The Amazing Race 13 Episodes

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The Amazing Race 13 Episode: "Did You Push My Sports Bra off the Ledge?"

Season 13, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: The nine remaining teams travel from Fortaleza, Brazil, to La Paz, Bolivia, on the third leg of the race. The country's climate and high altitude make it a struggle for some teams. At a Road Block, a member of each pair must master six wrestling moves and demonstrate them in the ring with a female wrestler.
Original Air Date: Oct 12, 2008

Amazing Race Episode Recap: "Did You Push My Sports Bra off the Ledge?" Season 13, Episode 3

On the third leg of the race it's more than a hop, skip and a jump (1,200 miles to be exact) from Fortaleza, Brazil, to La Paz, Bolivia for the nine remaining teams. As some suffer breathing problems due to the high altitude it's the bad attitudes that weigh just as heavily on others. Bicycle crashes and wrestling matches are spotlighted in this episode but are not as devastatingly painful as misreading the directions. Let's see who suffers the most.

Animosity is front and center when Christy accuses Starr of tossing the sports bra she is air-drying off the balcony ledge. I'm not quite sure why she was targeted as a culprit and have to side with Starr when she wonders how this could benefit her. Nick, with his faux charming demeanor, tried to smooth out the disagreement but the divorcees weren't buying it. But my support of Starr dwindles later.

Last week's winning team Ken and Tina are first out of the gate for one of two flights to La Paz, a city that is 12,000 feet above sea level. The airline ticket counter must have been uneventful compared to the upcoming shenanigans as that part is unceremoniously skipped over this week. In a city square, at the statue of Simón Bolívar, the teams camp out overnight and await the arrival of the morning newspaper to find their next clue in the classified section. As dawn breaks, some of the racers take advantage of this down time to catch up on their grooming by shaving and applying makeup. They all looked very nice during the free-for-all when the papers show up. I was wondering how they would identify which ad was for them until I realized it was probably the only one in English. With "Hat Sale!" prominently displayed, teams hop a cab to find the store where they would purchase the traditional hat called a Cholita.

Onward to the Detour, the teams were to travel by foot and choose from two different ways to navigate the city. Travel by foot. It's this detail that has an affect on this leg's elimination. Terence/Sarah and Mark/Bill head off in a taxi but only Sarah realizes they have to retrace their steps and do everything on foot.

The least popular Detour choice was Musical March where they had to collect musicians and form a band walking between two plazas several blocks apart. Andrew and Dan seemed to regret their choice when the musicians were slowly marching while Marisa and Brooke happily followed their group, which somehow eventually improved their ranking.

Most teams took the Bumpy Ride, using a pair of locally crafted bicycles to travel down a cobble street. It's too bad gel seats weren't provided because their butts had to hurt afterward. While we see Christy take a nasty spill on her bike, Starr, not knowing about the wipeout, asks Aja and Ty to use the upcoming U-Turn on Kelly and Christy. As Ty points out, Bro/Sis didn't want to waste their only U-Turn but didn't mind if Aja/Ty did. No teams used the U-Turn. Later Aja told Christy that Bro/Sis wanted to U-turn the divorcees. Crystal ball sees a big confrontation in the future.

At the Roadblock, the Fighting Cholitas, a group of female Bolivian wrestlers also known as luchadores, teach one team member a wrestling routine consisting of six moves: Chestkick, Taunting, Re-entry, Duck & Flip, Kicked and Slingshot. The clue card asks: "Who's ready to pick a fight?" When Sarah shows up she immediately says she should do it. (You go grrl!) Ken, looking like a superhero, asks the crowd to cheer. Mark, appearing lightheaded and eventually needing oxygen, had the most trouble and returned for training a third time. Toni was proud of her son Dallas looking like a canary in his yellow tights. Dan was happy and surprised he did it right the first time.

Next stop is the Pit Stop at Mirador El Monticulo, overlooking one of the highest spots in South America. The taxi ride was yet another frantic race to the finish line but Ken and Tina arrived first for the second week in a row. Bill and Mark show up second from the last but because of their having taken a cab earlier incur a 30-minute penalty. As the last team to arrive Kelly and Christy are feeling defeated but don't know what good fortune lies ahead of them. They are still in the race due to due to Bill/Mark's blunder. It's the technical things that the geeks were in tune with but still managed to lose the game.

Return Trips
• Do you ever notice the intensity of the background music in this show? It certainly heightens the tension but it might even make Alfred Hitchcock psycho.
• Did Christy ever locate her sports bra?
• Were the bicycles made out of wood? And, did going downhill propel them? I didn't notice pedals nor a motor but thought I heard one.
• I felt bad for the gamers. How did Mark and Bill miss the part about walking on foot? Did they not read the clue aloud?

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On the third leg of the race it's more than a hop, skip and a jump (1,200 miles to be exact) from Fortaleza, Brazil, to La Paz, Bolivia for the nine remaining teams. As some suffer breathing problems due to the high altitude it's the bad attitudes that weigh just as heavily on others. Bicycle crashes and wrestling matches are spotlighted in this episode but are not as devastatingly painful as misreading the directions. Let's see who suffers the most.

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