Anyway, here goes. First off is the Olympians, as noted catching a train. There are two trains, leaving at a times not mentioned, then they have to find the Arc de Triomphe. That's not hard, it's one of the most famous monuments in the city. And warning: Double U-Turn ahead. The girls know they have the biggest target on their backs (man I didn't want to use that overused metaphor but there you go). The Twins are off, playfully frightened by the Olympians. Will this camaraderie continue? Let's see, oh there's Mickey and Peter and they get on the first train. Sukhi and Jinder, Alain and Audrey and the Bartenders are on the second. The Siblings plan to U-Turn whoever's behind them, which is a smart idea. As long as there's a U-Turn left to use.
Alain and Audrey talk to the Twins thinking that being from Quebec will form a bond. Ha. We'll see how that goes. Ryan speaks, Rob stands there and the first train heads off, one hour ahead of the other. Teams look at maps, the Twins discuss U-Turning Alain and Audrey. There's goes all the unity from Le Belle Province. At Paris, rush rush rush to L'Arc. Mickey and Pete are first, quickly followed by the other two, and they must find the Place Du Canada, go into the garden and find the clue.
Unfortunately, the Dude's cab driver is unsure what they want, just as the second group of teams are out. Alain and Audrey are enjoying a moment and we get a bit to background so there's a worry. Olympians arrive and it's a detour (no shit Sherlock). In Haute Couture they must find some design school that I didn't get the name of. And then they must pin fabric to a fashion dummy and please the instructor. In Plat du Jour, teams must find three chalkboards with three different plates. They must buy the plates and then deliver them and recite the items in French. Seems relatively easy choice; Plat Du Jour.
Meanwhile, the Dudes are heading out of town, probably going back to Normandy. And again, we get one of the Olympians reciting the Plat Du Jour task barely 30 seconds after Jon described it. This is probably the fifth time this has happened in this season, and always with the Olympians. Gets old quite quickly.
The remaining three teams take Plate of the Day and the Olympians get their first meal. The Dudes are way out of town, two hours out of the way. Doesn't look good for them. The Twins and Oympians have two, then three and it's done really fast. Seemed really quick and easy task, just a bit of running. Next it's off to the Centre de Pompidou. And that's where they Double U-Turn is. Seems like no one's going to U-Turn the Olympians. Other teams running, looking for cafes. And Alain and Audrey switch just as the Twins get their task done. Easy stuff for them.
Over at the fashion school, Audrey seems out of her league. Alain too. And then the Dudes finally get to the right Place. The Olympians arrive at the U-Turn and don't U-Turn anyone. They talk about running a fair and clean race but again they are ahead. No problem for them, no reason to U-Turn anyone. Head to Ile aux Cygnes. And just as the Olympians say it's poor sportsmanship, which I disagree, the Twins show up and U-Turn Alain and Audrey. Told ya, lots problems with separation in Quebec. And while many will look at them as evil, I like this play. Take out a tough team if you can; it's a game not real life.
Ryan and Rob meet up with Sukhi and Jinder and the Siblings are terrible at lying. The Bartenders are annoyed but heck, it's a frickin' game, suck it up. The Siblings are done but they spilled their coffee. So they have to go back. The Olympians arrive at the clue and it's Roadblock and sponsorship moment. Sure Jon talks about art and Paris but it's a giant Mentos commercial. Oh well, anything to keep production costs down so we can have more seasons of Amazing Race Canada.
Natalie takes it on and it looks pretty detailed. Of course this would be Gord's task cause he's an artist. The Siblings get their replacement coffee delivered and move on. Ryan and Rob are right behind them. Race to the U-Turn. And good to see Sukhi and Jinder talking tough, knowing that they have to U-Turn Ryan and Rob. Way to play the game. Ohhh, drama before the commercial break. Okay, let's do that again. Who will be U-Turned? Find out by clicking on Read More
More shots of various Detours and Alain and Audrey are done first. Unfortunately, the coffee is gone. So back they go. The Bartenders are done. But times passing as the Mentos are put up and Natalie fails her first attempt. And she nails it the second time. Look for the Love Locked Bridge. And man what a waste of a location. It would have been perfect for one of those crazy lock tasks but nope, it's just the pitstop. Sukhi gets started, Jinder offers some advice and she tells them to shut up. Then Jinder bonds with Pierre about U-Turning teams. Fist bump, slaps all around.
The Bartenders now have to do their Speed Bump. Learn and then play Eau Claire De La Lune on the accordion. Sounds like a tough task. And The Dudes show up with Mickey taking the task. Michel fails his first attempt while tourists film the Bartenders trying to play the song. Sounds terrible. Although the next time was kind of iffy but still get it.
Two hours or four hours later, teams are still on the Mentos. No chancy Michel. And you ain't getting done before Alain and Audrey show up. These teams take the U-Turn too personally, but we all know that if the shoe was on the other foot, they would have done the same thing, or at least U-Turned someone. And Olympians are first, snore, they win a prize, snore, snore.
Three hours Sukhi is on and Jinder is still stoked about the U-Turn. Michel still can't get it. But Sukhi does and they are off. A long, long time, five hours in and Michel is having a hard time. Fail for Audrey who was hoping. Same for Mickey. So they decide to work together and help find their mistakes. And it works cause the Dudes are done. Sukhi and Jinder are second. Best finish ever. Nice job, play the game the way it's supposed to.
But quickly, Audrey is done, beating The Twins. Man, that's got to feel good. I'll admit it hurts when someone plays hard and takes you out, according to the rules. But it feels even better to get back up and score on them. It's left to the Twins and the Bartenders. Fail for both.
Mickey and Pete in third with Alain and Audrey in fourth. And wait, here's the big dramatic event no one was expecting: Alain proposes to Audrey in the middle of Paris. And it's a very touching and sweet moment. Alain did a great job of proposing to her, said the proper words and then their title changes on the descriptor. Great TV there, nicely done. And finally, Rob gets done before Michel, which really has to hurt. One could call it Karma, I won't but one could. The Bartenders are fifth with the Twins out. Didn't see that coming, I tell you. I'll miss these boys, they played hard and strong, took the game as it was, a game. No doubt Alain and Audrey may be happy about this but have bigger things on their mind.
Next week, teams head home to Montreal with another version of Canada's Worse Drive and a cheese challenge. Didn't they do one last season around this same time? But the standing nude while someone draws you, that's a task from Amazing Race Australia. See ya next week.