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The Amazing Race Recap: The Amazing Shemozzle

March 03, 2013 10:18 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

You always learn something new on The Amazing Race, and tonight’s episode is certainly no exception? Have you ever heard of the New Zealand Shemozzle? No? Well, you’ll be an expert by the end of this recap!

Dave and Connor are quickly positioning themselves as the favorites of the season, for, despite a nasty injury, they’re still putting forth a valiant effort. Remember, these are the two guys who have already survived cancer, so a little achilles problem is no big deal. Of course, Jessica and John deciding to stick to the Express Pass deal would be really nice, but the two appear to be holding that card close in case it could lead to others sucking up to them…and so far, this tactic has meant exactly that. But as I’ve said before, while this tactic can be beneficial in the short term, I have a feeling it might hurt Team JJ down the road.

On tonight’s show the teams are first required to fly from Bora Bora to Christchurch in New Zealand. They take several different flights, but as per usual, it doesn’t end up mattering too much if a team is on the first flight or the last. They all end up bunching up together and waiting for the next task to begin anyways. Once in New Zealand, the teams have to choose between completing a crazy driving test complete with tons of cones (and finishing said test in less than 83 seconds) or catching fish that are a minimum of one foot in length. The tasks are given the usual attempts at clever names — this time, Rev it Up or Reel it In.

A bit of good news for Dave and Connor: they decide to use their Express Pass — yes, they still have one, thanks to JJ upholding the alliance — and move on to the Road Block. This appears to be a necessary choice, as the Express Pass is soon to expire and the car used in Rev it Up is manual transmission. They are forced to retrace their steps to the fishing challenge, but, at that point, have lost quite a bit of time.

Since they had the Express Pass option, Dave and Connor’s challenge was not nearly as disastrous as that of newlyweds Max and Katie. Max appears not to be great at driving manual muscle cars and manages to run over plastic cones time and time again. After a few times on the course, he’s looking like he’s about to hurl. Fortunately, the team is able to move on after Max’s sixth try.

And now…time for the Shemozzle! This race has a sweet name and is actually pretty entertaining to watch. Basically, it involves running through a massive amount of mud while wearing a burlap sack and special boots. During the course of the race, participants are covered in feathers and molasses, led through a slip and slide and then forced to collect a dozen chicken eggs. This would seriously be the coolest way to celebrate Easter. Stinky and dirty, yes, but it still looks like fun.

Connor is able to finish the task pretty quickly, meaning that, incredibly, the injured team is in first place.  He receives a clue showing the location of the next pit stop. Exciting stuff, right? Unfortunately, this is one of those legs of the race in which nobody is eliminated, so, while the underdog team managed to come in first, it doesn’t really matter. Yes, that’s right, another cliffhanger on The Amazing Race. It’s kinda a bummer that the leg of the race the injured team managed to win was the one that has no impact on the ultimate results of the race…and that they wasted the Express Pass on it, to boot.

Oh well, I’ll just have to wait for next week’s episode. Are you cheering on Dave and Connor? Or do you have another favorite?

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