Oh, this season 27 group is shaping up to be a wily bunch, isn’t it? They’re so emotional — simultaneously a little too buddy-buddy from the jump, and already plotting ways to take eachother down. Well, those coup plans are reserved mostly for the Green Team and its rather vocal, teary leader, Justin.
So far this season, I find myself swinging between rooting for a team and thinking they might be the capital-W-worst all within 40 minutes of airtime. Except for the Street Dancers — I pretty much like them all the time, and I don’t care how many variations of “When we go home, we don’t have a home to go back to” they produce; I now know that they’re racing this to take the $1 million home to their mamas, so it will probably give me a throat lump every time.
Okay, and just one more glaring theme before we get down to the competitive environment-saving and wall-dancing… you guys, how badly does Phil want to create a TAR origin love story? Apparently the host with the most (pants pockets in Buenos Aires) got a taste of the romance TAR could bring — following season 26, he insisted that Blind Date champions Tyler and Laura were harboring secret L-U-V feelings for each other — and he wants some more. Stay tuned to this week’s Finish Line for Host Phil’s latest matchmaking attempt.
In the second leg of the race around the world, the 10 remaining teams are traveling from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, and — “TAR is On the Pulse of Culture” alert — birthplace of Pope Francis. All of the teams get booked on the same flight, giving the Green Team a chance to finally meet everybody else in the airport and make a few allies. So Justin decides to do that by letting Team Alabama track down the location of their next clue in Buenos Aires (the church where Pope Francis was baptized), and then telling them not to tell anyone else. And then confronting them while they tell everyone else about how they thought they had an agreement. Pick your battles, folks.
Meanwhile in The Drama-less Street Dancers Corner: The Street Dancers are doing a coordinated dance and cooing, “Hi, and welcome to the airport.” Get them on your little screens, Delta!
The teams are admitted into the Church of San Carlos and Maria Auxiliadora one at a time for the clue to their next DETOUR: CARTONEROS or FLETERO. Cartoneros, a.k.a. “the people of cardboard,” work the streets of Buenos Aires, collecting cardboard to make a living. In the Detour, teams must collect 100 kilograms of cardboard from recycling bins and deliver it to a recycling truck for their next clue. Every single team chooses Cartoneros except for the Reporters, which normally leads to a lot of Detour switching, but here, everyone just hunkers down and collects their 100 kilos. The simplicity is partly due to the kindness of the Texans (one of those aforementioned teams I swing back and forth on); there are only eight recycling carts available in Cartoneros, but the Texans are finished by the time the Runners arrive, so they tell them where their already used cart is so they don’t have to switch Detours.
NEXT: Dancing on the walls again…