Noah and the Ozlets (or ARzlets as they are sometimes referred for this episode) sit down to discuss their thoughts on the episode including lost fanny packs, driving stick shift and knocking things over while reversing!
After a two week hiatus 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:
So we’re finally back! It’s been a while! But we’re back to romantic racing!
What happened last time?
We raced around Thailand…and no matter what happened…#NewKids couldn’t catch everyone else!
So where do we start this leg? Good question…it’s been a while!
#1 #Burt (Bergen & Kurt)
#2 #BlairleySurviving (Blair & Hayley)
#3 #TeamBronze (Aly & Steve)
#4 #TeamKickButt (Laura & Tyler)
#5 #JacknJeff (Jeff & Jackie)
#6 #TruckStopLoveStory (Mike & Rochelle)
#7 #Jelannny (Jelani & Jenny)
#8 #MasterHairstylists (Matt & Ashley)
We see #TeamKickButt have Date Night. They have a romantic dinner and fireworks…but it’s all friendship…which is a shame because they do seem perfect for each other…but they want to win!
Back to the race…and Burt are off!
Fly to Munich, Germany and make your way by train to Wies’n Tracht &Mehr and get changed into Lederhosens!
Haha…typical Germany! But…Oktoberfest!
Bergen is worried that Kurt won’t work hard…but he’s hoping that first leg win will motivate him to want more!
#BlairleySurviving are saying they have been at each other’s throats but according to Hayley they’re now best buds and are going to win a million dollars…Blair’s face is priceless!
It’s not going to work afterwards…is it?
#TeamBronze take off…nothing happens…same with #TeamKickButt…while #JacknJeff give us small talk about Jackie wearing bug spray which Jeff doesn’t like…it’s a slow morning! Jackie says there’s chemistry there…it’s seeing if they can work together! We assume that #Jelannny, #TruckStopLoveStory and #MasterHairstylists all got away with no issues…they are on the flight so…I guess that works!
We cut to Munich! And it’s running to a train…well…barely…suddenly we’re at the clothing store! It’s #TeamKickButt that are in the lead…they always get out to a great start on every leg! They get their next clue!
Go Bavarian and dress in traditional Lederhosen, then head to Alter Peter Tower to find your next clue!
Cue scenes of everyone arriving and then getting changed…a shopkeeper yells ‘Get Naked’, as everyone gradually gets changed. We get a few people squeezing into outfits (Bergen and Kurt in particular), but there’s not a lot else to report.
#TeamKickButt are still in the lead at the tower…and find their next clue
Climb to the top of the tower and search for one of the marked Ford Focus’ below, and use one to drive yourselves to Schlafwagenfabrik
Tyler gives us a selfie video as he climbs the tower…these guys are going to be #TeamSelfie soon! They use it more than anyone else!
I swear I’ve seen this in a horror movie…
#JacknJeff are there in 2nd and climb up too!
#TeamKickbutt look…and they find they cars, so do #JacknJeff…
When they get to the car…Laura jumps in the front to drive…and immediately stalls it! So they decide that Tyler should drive…and they trade cars so they can just drive forward! BUT THEY LEAVE THEIR FANNY PACK IN THE OTHER CAR!
Not great driving…fantastic facial reactions
That could hurt them later! Luckily it is a car that some team will have to take!
#Burt and #BlairleySurviving get up the tower and locate cars, while on the ground, #JacknJeff can’t find the cars they spotted from above!
#BlairleySurviving and #Burt get cars and were planning to follow each other…and after a reference to stickshift which suggests some teams will struggle with this…Hayley yells at Blair for not going fast enough so other teams won’t know where they are…right!
#Burt just kind of sit in their car as they can’t drive stick….IT’S BEEN 26 SEASONS PEOPLE!!! LEARN YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DRIVE STICK SHIFT!!!
Bergen stalls it a few times and they go nowhere…
More Joystick practice needed!
