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Season 19: Episode 8 - Super Shady

Super Shady: ­ANOTHER COMEBACK FOR AMANI & MARCUS Married couple Amani & Marcus overcame a huge mistake in the beginning of the leg to stay in the race as teams headed to Copenhagen, Denmark. FINDING FLIGHTS Departing the Pit Stop in first place at 3:12pm, professional snowboarders Andy & Tommy ripped open their clue, sending them 5,000 miles to the city of Copenhagen, Denmark for the first time in Amazing Race history. When they landed, they had to choose a Ford Focus and drive themselves to Vor Frelsers Kirke Tower. Once there, they would race to the top and search for the next clue. In addition, another Double U-Turn would be appear somewhere in the leg. Due to limited availability, teams received pre-purchased airline tickets to Copenhagen on a flight scheduled to land at 8:20am the following day. However, they could book a more advantageous flight if they were able to find one. At the airport, most teams decided to wait until Amsterdam to find a better flight, but father and son adventurers Laurence & Zac asked a ticketing agent if anything faster connected through London, another major hub. Their hunch paid off when they found a flight through London that would land in Copenhagen at 8:30pm that night, roughly 12-hours ahead of the pre-booked flight. The father and son guarded their valuable information from a prying Cindy, who asked the pair what they had learned. As Laurence & Zac evaded her questions, Cindy walked away calling them “super shady.” Boarding the Virgin Atlantic flight with no other teams, Laurence commented, “It makes you a little nervous being away from the pack, but I hope we’ve made the right decision.” The other five teams landed in Amsterdam and scrambled to various corners of the airport trying to remain secretive as they searched for better flights. Grandparents Bill & Cathi and engaged couple Ernie & Cindy both independently found a Norwegian Air flight that would land at 11:00pm, over nine hours ahead of the pre-booked flight. In another area, professional snowboarders Andy & Tommy and dating couple Jeremy & Sandy each found a Cimber Air flight scheduled to land at 10:35pm. Happy with finding the flight, Jeremy exclaimed, “This could be huge.” ALONE IN AMSTERDAM Meanwhile, as the other four teams quietly booked seats and boarded their flights to Copenhagen, an unaware Amani & Marcus pulled up a pair of comfortable chairs and bedded down for the night, expecting to see all the teams on the morning flight. Stretched out and relaxed, a confident Marcus said, “We think we’ll see a lot of teams tonight. We’re just gonna hang out right now, take some unwind time.” Landing in Copenhagen at 8:30pm, father and son adventurers Laurence & Zac jumped into a Ford Focus and drove to Vor Frelsers Kirke Tower, where they discovered that it would not open until 7:30am the next morning. With the arrival of the Cimber Air flight and the Norwegian Air flights, Bill & Cathi, Ernie & Cindy, Jeremy & Sandy, Andy & Tommy, and Laurence & Zac all slept near the tower waiting for it to open the next morning. In the morning, it became painfully clear to Amani & Marcus, as they sat alone at their gate, that the other five teams found earlier flights to Copenhagen. Marcus said, “We thought everyone would be on this flight. It feels like death to me.” Amana responded, “It doesn’t feel like death to me and if death came I’m fighting death every step of the way.” SPOTTING THE SIGNS As Amani & Marcus boarded their flight and took off, the doors of Vor Frelsers Kirke Tower opened up allowing the other five teams to start their long walk up over 400 steps to the top. After marching single file up the narrow stairway, the teams began to look for their next clue, after taking in the incredible view of the city from the top of the tower. Right away, teams took note of a red and white colored flag perched along the perimeter of the tower with the words Borg Slot on it. Bill & Cathi, Ernie & Cindy, Andy & Tommy, and Laurence & Zac also noticed the second half of the clue on a giant banner on an adjacent building, emblazoned with the word Frederiks. Combining both clues, teams had to figure out they needed to drive to Frederiksborg Castle. However, because the banner with the word Frederiks would be folded up periodically and then unfolded, dating couple Jeremy & Sandy failed to spot it. Instead, the couple looked on a informational placard, found the name Rosenborg Slot, and decided that’s where they needed to go. DANCING FEVER Arriving together in first place at Frederiksborg Castle, Ernie & Cindy and Laurence & Zac ripped open their clue to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to perform a dance that dated back to the Renaissance. After dressing in period costumes, the racer had to work with an instructor and learn a complex three-part dance routine that would test their memory, coordination, and attention to detail. When