The Amazing Race Oz – US Season 26 Episode 1 + 2 Recap

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After a colossal week of reality television viewing that included two episodes of The Amazing Race, Noah and the Ozlets (or ARzlets as they are sometimes referred for this episode) sit down to discuss their thoughts on both episodes and go over their opinions on the dating twist, selfie cams and the return of Phil on the scene!

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 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 Season 26!

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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Episode #1

26 Seasons on…and still going strong!

It’s time for everyone’s favourite race around the world!

The Amazing Race is back! With a new twist and as nearly always…11 new teams!

I’ll briefly summarise the teams when they turn up…but nothing huge…see the preview I wrote for that! There’s no point me doing it twice! But I’ll try and give something quick for each!

We start with a little montage of so many great teams from past years fighting with each other (and a tiny glimpse of some happier couples)…as we hear that The Amazing Race is the ultimate test of a couple. That is true…and it is very entertaining to watch! It does look like they’ve gone for full on fight promoting within the first 30 seconds though…interesting!

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But we still have you Phil!

We get some individual videos from some of the blind dates….they all pretty much say they suck at love…and they need some help…and instead of ending up on the Bachelor…they got onto this…they’re the lucky few!

So the teams jog in…well…6 full teams and 5 awkward single people…it makes a unique view at the start! Especially as normally…teams arrive via some kind of awesome transport…even my favourite part seems to be simplified…it’s still good though…better than what we get at the start of survivor (I said this in a thing a week ago…both have since started….and Survivor can still learn from this!).

We briefly meet Harley and Jonathan…by which I mean we meet Jonathan! It’s all about the New Kids on the Block! No Hashtags at all? We’ll find out in time!

We meet Matt & Ashley – They are apparently #TheHairstylists… I prefer #Mashley or #MasterHairstylists

We briefly meet Jeff and Lyda. They are #FlightCrew – Damn you CBS! That’s better than anything I came up with… Alex 1 – CBS 1

And then Phil keeps talking…NO PHIL!!! INTRODUCE ALL THE TEAMS!!! I SAID I LOVE THAT SO MUCH AND YOU’VE JUST RUINED IT FOR ME!!! NOOOO!

Nope…we don’t get to meet the others…it’s all about the 5 single guys looking for love. For the first time ever…people are just getting paired up!

Key note…in the future…can we just do this but not with singles…but just…people…and make it full on random? That would be a season worth watching!

The other teams look at the single dudes in horror…they surely can’t get beaten by people who don’t even know each other!

We meet Tyler…he thinks he’s charismatic…we meet Blair…he’s picky…we meet Bergen…he gets cheated on…Jelani thinks he’s smart, intelligent and good looking…and Jeff thinks he’s a great catch…

These guys seem overconfident and a tad annoying…ever wondered why you’re single lads? That might be it…

So Phil call in the 5 girls (well…4 and Kurt!) and they run over to their partners…they already know who to run to…that destroys the fun! Also…rough on Kurt…already the girl in his partnership because he’s more flamboyant…cruel CBS…just cruel and stereotypical!

Hayley says she’s tired of arrogant people…we see her meet Blair…their hashtag is #RxForLove…I don’t get it…I’m going for #BlairleySurviving but we’ll see how they go…

Jackie calls out for Jeff and jumps into his arms…they are #TeamJJ…that kind of works…EXCEPT THERE’S ALSO JELANI AND JENNY!!! THINK IT THROUGH!!!!! #JacknJeff is fine for me J. Jackie wants hot guy that’s also goofy…

Laura meets Tyler…they are #TeamSoCAL…like..southern California? Maybe? Also…Laura and Tyler don’t really mix into anything well…they just don’t work for good one-word names! So…I dunno…I’ll work on it! Laura is open to finding love…and she thinks Tyler is handsome…a word that really doesn’t get used enough these days!

Jenny meets Jeleni…they are #TheLegalTeam…not bad…but #Jelannny is clearly the way to go…it rolls of the tongue…although it must be done with 3ns! Jenny has never been on a blind date…and seems to be worried about being stuck with someone

Kurt meets Bergen…they are #TeamBlondeDate…that’s ok…the two look pretty similar!

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Ready to go!

Phil asks if anyone got sparks from people running over…Laura said yes…good playing along girl! The actual dating couples laugh at her desperateness! She’s happy Tyler is hot! Jelani says Jenny is hotter though…Kurt loves Bergen’s hair…Jackie still thinks Jeff is hot…and….Hayley says…he’s great…awks

Phil asks actual couples…they think they’ll beat them because well…they actually know each other.

We meet Mike and Rochelle very briefly…they are #TruckStopLove…naaaaw!

Phil does some Jeff Probst style interviewing…leave it to Jeff please Phil! And then he announces they will be racing for tickets to Tokyo, Japan! So…he ruins the first destination too…this is all a bit underwhelming…and I’m 5 minutes in and we haven’t even started racing!

The teams all cheers…we see CJ and Lebya (who we haven’t met properly) and others cheering…

The teams are to run over a…mud run? And other obstacles…to grab tickets on one of two flights…with 8 teams on the first flight, and 3 on the second.

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First one to raise their tribe flag wins immunity…..wait a minute!!!

So…they’re going full on Survivor challenge? Right? So…we’re now at The Amazing Race meets the Bachelor meets Survivor? I don’t even know how to feel about this!

In any case…after that they get in Ford Fusion Hybrid to go to the airport…but I mean there’s no rush at that point…they all have tickets already…way to ruin the iconic rush to the airport!

The Express Pass is back, and the winner of the First Leg will get that! We also hear that there is a U-Turn on the first leg! Wow!

And here we go….The World Is Waiting For You….Good Luck….Travel Safe………………………………………………………….

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GO!!!

And they’re off!!!!