#MasterHairstylists and #TeamBronze find cars…Aly tells Steve he knows how to drive in Germany and she doesn’t…I wasn’t sure if that was referring to Steve having driven in Germany…or being able to drive Manual
#Jelannny are still searching, so are #TruckStopLoveStory, and #JacknJeff are still looking…and now are at each other’s throats! Jeff wants to go back up the tower to look again, Jackie says no, and Jeff tries to take control and shut down Jackie!
They’re really at each other’s throats! But…they get into a focus that has Tyler’s Fanny pack! Now we at least know where it is! They continue to bicker about Jackie talking, and Jeff is cutting her off…she’s yelling…they’re both just at loggerheads! It’s all a bit ridiculous but they are clearly quite frustrating! Jackie says she’s over him…and Jeff seems quite happy she’s not talking…well that went well…
#TruckStopLoveStory and #Jelannny find cars…That is all.
Steve realises the wonderful Ford Focus has a GPS…so #TeamBronze are smarter than everyone else…and look like they’re going to take the lead!
#Burt are struggling…Bergen is driving now…but he needs directions (and can’t figure out there’s a GPS) so he asks Kurt…who appears to be playing with the selfie cam…and Kurt really doesn’t want to…Ridiculous…
#BlairleySurviving are doing a little better…with Blair asking where they are going…and Hayley snapping back at him! Apparently he’s pissed her off to the point of no return…oh dear…it’s all going downhill for the Blind Date teams!
At Schlafwagenfabrik…we see that the GPS has paid off! And #TeamBronze are there first! It’s time for a challenge to promote a skill of a Ford Vehicle!
Using your Ford Focus’ Reverse Camera, reverse through a winter wonderland and use the rear view camera to piece together their next clue!
Ahh…good old Ford! We do get a Hashtag for #WinterWonderland and a beautiful challenge greeter!
#TeamKickButt turn up…and at this point…ask where the Fanny Pack is…and…realise it’s in the other car! Oh no…They decide to do the challenge and then just sit and wait for the other cars to arrive! Hopefully it’ll work for them!
#TeamBronze reverse nice and quickly, and get the mystery word…it’s Schliersee! Which is their next destination!
Proceed to Schliersee and search for your next clue!
So…it’s all a bit basic so far…we are only 12 minutes in though…
#TeamKickButt get it easily too…and because they have heaps of time to kill…get a selfie with a reindeer and they clue lady! They really are Team Selfie!
Nothing like a snow queen and a reindeer to complete a selfie!
#JacknJeff are on their way and look to have patched their differences for the moment…that’s a positive!
#Burt pull over because they are still lost and have no clue what they’re doing…and Kurt suggests they just get out and walk…Come on Kurt! You can’t walk through Germany! But…that seems to be what they’re doing…They’re ditching the car…getting a taxi…and taking a penalty…Bergen looks pissed!
Let’s not use the car…standing here is faster
I mean…they’re going to be pretty horrified when they find out the next task needs a Ford…
Bergen is horrified that Kurt gave up on him so quickly…It is a bit ridiculous…I mean…if you have a car for a leg…it means you’ll probably need it for the WHOLE LEG! It’s a shame that 13 minutes into the episode you can pretty much already pick the team that is going to be eliminated!
#Jelannny took a wrong turn and think they are last, while #TruckStopLoveStory are also all over the shop! Rochelle’s struggling with the driving so Mike’s going to have a go. I mean…surely you people got lessons right??? #TruckStopLoveStory are also lost!
#TeamBronze continue to power to the front and are already in Schliersee, where they must row out to get their next clue. To accompany them…we have PHIL ON THE SCENE!!! Phil narrates Aly and Steve rowing, and even gives us some sass! After asking ‘will they get their first win of the race?’, Steve manages to turn the boat 180 degrees…to which Phil responds ‘Not if they row like that!’ I love sassy Phil!
You try and row with that handsome man talking in front of you!
But they do row out to the middle and it’s not difficult and they are off to the next clue! It’s a Detour!
Stein: Carry 22 beers (steins) at once, and go through a course…and make the delivery without dropping them!
Stack: Stack Beer crates, they must stack them 15 high!
Beer-related challenges are awesome!
#TeamBronze are going to do Stein!
