November 12, 2007 12:25 AM by Joe Blackmon
Written By Jennifer Brown. The teams race to Amsterdam and take on a task that’s “knot” so fun. It’s midnight and sibling team Azaria & Hendekea (first on
the mat in the last leg) are heading off for the next leg of the Race,
which will lead them to the airport and off to Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. Second team off are goth kids Kynt & Vyxsin, who
couldn’t be happier to be going where they’re going. “I know they’re
going to love Vyxsin and I there,” Kynt says. TK & Rachel, too, are
excited to be going somewhere they ordinarily wouldn’t have gone. “Why
not enjoy [the travel] at the same time [as racing]?” TK says.
It’s the dead of night as they head out, which thrills Kynt & Vyxsin, who feel in their element in the dark, but makes Team Blonde (Shana & Jennifer) a little uncomfortable (one of them calls it “creepy” to be driving around after dark). The night adds an additional element of frustration for some teams, as Nicolas and Grandpa Don have a flat tire on the way to the airport and have to pull to the side of the road to fix it in the dark.
Dark or not, soon most of the teams are off and racing. Ronald & Christina join ranks with Pat & Kate and stop off at a hotel en route to the airport to use the Internet to scope out flights (not a bad idea since teams who’ve busted their tushes to get to the airport are only finding out that the ticket counter is closed anyway). But at the hotel, Ronald’s true colors begin to shine through – he comes off as bossy and wound-up, and it’s not long before laid-back Pat & Kate are surmising that Christina must be having one heck of a frustrating Race experience with him as a partner.
In line at the airport, it becomes evident that not everyone is going to get on the first flight out of Dublin into Amsterdam. It comes down to a race of typing-fingers as both Nathan & Jennifer and Nicolas & Donald wait at the ticket counter to get the last two seats for flight #1. Nathan & Jennifer’s agent turns out to be the faster typist and they get the flight out, leaving Nicolas & Donald forced to trust in the stand-by list to get them to Amsterdam with the rest of the racing crowd.
Problems erupt as Nicolas & Donald, wanting desperately to get on the stand-by list before fellow-racers, Christina & Ronald, get a little too pushy for the ticket agents’ taste. Later Ronald can’t hold himself back. He lays into Nicolas for being abrasive to the agents and tarnishing the image of all the racers. A few words are said, and Ronald is clearly hacked, but Nicolas shrugs it off, surmising that Ronald is just “stressed out.” Pushy or no, whatever Nicolas did worked – he and his grandfather end up getting the stand-by tickets, leaving Christina & Ronald to wait for the next flight out. Ouch.
The teams all rush to Amsterdam and take a train to their next clue. It’s a Detour: Hoist It or Hunt It. In Hoist It, the teams have to use a pulley system to hoist 5 pieces of furniture through the window of a building, several stories up. What the teams don’t know is that tying the knots to hold the furniture to the ropes will be their biggest challenge. Teams who choose Hunt It will have to go to a nearby parking lot and search thousands of bicycles to find the two that match the colors in their clue. Not much of a challenge, as long as you can work cooperatively, which some teams will find the biggest challenge yet.
Most of the teams choose Hoist It, and almost all of them struggle with the knots. Jason, however, doesn’t. His furniture is up and into the building in no time, giving he & Lorena a huge leg up on the others. Kynt & Vyxsin work together beautifully, encouraging one another and switching off when one gets tired. But TK & Rachel struggle, not only with the knots but with bickering as well, making them sound much more like Nathan & Jennifer, who gripe at one another once again (at one point Jennifer exasperatedly exclaiming, “You’re a guy! You gotta know how to do these physical things!” before taking over at the pulley and blowing through the task with ease). Shana, however, rocks the task, with teammate Jennifer proudly saying, “Shana did the furniture faster than most of the men.”
In the meantime, teams struggle with Hunt It as well, but mostly only Ronald & Christina, who spend most of their time squabbling instead of searching for the bike. In the end, a tearful Christina confronts her father, telling him he’s too hard on her and saying, “In this race you have to make improvements overnight.” He tries to calm down, hugs her, but whether or not he’ll stay so easy is yet to be seen,
Once the teams get past their detour, they’re instructed to take a bus to Randsdorp, where they’ll find their next clue in a field. Jason & Lorena, who gained a huge lead on the rest of the teams with the Hoist It activity, miss their bus and end up losing their lead altogether. But they’re not as bad off as Pat & Kate, who come to the stop so late in the game they miss the last bus of the night and are forced to wait for a minibus.
The teams get to their clue, which is a Roadblock. In order to get to their next instruction, one member of each team must ditch vault (think pole vaulting and mud wrestling all rolled into one) across a mud-filled ditch. The task looks easy, especially after Jason (tonight’s Star Player) hops over like it’s nothing. But the teams soon find out it’s not quite as easy as it looks. Kynt looks scared. “I’m not one of those get down and dirty kind of boys,” he says. “I’m kind of prissy.” But he, too, hops over that stream and gets the job done (Okay, for the record, I know that Kynt claims that he’s not athletic, but I can’t help but notice that his biceps are quite buff and he runs like the wind! And the other team members are noticing the same thing, too. Hendekea mentions tonight that she thinks “Kynt & Vyxsin are some serious competitors,” in part because of Kynt’s speed). Jennifer (of Nathan & Jennifer) lands hard in the mud, and she isn’t happy about it. Christina struggles to get the job done under the critical and ever-instructing eye of her father (who claims, “I could’ve done it better”). But Grandpa Donald steals the show on this one – stripping down to his skivvies (are those bikini undies? You go, gramps!) and making several runs at it before he makes it across.
Eventually everyone makes it across and gets their next clue, which is to ride a cargo bike to the Durgerdam Yacht Club, their Pit Stop for this leg of the Race. One by one they hit the mat, in this order:
1st: Jason & Lorena (who win a pair of 3-wheel sport bikes)
2nd: Nathan & Jennifer (still feeling quite nasty and snarky after her fall in the ditch)
3rd: Shana & Jennifer
4th: Kynt & Vyxsin
5th: Hendekea & Azaria
6th: TK & Rachel
7th: Marianna & Julia (who, otherwise, where barely shown tonight at all,?)
8th: Nicolas & Grandpa Donald (muddy, but at least wearing pants once again)
9th: Ronald & Christina (who cheer and hug, calling this leg “,really tough,”)
10th: Kate & Pat, who are eliminated from the Race. Not a huge surprise, but a shame nonetheless, as cancer-survivor Pat (woot! woot!) and soft-hearted Kate really seemed to have been enjoying the journey and having a good time. “We just wish we could’ve lasted so much longer,” Kate says, tearing up. But Pat smiles, saying she thinks the Race simply “proved we’re meant to be together.”
Next on Amazing Race 12: Christina & Ronald’s troubles continue. Lorena seriously loses it during a Roadblock.