Noah and the Ozlets (or ARzlets as they are sometimes referred for this episode) sit down to discuss their thoughts on episode 9 of the 26th season of The Amazing Race!
We’re back for another episode of our ‘spin off show’ as we provide you a full recap of this weeks episodes 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:
We left our teams in a double episode in Namibia…where #TeamSelfie and #MasterHairstylists dominated…and #TeamBronze didn’t qualify for the final!
So we’re left with 5!
1 – #TeamSelfie (Laura & Tyler)
2 – #MasterHairstylists (Matt & Ashley)
3 – #BlairleySurviving (Blair & Hayley)
4 – #Jelannny (Jelani & Jenny)
5 – #TruckStopLoveStory (Rochelle & Mike)
We start with tents…#TeamSelfie in different tents still, while Blair fixes Hayley’s tent…no pleases and thank yous!
We get a montage of fights between #BlairleySurviving…they declare it’s a work in progress…that’s a bad sign!
We even get vision of all the teams eating together at the pit stop…this is rare!
It’s all game talk…mainly Matt talking about U-Turning #Jelannny and that it was ‘all part of the game’. Jelani and Jenny both say they’ll be regretting that they’re not eliminated! Jelani plays it off as ‘all good’ to their face though
Seating plans from school style!
It’s all simmering nicely! And of course Jenny has to sit next to Matt…not planned or anything…
At least Matt said that he knows #MasterHairstylists will get U-Turned if there’s another one…good to remain realistic!
So before we depart…we also get to see #TeamSelfie plan their honeymoon…I mean…their completely plutonic holiday with Travelocity to Queenstown! Extra Travelocity points!
And after these several minutes of time killing…we’re finally racing!
It’s #TeamSelfie to lead us off!
Fly to Amsterdam, Netherlands! Once there, get a taxi to Jagershuis, to find your next clue!
Back to Europe…didn’t see that coming! And neither did #TeamSelfie!
#TeamSelfie have been happy working with #MasterHairstylists…but are happy to wait til they go crazy so they can use their advantage!
#MasterHairstylists are off, and Matt talks about his beard…how he’s grown it all race…how he won’t shave it until they win the million…and how he’ll celebrate like a grizzly bear when they do…it’s official…I think he’s gone crazy!
Speaking of crazy…#BlairleySurviving take off next…and it’s all about Hayley returning to Windhoek airport…potentially where handsome Hagen from a few legs back flew a plane for her…she’s still smitten! Hayley says she saw no ring…Blair mocks her unenthusiastically, and then we move on…
Look like everyone is on the flight to Amsterdam, with #TeamSelfie narrating…but not with a selfie…what a shame!
We then montage to Amsterdam! And of course it’s all about racing to get the all important taxi!
#Jelannny get out quickly, while we then listen the #TeamSelfie talk about Tyler’s predictions…where he predicts what they’re going to be doing…Laura claims he’s 0 from 100…which is pretty poor…although if he predicted you two were going to only be friends…I’d accept that being wrong! He predicts they’re getting in a boat when they get there!
We get small talk about important stuff coming up…but eventually #Jelannny get there first…and #TeamSelfie right behind. The clue is in a giant clog…so stereotypical!
But in any case…it’s time for a roadblock!
If the shoe fits! The team member must search through hundreds of pairs of klogs to find a perfect match for the shoe they have!
It’s very very very specific details…this could seriously mess some people up!
Jenny is on the job for #Jelannny, they also won date night…I forgot that was a thing…I just assumed they gave it to #TeamSelfie every week.
Tyler is up for #TeamSelfie.
They must get into costume first…I look forward to this!
Matt and Rochelle are up for their teams respectively!
We then get a montage of Tyler talking about doing roadblocks with costumes…leiderhosens, a ladyboy, and a prince…but…none of these were roadblocks! They all dressed up in those things!
We now see the clogs…and how similar they are to each other! It’s crazy difficult!
Tyler thinks he has it straight away…and no! It’s a very small thing, but he’s wrong!
That’s how specific it is!
#BlairleySurviving turn up and Blair is on the job…
We see people searching through many klogs or kloppers…
Jenny gets it right though! #Jelannny are in front!
Ride bicycles along the Amsterdam river until you reach Munttoren
That’s just not a pleasant name…Munttoren…
So this roadblock is doable!
We now get some cycling…and Jenny is being positive which is nice…
We get obvious talk about similarities….Matt tries…and is wrong…Tyler tries…and…he is correct! But his prediction is wrong…still 0 for 100!