And they all fly into a mud pit! It’s…so different to normal! Jenny seems to suck at it!

There’s just lots of people struggling! Gradually people are getting through…it’s all about the blind date couples at this point…and how they’ll either love each other…or already it sounds like Blair and Hayley will fight given the musical build up and their confessionals on them being high maintenance and annoying…Kurt falls behind to the horror of Bergen, but he’s trying!

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It’s just mud! But…gross mud!

And in the middle of the mud we meet CJ and Lebya…#TeamTuskegee. Well…it’s on their shirts…We also get a bit more of the Truckstop Lovers… not a lot

And for the record…Harley and Jonathan are #TeamNewKid…shock!

Everyone is just pushing through the Mud…then into a giant ice-bath! Perfect segway to introduce Steve and Aly…the winter Olympians! Their hashtag… well I still don’t know! Steve says he came home with two bronze medals but little did he know he came home with gold…that’s pretty damn awful Steve! Bronze medal for corny wordplay!

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That’s the pity look Steve…get used to it!

That’s the pity look Steve…get used to it!

So anyway…teams actually get through this…so the teams on the first flight are

Matt and Ashley (#MasterHairstylists)

Jeff and Jackie (#JacknJeff)

Laura and Tyler (#TeamPerfect)

And there are others…but we don’t see that! We see Blair and Hayley not helping each other…and we get the opening…I’m intrigued to see how this looks with well…blind date couples…let’s see!

It’s just pretty much bland shots of all the couples…And words underneath to let us know if they are dating or not…that get quite big…You can use that effect in iMovie…it looks like someone just kind of forgot to fix that on them all!

Back to racing in mud…and Hayley is already terrible…and Blair is not helping her at all…come on Blair!

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Stacked it!

Other teams get on the first flight, they include

Steve and Aly (#TeamBronze)

Harley and Jonathan (#NewKids)

Jeff and Lyda (#FlightCrew)

Bergen and Kurt (#Burt…ha!)

And there’s one spot left…Blair is waiting at it…and Hayley stumbles over the last hurdle…but doesn’t get up in time…and Jelani and Jenny (#Jelannny) get it first!

No wonder you’re single Blair! You don’t know how to take care of a lady! Help her through it like Jelani did! That’s like…relationships 101!

So on the second flight we have

Blair and Hayley (#BlairleySurviving)

Mike and Rochelle (#TruckStopLoveStory)

Libby and CJ (#TeamTuskegee)

There…and off to the cars! No…wait…shower time? Everyone goes and has a shower…like…outside cold ones I assume and gets to know their partner…Blair already looks regretful about getting Hayley…while Jelani seems like a gentlemen to Jenny! Laura keeps talking about how hot Tyler is…and CAN WE FINALLY GO RACING????

I don’t even know how to react to this…it’s just not The Amazing Race at the moment!

And the car stuff is…so pointless because they already have tickets…but we do get our actual FIRST CLUE of the race…only took 12 minutes!

Fly to Tokyo, Japan. When you land, make your way to (Kanda Myojin) and find your next clue! Caution: Double Blind U Turn Ahead

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So…they’re hitting them with the big ones early!

People get excited….Lyda gives us some sexy flight attendant instructions (seriously! It was a little bit hot! And Lyda’s like 49!)

We get small talk…Jeff can’t dance…Jackie is a dancer in Vegas…

Blair is a doctor…Hayley is in ER…and…it’s already awkward already…Blair asks Hayley to guess his age…she says 35…He’s 31…and feels a little insulted she went that high…

And then OH NO!!!! NO!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! We find out one of the new things the teams have…as Hayley TAKES A SELFIE ON THEIR FUCKING SELFIE CAM! NO! NO! NO! NO! THIS IS NOT OK!!!

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Duck face….or….not

AND YOU APPROVED OF ALL THIS PHIL?????

There better be some good racing!

Laura and Tyler are starting alright…Laura is a Psych major, but says she’s already happy that Tyler pulled her through the mud…she’s…well…overly keen and hopefully on this whole dating thing working…think of the $500,000 you could get for putting up with a stranger! Get your head in the game! Laura says they’ll be a kickbutt team…Good enough for me! Laura and Tyler are now #TeamKickButt because it’s better than #TeamPerfect!

Hayley continues to be annoying…Blair looks so so so so horrified…The poor guy! Hayley says she was worried he wouldn’t like silly blondes…his ‘ummmmmmmm’ seems to suggest he doesn’t…hahaha that’s so cruel on Blair producers!

Jelani and Jenny talk law and work…they’re very driven…it’s actually quite fun between them…they seem really nice!

#FlightCrew decide everyone else is going to crash (like in relationship terms…not the plane kind…)

We get to the airport…and Hayley is still annoying…you can see the regret on Blair’s face! He is in a world of pain…and they haven’t even left the country! #BlairleySurviving indeed! Hayley is incredibly attracted to Blair but he feels…umm….differently about her! Hayley then delivers one of the greatest conversations ever! She says it would be awkward if Blair had a wife, Blair jokingly said has that ever happened before…and Hayley smiles laughs and says ‘yep, twice!’. The looks of horror on Blair’s face!!!!!!! I had to take a minute to compose myself from all that! My god! How will Blair survive this!

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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh…….dear….

In any case #NewKids come to create some conversation…and Jonathan just says he’s from New Kids on the Block basically…so no hiding who they are here! Hayley loves that he’s from that!

We see #Burt take a selfie…eww!

#MasterHairstylists meet #TeamTuskegee…and we get marriage reference no.1 from Libby! She expects a ring soon CJ! Matt laughs…CJ doesn’t…

We get Libby saying in a confessional they they’ll be getting married…right CJ? CJ just stands there awkwardly! Marriage reference 2! Poor CJ! He’s had 10 years to get out of it though so he must like her!

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One day maybe….No pressure….

