Sunday, December 10, 2006

From Spain to New York (E13 - Season Finale)

Teams set out from the last pit stop looking for a local church that has been under construction for the past 124 years. Once there, they had to search the park for their next clue. In the dark, teams had problems finding & searching the right park but all teams eventually located the clue, a black & white of the Eiffel Tower. Teams raced for the airport, where they had to wait until the ticket counters opened at 4am. Rob & Kim got the first flight out at 6am but there was only one seat left, which left the models & Bama to scramble for another flight: the models via Air France @ 7:05am & Bama via Iberia at 7:25am. The saving grace for Bama was that they landed in Orly, which was closer to the Eiffel Tower than the Charles de Gaulle airport, and after a quick taxi ride, they reached the clue box on the third level of the Eiffel Tower first.

Next, teams raced to the train station to take a train to Caen, where they had to locate the airport. All teams were on the 12:25pm train. Once at the Caen Airport, teams found themselves up against a RoadBlock - Who's ready to storm the beach? One team member had to tandem skydive 13,000 ft to Omaha Beach while their partner was taken into an aerial nosedive. Then both team members had to make their way to the Bayeux train station: one on their own by taxi and the other being driven after landing at the beach. Rob bitched and moaned because Kim volunteered to take on the challenge before they found out it was skydiving. But Lynn's face when the pilot took her into the nosedive was priceless!

Once at the train station, teams then had to take a train back into Paris, find the Place de la Concorde and search for their clue. All the teams bought tickets on the 5:23pm train. Trying to think ahead, Rob & Kim decided to go to the local Post Office to change some of their USD to Euros. While they were away from the station, another train pulled in for Caen at 5:10pm. Rob & Kim had a mini panic attack when they got back and both the other teams were gone. Luckily for them, they caught up at Caen for their connecting train to Paris. Once in Paris, the models had problems getting a taxi, while Bama and Rob & Kim raced off for the next clue.

Teams found themselves with a choice as the route marker revealed a Detour. In this Detour, teams had a choice between Art and Fashion. In Art, teams had to pick up a painting and transport it through the streets of Paris to a specific artist in order to get their next clue. In Fashion, teams had to Anatomy Fashions, where they had to create a jacket by cutting & pinning the pieces together in order to get their next clue. Drawing on their "fitting" experience, the models excelled and finished the task before the other teams, who found the designer's "no" to be annoying.

The teams then raced to the airport to catch flights to their final destination..... NEW YORK!! Bama hoped that their luck would hold with Orlay Airport but found out that there were no flights to New York from there and the ticketing agents couldn't help them reserve anything for the other airport. After arriving at the airport first, the models find that the earliest flight is at 8:25am but it's already full. They put themselves on the waitlist but booked seats for a 9:35am flight with another airline. After laying on a sob story, Rob & Kim were able to get tickets for the 8:25am Air France flight. The next morning, Bama & the models wait impatiently to find out if they can get seats on the same flight. Unfortunately for Bama, the models manage to get tickets and join Rob & Kim on the flight. Bama is out of the race before they even get back to the US.

Once in New York, the models and Rob & Kim race to find the Daily News building and the giant globe housed inside. Due to the lack of an EZ pass, the models' taxi zips passed Rob & Kim at the toll. Once they found the building and their next clue, the teams had to locate a sculpture, The Alamo, in the East Village and the young woman in a yellow cap to receive their next and final clue. After some running around, the models reached the sculpture first. Their final clue/task: convince a NY cabbie to drive them to Garrison in Putnam County. Once there, they had to find St. Basil Academy, where they would find their Final Pit Stop. Without much suspense, the models raced to the mat first and won both the race & the million dollars. In a mini twist, Phil had a cell phone that they were allowed to use to call their family members at home to tell them the good news right away.

It was a close race up until the end. The three teams jockeyed for position throughout the entire leg. Each team came in first to one of the clue boxes at least once but in the end it was travel arrangements that spelled the downfall for the two teams that didn't win. Through no fault of their own, too. It could have just as easily been the models who got the taxi that didn't have a toll pass.

Congratulations, Tyler & James!

8 Comments:

At 12/10/2006 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good thing, Tyler and James won. :D actually, they are my bets from the very start that's why i'm so glad. :D this is actually the second time that my favorite team won, Linz Family was the first. :D

by the way, nice blog here. very updted. keep it up. :P

~ Cez

 
At 12/11/2006 6:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that was truly one of the most boring finale's that I have watched. The final challenge lacked so badly of being any kind of challenge at all. And none of the tasks really seemed that hard for being the tasks for the final three.

I know they are probably running short of ideas, but I really think the finale episode from the last couple seasons have been much better. Truthfully I think the challenge of arranging the flags in order was still one of the better finale challenges yet. Although the challenge of having to unlock a single lock mixed in with thousands was a great one. Overall this season didnt really stand out to me. We saw some good teams with above average fair play in their blood, but unless they have never seen this show they should have known better.

I will tip my hat to the 'Bama team for some excellent traveling and doing well in getting to places quickly. I have to admit I was surprised that they blindly went back to their starting airport without asking the taxi driver if they could actually get to where they needed to from that airport. Simple mistake but it was the one that really cost them this time around, since it seems that from that flight on they were not even in the show anymore.

Aaron

 
At 12/11/2006 11:54 AM, Blogger Miss 604 said...

WOO! The Models! I think I called it (err sorta :p) I only caught the last 20 minutes on TV and that was pretty boring, just the airport footage.

 
At 12/11/2006 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

miss_604 -- You didnt miss much of anything at all. I think that with them ending the race in a populated city like that they really limited themselves as to how much they could do. Given that they cannot really have something elaborate setup ahead of time since the general public would have had it splashed all over the Internet within hours.

Aaron

 
At 12/11/2006 3:14 PM, Blogger LoLo D. said...

I'm glad to see everyone is coming over to the dark side. The season finale was in keeping with the entire season: BORING! As I said to Gus last night, the only reason the finale was an hour instead of the extended version like in past seasons was because there was nothing to show. There wasn't any huge difference between the teams because they kept catching up with each other until the flight back to the States from Paris.

But, I've gotta agree with Aaron. I still remember when they had to walk into a tiger pit in order to get a clue one season. That was a hell of a lot more exciting than this one.

 
At 12/11/2006 3:43 PM, Blogger Gus said...

Well let us all remember that this was AR #10, so you can only do so much of the samething for so long until people just plainly expect it. I think the producers have a hard time trying to think of something new each season and like Aaron stated, trying to keep the general public from knowing it all.

When they were in Paris, I thought OHMYGAWD! I wonder if they were there when I was in Paris. I would have blogged about that!

Oh well, let us hope that the next one will be alittle more exciting.

I almost thought that at one point Rob and Kimberly where going to win..phew!

 
At 12/14/2006 3:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG I'm so happy~~~~~~~
Thanks for telling me this fab news. Now I'll have to wait for the rerun on sunday

 
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