The Amazing Race 12 Episode 5

Trying to play up their new U-turn twist as something that actually made a difference in the leg results, the producers tried to make us think Lorena & Jason were eliminated from The Amazing Race 12 Episode 4 as a result of the U-turn. The fact that they were an hour and a half behind because of the ridiculous whining at the camel task was disregarded. Anyway, we’ll probably be greeted with some more drama about Shana & Jennifer’s decision to use the U-turn in tonight’s episode.

Tonight the show’s starting on time. That’s new.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Azaria & Hendekea (6:45am)
Second: Nathan & Jennifer (6:46am)
Third: Ronald & Christina (7:17am)
Fourth: Nicolas & Donald (7:18am)
Fifth: Kynt & Vyxsin (7:22am)
Sixth: Shana & Jennifer (7:44am)
Seventh: TK & Rachel (7:59am)

The next destination is Vilinius, Lithuania.

Azaria admits he’s a bit harsh with Hendekea. Jennifer’s done crying now and just says she’s hungry for a win this time. Christina tells her father she loves him out of obligation more than anything else. He wants to teach her how to deal with various kinds of people… because he’s not a total train wreck at doing so himself

Nicolas & Donald arrive at the ticket office before most other teams, but because they get a person who doesn’t speak English, the seats they were arranging ended up being given to Azaria & Hendekea. For some reason, though, after they leave, there’s still another set of seats for Nathan & Jennifer. But despite all the drama and the original seats that were scheduled to arrive after 5PM, they get seats on another flight at 1:35PM, 10 minutes after the first flight.

As expected, Shana & Jennifer are being ridiculous about using the U-turn, as Jennifer doesn’t agree with the decision to use it and was quick to point this out to us and the other teams.

1st flight (arrives 1:25PM): Azaria & Hendekea, Nathan & Jennifer, Shana & Jennifer
2nd flight (arrives 1:35PM): Nicolas & Donald, TK & Rachel, Kynt & Vyxsin
3rd flight (arrives 2:10PM): Ronald & Christina

The first and second flights are within minutes of each other and run into each other pretty quickly. Most people are just guessing where they’re going. Last place Ronald & Christina hire a taxi to show them the way.

Nathan & Jennifer are falling apart, getting mean and nasty with each other for no apparent reason.

In the road block, they must become a Lithuanian messenger, delivering packages through allegedly confusing streets. Most people don’t appear to have a lot of difficulty.

Road block: Nicolas, Kynt, Hendekea, Ronald, TK, Jennifer, Shana

Nicolas gets stuck on his second delivery, and all the other teams pass him. The blondes go in circles for a while and are the last ones to arrive at the road block. Both teams finish the road block at the same time.

The next stop is a Lithuanian museum. There, teams must find gnomes. Of course, this is sponsored by Travelocity. This doesn’t appear to serve any actual purpose other than product placement.

The detour is a choice between count down or step up. In count down, they’ll count every picket that makes up a fence. Counting tasks typically suck, particularly for teams with minimal patience (no need to point them out). In step up, they’ll stilt walk along a marked course. If they fall off, they must return to the beginning.

Step up: TK & Rachel, Ronald & Christina, Nathan & Jennifer (after trying count down)
Count down: Kynt & Vyxsin (after trying step up), Azaria & Hendekea (after trying step up), Nicolas & Donald, Shana & Jennifer

Kynt & Vyxsin seem to have an easy time at counting. Ronald overcomes the hernia to finish the physical task, which it was fairly silly for them to do in the first place. Nathan & Jennifer are drove crazy by counting. Shana & Jennifer just simply can’t seem to agree on anything… still.

The pitstop for this leg of the race is a working windmill.

First: TK & Rachel (win a trip to Japan)
Second: Kynt & Vyxsin
Third: Ronald & Christina
Fourth: Azaria & Hendekea
Fifth: Nathan & Jennifer
Sixth: Nicolas & Donald
Seventh: Shana & Jennifer (eliminated)

A lot of people will probably try to point this out as karma, but at the end of the day, their problem was that they couldn’t work together as a team. The finger pointing that came with the U-turn was a pretty clear example of this, and it continued throughout this leg as well. The best thing about this is that now there’s only one person named Jennifer in this race (even though both are equally annoying). What was up with that anyway?

Next week, Azaria loses patience with Hendekea, and Nathan and Jennifer decide they hate each other. So basically more of the same.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Amazing Race 12 episode 6 Cherry on Top of the Sundae That’s Already Melted, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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