The Amazing Race Australia – We Have Our Top Three
Those girls from Western Australia rock. If there ever is an international The Amazing Race all stars edition, this team needs to be on it.
Gutsy attitude to everything, nothing phases them and they don’t whinge.
After arriving last in the previous episode Sam and Renae had to either finish first in this leg or incur a 20 minute time penalty.
The Farmers were the first to leave the pitstop in Jerusalem at 1.14am and had to fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
At Tel Aviv airport some of the best airport scenes of the series occurred. There were differing view on which flights to take. The Farmers and Luke and Jeff, on what appeared Jeff’s advice decided to take the flight with the long layer in Jordan and arriving at 5.00am in Sri Lanka. He seemed to be assuming the detours and roadblocks would not be operating until morning, and he was kind of right.
Nathan and Tyler took the go hard or go home option, opting to risk the short layover in Rome to get into Colombo at midnight. When Renae and Sam got to the airport and asking to get on the flight the guy had booked the other teams on (the one via Jordan) they were told the flight was now full. So they took the via Rome option as well.
I think this was bollocks and the producers wanted to manipulate it that there were two teams on each flight, so if one plane was caught up there would be two teams racing against each other to avoid elimination.
I was hoping Jeff would get his come uppance but he was right the temple didn’t open until 6.00am, however they had not arrived by then. The girls were in first to be blessed and get the next clue, followed closely by the male models.
I did have to laugh at the contrast of accommodation, the guys in the posh hotel, the other two teams outside the temple in the rain getting bitten by insects.
However it is the pointy end of the competition, any minute advantage can mean the difference between making top three and being eliminated.
They were off to the detour it was either counting or carrying. Counting – were teams had to count the number of fish in a bucket in a crowded fish market, and carry was carrying 15 blocks of ice on a trolley to stall number w 63.
All teams decided to do carry – Nathan and Tyler finished first and then it was off to the train station to travel third class to Galle.
All the teams got on the train, however Jeff and Luke bought second class tickets, but only incurred a 10 minute penalty which I thought they got off lightly, considering if they had missed the train they would have had to wait another 2 hours for another one. Would travelling first class only incurred a 20 minute penalty?
There next clue was on the beach where they had to unlock two chests with clues related to Sri Lanka’s history.
Then it was off to Amballangoda by bus to match a mask at the festival. Jeff and Luke were last to arrive and were trying to find the mask shop. Some helpful people were trying to point them in the right direction but they were insistent that wasn’t where they wanted to go. Because as you know Jeff DOES know it all.
Both the model teams were still leading the pack to the Roadblock which was in a clothing factory. One person from each team had to sew a shirt. It was great to see a challenge that was not brawn or physical. This was an advantage to the girls who got out of there first and must have been happy to think they were getting to the pitstop first.
However they received a 20 minute time penalty, as did Nathan and Tyler for riding in private transportation.
However lucky for the girls Jeff, and the farmers were struggling with the sewing, and stepped onto the pitstop mat first, and hence did not have to sit through another 30 minute penalty.
Nathan and Tyler were the second team to get into the top three, and unfortunately the farmers were eliminated. They were a classy team but it did crack me up when Matt said “Just get me back to Australia”. Don’t expect to see him trekking in Nepal anytime soon. If you want to see the Farmers all scrubbed up and without their cowboy hats go to this TV Week picture link, they look good.
Luke and Jeff barely barely cracked a smile when they hit top three I am just hoping that in the final episode they get excited about something.
Something for fans to get excited about you can apply for the second season of The Amazing Race Australia here.