Noah and the Ozlets (or ARzlets as they are sometimes referred for this episode) sit down to discuss their thoughts on the episode including accommodation issues, the difficulty of the detours this season, fanny pack freak-outs and the incompatibility of Bergen and Kurt!
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:
Time to recap!
Previously on…The Amazing Race…Teams raced in Japan…we found out what Date night was…Blind daters did well…and team Tuskegee were sent home with no ring…
But we still have 9 awesome teams remaining! Let’s see what happens tonight! Who do we have to entertain us?
- #Jelannny (Jelani and Jenny)
- #TeamKickButt (Laura and Tyler)
- #TeamBronze (Aly and Steve)
- #NewKids (Harley and Jonathan)
- #Burt (Bergen and Kurt)
- #MasterHairstylists (Matt and Ashley)
- #JacknJeff (Jackie and Jeff)
- #TruckStopLoveStory (Mike and Rochelle)
- #BlairleySurviving (Blair and Hayley)
We’re in Nagano! And we get more pit stop interaction…I don’t know how to feel about this. We see #Jelannny and #TeamKickButt taking separate rooms for each person. Tyler says it’s nice to have some time apart…#JacknJeff shared a room and were picking out each other’s underwear…oh my!
So….I’ll call you….tomorrow…once we’re racing….
But after hearing that…let’s get back to what we came here for! The race!
#Jelannny are leading us off!
Fly to Phuket, Thailand. After arriving, make your way to Patong beach to find your next clue
#Jelannny are happy they live up to expectations, and are doing well because as singles…they show the polite and good sides to each other only…that’s a fair point…no bickering and fighting…just polite racing!
#TeamKickButt think the same…Tyler mentions that doing well means there’s less to be disappointed about!
#TeamBronze depart and that’s it…#NewKids depart and we get to see them enjoying date night! It looked pretty awesome! They say they have the advantage as they are relaxed and renewed and the others aren’t! I dunno…I think #JacknJeff would be feeling quite renewed…
Wasn’t my first thought…
#Burt leave…they admit they’re not a match at all…they want buff, beautiful partners…not themselves! Maybe that’s why they’ve always been single…because every guy is looking for a buff beautiful person…and that’s not them…They’re continuing to friendzone each other…and Bergen thinks Thailand is cold…well…that’s very wrong!
We get to Tokyo airport with a few teams…and #Jelannny gets to a closed counter…which isn’t open until the next morning…weird that it’s like that in Tokyo!
We see all the other teams turn up! They all cue up at the same place except #TeamKickbutt…
The first flight gets in at 4:50pm…#MasterHairstylists and #TeamBronze are on that…but apparently it’s quite booked out! If only 2 are on so far…and there’s another 6 teams waiting…that doesn’t bode well! #JacknJeff are on as well! And so did #BlairleySurviving and #TruckStopLoveStory … but nothing for #Burt or #NewKids!
How did that end up being the order in the line…how did #BlairleySurviving get ahead of them in order to the ticket counter???? Seriously…basic stuff!
So…it’s off to Philippine airlines…where #Jelannny and #TeamKickButt are on a flight that arrives at 9:10pm…….ummmmmmm
Jelani’s face says it all…
So…you’ve been at the airport all night…you’ve had ample time to do research…and you get a flight that is 4 and a half hours BEHIND the flight everyone else gets….wow! Rookie mistakes!!!! Rookie Mistakes everywhere!!!
They still think it’s a good flight…oh boy!
#Burt find a flight that gets in at 11:59pm…well that’s technically on the same day…
#NewKids are forced to get a flight that arrives the next day at 9:35am!!!!…bugger! Leg almost over! Unless everything is closed…back everything being closed! That’s only like…16 hours behind…
So at the front…teams are racing in Thailand! Cue cliché comments about the Thailand culture including lots of people sitting without seatbelts on the back of trucks, and feeling like people are in a rainforest…It’s warm and a different culture…good acknowledgements people…
But we get to Patong beach! And it’s night by the time they get there! It’s pretty noisy in town though! Looks like a fun area!
#MasterHairstylists are the first ones there! They look for the guy…it’s a guy with 2 selfie sticks…and he’s right in front of them…they walk around him a few times…and then figure it out and grab the clue!
Where’s the guy? With the selfie sticks?
There are various release times on the selfie stick, these are the times you will leave the next morning.
Fucking sneaky! A bloody next morning clue so everyone is tight again! I miss the days where teams could get like…more than 12 hours ahead and stay there!
#TeamBronze join the #MasterHairstylists at 8:30am…and Aly suggests they party? Matt agrees that it’s a good idea! And…they hit up a night club! And…sit and order a meal together? Are they spending money on this? That seems…unwise…or is this extra money for dates from the producers…I mean they’re getting drinks and all!
