Anyway, teams are heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina and all teams are on the same flight and must find Plaza Canada. And woohoo, some Canadian indigenous heritage in the race with the totem pole. From the perspective of an indigenous person, it's nice how they drop a couple of these things in the race from time to time, especially with Nic reading the plaque. Would like to see a few indigenous racers one season but as one fan named Logan says, we all seem to complain about the teams being chosen mostly because we weren't chosen. So I'll try not to complain about that anymore cause you all know that when I say more indigenous racers, I'm mostly talking about this indigenous dude. More crime novelists as well, the race has been bereft of people who plan ways of killing people for a living.
And back to the race. Over to the barrio and it's a roadblock to spell the name of famous Argentinians using Mentos. Hmm, will they include Maradona? Yep, he's there and I forgot the new Pope is Argentinian. And Nic and Sabrina continue to surprise. Language skills are key and will help. Still, they are more funny when they struggle. Yep, there it is, that's funny with the P and D mix up. Six other teams start working together but it's off to the Futbol place for Nic and Sabrina while Ope and Simi and the Italian boys get lost. Brian and Cynthia blow a chance at the Express Pass. Looks like the suck up for the Express Pass ain't working for Hamilton and Michealia. Gord and I would have asked for the Express Pass right then and there in exchange for help on the Mentos task.
Over at the Futbol challenge, one teammate is blindfolded and with the help of the other teammate must move the soccer ball through a course and score and goal within a minute. Nic thinks he'll be out of there in 10 seconds but he probably doesn't know about the Dr. Brett rule of TAR and how any task related to your profession or skill set will be the bane of your existence. Remember five hole from the Olympians last Season? That's only one of many, many examples. Yep, he's on his 14th attempt by the time the other teams arrive.
And go figure, it's the other pro football player, well actually his daughter, who gets done first. The other pro football player decides to take a 2 hour penalty. That might be a smart idea race-wise (we'll see at the end) but man for the rest of his life — THE REST OF HIS LIFE — and afterward, Nic's soccer buds are never going to let him forget this. N.E.V.E.R. And by the look on his face, he knows it. Heck, if Gord and I were on the race, we'd be bugging him for the rest of the race (and his life) as well. Heck, if they get eliminated, I'm going to ask him about it. The Dr. Brett Rule rules!
Off they go, to chase a couple of teams to a Detour: Dine or Dance. Already, Gord and my choice? Dine. Yep, that's the Gord and Wayne rule of TAR: whenever you have a Detour that involves dancing, always take the other side. In Dine, teams must remember a bunch of dishes and order and then plate and serve them correctly. In Dance, they have to dance. And since it's Argentina, it's the tango. Duh. Unfortunately, each task is limited but the first bunch of teams take tango so plenty of room for dining. And a lot of meat, too. That's another plus about the Dine side, you probably get to grab some food after the task.
And wow, The Wrestlers change the game by hopping the ball across instead of kicking. Wow, lots of teams are stretching the rules a bit to get done. That's fun. And yep, other teams follow suit and move on quick. Many pick dance but even though Sabrina struggled with the orders, they only had to get three dishes correct. Obvious that Dine was the easier of the two. And the Cute Couple are off to the pitstop but with a two hour penalty. Which they took before the Wrestlers invented the Hop.
Odd thing happens though. When Nic and Sabrina get into the cab, the names Nick and Matt comes up instead, saying they are first place. No doubt someone back at TAR Canada HQ got the names mixed up. Hate to be a picky dickhead again (Hi Mark!) but I'm watching this on Friday before midnight, someone should have picked that up by now. And I'll admit there will be a lot of typos on this blog post cause of my post-vacation mode, but heck, I'm still really on vacation, sleeping in my mom's basement.
Moving on, Nick and Matt, I mean Nic and Sabrina arrive at the mat first but have a 2 hour penalty. Neil and Kristin are done and arrive second at the mat. However... because of the penalty, they win the leg, a trip to China and free gas. Other teams come in, great to see the Wrestlers coming to play more in the race. But the drama is whether Nic and Sabrina's penalty will take them out or will someone suck and blow it in the end. Times atickin and nope, the penalty ends before the final two teams arrive; Nic and Sabrina arrive but a really close ending with the Married Cops arriving to the Matt, sorry, I meant, mat, as Dana and Amanda are coming across the bridge in the background. But the cops from Newfoundland and Labrador are out. And some nice words from Brian about them.
Great leg, lots of tough tasks, loads of fun interplay between teammates and the teams and some great drama till the end. So far the best leg of the season, one of the best of the show. As noted, there will be no interview of Dana and Amanda but Gord and I will be shooting our video and posting on Monday.
Next week, things will be back to normal (at least normal for us). Back to Canada with a trip to Halifax, someone loses a passport (will they find it really quick and is this just a red herring) but look, they're delivering beer kegs. Now that's a Gord and Wayne task. See ya later.