Seven teams remain and Alain & Audrey are first off at 11:48am. The teams are "goin' to Winnipeg" and once there they need to find the Golden Boy for their next clue. Too bad Nicole & Cormac were eliminated last leg because they'd know (as would I) that the Golden Boy stands atop the Manitoba Legislature Building.
Even though Ryan & Rob are in 2nd place, Rob's face still shows no emotion. The Olympians have dropped to 3rd but have no intention of staying there, and they're followed by Sukhi & Jinder who started their life in Canada in Winnipeg. The Twins and Dudes have no connection to Winnipeg but it's no surprise that Rex knows the city well thanks to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Everyone is going to be on the same flight to Winnipeg via Vancouver and arrive at 11:10pm, only to find they're all bunking in for the night and waiting for the building to open at 6:00am. As the sun shines off the Golden Boy's side all teams race in for the next clue. They're off to the Royal Canadian Mint, which has produced coins for 72 different countries. Teams need to match 10 international coins to their flags easy enough if you have a good memory.
Sukhi doesn't trust that their cabbie knows where he's going and since they didn't arrive with the first group she could be right. Alain & Audrey, the Twins, the Dudes and the Olympians have arrived and Natalie & Meaghan split the coins into five each in an effort to minimize memorization. Good idea as the four teams head back out to the flags.
The Olympians missed something the first time, but corrected for it and we're first to get the next clue . . . Back to Winnipeg to the windiest intersection in Canada, Portage and Main, and the next clue. The girls are back in first and heading out as Sukhi & Jinder are last to arrive and need to make up some time.
The Tsunami Siblings may have Fallen behind but they whirled through that task and were the second ones out. Not sure I'd have jumped back in with the same cabbie but waiting for a replacement would likely be worse. With the girls stuck in traffic by a train, Sukhi & Jinder will be right behind them.
Alain & Audrey are out third, with Rex & Bob right behind. The girls are still stuck at the train crossing, which isn't really a surprise around Winnipeg. Pierre & Michel are fifth out of the mint.
Natalie & Meaghan find the next clue. Time for a Detour, Puck It or Pinch It. In Puck It the teams need to work together to stick handle a puck down the ice at the MTS Centre and score five goals before getting their next clue from the Jets mascot. In Pinch It teams need to locate St Ivan Sikkorsky Orthodox Cathedral to prepare 74 perfectly pinched perogies.
I'm thinking the girls would pick the hockey task (kinda a no brainer), but there's a catch . . . being first to arrive they could choose to take the Fast Forward, which could take them directly to the Pit Stop. No surprise they stick with the task, but I'm not even sure they considered the Fast Forward. Interesting. Wayne would probably prefer the hockey task and even though I haven't been on skates in almost 40 years I'd probably agree with him.
Mickey & Pete are the sixth team to leave the mint. Ryan & Rob are now the only team left behind and I could almost swear I saw a frown for a moment there.
Sukhi & Jinder get the Detour and figure that the Olympians would have taken the Fast Forward so they decide to Puck It. A good strategy on their part to avoid having to backtrack, but wrong. When Alain & Audrey arrive they make the same decision as Sukhi & Jinder, figuring the Olympians are too smart not to take the Fast Forward. Surprise.
The girls love their Winnipeg Jets look as they hit the ice and listen to the coach, who looks pretty surprised to have the Olympians on his ice. No surprise they race through the first four shots just as Sukhi & Jinder (neither of which can skate) arrive, but the dreaded 5 hole messes them up. Maybe they messed up just to watch Sulhi.
Meanwhile, Ryan & Rob have completed their coin match and Rex & Bob have arrived at the Detour clue and are the first team to choose Pinch It.
When Audrey sees that the girls decided to skip the Fast Forward she grabs Alain and they're off to the Cube. Back on the ice, the Olympians are at shot 19 and still no 5 spot. Nor at 21 or 25 or . . . well, at least Jinder is amused.