Now that is something I know you can’t afford!
Other teams turn up #TruckStopLoveStory get 8:30am, while #JacknJeff get 8:45am…I didn’t see #BlairleySurviving get a time…I’m guessing it’s 8:45…but watch…I’ll be wrong now!
So everyone goes out and parties…I hope you all are hungover and miss your start times and have to do physical activity tomorrow morning!
After a few drinks everyone heads to the rooms…and there’s 5 rooms to share! Which is…well…not something I’d really give a shit about in the 25 seasons before this one…and I still don’t really care. Jackie says it’s good they got there early so they could use one by themselves for a bit……hehehehe
#Jealannny arrive and get the last 8:45am spot, and #TeamKickButt and #Burt get 9am departure times.
So everyone is close again…booooooo!
We get to the next morning…and people still don’t know where #NewKids are! They’re still in Singapore in case anyone was wondering! They hope maybe the course didn’t start til this morning…they were right!
The first 3 teams depart the next morning and get their next clue
Proceed to Baan Teelanka, the “Upside Down House” to get your next clue
And they’re off! The next group then departs…so…it’s frantic on the road! I do appreciate the fun speed chases in the little tuktuks! It’s much more entertaining!
#Burt and #TeamKickButt take off with Tyler mentioning they took off with Ken and Ken…I love that…I might call them that at some point…that’s great! Still no signs of #NewKids…they just landed in Phuket! And…their taxi driver stops for gas…it’s all just going against them!
At the Upside down house…#TeamBronze are there first and go into this house which is well…completely upside down…so everything that should be on the floor Is on the room and vice-versa…it’s…unique!
They didn’t just flip their cameras around…I assume…
Hehe…the clues are hanging in the toilet! Shame the water isn’t running…
We get the clue though…and it’s a detour
Ski: Complete a lap of the Patong Wake/Ski Park Circuit…there might be wipeouts
Tree: Act as waiters and deliver a meal across the treetops to a table of customers…they must not drop anything
These both look very entertaining and creative! I hope they are fun to watch!
#TeamBronze choose the wakeboarding…which isn’t skiing just as a note…
#TruckStopLoveStory choose the Tree, as do #MasterHairstylists,#Jelannny and #BlairleySurviving, #JacknJeff are skiing
#NewKids arrive at the Patong Beach…and find out that everyone had to wait overnight…they’re still in this!
We see #TeamBronze arrive at the Wake Board….i mean Ski….And Aly has the first crack…and…stacks it pretty quickly…as does Steve…it’s hard…but fun to watch!
The others all start to arrive at the Tree…this will be fun and stressful with so many teams in such a close proximity! They all have waiter outfits…so it’s pretty amusing!
The first two teams in #Jelannny and #BlairleySurviving get to the shack…and they don’t seem to read the instructions on the back board and just grab a food item and a drink…the music in the background dictates that this is wrong…Hayley questions it…Blair just kind of ignores her…
#JacknJeff arrive at the Wake Park…As see Aly getting better but…still eating it! It’s still entertaining to watch!
At the Tree…we see #Jelannny be the first team to cross the zip lines…now I did a high ropes course on the weekend…I don’t think it’s easy at all to just sit calmly on a zip line! Jenny proves me wrong and does it perfectly…Jelani spills some of his drink as he zips across though…and they get the head shake from the people…they think it’s because Jelani spilled his drink…but I think it’s because it’s also the wrong things!
Ok…so…everyone else now turns up wih more things…and…Hayley just keeps reasserting to Blair that he is wrong…and they did it wrong…and now they’ll be at the back…and after a good 15 seconds of complaining…Blair just ziplines across…She did say it in a way that made me think I’d probably have ziplined to get away from her too…and then probably cut the wire…They make it across with no problems (in terms of not dropping anything) but…Hayley won’t shut up about being right…and Blair doesn’t seem to be very happy…Hayley tells Blair this at the pit stop (well…overlooking a lovely bay) and Blair just kind of nods and looks like he’s hating life…
#MasterHairstylists are up next! Ashley doesn’t lose any of hers…Matt tries…but loses his plate!
#TeamKickButt and #Burt turn up…as #Jelannny realise they need to deliver everything!
At the ski…Jackie eats it hard on the water! And Jeff stacks very quickly…it’s so hard!
And didn’t they love it!
#TruckStopLoveStory look to get it completely right…and while all this is happening Hayley still won’t shut up…and Jelani looks just…happy he wasn’t paired with her. I think I say this for everyone Hayley….SHUT UP HAYLEY! Blair just gives that impression with his facial reactions!
Just cut the wire…
#TruckStopLoveStory do get it right! And get their next clue! They’re in the lead!
