[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the winners of The Amazing Race 19.]
After logging nearly 40,000 miles in 10 countries, dating couple Jeremy and Sandy, engaged couple Ernie and Cindy, and husband and wife Marcus and Amani face off for the last time for the $1 million on The Amazing Race 19.
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The final three travel from Panama Viejo to Atlanta — Marcus and Amani's hometown — where they must go to Flight Safety International and land a simulated aircraft from 25,000 feet. Jeremy and Sandy get there first, followed by Marcus and Amani, and Ernie and Cindy. Jeremy and Sandy land it on their first try and have to go next to the former residence known as The Dump, aka the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, where Mitchell lived and wrote Gone with the Wind. Marcus and Amani have trouble landing, allowing Ernie and Cindy to pass them.
Cindy uses their cabbie's phone to find out The Dump is Mitchell's house, while Jeremy and Sandy get bad directions to go to a furniture store called The Dump. At Mitchell's house, Ernie does the Roadblock, in which racers have to type out their next clue on an old-fashioned typewriter. There is no "1" key and the lowercase "l" must be used. Ernie finishes before Jeremy and Sandy finally arrive; Sandy does the Roadblock. The clue is a series of three numbers referencing Hank Aaron and his home runs, meaning the next location is Turner Field. Cindy and Ernie head to a hotel to figure it out, while Sandy finishes the Roadblock, and Marcus and Amani finally finish the simulation. Marcus does the Roadblock at The Dump.
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At Turner Field, it's time for the requisite memory challenge: Racers must map out the route while dangling off a massive map with their partners calling out the locations on the ground. Cindy the perfectionist nails it, and they get the clue to the finish line at Swan House. But their cabbie's GPS keeps recalculating, and Jeremy and Sandy complete the map task.
Despite the GPS troubles, Ernie and Cindy get to the Swan House first and win the $1 million — not to mention break the Express Pass curse. (Lest we forget, Jill and Thomas, and Gary and Mallory got third place the past two seasons after winning the Express Pass.) Ernie and Cindy, who again references her strict Asian upbringing, are going to use the money to create an organization to help those in need.
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Jeremy and Sandy arrive in second, and Marcus and Amani, who we don't see completing the Roadblock or the map task, come in third.
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What did you think of the finale? Are Ernie and Cindy deserving winners? Are you glad the Express Pass curse is broken? Why can't Marcus land a plane?