On Sunday, The Amazing Race continued to be as amazing as ever as the gang headed for Bavaria. This was not far from their last destination of Turin, Italy where the show ended last week and where the elimination was rather surprising.
Check in here for what happened, and then get a load of this week's adventures:
First stop once across the Austrian border is a rather odd gathering: It's a gnome convention at the Gasthof zum Rassen. A bunch of these very strange statues are on offer for each pair to partake, and JJ and Art are the first to win one who is big and bulky and, like the others, there to represent Travelocity in all its glory.
meanwhile, the others follow behind on the next train out of Turin, ready to win this leg in the land of lederhosen and yodeling.
A detour awaits, with the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy driving whoever chooses to go through the snow to the wicked witch's house. There, the couples who choose this challenge are each given a gingerbread house. They must decorate theirs to the precise specifications of the ingredients given to them.
If the gingerbread house detour sounded too tough, The Amazing Race contestants could take it upon themselves to visit a shop where bearded men are waiting to have their whiskers shaped into all kinds of weird presentations.
This facial hair challenge is the most popular, especially for the Jersey Boys will choose a German-speaking guy who must have never shaved in his entire life.
Then, with either of these tasks accomplished, the couples are off and running to the nearest Sleeping Beauty's castle, or to be precise, to Neuschwanstein. The amazing structure is a sight to behold but is located high in the sky and hard to reach on foot in the snow. Still, they go, they look around, and they pick up the next clue in the bedroom of King Ludwig. One group gets caught in a group tour and has problems breaking free to find the bedroom, get the clue, and get out of there.
Meanwhile, Bopper and Mark grapple with their speed bump which means they are in need of yodeling lessons. Actually this version of Bavarian karaoke goes down quite well for the odd couple who were saved last week.
With the task accomplished while enjoying a joking as the two conquer this difficult way of shouting/singing, the two guys then forge ahead to find their gingerbread house so they can get on with decorating duties. They get that done and get on their way.
Meanwhile, the last Amazing Race challenge is a strange one. Still, it is actually a sport that was played in the 16th century called Eisstock Schiessen. The twist is that one of TAR contestants must shoot his or her gnome across slick ice so that the little strange being lands on a specific target. It's a little like putting a golf ball but without the perceived dignity involved in that pursuit.
After all the above is done and approved, the couples are given their clue two by two so that each pair can head off and find the pit stop and thus, find Phil.
And there is he, surrounded by a gaggle of cows. First to make it to the mat and the strong stench of manure are, once again, Art and JJ. These guys win another prize at that point: A trip to Thailand for two.
Following the champs are Joey Fitness and Danny, then Vanessa and Ralph, then Dave and Rachel, and then Rachel and Brendon.
Sadly, once at the mat, Brendon takes a nasty fall, but ironically his bum lands squarely on the mat whereupon Rachel yells, "Holy manure."
After that, Mark and Bopper arrive, following by Nary and Jamie. Kerri and Stacy get there last, and they're immediately told they're out and need to go back across the pond while the seven remaining teams keep on traveling on The Amazing Race. Who will win is anyone's guess, but that said, Art and JJ are definitely a pair to be reckoned with.