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The Amazing Race 20 Secret Scenes, Episode 7: Fight!Page 3
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Featured Team: Brendon & Rachel (fourth place)
Getting Sucked into the Drama: Rachel tells Phil that they’ve been focused on working hard on the race. The other teams accuse them of getting into the drama, but she points out it’s everyone else causing the drama, not them. Phil asks if their Big Brother experience helps them deal with all the drama and the politics. Brendon answers that it has helped him but he knows that Rachel still has a problem with letting her feeling get hurt. Rachel brings up what Vanessa said to her during their airport fight and Phil is astonished that Vanessa did so. Phil thinks Rachel has a very nice nose. Awww, Phil. That compliment does a world of good as suddenly you can see that Rachel is feeling better.
Brendon explains that all these experiences help to bring him & Rachel closer together. When all this drama occurs, they know how to deal with it together. It still can hurt, but for Brendon, he hurts mostly because he can see how much the drama hurts Rachel. Rachel is tired of the petty insults. Brendon thinks Vanessa is pretty on the outside but ugly inside. They’re both going to do their best to not let petty comments get to them now. Rachel still can’t understand why Vanessa dislikes her but it seemed to start with Rachel wearing sequins. Phil laughs at that and wonders where Brendon’s sequins are. Rachel loves her sequins and thinks they’re a part of her personality. Brendon concedes to Phil if they win the race, he’ll wear sequins.
After the Race
Featured Team: Rachel & Dave
Moving the Target: Dave wagers that some of the negativity and drama seen during the last few legs of the race could get redirected towards them after having been mostly focused on Art & JJ – especially since they now have won four legs. Dave figures that they can try to work with all the teams on the sly to keep things amicable. They will probably give some of the weaker teams (Big Brother, Bopper & Mark, and the Teachers) a better flow of information than they’d give to Art & JJ or Vanessa & Ralph. He hopes that these gestures of goodwill will translate into not getting U-Turned.
Rachel admits they’re counting on emotion overriding logic when it comes to the U-Turn. She hopes that U-Turns will be used against teams that made fun of or were mean to other teams. Dave is pretty confident that emotion and vindictiveness will reign supreme over logic and strategy. He knows that the animosity between Vanessa and the other Rachel will play into the U-Turn, even if Brendon does have a logical side. Dave is sure that Brendon will be overridden.
Featured Team: Nary & Jamie, Brendon & Rachel
Nary & Jamie’s Confession: Nary tells us that even in everyday life, they typically don’t tell people what they do for a living. After the events of that night where Art & JJ confronted them, Bopper & Mark and Brendon & Rachel asked them about it. Nary admits that they like those two teams and were tired of the lie, so they did reveal that they were federal agents to them. They just asked that that information was kept amongst that group though.
Brendon & Rachel were pretty sure, even in that first leg, that Nary & Jamie weren’t teachers. He wasn’t sure what they did, but it seemed like they were trying to come across as less intimidating. Brendon thought maybe they were nurses or doctors, or at least something that implied high intellect. He actually felt bad that they had to lie and both he & Rachel tried to convince themselves they were really teachers. When Nary & Jamie finally came clean about it, Brendon admits that he was happy for them and impressed they told the truth. They weren’t mad about the lie either as coming from Big Brother, both he & Rachel understand the need for deception especially to avoid being unfairly judged.
Rachel explains that she & Brendon are in an alliance with Nary & Jamie, which she thinks informs why they came clean to her & Brendon as well as Bopper & Mark. Those three teams have managed to form a friendship as well as a trust. She appreciates that friendship especially on this race, as there are definitely other teams you want to kill at times. Brendon explains that they’ve been down this “reality road” before and after the show is done, there will be people you’ll keep in touch with and some you’ll never speak to again. Nary & Jamie and Bopper & Mark are definitely teams they’ll stay in touch with. The other teams, it’s not certain yet, but there’s definitely one team they won’t keep in touch with, obviously implying Vanessa & Ralph. They’re excited about Nary & Jamie as they live in Los Angeles, just like Brendon & Rachel.
Featured Team: Nary & Jamie
Nary & Jamie’s Elephant Experience: Nary recalls that while they were heading to the Pit Stop, they both knew they were in last place. Jamie happened to see elephants off the road and they both immediately shouted to stop the car. They figured that Phil could wait a few more minutes while they enjoy the African wildlife. There was a palpable sense of relief at this point as they had finished the challenge; they were probably heading to elimination, so Jamie recalls figuring this was time to enjoy the scenery. There were about 20 elephants in the herd they saw, including some babies. Awwwww... They enjoyed the moment and then prepared themselves for what was coming next, whatever it ended up being. Nary appreciates that they could take that moment as if they had been racing another team, there’s no way they would have stopped.
Featured Team: Art & JJ
Art & JJ’s Detective Work: Art admits that he & JJ really didn’t talk that much to Nary & Jamie throughout the race. In Azerbaijan, all the teams were sitting around the fire and there was time to relax and talk. Art was chatting with Dave and was talking about the facial hair he’d grown and that back home, he’d have to shave any facial hair he’d grown whenever he put his uniform on. Jamie chimed in at this point about doing “UC work.” Immediately, Art & JJ knew something was off as civilians would never use that term. More than likely, they’d say something like undercover. “UC” isn’t a layman’s term. As the conversation continued, Jamie asked a question about what kind of cases they use. Art’s radar again beeped at that odd observation from an alleged civilian.
After thinking about it some more, Art started watching how Nary & Jamie interacted with others. He noticed that their conversations never involved school, kids, or parents. Art knows that is all teachers talk about outside of school, including stuff like “this kid did that” and “this parent said this.” Art’s experience is very personal as his wife is a school administrator and that’s what a lot of her conversations center around. She never shuts up about it! Art doesn’t care if that is the game Nary & Jamie want to play, but JJ doesn’t really understand why they won’t fess up. Art admits he enjoyed calling them out and even if they are teachers, it was fun to cause a stir and keep people on their toes.
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Hobie Barnes lives in Santa Monica, California and can’t stop reading the Game of Thrones series of books. He recently traveled to Turkey, Italy & Greece and can’t wait to see if the places he visited end up on this season of the race. When not busy fighting the 405 and 101 freeways on the commute to Burbank, he is patiently waiting for an Amazing Race or Survivor scout to cast him! He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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