The Amazing Race 13 Episodes

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The Amazing Race 13 Episode: "You're Gonna Get Me Killed"

Season 13, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The four remaining teams compete in Moscow on the 10th leg of the race. First, the duos must locate a retired Russian submarine and find the Graveyard of Fallen Monuments to receive clues. Next, the pairs choose between navigating the city's complex rail line or confusing bus system to reach the pit stop. The members of one team lose their passports and money, and the loss threatens to cripple their chances of completing the race.
Original Air Date: Nov 30, 2008

Amazing Race 13 Episode Recap: "You're Gonna Get Me Killed" Season 13, Episode 10

The tenth leg of the race continues in Moscow. As the same four couples continue to compete, the action zooms along as usual, but the stress level seems higher than ever. Everyone has their shoes, but one team's money and passports are left behind. Teams are traveling by subway, trolley and taxi but it's nothing less than a roller coaster ride.

Toni and Dallas leave first, searching for a retired Russian nuclear submarine and an actor who was in the film The Hunt for Red October to find their first clue. It seems learning the game Pictionary can be a helpful tool when to relating your destination to a cabdriver. Both Dallas and Tina draw a sub and communicate loud and clear.

The mother and son team make it to the Road Block, but from the moment Toni says that Dallas should do the challenge, they experience one misstep after another. The action took place at Park Iskusstv, an outdoor museum also called Graveyard of Fallen Monuments. Players were to count the number of statues with the likeness of Stalin and Lenin and relay the two numbers, six and two, to a lady at an antique bookshop, and if correct receive a book to get the next clue. The task seems simple enough but Toni, Tina and even Dallas himself thought that he was not the one to do the Road Block. I too was wondering why Toni didn't tackle this one. She at least knew who the former Russian leaders were.

Nick was the only one to offer the correct number (62) on the first try. Dallas not only has one wrong number but inverts it to 36 and incurs the penalty of waiting 10 minutes before trying again. Tina shows up, incorrectly says 52 and eventually collaborates with Dallas, who ends up waiting at least 30 minutes. Tina gets it right on the second try then relates it to Dallas but only says "next number down", not the exact number. It seemed she was taking a chance that he still might get it wrong. Andrew and Dan initially lost around 40 minutes by going to the wrong park (apparently there are two parks with the same name). Since this is not a caveman-type task, Andrew does the counting for his team and gets help from one of the locals. But he too doesn't get it right the first time and after a lucky guess eventually only has to wait out one penalty.

At this point, we see the value of staying calm and focused. Dallas, on his way to meet his mother and trying to make up lost time, rushes out of the cab and leaves behind his bag with their money and passports. I wanted him to run like a madman after the cab and get back his belongings. I  wished that Toni would have given him only half of the cash and held onto the passports. Any number of scenarios floating around my head that would rectify the situation didn't play out.

Toni kept a calm demeanor and didn't flip out as I would have. She and Dallas began relying on the kindness of strangers and there were quite a few who helped by lending them travel money. But stopping to ask for help was not the only way they lost time. On their way to pick up a clue from a woman with a Shetland pony, they took a less expensive ride on the Metro when they should have traveled by taxi. Realizing their mistake when the woman wouldn't give them their clue they had to go back and repeat their steps before proceeding.

Bro/Sis played flawlessly and deserve to win. Nick not only saved them time when he was statue counting but transferred his experience commuting in the New York subways while navigating the Detour. They also successfully found the statue of the men who created the Cyrillic alphabet, even though it sounded as if they were saying acrylic. Starr learned that a Shetland pony is a type of horse, and ultimately they were the first to meet up with Phil Keoghan.

Tina seemed stressed and picked on Ken more than usual. She wants him to ask the cab driver to stop smoking, complains that her rain coat doesn't have a hood and then tells Ken before the Detour "if you can't help me you might as well go." Tina also says Ken doesn't give her enough attention. If I were hanging out with her I'd still keep my distance. Anyway, Ken and Tina seem to be in constant motion yet lose time when they first take the wrong trolley for the Ride the Lines Detour, then later, on their way to the Pit Stop, follow Andrew and Dan without having picked up their clue at the Detour's end. Needless to say they had to go back and find the clue box.

And yes, I did say they were following the frat boys. Andrew and Dan were the last team to start but the second team to finish. Somehow they survived a trip to the wrong park, getting splashed by a truck, and even playing hopscotch, I mean performing with traditional Russian dancers at the Speed Bump. If the nice woman had seen Dan last week, she might have been influenced to have them repeat the dance more than once.

Toni and Dallas don't even make it to the Pit Stop when Phil comes out to meet them. As disappointed as they must have been, they displayed good sportsmanship and were very supportive of each other. I'll certainly miss them.

Next week is the finale. Will the frat boys breeze through on luck? Can the siblings maintain their resilience? Will Tina continue to pressure Ken? (Dumb question.) See you here next week for the final round of cheers and jeers.

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The tenth leg of the race continues in Moscow. As the same four couples continue to compete, the action zooms along as usual, but the stress level seems higher than ever. Everyone has their shoes, but one team's money and passports are left behind. Teams are traveling by subway, trolley and taxi but it's nothing less than a roller coaster ride.

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