the countess was satisfied that the teams could keep in step with the professionals, she would hand them their next clue. After cracking some jokes about the white tights and makeup they had put on to complement their exceedingly foppish costume, Ernie and Zac took to the dance floor in a gigantic and ornately decorated ballroom. Both men selected instructors who began to teach them the steps required for the dance routine. While the more nimble Ernie picked up the dance quickly, the less coordinated Zac struggled, later commenting, “I don’t dance. I’ve never danced a choreography dance in my life.” While Zac kept trying to get the moves down, Ernie took a shot at performing the dance. After making a misstep on his first attempt, Ernie regrouped and tried again. This time, Ernie performed each part of the dance flawlessly as a proud Cindy jumped in excitement, watching her fiancé glide across the floor. Once Ernie successfully completed the third part of the routine with the most intricate steps, the countess handed him the next clue, instructing him and Cindy to drive to Frilandmuseet. BUFFER GONE Finally landing in Copenhagen, married couple Amani & Marcus drove to Vor Frelsers Kirke Tower and arrived just as dating couple Jeremy & Sandy returned to the tower to have a second look for the clue. Seeing Amani & Marcus, a worried Sandy said, “There goes our buffer.” Both teams spotted the Frederiks banner within moments of each other and then raced to their cars trying to gain any slim advantage and stay out of last place. While Jeremy & Sandy wisely stopped and asked a local for directions to the castle, Amani & Marcus kept driving because Marcus did not like to stop and ask someone for help. He added, “If I’m not in control, it bothers me, especially being lost.” OUT OF SYNC With Zac still unable to learn the steps, Cathi and Andy entered the grand ballroom, both successfully mastering the dance in quick succession. Seeing two teams pass by his son, Laurence commented, “It’s a little frustrating and Zac must be far more frustrated than I am. Just got to remain optimistic that he’ll knock it out.” When Sandy joined Zac in the ballroom, Zac told his instructor, “Trying to keep all the moves in my head. It’s kind of confusing.” However, this time, when Zac went to perform, the seafaring adventurer kept all the moves straight and finally conquered the dance. While happy that his son stepped up to finish the Roadblock, Laurence later marked that he believed he would have gotten the clue faster than his son because of his background in music. After finally stopping and asking for directions, last place Amani & Marcus arrived at Frederiksborg Castle where Sandy neared completion of her dance. Frustrated at being in last, Marcus watched in nervous anticipation as the more positive Amani quickly learned the steps of the routine. After Sandy got her clue, Marcus lamented, “We’re dead last as always.” However, Amani pulled through for Team Pollard as she received her clue from the countess close behind Sandy. ALL CHURNED OUT Arriving at Frilandmuseet in first place, Ernie & Cindy ripped open their clue to find a Detour with the choice of All Hopped Up or All Churned Out. All Hopped Up required both team members to consecutively lead a rabbit through a steeplechase course, a very popular sport called Kaninhop. After correctly laying out a proper course, they had to choose a rabbit and lead it over the jumps without knocking anything over. All Churned Out required teams to make what many regard as the best butter in the world. Using two churns, they had to work fresh cream into six sticks of smooth, high-quality butter. Not wanting to rely on animals for a task, Ernie & Cindy chose butter churning. Walking past goats into a barn, the engaged couple watched as farm women demonstrated how to properly churn and then press the butter into molds. Taking command of their own churns, Ernie & Cindy vigorously shook the large wooden stick up and down until the cream began to harden into yellow butter. As Cindy began to press their newly made butter into the mold, second place Bill & Cathi arrived in the barn to join the engaged couple in butter churning. While Bill & Cathi kept churning, Ernie & Cindy knocked out the six sticks of butter they needed to make. Opening their next clue, the engaged couple learned they had to find the Karlstrup Windmill. MAKING CERTAIN Remembering a windmill as they went to churn butter, Ernie & Cindy ran through Frilandmuseet until they spotted the Karlstrup Windmill finding another Double U-Turn, where two teams had the opportunity to slow down two other teams by forcing them to perform both sides of the Detour. Not wanting to make the same mistake two legs in a row, Cindy told Ernie she wanted to U-Turn Bill & Cathi, the team directly behind them. Putting Bill & Cathi’s picture on the board, Cindy said, “Sorry guys, we need a win.” Back in the car on the way to the Pit Stop at Havent Ship, Cindy