Monday, December 1, 2008

TAR13, Recap Leg 10, 11/30/08

Welcome to Leg 10! Last time, on I Couldn’t March My Way Out of a Paper Bag, teams raced from Kazakhstan to Moscow. Superbad bought expensive shoes and Dallas flirted with Starr. A lot. Nick and Starr have taxi issues (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog: “Oh no, the pretty team can’t speak RUSSIAN! What’s going to happen, they won’t have enough money to buy hair product?”). Toni and Dallas are the first team outside the Evans family to have a first place finish and Dandrew finishes last. . . in a nonelimination leg. OMG. Go away. Who will be eliminated. . . next? (click for more)

Arrival at the pit stop last episode:
1st – Toni/Dallas, Team Himbo
2nd – Ken/Tina, Team Mom and Dad Evans
3rd – Nick/Starr, Team HSM! *jazz hands*
4th – Andrew/Dan, Team Superbad

Nazkuchny Sad Park, Moscow, Russia

Toni/Dallas (1st)
Clue: Travel by taxi to a nearby park with a nuclear submarine and search the interior for the Sonar Room to find the officer from The Hunt For Red October to get your next clue. You have $326 for this leg of the race.

Ken/Tina (2nd)
Nick/Starr (3rd)
Andrew/Dan (4th)
– Dan: “Our track record is kinda spotty.” KINDA?!?!?

Teams arrive at the submarine and find the clue in the following order:

1- Toni/Dallas
2- Ken/Tina
3- Nick/Starr
4- Andrew/Dan

Teams are now instructed to take a taxi to Iskusstv Park, also known as the Graveyard of Fallen Monuments to get their next clue. Teams take taxis, get stuck in traffic, and Dandrew go to the wrong park. But teams arrive and grab the clue in the following order:

1- Nick/Starr
2- Toni/Dallas
3- Ken/Tina
4- Andrew/Dan

And teams come to the ninth roadblock.

Who’s good at solving mysteries literally?

In this roadblock, one team member must hang out in Iskusstv Park and count all of the statues of Lenin (6) and Stalin (2). They are given the Cyrillic spellings to help them. Once teams have found both values, they are instructed to go to a bookstore in town to get a book using the number “62” as the password. If they get the number wrong, they must wait 10 minutes before trying again. Roadblockers must then open the book to page 62 to find that they need to go to the apartment building named after the author, Mikhail Bughakov. Once there, they will find their partners waiting as well as the clue box with the next clue. Be sure and give your partner the fanny pack with the passports and the money.

The following team members complete the Roadblock.

1- Nick
2- Dallas
3- Tina
4- Andrew

After lots of looking around and an hour of incorrect numbers from Dallas, teams complete the Roadblock in the following order:

1- Nick/Starr
2- Ken/Tina
3- Toni/Dallas
– who are without passports and money now that Dallas has lost the fanny pack by leaving it in the cab. (Toyouke and Kmanpat: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”)
4- Andrew/Dan – Dan: “Well, this is an interesting development. *twists villain mustache*

Teams are now instructed to take a taxi to Sokol’niky Park and find the lady with the Shetland pony to get their next clue. Teams arrive and find the clue in the following order:

1- Nick/Starr
2- Ken/Tina
3- Andrew/Dan
4- Toni/Dallas
– who tried to work around the rules by taking the metro, only to find that Lady with Shetland Pony reads minds and won’t give them a clue unless they take a taxi.

However, this would be ok, if Andrew and Dan hadn’t found the Speed Bump.


A speed bump is a task that must be performed by the last place team on a non-elimination leg. Once they complete this task, they may return to the place where the speed bump occurred and continue the leg. In this, the second of two speed bumps on this race, teams must perform a traditional Russian dance in Sokol’niky Park. Teams must complete the dance to the specification of the dance instructor, and then they may get their next clue.

Teams complete the Speed Bump in the following order:

1- Andrew/Dan

So, Andrew and Dan go and dance, er, flail their way through the dance twice in order to get their next clue and return to the Lady with Shetland Pony to get their clue.

And now, we get the Detour Clue.

Ride the Rails OR Ride the Lines

*Ride the Rails: Teams must travel on foot to Sokol’niky Metro and take the train to Ulitsa 1905 to find the marked Snack Shop and pick up a Samsa from the vendor. The pastry will be wrapped in the next clue, instructing teams to metro to Kitay-Gorod station and find the statue dedicated to the men who created Cyrillic. Then, teams must find the Babushka, and hand her the samsa to get their postcard that pictures their last Detour stop, the VDNKh Park Station to get their next clue.
*Ride the Lines: Teams must travel on foot to Sokol’niky Trolley stop and take the bus to Krasnoselskaya station to find the key maker to get a key for a locker at Rizhskaya station. The teams then take the trolley bus to the station and open the locker for their postcard to their last Detour stop, the VDNKh Park Station to get their next clue.

1-Nick/Starr choose Ride the Rails
2-Ken/Tina choose Ride the Lines
– who get on the wrong bus at first.
3-Andrew/Dan choose Ride the Lines
4-Toni/Dallas choose Ride the Lines
– and have to bum money off of the very kind Russian people.

Teams complete the detour in the following order:

1- Nick/Starr
2- Andrew/Dan
3- Ken/Tina

Teams must now travel by foot and find VDNKh Park, the PIT STOP of the tenth leg of this racearoundtheworld. The last team to arrive MAY be eliminated!

1- Nick/Starr – who have their sixth win, and get a trip for two to Anguilla.
2- Andrew/Dan
3- Ken/Tina
– who missed the Detour finish and followed Dandrew to the pit stop.

And Toni and Dallas arrive at Rizhskaya Station, only to be greeted by Phil, having been relieved of his Pit Stop duties to tell Toni and Dallas that all teams have been checked in. And we have our final three!

1st – Nick/Starr
2nd – Andrew/Dan
3rd – Ken/Tina

Next week: The final leg goes to Portland Oregon! The Evans family splits ways in order to win the money and Dandrew try and win in the biggest upset ever. Tempers flair, and there seems to be a field of lots and lots of clue boxes! Until next time. . .

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