‘The Amazing Race 33’ episode 9 recap: No stone is left unturned as teams panic in ‘Rock Bottom’ [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

The Amazing Race 33” continues with just four duos in the running for a $1 million prize. Teams travel to Thessaloniki, Greece, where they leave no stone unturned while searching for their next clue. Which racers rise to the top in “Rock Bottom”? And will the last pair to reach host Phil Keoghan at the pit stop be spared? The ninth episode airs Wednesday at 9/8c on CBS.

The cast still competing for the $1 million prize in order of how they finished last week: Kim & Penn Holderness (married internet personalities), Raquel Moore & Cayla Platt (flight attendants), Ryan Ferguson & Dusty Harris (best friends) and Arun & Natalia Kumar (father/daughter).

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9:00 p.m. — The alliance between Kim & Penn and Raquel & Cayla continued, but nothing could save Raquel from her multiple failed attempts at grape leaf wraps. After falling into last place, the flight attendants bounced back because of Cayla’s ability to memorize saints and their combined navigation skills. After another 1-2 finish from this power alliance, Ryan & Dusty finished comfortably in third place followed by Arun & Natalia. Twins Lulu & Lala were eliminated from the race. But enough about last week, let’s get started on tonight’s episode!

9:12 p.m. — Teams are heading out for the next leg and will book their own hotels for the night! Kim & Penn and Raquel & Cayla depart first to Thessaloniki. They’ll find their next clue at Theatro Dassous. Kim is struggling with the map as they drive to a new city and admits to having battled anxiety for much of her life. Ryan & Dusty and Arun & Natalia leave 15 minutes after the leaders and everyone is driving now. Arun & Natalia speak about how much more difficult it is navigating in the countryside, which should be worrisome for them because they weren’t good at navigating cities either. Kim & Penn stumble upon the clue box first and the Roadblock asks, “Who will leave no stone unturned?” One player on each team will have to search through a field of stones, looking for one with a gold coin underneath it. Only four stones are hiding a gold coin. It looks like there are thousands of rocks! And whoever gets stuck looking for the last coin could fall way behind.

9:25 p.m. — Raquel & Cayla fear they are lost and pull over for directions. Just as they were about to turn around, a man tells them they aren’t far from their destination at all. They arrive in second place and Raquel will join Kim turning over stones. Kim says, “Welcome to Hell!” Ryan & Dusty are next and decide Dusty will complete this Roadblock. Arun & Natalia arrive in last place, but all the teams are still there. If Arun lucks out, they could actually take the lead here. Kim just unknowingly picked up a rock with a gold coin under it, but didn’t realize it was actually embedded on the bottom. OMG how frustrating. It’s been over an hour and none of these four have found anything yet. Finally, Raquel finds a gold coin and her and Cayla take the lead! They will go to the Trigonion Tower for their next clue. How much of a lead can they build as they drive away from the other three deflated teams? Moments later, Kim is the second player to find a coin.

9:35 p.m. — Arun finds the third gold coin, which is terrible news for Ryan & Dusty. Now only one coin remains in this enormous field of stones. Dusty is frustrated and starting to lose his cool. Raquel & Cayla reach a man who gives them their next clue. It instructs them that the Detour requires teams to deliver plates with tender loving care OR smash them to smithereens. Those who choose to deliver will have to carry 300 of them up a hill to a café. If they want to break them, they must smash through a pile of them, but only while a band is playing. At some point they will find a clue within one of the tiny dishes. Kim & Penn are second to the Detour. Raquel & Cayla choose to smash plates. Kim has a lot of rage in her right now and says she wants to smash plates as well. Raquel & Cayla find their clue and head to the next pit stop, White Tower.

9:42 p.m. — Raquel & Cayla reach the pit stop in first place. The flight attendants are thrilled to have won their first leg of the race. As the winners of this leg, they have won a trip for two to Kauai, Hawaii. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure Dusty just flipped over a stone with a coin inside it and didn’t even notice. He just stepped right over it. Yikes! This is a devastating blow to the team that was considered the strong frontrunners earlier this season. Kim & Penn are smashing plates and, as usual, Arun & Natalia look completely lost. I’m not sure I can remember a team who was this bad at navigating. Lucky for them, Dusty is still turning over rocks behind them. Just as Dusty is about to blow his fuse, Ryan asks him to take a break and enjoy the view around them. Dusty does just that and begins to calm down.

9:59 p.m. — Dusty finally finds a rock with a gold coin and screams like he’s just won the lottery. Up ahead of them, Arun & Natalia have reached the Detour. Just kidding, they have no idea where they are. They run in various directions and finally find the man who gives them their next Detour clue. They will break plates. Arun is frustrated with how Natalia breaks plates and I’m frustrated with his constant complaining. Anyways, they find the clue and head to the pit stop. Ryan & Dusty arrive next and do the same. Arun & Natalia reach the pit stop in third place. Ryan & Dusty are the last team to arrive. However, this is a non-elimination leg. They will continue in the race!

Official order of finishers for Leg 9: 1. Raquel & Cayla 2. Kim & Penn 3. Arun & Natalia 4. Ryan & Dusty

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