The Amazing Race 13 Episodes

2008, TV Show

The Amazing Race 13 Episode: "You Look Like Peter Pan"

Season 13, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: In the 13th-season finale, the remaining teams travel from Moscow to Portland, Oregon, on the last leg of the race, with the winning duo receiving a check for $1 million.
Original Air Date: Dec 7, 2008

Amazing Race 13 Episode Recap: "You Look Like Peter Pan" Season 13, Episode 11

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood when the final three teams leave Moscow and land in Portland, Ore. on the last leg of the race. The spectacular landscape is an incredible backdrop as the teams must climb 30 feet up a tree, ride a cable 2,000 feet over a river and — the trickiest part of all — hail a reliable cab! The tension is the highest yet, leaving me a little emotional when the first two teams crossed the finish line. Which team won the $1 million prize? Read on, neighbor.

Having traveled nearly 40,000 miles, the finalists have one more 5,000-mile plane ride to their final destination of Portland. Nick and Starr are the first team to depart for the Moscow airport, yet all teams book the same 7a.m. flight. Upon landing, no one wastes time finding a taxi and head off to the Detour. The only one wasting time is the driver of Andrew and Dan's cab. He certainly didn't deserve a tip.

Ken and Tina arrive first at the Detour, which Phil Keoghan said were "two activities used to improve the balance and reduce the fear of people working in... logging." I'm not quite sure how these would reduce fear, and I'm sure Tina didn't get it either. No one chose to walk across a floating log bridge in Low and Wet. That left High and Dry, requiring them to climb up a tree, walk out a 40-foot log and jump onto a trapeze to retrieve half of a clue. I had a sense of déjà vu from the first leg of the race as Tina kept saying she is scared of heights. This was probably still the better choice for them to take, even though they lost time as her helmet repeatedly fell with the strap landing around her neck. As she repeatedly hesitated, Nick did his Spider-man routine up the tree and Starr was fearless.

Most noticeably here, and also throughout the leg, Tina says that Ken yells at her all the time, but he is really nothing but encouraging. Her constant irritation and snippiness must be a result of the stress level from the challenges. We've seen Tina help others from time to time, so she does have a good heart. Hopefully she'll be able to step back and catch her breath when the race is over.

Team Dandrew finally arrive as the others head off to the Bridge of the Gods and glide 2,000 feet down a zip-line over a river and onto an island. Tina seemed to be enjoying this mid-air ride. And Ken was doing flips! Starr's comment that Nick (in his green camouflage t-shirt and shorts) looked like Peter Pan was spot on and made me chuckle.

One of the most nerve-wrecking portions to watch was the memory game. Perhaps it was the editing, but I was on the edge of my seat. Ken and Tina are the first to begin matching pictures from each of the first 10 legs of the race, found in 150 clue boxes. Nick and Starr catch up, and it's neck and neck again! Tina mentioned it was like the game Concentration. I'm glad I wasn't playing as it reminded me of Scattergories.

As the teams now travel downtown, their cab drivers seem to know how to get to the Portland Building but are unfamiliar with the Green Dinosaur statue. Nick and Starr had minor taxi problems throughout, but nothing stopped them and ultimately just put their things down, flipped it and reversed it. They arrive first and then head down to the Alder St. cart pod to find the Russian Food Cart to get their next clue. While Starr confuses the Italian and Russian flags, Ken and Tina go to City Hall to get help. Bro/Sis are off to the place where "The Magic is in the Hole" — the Voodoo Doughnut Shop. Right on their heels, Ken and Tina meet up with a woman who tells them to go that way because she just saw Nick and Starr who went the long way.

It's now a race to the finish line, and the only thing that's longer than the editing is the wait for a cab. Ken and Tina said a little prayer for the best possible outcome. Hopefully they'll live happily ever after because as all the teams except Toni and Dallas are waiting with Phil, Nick and Starr round the corner to win. Though I wasn't on board with them at the beginning, I was won over by their impressive game play, and they deserved their win. Maybe I was too wrapped up in the show because not only was I choked up as everyone applauded the siblings, but also when Ken brought out his and Tina's wedding rings to wear once more. This race was incredibly exciting — and amazing. Oh, and Dan and Andrew made it back. Yay!

Return Trips:
• Nick and Starr came in first seven times. I think that's a record.
• Amazed at their sudden lead, again, Ken says: "Nick and Starr have got a horseshoe stuck in their rear end." I'm sure he meant that in the nicest way possible.
• Andrew tells the cab driver "left lane 70, as in faster than 50 (mph)".
• As Tina is yelling "Kenny c'mon!" I noticed a sign saying regular gas was $3.85 a gallon. That's approximately $2 more than it is now.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the TAR 13 blog, for the great comments and the positive feedback. The Amazing Race 14 begins Sunday, Feb. 15. See you then!

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood when the final three teams leave Moscow and land in Portland, Ore. on the last leg of the race. The spectacular landscape is an incredible backdrop as the teams must climb 30 feet up a tree, ride a cable 2,000 feet over a river and — the trickiest part of all — hail a reliable cab! The tension is the highest yet, leaving me a little emotional when the first two teams crossed the finish line. Which team won the $1 million prize? Read on, neighbor.
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