TAR 10: Episode 12

This week, the blonde Beauty Queens couldn’t make up enough ground to become The Amazing Race‘s
first ever all-female Final Three team. That honor was reserved for the
Alabama Moms, Lyn & Karlyn. In other news, after this episode’s
Detour, I’m half tempted to rename this website WayToCry.com.

Teams started the episode at a Berber camp in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, from which they drove over 200 miles to Casablanca.

Kimberly
marveled at the wildlife along the trip’s winding mountain roads. “I
hate how there are so many dogs out here! …Oh, those are lambs.”

Rob pointed to the beasts’ horns and said, “Goats.”

In
Casablanca, Models Tyler & James and Beauty Queens Dustin &
Kandice (who had started the leg in last place, but were now solidly in
second) found guides to lead them through a crowded market and directly
to the cluebox located in a park.

The clue was a Roadblock. One
team member needed to find a butcher stand selling a local delicacy:
camel meat. The stall was easy to find, thanks to the gruesome,
mostly-skinned camels dangling on ropes in front of it.

Camel
heads were hung like wind chimes outside of the place. The heads’ skin
and eyeballs were still intact, giving the shop a
fresh-from-your-nightmares kind of appeal.

After purchasing one
pound of camel meat, racers ran across the square to a restaurant,
where they ground and spiced the meat before handing it to a chef, who
grilled it on skewers.

Once all of the meat was eaten, teams received their next clue.

James,
the cow lip eating champ from Week 8, was nearly done munching on his
camel by the time Kandice arrived at the meat grinder. James raved
about his dish, “It’s like a really good burger.”

As soon as he
was finished, James grabbed his next clue from the chef. It instructed
teams to fly to Barcelona, Spain and find a park.

After Kandice
finished her plateful of camel meat, the Beauty Queens’ guide led them
back to their SUV. Along the way, the Beauty Queens passed by Rob &
Kimberly and Lyn & Karlyn.

At the Roadblock, the tension of
the race started to get to both trailing teams. A somewhat frantic
Kimberly couldn’t figure out how to work the manual meat grinder, and
she had to watch Lyn for clues on what to do.

Karlyn, who had
nothing to do but sit and watch Lyn eat the camel meat, constantly
criticized Lyn for eating too slowly. Karlyn complained, “You can’t be
sittin’ there chewin’, contemplatin’.”

Finally fed up, Lyn snapped, “Karlyn, shut the hell up!”

Karlyn snapped back, “You don’t tell me to shut up!”

In
the car on the way to the airport, Lyn tried to explain that the meat
had come straight off of the grill and was too hot to eat quickly. But
Karlyn wouldn’t back down, insisting, “I’m not gonna change. If she
doesn’t like it, she doesn’t have to listen.”

At the airport,
all teams got tickets for the same flight to Barcelona, which arrived
that night. The park that held the next clue was closed until morning.

When
the park opened, teams raced through a hedge maze to find the clue box.
Inside the box were instructions for this week’s Detour: “Lug It or Lob
It.”

In Lug It, team members donned a pair of nine-and-a-half
foot tall costumes from Barcelona’s Festival of Giants. In costume,
they had to walk more than one mile in search of another costumed
giant, who held their next clue. The costumes were heavy and hot, but
the mission was fairly straightforward.

In Lob It, teams took
part in another traditional activity: tomato throwing. As locals pelted
them with ripe tomatoes, teams searched a pile of of thousands of
tomatoes for a clue hidden inside of a tomato. It wasn’t physically
difficult, but searching the pile could be time consuming — not to
mention messy and annoying.

Rob & Kimberly decided to do Lob It and quickly realized they’d made a bad decision.

The
locals were merciless. Rob tried to draw their fire, as Kimberly
searched the pile. But she was pelted so badly that her face was soon
covered in tomato juice and seeds. She begged and screamed at Rob to
stop and switch tasks, but he declined.

Finally, she stormed off of the field toward their waiting taxi, crying, “I’m not getting hit in the face again!”

With
all of the compassion of your older brother when you were a kid, Rob
said, “Way to go, Kim. Way to cry… Just because you’re getting hit by
a couple of tomatoes.”

They asked the cab driver how far they
were from the other Detour. When he responded that they were 20
kilometers away, Rob convinced a resigned Kimberly to walk back to the
tomato pile.

Naturally, Rob found the clue inside of a tomato
almost immediately.

Rob & Kimberly changed into clean clothes before riding in
their cab toward the Pit Stop, which was at a fountain on the other
side of Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Dustin & Kandice had donned
their oversized costumes and were walking the streets of Barcelona. As
they asked for directions, Tyler & James caught up to them.

This
was bad news for the Beauty Queens. Part of their punishment for
finishing in last place on the previous leg was that they were Marked
for Elimination, and needed to finish in first place in order to avoid
a 30-minute penalty.

With the Tyler & James right on their
heels, Dustin & Kandice needed to beat the Models in a footrace to
the mat — and hope that they other two teams had gotten stuck in the
pile of tomatoes. They didn’t know that Rob & Kim were ahead of
everyone, meaning the Queens’ fate was likely already sealed.

At
the tomato pile, Lyn & Karlyn had a much easier go of it than Rob
& Kimberly. Once they found their clue, Karlyn was finally able to
relax, and she apologized to Lyn for her prior bad behavior.

The Models and Beauty Queens finally found the giant with their clue, and they were off to the Pit Stop.

Rob
& Kimberly arrived at the fountain in first place, winning a trip
to Barbados. When he realized that they would be one of three teams to
compete for $1 million, Rob began to cry. Kimberly was kind enough not
to make fun of him.

Lyn & Karlyn reached the mat in second
place, as the other two teams got lost on their way to the fountain.
Eventually, Tyler & James got some good directions, and they landed
on the mat in third.

The Beauty Queens alternately cried and
laughed as their journey came to an end. Kandice called their finish,
“hard to take. But we knew we weren’t going to be happy unless we
won… If there’s a stereotype of us playing with our tiaras all day, I
hope it’s broken.”

Though they were viewed by their competition
(and some viewers) as this season’s villains, I was a little sad to see
that the hyper-competitive and mostly-competent Dustin & Kandice
wouldn’t be the first all-female team to win TAR. But, considering
Tyler & James’s surfeit of beauty products and Rob’s weeping, I
guess you could say all-girl team is guaranteed to win this season, one
way or another.

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