Thanks to an extra hour of The Amazing Race, we get to experience two times the amount of bickering, double the drama, and twice as many examples of how Becca and Floyd have more joy than all the trolls in Norway.
Before our teams travel to the Scandinavian country, they have to find the Mercery House in Zanzibar. It’s the home of Farrokh Bulsara, also known as Freddie Mercury. It’s there they will try to dominate the DETOUR so they can declare, “We are the champions!” instead of, “Another one bites the dust.”
It’s LOCK or KNOCK time. Teams can either navigate a confusing maze of alleyways looking for three royal doors, or try to find a key inside a bunch of wooden chests. Sounds easy, right? This is The Amazing Race. Of course it’s not easy.
Most of the teams choose the lock DETOUR. Hundreds of chests stacked on top of each other, with no clue in sight, makes everyone on edge. Joey and Tara can’t take it, so they leave to go knocking. Vanck and Ashton, as well as Sara and Shamir, are already tackling the doors.
Over in Hell (Brooke’s nickname, not mine), Mike quickly figures out that there is a secret section behind the bottom drawer of all the chests. He whispers to Liz, who immediately finds a key, which leads to a locked chest with a clue. Everyone else, including Matt and Redmond, stare in amazement, wondering if these leg leaders dabbled in witchcraft to conjure up a clue.
Mike and Liz are officially in the lead. It’s time to leave Zanzibar and head back to a metal shop on the mainland of Tanzania. While they figure out the ferry system, Brooke realizes that there’s a secret compartment in all of the chests. She finds a key with a scorpion keychain and tries the nearest scorpion lock. It does not work. Then her partner Scott finds another scorpion key. It does work in the lock. For some odd reason, he gives his second key to Becca. Hello, future favor.
While everyone is checking locks and knocking on doors, The Boys secure a key and the second place slot. They are followed by all of the other key people, except Logan and London. Team LoLo quickly gives up and heads for the knocking DETOUR. Luckily, they run into someone who tells them where all three royal doors are located. London bebops down the alleyway from royal door to royal door, collecting clues.
Where are Shamir and Sara, you ask? Well, they are going in circles and arguing. Everyone else is on the ferry boat to Tanzania, and these arch nemeses are trying not to punch each other in the throat. Their fun meter is non-existent. When they finally find all the clues, they have to wait for the next ferry.
Everyone else races to the metal place, where they face a ROAD BLOCK. Contestants have to cut, punch, and pound metal into a cooking utensil and hope it passes as a noodle strainer at the end of the day. Vanck, Becca, Redmond, Mike, Joey, and Brooke scramble in while the others wait outside. Five out of the six have fun and appreciate the skills of their local instructor. Guess which one whines about not being strong enough? Guess who just can’t even? Or, more accurately, guess who just can’t and starts crying because her jack wagon partner nominated her for a very hard task? Spoiler: It’s not Becca.
Brooke makes her way outside to ask Scott to give her a pep talk. When she goes back in, Becca helps her cut the metal. FAVOR REDEEMED! Redmond teaches her how to pound metal with a hammer. Then Mike cheers her on. The hullabaloo stops when everyone else finishes their strainer and passes the noodle test. All bets are off when a PIT STOP is involved. Especially when that PIT STOP is Coco Beach.
1. Tara and Joey — Ditching the locks for knocks was a wise decision since they are now $5,000 richer. (P.S. I love how Joey told Phil that he looked sharp.)
2. Becca and Floyd — Did Scott make a mistake by giving them a key?
3. Mike and Liz — They tell Phil they never fight. This is what we call foreshadowing.
4. Matt and Redmond — These guys haven’t been in first in a long time, and they are ticked.
5. Logan and London — I want them to date.
6. Vanck and Ashton — Doors are hard.
7. Brooke and Scott — Brooke melts down when she hears they are the final team. I hope she gets to keep her strainer.
Shamir and Sara are so far behind that Phil has to find them in the metal shop and tell them to hang it up. Shamir is mad. But that’s okay. Sara is proud of what they accomplished. She will remember all of their experiences. Like that time Shamir got his junk caught in a harness and the time they couldn’t find royal doors.