The Amazing Race 14 Episode 5

Amanda & Kris, one of the stronger teams, were eliminated in The Amazing Race 14 Episode 4 following a poorly placed blind U-turn that gave them no chance of survival.

Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.

First: Christie & Jodi – 12:34PM
Second: Kisha & Jen – 12:36PM
Third: Tammy & Victor – Well, it apparently doesn’t matter what time anybody else leaves because they’re not telling.
Fourth: Margie & Luke –
Fifth: Jaime & Cara –
Sixth: Mel & Mike –
Seventh: Mark & Michael –

Since they’re in the middle of a snowstorm, Christie & Jodi are hoping for a warm place. Next stop: Novosibirsk, Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The train departs at 10:26, so everybody will be on the same train. It’s a good thing nobody got left behind (though it was obviously planned that way), or this would have been a real obvious leg with only one train per day (that’s how you know nobody wants to go there).

The flight attendants believe they have an advantage working together all the time. Kisha & Jen plan to merely stay with the pack and hope for a footrace.

Jaime & Cara and Margie & Luke continue to work together.

Jen is frustrated with Kisha because she’s ignoring the strategy of following the pack and instead going another direction.

The detour is a choice between Russian bride or Russian snow plow. In Russian bride, teams choose a car with a manual transmission called a Lada that they must drive to find a bride, who needs to be driven across town to a church to meet her groom. In Russian snow plow, teams take a Lada to a stadium where they must operate snow plows through a training course.

On their way to the first detour, the first three teams pull over to get directions. While the others are getting directions inside, Victor asks a cab driver outside. Rather than wait the 30 seconds for them to come out, Victor bails. He just lost their trust needlessly. It’s obvious his directions weren’t very good because he’s stopping again. Margie gets directions from somebody on the street when they stop. Victor sees the direction the local is pointing, so he takes off in that direction, again going on his own. Silly man. Again, it’s not worth the half a minute advantage you’re gaining. Their efforts to lose the other two teams have not paid off, and all teams are even when they get to the plows.

Russian snow plow: Margie & Luke, Jaime & Cara, Tammy & Victor, Mark & Michael
Russian bride: Mel & Mike, Christie & Jodi, Kisha & Jen

The next stop is an unpronounceable library with way too many names, the largest library in Siberia. The road block is a winter marathon… in their underwear. They will warm up with their local partners and run 1.4 miles through the snow to the Novosibirisk Ballet and Opera Theater, which is the pit stop for this leg of the race.

At this point, two teams are dragging behind trying to find the church, Kisha & Jen and Christie & Jodi. It will be a footrace for first between the two teams who have been working together (Margie & Luke and Jaime & Cara) and the team that has been working with them when convenient (Tammy & Victor).

As Kisha & Jen slide around on the icy roads, Christie & Jodi hope they can find their way there by following a taxi. The friction remains between Kisha & Jen, as it has through much of the season, but the flight attendants say they’re just going to remain calm and hope for the best. Nonetheless, I suspect time is up for Christie & Jodi, unless it’s a nonelimination leg. Jen has to get some underwear because she’s going commando, while Christie is blurred out because she’s wearing a thong.

Road block (in order of arrival): Luke, Cara, Tammy, Mike, Mark, Jen, Christie

First: Margie & Luke (win a trip to St. Lucia)
Second: Tammy & Victor
Third: Jaime & Cara
Fourth: Mel & Mike
Fifth: Mark & Michael
Sixth: Kisha & Jen
Non-eliminated: Christie & Jodi

Christie & Jodi have been saved by the non-elimination leg. They will have to complete a speed bump on the next leg.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Amazing Race 14 Episode 6, which airs Sunday at 8/7c on CBS.

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