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The Amazing Race recap: 'Release the Brake! (Brussels, Belgium)'

Still in Belgium, stunt driving and waffle making proved surprisingly difficult

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Ernie Cindy
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The Amazing Race

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Phil Keoghan
Jerry Bruckheimer
Current Status:
In Season

SPOILER ALERT, Race cases. If you don’t want to know who was eliminated just yet, skip to the next paragraph. Otherwise, let’s start this week’s recap with a moment for silence for Ma & Pa (Bill and Cathi). I loved everything about those two old coots, from their surprisingly hot bodies to their adorable back-story as childhood sweethearts. I was really hoping they would pull out a dark horse win, but let’s face it: Even if they didn’t win this Race, they’re winning at life. So here’s to Bill and Cathi Alden, who put the “sex” in sexagenarians.

The Race remained in Belgium this week after Team NFL (Marcus and Amani) scored a surprise first place. They’d barely hit the mat before Phil told them the next leg would begin immediately at the Ford Proving Grounds in Lommel. As the Olympians (Andy and Tommy) and Ma & Pa made second and third attempts to earn their 12 points at the bodybuilding pose-off, Team OCD (Ernie and Cindy) arrived second, followed by dating Divorcees Jeremy and Sandy. (Side note: Did anyone else find the Pit Stop music that sounded like a balloon deflating incongruously hilarious?)

All three teams encountered some difficulty finding Lommel, though OCD had the least and was the first to arrive at the Road Block. In Master Your Mustang, one teammate would be driven around an auto track before getting behind the wheel to master three different testing feats: 1.) Speed (which was more about stopping suddenly and maneuvering the car while braking), 2.) Slalom (steering between a series of cones, then reaching a full stop in a demarcated square — all in 16 seconds or less), and 3.) Donuts (anyone who grew up in a town with a Walmart parking lot needs no explanation for this one).

Ernie took on the challenge for OCD and positively squealed with glee during his ride around the track. He completed the first portion easily, but the slalom proved problematic. He was over time in his first try by only 0.9 seconds, then only 0.3 seconds in the next attempt. After that… things got progressively worse. Between hitting the bumper balloon at the stopping point and taking out cones, he nearly gave the Divorcees (who arrived next because NFL got lost) the chance to take the lead. Unfortunately for Jeremy, he hit the bumper balloon on his first attempt, and Ernie excelled under the pressure. OCD finished first, but just barely. Jeremy pulled through on try number two, finishing a few minutes behind.

NEXT: Will Cathi go all Dale Earnhardt on us?