Anyway, enough about me, on with the race. Yes, Joel and Ashley are way behind. And Emmett "grills" Amy and Frankie about who gave them the Express Pass. Let me just say this to Amy and Frankie: I will never do crimes with you guys cause you guys are terrible at lying and keeping a secret. You folded faster than something that folds fast, like me that year I worked at restaurant and had to fold napkins for the dinner service.
But as Gord and I predicted, as soon as everyone on the first two trains arrive in Kingston to get the clue from the maple syrup booth at the market, they are told everything is closed and won't open till 9:30 am. So Joel and Ashley catch up. Not only that, they are one of the first teams to get their car open and head off to the Detour. It's Something with Soccer or Something with Sailing. (You really think I'd have these down even though I'm late? Nope, I'm late, don't have time to worry about these details. Gord's got them.)
In the sailing side, they had to rig a sailboat based on the example. And then they have to sail out to a buoy, grab a clue and get back. In the soccer side, they have to climb into one of those inflatable ball thingys we saw in one of the seasons of Amazing Race: The Original Series. Then complete a series of "soccer" moves and score on the keeper before time runs out. Or before the keeper lays you out. Hmm, full contact soccer? Sounds fun. I think that's what Gord and I would have done. I don't think we're sailors.
At this time I must congratulate the producers on their use of the Wilhelm scream sound effect. I'm a big fan of that scream and always love it when I hear it being used in a movie or a TV show I watch. First time I've heard it used on a TAR show so great stuff. Or maybe they've used it before and I haven't noticed. But then again, my ears are tuned to hear that so I doubt it. So, well played Insight Productions, well played.
Steph and Kristine, Jillian and Emmett, Joel and Ashley, and Julie and Lowell do soccer while Amy and Frankie, and Rita and Yvette do sailing. It takes a bit for Jillian to figure things out but once they do, Emmett is ready to take shot. But he gets nailed but the keeper. Same thing happens to Steph and Kristine. Bam! I love this new sport. Although Emmett complains that they took it easier on the girls but I don't think so. Still, Steph and Kristine get it done and it's off to the infamous Kingston Penitentiary where we find the W-Turn, or rather, the Double U-Turn. S and K think about for a minute but then realize they made a deal with Joel and Ashley not to U-Turn. So it's Jillian and Emmett. Who then U-Turn Joel and Ashley and head off to the do the sailing tasks. And they nail it, passing the other teams that were there.
At the prison, Steph and Kris search high and low for the clue and find it. Other teams do this as well later ; some struggle, some seem to get it faster. Head to Bellevue House for a Roadblock. Since this John A MacDonald's home, they have to dress like him, memorize and then recite one of his speeches. Not overly hard but it takes time. Kristen, I believe, took on this task and got it done on her second attempt. Off to the pitstop for their third first arrival on the mat in a row. Win a trip but turn in the Express Pass you didn't use. Man, that's the sign of a powerful team, finishing first three times in a row and not having to use the Express Pass.
More fun on the water, especially since Julie and Lowell have switched tasks. Rita and Yvette can sail out but have trouble docking. The rudder breaks on Ashley and Joel's boat so they almost capsize before Joel fixes things. Julie focuses so much on getting the clue that she allows the boom of the sail to swing around and nail Lowell in the head, knocking him in the water. Even with him overboard she still sticks with the clue. But Lowell manages to get himself back in the boat just as she frees the clue from the buoy.
Over at John A's pad, Emmett is struggling. And as teams come in and then pass him (nice work Edmonton area teams for nailing this task, especially Yvette. That was you, right Yvette?), he's getting more worried. So Rita and Yvette get their highest placing on a leg, second, with Joel and Ashley glad to have moved from last to third, even getting some satisfaction of passing the team that U-Turned them. Finally, Emmett gets it, just after Amy. And there's some driving but it's a footrace between these two teams to the mat. Obviously, Emmett and Jillian win this race but none of these teams are out. In the end, it's Julie and Lowell, who had trouble with the many visual-related tasks in this leg. And I, Gord and almost all of Canada's TARC fans are said to see them go. They ran a pretty solid race, got farther than many expected, even farther than they expected. I love how they always seemed to have fun during the race, even during hard tasks. And the puns, we loved the puns. We'll have an interview with them up on the blog but it will probably be on Monday since I have some book promo to do in Calgary this weekend.
I'm not sure if there is an new episode next week, I've heard stories of a recap episode. Which makes sense cause of Olympics. But next new leg is a trip to Cuba, somewhere the US race has never been and that TAR Australia visited in Season 2. Should be fun and looks like there is some blood. See you then.