'Amazing Race' Screen-cap: Mining, Shining, and Whining
While "The Amazing Race" stayed put in Chile for leg two of Season 23, the teams were all over the map emotionally — grumpy, competitive, exhausted to tears, bossy, aggressive, snarky, sad, confused, disappointed, and ultimately (for nine pairs anyway) extremely thrilled. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to one of the wittiest and most likable duos of the season.
Here's how it all went down:
Stay in Line: As the winners of the last leg, the Exes, Tim and Marie, got to push off from the pit stop first at 2:52 a.m. to look for the Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, a re-created floating War of the Pacific relic on whose deck the day's officer would post the next clue. Typical of wee-hours-of-the-morning starts, they arrived to a closed attraction, and as their competitors showed up, Marie took it upon herself to start barking orders about forming a line in arrival order. "We have a backpack system. No one is jumping in front of us." The others did not take kindly to her demands; Jamal told the camera, "Someone made Pinky and No Brain the captain of the line." NFLer Ephraim's choice words had to be bleeped out when they butted heads, but his basic premise was "You don't make the rules."
When the time came, it was chaos as they ran to the poster that explained they'd have to repeat in Spanish the phrase Chilean national hero Arturo Prat uttered before the Esmeralda sank. The Beards, playing much smarter than on the first episode, used their Spanish skills to ask a local and were the first off the ship after reciting, "Charge the ship, men!" Marie, very upset over having lost the lead and taking it out on her partner already, dangled the extra Express Pass at the Beards so they told her to ask someone out front, which became the go-to strategy.
Uneasy as Riding a Bike: The clue instructed racers to head to the Irlanda Salt Mines, the world's largest supplier of the spice, where they had to hop on bikes and pedal out to the Detour. Sound easy? Several players, including Boston Amy, ice queen Ashley, and bingo queen Rowan had issues, but none more so than doc Nicole. NFL gave her gear tips, and her husband tried to steady her, but the birthday girl still took at least one nasty spill. Doc Travis encouragingly said, "Just 'cause you're turning 40 doesn't mean you can be an old lady."
Rock for Ages: The Detour choice was mining or brining. Mining required racers to stake and sledgehammer through giant chunks of the white salt until they freed a clue. In brining, teams had to fill freshwater pools with enough heavy bags of salt until they could comfortably float and read the paper. The Beards were the first to Hulk-smash their way to Detour completion, even though they feared the NFLers could "break it over their knee" or "bite it open."