Back at the warehouse, #TeamKickButt are still waiting around and have probably used up the entire battery on their selfie cam…as #MasterHairstylists turn up to do the reverse challenge. They seem to be doing it fairly well
#TeamKickButt get excited as a Blue car turns up…but it’s #BlairleySurviving, not #JacknJeff. Hayley tells Blair off for not stopping the car early enough, and then for quickly having a chat with Tyler! She then snatches the clue off him and demands he get in the car to get this task done…Wow! Hayley’s in real crazy mode today! Blair grins at #TeamKickButt…who now are much more thankful for having each other! Tyler says he’d rather be sitting and waiting for a fanny pack than having to deal with Hayley! I agree completely!
#MasterHairstylists finish the reverese task and are off, they are excited to learn there’s a GPS…so did teams just not…notice this stuff?
The reverse camera even spells words for you!
#Burt are back in Munich and get into a cab…Bergen quips about it being an automatic and is still disappointed Kurt gave up so easily! At the reverse challenge, Blair gets through it easily so #BlairleySurviving are off! Well…Blair quickly stops to ask #TeamKickButt why they are still there…to which they don’t really get a response because Hayley yells at him…Blair says he just wanted conversation with happy people! The poor guy!
Out in front, #TeamBronze are getting ready to carry beers! They get in there, and the Steins are huge! (I own 6 and I can tell you those things are heavy!) Aly does a greast job though and they get through it first time! It’s easy when you’re a professional athlete! Off to their next clue
Drive yourself to the Markus Wasmeier Museum and search for your next clue
It’s not even close at the moment!
We cut to #JacknJeff who are tossing up what to do with #TeamKickButt’s fanny pack…they want to play dirty here!
#Burt arrive at the Car challenge with….no car…and no fanny pack…which leaves #TeamKickButt disappointed but even more happy because #Burt must take a 2 hour penalty as well…they can’t do the task! It’s pretty much down to teams who can’t do things!
The task takes 2 minutes
#TeamBronze continue to extend their lead by arriving at the Museum, and it’s time for the Roadblock! (For them…some other teams are no where near the car challenge yet!)
Roadblock! Who wants to woo? One member of each team must serenade their team member with a traditional German tune! Sing it well and in tune to get your next clue!
A singing task…interesting…looks like there’s a bucket involved too!
Aly is doing it for #TeamBronze!
Back at Schliersee, #BlairleySurviving arrive there and Hayley decides to do Stein for the detour, Blair just nods and goes with it!
#JacknJeff arrive at the Car challenge…and #TeamKickButt ask about their fanny pack and where they got their car from…they both lie about where they got the car from and if they have it…but Laura looks in the car and finds their pack! #TeamKickButt can go! They leave…which leaves #Burt being shattered at their competition leaving…and after Laura tells Tyler that the bag was shoved under the seat…they realise #JacknJeff knew exactly what they were doing!
As #JacknJeff reverse through the challenge and #Jelannny turn up (with a very conceded Jelani who looks like he’s hating life at the moment), #Burt continue to look on in horror and disgust.
All the way in front at the Roadblock, we now get Aly serenading Steve and…it’s disappointing to see they get a card with the words…but when she stuffs up…it’s great to see the bucket of cold water dumped on her! Back to practice!
#BlairleySurviving arrive at the Stein Detour…Hayley tries to carry 8 while Blair has 14. Blair looks quite comfortable…but Hayley loses all her beer! And the crowd cheers!
All the way at the back, #TruckStopLoveStory stop at a Petrol station for a snack, traditional Truck Stop meal! They are in good spirits…and don’t realise the trouble #Burt is having up ahead!
Aly gives us a 2nd go at the roadblock…it’s not outstanding…but it’s good enough to pass! They do tease us with the bucket though! #TeamBronze are off to the pit stop!
Drive to the next Pit Stop! Lake Spitzingsee! The last team to arrive, may be eliminated
So they continue to dominate!
The main pack of #JacknJeff, #Jelannny and #TeamKickButt get to Schliersee and are all going to stack!
