The Amazing Race – The Teams Are Cracking Up
I wonder if the producers saw any irony in having the race path going from Krakow to Israel. It was probably a road well travelled after World War Two.
The teams were off and racing with all of them catching up at Krakow airport, except for Dave and Kel who got lost on the way, and had to get on a later plane.
The interesting thing about this leg is you could really see how the constant racing was impacting on the teams. Particularly the two older people left in the race Dave and Jeff. They were both quite emotional and moody as they were so exhausted both physically and mentally.
Once in Tel Aviv they had to go up a sky scraper to receive their Roadblock clue. The roadblock was sending them 95 kilometres north to the port town of Haifa. Was this the longest way travelled for a Roadblock in any series of this show.
Nathan and Tyler who had had their money stolen on a train in the previous episode and were already looking worried their $50 for this leg of the race wasn’t going to get them very far.
On the train to Haifa Luke said he was glad Kel and Dave were not there as it was a respite from Dave’s energy. Also they mentioned some malicious behaviour. I wonder what that was all about.
The Roadblock was to put a container on a truck and park it. One thing I have noticed is a lot of the challenges have been pretty much male orientated. Last week the sawing challenge was just about brute force.
The Farmers had their truck licences, and Dave was a truck driver. However Dave was having difficulty with the challenge as he was so fatigued.
Jeff when he finished said to his son Luke “I did that for me and then for you” I kind of got the feeling that has been his parenting philosophy for most of Luke’s life.
The Farmers were the first out of the roadblock and back to Tel Aviv to find Old Jaffa. It was an interesting challenge next where one team member had to answer five questions about teams on the race, and then the other team member had to match them. The farmers were again first to finish. All the other teams struggled with it.
It was then onto the detour – with the choice of finding a key in the sand with a metal detector to open a box, or hit a ball to each other 13 times.
The farmer finished hitting the ball before anyone arrived and then they had to drive to Masada to the pit stop and were first to arrive. I will look forward to seeing next week’s episode to see how far in front of everyone they were.
Jeff and Luke were second, and even after Nathan and Tyler got horribly lost they were still third on the pit stop mat. The girls also went an hour or so the wrong way but were safe. I am not sure what happened to Dave and Kel as they implied that when they finished the detour they thought they could catch Sam and Renae but that could have just been crafty editing.
Dave and Kel didn’t get to the pitstop, as you can’t be on Masada at night, and Grant Bowler came to them at a cafe car park.