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The Amazing Race, Oct. 6 – “Survivors and Thrivers”

There’s nothing better than great editing that shows contestants being pompous, only to end up eating those words later on. One team member starts out calling his team “survivors and thrivers,” then ends up having to deal with getting lost, misunderstanding a bus schedule, not doing a roadblock the right way, and even Marie, who should probably take the advice herself, telling him to “Zip it, Bingo.”

Departing from: Iquique, Chile

Teams:

Tim and Marie: Exes from Morristown, NJ. Time of departure: 2:52 AM. She knows everyone thought they would be a disaster and the first ones gone because of their arguing, but here they are holding onto two express passes.

Nicole and Travis: Married ER physicians from Atlanta. Time of departure: 3:02 AM. Not coming in first was a missed opportunity and it’s time to just move on.

Rowan and Shane: Theater performers from Charlotte. Time of departure: 3:08 AM. They’re survivors and thrivers. You won’t see them on the red carpet, but might see them laying there.

Chester and Ephraim: Former NFL teammates from Houston. Time of departure: 3:13 AM. Ephraim says he is 6’8″ and 280 pounds, prompting Chester to announce, “We big!”

Nicky and Kim: Major League Baseball wives from the Midwest. Time of departure: 3:14 AM.

Ally and Ashley: NHL ice crew teammates from Long Beach, California. Time of departure: 3:20 AM. They are in an alliance with the Afghanimals who call them their race wives, as they have more of a commitment with them than race girlfriends.

Leo and Jamal: Cousins from Southern California. Time of departure: 4:00 AM.

Jason and Amy:Dating and from New England. Time of departure: 5:17 AM.

Tim and Danny: Oil plant workers from Cordell, Oklahoma. Time of departure: 5:28 AM.

Brandon and Adam: Childhood friends from Chico, California. Time of departure: 5:34 AM. Two hours and forty-two minutes after Tim and Marie.

First Clue: Teams will need to make their way by car to the deck of the Museo Corbeta Esmeralda where the officer there will pass them their next clue. The teams arrive before the Esmeralda opens, and Marie sets out the rule to leave their backpacks in order of arrival, wanting to make sure she and Tim keep their place of being first in line. Jamal nicknames them “Pinky and No Brain.”

Second Clue: During the Battle of Iquique in the War of the Pacific Chilean National Hero Arturo Prat uttered a famous phrase before the sinking of the Esmeralda. They need to find the phrase, then repeat it in Spanish to the officer. The phrase in English is, “Charge the ship, Men!” Order of Finish: Brandon and Adam, Ally and Ashley, Nicole and Travis, Tim and Marie, Chester and Ephraim, Rowan and Shane, Leo and Jamal, Jason and Amy, Nicky and Kim, and Tim and Danny.

Third Clue: Teams need to make their way to the Irlanda Salt Mines. They will search for their next clue near the Irlanda 3 roadside.

Fourth Clue: Detour: Teams will will need to ride bikes into the salt mines then chose between Mining or Brining. In Brining, teams will add enough salt to a pool of water to where they can comfortably float while reading a newspaper. In Mining, teams will break open boulders of salt until they find one with a hidden clue. Order of Arrival: Brandon and Adam, Ally and Ashley, Leo and Jamal, Nicole and Travis, Chester and Ephraim, Jason and Amy, Tim and Marie, Nicky and Kim, Tim and Danny, and Rowan and Shane.

Mining: Brandon and Adam, Ally and Ashley (they leave, switching to Brining), Leo and Jamal, Chester and Ephraim, Tim and Danny, and Rowan and Shane.

Brining: Ally and Ashley, Nicole and Travis, Jason and Amy, Tim and Marie, and Nicky and Kim

Order of Finish: Brandon and Adam, Leo and Jamal, Chester and Ephraim, Jason and Amy, Nicole and Travis, Tim and Marie, Ally and Ashley, Tim and Danny, Rowan and Shane, and Nicky and Kim.

Fifth Clue: The teams will travel back to Iquique and take a 1000 mile bus ride to Santiago. There they will make their way to Plaza de Armas to search for their next clue.

Catching the 1:30 bus: Brandon and Adam, Chester and Ephraim, Jason and Amy, Nicole and Travis, and Leo and Jamal.

Catching the 2:00 bus: Tim and Marie, Ally and Ashley, Nicky and Kim, and Tim and Danny.

Catching the 4:00 bus: Rowan and Shane.

Rowan and Shane take the 4:00 bus mistakenly believing that while the 2:00 bus will arrive at 6:00 PM, the 4:00 bus will arrive at 4:00. They are wrong; the 4:00 bus won’t arrive until 10:00. They think they will have a two hour lead, but will instead be behind by four hours.

Sixth Clue: Roadblock: Order of Arrival: Jason and Amy, Chester and Ephraim, Brandon and Adam, Leo and Jamal, Nicole and Travis, Tim and Danny, Tim and Marie, Nicky and Kim, Ally and Ashley, and Rowan and Shane. One teammate from each team will need to polish the shoes of a waiting customer, then figure out the puzzle of how to put together the shining stand and push it six blocks to the central storage area to get the next clue. A number of them either forget the mat that comes with the stand and have to go back for it or don’t understand how to pack up the stand correctly. Participating: Amy, Chester, Adam, Leo, Nicole, Danny, Marie, Nicky, Ashley, and Rowan.

Somehow there is yet another miscalculation of Rowan and Shane’s bus arrival time. They arrive at 7:03 PM, three hours ahead of when they thought they would. This catches them up with the teams that took the 2:00 PM bus. They lose some of the time they gained when Rowan chooses a shoeshine stand that isn’t part of the challenge. He has to repeat it again with an appropriate stand.

Order of Finish: Chester and Ephraim, Leo and Jamal, Brandon and Adam, Nicole and Travis, Jason and Amy, Ally and Ashley, Tim and Danny, Tim and Marie, Nicky and Kim, and Rowan and Shane.

Seventh Clue: Teams will make their way to the Cascada de las Animas in the Andes Mountains, the pit stop for this leg of the Race. The winners of this leg win a trip for two via Travelocity to Turks and Caicos.

Pit Stop: Order of Arrival: Chester and Ephraim, Leo and Jamal, Brandon and Adam, Nicole and Travis, Jason and Amy, Tim and Danny, Ally and Ashley, Tim and Marie, Nicky and Kim, and Rowan and Shane.

At the pit stop, Leo and Jamal don’t pay their cabdriver enough before they run onto Phil’s pit stop mat. The Race requires them to have their debt paid in full before finishing, so they end up losing what would have been a first place finish.

Express Pass: Tim and Marie give their extra pass to Nicky and Kim because of their common bond of Tim playing minor league ball with Kim’s husband. Nicky asks Marie for the Pass during the Roadblock, but Marie refuses to give it to her. Neither pass gets used on this leg and both are still in play.

Teams to Get Lost: Rowan and Shane on their way to the salt mines.

Sound Bites: Adam: We just jammed on those bikes like a Mac truck.

Leo and Jamal: We’ve got Afghanimal strength. Let’s go.

Rowan: I don’t want to talk; you’re using my air.

Marie: Zip it, Bingo.

Shane mentions that they took the chance, and you can’t have great success without great failure. After twenty-seven years, Rowan has finally learned how to appreciate Shane even more.

Next Week: Teams go medieval, and Marie goes up against Nicky and Kim when they argue over position on a standby list for a flight.

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