Anyway, teams have to find a car with a certain plate and then use that car to head to Mont Blanc gondola. Team Frisbee are out first quickly followed by Tyler and Korey. T & K are tired of coming in second and hope to hit the mat first. Although I don't know what the big deal is; they already hit first on the second leg, don't know why they had to make a big story of them struggling in second for so long when it's only been a couple of legs. Oh well.
Teams find cars, then the gondola, grab a guide and head to the top to find their next clue. Although the clue is hanging from a precipice, and the only way you're gonna get there pulling yourself along a line hanging over nothing but a huge drop into the jagged snow covered rocks below. Loads of fun. No doubt, I'd take this cause Gord claims he isn't afraid of heights but height tasks are usually mine. The teams do this pretty much very quickly, although Sheri struggles for a bit. She had to do it cause Cole is unlike Gord and afraid of heights. Good for her to get through that. And wow, did you see old guy Scott hand pull himself across that like no tomorrow. Be proud of your dad Blair, cause without him, you'd be lost.
Although Blair does have smarts (I'll get to that later). After teams get the clue, it's a detour. On one side, they have to traverse a skinny ridge, and bring dynamite and lunch to the ski patrol. On the other side, you have to set up a survival camp. It's obvious which one will take less time. I wish the US version will stop doing that, having one task be, in the end, a lot easier to do than the other. Sure, the climbing along with ridge would be a bit tough, specially for those scared of heights, but not as time consuming as setting up a camp. I like detour tasks that are different but the same in difficulty and time. This is so obvious that all the teams, save for Burnie and Ashley, take the dynamite side. Even Cole, who seems deathly afraid of heights knows the difference and chose dynamite. Thus, Burnie and Ashley, who have been in the top echelons of the pack, dropped down to sixth, two spots away from elimination
Team Frisbee and T & K lead the way, get the task done and head off. It's nice to see a friendly rivalry between these two teams but the fact they are always ahead is getting kind of boring. Probably why they used the "we finally want to come into first" storyline when it really wasn't needed. But the game changing event of the race came from Blair. For a brief second, her dad wondered where they had to get the lunch for the ski patrol. Blair said it was the baguettes, so they moved on.
But as Erin and Josyln came down to find the dynamite, Blair offhandedly says "Don't forget the lunch." Which was a brilliant move. Some may complain that Blair wasn't playing fair but to me it was great. This goes to show that you should never listen to another team during the race. Read the clue and do your own thing. So by listening to Blair, Erin and Joslyn spent too much time looking around for lunch when it was right there on their backs. And thus, they were put in a position where they were in a race for last place. There was a strong possibility that if they didn't listen to Blair, they might have moved up and not be put in the tenuous position at the end of the leg where one mistake can cost you the race.
And the final roadblock was a perfect spot for mistakes to happen. Racers had to paraglide from the top of one mountain, find the Yeti and then give a correct answer at the bottom. It was obvious that who ever landed first would win and who landed last would be last. Brodie took on the task and was very excited. Although I still think these guys are trying way too hard to be excited, playing too much for the cameras. But to get a paraglider off the ground, you got to build thrust through running so the wind can pull you up. Unfortunately, Brodie can't run fast enough and boom, they land face down in the snow.
Which gives Korey the chance to pass them and finally, after two legs of coming into second, T & K get a first place. Again, after only 2 legs since their last first place. Yeah I'm being sarcastic cause that was a totally contrived storyline. Other teams make it and we're left with three racers at the top: Rachel, Sheri and Erin (or was it Joslyn?). With all the winter gear on, it was hard for me to tell who was who at times.
Seeing those teams at the top, waiting for the wind, was some really nice stuff, probably the best dramatic moment all season. And then one team takes off but we hear another paraglider say "It's back wind, not good." And he's right. Racer face down in snow. Then Rachel heads out and she's off, followed by Sheri and another fall. So now we already know the ending. Erin and Joslyn are out. And Phil confirms it on the mat.
No more race for a few weeks, probably some kind of sporting event, or is it politics? Geez, USA, elect a President already, this damn election of yours has been going on too long. See you then.