You don’t get this at a Truck Stop…
Proceed to My Way Cabaret and look for your next clue!
#Jelannny go again…and Jenny loses some items! Got to go again!
We see #TruckStopLoveStory asking cab drivers where to go…they say it’s a Ladyboy show! We’re in for some fun!!!
Hayley continues to not shut up as Blair goes ziplining and waits at the other end for his ‘co-worker’ to arrive…and she does! And they get their clue! And…Hayley carries on…Blair says that she needs to squash it…but she says no…she has to be listened to at some point…SHUT UP HAYLEY!
2nd time for #MasterHairstylists and Ashley loses something. #TeamKickButt have their first go…and nail it! They’re out of there!
At the Wake-skiing…#TeamBronze are still struggling…so they say they’re going to switch…while Jackie faceplants again! And so #JacknJeff also switch!
#NewKids arrive at the upside down house and choose Tree…they’re so back in it!
We then cut to the My Way Cabaret…where PHIL IS ON THE SCENE! Disappointingly…not dressed as a ladyboy! But #TruckStopLoveStory are in the lead! We then get a wonderful next clue!
No outfit Phil?
Teams must dress up and perform a choreographed routine before they can get their next clue!
This will be glorious…and fun to watch everyone feel a bit awkward! That beard could really work or fail with any of these outfits!
Mike gets dressed up…and the Lady boys give him the thumbs up as he tries pantyhose…they are…a unique look! He jokes about feeling fabulous! It’s hilarious!
Back at the Tree, #MasterHairstylists are on their third attempt…and Matt loses part of his stuff! #Burt have their second go…but get it perfectly!
#Jelannny have a go again…and it’s all good! They’re off!
We see Mike all dressed up…it’s pretty good for ladyboys…this is great to see!
Just working it
#BlairleySurviving and #TeamKickButt arrive…and we get excitement from the girls and horror from the boys…but credit to Tyler…he seems to embrace it pretty quickly!
Now we come to the hard part for #TruckStopLoveStory…the dancing! They’re still worried from the last one…
Before #MasterHairstylists even get to try the next attempt…Matt…stressing that Ashley will lose something of hers…spills his entire champagne glass into the soup…it would make the soup better but…not for this challenge…it’s not going their way! He even tries to scoop it back out….out of soup…yeah that’ll work…
#TeamBronze are here to try…and they smash it out first time…just to make everyone feel worse!
#Burt arrive at the Lady Boys and get a ticket to Date Night! That’s all we hear which is great…we get more racing then!
#TruckStopLoveStory are ready to perform, as we see the guys all around the back getting pampered and feeling…well…unique…Tyler says he’s enjoying it too much…he really is…you may as well embrace it and enjoy it…you have to do it!
Back at the Tree…It’s 5th time lucky for #MasterHairstylists as they finally get it! #JacknJeff follow and get it on their 2nd attempt!
So that means more time to watch guys performing awkwardly on stage! To be fair…while Mike’s routine isn’t great…he’s getting into it and the guys in the crowd are loving it…I find it weird that they’re all watching this but…I guess whatever works for you…
And…It’s a fail for #TruckStopLoveStory…but they get to have a go again straight away! They fail again but can keep going…Everyone else is now there with the exception of #NewKids, who have just arrived at Tree
Also this face from Matt…
At the Cabaret….After several shots of guys looking scary in their make up…we see that on their 8th attempt…#TruckStopLoveStory have got it! And are on their way to the pit stop!
Proceed to the Pit Stop! Baba Nest Rooftop Bar! The Last team to check in here…may be eliminated!
From where you’d rather be!
Looking at this makes me really really want to go on holiday!
We now have #BlairleySurviving and #TeamKickButt on stage! 2 on stage at once is great to see…They all fail…it’s funny to see them all though!
Now it’s #TeamKickButt and #Jelannny….they’re all a bit special and…lack rhythm!
At the Tree…#NewKids work perfectly and don’t spill anything…they’re back in it…maybe
We get a few more fails from #TeamKickButt and #Jelannny but #BlairleySurviving get it! They’re on their way to the pit stop! Hayley says they won’t talk about the mistake anymore…and Blair shows his first bit of enthusiasm all day! Hayley says Blair should be happy she has a backbone…Blair gives her the deathstare….
On stage…everyone is trying…and #Jelannny were successful!
We get to the pit stop…and it’s a 1st place finish for #TruckStopLoveStory! They have won a trip for 2 to Prague! That’s more like it! They’re delighted!
Can we get this guy a date already? It’s a dating season!
Back at Ladyboys….apparently Matt really gets into it…and that’s enough for #MasterHairstylists to get out of there!
