|Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am|
In Prague, the competition heated up as the Globetrotters clashed with Meghan & Cheyne after the dating couple reneged on an agreement to work together. Brothers Sam & Dan stole Brian & Ericka's taxi spiraling them into last place, but the married couple were spared elimination on the mat.
CZECH IT OUT
Departing the Pit Stop in first place at 12:00am, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne opened their clue instructing them to fly over 700 miles to Prague, Czech Republic. Once there, they had to make their way to Staromestske namesti, the old town square, and locate a man in a Praga. To find him, teams had to figure out that a Praga is a vintage Czech convertible.
With all four teams on the same 5:20am Air Baltic flight to Prague connecting through Riga, the gamesmanship and competition increased as everyone looked to gain any advantage possible. Dating couple Meghan & Cheyne wisely went to the Internet to find out what a Praga is. When they learned that is was a car, Meghan suggested to Cheyne, "Do you want to tell everyone"¦it's a black hat, make something up?" On another computer, the Globetrotters also discovered they needed to find a vintage car. Watching them get the information as well, Meghan remarked on the Globetrotters, "They're amazing athletes and they're tough competitors so you have to be on your game at every minute."
PROBLEMS IN PRAGUE
Landing in Prague, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne took the lead out of the airport followed closely by brothers Sam & Dan. As Flight Time & Big Easy jumped into a taxi in third place, Brian & Ericka acted on a tip, given by someone on the plane, to take the subway instead because it was faster. The married couple boarded a shuttle that would take them to the subway, hoping that this gamble would pay off. When their shuttle got stuck in traffic, Brian & Ericka realized they had made a huge mistake and got off, flagging down a taxi instead. Starting the day so bleak, and in last place, didn't faze an optimistic Brian who said, "We made a bad decision, and we did what we did, and we're moving forward."
Arriving at Staromestske namesti in first place, Meghan & Cheyne spotted the Praga with little difficulty and ran to the car for their clue. Pulling up behind them, Sam & Dan, who did no research and thought that a Praga might be a robe or article of clothing, saw the dating couple at the car, later saying, "Thank God we saw Cheyne and Meghan running towards it [the Praga], because we would've been there forever trying to find it." Both teams ripped open their clue instructing them to travel to Kayaky Troja, an outdoor adventure center.
Sam & Dan and Meghan & Cheyne continued to lead the way arriving at Kayaky Troja together in first place where they found a Detour, Fast & Furious or Slow & Steady. In Fast & Furious, teams had to take a rough ride down a manmade whitewater rafting course used to train professional kayakers. As they made their way through the rapids, they had to grab a ribbon which had their next clue written on it. If they tipped over before reaching the clue, they would have to brave the turbulent rapids again until they succeeded. In Slow & Steady, teams had to pull themselves along a grueling aerial ropes course suspended above the rapids. When they reached the end of their rope, each team member would receive their next clue.
As Meghan & Cheyne geared up for slower ropes course, Sam & Dan decided to brave the whitewater rapids, saying, "If we do it right on the first or second try, we're gonna be way ahead of everyone." As the brothers put on helmets and wetsuits, the Globetrotters arrived and decided to navigate the ropes course with Meghan & Cheyne. Putting their bright red boat into the water, Sam & Dan jumped in and paddled past Meghan & Cheyne who just started pulling themselves along the ropes. Sam joked, "We're gonna beat ya." However, once the brothers hit the rougher waters, they had difficulties keeping their boat from turning sideways. Sam's position paddling in the front came under fire from Dan who shouted, "You're not even digging in." After barely surviving one rapid, the brothers' boat turned perpendicular to the current before tipping over.
As the brothers took their boat to start the rapids course again, Meghan & Cheyne and Flight Time & Big Easy struggled to make their way across the ropes overhead. Meghan later explained, "The beginning of the ropes course was a lot easier because you dropped down. Then it gets to a point, the rope gets really tight and you're just going straight up." With a lot more weight to carry, Big Easy said, "It's harder than it looks. It's just pure upper body strength. I was so heavy my foot was touching the water."