#BlairleySurviving try the beer again…and again…Hayley loses it all! To the delight of the Germans! #MasterHairstylists turn up and have a go while Hayley says they need to switch because she can’t do it. #MasterHairstylists do get it first time and just go straight past #BlairleySurviving, who are going to have one last crack. Blair tries to help Hayley with her technique…she is having none of it though…apparently it’s very obvious observations, she even calls him #CaptainObvious…as Blair looks on and wonders why he signed up for this!
Not the beer!
Finally, after failing to pick up more beers…Blair gives in to Hayleys demands and they’re switching to the other task.
Over to the Pit Stop! Where #TeamBronze have destroyed everyone all day…and are rewarded with their first leg victory! As the winners of the leg…they have each won a 2015 Ford Focus! Very nice! They don’t jump up in excitement but that is pretty good…I’d love 2 new cars! Ford!!!! I’ll happily plug your products in here if I can have a new ford (Auto please…like #Burt…I can’t drive Manual).
They’re used to coming 3rd…
At the roadblock, Ashley is ready to ‘serenade Matt’s ass’, so…charming! She’s pretty dreadful…and here comes the water bucket! Matt loves it…so does everyone…singing challenges are so much better like this!
#JacknJeff arrive at the Crate stacking challenge, and after a spiel from Jackie about Jeff hopefully respecting her more, they start stacking crates! #Jelannny arrive shortly afterwards…as we get our first stack from #JacknJeff. #TeamKickButt are also there now! #BlairleySurviving arrive as well…
Cue lots of stacks…#Jelannny, then #TeamKickButt…then #BlairleySurvivng…
#TruckStopLoveStory are lost…confused…and don’t know how to drive stick…they’re laughing and have no clue what to do…but they still don’t know about the trouble #Burt is having!
At the roadblock, Ashley serenades Matt’s ass off! They get tricked by the clue lady…but they are off to the pit stop!
Serenaded his ass off!
Back to people stacking it on crates! #Jelannny, then #BlairleySurviving…and then they change strategy to try and fix it…they’re getting a lot further now…#JacknJeff stack..and Jelani and Jenny swap positions…then #TeamKickButt stack it and trade Tyler and Laura’s positions.
#MasterHairstylists get to the pit stop in 2nd! That was sneaky…they’ve barely been sighted! But a quality leg! And no references to their engagement! Phil asks them if they could teach other teams a bit about how to love better…they say you can’t teach it…it just happens! Ashley says the dating couples are at the top now, and this is where the game turns around!
Back to crate stacks falling over, first #Jelannny, it’s close for #BlairleySurviving….on the last one…Blair is nearly there….but…they lose it on the last one! So close!
I bet Hayley will tell me about this…
Back at the reversing challenge (yes…we’’re still back there!), #TruckStopLoveStory have finally found their way there and stroll through the challenge, leaving #Burt with another 50 minutes to wait! Rochelle even has a smile on her face and jokes about how mystical they look!
At the crates, Jackie gets the last one in for #JacknJeff! Tyler gets it (all of half a second) for #TeamKickButt and Jelani gets it for #Jelannny and then Blair gets it for #BlairleySurviving…they’re all very close!
Finally back at the car challenge…#But have served out their penalty and can drive themselves to Schliersee…oh wait…no car…ha!
It’s time for some group singing! All the middle pack arrive…time for some serenading! Jackie, Jenny, Laura and Blair are doing this roadblock!
Jackie goes first…she’s not a bad singer…but doesn’t get close the first time…and the cold bucket is outstanding! Those watching on love it!
More singing shows should use this!
#Burt get tickets for a train to Schliersee…you guys are done…they just have to hope for a non-elimination or something…
#TruckStopLoveStory get to Schliersee and get the date card! They choose crate stacking!
At the singing tries….Jenny is….sub par…and cops the water! The guys laugh…then Laura tries…it’s sub par…and they know what’s coming…Tyler gives us the great quip of ‘the water was greatly deserved, she’s certainly no Beyonce’. Unfortunately not Tyler…but I still think you’re the best friendzoned couple!
