6 Times The Teams Were So Close, Yet So Far, On The Amazing Race

1. Struggling to catch a cab in Krakow requires more than just a hand wave.

1. Struggling to catch a cab in Krakow requires more than just a hand wave.

Trying to hail a taxi isn’t as easy as whistling or waving a hand. Just ask #TeamTexas, who seemed to struggle with the simple task when trying to leave for the "Mine" Detour in Krakow, Poland.

Watching teams like #TheReporters and #ThePaparazzi take off only served to stress out these stranded Texan besties. Luckily, the pair finally put their heads together and found someone to call them a taxi, but the minutes they wasted would have to be made up somewhere along the way.

Check out five other times the teams were so close, yet so far, on Ep. 8 of The Amazing Race
2. Begging for 100 złoty from passersby wasn't a cinch for #TheCheerleaders.

2. Begging for 100 złoty from passersby wasn't a cinch for #TheCheerleaders.

In the "Music" Detour, #TheCheerleaders hit a sour note when they had to play piano with a professional violinist and earn 100 złoty from locals, which proved to be something that tested their patience and composure. 

Whether it was Tiffany’s off-key melody or Krista’s brusk approach to busking, the passersby were hardly entertained by the cutesy duo. The team continued to be ignored until they turned on the sweetness. Then the money finally started trickling in.
3. #ThePaparazzi falling behind after dumping salt on the ground.

3. #ThePaparazzi falling behind after dumping salt on the ground.

In the "Mine" Detour, teams had to descend 1,000 feet into a salt mine. Once there, they had to carry a large timber support beam to a loading area, then fill a mining cart with salt and push the cart back through the tunnel.

While most teams worked well together to lift the heavy loads with both hands into the cart, Chris dumped all the salt onto the ground, thinking he couldn’t shovel it all into the cart alone. He continued the less-than-efficient method while Logan simply scratched her head out of confusion and frustration.

Although they eventually finished, the inefficiency cost them valuable time.
4. Trying to identify traditional Jewish dishes was a tall order.

4. Trying to identify traditional Jewish dishes was a tall order.

Being tasked with carrying a heavy tray stacked with a variety of Jewish dishes had the racers thinking and moving quickly on their feet. 

After Tiffany (#TheCheerleaders) struggled to identify all the dishes, she sought out information about the food from locals who were way more familiar.

Meanwhile, Chris (#ThePaparazzi) was hoping his Jewish background would prove helpful during the Roadblock, but his tray was also rejected the first time around. Refusing to give up, he decided to do some research on the grub and was promptly approved on his second try.

With Tiffany still unable to arrange the tray correctly, #TheCheerleaders and #TeamTexas remained, which paced the pairs neck-and-neck. 
5. Tension building between Tanner and Krista as they waited outside the Roadblock.

5. Tension building between Tanner and Krista as they waited outside the Roadblock.

As Tiffany and Josh continued to run in circles, Krista and Tanner waited outside on a bench with tension seeming to ooze out of every pore.

Despite the fact that Tiffany was struggling with her heavy tray, Josh kept pace and even let her approach the judge first. "That’s just the right thing to do," said Josh in true Texas gentleman fashion.

When Tiffany presented her tray and was approved, #TheCheerleaders hurried ahead while Krista remarked, "It’s us or them."
6. Getting unexpected news from Phil at the mat.

6. Getting unexpected news from Phil at the mat.

#TheCheerleaders tearfully stepped on the mat in fifth place with the #TeamTexas boys right behind them. Josh reiterated that the girls saved them and he didn’t pass Tiffany because she was there first. Fortunately for both teams, it was a non-elimination leg so both would continue on their journeys.

That means the remaining six teams are so close, yet still so far from that $1 million prize.

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