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The Amazing Race recap: My Tongue Doesn't Even Twist That Way

All of the tables have turned as Team Paparazzi try to stay positive and Team Alabama tries to rap — yes, rap! — in French.

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The Amazing Race

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

These might not be the most charismatic teams we’ve ever seen, and they might not have future careers in French rapping, but they sure do keep up the lineup interesting. The Cheerleaders have risen from almost going home multiple times to the top two, cheering and jumping into the arms of locals all the way; the Texans have gone from top dogs to middle dogs; the Paps are somehow still around; and the team that finished in first place in the previous leg finished dead last tonight (I don’t know if they’ve been eliminated because CBS hit us with yet another To Be Continued!). And the Green Team… okay, well the Green Team continues to reign supreme, but to be fair, they’ve already had a practice round of racing as Diana reminded us with her anecdote about Justin making her memorize French during his proposal to her. That would have earned him a hard no from me.

Though at least he didn’t make track her heartrate for a Fitbit Challenge (that we know of). Last season, I remember thinking the Fitbit Challenge absurdly product placement-y, but tonight, even if everyone was saying Fitbit like their race depended on it (it did), I still enjoyed knowing what team member’s heartrate was after each challenge (they had to keep up with it for a mysterious purpose that will come in the next leg). For example, Diana’s heartrate was higher after having to rap in French than it was after having to plunge to the bottom of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tell me about it!

In Leg 6 of the rrrrrace around the world, the teams are moving on from Africa to Paris, France. But first they have to complete one last ROAD BLOCK at Victoria Falls, which they’ve already explored overhead, but now they need to check out the bottom with some good old fashioned BUNGEE JUMPING. Since many of the team members who are scared of heights didn’t take on last week’s swing across Batoka Gorge, they get to conquer their fears this time. Surprisingly, Denise quiets down a little when she’s plunging 364-feet toward a body of water.

But because all seven remaining teams are traveling on the same flight to Paris, Alabama immediately loses their lead to the Green Team, who manage to get the first train and put the other six teams 20 minutes behind them as they head toward the next ROAD BLOCK at Musée Volant Salis: LIBERATE EGALITE FRATERNITE. The member from each team who didn’t bungee is tasked with going up in the air with a pilot in a vintage Boeing-Stearman biplane and spotting the three words on the ground below that best represent the French Revolution of 1798 — that’s right, liberaté, élgalité, and fraternité — in between doing a few loop-de-loops. And sure, watching them go upside down in these tiny little planes is exhilarating, but the most fun to be had here is listening to everyone try to pronounce the French words once the come down. The Texans did surprisingly fine, but marvel as James Earl pronounces “fraternité” like FRAT-er-night. Still, he got all three words, as did all of the other teams, except…

NEXT: The couple that raps together…