Happy Birthday to Jinder, maybe he'll get a birthday surprise during the leg but I'm pretty sure none of the other teams are going to let them slip ahead without a fight. Least of all the Dudes who've decided it's time to step up their game. That'd be a good idea boys.
Newly engaged Alain & Audrey are leaving at 8:08am and heading home, also on the same flight. Not sure if the home field advantage will help them or hinder them, but it may give them the leg up they need to move from the back of the pack . . . where we find Ryan & Rob, who are still bitter about being u-turned. Get over it.
Audrey has been dying to tell the other teams about their engagement and goes to the Olympians first. Everyone was overjoyed and Audrey said they were all invited to the wedding, and then there was a chill in the air as Sukhi & Jinder showed up. Seriously? Sukhi half heartedly apologized for u-turning Ryan & Rob but they just won't let it go. Guess we'll see how that turns out for them. They'll either harness their anger to help them focus or use it as an excuse to screw up. Either way, it's just a game.
Everyone is now on their way back to Canada, leaving from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport where they'll need to locate the Air Canada Priority Check-In Counter to receive their next clue. It's a big airport but this shouldn't take long, and it doesn't. There's a bit of a scuffle as they realize that check-ins are upstairs but after that it's just a foot race. Teams now need to make their way to the old Mirabel Airport, about 50 kms northwest, and find Circuit iCar, a high end testing track that uses the old runways as the track to get their next clue.
It's a mad dash to get to the cabs and make their way out of Montreal (or more to the point across Montreal) with the usual jockeying for position. Alain & Audrey have managed to slip out in front with the Olympians right behind and Sukhi & Jinder on their tail.
Roadblock; Who Can Turn On A Dime? One team member needs to complete a two stage test driving a new Chevy Camaro SS. The first stage is the Quarter Drift, a 90 degree fishtail maneuver without spinning out, followed by the second stage, a Reverse 180 where you back up and then spin around to go forward. Once they've completed both stages the instructor will give them their next clue. Alain is up and slipping into his race gear as Meaghan takes it on for the Olympians.
Despite this being right up Alain's alley, he fails again and again. Meaghan has the same problem as Jinder hits the track, and also fails. Back to Alain as the Dudes and Bartenders arrive to see him fail again. Meaghan has figured it out though and passed the Quarter Drift. On to the Reverse 180.
Pete thinks he should have done this one because Mickey drives like a grandma, but it was his turn so he's on it. Good attitude, but I hope it doesn't cost them. Rob is up for the Bartenders, and still no smile. C'mon Rob, give us something. Jinder passed stage one as Meaghan starts on stage two, and quickly aces it.
The Olympians are now on their way to the Atwater Market to find their next clue. Alain can't believe that Meaghan beat him at his own game. Then again, remember the hockey challenge? Alain continues to fail and he's starting to get angry about it, which is making it worse. Doesn't help that Jinder has also moved on, only to fail stage two. On his next attempt Jinder nails it and he and Sukhi are off to the market.
Mickey passed the Quarter Drift and the girls have arrived at the Atwater Market, only to forget to reread the clue. Alain finally passes the Quarter Drift, as does unsmiling Rob. The girls reread the clue and find the cluebox just as Sukhi & Jinder arrive. Both teams decide to attempt the Fast Forward and make their way to the Parisian Laundry, rather than doing the Detour, but then Natalie & Meaghan decide against it and go with the Detour, leaving Sukhi & Jinder on their own at the Fast Forward.
This let's Detour is either Flamed, in which teams must locate the Espace Verre Gallery and try their hand at glass beading . . . Or Grilled, where teams must make their way to the Lachine Canal and locate the Le Cheese food stand where they'll need to study and sample ten different grilled cheese sandwiches, then run 50 meters down to Le Cheese truck and identify the sandwiches. The girls decide to do Grilled. I'm thinking that the bead task would take less time, but it depends how good you are with melting glass.
Mickey passes the Reverse 180, while Alain fails again. Audrey refuses to watch and I agree with her, it's gotta be painful. They've dropped from first to fourth, and then fifth as Rob passes the Reverse 180. Apparently that's all it took to get Alain to focus as he passed right afterwards. Off to the market they go.
The girls start sampling the sandwiches while other teams have gotten stuck in traffic, including Sukhi & Jinder who are trying desperately to get to the Fast Forward. All the other teams have decided to do Grilled, but then Ryan & Rob consider the Fast Forward and decide to switch. Speaking of switching, Alain & Audrey figure the glass beading will take less time and also switch. That leaves the Olympians and the Dudes at the Grilled Cheese challenge.
