The seventh and eighth episodes of “The Amazing Race” Season 30 aired Wednesday, February 7 on CBS and featured the 12 remaining players running for their chance at the $1 million prize … only with a twist. As “Amazing” host Phil Keoghan teased at the end of last week’s episode, the teams were about to be mixed up for the first time in “Race” history. Which rival partners were paired off together in Zimbabwe, and which duos excelled and failed because of the swap?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Amazing Race” recap of Season 30, Episodes 7 and 8, titled “All’s Fair in Love and War,” to find out what happened Wednesday night. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite and least favorite teams and who you think can go the distance to win the million dollar prize. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
8:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘The Amazing Race’!” In last week’s sixth episode classical musicians Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant were eliminated thanks to “Big Brother” duo Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson U-turning them. That leaves only six teams still in the race: Cody and Jessica, X-Games athletes Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak, dating debators Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak, Indy car drivers Alex Rossi and Conor Daly, firefighting twins Eric Guiffreda and Daniel Guiffreda, and lifeguards Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin.
9:05 p.m. – Kristi and Jen were the first to finish the last leg of the race and are the first to depart to Zimbabwe! When the teams land, they will take a train to a small town where conservationists are trying to end poaching of wild animals. Jessica is at peace with her and Cody’s decision to use the U-Turn during the last leg, even if it put a target on their back. They believe it is the only reason they are still in the race.
9:15 p.m. – The teams have landed in Zimbabwe. Cody refers to “Team Ocean Rescue” as “Team Ocean Spray,” ha! I can never tell if he’s actually funny or just confused. The teams were excited to learn they were going on a safari and were blown away by the beautiful animals. But soon it was back to the game and the teams raced to be the first to set up a tent. The order in which they finish pitching their tents will have an impact on the rest of this leg. Cody is a pro when it comes to pitching a tent and Team Big Brother finished first.
9:25 p.m. – Phil woke everyone up at sunrise and announced a major twist: Partner Swap! Because Cody and Jessica were first to secure their tents, they got to choose their teammates. They chose Kristi and Jen (Team Extreme). Team Ocean Rescue paired up with Team IndyCar. That left Team Yale with The Firefighters. The new teams will have to raft around a lake, searching for canteens. Upon finding them, they must race to a watch tower to find their next clue. Brittany and Alex were the first to finish, partly because Brittany is a national rowing champ.
9:30 p.m. – At The Detour, Kristi and Jessica had to switch tasks because neither of them can drive a stick shift vehicle. Cody and Jen decided to move forward without their former teammates. After initially planning to work together, the two teams are now on their own.
9:40 p.m. – Jen and Cody are feeling guilty for leaving their teammates, but move on regardless. While Jen and Cody drive a four-wheel vehicle through the mud picking up supplies, Jessica and Kristi will be horseback riding in the bush looking for clues. The other teams seem evenly split between each task. Cody and Jen were the first to finish their task and head to the next Pit Stop. The last team to check in may be eliminated. Cody and Jen were the first team to arrive, but were notified they had to wait for their original teammates before they could be checked in!
10:00 p.m. – Alex and Brittany were the second team to meet up with Phil. Next up were Lucas and Conor, meaning Team IndyCar and Team Ocean Rescue are fully checked in and they received their next clue. Jessica and Kristi are struggling with their puzzle, meanwhile Henry and Eric are dealing with their jeep stuck in the mud. Evan and Daniel arrived at the puzzle and refused to help Kristi and Jessica. They soon passed them by. Kristi and Jessica were the last pair to arrive at the Pit Stop, but they were not eliminated. Jessica wants to punch Evan in the face, as if she has been more helpful to other teams throughout the race. All teams are now racing with their original partners again.
10:05 p.m. – Team Ocean Rescue and Team IndyCar were the first to reach the next clue and decided to use the Double U-Turn! Team Yale and Team Big Brother have been U-Turned. Jessica and Cody officially hate Team “Ocean Spray.”
10:20 p.m. – Team Yale and Team Big Brother now have to complete both Detours and are in a fierce battle to not finish in last place. But will another team who only has to complete one task screw up badly enough to get passed by both? Kristi and Jen are back on track now that they are reunited and finished the Detour in first place. Lucas and Brittany were right behind.
10:30 p.m. – The Firefighters are now helping Team Yale by giving them directions about the package delivery Detour. Team Big Brother are headed to their second Detour. This could be a tight finish! Meanwhile, Team Extreme was the first to reach their next clue, and must learn a traditional song and dance routine before they can move on. The language barrier is more difficult than dancing and the teams are absolutely butchering the lyrics. Back on the Detour, Team Yale completed their second task before Team Big Brother. Are Cody and Jessica heading home tonight?
10:45 p.m. – Both Team Yale and Team Big Brother arrived at the final challenge and all of the teams are now even. Wow! Will their adrenaline rush propel them to the front? These teams have zero rhythm! This is painful. Finally, on their fifth attempt, Team Ocean Rescue became the first team to complete the task. They will now make their way to the next Pit Stop, an outdoor mall, by foot. After being the first to arrive, Team Extreme was the second to head for the Pit Stop. But Lucas and Brittany won this leg of the race, as well as a trip to St. Lucia. Team Extreme finished in second place.
10:59 p.m. – Team IndyCar finished in third place and Team Yale rallied from a U-Turn to a fourth place finish. It will come down to The Firefighters versus Team Big Brother. Neither of the twins seems to have a grasp on the rhythm and Cody is so off beat that Jessica is about to have a nervous breakdown. Cody is so frustrated he doesn’t even want to rehearse anymore. His loving girlfriend planted a wet one on him to calm his nerves. The magic of her kiss seemed to do the trick and Team Big Brother was finally given green light to head to the Pit Stop. But the Firefighters are right on their heels! In a nail-biting finish, Cody and Jessica finished in fifth place. The Firefighters were the last team to arrive and were eliminated from the race.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “The Amazing Race” Season 30, Episodes 7 and 8:
Which team will win this leg? Lucas and Brittany (Team Ocean Rescue)
Which team will be eliminated? Eric and Daniel (The Firefighters)
Which team will be successfully U-turned? Henry & Evan (Team Yale), Cody & Jessica (Team Big Brother)
Will any team win a Fast Forward? No
Will any team take a penalty? No
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