This week’s third episode of season 29 of “The Amazing Race,” “Bucket List Type Stuff,” sees the teams travel from Brazil to Tanzania in eastern Africa. Tensions will rise as one pair of racers does the unthinkable. Take a look at the teaser trailer above and then read our recap of last week’s episode. If you haven’t already, be sure to make your predictions as to what team will win the “Race.”
The second episode, “Scared Spitless,” began in Panama with the 10 remaining teams hightailing it to a travel agency to book flights to São Paulo, Brazil. Spread out over six flights, their first task is to sign up for a helicopter tour of the city before making their way to Prace da Se, in the city center, to pick up their next clue.
The two teams on the first flight — Matt and Redmond and Vanck and Ashton — had agreed to flip a coin at the helipad to determine who got on the first chopper. But the all-male team, made up of a snowboarder and an Army vet, reneged on the deal.
They were were the first to be confronted with the Detour:
Keep the Beat: Play instruments with a samba band
Work Your Feet: Build a workout station
They opted for the latter and make their way to an outdoor gym underneath a busy highway. They motored through the task, making just one small mistake by forgetting to fill a barrel with water but quickly corrected that and were on their way to the Roadblock, ahead of Vanck and Ashton.
Shamir and Sara were the first team to opt to make music but are stymied until their second attempt. One-time high school band members Liz and Michael had no such problems and were one and done as were the fun-loving Becca and Floyd.
Brooke and Scott were slowed down by the former having a fall, which left it to Scott to put together the workout station. He managed to keep up with Seth and Olive, who were first on the first leg. Soon after they exited, Tara and Joey, the two oldest players, also finished this task.
It was only at this point that we saw Jessie and Francesca on the helicopter tour. As they were the last of the 22 players to finish the pre-game task of finding a luggage store in Los Angeles, they were paired up.
Vanck and Ashton found the female bicyclist with the Roadblock clue — “Who likes things squeaky clean” — before Matt and Redmond, which made Ashton happy. She jumped at the chance to rappel down the side of a building and wash a window. So did Liz, who gave the episode its title by declaring she is “Scared Spitless.” But Scott is less sure, admitting to a fear of heights but knowing that his teammate, Brooke, is not up for the task.
Liz and Ashton finished within seconds of each other but it was the former, along with Michael, who made it to the Pitstop, Trianon Park, first. They won a trip for two to Barbados. Vanck and Ashton, who had hightailed it there on foot instead of in a cab, were second.
Redmond and Seth were having trouble getting a passing grade from the window inspector while Shamir, who races with Sara, was having a tough time with the harness. He took a time-out and that allowed both those fellows, as well as Becca, Tara and Logan (who races with London) to pass him by.
Sara bought him some time by sending Jessie and Francesca off in the wrong direction to search for the cyclist with the clue and he finally got the all-clear on his fifth try at washing the window. With Francesca needing two tries to complete the task, she and Jessie ended up last to the mat and were eliminated.
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