The first flight is about to depart…they will have a 45 minute lead…we get general small chatter…and then we’re off!

We get to Japan! And it’s on! Cue lots of running in an airport!

Most teams get the train…#Jelanny grab a cab…as do #JacknJeff! At least it’ll be interesting to see what’s quicker!

Having said that…it seems #MasterHairstylists, #TeamKickButt, #TeamBronze and #NewKids are on the Skyliner…while #Burt and #FlightCrew are on the Narita Express…I don’t personally have any clue what’s quicker…it will be very interesting to see though!

Selfie number 3…ick! And we even get unnecessary hashtags…when Jackie is scared by a bug in the taxi…she declares…BeAMan…and we get this…

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Yeah…I did jump at a cockroach today though…

I hate modern technology sometimes! But it’s funny to see them freak out at a bug!

The 2nd flight arrives…and #TeamTuskegee grab a cab…#TruckStopLoveStory get on a Skyliner…while #BlairleySurviving miss that! So they get on the next one! Worst First Date Ever indeed Hayley!

At the temple…it turns out the cab was the quickest! As #Jelannny arrive there first! And THE LIVE PHIL COMMENTARY IS BACK!!! He lets us know #Jelannny are winning…and are the first to get to the detour! Almost a seamless transition there!

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

Syncing Steps: Join Japanese pop group ‘World Order’ and master their slow motion choreography

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He’s in for the next album!

Samurai Sake: Memorise the name of 10 Sakes, take an order to the bar…get the order correct, and take it to the bar to get their next clue

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Drinks on us!

Who wouldn’t want to join a worldwide music group! It seems ridiculous but so much fun! #Jelannny agree and they’re doing the steps. #JacknJeff arrive and choose the Samurai Sake.

On the train, we get selfie #4 from #TruckStopLoveStory, as Rochelle tells us Mike has never met her son…that’s…interesting…Rochelle says it affects her son a lot so the race is a great way to speed up that whole…uncertainty thing…I guess it might work!

#TeamTuskegee can’t believe they’re not in Tuskegee…they whole other side of the road thing is freaking them out!

#JacknJeff arrive at the Samurai Sake…and a very charismatic Japanese man introduces them (and all of us) to 10 different Sakes (Pronounced Sa-ki…if you haven’t figured that out yet!). He sends them into the place to drink…and there seem to be lots of drunk samurai in there! Let’s hope they don’t get their swords out!

They take the order and go to a large shelf with lot and lots of bottles of things…it’s pretty much guesswork for them…they’re not sure…they are wrong though! These Japanese love suspense…the guy who ordered it plays up so well for the camera! They’re whole lives must just be crazy game shows!

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Party time in the Sake bar!

#Jelannny were much more sensible and are just going to try and dance slow motion choreography with a Japanese boy band………yeah………It looks like so much fun though! They pick an instructor and it’s over to practice! But looks so much fun!!!

#MasterHairstylists and #TeamKickButt and #TeamBronze arrive…they’re all off to the steps…while #NewKids chose to do the Sake…the one guy in a boy band…chooses to not do the musical moves….right? Apparently Jonathan sucks at learning dances and it takes him like a week to get a routine…the more you know….

On the other train…#FlightCrew and #Burt are now on their way…clearly the express was…slower!

#BlairleySurviving come out of the station and…more painful dialogue from Hayley that will kill Blair by leg 3!

#JacknJeff keep looking through drinks…Jeff is very confident he has it…he is correct! Well played Jeff! And they all get a drink of Sake! And with that…#JacknJeff are in the lead!

Make your way to Wakaba Higashi Park to find your next clue. Caution, double U-turn ahead!

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Yeah…..that!

I can’t decide if that was fluke or skill…But off to the clue that is purely there to put a U-turn in!

At the dancing…teams are slowly getting there and starting to learn…it’s going to take a while possibly…

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Just like that…but you know…good!

#TeamJelanny give it a go…Jelani misses one…#MasterHairstylists try…not quite…

#FlightCrew and #Burt arrive at the temple…and so do #TruckStopLoveStory…so that means it’s tight at the back now!

#TeamTuskegee turn up in 10th, get their clue…go pass a dress shop…and Libby decides that’s an omen that they should get married…marriage reference number 3 for Libby!

#BlairleySurviving are…well…barely surviving…they are lost…Blair’s fault…Hayley lets him know it in a cutesy kind of way…and they run back the other way! And then probably carries on about it a bit too long…but they get to the place!

#NewKids get to the Sake house…we see the Sakes again…and they take an order…rather hilariously as they think they need to get more and ask a stone-faced fellow what he would like…after some gentle nagging he tells them he wants the same as the first guy ordered…

Jonathan just turns to the bar behind him…grabs the correct one…and that’s it…they’re done! Unbelievable! That is efficiency!

#JacknJeff grab a cab at the same time as #NewKid, they’ve been searching for a while!

At the dancing…everyone is gradually trying…but more teams are turning up! And no one has got it yet! There’s like…6 teams there now! (Everyone except #Blairleysurviving and #TeamTuskegee who are on their way!) .

Tyler gives us selfie #5…it’s a video…STAY FOCUSED ON THE FUCKING RACE TYLER!

#TeamTuskegee choose to take a train…it’s a terrible idea and they have no clue what they are doing! They might know where they’re going!

At the dancing, Matt from the Hairstylists is struggling, as #BlairleySurviving turn up. No one at all has it yet though!

And Jeff is in the bad books with me! He calls line-dancing an invention by women to make men look stupid! As a ballroom dancer…I feel a tad offended…Damn you Jeff! You don’t deserve Lyda!

Tuskegee turn up…and that’s all the teams there now!

#TeamKickButt are on their second go and look like they’re doing really well….they nailed it! They really did Kick Butt on that! Matt is shattered! And Team Kickbutt (Laura and Tyler…keep up! 😛 ) take Selfie #6 of the race with their instructor!

