Kent & Vyxsin bickered their way to elimination in The Amazing Race 18 Episode 10.
Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.
First: Flight Time & Big Easy – 7:12AM
Second: Kisha & Jen – 7:15AM
Third: Gary & Mallory – 7:18AM
Fourth: Zev & Justin – 7:31AM
Flight Time & Big Easy hope they don’t screw up again and come in fourth. Kisha & Jen are the only team remaining that has not won a leg. They, too, placed fourth in their last season. Zev & Justin, who have placed first four times this year, were eliminated early based on the loss of their passports, so whatever happens, they’re already well ahead of their prior game.
Heading out of the cold, teams will now fly to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I expected everybody to be on the same flight, but there are two flights, 10 hours apart. The Globetrotters see the other teams getting really bad flights. For the first time this race, the let’s play nice nonsense has died. They pretend they don’t know anything. Their bad acting, however, gives away that Kisha & Jen and Gary & Mallory are about to make a stupid mistake. With that, everybody is indeed on the same flight.
Everybody seems to be under the impression they speak Spanish in Brazil. Close enough I guess.
Getting a slow cab driver puts the Globetrotters half an hour behind as they wait for the next tram.
The road block is to learn and dance the samba and lead their samba troupe on a parade through the streets.
Road block (in order of arrival): Zev, Mallory, Kisha, Big Easy
Zev can’t dance, but he’s stuck doing the road block because he’s only done 4 of them so far (a rule I’m complete fine with because there have been teams who have done quite well on the back of one team member carrying somebody else who was completely useless), though I doubt Justin would be much better anyway. Mallory, however, has danced all her life. Mallory’s just fine on her first try, but this could take Zev a while. His second attempt is no good, as Kisha also passes on her first try. This is enough for the Globetrotters to catch up. Zev finally awkwardly makes his way through. Then, in spite of enjoying dancing, Big Easy is rejected on his first try, but his second attempt is good.
From there, teams go to a salon in Copacabana, where all team members must endure a 15 minute Brazilian waxing session. Bad news for Zev & Justin, two guys who have hair all over their bodies.
The detour is a choice between on the rocks or on the beach. In on the rocks, they must learn to make the most popular drink in Brazil, the caipirinha (100 times). In on the beach, they will have to choose an umbrella with bikini tops and get people to change into and model them, enough to earn 100 reals (about $60). The drinks task seems less risky than relying on sales ability.
On the rocks: Gary & Mallory, Kisha & Jen, Flight Time & Big Easy, Zev & Justin (switched from on the beach)
Having chose a bad detour where nobody was willing to get changed in front of them, Zev & Justin are in big trouble and hoping for a miracle that won’t come.
The pit stop for this leg of the race is the Museum of Contemporary Art.
First: Gary & Mallory (win a cruise along the Mediterranean)
Second: Kisha & Jen
Third: Flight Time & Big Easy
Eliminated: Zev & Justin
With a bad run of luck this leg, Zev & Justin, who have performed well this season for the most part, have been eliminated.
Time for hour two. Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.
First: Gary & Mallory – 8:54AM
Second: Kisha & Jen – 9:05AM
Third: Flight Time & Big Easy – 9:29AM
The final destination city is more than 4000 miles away in Miami, Florida. All teams are on the same flight. After the rush out of the airport, the bad news for Gary & Mallory is that they get a slow cab driver who doesn’t know where he’s going. His idea of calling someone is to look it up on the Internet (while he’s driving). He finally agrees to pull over to let them ask for help.
The road block at the marina is to climb on a forklift, learn how to operate it, and transport a boat to the storage rack without destroying anything. The task seems to be simple enough.
Road block (in order of arrival): Kisha, Flight Time, Gary
The next stop is Key Largo. The second road block is to search the undersea world in a personal submarine to find a clue in a treasure chest. Whoever didn’t do the last road block has to do this one. Searching tasks come down to dumb luck more often than not, but this one doesn’t seem too terribly difficult.
Road block 2 (in order of arrival): Big Easy, Jen, Mallory
The next throughly cryptic clue tells them to go near the mile marker of 4 subtracted from 33. The Globetrotters decide to stop for directions. Kisha & Jen’s cab driver sees them asking, but they don’t want to stop. This pays off and allows them to take the lead by a couple of minutes.
Upon arrival, they must walk across the ocean and find the tallest tree on Horseshoe Island. Then they’ll take a speedboat back to the marina and then travel to Galway Bay Mobile Home Park, a 55+ trailer community. Their task will be to hook a small trailer to the local utilities and set up a trailerhood based on the pictures in a brochure. This seems simple enough until the winds start blowing everything away. The leading teams are still within spitting distance of each other, as the third place team has clearly fallen out of this, but for the first time since the plane they finally see the other teams. Kisha & Jen and Flight Time & Big Easy both get rejected on their first attempt. Incorrect for a second time, the girls realize the only problem is they forgot to put something on the table. With that, their next attempt is correct. The Globetrotters are rejected for a second time, so they go look at what Kisha & Jen did, and they realize their issue is also the table being set incorrectly. Their third attempt is good. Gary & Mallory are correct on what appears to be their first try.
They will now travel to the Seven Mile Bridge and cross the bridge by tricycle. I don’t think these were built with two 6+ foot tall men in mind, or Kisha for that matter. On this ride, the Globetrotters realize there’s no way they’re going to be able to catch up.
The Amazing Race 18 winners are Kisha & Jen. Anticlimactic. The team that’s only won one leg in two seasons ends up winning the whole show, while the two better teams get left behind.
Based on the ratings, it’s safe to assume The Amazing Race will be back for season 19. Please, no more teams that know each other. Nobody was in it to win it, instead just stopping to help each other on tasks designed to be skipped by anybody who felt like skipping them once one team had the answer.