We have reached the penultimate episode of “The Amazing Race” 2012. Not only was it a non-elimination round, there was also some equalizer shenanigans to get everyone nice and bunched up for next week’s finale.
Is the biggest surprise of this season that Josh and Brent are still in it? As Josh said, they must be doing something right. They are the thinking man’s team ad they have grown on me through the season. OK, so I don’t expect them to triumph in next week’s finale, but I like that they are still in the race. Literally.
The teams’ night flights to Barcelona all left within 2 hours of each other and it didn’t matter anyway, since they had to wait for their next destination to open, by which time everyone was inBarcelonaand awake anyway. Everyone looked strangely happy to see each other.
At the tennis center there was the Roadblock was “Who wants to get smashed?” The challenge was to hit the courts and return 20 balls from a pretty fast serving machine. Trey and James both smashed it, though. Apparently the twins skipped tennis lessons as children, and it showed. Nadiya even had to ask her sister whether she (Nadiya) was right- or left-handed. No idea why injured Josh took this challenge instead of Brent but I almost cheered the cutie when, after successful completion he said, exhausted, “I feel like I just won the Olympics.” “Just like Rafael,” Brent quipped, and I fell in love with them both all over again.
The next clue was at the beautiful Coves de Campanet, a cave with stalagmites and stalactites and it led to a detour, “Spin it” or “Bull it.”
“Bull it” would require teams to visit a 1000-year-old bull-fighting arena, crouch into into a two-person bull costume and charge around, butting eight capes in under two minutes. TeamTexaswas the only one to tackle this one, and from the way it was edited, it seems like they got it after two attempts, though who knows if that’s how it went. It did seem easy, though – so long as you kept your fingers out of the way. Lexi cut her finger, of course.
In “Spin it” teams had to repair a 400 year old windmill by attaching two giant blades to it. Chippendales James and Jaymes felt they were made for this. “Working at Chippendales, we may have seen a construction outfit a time or two,” Jaymes said. This was only bettered by James following it with, “Yeah, I may have swung a styrofoam hammer here or there.” It shouldn’t quite work like that but these two made short work of this challenge. Josh and Brent were also amazing at that, and their farming credentials probably really did help here. The Twins really made a mess of this but at least they admitted it. Gotta admire, that.
As it happened, it didn’t matter who came last. No one was eliminated, setting us up nicely for next week’s two-hour finale. The preview calls it the “dream team alliance versus the ultimate underdogs” so you decide who’s who. Oh and watch out for some bungee jumping and Lexi getting hurt again.