Welcome back, Racefans.. Last time there was no elimination so we are still stuck with 7 teams as they head off to Rome, Italy for this leg of the race. Country finished last so they will have to do a speed bump at some point. The initial clue reads: Go to the Eternal City and go to the ponte sant’angelo (it’s a bridge). That’s Rome, kids. Rachel thinks it’s Ethiopia…. Go ahead and say it, Bless her heart… They all scramble to get to the travel agents (Rachel tripped and bit the dust) to get booked on the same flight so once again, a reset in the starting point. Some teams are on the front of the plane while a few are on the back of the plane. That would be the cowboys, the Globetrotters, and Dave and Conner.. I don’t know about all the rest of you but I absolutely hate flying, to the point, I refuse to do it anymore.. Sitting in the back is THE WORSE. Especially when you want to get off of the damn thing because you have to wait for all the asshats in front of you to find where they put their carry-ons, and then stagger off behind them like a bunch of drunks stumbling out of a bar 30 minutes past last call. That is basically what happened to those last 3 teams. By the time they managed to get off of the plane, the shuttle bus with the other 4 teams had already left so they had to wait for the next one, putting them behind.
Once teams get to the bridge to find their next clue, they find it is a detour. Gladiator or Charioteer.. In Rome, How original. The Charioteer gig is they have to race the clock with these remote control horse and chariot rigs around a track, 5 times, against a clock. If they don’t get the 5 laps in time, they have to start over. One person from each controls the speed, the other does the steering. The gladiator task is one at a time, each team member has to defend against a (choreographed) attack from a roman gladiator. If either one screws up, they both have to do it again. In the end, our racers lose the fight but once they do that, they get their next clue. Blondes have to do a speed bump and this is the part. What they have to do is go to the Pantheon and get an Olivetti and deliver it to the building that looks like a typewriter, Piazza Venezia and set it on that pedestal or one like it (that isn’t one of the blondes there in the picture).
Okay. Initially everyone except the surfers chose the chariot task (blondes did deliver their Olivetti and continue on, believing they had fallen to last place). Surfers decide to be gladiators based on his suggestion. As they are receiving instruction on the proper sequence of moves, TH John is flapping his lips about how this comes naturally to him because he had a Tae Kwon Do class in college. Good to know dude. John kept screwing up while Jessica kept getting it right. Not a big deal but I thought I would note that since he was the one pounding his gums about how easy this was for him. The Geranimals started with the chariot task but switched to be gladiators. The chariot races were chaotic with everyone there, running into each other’s chariots, but eventually everyone got through both tasks.
The next clue told them to go to the Piazza di Spagna, the former home of John Keetz, to find their next clue. This location was also shown in the film, Roman Holiday. Surfers are actually the first to leave the detour but they get a cab driver who doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do and apparently they don’t know how to tell him. They end up touring Rome with the guy before they finally get where they are supposed to be. The clue collected at the Piazza di Spagna, is a roadblock.
What one member of each team has to do is count the number of steps on the Spanish Steps and combine that number with the year built which is shown on a monument at the top of the steps. Once they do that, they have to show their answer to a waiting couple at the bottom of the steps. There are a total of 135 steps if properly counted. The monument at the top is called an oblisco. The problem for most teams is not the counting but reading instructions and doing the conversion between the roman numbers and the arabic numbers that most of the rest of the world uses. The year, is 1789. Add the 135 to that you get 1924 and that has to be converted back to the roman numeral, MCMXXIV and then be shown to the waiting couple. I hated messing with Roman numbers in school, I hate them now. It was a pointless exercise as far as I was concerned but I guess if I had ever run the race, it may have been useful information.
So here is what happened. Brenchel got there first. Solved it first but no without help from a local for Brendon to translate the Roman numbers. While they are there, Dave and Conner show up.. missing the clue at the local venders cart. So Rachel points them in the right direction but doesn’t tell them where the clue is.. Surfers are completely lost and finally get out of their cab to find internet at a hotel. Their driver thought they were looking for Keats Plaza (street) rather than his home, at the Spanish Steps. He does find a place but it’s a completely unrelated apartment building. That’s when they decide this guy is a lost cause. Globetrotters and the others also arrive but Flight Time doesn’t fully read the clue and thinks he just has to count the steps. In the end, long after Brenchel, Afghanimals get it and decide to share the info on the condition that none of them can step on the mat before them. Fair enough. Teams are thinking that the Blondes are still behind them so none of them will be last, as long as they beat the blondes. What they don’t know, is the Blondes are already done, in second place behind Brenchel. The pit stop is at the Piazza del Popolo.. Brenchel finished first and won a trip to the great barrier reaf off of Australia.
Next week kiddies, double U turn is in play. Oh, Surfer dude was eliminated. Jessica isn’t happy it appears, she was pissed last time when idiot got them eliminated, holding an express pass.. I wonder if she will ever realize she is engaged to a boob.
Real Housewives of Atlanta S6E22
Yay! It’s the season finale of Atlanta. Kandi is practicing singing at home when Todd walks in. The curtains goes up in two days. Todd tells her that the ticket sales are slow. He also shares the conversation that he had with Mama Joyce and that she wasn’t responsive to him. Kandi wants to prove to her mom that Todd and her make a good team. Kandi hopes everything is cool with her mom when she sees her. They are going to start making plans for their wedding and the signing of the prenuptial. Kandi says the lawyer and Apollo and Cynthia and Peter just signed their prenups like it was no big deal. Todd jokes that divorces happen because the woman doesn’t cook and Kandi says divorces happen because there is no Bedroom Kandi. Sell girl, sell.