Jackie gives us another go…and she is actually very good! Outstanding effort! She gets the clue! Jenny’s rendition is…not as good…but good enough
We now get Blair serenading Hayley (probably the last thing he ever wants to do!) But he gets it first time with an…adequate effort!
At the crate stacking…it’s a touch challenge for #TruckStopLoveStory…they’re struggling!
Laura has another crack at the serenading and does a good enough job to get out of there!
#Burt get to Schliersee, choose to do Stack and head to the train station again…
Ahead at the stacks…Rochelle is freaking out about the heights
At the pit stop…we get some mass check ins! First #JacknJeff arrive as Team Number 3! #Jelannny is Team 4, #BlairleySurviving is Team 5…and we get some more commentary between Phil and #BlairleySurviving about how they got along…Blair says he felt as big as the little piece of grass by Phil’s toe…Hayley seems surprised…Blair tells us (privately) he wants to see it through to the end no matter what faults his partner has but sometimes…he wants to run away! Poor Blair!
She does this much!
After all this, #TeamKickButt are checked in as Team 6.
#Burt get on a train…they’re a long way back
At the crate stacking…Rochelle is gradually getting there…but she says she can’t do it! Come on girl! The crate stacking instructor tells her that she can do it! She thinks about the fact she’s a single mum and could win a million dollars and…with that she did it! Off to the Pit Stop!
We see #Burt get off a train…then cut to Mike serenading Rochelle! He’s not awful…Rochelle said it made her heart flutter! And…he didn’t get dunked on!
Fresh new Indy look!
#Burt are lost somewhere…they’ve pretty much given up
#TruckStopLoveStory check in…they are team number 7! And they are delighted
Which brings us to Phil meeting #Burt at the train station…it’s all gone wrong! He commands that #Burt stand up in front of him…they weren’t even going to give him that courtesy!
Phil lets them know all the teams have checked in, and it’s an elimination leg, and they’re out. Kurt says…well it was a bad day but there’s no bitterness here…Bergen looks much more unhappy and says today was just awful…and no gold at the end of the rainbow….Kurt says privately he was fine with the decision they made, Bergen is absolutely pissed that he gave up though, and once there was no love…he thinks he barely tried.
We finish with a nicely scripted shot of the two of them leaving the train station in different directions and Bergen saying ‘He gave up, I’m disappointed’.
So that’s the leg! Who’s left?
#1 #TeamBronze – So dominant, so smart…so simple to just use a GPS!
#2 #MasterHairstylists – Barely saw them…but 2nd place is a quality finish for them! Well played!
#3 #JacknJeff – They went from screaming at each other to serenading each other…it’s hot and cold that’s for sure but…I mean after all that to finish 3rd is alright
#4 #Jelannny – Jelani seems conceded that him and Jenny just do not match at all, and they weren’t great but…others were worse
#5 #BlairleySurviving – Poor Blair…travelling the world with…..her!
#6 #TeamKickButt – I kind of want them to be a couple…they work the best…they do awesome (they Kick Butt!), they take selfies…and then they make silly errors! But they’re still huge threats to win! After flights they always seem to be 1st!
#7 #TruckStopLoveStory – A long way back, and on most other days, would’ve been certain elimination, but others did worse…you only have to beat one team at a time!
Detour Assessment: Entertaining! The stacking looked hard…and the steins were either quick and rewarding, or hard and painful (Hayley!). That’s what you want in a detour!
Roadblock Assessment: Pretty lenient and pointless…seeing the water dunked on was the only worthwhile part!
Leg Assessment: It was an alright leg, it started a bit slow, but picked up and there are a lot of amusing moments as we went! So…middle of the road!
Predictions: Noah – 9th Colin – 8th, Kristan – 3rd, Rossi – 3rd, Jarrod – 10th, Alex – 9th
So…Colin gets the point! Perfect predicting! Rossi and Kristan…long way off!
Selfie Count – 18 (2 for the episode, both from #TeamKickbutt)
#MasterHairstylists’ Engagement References – 2 (0 for the episode!)
It’s fun as always! See you next week!
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