Sunday, October 29, 2006

RECAP: Amazing Race X: Stage 7

David and Mary got a much-needed comeback victory last week to avoid the penalty box, and more importantly, elimination. Can they keep the momentum going?

The teams start out with this:

Clue #1- Travel by plane to Mauritius; spot next clue on a Nissan Versa.

Tyler and James began this leg way behind in the pack in last place. But in the airport, Dustin and Kandace buy tickets for Tyler and James, right in front of the eyes of Lyn and Karilyn. The three teams bicker over who should sit in front of them, and whom should be on which flight.

Clue #2: Teams must recognize model ship on car as a real existing ship on the water. They must swim to the ship, grab the clue, and get back to shore before reading the clue.

Thanks to the above mistake by Dustin and Kandace, Tyler and James go from worst to first! Unfortunately, they get lost thereafter while on their way to the ship, and go back to last place! Crazy! Dustin and Kandace take over the lead now.

Clue #3: Travel by car to Case Noyale (49 miles long). Once they get there, they must meet the official at the post office to get their next clue.

At this point, Dustin and Kandace still have the lead, with Rob and Kimberly second. Tyler and James continue to have problems finding their way, and are still last. With sixth-place finishes the last two legs, could this be the end of the line for them?

But another bad break hits- but this time, for Rob and Kimberly. Their car breaks down. In frustration, Rob walks out of the car and away from her, with Kimberly obviously upset. Eventually, they fall to last place.

That's not the only car trouble a team would encounter; Dustin and Kandace wreck into what I do believe was an ambulance, which Dustin says is her first car wreck ever. The other teams get tied up a little bit in the wreck before moving on. Despite this, Dustin and Kandace still have the lead heading into....

DETOUR: This week's options: SALT or SEA?

SALT: Teams must travel to a salt hill field, and must search three salt hills. Inside one of them is a salt shaker that contains their next clue.

SEA: Teams must walk to the dock, and find a small boat. Then, they will be rowed to a small island. Once there, teams are given a map, and must use it to locate a maston sail. Once they have the sail, they must bring it back to the boat and hang it up in order to go back to where they came from and receive their next clue.

David and Mary have the most trouble when tackling the salt fields, so they try the other task and waste valuable time. Most teams did the SEA task.

The Pit Stop was located at the Chateau Bel Ombre, where one team may be eliminated.

Dustin and Kandace lock in first, giving them their first stage victory and winning..... motorscooters! That's theirs no matter what.

In second: Tyler and James! That's more like their strong beginning in this edition of the race.

Third: Rob and Kimberly! They overcome their car problems and have four third-place finishes in the last five stages, with the other finish in first!

Fourth: Erwin and Goodwin.

Fifth: Lyn and Karilyn, just behind Erwin and Goodwin.

DEAD LAST: David and Mary. These people just can't find a happy medium in the race. They finish last in the first non-elimination leg, then they finish first when it counted in the next leg, and now they finish last here! After Phil Kehogan tells the the bad news....



....he tells them that this stage is the second of the non-elimination stages, meaning the team is in the same situation they were in one stage ago- finish first, win a prize and definitely stay in the race; otherwise, no matter where they finish, they will be sent to the penalty box for at least 30 minutes before being allowed to lock in.

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