Good morning everyone. Hope all you moms out there had a great day yesterday.. This is it.. The final leg before the final 3 and the typical anticlimactic end to this season of the show. I don’t really know what I expect from these shows in the end, it just seems to me that awarding a one million dollar prize would make for more exciting television but for me it always seems to fall flat in the end. Normally, I watch online in the hopes of getting pictures for you but it hasn’t happened much in the last several weeks. Instead I’ve been using googled type images that are likely stock public domain photos. Neither here nor there but tonight, I actually watched on my TV.. What an experience that was.. As a result, due to Lucy making a lot of noise, I didn’t catch the actual names of a lot of places, so if I’m wrong on any of it, feel free to correct me in the comments. I don’t think so because I copied that info from other recaps..
Last week you’ll remember the cowboys were sent home due to a uturn by the animals and admittedly a few of their own mistakes. That was the last team I was supporting for the win so now, there are just people I hope also go home left on the show.. For this leg, the 4 remaining teams are going to London for their next clue. I don’t remember exactly where but it may have been Heathrow Airport which was thier first destination to get that clue. Oh yes, they were all on the same flight after a train ride to Madrid where they got on the airplane. No drama there. Once in London, they get their clue which tells them to drive to Anfield Stadium in Liverpool to get their next clue. A couple of the teams had trouble finding it, shit happens but they all manage to get there. That clue, I guess is a detour, because what they have to do here, is score two goals as penalty kicks on a pro football player (that’s soccer here).. Each… They must each kick the ball past the goalie twice, 4 total.. This is where this episode loses me.. Remember last week, Jamal twisted his knee.. He isn’t the reason the episode lost me though.. Each team has to select a goalie from a lot of two.. I think, Brenchel got there first followed by Depends and Son, then the Animals, and finally, those vacuous blondes (I know some of you would hope for a girl girl team to win, normally I would agree it would be fun but PLEASE don’t let it be these two). 3 of the teams manage to do this without complaining, guess which one bitched the most… The Blondes. Every time goalie stopped their kick, he was ‘being mean to them’.. Eventually, I think the goalie just let their kicks fly, bounce, or roll into the net just so he could get the hell out of there and go to the local pub for his afternoon pint. There is no way in hell he couldn’t have stopped everyone he let pass. Blondes, helped once again (Rigged games)..
The next clue tells them to go to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct for their next clue.. That is in Whales and is the longest and tallest of it’s type. Here is what their tourist site has to say about it. “At over 1000 feet long, Pontcysyllte is the longest and highest cast-iron aqueduct in the world. Treasured by British Waterways, it is today a protected Grade I listed building, a Welsh National Monument and is one of the seven wonders of the British Inland Waterways System. It is of course still used for its original purpose, being crossed by more than a thousand canal boats a year.” Those canal boats are the important part here. It is a 15 minute ride across this structure and the clue they are greeted with here, is a roadblock. One from each team has to take that ride, during which, will have to learn a Welsh poem, spoken in Welsh, and repeat it back to the lady at the other end of the ride. Not as easy as it sounds. If I were doing this, Welsh may as well be ancient Greek. Brendon, Conner, Jamal, and a Blonde (I honestly do not know which one is which at this point) do this task. Brendon gets it done first, somehow I think the judge lady was kind to the rest of them, maybe Brendon too.. Blondes. Jamal got it done while Conner had to do this at least 4 times, getting more angry with each attempt.. I expected him to complain that he was being picked on by this old(er) teacher type woman because he was so young.. Maybe he did.. Whether or not he did, I’ll complete the father son team nickname and call him Pampers. You know, Depends & Pampers.
The next clue takes them to Bolesworth Estate for their detour. Due to kind of sucking at the Welsh poetry reading, which had to be done with proper accent btw, then getting lost, the Animals fell behind at this point. Brenchel and Blondes get their first and the detour involves a couple games. One is skeet shooting where they have to down 16 clay pigeons between them (Shoot it), and the other, Boot it.. With that one, teams would have to fill Welsh boots (wellies) (Rain boots) with water and throw them around a marked course.. You know, throw it once, pick it up, throw it again, until they get to the end of the course. Aside from the boots weighing a ton, sounds pretty simple. The catch here was they had to choose their boots, either size 9, or size 11, from a large pile of them, that weren’t all size 9 or 11.. The one team to do this was Brenchel.. How hard could it be to pick specific sizes? Apparently for Rachel, who noted at the beginning of this task, they have to make sure of the sizes, it was very difficult. She picked 10s so they had to do the whole thing over again. At the beginning of the day, she was so proud of herself because she had not had a meltdown the entire time.. Well, here it comes. Rachel Riley public on TV meltdown #958789 complete with Brendon telling her to STFU and not to cry.. Yeah, That always works. Finally she calms down but this setback gives the animals time to catch up with the rest of the pack.
The other 3 teams did the Shoot it task, and did surprisingly well at it. Even the blondes.. All better than I would have done. Blondes finished that one first, though I think they should still be back at the stadium kicking soccer balls, and got out of their first followed closely by Dave and Conner. Their destination is Peckforton Castle which is the next pitstop.. Built in the mid 1800s it is now billed and used as a wedding venue.. Blondes leave first and turn right on the road out of the Bolesworth Estate.. After some debate, Dave and Conner go the other way. Wise choice. Blondes went the wrong way and, you guessed it, team Depends & Pampers gets there first, followed by the blondes. That leaves Brenchel and the Afghanimals fighting for that third place spot. Both made huge mistakes in this leg but I don’t think either of them should be eliminated. Brenchel grabs that last spot and Leo and Jamal are gone from the race.
I’m kind of disappointed by the elimination of the Animals. First, it was fun to dig at them in these recaps. Second, like them or not, they did run their own race and seemed to have a ball doing it. Interesting to note, they also finished 4th last time. Not like those two idiot blondes with their constant and tired damn damsel in distress routine. I still say they should be back at that stadium kicking soccer balls. Forget the two non elim rounds that I think should have eliminated them to begin with (FIXED). Next week kids, we wrap this up in Vegas.. At this point, I have no choice but to hope Rachel can finally have a kid after they win the million $$$$… See you then…
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