We see two teams having a great time riding bikes! That’s nice to see…I hate bikes!
Along the river!
#Jelannny arrive at some point and load their bikes onto a ferry…I assume that’s right!
Back at shoemania…Matt thinks he has it…but no…he is wrong…Hayley is screaming ‘come on Blair’ on repeat…Blair sarcastically calls it sweet…with Hayley thinking it’s correct…the oblivious nature of it all is fantastic!
Blair goes on a full on search though and finds it! Well played!
And then there were 2!
After crossing the river and getting off the ferry, #Jelannny are spotted by #TeamSelfie, but there’s still the river crossing between them!
And we get a hilarious trading of opposites as Blair tells us how wonderful it is to be outside and how much he’s enjoying it…while Hayley tells us how much it sucks and how cold it is and how bad it smells…there truly are 2 kinds of people…
At the shoe place…Matt thinks he definitely has it but…not correct again! And he’s getting more frantic now1
Rochelle keeps calm…and she finds it! Matt tries and gets it wrong again! He’s starting to freak out a bit! Back from the frantic break…but Matt still seems to be struggling!
There’s a fair amount of bike riding…everyone is making progress…so we go back to Matt…who is freaking out and has no clue what he’s doing and he’s really really struggling!
Searching hard…or hardly searching?
It looks like there are 2 routes to the Munttoren…a simple route which #Jelannny is taking…while it looks like #TeamSelfie might be taking a quicker but more complicated route…by which I mean Tyler turned left so Laura had to follow…we shall see how that goes…
Blair is getting held back by Hayley, while #TruckStopLoveStory get onto the ferry, back at the roadblock…Matt is just…cooked! The shoe guy has fallen asleep!
The Ultimate insult!
Turns out that complicated route wasn’t hard…because #TeamSelfie are in the lead and at the cluebox! Where they get PHIL ON THE SCENE! Who nicely interjects to give a great moment!
Phil slips in nicely…also…Double Backpack look!
Also…Tyler is wearing both backpacks…one on his back, and one on his front…it’s both incredibly gentlemanly, and incredibly dweebish! I don’t know which one more…
Phil tells us it’s Detour time!
Soak: Drive an electric powered Hot Tub down the river spotting a series of symbols
Shuffle: Teams must play a Dutch version of shuffleboard and score 51 points!
Two ridiculous challenges…I love it! #TeamSelfie choose to do soak!
On the bikes, Hayley is getting more and more angry at Blair for riding ahead of her, and getting too far ahead…Blair plays it down to not be much of an issue, and not much of a distance…but it bothers Hayley a lot! So Blair rides next to her which is all ‘cute and romantic’, before Hayley then says hurry up because Mike and Rochelle won’t be far behind…anybody spot the contradictions? Anyone at all? Just everyone? Ok then…
#TruckStopLoveStory get over the ferry…and look less comfortable on the bikes…kind of like how I’d look on them!
And all the way back at the roadblock…Matt is still all over the shop…he has no clue what he’s looking for…and on his 31st attempt…he’s wrong again! Ashley tries to calm him…but he’s getting a bit more agitated!
#Jelannny arrive in town and get to the detour…they’re doing soak!
#TeamSelfie arrive at Soak and realise what the hot tub thing is! It looks amazingly good fun! Add it to the bucket list! Tyler chooses to go in his boxers! Laura is less adventurous…but it looks amazing! They joke it’s more like date night than…well…date night! But apparently Tyler also gets in his underwear at a lot of opportunities…just go with it Laura! He’s also showing off his muscles and saying he’s got one prediction right…I mean…they seem to always be having fun which is nice!
Not something I thought I’d be doing this morning…
Speaking of always having fun…#BlairleySurviving get to the Munttoren, and get their next clue…they head off, and Blair stops to ask for directions, tells Hayley to look for a street with an H as they pass #TruckStopLoveStory coming the other way, and then Hayley thinks she finds it…and gets a tad frustrated when Blair says it’s not that one…
#TruckStopLoveStory get to the detour and choose shuffle!
All the way back at the roadblock…Matt has another look at the shoe…and suddenly picks up on something! He thinks he has it now! And after a bit more looking…on his 43rd attempt…he is correct! He’s sorry…Ashley doesn’t mind…They’re on their way…a lot of time to make up!
We get to see how this hot tub task works a bit more now as #TeamSelfie encounter the first few puzzles/codes. There’s 2 I’s with 3 I’s underneath…and then a thing with skis, the square root of 64 and a ringer…in any case…Laura thinks the square root of 64 is 6…oops! Luckily Tyler is correct on 8! I have no clue what that means yet though!
