just rugs!

People seem to have different foods and displays…I like the goats head one personally!

Team Survivor were done first! It was because the French guy had a thing for Whitney…that’s fair…she’s gorgeous and can sing! They’ve got their next clue!

Proceed to Bab Debbagh Tannery to find your next clue

Back at the Speedbump…something was falling down…Jim goes to fix it…but seems to suck at it…Misti says she can do it…Jim kind of just seems to ignore her…then Misti points out they’ll be behind…solid logic there! They’re also afraid of the U-Turn…but they do get it done! So they are off to the carts!

Jim drags the cart out…Misti is starting to get a bit useless…Luckily for them…everyone else is finishing

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Jim literally carrying his family on his back! (Survivor Oz reference!)

The Cyclists, The Wrestlers and Flight Attendants are all done…so they’re off!

Team Survivor are already thinking about who they might U-Turn…well Whitney is…Keith just wants to find it!

The Lolly Queens finish up…that ain’t a candy stand you set up ladies! Soulsurfers and T&T also finish up…leaving just Team Pearly Whites at the back!

Now we get a montage of 7 teams being lost…I feel this could be a theme of the episode!

And then….Phil’s commentary! From the BACK OF THE FIELD!!! He declares the Dentists (ahem…Team Pearly Whites!), are at least 12 minutes behind! That’s gotta hurt! What a hurtful person you are Phil!

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Hurt their feelings Phil!

Eventually….Team Survivor find the clue…and it’s a roadblock!

Pull your hair out…Teams must pull the skins off 3 hides…then transport these skins to a nearby cobbler…where they must exchange these things for a receipt…and then return to get their next clue

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Phil getting…close to someone who is getting down and dirty

So hides like…animal hides? The Cyclists are really going to love this one!

Also…how’s the U-Turn going to work in this situation? Is there a detour to come? Doesn’t seem likely if they’ve already done the cart thing…but I guess you never know…

A lot of teams arrive at this point…The Lolly Queens, Wrestlers, Soulsurfers, T&T and the Cyclists…so we have Keith, Amy, Brooke, Bethany, Tim and Kym…I think…It looks delightful!

Everyone seems a bit repulsed…to clarify…they have to pull the hair off goat skins…that’s what the whole pull your hair out meant….I get it! Brooke seems to be struggling the most…although no one is enjoying it…

Will this make people stop buying leather? The Cyclists mention they wear fake leather…it’s a bit creepy seeing how it’s made!

Adam tells Bethany it’s just like shaving his back…gross!

The Flight Attendants arrive in 7th and Nici is on the case!

Team Pearly Whites arrive…and with some subtle persuasion…Misti is doing the roadblock…despite having no confidence from her effort last leg…and Jim’s scary eyes just staring at her!

Kym gets the first part done first, followed by Tim…

The talk between those not doing it is how bad it smells…Maya says it’s just like a petting zoo though…it’s not the worst thing ever and it’s good to be experiencing another culture…Jim takes exception to this and says Maya is wrong it smells like shit….Shut the hell up Jim! No one talks to my Lolly Queens like that!

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If I had a really sharp stick right now…

So now nearly everyone is on a bike…and…a bit lost…Bethany gets some help when she needs a hand with the whole…tying it where it’s easier with two arms…you go Moroccans!

Misti is catching Nici back at the skinning part…Shelley is getting worried…Jim is getting intimidating…back to scary Jim!

Cut to more people getting lost… No one knows what they’re doing

Misti is done at the first part…and onto the bike…this annoys Shelley who tells Nici to hurry up…this annoys Nici…who tells Shelley to shut up…and…the tension resumes between the Flight Attendants!

Basically…everyone is lost…so everyone admires that Bethany is doing this task and riding a bike with one arm…when most of them suck at it with two arms…shame on you two armed folk!

While loading the skins on…Misti knocks Nici’s off…she apologises…Nici is not impressed…Nici isn’t impressed by anything…and it will not make her mood any better!

Misti then takes her eyes off the road and hits a motorbike…nice…

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No Misti…no!!!

So…we get to the kind of ridiculous impasse where every team is in the same spot…and seems lost…umm…I’m all for challenging clues…this seemed a bit ridiculous!

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Does anyone know what we’re actually doing????

In any case…eventually someone tells Tim…he finds it…and everyone follows….and everyone just shoves there’s in and shoves everyone else out of the way…it’s…chaos

The key part is leaving at the end…most teams go right…it looks like Amy, Tim and Bethany go left though…and seem to get lost! Uh oh!

And then we get a bit of good confrontation! That was unexpected!