Cynthia, Kenya’s aunt and a friend of Kenya are coming together to bury Velvet. Kenya is still sad and misses her dog. Kenya’s aunt is doing the eulogy. There are scenes of Velvet playing during the funeral. It is really sad. Cynthia is having problems handling her dog during Kenya’s speech. It takes away from the sadness of the situation. Velvet was really cute.
Apollo and Ayden bring a cake to the lawyer to congratulate her for finishing school. The lawyer is proud to say she has embalmed almost a 100 bodies, she is a licensed funeral director and is well on the path to opening up her own funeral parlor. Apollo does not understand how stressful her life was and what having a vagina means. Honey, I don’t think he wants to find out. Ayden is checking on his little brother to see if he is awake to join the party. He is so cute and very smart.
Porsha, her sister and mother are celebrating Porsha signing the paperwork for her divorce. Kordell wasn’t present for the signing. Porsha decided not to go to court because she felt her future shouldn’t include him and it shouldn’t include his money. Sounds like Porsha grew up and is becoming an independent woman. Porsha’s mom is proud that Porsha kept it together during the divorce proceedings. She went to church and still kept her spirits up. She then asks her about the ring still on her finger. Porsha takes it off and dumps it in a glass of wine. In case she needs some quick cash she can always pawn it.
Cynthia’s sister is helping Cynthia plan a romantic evening for Peter full of lighted candles and strewn rose petals. I don’t know why Cynthia thinks smoking a cigar and sitting in a chair when Peter walks in is sexy. Usually you smoke something afterwards. Mal leaves when the scene is as sexy as it is going to get and Cynthia has practiced her romantic talk. Peter walks in and starts laughing. He opens the champagne and watches Cynthia walking away and thinks that is sexy. They go to the bedroom which is where the camera stops rolling.
Nene comes home from a trip complaining of how tired she is and feeling a pain under her right breast and in her side. Gregg says he gets pains like that all the time and offers her a glass of alka seltzer. If it is not gas then he thinks Nene needs to get looked at.
It is the morning of opening night and Kandi hopes everything will work out. Kandi gives a shout out to Todd saying that everything came together because Todd was there. Todd is checking that everyone is where they are supposed to be. Porsha actually showed up. Kandi says she starts farting before the start of the show. Nerves. Nene let her know that she is having health issues. Kandi was understanding that Nene couldn’t make it but was disappointed. They run through choreography real quick. The stage manager is calling for Porsha and of course she doesn’t answer. Porsha is sleeping on the couch when the stage manager wakes her up to give her a pep talk and somehow Porsha thinks it is an apology. The stage manager just said if Porsha messes up then she needs to do what she needs to do to get by. I don’t see that as an apology. It is more like “I know you are going to mess up but fake it ‘til you make it.” Kandi is happy to hear that the musical is sold out.
Cynthia, Peter, Apollo and the lawyer meet before the performance starts to discuss Nene’s health issues and Mama Joyce’s possible reactions to the performance. We see flashbacks of Mama Joyce wanting to go all kung fu on Kandi’s friend in the wedding dress shop.
Mama Joyce shows up in the dressing room and she is in good spirits. Kandi hopes she will love the play and love the message. Mama also visits Eddie Lavert’s dressing room. He jokingly asks if Mama Joyce’s character is really what Mama Joyce is like. Mama Joyce says she hasn’t seen the play yet and maybe she should have written the ending. They laugh but many a truth is said in jest.
The performance starts and they start singing and dancing. Porsha’s singing sounds really good and the crowd cheers. Kandi is happy with Porsha’s performance. Kandi expresses her feelings about her mother in this musical. One of the lyrics of the song goes like this “let a person love, who they love, it’s not about the money or the car you drive, it’s about the person that makes you smile, that’s what makes life worthwhile, let them love.” Kandi hopes the message gets through to her mother. It is hard to read Mama’s expression as she is watching. Everyone gets a standing ovation.
After the performance, everyone gathers including Todd and his mother. Kandi says Todd talks to his mother twice a day so she knows everything that is going on. Todd’s mother gave Mama Joyce a stilted greeting but at least she greeted her. It looked like she made the first move which is classy. Kandi speaks to her mom to ask her what she thought about the performance. Mama Joyce says they can agree to disagree. Boy, she hardly gives an inch. Riley gave her mom a smiling, tearful hug. She was clearly moved by the performance. Titus, Kandi’s father, tells her that whoever she loves, he loves.
Now we come to the closing credits. The lawyer plans to open a crematorium in Athens. She is not going to represent Apollo in his fraud case. Porsha received no alimony in her divorce. She is dating an African tycoon but not Kenya’s. Bar One is still in limbo and Peter is still looking for investors to buy the property meanwhile Kenya got Cynthia to admit they were friends. Kenya and her African prince are going to try in vitro if she doesn’t get fertilized the old-fashioned way by June. Cynthia tells everyone that Nene went through some medical tests and they admitted her in the hospital. Nene had a blood clot in her lungs. Its life threatening if the clot is large and cuts off blood flow to her lungs. Her right lung collapsed and she had a partial collapse in her left lung. Anyway we now know that she is recovered and is a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Being active helps prevent recurring pulmonary embolism and taking anticoagulants. Kandi is talking about possibly taking the show on the road.
Kandi and Todd congratulate each other on a job well done. Kandi tells Todd that Mama Joyce says they can agree to disagree. They are willing to take that as a step in the right direction. The musical A Mother’s Love sold out for 5 Atlanta performances and now they are planning their next production together … their April wedding. Next up is the reunion and it looks crazy physical.
Thank you Ramonacoaster for recapping this season for us – MTH.