Hamilton & Michaelia are the first to depart Santiago at 3:46am and they're on their way to Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Latin city of love. Brian & Cynthia are an hour behind but we know they're all going to be on the same flight so nobody really cares. Gino & Jesse are the last to depart and once teams get to the airport it's game on to get that second Express Pass as everyone starts sucking up to Hamilton & Michaelia.
Once teams arrive in Buenos Aires they need to search for Plaza Canada and the totem pole that was carved in 1961 and presented to the city of Beunos Aires. There's the mad rush for the cabs and a bunch of teams arrive at once to find the totem pole and get their next clue.
Teams must now make their way to Barrio La Boca, which looks like a great place for a Roadblock. Nic & Sabrina are the first there and need to gather Mentos candies from corner stores to spell out four famous Argentinian's based on four clues. The problem I'd have with this is not eating the Mentos.
Brian & Cynthia arrive followed by Neil & Kristen and Cynthia and Neil decide to work together to get the Roadblock done faster. Sabrina has no problem gathering the candies and answering all four questions as Nick & Matt and Dana & Amanda arrive in 4th and 5th place, only to find that she's missing letters.
Nick and Dana decide to work together, and Dujean & Sean also decide to work together. Sabrina solves her "p/d" problem when she realizes all she needs to do is flip the letter and now they're on their way to Futbol Madero. Meanwhile Simi & Ope and Gino & Jesse are both at the wrong place having been dropped off at the Canadian Embassy. That's definitely going to slow them down. The brothers get directions from a local and run to Plaza Canada while Simi & Ope check a map and grab another cab. While they were busy playing catch up, Dujean and Sean got all the questions answered by a local, nice.
Hamilton finds himself on his own at the Mentos challenge and I hope it's only because they won the last leg and have proven themselves to be competitors.
Nic & Sabrina have arrived at Futbol Madero where they must maneuver a soccer ball through a course and score on net blindfolded. Nic was a professional soccer player until his injury and he puts on the blindfold while listening to Sabrina's directions and this is where they slow down. Another of Gord & Wayne's Rules; Never do the task that seems tailor made for you.
Nick and Dana have solved their Mentos task and both teams are off while Hamilton is still working on his own and falling further behind as Gino gets it. The other teams start arriving at Futbol Madero and I was right about the gorilla comment, it was the wrestlers. Nic is getting a little down on himself feeling he's taken too long now that all the teams are there.
Neil & Kristen are the first to make it through the challenge, receive their next clue and are now on their way to El Obelisco. Gino & Jesse are out on their fourth attempt. Nic & Sabrina are still there so Sabrina convinces Nic to take the penalty. Why they don't just switch positions is beyond me, but maybe there's something in the rules about that.
At El Obelisco Neil & Kristin find the Detour; Dine or Dance. In Dine teams work as chef and server to three customers, while in Dance racers must perform Argentina's national dance, the Tango. I guess Wayne and I would choose Dine because we'd look pretty silly dancing together. Neil & Kristen chose Dance, as did Gino & Jesse. The catch to this leg's Detour is that there are only six spots for each side.
Back on the field Dana & Amanda are on their fifteenth attempt while Nick & Matt come up with "the hop" and complete the task. All the other teams follow suit using "the hop" to get through the challenge. Maybe Nic & Sabrina should have stuck around.
At the Detour Nic & Sabrina choose Dine and Sabrina takes on the role of the waitress, while Nick & Matt and Brian & Cynthia both choose Dance, where they find Neil & Kristin and Gino & Jesse practicing. Neil & Kristin actually look good, as long as nobody looks at their feet. Brent & Sean finally get the soccer task in their 26th try, right behind Dana & Amanda.
Sabrina had the customers repeat the orders several times as she repeat them back and it worked. Nic & Sabrina are now on their way to the Pit Stop for this leg of the race, the Puente De La Mujere. As they leave, Simi & Ope have arrived.
Nic & Sabrina are the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop but now they need to sit out their two hour penalty and hope nobody catches up to them.
No surprise that Leilani & Dujean chose Dance, but it makes Kristen second guess this side of the Detour. Meanwhile Simi & Ope have already decided to switch from Dine to Dance because there's no way they can remember the orders in English let alone Spanish, but they may have no choice as the six slots are already full. Neil & Kristin decide against switching and that forces Dana & Amanda to choose Dine. Brent & Sean also choose Dine, not that they had a choice.
Neil & Kristin complete their tango on their 2nd attempt and they're off to the Pit Stop. Neil & Kristen are the second team to arrive but thanks to Nic & Sabrina's penalty they are Team Number 1 and also win tickets to Beijing, China and gas for six months from PetroCanada.
Nick & Matt also completed the dance on their second attempt, followed by Gino & Jesse. According to my wife Nick & Matt made a cuter couple on the dance floor than Gino & Jesse. Both teams are off to the Pit Stop and it's a foot race across the bridge. Man, those wrestlers move fast for their size, just not quite fast enough. Gino & Jesse are Team Number 2, while Nick & Matt are Team Number 3. Tic toc, tic toc, Nic & Sabrina are still waiting.
Dujean & Leilani nail the Dance on their first attempt, an exception to the rule, while Dana & Amanda mess up the dining orders. Simi & Ope actually got it right on their second attempt, surprising themselves more than anyone as Brent & Sean also complete the Dine task.
Dujean & Leilani are Team Number 4, Simi & Ope are Team Number 5, Brent & Sean are Team Number 6, and Hamilton & Michaelia are Team Number 7.
Dana & Amanda finally complete their Dine Detour around the same time that Brian & Cynthia complete their tango and it's coming down to the wire for Nic & Sabrina with four minutes left on their penalty. They just made it by the skin of their teeth and Nic & Sabrina are Team Number 8.
Brian & Cynthia are Team Number 9 and right on their heels Dana & Amanda are the last team to arrive and have been eliminated. As fellow police officers Brian says that they represented their force and their province with honour. Nicely said Brian. I do find it interesting that what should have been three strong teams have been the first three to go.
As Wayne usually handles the exit interviews we'll be missing the chance to talk with Dana & Amanda unless we can set something up on the weekend. It could happen but don't count on it. We'll also be a little late on our video review this week but hopefully our fans will survive. Next week the racers are coming back home to Halifax where somebody loses their passport and may have cost themselves the race. Until that time.