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The Amazing Race, Oct. 13 – Racing with Ricky Bobby

Ricky Bobby, despite being a race car driver, is one of the last names I’d expect to come up on The Amazing Race. Nevertheless, the “great Ricky Bobby” is quoted by the team arriving in last place tonight.

Departing from: Santiago, Chile

First Clue: Teams will need to travel to Lisbon, Portugal, travel to Martim Moniz Square, then ride a tram to the top of the hill to get their next clue.

Teams:

Chester and Ephraim: Former NFL teammates from Houston. Time of departure: 6:27 PM. Usually when they travel they have people who book everything for them; they only need to show up. They’re on their way to a travel agency right now to find a flight. Their agent messes up the date, costing them time and a spot on the earliest flight. They end up on a flight landing at 12:00 PM after a connection in Såo Paolo, until their travel agent calls the airport with a message for them that she found them an earlier flight landing at 7:00 AM after two connections in Buenos Aires and Madrid. They’re worried about the two connections, but figure the five our difference is worth it.

Leo and Jamal: Cousins from Southern California. Time of departure: 6:39 PM. Jamal is super-excited; he’s always wanted to go to Portugal. It seems the two have put away their differences from the end of the last leg. They go straight to the airport to book their flight, arranging a flight that will arrive in Lisbon at 11:00 AM after a connection in London. Knowing they are before most of the other teams, they share their earlier flight info with Ashley and Ally and Tim and Danny.

Brandon and Adam: Childhood friends from Chico, California. Time of departure: 6:58 PM. They also get seats on the 12:00 PM flight. Chester and Ephraim’s agent calls them and gives them the earliest flight she could find for them, a flight that lands at 10:00 AM after a connection in Madrid.

Nicole and Travis: Married ER physicians from Atlanta. Time of departure: 7:11 PM. He feels the Race creates a lot of stress and pressure, and it isn’t too far off from what they experience as doctors. They head straight to the airport as well and book a flight landing at 7:00 AM after a connection in Såo Paolo. It starts the same as the flight that lands at 12:00; they just have an earlier connection.

Jason and Amy:Dating and from New England. Time of departure: 7:25 PM. She notes that they’ve been dating for a little over a year, and surprisingly they have been working together really well on tasks in the Race. Their taxi gets in an accident, costing them valuable time. They get on the flight that lands at 12:00 PM.

Tim and Danny: Oil plant workers from Cordell, Oklahoma. Time of departure: 12:25 AM. They get tickets on the earlier 11:00 AM flight with the Afghanimals and Ice Girls, but are uncomfortable lying about it to Marie. They know the Afghanimals are just trying to bring them with them so they that the other teams are upset with them as well for getting the earlier flight. Danny wants to U-turn the Afghanimals if given the chance. They outsmart the Afghanimals and get tickets on the flight that lands at 10:00 AM.

Ally and Ashley: NHL ice crew teammates from Long Beach, California. Time of departure: 12:27 AM. They get tickets on the earlier 11:00 AM flight after a tip from the Aghanimals.

Tim and Marie: Exes from Morristown, NJ. Time of departure: 12:33 AM. He realizes people are being more friendly to them because they have the Express Passes. While they had told Nicky and Kim they would give the extra Express Pass to them, they haven’t done so yet. They get tickets for the flight that lands at 12:00 PM

Nicky and Kim: Major League Baseball wives from the Midwest. Time of departure: 1:00 AM, six hours and thirty-three minutes after Chester and Ephraim. They get tickets on the flight that lands at 12:00 PM.

After the flights take off, Chester and Ephraim’s flight out of Madrid is delayed four hours. They find another flight that should catch them up to the other teams in Såo Paolo, only to board the flight and be told they are being delayed again. They just miss the connecting flight with everyone else, meaning they will be a half day behind everybody. Unbelievably, their flight out of London ends up being delayed as well.

The teams on the 12:00 flight race to get on the standby list for the earlier connection. Marie and Nicky and Kim get in an argument over which team were on the standby list first. The Baseball Wives get the standby flight, really pissing off Marie. Suffice it to say they won’t be getting the Express Pass.

The First Flight Arriving in Lisbon: Nicole and Travis, Jason and Amy, Nicky and Kim.

The Second Flight Arriving in Lisbon: Brandon and Adam, Tim and Danny.

The Third Flight Arriving in Lisbon: Leo and Jamal, Ally and Ashley.

The Fourth Flight Arriving in Lisbon: Tim and Marie

The Fifth Flight Arriving in Lisbon: Chester and Ephraim

Second Clue: The teams must figure out that the painting at Martim Moniz Square is directing them to Museu Nacional dos Coches. Order of Arrival: Jason and Amy, Nicole and Travis, Nicky and Kim, Tim and Danny, Brandon and Adam, Ally and Ashley, Leo and Jamal, and Tim and Marie.

Third Clue: Detour: Tiles or Miles. In Tiles, teams will need to assemble a life-size puzzle that includes dozens of very fragile pieces. Once completed, they’ll get the next clue. In Miles, teams will use a giant navigation instrument to measure the total distance Magellan sailed to ten destinations. Once they’re within five-hundred miles, they’ll get the next clue. Order of Arrival: Jason and Amy, Nicole and Travis, Nicky and Kim, Tim and Danny, Brandon and Adam, Leo and Jamal, Ally and Ashley, and Tim and Marie.

Tiles: Nicky and Kim, Brandon and Adam, Ally and Ashley, Leo and Jamal, Tim and Marie,

Miles: Jason and Amy, Nicole and Travis, Tim and Danny, Leo and Jamal (they end up switching to Tiles), and Ally and Ashley (they end up switching to Tiles),

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

Jason/Amy and Nicole/Travis work together on the Detour with the guys moving the large navigational tool and the women doing the math. They get the next clue on their first attempt. The Afghanimals and their Race Wives also work together on Miles, only to both switch to Tiles.

Fourth Clue: Teams need to make their way to Clube Portugues de Tiro a Chumbo for their next clue.

Fifth Clue: Roadblock:Order of Arrival: Jason and Amy, Nicole and Travis, Nicky and Kim, Tim and Danny, Brandon and Adam, Ally and Ashley, Leo and Jamal, and Tim and Marie. One person from each team will put on a knight’s suit of armor, and using a giant ballista will hit a shield 150 feet away to get their next clue. Participating: Jason, Travis, Kim, Danny, Adam, Ally, Jamal, and Tim.

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

Sixth Clue: The teams will make their way to Castelo dos Mouros, a 9th century castle and the pit stop for this leg of the race. The winners of this leg win a trip for two from Travelocity to Costa Rica.

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

Express Pass: Tim and Marie fight with Nicky and Kim after they had promised the Express Pass to them on the previous leg. The don’t figure to be getting it anymore. Tim and Marie discuss using their pass to get through the Roadblock, but persevere and don’t end up using it. Neither pass gets used on this leg and both are still in play.

Teams to Get Lost: None.

Sound Bites: Jason: I’m in Medieval Times, King Arthur Style.

Marie: I’m trying not to act like a bitch.

Phil to Marie: I think you’re in control of everything.

After all the other teams arrive at the pit stop, Chester and Ephraim finally arrive in Lisbon. Phil meets them there instead of having them finish the leg and eliminates them. Ephraim isn’t happy about being eliminated but calls it a great experience, getting the chance to do it with Chester. He quotes the great Ricky Bobby, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” Phil wishes them luck as they catch a flight out of Lisbon. I’m sure getting on an airplane is the last thing they want to do right now.

Next Week: Teams plunge into the Arctic and Nicole makes a power pay to get the Express Pass.

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