Out on the streets Alain & Audrey need to search a six square block area for seven faded vintage billboards, known as Ghost Signs. Then they need to fill in the missing words on their sheet and return it to the police officer at the Cube. Done correctly they can then proceed to the Pit Stop.
Ryan & Rob also decide to Pinch It, where they'll meet up with Rex & Bob who look "absolutely gorgeous" in their hair caps and aprons. Sure they do. Back on the ice shot 31 misses again for the Olympians. Shoulda taken the Fast Forward.
It doesn't help when Michel's first shot is at the 5 hole and it's in. Uh oh. I believe Wayne and I both warned against this. Natalie's 46th shot still goes to the right. Pierre & Michel hit all five spots in 11 shots and they're done. The girls are not impressed.
The Twins are now on their way to Whiskey Dix to search for their next clue and have moved into first place. Moving into second place are the Dudes with the 5 hole on their ninth shot. The Olympians miss their 56th but finally get the shot on 57, grab the next clue and make a run for Whiskey Dix just two blocks away.
Good move by the girls because while the other two teams took a cab, they arrived first at the clue box . . . Roadblock, one team member will have to dress like a rock star, memorize the lyrics of a rock and roll tune, and perform the song correctly in front of a crowd of Winnipeg music lovers. Natalie, Mickey and Michel decide to perform the Roadblock, but Michel feels it's way too hard for him.
Back at the pierogi task Rex & Bob find they only managed 30 of the 74 correctly. Back to the dough, boys. On the ice Sukhi & Jinder have finished up with only 39 shots and beat the Olympians speed, but they're still in fifth place.
Michel convinces his brother there's no way he can complete this Roadblock so they decide to use their Express Pass. The Twins are now on their way to the soon to be opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where they will find the Pit Stop for this leg of the race. I wondered what that building was last year while in Winnipeg, now I know.
Alain & Audrey finally completed their Fast Forward and it looks like a footrace to the Pit Stop, but Pirre & Michel beat them to it and are Team Number 1. The Twins also won a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico and $3000 on their card. At least they were nice enough to thank Natalie & Meaghan for the Express Pass.
Alain & Audrey are Team Number 2, a little disappointed but a good place to be. Better than on stage with Mickey who forgot the words to his tune, or under the watchful eye of Helen who informed Ryan & Rob they only made 37 correctly.
Sukhi & Jinder arrive and Jinder just owns the stage, until he forgets the lyrics. Time for Natalie to take to the stage but she also fails her first attempt, and second, and third. To be fair, so did Mickey and Jinder.
Rex & Bob complete their pierogis and are off to Whiskey Dix, but not soon enough to see Mickey rule the stage. Jinder also performed well and he and Sukhi were off. Natalie's fifth attempt also nailed it and off they raced before Rex & Bob arrived.
Rex chose to do the Roadblock but was a bit surprised when he had to perform a rock song. Good thing he can dance.
Mickey & Pete are Team Number 3, and Suk hi & Jinder are Team Number 4. Dropping into Team Number 5 were Natalie & Meaghan who fell way below their expectations (and ours). Again, should have taken the Fast Forward.
Ryan & Rob have arrived as Rex fails his third attempt. Maybe it's the pink mesh top. Rob looks a lot better in costume and finally looks like he's having a good time. He should be because he nailed it in one attempt. He must have motivated Rex because his sixth attempt worked.
Ryan & Rob are Team Number 6 and, despite their delusions of being in third place, Rex & Bob were the last team to arrive and have been eliminated from the race. Rex got to say his farewell with the ballerina and then he and Bob walked down into the Winnipeg sunset.
Next week the remaining six teams are off to Normandy, France to horse around, dilute their chances, and face Canadian history. Meanwhile, I'll still be on vacation so my review may be late again, but I'll do my best to get it done on time. Until then, watch for our exit interview, Cory Mitic's thoughts, and a special video review.