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The Amazing Race, Oct. 30 – Time to Cut the Hay


JLaurence and Zac finish building the trucks, with the dad being a little down that the task is over already. Bill and Cathi finish sewing their suit and take off for the furniture shop. Justin and Jennifer have their beds loaded and are on their way to the pit stop. Jeremy and Sandy are looking for a driver, but Andy and Tommy grab the next truck that arrives. Sandy is asking why they don’t have a truck when they got there second. Ernie and Cindy arrive at the furniture shop just before Bill and Cathi. 

Marcus and Amani finish sewing the suit, with him saying his grandma would be proud. They take off for the furniture shop, but when the drive doesn’t seem to go very quickly, he says he’s on a  high speed chase, and they seem to be on the opposite of that.

Laurence and Zac’s driver brings a car. The beds can’t fit in there, but Zac is trying to find a way to open the doors and get it to fit anyway. Jeremy and Sandy finally find a truck, while Laurence and Zac go back to ask for a different driver and vehicle. Ernie and Cindy get theirs loaded in a truck, and as they ride in the back with it, she says she’s never felt so unsafe in her life.

Laurence and Zac flag down a truck and load up their beds while Bill and Cathi ride in the back of a truck with their beds. He stands up yelling, “Yeehaw!” while she admonishes him for the danger in that. Laurence tells their driver they’re in a race and if the others get there before them, they’re done. Amani and Marcus arrive in last place again and quickly grab a truck and get on there way, while she pleads, “Please don’t let us get eliminated.”

Justin and Jennifer arrive at the village, with Andy and Tommy doing the same. They have to carry the beds quite a distance through the village. Jeremy and Sandy also arrive and start carrying their beds, but she’s struggling to carry hers, telling him she’s trying, so she needs him to stop yelling at her. Amani and Marcus’ vehicle breaks down, as he yells, “Shoot!” I think I’d be yelling something stronger and only four letters long, whether I’m being filmed for a reality TV show or not. They get another cab pretty quickly, but he’s still really worried.

Justin and Jennifer carry their beds all the way to Phil’s mat, and are welcomed by some villagers, as Andy and Tommy are arriving right behind them. Phil announces they’ll be sleeping on these beds tonight. Justin and Jennifer are told they need to go back and pay their driver before they can be checked in. This means Andy and Tommy are the winners of this leg of the race, grabbing first place once again. They have won a Travelocity trip for two to a private island in the British Isles. They are stoked.

Bill and Cathi start carrying their beds, as she says they only need to pay the driver if he asks. Jeremy is complaining that Sandy isn’t carrying her bed correctly. Cathi is doing okay with this, saying that living on a farm, they understand manual labor. Cindy is struggling some with this, like Sandy, saying she was hoping for a day without bruises, but she doesn’t think it’s going to happen. Cindy tries carrying the bed on her head, but the weight collapses her with her now being trapped under the bed. 

Justin and Jennifer are still running back to the beginning. They pay their driver and find Bill and Cathi’s driver waiting as well, knowing this gives them a little time to get back to the pit stop. Cathi is carrying her bed without much trouble, saying it’s not bad for a 62-year-old woman. Meanwhile, Sandy is still struggling. Ernie and Cindy get passed up. 

Justin and Jennifer end up back on the mat to be officially named team number two. Bill and Cathi arrive and are told to stay where they are, as Jeremy and Sandy arrive as well. Jeremy and Sandy are team number three, and Bill an Cathi are told they need to go back and pay their driver. Amani and Marcus arrive and begin carrying their beds. 

Laurence and Zac reach the mat, and Laurence gets a big hug from a local as they are named team number four, with Ernie and Cindy team number five. Bill and Cathi pass Amani and Marcus and pay their driver. It’s a race back to Phil’s mat, but Bill and Cathi get there first. Amani and Marcus arrive in last place. She’s not ready for it to be over. They are told they will need these beds, as they are still in the Race. It’s another non-elimination leg. She sheds tears of joy, again saying they want to show their daughter to keep trying. She finds it a great example for not just their kids, but all kids.

Amani and Marcus will still have a Speed Bump to complete, but even if they don’t have an equalizer of a flight on the next leg, they are only minutes behind the lead here. They are still very much in this race. Having started this leg in first place, they can still easily get back there again.

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