Getting into their boat for a second attempt, Dan took the helm with Sam sitting in the back. As they started down the rapids, Dan warned, "Sam, you're supposed to guide it." Sam snapped back, "Shut up, I'm trying." After surviving a rough patch, Sam appeared to have steadied the boat as they continued down the rapids, but in an instant the bickering brothers lost control and capsized once again. Dragging themselves out of the water, the pair was determined to be successful on the third try.
SLOW WAY DOWN
To make progress on the steep uphill climb to the end of the ropes course, Meghan & Cheyne and Flight Time all adopted the strategy of kicking their legs up over to rope to grab on as they pulled themselves forward. Even with Big Easy still dangling in the middle of the course, Flight Time surged ahead to pass Meghan & Cheyne and reach the platform first where he stood cheering on his partner. As Meghan & Cheyne pulled themselves up to the platform moments behind, an attendant asked Flight Time to climb down to the ground below. Cheyne asked if he and Meghan could go down first prompting Flight Time to say, "Big Easy's gonna be awhile. Y'all good." Cheyne then accused Flight Time of taking his time intentionally to slow down him and Meghan. An annoyed Flight Time retorted, "I'm going slow "˜cuz I'm tired. Don't even go there." Later, he added, "Once I realized that I could slow them up, I definitely took my time."
Back together on the ground, Meghan & Cheyne read the mere two words of their clue, Stavovske Divaldo. They had to figure out that this referred to Prague's Estates Theater. Asking a nearby local, the dating couple acquired this information along with the advice to take the tram from a nearby station. Seeing the Globetrotters running towards them, Meghan shouted, "We know what we're doing!" An irritated Cheyne snapped, "Why would you want to tell them that?" Big Easy later admitted, "We were going to follow them anyway so when she invited us to help it was like, "˜Cool.'"
Arriving at the tram station, Meghan & Cheyne found a local woman who helped the two teams by writing down information about the tram when suddenly a taxi pulled up. When Cheyne spotted it, he pulled the paper from the local's hands and flagged the taxi for him and Meghan. As the Globetrotters offered their pen and paper for the local woman to continue writing, Meghan snapped at Cheyne, "You're being ridiculously rude." Cheyne calmly replied that the taxi would get them there faster than the tram. After jumping into the taxi, the dating couple continued their argument with Meghan again calling Cheyne rude, adding, "You just left them [The Globetrotters] there." An incredulous Cheyne responded, "This isn't a frickin' hold your hand game babe!" When Meghan again asserted that they left the Globetrotters after agreeing to work with them, Cheyne replied, "If you're saying that at this point in the game, that's absolutely ridiculous. Where's your competitive spirit?" Meghan got the final word in the argument by countering that the Globetrotters get motivated by situations like the one at the tram station, adding, "They're going to be on a mission to mess with you." Meghan may have been correct because as the Globetrotters stood on the tram, a miffed Big Easy said, "Hopefully we can catch him and we can stick it to him."
GRAND THEFT AUTO
The third attempt in the kayak proved equally disastrous for Sam & Dan, who finally decided to switch to the ropes course, just as last place Brian & Ericka arrived. Both teams put on the gear and tackled the ropes knowing that they were now battling for last place and facing potential elimination. The brothers took the early lead over Brian & Ericka as Dan excelled while Sam lagged behind. Aware that Brian & Ericka were right behind them, Dan gave advice to his brother on how to pull faster and more efficiently. Brian also tried offering advice to Ericka, who hung in last place of the four racers, but she snapped back at her husband, "Please stop! Damn, I'm trying!"
After Sam finally pulled himself across to reach the platform and join Dan below, the brothers shouted words of encouragement to Brian & Ericka who still were suspended in the air. Trying to find a ride to the Estates Theater, the brothers noticed that Brian & Ericka had asked their taxi to wait for them. With so much at stake, the brothers offered the driver more money to take them and effectively strand Brian & Ericka. Brian shouted to his wife, "Let this be some motivation. The brothers are trying to steal our taxi right now." Ericka screamed, "Don't you dare! You better wait!" The driver told the brothers, "It's my car. Let's go." A stunned Brian said, "They're jackin' our taxi. Game on." Later Ericka added, "They just proved that they are jerks for doing that. We're not working with anybody, ever, anymore. It's over."
