Typically the cab drivers play a role in their inability to communicate or go the right way. So it was an unusual set of circumstances in The Amazing Race 19 Episode 11 when two teams did not solve their final clue but nonetheless beat the lead team because their cab drivers solved it for them. Ironically, fans have been asking for more cryptic clues, and when we get them, it backfires anyway. On the back of that, Andy & Tommy were eliminated heading into the final leg, after having dominated throughout the season.
That leaves us with Jeremy & Sandy, Ernie & Cindy, and Amani & Marcus, and one of those teams will be The Amazing Race 19 winners. We’re left with one team that’s run a good race but always made some mistake that let somebody else pass them, one team that’s mostly done well but made some critical mistakes, and one team that’s run toward the back of pack for most of the race. I’m having trouble picking a favorite from this lot, or a lack thereof. This pretty well sums up the whole season. There really haven’t been any teams to like or hate, and everybody got along with everybody else for the most part.
Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.
First: Jeremy & Sandy – 12:04AM
Second: Ernie & Cindy – 12:05AM
Third: Amani & Marcus – 12:06AM
The final destination city is Atlanta, GA, Amani & Marcus’ hometown. Everybody will get on the same flight.
Their task at FlightSafety International is to land a flight simulator. The men all want to take control. Cindy fails to maintain the correct speed, so they fall out of the sky. Marcus lands but not well. Jeremy & Sandy, however, finish on their first try. Ernie & Cindy land the second time. Amani & Marcus fail a second time and then fail again even after praying to god. It doesn’t look like they’re going to finish this any time soon. On their 12th attempt, they complete the task.
From there, they have to find the former residence known as The Dump, which is where the author of Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, used to live. They’re left relying on the help of others. Jeremy & Sandy head to the wrong The Dump (apparently, there’s more than one), but the key to the clue is that this furniture store is not a residence. Ernie & Cindy are going the right way.
The road block is to type without error their next clue using an old fashioned typewriter. Now they have to figure out how to operate this typewriter, which among other issues lacks a number 1 that must be substituted with a lowercase l.
Road block (in order of arrival): Ernie, Sandy, Marcus
The numbers they are given are 44-715-74. Hopefully they run into a baseball fan to figure out that this refers to Hank Aaron’s jersey number, homerun record, and the year in which he broke the record. Either that or Google search, which makes the answer (or at least who it refers to) apparent. This will lead them to Turner Field.
At the stadium, one person is suspended in the air while the other person guides them from the ground. Their final task is to map out where they’ve been on a giant map. At least in theory. In practice, this challenge was made for Cindy, so Ernie’s just on the ground telling her she’s doing good. This is partially a physical challenge, but it’s mostly a memory game, which Cindy completes with ease.
The finish line is Swan House, and they’re not going to be able to edit this to make it remotely suspenseful. All three positions are the most obvious I recall them ever being. Ernie & Cindy are The Amazing Race season 19 winners. They plan to start an organization to give back to some of the causes they’ve come across during their time on the race. Jeremy & Sandy place second, and Amani & Marcus come in third.
The Amazing Race 20 is already filming. Perhaps Brendon & Rachel returning to CBS yet again will create a departure from the lack of drama we’ve seen this time around.