So….everyone is kind of looking to get the receipt…and Nici seemed to be first…but she went to get Shelley…so Keith went first…and Shelley cracked it at Keith for pushing in because Whitney wasn’t there so he was pushing in…so she pushed him and he pushed her…wow…and there’s like 6 teams just watching this (Bethany returns at this point…leaving just Tim and Amy out in the market) Keith tells Shelley to stop…and…it’s all a bit tense! But there is another clue!

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You don’t mess with Shelley!

Make your way to Ben Youssef Medersa to find your next clue

So…I don’t know what or where that is…

We get a bit of good backchat from the Flight Attendants and Team Survivor…they don’t like each other…Keith might’ve pushed in but it was like…2 seconds…and Shelley and Nici really bother me so…I’ll back Keith in…also…it was technically still a roadblock…surely you don’t need your partner there for that…as it’s technically still part of the roadblock…just saying…

Shelley says Karma takes care of everything…Keith and Whitney say beat the bitches…ha!

Amy and Tim finally return from their bike ride that went the wrong way…and now they’re in the battle for last…no!!!! Tejay asks Tim why he got lost…Tim isn’t really in the mood to talk about it while running to the next clue…

Teams at the front all find the Medersa…and it’s a detour! There is one!

A Detour is a choice between two tasks…each with it’s own pros and cons, in this detour…teams must choose between

Twirl Time: Teams must become street performers – one member must spin a tassel over their head (it’s on a hat thing), while the other plays drums…for a full minute…to get their next clue

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Tea Time: Teams must pick up a Moroccan tea set, take it to a nearby….place…and then while one team member holds the tray with one hand…the other must pour a traditional tea set…

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I’ll be honest…these aren’t that exciting just from first impressions…

Ok…so it looks like we have 4 doing one, and 4 doing the other. Soulsurfers, T&T, The Wrestlers, and Team Pearly Whites are doing Tea Time, while the Cyclists, Flight Attendants, Team Survivor and the Lolly Queens are doing Twirl time

Soulsurfers and co. find the Tea stuff quickly…it looks kind of heavy and annoying…but they’ve all got it…

Cyclists and co. get to the music place…and get their attire and instruments!

The twirling on a head for a minute seems like the hard part of the detour…teams can’t seem to master that

The Tea teams (ha!) arrive at their place…and are serving the tea….they can’t spill it…Misti uses two hands…that’s wrong…so a few teams…mainly Team Pearly Whites and the Wrestlers…go for it straight away…while the Soulsurfers have a composed practice first to get it right…smart play! The Wrestlers get it wrong…and they don’t know why…nice!

The Twirl Teams start twirling…it’s a challenge though! None of the twirlers can get it right! In fact…Maya’s won’t even stay on her head! Nici looks miserable too!

At the Tea…T&T (that’s a lot of T’s!) arrive…to see Team Pearly Whites and the Wrestlers get it wrong again…Misti is using two handy…Brooke is pouring from too low!

Then the Soulsurfers go….and…first go…they get it! What guns! Smartest team! Well played! They’re off to their next clue (the U-Turn one)…then I assume the pit stop!

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Practice makes perfect!

Proceed to Le Grand Balcon Du Café Glacier to receive your next clue

Wouldn’t it be great if the U-Turn was right in front of the mat…how cruel that would be…can you do that next season please Phil!

At the Twirling…The Cyclists manage to get the hang of it…and Alli spins her head for the full minute! They are on their way to the …glacier thing…

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Spinning, shaking and drumming!

Team Survivor switch roles between the Drum and the tassel…and now Keith sucks at it…just as much as Whitney did…

Maya and Shelley are still struggling for their teams too

At the Tea…the teams still aren’t getting it right…I don’t think anyone is looking at what they have to do!

The Cyclists get to the place…I mean the U-Turn…first…in fact…It’s a double U-turn!!! They choose not to U-Turn anyone…good move! So they’re off to the pit stop!

Proceed to the pit stop, Al Matjar Carpet Shop, the last team to check in here…may be eliminated!

Run cyclists! Run!…i don’t think that makes much sense…

Soulsurfers choose not to U-Turn as well…it’s a race to the pit stop!

It is….The Cyclists who arrive in 1st! With the Soulsurfers narrowly behind in 2nd…so narrow that they both get to the mat before Phil speaks!

The good news for the Cyclists…they’ve won 5 grand each…money is always good! It’s no holiday though…but the Cyclists hope they’re not a target…but 2 first place finishes does put you up there!

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Winners!!!

