Such a long time before Season 29 of The Amazing Race starts this fall–let’s get our TAR fix with a flashback to Season 27, where we find teams racing from France to Holland, on the second half of two legs that were run as one.
While Phil is telling six teams to “keep racing” from Paris to Rotterdam, mother-son team Denise and James Earl are stuck at one detour in Paris. They’re trying to rap in French well enough to get to the pit stop. After eighteen or more tries, they pass the detour, get to the mat, and head for the train station.
All teams have been booked on a 7:22 train from Paris to Rotterdam, but most teams catch earlier trains. Tanner/Josh (Team Texas) don’t. They take time to see Paris. Justin/Diana are on the earliest train. Kelsey/Joey are on a 2nd train, Cindy/Rick and Tiffany/Krista, on the 3rd train. It looks like Logan/Chris, Team Texas, and the mother-son team got on the 4th train, the one that was booked.
Justin/Diana (Team Green) are 1st to reach Rotterdam, and their clue is a postcard of a red boat. When they arrive at the boat, they find teams are expected to camp overnight on deck. As teams arrive, they get numbers off a board, which indicate their departure times (between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.) the next morning.
Cindy/Rick (Chac Attack) think Amsterdam and Rotterdam are two names for the same city, so they continue on the train to Amsterdam, then have to backtrack when they learn their mistake. However, they’re still near the front of the pack. Overnight Rick’s eye swells up–he thinks it’s a mosquito bite.
In the morning Justin/Diana depart 1st, Tiffany/Krista 2nd, Cindy/Rick 3rd, Kelsey/Joey 4th, Tanner/Josh, 5th, Logan/Chris, 6th. The mother-son team are last.
Teams’ first clue of the new day is to make their way to a water taxi terminal and take a water taxi to a windmill farm (a kinderdijk is the Dutch word). The girls (Tiffany/Krista) are 1st, Cindy/Rick 2nd, Justin/Diana 3rd.
The clue box at the kinderdijk gives teams instructions for this leg’s roadblock: “Who wants to pick the sunflowers?” Not tulips, but sunflowers–which refers to copies of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh’s famous sunflower painting. They’re hidden all over the expansive windmill farm. Each team must find an exact replica of the painting before they can receive the next clue envelope, and some of the copies are not exact–flowers are at the wrong angle, things like that.
Kelsey/Joey are the 4th to start the RB but the first to finish it. Their next clue says to subtract their heart rate after this RB from their heart rate after last leg’s RB, using their Fit Bit. In a bit of product placement, everyone’s wearing a Fit Bit and is told to keep track of their heart rate and number of steps. Once a team has done the arithmetic, the answer tells them the number of tulips to pick up from one flower stand and deliver to another.
Cindy/Rick are 2nd to finish the RB. The girls are 3rd despite one girl screaming so much and so loudly she scares a goat. When teams complete the RB and deliver the tulips, they take water taxis back to the Kettle One vodka distillery and receive clue envelopes regarding this leg’s detour.
Justin/Diana are 4th to complete the RB. Team Texas is 5th, the mother-son team are 6th and Logan/Chris are 7th. Teams find the detour choices are “ship” or “skip.”
For “ship,” teams perform a virtual training exercise at Rotterdam’s harbor. In the training room, one person is the ship’s captain and the other, the navigator who reads the radar and directs the captain. First they must “deliver a pilot” to a certain ship, then “answer a distress signal” from another one. If they haven’t completed the exercise in five minutes, they have to try again. Teams have to wait their turn to get in the training room, and no team completes the detour on their first try.
For “skip,” the detour consists of learning a “Double Dutch” jump rope routine. Cheerleaders Tiffany/Krista are the only team that picks this detour. They’re cheerleaders, so the routine–which consists of clapping, jumping, and chanting–fits their skill set. They’re the first team to finish either detour. They get the clue for the pit stop: take a train and tram to the Hague.
The other six teams all pick “ship.” Kelsey/Joey are 1st to arrive at the training room, Justin/Diana are 2nd. Cindy/Rick decide to take a bus, instead of a taxi or train, from the distillery to the training room. That costs them several slots.
Justin/Diana are the first team to complete the training exercise, making them the 2nd team to complete either detour. Kelsey/Joey are the 2nd team to complete the “ship” detour, making them 3rd place overall. Tanner/Josh are next, leaving the remaining three teams at the training room.
Justin/Diana catch a train before the girls do, so they get to the pit stop 1st. It’s their 4th time in 1st place for the season. They win one dollar for every step their Fit Bit says they’ve taken this leg–about $31,000 total. Kelsey/Joey are 2nd to hit the pit stop mat. The girls are 3rd, Tanner/Josh are 4th.
Back at the training room, Logan/Chris complete the detour. Next are Denise/James (the mother-son team). Chac Attack is last to complete either detour. Logan/Chris hit the pit stop mat in 5th place. That leaves two teams trying to stay out of last place.
At the train station, Cindy/Rick get on a train. Denise/James want to board an express train, which they think is a better deal–but it’s late. The mother-son team are in last place.
Opps! When Chac Attack gets off their train, they get on the wrong tram! Which will be the fatal mistake–the late train or the wrong tram?
Cindy/Rick correct their mistake too late. James Earl and Denise are the 6th team to hit the pit stop mat. Chac Attack come in last and are eliminated.