Natalie feels they're dong it the wrong way and that one of them should do the white cheeses and the other do the orange cheeses, but Meaghan doesn't want to switch because she thinks she's figured out her five. Maybe they need to work with the Dudes and break this up further but so far that's not happening. Meanwhile, Sukhi & Jinder have arrived at the laundry only to find that it's an art gallery with an art school on the upper level.
The Fast Forward is actually pretty easy, all they have to do is pick an artist and strike a pose until the artist has completed their masterpiece. Oh yeah, there's a small catch that the teams don't know about . . . by the end of the session both team members will be "Full Monty" in order to complete the task. If at any time they decide they're too uncomfortable they can get dressed and return to choose one of the Detours.
Sukhi & Jinder think this task is way too easy and can't believe no one else tried for it, until Ryan & Rob show up. Over at Espace Verre Gallery Alain & Audrey realize that glass beading will take a long time when they start melting glass, but Pete thinks he's finally got his cheese so he and Mickey make the 50 meter dash, only to get 6/10. But which six? The Olympians didn't do any better. When one started talking the other forgot what she said. Back to the samplers.
Time for the shoe to drop as Sukhi & Jinder are now asked to strip down to their underwear, and Sukhi's a little concerned she's in a thong. Not remembering if she shaved is the least of her worries. Ryan & Rob are also asked to disrobe as Sukhi keeps saying they're almost done in an effort to get the Bartenders to move back to the Detour. That's not happening. As Ryan disrobes we learn he's a cancer survivor and that he's earned to stick to things he attempts without regret. At least he has more personality than Rob.
Both the Olympians and the Dudes are on their third attempts and both still only have 6/10. None of them want another mouthful of cheese and have begun tearing the bread off to limit the excess food. I guess no matter how much someone loves grilled cheese, there's a point where it's just too much. At Espace Verre Alain & Audrey have only had one of their beads pass and now need to recreate the other four.
The other shoe has dropped at the laundry as Sukhi & Jinder are asked to remove their underwear. This just went from awkward to really uncomfortable. JInder doesn't know if he can do it, but he does . . . telling Sukhi not to look forward. I don't think he needs to tell her that. Appropriate to be celebrating his birthday in his birthday suit. They complete the Fast Forward and can now make their way to Le Belvédere of the Science Center at the Old Port of Montreal and search the roof for Jon and the Pit Stop.
Ryan & Rob are informed that the Fast Forward has been taken so now they need to race back to choose a Detour. The Olympians are up to 8/10 and so are the Dudes, but they still don't know which ones are right. At least the glass bead task lets you know which ones are acceptable.
Sukhi & Jinder had no trouble racing to Le Belvédere and are Team Number 1. Nicely done, and I'm sure that'll upset all those viewers who don't like them for some reason. They also win a flight to Milan, Italy with Air Canada and $3,000.00 on their Scotiabank Card.
Back at Le Cheese the girls ask the Dudes if they want to help each other but the boys decline. Pete knows they're really close and on their next attempt they nail it. They're now off to the Square-Victoria Metro Station entrance on Rue Saint Antoine to find their next clue. Natalie & Meaghan finally get it on their 10th attempt and they're off on the Dude's tails.
Mickey & Pete meanwhile have made it to the Metro and the next clue leads them to the Pit Stop. What, no time for another task? Alain & Audrey finally get their last bead and they're heading the same way. The Olympians see Mickey & Pete at Le Belvédere and try to pass them on the way to the Pit Stop, but the boys have just enough of a lead. Mickey & Pete are Team Number 2 and Natalie & Meaghan are Team Number 3. The Dudes have stepped up their game just like they said.
Alain & Audrey pass Ryan & Rob at the Cheese task on their way to the Metro. The Bartenders are sure they're not going home today, but it's not looking good. Alain & Audrey are Team Number 4 and they're still in it, but it's pretty obvious the home field was not an advantage.
Back at the Detour, after 32 attempts to get the right cheese, Ryan & Rob decide to switch Detours and head over to Espace Verre. It's dark, late, and they know they're last but they intend to finish, which they eventually do. They are the last team to arrive and it's time to repack their bags for the next leg of the race, as this one was another non-elimination leg. Somebody really likes these boys. Maybe they're waiting for Rob to smile.
Next week teams are off to Charlottetown, P.E.I. for a chance to step back in time, while others get to step in something completely different. Well, not so much. Add in a human horse race and things could get really fun. Be sure to catch our video recap in the next 48 hours, but no need to watch for our exit interview because there won't be one. See you real soon.