Back at the Twirl….Nici is being a bit of a smartarse…Maya is sucking…and so is Whitney….but…Nici’s smartarse stuff works! Shelley get’s it done…and the Flight Attendants are off…and get to the U-Turn…ooooooh…what will they do…will they do Team Pearly Whites…or Team Survivor…oooooh….dramatic cut to ads!

Who do they pick…Shelley sees Team Survivor still going at the Detour…and that’s enough for them…TEAM SURVIVOR ARE U-TURNED!!!

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Oh No You Didn’t!!!!

Apparently that’s Karma…I just think Shelley’s an egotistical bitch…

The flight attendants have to go find their cab first before they can go to the pit stop!

At the Tea, T&T are successful and out of there! While Team Pearly Whites is still struggling…then…miraculously…they watch how it’s supposed to be done…and they realise Misti should’ve been holding with one hand…the intelligence on this race sometimes…

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She even gets Pearly White light up hands!

The Wrestlers are also struggling because they’re stubborn!

At the twirling, Maya switches with Amy…I’m surprised they waited this long to do that! While Keith and Whitney have a bit of a spat over whether to switch or not…unbeknown to them…they have to do both!

T&T arrive at the U-Turn…are glad to see it’s not them…and happily move on without U-turning!

At the Tea, Team Pearly Whites finally get it right…again…listening and following instructions instead of being stubborn and pig-headed you know…actually works! The Wrestlers saw what they needed to do…and also passed it!

At the Tassels…Amy points out she was in band (which makes her even more awesome!) and that they don’t get flustered…and they didn’t! and they got it! You go Lolly Queens!

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It’s a good thing the Lolly Queens let Maya stop…

T&T check in at the pit stop to be team number 3! Flight Attendants and follow as Team Number 4…Flight attendants are happy…I don’t like that they are happy…

The Wrestlers, Team Pearly Whites and Lolly Queens all go by the U-turn board…and find out that Team Survivor are U-turned…so they all choose to do nothing…smart move!

Unfortunately…it means that…Team Survivor are screwed…Whitney says they’re switching anyway…so they are a long way behind now!

To make it worse…The Wrestlers check in at Team number 5, Team Pearly Whites at Team number 6, and the Lolly Queens (yay!) at Team number 7…leaving just Team Survivor out there!

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For those that couldn’t keep up

So…will Phil go put them out of their misery….nope….So Keith and Whitney complete the other roadblock…then find out they are U-Turned…then go back and complete the first one after two hours!!! Crazy…but they’re happy to complete it…and it was worth postponing their wedding for this!

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Unimpressed

They come to the pit stop. They are the last team to arrive. They are eliminated from the race…Whitney’s sad they don’t get a free honeymoon…a glum Keith says he’ll just have to pay for it…awww? Kind of?

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The Tribe has spok….hey wait a minute!!!!

So…where are we at?

#1 – The Cyclists – Did a great job all leg, didn’t get frazzled, and are a serious player in this game now!

#2 – Soulsurfers – Bethany dominated this leg…and the surfers are back to a smooth ride after a tough leg last week!

#3 – T&T – Fell behind at the roadblock but recovered very well to finish 3rd!

#4 – Flight Attendants – Screw you!

#5 – The Wrestlers – Stubborn and flustered…just lucky they chose the right side of the Detour

#6 – Team Pearly Whites – See Team #6

#7 – Lolly Queens – My Queens are still there! Not a crash hot day…but they weren’t stubborn or flustered! Gotta move up the leaderboard now ladies!

Leg Assessment: I didn’t really enjoy it that much to be honest…there weren’t any really taxing tasks…it was all done within one market…and the U-turn made the leg very uneven, especially when I didn’t think there was much room to move…I think it could’ve been done a lot better

Roadblock Assessment: Not bad…but…it’s a shame everyone equally sucked at it!

Detour Assessment: looked kind of easy…neither one should’ve taken so long that a U-turn was necessary though…

Overall, it was a well…meh episode…not many real big moments of enjoyment…I know now though that my favourites are the Lolly Queens (so they’ll probably go home next…sorry ladies!) while I now despise the Flight Attendants! At least there’s a bit more feeling in it now…which is always nice!

Play nice and race fair! Oh who am I kidding….Beat every other team into the ground!

Tune in next week for our episode 6 recap! Let us know your thoughts on the episode by commenting below!

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1 Comment on The Amazing Race Oz – US Season 25 Episode 5 Recap

  1. The team from Blood vs Water 2 that I want to see on TAR is the OTHER Weith – Wes and Keith. Mainly for Keith.

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