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How many of these will we endure!

Laura is still very excited about their long future together now…tad early sweetie!

#Jelannny get it shortly afterwards! They are in 4th at the moment!

We find out that the #NewKids got taken to the wrong place! That ensures #JacknJeff keep their lead! They see the U-turn…Jackie is pretty excited for it…but they don’t U-Turn anyone…they get the clue that will send them to THE PIT STOP!!!
Proceed to the Pit Stop! A spare parking space…the last team to check in here…may be eliminated!

A spare parking space…really? I get the whole joke about there being only 1 in Tokyo…but…you’re in Tokyo man…there’s so many good spots! Ok…the clue actually says the UDX Building in Akihabara…so they get more than just a parking space…phew!

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This one specifically!

At the Dancing…Matt stuffs up on the 12th attempt…while #Burt stuff it up instantly!

#TeamBronze try…their 10th attempt….they crush it! Off they go!

At the U-Turn, both #TeamKickButt and #Jelannny choose not to U-Turn…and are off to see Phil!

Meanwhile…somewhere in Tokyo…#NewKids are lost…and can’t seem to find anyone to help them! They’re starting to panic a bit now!

#JacknJeff arrive at the UDX building…but they go inside it…while in Jelannny’s cab…we see the lawyers explain that they think it’s around the building due to the whole ‘in the vicinity’ part of the clue…Clever! If they come first I’m absolutely posting a photo of Marshall Eriksson saying ‘Lawyered!’ so…please win the leg Jelannny! JacknJeff realise their problem and try outside!

It’s close…who will get there first! They need that express pass!

It’s…..Jelannny!!!! They even use their slow motion dancing to get to the mat! These two seem made for each other after one day! They are TEAM NUMBER 1!

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If she slow walk/dances with you to the finish line…she’s the one dude!

They have won the express pass!

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#JacknJeff turn up right after…and have been…..LAWYERED!!!! But they are still team number 2!

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Lawyered!!! I got it in first episode!

The first 2 teams are blind-dating couples…there you go! Wow!

So back at the dancing…some people still need to…learn how to dance…Rochelle in particular is struggling, Mike tells her just to relax and enjoy that they’re in Tokyo! Naaaw…Mike you’re so adorable!

Matt says they should all take a selfie because it might help their dancing…DAMN IT MATT! But we get selfie number 7…It has 4 teams in it…they don’t seem to think they’ll be you know…racing for a million bucks or anything and might get eliminated!

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I don’t condone this behaviour!

While they have that selfie…#Burt get the clue…and that kills the mood…brilliant!

At the pit stop…#TeamKickButt check in…so that’s another blind date team! They are team number 3! We get selfie number 8…and the first selfie with Phil…this is almost too much!

By complete fluke…#NewKids find the park with the U-turn…They choose not to u-turn anyone…and just as they get there…so do #TeamBronze…who in the spirit of the Olympics…don’t U-Turn anyone!

At dancing…Cj, Rochelle, Jeff, Hayley and Matt seem to be struggling for each of their teams respectively!

But scrap that… #BlairleySurviving get it!

And…on their 25th attempt….#MasterHairstylists finally get it! It’s down to 3!

#Burt get to the U-turn…and choose not to U-turn…off to the pit stop then!

Speaking of pit stop…#Team Bronze arrive at the pit stop…they are team number 4…and the first dating couple to arrive…poor form dating teams!

Luckily for them…#NewKids arrive shortly afterwards as team number 5!

At the dancing (still!), we’re left with 3….rhythmically challenged teams! #FlightCrew (specifically Jeff), #TeamTuskegee (Specifically CJ), and #TruckStopLoveStory (Specifically Rochelle), so whoever can eventually get it right won’t get eliminated I guess…and if anyone can be bothered using the U-turn…why do I feel Matt and Ashley will use it?

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Pushed to the limit!

#TeamTuskegee go for their 8th attempt…yes! They get it! It’s down to 2 then!

Rochelle breaks down…but she’s still persisting with it! Mike just seems so cool and composed and a great influence! And it works! #TruckStopLoveStory are off!

That leaves just #FlightCrew there!

#BlairleySurviving only have just got a cab…#MasterHairstylists are on a train…it’s all going a bit down for them…

#Burt check in as team number 6! They shoot down any ideas of great true love…friendzoned on the first date!

At the dancing…Jeff is still struggling a heap! They are keen to keep trying though!

#TeamTuskegee turn up at an abandoned station of sorts…yep…they’re lost

#TruckStopLoveStory are not lost! They still think they’re 10th though…so THEY USE THE U-TURN ON #FLIGHTCREW! It’s cruel! It’s ruthless…it’s what The Amazing Race is all about! Good job guys! It’s not about making friends, it’s about winning a million dollars!

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Sorry bro!

#BlairleySurviving turn up shortly afterwards, and are shocked to see #FlightCrew U-Turned…they don’t u-turn anyone though!

#MasterHairstylists turn up as well…they see the board…and decide not to u-turn.

We cut back to #FlightCrew…who have been going for 3 hours and 43 minutes!!! That’s so long! And it’s getting to them! They don’t want to give up! They’re going to keep going! The band is probably exhausted by now!

They work hard though…and on their 23rd attempt…they do it! It was nice to see them achieve this!

At the pitstop…#TruckStopLoveStory have made up 3 places since the Detour and get in as team number 7! A huge recovery! They seem to be here to win as well!

Back at the U-Turn… #FlightCrew get the cruel news! They’ve been U-turned! They notice there are 2 clues though…so…in a punt on anyone being behind them…U-Turn #JacknJeff (who of course are already comfortably chilling at the pit stop!). Team Tuskegee was the one they were looking for…but they didn’t know that! Where are they anyway?

