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The Amazing Race 20 Secret Scenes, Episode 5: The Leg When Everyone Lost ItPage 4
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Art was proud of their performance at the Detour as they arrived third but left first. He thinks that JJ will start to be called JJ Mitchell. Phil thinks Metro Mitchell has a better ring to it. JJ admits they love being on the race but knows they’ll face relentless mocking when they get back to work. Phil points out if they win, they’ll also always have to buy the beers at the bar.
After the Race
Featured team: Kerri & Stacy
Representing Mississippi: Stacy tells us that she and Kerri are ultimate competitors and a twinkle in their state’s eye, having represented themselves well. There were a few moments where they had to keep from going off on someone, and that’s because they’re from Mississippi, the Hospitality State.
Kerri insists they raced with sportsmanship, although I wonder if the twins or Dave & Rachel and Art & JJ would concur. Kerri tells us that it’s important they did play that way as that’s a crucial element to their careers in athletics and recreation. She knows that Mississippi is proud of them as they went out there with their “southern twang and did the thang.” Their words, not mine. They did their thing around the world and would do it all again the same way.
Featured team: Bopper & Mark
Kentucky’s Change of Opinion: Bopper & Mark tell us about their adventure at the train station, as apparently the tickets they purchased out of the machine were the wrong ones. So they went and waited at the ticket counter until it opened, but no sooner did it open than Kerri & Stacy came right up and leaned in ahead of them. So now we see that Kerri & Stacy pulled this trick on yet another team. I don’t think they understand what the word “sportsmanship” means, especially after watching the “Representing Mississippi” video.
Bopper relates that he knows the girls did this with other teams and even lied to them about what happened with Elliot & Andrew when the girls were “strong-armed” by them. Now Bopper understands what probably happened in reality. He even admits that when Phil asked after one leg which team he’d like to see go, he told him that the twins should because of their alleged behavior. Mark started putting the truth together, though, after hearing the same stories from Ralph & Vanessa and Rachel & Dave.
Another personal encounter with Kerri & Stacy was when they were caravanning together and, after Kerri & Stacy had got the directions, they wouldn’t share them with Bopper & Mark. Kerri & Stacy insisted that Bopper & Mark get their own directions, and once they went inside to get the directions, Kerri & Stacy took off so they couldn’t be followed. Mark reasons that is the first bit of karma to come back and get them.
The second bit of karma was at the curling Roadblock, as Kerri & Stacy lied to them about the Pit Stop being inside there. I can’t understand why they would lie about that, but it caused Bopper & Mark to go back and get their bags. When they came in to do the challenge, they were shocked to see Kerri & Stacy still competing as they had been led to believe that Kerri & Stacy were on their way out. Bopper laughs as, after only five tries, he and Mark were done with the Roadblock and passed the girls up.
Featured team: Nary & Jamie
Guys Like Dave: Jamie tells us about their hike up the road to Neuschwanstein and the fact that Dave kept asking them if they should get their bags. Jamie had noticed that Rachel & Dave had carried their bags through the entire first castle’s tour and throughout all the subsequent hiking, and she didn’t think the clue implied that you needed your bags.
Nary is certain that Dave’s intention was to slow her and Jamie down as it was clear that Dave couldn’t believe the girls had caught up to him and Rachel. Jamie has seen guys like Dave in her job plenty of times, the guys who define themselves by their jobs. She recalls when first meeting him that he told her that he was a pilot and a major and in special intel when all she really asked was what he did.
Jamie admits that his job may not be that impressive to her or Nary as they, too, have top-secret clearances and do secret missions, yet she wouldn’t ever start listing to strangers all the individual impressive facets of her career in a bragging way. Jamie gets tired of people like that who ultimately think they are better than you and want to list all the ways they are to prove it.
Featured team: Art & JJ
Art & JJ Out in Front: Art explains that being out in front means you race by yourself, and while that gives you a certain buffer to fix mistakes, they don’t get any time to really interact with other teams. They’re also out of the loop and don’t know if there is a resentment towards them and possibly a shared goal to team up against them.
JJ thinks it’s easier to race by themselves, though, as there’s no drama to deal with. They just race and constantly push themselves to do well and stay ahead, especially in the complexities of travel timelines. Yet they’re both well aware that it could be one bad leg or one bad cab ride that knocks them out of the race. They can see the million dollars now, though, and feel it is within their reach.
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