Skiing and a phone and maths….A new Olympic sport?
#Jelannny turn up and get changed to do Soak…as #TeamSelfie get to the last thing that says R + a splat it’s an ink splot? I have it…it’s inline skating rink! Inline is what the first thing is Tyler!
Speaking of teams that are right…#BlairleySurviving are wrong and lost…and as Blair looks at a map again…Hayley realises she was right before…and gets more unhappy! Also…her helmet is not protecting anything! She cracks it again…Blair chuckles and keeps riding…Hayley says she’ll get very ticked off if the street they approach is the one they turn down as that’s what she said they should turn down before…Blair turns down it…and you can imagine she’s a little pissed! Blair tries to smile it off…but as annoying as she is…I remember her saying she found this street…I think Blair does need to listen more…even if she is batshit crazy!
The helmet wearing skills are not strong with this one!
Back from a break and Hayley is still cracking it at Blair…she’s apparently always right and Blair never listens…Blair tries to move on…Hayley seems less keen to…but they’re a bit better now…a bit!
#TruckStopLoveStory arrive at the traditional shuffleboard name. They guy explains the rules with demonstrations…I still don’t really get it…but…hopefully it’ll just kind of explain itself…It looks almost impossible to get much in…Rochelle gets 34 points…and then Mike gives a better explanation of the scoring which makes this weird game make more sense! It isn’t that crazy to think about after that! So Mike needs 17 points…while they guys encouraged him happily! It seems fun at least! He doesn’t get enough this time though!
#MasterHairstylists start racing on their bikes…Matt still apologising every 2 seconds…
#Jelannny get in their electric hot tub…Jenny is basically just sitting on the edge in her robe…be a team player Jenny! It’s so warm and nice (I assume!). #TeamSelfie thinks they have the code cracked to be Ice Skating Rink…as all the I’s are like…Ice…that’s…logical and smarter than my answer…I think I just got beaten by Tyler…#shattered. They do joke that it’ll be easier with no Olympians there…very true!
Jenny gets in the hot tub thing while still in the bathrobe…interesting look…and they pass #TeamSelfie who are just finishing…and saying it’s a bit too cold now…and after Tyler jokes about peeing to warm it up…Laura casually says she’s already done it…only to joke about it to Tyler…which is great to see…we’re starting to see a lot of just…general chemistry and interaction between #TeamSelfie…either a sign of a winner or sign of a success out of this dating series? Either way…I’d like it!
The new look to go for?
But they do get to the end…and they are correct with Ice Skating Rink! They’re off to…an ice skating rink!
Proceed to the Pit Stop…The Museumplein Ice Skating Rink! The last team to check in…may be eliminated!
You can’t be on the ice without skates Phil!
It’s all going well for #TeamSelfie at the front…so how about a selfie?
At the shuffleboard…#TruckStopLoveStory are on their fourth go…and are getting there…it seems Rochelle is good at it…and Mike is…still honing the craft…they fall 1 point short on their 4th go!
Everyday I’m Shuffling!
#MasterHairstylists get onto the ferry to take them into Amsterdam…yeah…they’re all the way back there!
We then cut to Phil…and #TeamSelfie coming into the pit stop on their bikes! We get introduced to a 15 year old who is apparently the next Gretsky of the Netherlands…no pressure kid! Even though Gretsky was Canadian and all…
Really Phil…this isn’t what I signed up for!
But Phil is able to tell #TeamSelfie they are Team Number 1!
As the winners of this leg they have won a trip for 2 to Seoul, South Korea!
Wow…Queenstown and Seoul…they’re so cool!
Phil tries to ship that they are ‘madly in love’…Tyler says they’re both madly in love with the race…I think that’s as close as you’re going to get Phil…But you keep trying!
Back at Soak, and #Jelannny get through the first two signs, while #BlairleySuriving show up…Hayley complains about being in just a shirt and underwear and how awful and cold it is…while Blair stands next to her in his underwear and really doesn’t seem to care at all! #Jelannny get the part of the skating rink…they just have to figure out the first part…
#MasterHairstylists are still trying to catch up…still a fair way to go…
#Jelannny and #BlairleySurviving cross paths in the water…and a few guys above appear to be checking out Hayley’s butt…at least according to Hayley…but they also seem to be getting at least a few of the cryptic clues right!
Guys creeping on Hayley…no big deal…
#Jelannny get back…but they don’t think they have it all…so they go again…while Hayley figures out the third part of rink…and then the ice part…she is a clever one when she is composed!