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Dangit!

Here they are! They’re lost…both in translation and in Tokyo…they have no clue where they are!

#BlairleySurviving have survived! They find Phil to be team number 8! #MasterHairstylists finish right behind them in 9th place! Phil even tries to get the dating couple to say Blair and Hayley look good together…Sorry Phil…it’s just not going to happen…

So it’s down to 2!

#FlightCrew arrive at the Sake place…get the order…Jeff thinks he immediately has it…and it is! So much quicker!!!!! 4 hours at 1 detour…90 seconds at the other!

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May as well get a few drinks to ease the pain!

It’s going from bad to worse for #TeamTuskegee! They find the same cab driver from 10 minutes beforehand, but he doesn’t know it…or rather won’t do it for less than $100! Not for them…but…I’d be doing that now! You need to survive!

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Yeah….we’ve seen you before…

#FlightCrew are still optimistic…and after finding the same cab driver for the 3rd time…#TeamTuskegee just take the punt and get in with him…They might get robbed he’s that sketchy!

So #TeamTuskegee are at the U-Turn 10th…they still have a chance!

#FlightCrew aren’t too far behind…can they make it up?

Who will get there first?

Well…#TeamTuskegee get to the building first…BUT THEY GO INSIDE THE BUILDING PARKING…that’s not the right place! We usually know the cruel twist of fate that comes next!

#FlightCrew are close…Tuskegee are going outside…will they get there first….

#TeamTuskegee have survived! They have got there as Team Number 10! I don’t know how…but they did!

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Where’s my ring?

But for #FlightCrew unfortunately…that is it…they have been eliminated! Jeff apologises for the terrible dancing…but they are still strong and in love! No regrets…naaaaw!

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And that…was that! Intense opener eh?

So who have we got? It’s been that long since some teams checked in!

#1 Jelannny – A great display from the lawyers! Everyone else…you have truly been…LAWYERED!

#2 JacknJeff – Another good display…with a few small mix ups on cabs and locations but they were very good. Another couple that just seems to get on well!

#3 Team KickButt – They Kicked Butt…some of the day! But were the first team to finish the dancing on just their second go…that’s an amazingly good effort!

#4 Team Bronze – The Olympians come in as the first dating team…and I barely noticed them…just went about their business quietly!

#5 New Kids – They started well…were doing so so well…and then got lost and struggled for a bit! But they recovered and if on song could go deep!

#6 Burt – Another team we didn’t see too much of, but the blind date boys did a good job…even if they don’t feel they’ve got sparks between them!

#7 Truck Stop Love Story – The feel-good team! They’re so lovely, especially Mike! They were brutal and eventually cost #FlightCrew the race but…they showed passion for the race…which not that many teams did in this leg!

#8 Blairley Surviving – As their name suggests…they can barely survive! Hayley seems like a basketbase and Blair just isn’t into her…it’s only a matter of time…

#9 Master Hairstylists – Well they started well and with a lot of confidence…Matt’s just an awful dancer! Will still be a strong team! They have a lot of up side!

#10 Team Tuskegee – I don’t know how on earth they survived! They got lost a heap…couldn’t dance…and got lost more…but they got through it…and only 3 marriage references…more to come 😉

Leg Assessment: An interesting start to the race. The couple stuff is always going to dominate, I didn’t think it would that much though…it was a hell of a lot! The opening challenge felt very survivor-y…and I didn’t really know what to make of that…and with all that stuff…there was really only a detour to do in Japan before the pit stop so it felt incredibly short for a leg! It is leg 1 though…that’s generally the way it goes!

Detour Assessment: It was an odd one…one side seemed so hard…and the other side could’ve been hard…but the teams who did it got it so quickly! The fun one in the end was so much harder! Cruel on so many teams when they watch that back and see how quick the other one was!

Quick Counts

Selfie Count – 8

Libby’s References to Marriage Count – 3

Predictions:

So how did we go? Where did we place #FlightCrew

Colin – 6th, Kristan – 8th, Rossi – 10th, Jarrod – 3rd, Alex – 10th

So it looks like points for Rossi and Alex (Yes!) I just don’t know how Noah’s scoring it so I shall come back with an accurate score next time! Just know that Rossi and I know our stuff and like always…Jarrod is no where near the mark!

A…unique start to what will be a unique season. There’s just a lot of drama…let’s not forget we’re here for the racing though! So let’s keep racing!

Episode #2

It was a unique one to kick off The Amazing Race season 26 (the Dating Game)! But we’re back at you! There’s another episode just 24 hours later!

Previously on…The Amazing Race: 6 Dating Teams and 5 Newly formed teams started running a race around the world together! We tried to figure out who was who…Phil really wanted a love at first sight situation…and in the end #TruckStopLoveStory U-Turned #FlightCrew…meaning #FlightCrew crash landed!

So we’ve got 10 teams still here! Who are they?…you might ask! Well…this is who they are!

  1. #Jelann-ny (Jelani and Jenny) *Blind
  2. #JacknJeff (Jackie and Jeff) *Blind
  3. #TeamKickButt (Laura and Tyler) *Blind
  4. #TeamBronze (Aly and Steve)
  5. #NewKids (Harley and Jonathan)
  6. #Burt (Bergen and Kurt) *Blind
  7. #TruckStopLoveStory (Mike and Rochelle)
  8. #BlairleySurviving (Blair and Hayley) *Blind
  9. #MasterHairstylists (Matt and Ashley)
  10. #TeamTuskegee (CJ and Libby)

Quick Counts at the start of the episode:

Selfie Count – 8

Libby’s References to Marriage Count – 3

So from that…you can see the Blind date teams are doing pretty well! They’re off to a promising start!

So we start with #Jelannny and friends heading to the pitstop…exciting! But also kind of character time that is getting taken out of the race!

