Here's a Double-Shot Recap Blog to kick off the week:
Off to Treasure Island we go, where Adam and "Poverty" were fuming over the departure of Candice instead of the loud-mouthed Jonathan. At least Adam had fond memories of farewell make-out session with Candy. (A TC first, I believe). But "Poverty" was so pissed that she tried to cut her fingers off with a machete. However, the Survivor Medical Team made a special trip out to the island to save her fingernail, and then she and the rest of the gang made their way to the Reward Challenge.
And whaddya know, the loved ones were waiting there for them! They teamed up in a challenge where the blindfolded Survivors had to toss buckets of water towards their loved ones, which they would attempt to catch in their own buckets, and then dump into a barrel, that, once filled sufficiently, would raise a flag, indicating a winner. There was a whole lot of water flying around, and a few of the women started squeezing it out of their shirts and hair to fill their barrels, but somehow "Poverty" and her dad came cruising in out of nowhere and their flag flew first, so she was declared the winner. Then "Poverty's" dad had to choose two Survivors to go with them to a cave for a picnic, without any help from "Poverty". Adam looked like he was going to jump out of his shorts. Fortunately for him, "Poverty's" dad had hit it off with his dad, so he got to go along, as well as Sundra and her mother. "Poverty" also had the wonderful priviledge of kicking Jonathan off to Exile Island. Ah, sweet peace.
Once everyone was back at camp, they all realized how nice and quiet it was without Jonathan around, even his alliance members. So when Jon-boy joined them at the Immunity Challenge, there was some serious awkwardness. Nobody even said hello to him as he stumbled up the beach. Jeff talked them through the water obstacle course they would have to complete to win Immunity, then sent them out to slip off barrels and fall off planks. He might as well have just said, "Ozzy, you're the man - here's your necklace", rather than putting them all through the brutality, although Yul did come in a close second.
Back at camp, Jonathan had clearly become the outcast, and there wasn't a whole lot of mystery going into the TC. While his alliance was still touting Adam as the one to go, they went behind Jonathan's back and conspired to vote him out, but not after we had to hear him blah blah blah at TC about what a fine, upstanding man he is, not the cancerous rat that Adam and "Poverty" claim him to be. Now, I do think Adam and "Poverty" have a tendancy to be whiny brats, but seeing Jonathan go really made my day. I can't believe he lasted as long as he did.
Next week looks like it could be extremely interesting, as it appears that Adam and "Poverty" may be able to sway Ozzy over to their side. At this point, Yul is in the driver's seat, but if Ozzy made a switch, all hell could break loose, and Adam could live to see another day...yessssss!! The last Hot Young Stud may prevail yet!
Finale night - with the remaining three teams being: The Hot Boys - Tyler & James; Bama - Lynn & Karlynn; dating couple - Rob & Kimberly. Teams had to start by flying from Barcelona to Paris in this last leg of their journey.
Once in Paris, teams had to run to the Eiffel Tower to find their first clue. Bama hauled ass and made it there first, because their flight had landed at Orly Airport instead of Charles de Gaulle, giving them an early advantage because Orly was closer to the Eiffel Tower. However, Rob & Kim and Tyler & James weren't far behind. Next, they went somewhere to find the Roadblock, where one team member had to do a tandem skydive with a professional, while the other team member got to do a surprise nosedive in the plane. Rob was pouting because apparently the only reason he went on the race was to go skydiving, but because he had already done too many challenges, Kim had to take the plunge. By the end of the skydiving mission, all three teams were basically neck-and-neck.
Their next clue had them at the Detour where they had to choose between art or couture in Paris. Everybody chose couture, with the Hot Boys feeling they had the jump in fitting a jacket to a mannequin because they're models. Seemed like silly logic to me, but apparently they were right, because while the snooty judge kept saying, "No, no, no" to the other two teams, she took one look at Tyler & James' mannequin and handed over the clue. She may have just been dazzled by their hotness, though. Bama got theirs next, with Rob & Kim brining up the rear. And Rob was still sulking about not being able to go skydiving, which infuriated Kim. Like, dude...I'm pretty sure you can find a place to go skydiving in the States anyday. So when you get home, just go and quit freaking about it!
Speaking of the States...Teams discovered they were headed back to home turf with a final flight to New York City. Rob & Kim scored seats on the first plane, while the Hot Boys and Bama were put on the waiting list. Miraculously, Tyler & James made it on, while Bama had to take a later flight. And yes, boys and girls, that was the crucial moment in the Race.
Once in NYC, they had to find the News Building for their next clue. The Hot Boys hit an awesome cabbie who got them there lickity-split, while Rob & Kim got tied up at a toll bridge. At the News Building, they were given a picture of a sculpture to find in the East Village, and because of their familiarty with NYC, both the Hot Boys and Rob & Kim had no trouble finding it, although they did have to run about 30 blocks to get there. I had nasty memories of the New York trip in Gr. 10 and running for a gazillion blocks to catch our bus, just to avoid the wrath of Mrs. Conrod.
But back to this Race... A lovely young girl in yellow cap handed them their last clue: Get your asses to the finish line in rural New York, dudes!
Flash forward to the finish line, and guess who was running towards Phil wearing sexy smiles?? HOT MILLIONAIRES, BABY!! I was very proud of Tyler & James for winning the Race, as I have cheered for them all along, and it was fulfilling to see the recovering addicts make another huge accomplishment in their lives. Rob & Kim were a close second, and I'm not sure, but I think I heard Rob muttering, "Screw the million, man, I just wanted to skydive." Bama followed up in third, but also made a huge accomplishment in being the first all-female team to finish in the top three...Who woulda thunk it?
I did think the finale was a little anti-climatic, and not all that challenging, but I can't complain about the end result, so I guess I'll call it another successful season of The Amazing Race...Can't wait to see what Hot Boys I'll be cheering for next time around!!
That's a wrap on the Double-Shot Recap Blog. I hope everyone had wonderful weekend, and Happy Monday!!