'Amazing Race' Recap: Remember the Tartans
As Braveheart's dad famously once said -- well, at least in the movie version of history -- "I know you can fight. But it's our wits that make us men." As the final five teams descended on William Wallace's homeland of Scotland, though, they quickly discovered they'd need both brawn and brains if they wanted to remain standing at the end of the 10th leg.
Teams bid auf Wiedersehen to Germany in the wee hours of the morning. Newlyweds Max and Katie, who finished first the last round, were the only team smart enough to figure the airport might be closed and hit the hotel's business center to do flight recon. Flights between countries are often the contest's great equalizer, but not this time. As pairs waited to buy tickets, including the Roller Moms, who slyly left the back of the line and asked the first-class desk to help, the aligned YouTubers and roller moms scored the last seats on the 1 PM and assumed this meant everyone else was on the flight that landed three hours later. They walked off to gloat, do a happy dance, and plan who they were going to U-turn, so they missed the hockey brothers and the singers scrambling and succeeding in booking the flight that landed at 10:30 AM, which the newlyweds found while researching. Boy, were they bummed when the rest of "the sexy six" boarded.
Blow me up, Scotty
After landing in Edinburgh and driving themselves to Gosford House, one player had to learn to play a harmonizing note on the bagpipes and carry the tune for one spin around the marble room at the elegant estate with the Royal Scots band while wearing a kilt. Max, blowhard that he is, excelled at this challenge, and Bates was not far behind. But Caroline immediately started complaining, crying, and failing her first six marches. We were not the only ones who thought her poorly worded frustration would have made her the butt of so many "That's what she said" jokes if Michael Scott was a bystander.
#amazingrace is killing me tonight. LMAO ”My lips are dry, it's hard to keep blowing” - ”I blew that so hard. Not sure I can eat now.”— Rach (@osu_rach) April 29, 2013
Simultaneously, the other two teams arrived, counted the cars, and realized that they weren't so slick or lucky after all and that it would more than likely come down to a duel between what Megan described as "race family." Mona and Meghan "sounded like they were torturing an animal," according to Beth, but despite having played trumpet in high school and feeling confident, Meghan struggled and cried even though she "basically made out with" the instructor, considering the amount of saliva that was on the mouthpiece.
The clue sent them to search the fireplaces at the abandoned stone Craigmillar Castle, where the brothers moved into first place. That clue sent them to the Detour section of the leg.