Jackie says she wants love and Jeff has made a good first impression…can we race now?

We see everyone checking out their sleeping arrangements…it’s an office that basically has small mattresses put into cubicles…it will be cosy!

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Cosy!

Everyone settles in…and we then fast forward to #Jelannny departing at 5:30am!

Travel by Bullet Train to Nagano! Once there, teams must make their way to a castle…where they will find their next clue!

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Just look for this!

They said the name of the castle…but Phil said it so quickly I couldn’t get it down…and even trying to listen back…I’d probably spell it wrong…so I’m just steering clear of that!

#Jelannny say they are working well together…and Jelani is thrilled Jenny is on top of everything so it works for them. It feels like they’re about wining at the moment…which is good!

#JacknJeff set off, and Jeff thinks Jackie is very hot…but it’s too soon to see if they can win $1million and also each others hearts…to make me even more sick…they take a selfie…that’s 9!

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Yeah….Not Okay

#TeamKickButt take off next…and they elaborate the race is more important at the moment…and that’s how it should be! You can’t force love when there’s a million bucks on the line!

At the station, we find out the first train goes at 6:30am…so a few teams will be on it…but not all of them…which is nice!

#TeamBronze depart…and we get many references to Nagano’s 1998 Winter Olympics from the Winter Olympians!

The First train arrives…and #Jelannny, #JacknJeff and #TeamKickButt are on that one. Shortly afterwards, #Team Bronze get on their own train to Nagano.

We then see #NewKids departing, and Jonathan talks about touring with NKOTB…he mentions they screwed over their Japanese fans and went to Las Vegas instead…poor form! #Burt take off and Bergen hilariously talks about being paired with what looks like his long lost twin! It’s not something you generally look for in a partner…but they are strictly looking at doing well in the race…they use the Friend word more than anyone else!

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Colin said #IncestBlondeDate

#TruckStopLoveStory take off and we are reminded that Mike has never met Rochelle’s kid…so that’s 2 of those references! Don’t make me keep count of that!

#BlairleySurviving take off and…Hayley is excited and feels that her and Blair are connecting really well! Blair is more about giving it a bit more time to make it work…I’d keep saying that until the end of the race mate!

#MasterHairstylists are off 9th and they feel threatened by the Blind dating couples as they won’t argue with each other. They have argued already so they want to sort that out.

At the train station, #Burt, #NewKids and #TruckStopLoveStory are all on the third train. And they all seem happy!

The fourth train has #BlairleySurviving and #MasterHairstylists.

Phil then recaps all this for us…but what’s happened to #TeamTuskegee

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There they are!

They’ve just departed the pit stop…and are in high spirits! They want the bullet train to get them there fast! Libby talks about how long they’ve known each other and what comes next….Marriage reference number 4! CJ wants to be financially secure first…but marriage is in the plans! Well that’s more promising!

In Nagano…the first train arrives and we are racing! Jeff stacks it outside which was pretty good! All 3 teams race to the clue box…#JacknJeff are there first…and it’s a roadblock!

A Roadblock is a task for only one member of the team to perform. This roadblock requires that team member to ‘think outside the box’ and open a traditional Japanese puzzle box! They must then say the Japanese word in the box to the guard

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It’s very intricate! I don’t know how people will go with this.

Also…There’s a ticket to date night randomly in one of the clues! This will allow one couple to escape during the pit stop to a Japanese Spa for a relaxing date!

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I want a spa now!

That’s…new…I don’t really know what to make of it…I guess it would be nice…although I’d just want to sleep at the pit stop!

Jack, Tyler and Jelani say they will do it…and they take their taxis to the location.

#TeamKickButt get there first…and they walk into this cool temple area where there’s drums and music being played and Samurais watching on…and mats for the solving…

#Jelanny and #JacknJeff arrive…they pick up boxes and start trying to solve it…It’s not aesthetically interesting…I’m sure it’s quite challenging though

#TeamTuskegee get their tickets to depart on a train about 2 and a half hours after the first team! They decide to give us a quick selfie video on the platform! It’s all going well until………….THE TRAIN LEAVES BEHIND THEM!!!! THEY MISSED THE TRAIN!!!! MY GOD!!!! WHAT A MOMENT!!!!!

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It went from this…

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To this!

I couldn’t stop laughing here! They missed the train to make a video! The horrified look on their face says it all! That wouldn’t have happened in any of the other 25 seasons! Serves you right for taking a selfie! (Number 10 on the count!)

Well that’s pretty disastrous…so they get one 16 minutes later…costly, costly mistake!

At the roadblock, we get an awkwardly staged segment where the 3 partners of the guys doing the task do the old ‘I’ve got the smartest dude, no I have the smartest dude, no I have the smartest dude’ routine. It’s cringe worthy!

Tyler finishes his puzzle though…and records himself with the note inside…Selfie #11…And then gets his next clue!

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Winning!

Proceed to Nishi-Guchi Zenko-Ji and search for your next clue

Ok then…

In Tokyo…#TeamTuskegee finally depart Tokyo…while #TeamBronze arrive in Nagano…and more Olympic references

Train 3 arrives shortly afterwards!

At the roadblock…Jeff is struggling to make much progress at all…but Jelani gets his! As he and Jenny leave, #TeamBronze arrives, and Jeff admits he shouldn’t have said he was good at puzzles…as he’s pretty average at the moment! Aly is doing it for the Olympians.

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This isn’t the box I wanted to be handling…

#TeamKickButt arrive at their next clue…and we get our live Phil on the scene shot! A fantastic innovation in the last few seasons! As they decide which detour whey wish to do! It’s very little information…always the best ones!

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Share: Nourish each other in the Face of Adversity to receive your next clue…This involves feeding your partner noodles with chopsticks with a fan in your face to receive your next clue!

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The horror on that guy’s face!