A DAY AT THE OPERA
Arriving at the front of the Estates Theater, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne ripped open their clue to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to search among the historic theater's 600 seats to find a tiny mandolin, a miniature version of the instrument played by Don Giovanni in the famous opera that premiered there in 1787. Once they found one, they had to bring it onstage to Don Giovanni himself who would give them their next clue.
As Don Giovanni began to serenade Cheyne, filling the large ornate theater with music, he searched among the opera boxes for a tiny mandolin. He stumbled across a regular sized mandolin and took it to Don Giovanni who laughed and turned Cheyne back to search again. With the arrival of the Globetrotters, Meghan encouraged Cheyne, shouting suggestions to him on where to look. This encouragement began to irk Big Easy as he scoured the theater, who later joked, "All you hear is Meghan saying, "˜Cheyne, Cheyne.' If I hear it one more time"¦"
While Brian & Ericka searched for a taxi, brothers Sam & Dan arrived at the theater to reunite with the Globetrotters and Meghan & Cheyne. With Dan, Cheyne, and Big Easy all continuing their search, Flight Time rose from his chair and began to dance to the dulcet tones of Don Giovanni. He even began to serenade his partner to help the search prompting an annoyed Dan to scream, "Shut up!" The singing didn't help Big Easy who delivered an empty case to Don Giovanni who laughed contemptuously once again. Storming off, Big Easy shouted, "You can't keep laughing at me like that, man!"
Looking through yet another opera suite overlooking the theater floor, Cheyne finally found a small case, which contained a miniature mandolin inside and presented it to Don Giovanni. Opening their clue, Meghan & Cheyne discovered they were heading to the Pit Stop across town at Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. The only person happier than the dating couple was Big Easy who joked, "I was so happy when he got his thing. Not hearing her keep saying, "˜Cheyne, can you hear me,' it was worth it at the time." Stepping on the mat in first place for a fifth time, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne won a trip for two from Travelocity to Lanai, Hawaii. Back on top again, Cheyne said, "I think we are the team to beat."
Just as Dan found a miniature mandolin to claim second place with his brother Sam, married couple Brian & Ericka finally arrived at the Estates Theater. Gathering their bags to scramble out of the theater to the Pit Stop, the brothers avoided eye contact with the married couple. Brian later commented, "It was kind of cowardly that they didn't even look or apologize." Sam admitted, "I definitely avoided eye contact"¦we're headed to the Pit Stop. We got nothing else on our mind."
GLIMMER OF HOPE
Once Big Easy found a mandolin to claim third place with Flight Time, Ericka searched alone in the theater as a patient and supportive Brian looked on and encouraged her. As time wore on, Don Giovanni stopped singing to eat a sandwich and even sat down next to Brian for a rest. Finally, Ericka spotted a mandolin hidden under a chair in an opera box and got into a taxi with Brian dreading what waited for them at Prague Castle.
Stepping onto the mat in last place, Brian & Ericka braced themselves for the bad news from Phil, but he told the stunned and relieved couple that this was a non-elimination leg. Even though they faced a Speed Bump in the next leg, an optimistic Brian said, "In life, you don't get a lot of second chances and this is a huge second chance for us. I still think you can win by playing fair and we're going to prove that to people."
1510 ROUTE MARKERS
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one person can perform. In this Roadblock, one team member had to search among the historic theater's 600 seats to find a tiny mandolin, a miniature version of the instrument played by Don Giovanni in the famous opera that premiered there in 1787. Once they found one, they had to bring it onstage to Don Giovanni himself who would give them their next clue.
Performed Roadblock: DAN, CHEYNE, ERICKA, BIG EASY
Detour: A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its pros and cons. In this Detour, teams had to choose between Fast & Furious or Slow & Steady. In Fast & Furious, teams had to take a rough ride down a manmade whitewater rafting course used to train professional kayakers. As they made their way through the rapids, they had to grab a ribbon which had their next clue written on it. If they tipped over before reaching the clue, they would have to brave the turbulent rapids again until they succeeded. In Slow & Steady, teams had to pull themselves along a grueling aerial ropes course suspended above the rapids. When they reached the end of their rope, each team member would receive their next clue.
Fast & Furious:
Slow & Steady: BRIAN/ERICKA, SAM/DAN, MEGHAN/CHEYNE, FLIGHT TIME/BIG EASY