Has everyone come out of their turkey comas? Recovered from getting pepper sprayed for Black Friday deals? Trying to wade through 150 items in their Google reader? Thankfully, Sunday rolled around and I could finally get new TV episodes. I was getting antsy after an entire day of American Picker.
The race starts where we left off last week. Amani and Marcus got to the Pit Stop and were told the next leg was starting immediately. Ernie and Cindy were hot on their tails and Team Who weren’t far behind. Team Snowboarders and Old People were still trying to show off their muscles correctly. Once again teams had to drive themselves to their next destination, the Ford Proving Grounds in Belgium.
ROADBLOCK Most teams were super excited to get to drive one of the new FORD MUSTANGS. FORD is so cool and the MUSTANG has sooo much power! I kid. Though the product placement was super blatant it was actually a really fun task. One team member had to drive a mustang through three challenges; drive 100 mph and stop, go through a slalom course and stop without hitting a barrier in under 16 seconds, and do two donuts. For some reason that I think it totally uncool there were no women drivers. Cindy and Ernie were to the roadblock first as Marcus and Amani got lost. Ernie had a lot of trouble with the second task and had to do it 15 times before he finally got it. It gave Jeremy the chance to catch up. The Snowboarders are now deciding who does a task by whether it’s a “mind” task or not. Apparently Tommy’s terrible performance in the acting challenge last week has regulated Andy to the fun-free tasks. He is seething with jealousy but tries not to show it too much. All teams eventually get there and complete the task all while having one hell of a time.
DETOUR Waffles OR Water Ernie and Cindy are first again and decide to try Waffles immediately. Apparently they don’t mix well with water. In Waffles, teams had to build a waffle stand then cook 18 waffles exactly like the ones on display at the demo cart. Jeremy and Sandy show up and also pick waffles. They are much faster at building their stand because they are tall, according to Ernie. Team Snowboarders choose Water. In Water, they had to build a raft out of logs and barrels and then search the canal for two halves of the clue. Team Ex-NFL originally choose Waffles but decide it looked too hard so they go to Water. Tommy and Andy throw together their raft while Amani and Marcus try to make a really sound vessel. When Team Snowboarders don’t sink they realize it doesn’t need to be perfectly made. Andy & Tommy get done first and make up a lot of time.
The rest of the leg the teams had to release pigeons, find where the pigeons landed and make their way to the Pit Stop. Everyone seemed to get lost at some point, especially while trying to find the pigeon destinations.
PIT STOP The pit stop for this leg of the race was the Atomium, the molecular structure of iron, blown up a million times or something. It was very large and pretty lit up at night. Team Snowboarders maintain their lead and are rewarded with customizable Ford Mustangs. This helps Andy get over his jealousy real quick. These guys have dominated this season. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up or if they will choke in the finale. Bill and Cathi didn’t seem to have a chance to recover. They went out with style and grace. I think we all expected nothing less. Going from last place in the first leg, the first saved with a non-elimination leg, to top 5 is pretty impressive. I’m happy we got to have them in as long as we did. They were fun to watch.
That’s it for me. Did the episode feel really long to you? Are you going to run out and by a FORD MUSTANG? Have you ever driven 100 mph? COMMENTS, please. I need them to help me recover from my Black Friday trauma!