#TeamKickButt and #TeamBronze share the stage next…and that helps Tyler and Steve work from each other…they both get the clues!
Winter Olympians after they retire…
That leaves just #Burt and #JacknJeff at the Cabaret…with #NewKids coming soon!
#Burt try again and are successful! They can get out of there! There’s a lot of the teams scrambling to get to the finish line…but in amongst all the chaos…Matt has forgotten his fanny pack! He freaks out in the tuktuk! And they have to turn around and go back! Ashley eventually calms him down!
The moment you realise you’ve forgotten to tape The Amazing Race…
They get back just as #JacknJeff, on their third try…get it…and that means there’s a mad dash for…8th? There’s still another team right?
Speaking of #NewKids…they turn up at the Ladyboys…and after years of going to drag shows and saying he’d never do them…Jonathan is now going to the other side! #MaketheGaysProud
We cut to the pit stop…where there’s a big sprint to the line between a lot of teams! #BlairleySurviving check in for 2nd! #Jelannny right behind in 3rd…#TeamKickButt in 4th and #TeamBronze in 5th!
We then get a big sprint to the mat between #MasterHairstylists and #Burt…with #MasterHairstylists just getting in before #Burt, and #JacknJeff following in for 8th place…so that’s 8 teams in…a bit anti-climactic!
We get some friendly banter between the 7 teams that are at the mat, as they all enjoy the view, Hayley making fun of Blair…talking about the race…and then Matt comes forward and says there’s something he’d like to say…
There’s a promise I’d like to make to Ashley
I wanna promise you that every morning before I leave to work I want to tell you I love you
I wanna promise that every night before I go to sleep I wanna give you a kiss goodnight
And you’ve gotta promise me you’ll make me the happiest man in the world!
And with that….HE GETS DOWN ON ONE KNEE! And all the girls scream (especially the ones not in relationships)
Ashley Michelle Gordon…will you marry me?
She says yes! And it’s all a wonderfully happy moment! All the teams are there (besides #NewKids) and it’s all so happy! #Burt even give them their Date Night as they’re just friends and it’s a nice little touch!
It gets very emotional at the finish line, Bergen talks about wanting to find love and hoping he would and he hasn’t but…it’s lovely to see others having it and Jenny and Laura and Hayley are all crying and it’s all a bit lovely to watch! And with that…we get the one selfie of the episode! That’s number 15! I’d almost missed the fact we hadn’t had one all episode!
Phil is clearly the star of this!
That leaves just #NewKids, who get through their routine, and make their way to the platform to see Phil…Jonathan tells us they really don’t want to go yet, but luckily for them…It’s a Non-Elimination leg! They are still in the race! Phil seems to be rushing through this at the pit stop this year…slow it down man! Bring the drama! He’s been so nonchalant about it all!
But not a bummer!
But of course there is a speedbump next leg…but no one cares about that right now!
So…we’ve still got 9 teams…8 of them are pretty much even…but let’s see where we’re at!
#1 #TruckStopLoveStory – They just did everything well…and with the big head start…were able to maintain it during the dancing! Good job team!
#2 #BlairleySurviving – SHUT UP HAYLEY!
#3 #Jelannny – Less good…but still very good…that’s really it…terrible flight choice!
#4 #TeamKickButt – Great recovery from a terrible flight choice! Tyler liked that drag show a lot!
#5 #TeamBronze – Chose the detour poorly in the end but as always…made up a heap of time on it!
#6 #MasterHairstylists – Matt…if she puts up with your freak outs and inability to zipline and carry food and forgives you and can calm you down when you forget your fanny pack…she’s the one bro…I wish you all the best! (Also was that ring in the fanny pack…was that why you freaked out so much? What would you have done if that was gone then…plans up in flames?)
#7 #Burt – Ken and Ken as you will be affectionately known as…well…there’s a lack of anything romantic and a lot of friendzone talk…but besides being on a late flight…this was relatively solid…just don’t get caught out at the airport!
#8 #JacknJeff – Well these two definitely enjoy each other’s company! Now they need to just translate that back into a good performance!
#9 #NewKids – The airlines did you kiddos! But…you get a second chance! Don’t waste it!
Leg Assessment: An entertaining leg…I get disappointed when they bunch all the teams up but it made it very exciting and even…except for the one team that couldn’t catch up! The ladyboys were fun! And there were challenging tasks…that’s all we ask for!
Detour Assessment: Challenging…difficult…and yet…the perilous challenge was easier! Well played everyone…and thanks for the great entertainment!
We got a proposal and essentially 8 teams arriving at once…awesome! Can’t wait for the next leg!
No one got eliminated so….no predictions!
Selfie Count: 15 (Just one! Has it already become stale?)
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