Chair: Perform an ancient training technique together…skate around a speedskating ring…pushing your partner around the arena on a chair! Each member must do one lap pushing…this must be done in 3 minutes and 55 seconds or less!

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Should’ve got him sitting!

#Kickbutt and #Jelannny both choose share

Train 4 arrives and #BlairleySurviving aren’t thrilled to see #MasterHairstylists made the train!

At the Roadblock…Aly finishes the puzzle…meaning #TeamBronze have passed #JacknJeff …he’s still struggling…no wait…he has it! He says he couldn’t let Jackie now…ick! But she likes it!

#TruckStopLoveStory arrive at the Detour with Mike on the job, and #NewKids and #Burt follow them in…Harley and Bergen are in!

We see what Share is…and it’s hilarious to see Phil narrating with a random Japanese couple trying it and the guy clearly struggling!

#Kickbutt are here…and they are the first to try the noodles! It’s not romantic…it’s awkward…and the noodles are really plain! #Jelannny also turn up…and Jenny starts smashing the noodles down!

At the roadblock…Bergen doesn’t get any cheering from Kurt and that makes him feel bad! Kurt says it’s because he doesn’t like to get distracted when doing tasks! There’s a point to that…it’s hard to know in a blind couple how the other person would react! Mike gets the roadblock though…so #TruckStopLoveStory are out of there!

#BlairleySurviving and #MasterHairstylists arrive…and it’s Hayley and Ashley doing the task…Hayley immediately looks confused and overwhelmed!

At the Detour…#KickButt are done! They are off to the Pit Stop!

Proceed to Patio Daimon…the last team to check in here may be eliminated!

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An intimate little setting!

We’re like 19 minutes in and we’re already heading to the pit stop???? Wow that was fast! #KickButt lost their cab though…and as #Jelannny finish and still have their cab…they might be in the lead now! Laura says they need to be smarter about this in the future!

Back at Nagano station, #TeamTuskegee are finally off the train! They have a lot of time to make up!

#JacknJeff arrive at the Detour in 4th and choose to do Chair, #TeamBronze also chose Chair and arrive at the Nagano Olympic Arena – It’s a speedskating arena! How convenient! And they have to push each other…like a bobsled…how convenient! And #TeamBronze chose this…just so convenient!

#TeamBronze are pretty excited to be there! Aly talks about Nagano being the Olympics that she watched and at that point she told her parents she wanted to be a speed skater! They start…and Steve skates first…he’s a good pusher…not a fantastic skater! But he gets through his lap quickly…Aly actually finds it harder…firstly because of the different skates, and because of the pushing a bobsledder! But they make it through with 24 seconds to spare! With ease! They are also off to the pit stop

Yes…they just got a really long segment there!

And suddenly…we’re at the pitstop…no build up or anything we’re just there! And it’s #Jelannny who are checking in as Team Number 1!

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Winners!

As the winners of this leg, they’ve won a full set of everything FitBit makes (apparently everyone is wearing FitBits)! They’ve also won a personal chef and cooking classes for a year, a gym membership for a year and a year’s supplies of groceries! It’s not a holiday…but it’s pretty handy!

Phil asks the pit stop greeter how long he thinks they’ve been dating… he has no clue…but Phil tells him 3 days!

Phil asks about a romantic relationship? They say no…they’re too busy winning at the moment!

#KickButt arrive shortly afterwards as the 2nd team, Phil asks the same question…nope…still no romance! They want to win!

And they all get a selfie at the finish line…that’s 12!

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My favourite part is Jelani channelling his inner Kevin Spacey!

At the roadblock…all that way back! Harley, Hayley, Bergen and Ashley are all still working…with Harley cracking the code! He also receives the clue with the Date Night invitation! So it’s a night away for #NewKids!

Bergen gets it shortly afterwards…as #TeamTuskegee get to the first clue…so they won’t be too far away! At the roadblock, Matt and Blair give encouragement…Blair is very mindful of crossing the line between positive reinforcement and being annoying! Hayley seems to be struggling….but Ashley gets it! 8th team out of there! Hayley is just getting more and more frustrated though!

Blair gives the advice of ‘Try to make progress’…well that’s helpful! He then asks ‘Do you have a strategy with it?’ and…then she gets it! So it kind of worked! At least they’re out of there before #TeamTuskegee arrive!

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That look of adversity!

At the Detour, #TruckStopLoveStory choose to do Chair! While #NewKids and #Burt work together and choose share!

#TeamTuskegee arrive at the roadblock and it’s Libby doing the task!

At the Pit Stop… #TeamBronze check in and are so excited to be in Nagano! They are team number 3!

At the roadblock…Libby is done! They could be making a bit of progress! Long way to go though!

At the Detour…#MasterHairstylists choose Chair…while Libby notes a sign to a wedding she sees…apparently it’s an omen…that’s 5 references! CJ says he didn’t see it…it now says Bingo! I could go for bingo…

#JacknJeff arrive at the ice skating and get bunny beanies to put on! They start their first attempt and Jackie stacks it!

#NewKids and #Burt arrive at the noodles and have their romantic moments! They’re all giggling…

#JacknJeff have their second go…and missed it by 15 seconds!

#TruckStopLoveStory arrive…and Rochelle says its up her alley! So they both try the next time!

Jack looks to be doing well the second time…but Mike stacks it! In fact…#JacknJeff get in with 1 second to spare!

#TeamTuskegee get to the detour last and choose share…

At the Noodle House…Kurt is feeling sick! He’s really struggling to eat them! Bergen is starting to lose a bit of patience with him! It’s just noodles! I really want noodles now! I’m definitely getting them for lunch! They’re gradually getting through it but it’s tough! #NewKids finish it off though! So they are on the way to the pit stop!

Kurt

Ewwww…..gross

#Burt are nearly done…they get checked a few times…get the last few pieces…and then they can do! They call her judge the ‘Noodle Nazi’…cruel!

