The bill in question had a very prominent building on it, and it was none other than the Bolshoi Theater, home to arguably the most famous and renowned ballet company in all of Asia. This was the Pit Stop for Leg Seven.
Below is the order the contestants finished in, along with some of their more interesting moments.
#1. Trey and Lexi - Team Texas got back on my good side by ditching the Twins, who seemed content to be hangers-on. They were the only team to choose – and complete – the library task – and because of this, they won their second leg in a row, and with it a trip for two to Maui, Hawaii. I still like them, but they need to disassociate themselves with the twins, because the road to Hell seems to be alongside Natalie and Nadiya.
#2. Jaymes and James - FINALLY, team Magic Mike had a leg where they fired on all cylinders. They got on a good flight, saw a tough swimming routine through to its conclusion, and just plowed through the Roadblock. Picture them in swim trunks, floral swimming caps and their trademark Chippendale bowtie-callers, and you can’t help but smile. They are the only team left that has not only not pissed me off but seems to have the stamina to win. They are kind, supportive, friendly and fun-loving, and they are peaking at the right time. I am now rooting for them to take this whole thing.
#3. Natalie and Nadiya - Karma came back around on the thieving twins when, to their amazement, every car they tried to flag down in Moscow just kept on driving. During the swimming challenge, they actually upbraided the instructor for not talking to them in English. I mean, the nerve. They contemplated giving up and using their Express Pass, but Team Magic Mike talked them out of it, bringing up the salient point that there are two teams way behind them.
As the episode ended, the following teams had not finished:
James and Abba - Not a good leg for Team Rockstar. Because of Abba’s leg injury, they opted for the library challenge, but were unequal to the task of deciphering the Russian alphabet, so they switched to the swimming task, with which they were equally unsuited. I don’t know how many hours they lost, but it was significant. And then things got much, much worse: they arrived at the Roadblock thinking they would do it and get back in their cab, so they left their money and passports in the back… and the driver promptly drove off. Wow. I mean, in the last leg they left their money on a counter, and the twins stole it, but this, they only have themselves to blame. I don’t know if they can recover from this.
Abbie and Ryan; Josh and Brent - There’s got to be no worse feeling then when you are stuck in an airport knowing that you are so far behind everyone else that you realize that catching up is going to be nearly impossible. The good news is, there are two teams and you know you can’t both be eliminated. But the four racers did something I didn’t expect, and that was to do the rest of the leg side-by-side. Eventually, there has to be a footrace to the mat to avoid elimination, but that will be in next week’s episode, I’m sure. I am fully expecting that this will be yet another non-elimination leg, and there will be yet another huge equalizer that will allow Abbie/Ryan and Team Capricorn to catch up. We’ll see.
Next week: More Russia. Someone will probably be eliminated, but if Team Rockstar can’t find a needle in a haystack, how the rest of the teams do will be a moot point.