The Amazing Race 13 Episodes

2008, TV Show

The Amazing Race 13 Episode: "That Is Studly"

Season 13, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The teams travel from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Moscow on the ninth leg of the race. Once there, they must locate a decommissioned military base and choose between learning an army march or serving borscht to 75 Russian soldiers. Later, one person from each team must carry 50 bags of flour from a truck to a bakery to receive a clue. At the pit stop, one duo are delayed by an angry, unpaid cabdriver.
Original Air Date: Nov 23, 2008

Amazing Race 13 Episode Recap: "That Is Studly" Season 13, Episode 9

In the ninth leg of the race, the four remaining teams travel two thousand miles from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Russia's capital and the largest city in Europe, Moscow. But the plane ride looked like a cakewalk next to taxicab delays. One team not only couldn't pay the full cab fare, but also attempted each of the two Detour challenges twice! Ready to find out how it all happened? Let's go, go, go!

Nick and Starr are the first to leave yet each team made the same flight. But late night airport activity sets the stage for this leg's outcome. Dallas is all smiles when chatting up Starr — or maybe it was because she let his hand rest on her leg. In any case, with four finishes in the number two spot (three of the four times right behind the siblings) he confesses that he's determined to beat them. It really comes through at the Road Block when he is the first to deliver fifty 55-pound bags of flour. And he didn't even need the attempted coaching from the monotone bakery lady. He was definitely more focused this week.

This was in strong contrast to the frat boys who were distracted from the start. Having left their shoes in the theater last week and wearing something similar to spongy socks they swiped from the hotel, Andrew and Dan unexpectedly discover a 24-hour shoe store in the Kazakhstan airport. (I spent way too much time trying to figure out the dollar to ruble exchange rates at online currency converters, which didn't match up to what the players said they had and were spending. Toni states they were given $175 — equal to 4,826 rubles — for this leg yet An/Dan said 12,000 was over $100 for a pair of shoes, and they have only $76... by the time cab rates came up my head began to spin and gave up.) In any case, having bought the cheapest pair of footwear An/Dan came up short in more ways than one.

It's remarkable that this team has survived this long and is still standing. Their biggest waste of time occurred at the Kolosok Camp for the Detour where military madness set in. Andrew's six years of marching band experience doesn't help when choosing the marching challenge called Boots. The assigned traditional military uniforms fit nicely but after waiting at least 15 minutes for Andrew to learn how to apply the foot wraps they ditched it and head over to the Borscht challenge. Now dressed in cook's outfits, and with 75 hungry soldiers waiting for a bowl of soup, Andrew realizes they have to perform this in the uniform they just removed. An/Dan decide to switch back to the Boots challenge and learn to march like the drill team. Somehow, God smiled on Andrew and helped with the foot wrap. However, God couldn't have been laughing as much as I was when Dan displayed his lack of coordination. Who knew marching could be so painfully difficult? He was so bad that, if I didn't know better, I would have sworn he learned his moves from Elaine on Seinfeld! The drill sergeant keeps saying no, no, no! So, they quit, head back to the tent and, with hungry soldiers tapping their spoons on the table, successfully serve the borscht. Dan's excuse for the wacky gyrations is that he isn't "arts-based"; he is "sports and TV-based". I'm glad he cleared that up.

Maintaining a good attitude throughout their challenges, Ken seemed surprised to learn while changing into uniform his "GI Jane" was going commando. Maybe this was the cause of Tina's exaggerated arm swinging during the military march. At the Road Block Ken is carrying one 55-pound bag of flour at a time to Dallas' two and still finds happiness when completing the task and giving the bakery lady a kiss on each cheek. Nick says he has a strong back but it was his wheezing that was surprising, causing the bakery lady to observe that he "is not fit"! And she wasn't handing out any cakes for his birthday.

Everyone had cab-driver catastrophes and it wasn't clear to me whether the problems stemmed from language, reading the clue, traffic or agreeing to take the riders without knowing the directions. Once again, communication is the biggest hindrance for the teams and my first thought was that the dearly departed Sarah, who had done so well speaking several other languages, probably would have been prepared with Russian lessons. Nick/Starr were so frustrated they cut their losses with one cabdriver only to waste time looking for another. Starr seems frazzled and even walked in front of moving car. On another long drive, they don't understand the new driver when he says their destination is "a little further". And even if they had they might not have believed him having spent, as Starr states, an hour travel time. Nick was trying to stay calm while Starr looked as if she would pop a blood vessel on the way to finishing third at the Pit Stop.

Keeping the same cab throughout might have been a good time saver for An/Dan but the driver is not amused when Dan doesn't have enough money to pay him. Dan goes so far as to offer the cabdriver his new shoes for $100 off the rate. Totally disgusted, the driver walks away and Dandrew are the last team to arrive. But this is a non-elimination leg and sometime during the next race they will encounter a Speed Bump. The odds are certainly against them, yet they are confident that being the underdogs will help them. I think they need more than confidence, don't you?

I was just as happy as Toni when she says "say it, Phil." And he does tell her and Dallas they are team number one for the first time. They win a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Return Trips:
• On his way to the Monastery, Dan says the "red thing looks church-y"
• Were Andrew and Dan not able or not allowed to go back and retrieve their shoes from the theater?
• Dan says they are the tortoises that will beat the hare. Do you agree?

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In the ninth leg of the race, the four remaining teams travel two thousand miles from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Russia's capital and the largest city in Europe, Moscow. But the plane ride looked like a cakewalk next to taxicab delays. One team not only couldn't pay the full cab fare, but also attempted each of the two Detour challenges twice! Ready to find out how it all happened? Let's go, go, go!

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