Slowly but surely the competition is narrowing down on this year’s Stranger Danger version of The Amazing Race (Thursdays, 10 p.m. on CTV). These unlikely teams have raced their way through more than their fair share of obstacles in just a few short weeks, but they were faced with a few more in this week’s edition when they travelled from Vietnam to Seoul, Korea.
Between the traditional arts of kimchi-making and cup-stacking and the not-so traditional art of video gaming in front of a large theatre of people, these contestants certainly had their work cut out for them if they wanted to make it to the Top 3 — and next week’s finale. Sadly, not everyone made it, as even more lessons in team travel were revealed.
Here are some of this week’s gems.
1. Don’t always travel like the locals
There’s something super rewarding about being able to figure out another bustling city’s transit system, especially when it’s in another language. So naturally we were pretty proud of #TheBoys when they took the gamble of the subway over a taxi, and at first, given all of the crazy traffic it looked like their move paid off. But then they missed their connecting subway by seconds and it put them completely behind the other three taxi-taking teams. We suppose that sometimes, despite the higher cost, you just have to take that old yellow car; it’s the only thing that will get you door-to-door without that extra stress.
2. Always be super clear with taxi drivers
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to taking a taxi in a foreign place is that it’s pretty likely the driver won’t speak English. So if your language skills aren’t up to speed with whatever country you’re in, you’d better make sure that you’re as clear as possible about where it is that you want to go. #TheBoys learned that one the hard way when they did finally jump into a taxi to head to the first Road Block, and their driver took them 20 minutes in the wrong direction. Sadly, his offer of a discounted fare didn’t really make up for the fact that, in the end, he put them even further behind the other three teams.
3. I think I can, I think I can
Have you ever tried speed-stacking? Yeah, us neither, but it looked pretty intense. Watching those kids stack and un-stack 11 cups in under three seconds was something else. We really had no idea how the teams were going to do it in under seven seconds to get their next clue, but Brooke — of ALL people — had mad confidence in herself. Unlike in previous challenges where she’d lose her marbles, cry and yell at Scott about life in general, she kept at it, telling Scott that she had it. That she could do it. And you know what? In the end she did. She was the first of all the teams to complete the challenge, and it gave them a huge lead in the overall leg. It just goes to show you what a positive attitude can do for a gal, huh?
4. Never give up
Our hearts were positively breaking for Tara during the video game challenge… while competing against a professional gamer in a game of Street Fighter (or whatever that video game was) wasn’t easy for anybody, she had a particularly hard time with it. It’s not easy losing 10 or 20 rounds in a row to a cocky, smiling little kid who’s blindfolded with one hand behind his back, let alone more than 40 rounds. But even though Tara was super frustrated, she didn’t lose her cool (teammate Joey, who was cussing the kid from the audience, was another story). And even though it looked like Tara would never, ever win, eventually she did — with seconds to spare. It was the perfect timing that they needed to edge out #TheBoys, who were fast catching up, and secure third place on that mat.
5. Keep your head held high
It has to be super disappointing to be the team kicked out of The Amazing Race right before the finale. At that point you’re so close you can taste it. So when #TheBoys came last to the mat and were told their time on the show was over, it was a bitter pill to swallow. Still, they held their heads high and said they hoped they had inspired others to know that anything is possible if you only try. Now that’s how to lose gracefully. If you ask us, that’s just as important as winning any day of the week… Sadly, it also means you won’t have a million extra bucks to take home with you.