#MasterHairstylists keep riding bikes, and talk about never giving up on each other! Keep trying!
#BlairleySurviving mention they think they know it…but as they notice #Jelannny aren’t sure, they decide to act as if they’re confused…which Hayley does so well to start with Blair keeps telling her it’s the right thing…it was a practice round and Blair failed! It’s a rare moment of humour and good natured stuff between them though! Will it work?
An actual nice moment between #BlairleySurviving
Well they don’t really get to use it as Jenny says they know the skating rink part…so they just act as if they don’t know what it is…Jelani says they’re probably overthinking it…you are!
#BlairleySurviving get back and are correct! While #Jelannny have decided they think it might be Roman Skating Rink…because of the Roman Numerals…
#MasterHairstylists finally get to Muntteron…off to the Detour!
At shuffle…#TruckStopLoveStory are 10 rounds in…they need 3 points…and they get them! They’re off to the pit stop!
The costumes of everyone else made this work!
Speaking of the Pit Stop…#BlairleySurviving have survived another day and have arrived in 2nd! Hayley still wearing a helmet over her beanie in what would be described as a…unique look! They speak about dealing with stress differently…and I think Blair still hates being there with Hayley but…at least they’re still there I guess!
The look is…very unique…
#MasterHairstylists get to shuffle…and they seem really good at it! On their first go…Matt is just smashing it out! He gets 42 points! So Ashley only needs 9 points! She starts off slowly…but Matt is giving her great advice…she needs to be…..S…A…W…F…T…SAWFT!!! Sorry…I was watching NXT before and I love Enzo and Big Cass! And Matt says it just like them! 4 points to go!
At the Hot Tub…#Jelannny guess ‘Skating Rink’…that is wrong…and Ashley has a puck or two to go! It’s tight! So we take a break!
The build up!
Back from the break…and…normally someone has an epiphany…but no one has yet…so #Jelannny are asking people in the street of the name of a skating rink…while Ashley goes…and…she misses! They have to start again!
#Jelannny suddenly realise…it’s Ice Skating Rink! Off to the Pit Stop!
#TruckStopLoveStory are riding to the pit stop…but they are lost! They stop to ask for directions…and find out they’ve been going the complete wrong way!
This opens up room for #Jelannny…who sneak in to be Team Number 3!
2 teams remain…and #TruckStopLoveStory check in as Team Number 4! They’re glad to still be here…everyone loves the underdog story!
#MasterHairstylists get to finish the shuffle…and we get a montage of how special the race was to them…showing Matt’s beautiful proposal in Thailand! And talk of them having kids and being married! That’s at least 2 references right?
Flashback montages are never a good sign for a last placed team!
They have arrived last at the Pit Stop…and unfortunately…no…wait…it’s a NON-ELIMINATION LEG! They are shocked…I am surprised as I didn’t see it coming! But it’s not over yet!
Those faces are fantastic!
So after all that…we still have 5 teams in what was a very entertaining leg!
#1 – #TeamSelfie – They’re coming into their prime now! My clear favourites…and the favourites to win the whole thing I believe! There’s just a natural chemistry there that I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks…I’m sure some others will disagree…However…This was a leg with NO SELFIES! Inexcusable!
#2 – #BlairleySurviving – Sometimes they seem to be #BlairleyListening but for all their drama…they find ways to get into good positions…can’t fault that…as for the communication….
#3 – #Jelannny – Not a strong leg…and a bit of a hiccup at the Detour…but to finish 3rd will be good enough for them at this stage.
#4 – #TruckStopLoveStory – Again…they just keep getting through as they do everything adequately and other teams fall around them…could they get to that final 3?
#5 – #MasterHairstylists – Well…it was a day to forget for Matt…but the silver lining was the non-elimination leg! They are capable of getting out of this…on their day they can smash out challenges!
Leg Assessment: A great city in Amsterdam…some great challenges and sights…and a lot of stuff to catch teams out on…a quality leg!
Roadblock Assessment: That’s a quality roadblock! One that messes with your head is always amazing and it was both brutal and entertaining to see Matt struggle with it so much!
Detour Assessment: A really good detour too! Two very different activities that were both challenging and entertaining…that’s really what you want in a good Detour!
Predictions: It was a non-elimination…so…nothing!
Selfie Count: 0! (Still 27 in total)
#MasterHairstylists’ Reference to Marriage/Engagement: 2 (8 in total!)
So Non-Eliminations are annoying but…we get another week with 5 great teams! Look forward to recapping it again for you soon!
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