added, “We can’t be nice anymore. It’s a million dollars.” Arriving at the dock next to Havet Ship, Ernie & Cindy stepped onto the mat in first place. For their much coveted victory, Phil awarded the engaged couple with a trip for two from Travelocity to Fiji. Cindy told Phil, “We learned from the last leg…have to do what you have to do to secure first.” ALL HOPPED UP All finished with butter making, Bill & Cathi walked briskly to Karlstrup Windmill where they saw that Ernie & Cindy U-Turned them. Not wasting any time, the methodical grandparents chose to U-Turn Laurence & Zac because the father & son team were further behind them than the third place Andy & Tommy, who just started butter churning. Walking away, Cathi asked her husband, “How good are you at rabbits?” Walking onto green fields divided into lanes, Bill & Cathi quickly set up an obstacle course in one of the lanes and chose a rabbit Bill named Hopper to run their course. Unfortunately, Hopper did not live up to its name when it navigated the course as Bill ran alongside holding the leash. Hopper knocked over one of the obstacles forcing Bill & Cathi to try again. This time, they got a rabbit named Speckles who lept through the course with ease twice, once for Bill and once for Cathi. Afterwards, Bill exclaimed, “Oh Speckles, we’re gonna take you home!” COMEBACK KIDS Trying to keep a small lead on Amani & Marcus, navigator Sandy came to the realization that she and Jeremy were headed in the wrong direction. An incredulous Jeremy snapped, “If you would have told me that I would have known that.” Now falling into last place, Jeremy continued to quietly fume about being led the wrong way by Sandy, adding, “I can’t believe we missed that.” With Bill & Cathi and Andy & Tommy finishing the leg in second and third place respectively, fifth place Amani & Marcus began setting up their rabbit course just as fourth place Laurence & Zac ran to Double U-Turn board. Now having to race the rabbits, Laurence & Zac arrived at the Kaninhop course just as Marcus gave a pep talk to his rabbit, telling it, “I’ve had a frustrating day. Right now you can really help my frustration, okay?” Putting the rabbit down, Marcus proceeded to run with the rabbit as it gracefully hopped over every obstacle in front of it. After the rabbit finished the course, Marcus professed his love for the furry animal as he & Amani ended the leg in fourth place, an incredible comeback once again for Team Pollard. DUEL IN DENMARK As Laurence & Zac set up their rabbit steeplechase course, last place Jeremy & Sandy arrived at Frilandmuseet and began to churn butter. It appeared grim for the dating couple once Laurence & Zac led their rabbits through the course and took off in their car bound for Havet Ship. However, the dating couple kept calm churning their butter and making their molds while a stressed out Laurence & Zac discovered they were headed in the wrong direction. Once the father & son adventurers corrected their navigational mistake, they found themselves stuck in gridlock traffic. The time wasted by Laurence & Zac gave Jeremy & Sandy the opening they needed as the dating couple jumped in their car after making their six sticks of butter. Having learned their lesson from driving all over Denmark earlier in the day, Jeremy & Sandy found Havet Ship with no difficulties as the dating couple skated into fifth place by the skin of their teeth. Arriving on the mat in last place, father & son adventurers Laurence & Zac received the bad news from Phil that they had been eliminated from the race. A reflective Laurence commented, “It’s been a real honor having Zac on the team. It would’ve been lovely to win a million dollars, but the reality is life is not all about the money.” Zac added, “It was a great experience. I’m really glad my dad I were able to do it. I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else to do it with.” 1908 ROUTE MARKERS Roadblock. A Roadblock is a task that only one person has to perform. In this Roadblock, that person had to perform a dance that dated back to the Renaissance. After dressing in period costumes, the racer had to work with an instructor and learn a complex 3-part dance routine that would test their memory, coordination, and attention to detail. When the countess was satisfied the teams could keep in step with the professionals, she would hand them their next clue. Performed Roadblock: ERNIE, ZAC, ANDY, CATHI, SANDY, AMANI Detour. A Detour is a choice between two tasks. In this Detour, teams chose between All Hopped Up and All Churned Out. All Hopped Up required both team members to consecutively lead a rabbit through a steeplechase course, a very popular sport called Kaninhop. After correctly laying out a proper course, they had to choose a rabbit and lead it over the jumps without knocking anything over. All Churned Out required teams to make what many regard as the best butter in the world. Using two churns, they had to work fresh cream into six stick