I'm sorry if I don't remember any names of the racers save for a few. Not many have made an impression on me and with a three week holiday, I've totally forgotten most of them. Such is life. Bergen and Kurt are first to leave (I forgot they won the last leg) and head to Germany. Darn, Europe already. That means they'll probably spend the next several legs stuck in Europe, just like the previous season. Too much Europe, I tell you! Hopefully, they'll head south to Africa for a bit or maybe even South America. I love it when the race visit South America.
But Germany it is. Sigh. Okay, land in Munich, take a train and find a clothing shop so they can celebrate Oktoberfest. Perfect, even though they probably shot this in November. But nothing like a few German beers to make the leg go better. I hope there's beer. Even if there wasn't, Gord and I would find some. Off to the airport. More and more relationship stuff. And while I like a bit of this, it's gets tiring. As Hal Johnson (Body Break Team Season 1 Amazing Race Canada), said on FB recently, this season is a lot like Big Brother, and he hates Big Brother. Me too. Grumble, grumble. Wait, one more thing about this Dating Game Season I really don't like. And my kid doesn't like either. There is no all female team, which a very much missed dynamic.
All teams on the same flight, on the same train, running through town looking for the shop. Teams must get dressed in traditional costumes. Nice mustache on the dude in the shop. And then find Find the Alter Peter tower and climb to the top and find the marked cars. Save for the climb, that ain't hard. Or maybe it is cause Laura and Tyler jump into one car, don't like it, them take another. But they leave their important fanny pack behind. Team JJ can't translate what they saw from the tower to what they see on the ground. Bergen and Kurt can't drive stick. Another classic Amazing Race rule: learn to drive stick before going onto the race. And Team JJ argue. He calls her an idioit, fucking annoying, tells her to shut up, yeah that's gonna help. Commercial break and they are still at it.
At the task, it's another version of Canada's Worst Driver. They have to drive backwards through a winter wonderland, using the rearview camera to figure out their next clue. Drive backwards in winter? Do that everyday but heck finding clues makes it a bit more interesting. But only a bit. The Olympians get it done quickly although Bergen and Kurt are going to have a tough time. That is, if they get there. Olympians have to drive the Shliersee where they have to row out into the lake and find their next clue. I sort of like the Olympians. They're relatively bland as teams go but they work together well. That said, if they got eliminated, I wouldn't be upset. I'm still indifferent about everyone.
Laura and Tyler arrive and realize that they've left their fanny pack. They decide to do the task and wait for the right car to show up. It won't be Bergen and Kurt's car cause they are going to take a taxi to the winter wonderland and suck up the penalty. Lame. How you gonna do the next tasks? Or get around? Guess we all know who's out already. Other teams are totally lost - no one can read a map or ask for direction these days? - while the Olympians are already at the lake. And finally, a Detour. And there's beer!
In Stein, teams have to carry 22 beers steins at once. That's 11 each, right? Gord and Wayne are on that. Our only problem will be trying not to drink the beer on the way. In Stack, teams have to build a tower of 15 beer crates. Stein it is. And though Haley's voice is annoying, she is again, right. Who cares what the other team is doing. Forget them and move on.
And nice job on the Steins Olympians. That can't be that easy, although I believe this is another detour where one side is much harder than the other. Building that crate tower would be a lot tougher. Bergen and Kurt now have a 2 hour penalty. At the next location, the Olympians have to woo each other, or one has to woo the other with a traditional German song. But they don't even have to memorize the song; Aly's using a card to sing it. Man, that's not right, makes the task way too easy. And she doesn't even get it right the first time. She does the second and off they go to the pitstop, winning the leg and a car each.
Teams struggle back and I'm actually getting bored again. The tasks are more interesting this time, but it's the teams. I'm so indifferent about them, so tired of the dating couple dynamic, that I'm just going to go to the end to see who gets eliminated. Okay, Stack is fun, watching the teams fall is a hoot. But based on how quickly the teams figured it out, it wasn't that lopsided. Still, Stein is the perfect Gord and Wayne task. We'd get that done and suck back one of the beers before we left.
Teams sing, teams come in, Blair doesn't like Hayley, Rochelle fights through her fear of heights and builds a tower. There's the moon climbing the tower and yes Bergen and Kurt are out. Phil hunts them down and eliminates them. Kurt was okay with it, he had given up, was ready to go home, but Bergen wasn't. And he was pissed about. And rightly so cause it sucks when your partner gives up. Which is part of what happens on blind date TAR. If someone doesn't find love, they'll give up.
The last third of the episode was better than the first two thirds so it was slightly saved. But not by much. Next week, Monaco. Yah, we're still in Europe. Grumble, grumble.