'Amazing Race' Recap: Oh My Cod, Something's Fishy On Leg Four
THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, Oct. 20 (8:30-9:30pmET,CT/8:00-9:00pmPT) on the CBS Television Network.
Tonight’s episode made us pretty thankful that “The Amazing Race” doesn’t air in Smell-O-Vision as teams headed to the Arctic Circle to flounder around juicy fish heads and drying cod carcasses.
As these temporary fisherman angled for pole position on Phil’s mat, alliances deepened (especially between the Bostonians and doctors), dislikes festered, and Pinkie still annoyingly taunted the entire group with her Express Pass... until one player finally called her bluff.
It’s My Way Or Norway
All racers were on the same plane for the first time as they journeyed from the Portugal castle pit stop to a dock in Svolvaer, Norway, more than 2,000 miles away. After the flight, they had to take a three-hour ferry ride into the heart of the Arctic Circle where ice queen Ashley complained about her frozen face while her partner was weirded out by being in “a place where the sun never sunsets.”
It gave Pinkie plenty of time to scheme about all the people she’s not going to give the Express Pass to. At the bottom of her list are the Afghanimals, because “they’re jerks.” She acknowledged that the nice thing would be to give it to the docs since they would have had it if not for the penalty, but they’re tough competition.
Economies Of Scale
Both detour options dealt with the local big business: seafood. Hang Your Heads, which all but two teams did, required stringing together six 10-fish head bundles, transporting them via wheelbarrow to the enormous drying racks down the road, and laying them out in the sun.
Beard Adam was excited to do tasks where their past Boy Scout experience might come in handy. “We’re man scouts now,” he quipped. Turns out their decision to jog the mile to the head shop instead of wait for a scarce taxi to roll by was what really helped them get a jump on the others. The task seemed gross yet simple, and the wheelbarrow portion exhausting, especially for the Boston-nicknamed "Ass-animals," who choose one with a flat tire.
The oilers and the baseball wives chose Hammer Of The Cods, in which they had to retrieve 15 pairs of dehydrated cods from 30-foot-high racks, return the heavy load to the plant without a wheelbarrow, hammer them, and pull enough meat from the bones to make one kilo of jerky.
In Detour B, Baseball wives Nicole (left) and Kim (right) must climb a thirty foot high drying rack, collect fifteen pairs of dried cod, then, using a giant wooden mallet, pound the fish to make one kilo of jerky in order to receive the next clue, on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, Oct. 20 (8:30-9:30pmET,CT/8:00-9:00pmPT) on the CBS Television Network.
Kim continued her role as ditz on display, wondering, “What’s a kilo?” and misplacing her clue and notebook in her mouth. Human drying racks Tim and Nicky were hunched over by the weight, cut by the jagged flesh and attacked by mosquitos. You have to give them credit for not giving up, never ceasing to compliment each other and their opponents, and for seeing the bright side. (Something like, “Sure, you can’t lift you head to see where you’re walking, but damn if your arms don’t look buff.”)