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The Amazing Race recap: Spin Control

The Globetrotters’ ball-handling skills come in handy in drum-spinning and shirt-sewing challenges in Sri Lanka

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The Amazing Race

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

Aw, Margie and Luke. Third time’s not the charm. You should have made a Trendy Connection!

Following last week’s explosive nightclub challenge, in which hearing-impaired Luke smashed a series of glasses and stormed into the bathroom, the mother-son team fell drastically behind during Leg 5 and have been eliminated from the Race. No more Luke antics this week; if anything, once they realized they were the only team flying out of Kuala Lumpur the morning after the beginning of the leg, Mr. Moody deliberately decided to play nice, complimenting the Sri Lanka scenery and copping a “what can you do?” attitude to match his mom’s as they went through the motions. Their inevitable elimination provided for a not-so-exciting leg, but let’s get to it anyway!

The eight teams fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka — six on a direct flight that got in at midnight, Brendon and Rachel on a risky connecting flight through Singapore, and Margie and Luke opting to try (and fail) for standby on that first flight.

Do I need to call them Brenchel? I don’t want to! Brendon and Rachel whizzed through the Singapore Airport to make their connection just as the gate was closing. I think we all know they weren’t in last-second danger of missing it (everyone knows a “gate closing” warning on an airport screen means “there’s probably still time to hit McDonald’s”), but there’s a well-edited moment in there that makes it seem like because Brendon wants to retreat a few steps backward to retrieve a fallen pouch of his belongings, THIS COULD BE THE DEATH OF THEM. Zero drama ensued and Rachel’s green sequined shorts sashay onto the plane to Colombo without a care in the world.

Rachel is quite the zen mistress lately! Not to be outdone, Brendon has studied Buddhism (I’m guessing he watched the PBS 2010 documentary, The Buddha, but he also could’ve read a book and in that case he’d be way ahead of me) and announces that in order to be enlightened, you need to let yourself go from material things. Oh, like your mini backpack at the airport? HMMMM. (Okay, yeah, it’s definitely impossible to drum up drama where none exists on The Amazing Race.) The couple plans to forget the past and look to the future with clear pantyhose and full hearts.

The Enlightened Ones actually beat everyone else to the Gangaramaya Temple, which doesn’t open ’til 5:45 a.m. — so Dave and Connor have plenty of time to reflect on how the last time they were blessed by a priest, Dave tore his Achilles Tendon. Not this time! They all get blessed. So blessed. “Hey, this is cool,” says Jessica. Okay, let’s keep this moving.

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