Bopper & Mark were eliminated in The Amazing Race 20 Episode 10, leaving us with four unappealing teams remaining in the fight for $1 million. As with Big Brother, I find myself oddly rooting for Brendon & Rachel, if only because the other contestants are just more objectionable.
Teams depart in the order in which they arrived, presumably.
Teams will now fly nearly 4000 miles to Hiroshima, Japan. All teams will be on the same flight.
Undeterred by their near elimination in the last leg, Art & JJ continue to spend their energy on bashing the green team, who get left behind on the second bus separate from the other teams. They’re not behind for long, as they get help on the bus to find the right train. Rachel & Dave, however, get stuck trying to figure out the confusing ticket system, so now it’s time for them to argue as well. As a result of this, they miss the final ferry of the night as well, putting them 7 hours behind.
Of course, seeing as it’s just before midnight, there’s an hours of operation that will equalize all the teams again, so all the drama of the night before is moot.
Their first stop of the morning is Peace Park, the site where the atomic bomb was dropped. Though the city has been rebuilt, many buildings remain as they were as a reminder.
From there, they will head to Osaka by high speed bullet train. They’re stopping at TV 8 Studio. I’m expecting some crazy Japanese game show to come of this.
The road block is to participate in the Bring That Chicken Home Game. Sprinting on the running track, they must jump and grab three chickens and bring them to the other side.
Road block (in order of arrival): Art, Vanessa, Brendon, Rachel
Vanessa, coming off a twisted ankle earlier in the race, is forced to do the road block in order to keep the number even, probably something this team should have planned for sooner. Tough to do considering the task involves running and jumping, but she keeps going until she completes it rather than taking the penalty. Afterward, her main concern is that she needs to fix her eyelashes.
The detour is at the Umeda Sky Building. Strangely, neither task is related to heights, though. The detour is a choice between photo cut-out or bingo shout-out. In bingo, they’ll have to take sushi from a conveyor belt, identify it, put it on a bingo card, then eat it. In photo, they will need to take photos of people with life sized sumo cut outs.
Bingo: Art & JJ, Brendon & Rachel, Vanessa & Ralph
Photo: Rachel & Dave
For the bingo task, although everything’s in Japanese, they’re playing with the locals who are helping them figure out what’s what. Yeah, this is apparently a real thing, not invented just for the show.
Dave tells Rachel she needs to use her personality to help win the task because she’s great with people. Funny, when communicating with him, I have not seen her be pleasant. It turns out they have picked the simpler of the two detours, though neither appears overly challenging. Bad news for Vanessa & Ralph, who are too far behind to catch up, no matter how typically frazzled Rachel is getting.
The pit stop for this leg of the race is Osaka Castle.
First: Rachel & Dave (win a trip to New Zealand)
Second: Art & JJ
Third: Brendon & Rachel
Eliminated: Vanessa & Ralph
Finishing last, Vanessa & Ralph have been eliminated, as the other three continue to the final leg of the race.
Rachel & Dave have tied the record for the most legs won in a race, with 7 first place finishes. Their only problem is they don’t seem to like each other very much, and Rachel tends to be more of a hindrance than a help, which she takes out on Dave, who granted seems to be a control freak. Art & JJ won 3 legs in a row (each one as a direct result of the first). Too bad they were such jackasses. Brendon & Rachel are the only team left standing who have yet to win a leg. As with the other Rachel, this Rachel has a tendency to get emotional without much provocation.
Teams depart in the order in which they arrived.
First: Rachel & Dave – 4:15PM
Second: Art & JJ – 4:47PM
Third: Brendon & Rachel – 5:05PM
From here, they will take their final flight to Honolulu, Hawaii. Again they will all be on the same flight.
Upon arrival, they must figure out that they are heading to the twin towers. Rachel & Dave get their cab driver to solve the riddle for them, and he knows exactly where to go. Brendon & Rachel have similar luck with an Internet search. Art & JJ, relying on following someone else (as they’ve accused Big Brother of doing), find themselves running around in circles when their cab driver is unsuccessful at tailing Rachel & Dave.
I guess this is why there wasn’t a height task in the last leg. They must ascend and rappel up and down the 45 story building to spot their next clue in the distance.
The road block requires them to shave ice using a samurai sword.
Road block (in order of arrival): Dave, Brendon, JJ
Rachel & Dave lose their very good cab driver here, as they must make their way by foot to some helicopters. Luckily, Rachel is paying attention because Dave asks for a ride. Brendon & Rachel are not so lucky, as neither teammate is paying attention, so they take a cab to some random incorrect destination. This allows Art & JJ to leapfrog them. Here comes another Rachel meltdown.
Their next task is to become north short lifeguards and rescue a swimmer.
The second road block, which must be done by the person who did not do the first one, is hill surfing on an oiled up sled. They’ll then have to roll a lava rock into a target.
Road block (in order of arrival): Art, Rachel, Rachel
After paddling their way across the water and finding the pit stop, Rachel & Dave are informed that they have not yet completed all tasks. They have to go find the road block that Art & JJ are already doing. I’m not sure how they missed the mark here, but it would seem that there is the end of the race.
With Art not having Rachel’s balance, she is able to pass him. Art continues to fall off his sled, as the other Rachel finally arrives and passes him.
This time, having completed all tasks, Rachel & Dave are The Amazing Race 20 winners. A deserving team if ever there were one, in spite of their bickering. Art & JJ manage to get ahead of Rachel on the second part of the road block to place second, leaving Brendon & Rachel with third place.