At the ice rink…#TruckStopLoveStory are pushing as hard as they can…but Mike falls over at the last turn…and throws the chair into the wall…and Rochelle lands on her wrist! Oh no! This could be bad! She asks for a medic!

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Into the wall!

Back from the break where they’re inspecting Rochelle’s wrist…she moves it with the medic and…she seems fine! What fuss? They talk about switching, but want to try one more time. As they discuss this, the #MasterHairstylists turn up…and they briefly tell them they haven’t finished…At this point…they go out to start again…but Mike says he really doesn’t want to…and they should switch…so Rochelle listens…and they switch to go do the Noodles! They say injury risk is the reason, they’re worried they’ll do something bad!

#MasterHairstylists’ first attempt isn’t quite fast enough…but Matt doesn’t panic and says he wants to go first!

#NewKids check in at the pit stop as team number 4! They then get to talk to Phil about the delight of winning the date night! Which will be really nice for them!

At the Ice Rink…the #MasterHairstylists are on their second attempt…and they get through it comfortably! They’ve got a bit more of a calmness about them at the moment!

#Burt also check in at the pit stop as team number 5! #JacknJeff follow through in 6th! Jackie calls Jeff perfect in front of Phil! It’s getting serious!

#TruckStopLoveStory are now at the Noodle house…Rochelle gets a huge amount for Mike…it’s…too much..and he has to grossly empty it back in her bowl! Gross! It was in his beard too!

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I feel like gagging just looking at this image!

#MasterHairstylists check in as team number 7! No fuss…back to the race!

#BlairleySurviving have chosen the Ice skating and are on their first attempt…Blair has a glorious hat to go with his outfit!

At the Noodlehouse…#TruckStopLoveStory are done! So they are off to the pit stop!

Blair finishes his lap at the Ice rink…so it’s Hayley’s turn to push! It’s…incredibly average! She can barely push him around…they take 6.44!!! Almost 3 minutes over the limit! Not good!

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Best outfit ever!

#TeamTuskegee are at the noodles…and they’re just thrilled to be eating! We then cut between the two remaining teams! With Blair now helping on the chair to assist Hayley as Libby feeds CJ! It’s close…they’re coming down to the wire…but in the final straight…Hayley slips and loses it! Hayley asks if she can go first next time…Blair’s happy to try that!

#TruckStopLoveStory check in as team number 8 as Phil mentions Mike’s beard is thriving!

At the Ice Rink…it’s coming down to the wire for #BlairleySurviving…10 seconds to go in the final straight…it’s close…they make it on the 3:55 mark! They Blairley got through it! I’m sorry…I couldn’t resist! Off to the pit stop for them!

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Right on the money!

At the Noodle House…Tuskegee are nearly done…as #BlairleySurviving can’t find a taxi! They’re out of there now! It’s down to 2!

It doesn’t feel like Tuskegee are too worried! They had fun at the challenge!

We cut to Phil and…it’s #BlairleySurviving who have #BlairleySurvived! They talk to the Pit Stop greeter and we even see Blair give us the Windmill (a break dance move for you squares who don’t know what that is). Phil says this is an appropriate time to tell them…they are still in the race!

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Windmill to celebrate!

That leaves #TeamTuskegee as the last team…and the Pit Stop greeter finally shows some personality…to the team that’s last!

Phil gets through it incredibly quickly really…No messing around…they’re out! But they’re pretty good about it…they knew they were a long way back and they had a fun time doing it all!

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Yeah….that Selfie…

Libby gives us one final reference to the Ring…making a final tally of 6! As we say goodbye to #TeamTuskegee!

And it’s done like that…it felt too quick! We’re down to 9 though!

  1. #Jelannny – Dominated again…and are superior with taxis at the moment! There may not be love but it’s a very efficient relationship!
  2. #KickButt – small errors are costing them the top spot…but they’re doing a very good job! Can’t fault them! Relationship is also on the backburner so they can win!
  3. #TeamBronze – my pick to win are just getting by without doing anything wrong…they had a great time in Nagano!
  4. #NewKids – Doing a lot better than I thought they would! Enjoy date night at the spa fellas!
  5. #Burt – There’s a few communication errors between them, and it’s very much a friendship rather than a relationship…but they’re still 5th so they’re doing a lot of things right!
  6. #JackNJeff – A bit of a tumble down the standings…but they seem to be the relationship that is flourishing the most!
  7. #MasterHairstylists – Solid leg, made up a few places…looking like a team that’s working together a lot better now!
  8. #TruckStopLoveStory – Well they’re still a disaster on challenges…but they’re finding ways to stay ahead of others! There’s a lot of work ahead though!
  9. #BlairleySurviving – They’re Blairley still in the race…and it looks like it might only get harder! Poor Blair…Hayley’s just a mess!

Leg Assessment: Well…it still all felt rushed with the whole dating stuff…but it was Ok…That’s really all I have to say about it!

Detour Assessment: I love the blind detour being back in play! It was hard to gauge how easy the Noodle one was but it seemed a lot easier than the chair one which was a pretty exciting one!

Roadblock Assessment: It was a puzzle box…it was hard to watch but it seemed quite challenging!

Quick Counts:

Selfies – 12

Libby’s References to Marriage – 6

Predictions:

Colin – 7th, Kristan – 11th, Rossi – 7th, Jarrod – 9th, Alex – 5th, Noah 10th

So Noah gets the point…not that I can remember seeing his predictions so…I’m trusting Noah on this (a horrible move!). That makes it Alex, Noah and Rossi 1, Kristan, Colin and Jarrod 0

Another episode down! Can’t wait for the next one! Off to Thailand baby!

Tune in next week for our episode 3 recap! Let us know your thoughts on the episode by commenting below!

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