The teams were up early and ready to go from Russia to Muscat, Oman on “The Amazing Race,” season 17, episode 8.
The teams were up early, met with a travel agent, and booked their flights. All the teams were off to an enthusiastic start, but Chad and Stephanie slept in two hours late. This could have been a major obstacle for them starting out behind every other team.
“The Amazing Race” episode 8 – Recap
“The Amazing Race” sent the competitors from St. Petersburg, Russia to Muscat, Oman. Once there they were given assigned to retrieve their next clue. The times were in 15 minute intervals. Their clues led them to Jabal Shamas, the Grand Canyon of Oman. Once at Jabal Shamas the teams had to rappel 500 feet and find a ring in a lamp before receiving their next clue. There were literally hundreds of lamps to chose from.
Once they received their next clue the contestants drove to the next landmark only to be directed to a detour.
The two choices at the detour were pumping water or preparing a traditional wedding soup.
The water table detour was the easiest detour and every team sensed that. They all chose to pump and deliver water to a house in the city. It was easy to crank the generator and load the tank. The difficulty lay in finding the neighborhood and house to which they were to deliver the water.
The teams were then sent to the Muttrah Souk market where they were given frankincense. Then, they were to find the ‘Ali Baba in a suit’ and exchange the frankincense for their last clue.
The Pit Stop for this leg of the race was at Al Alam Palace.
The Teams on “The Amazing Race,” season 17, episode 8.
Chad and Stephanie
After sleeping in and booking the last flight they still managed to land in Oman in tandem with the other teams.
During a long wait in Muscat, Oman Chad proposed to Stephanie! This is a first for “The Amazing Race,” and came on the heels of a lot of squabbles and cat fights by the couple. The other competitors watched as Chad and Stephanie got engaged.
With fresh momentum Chad and Stephanie took the lead, made it first up and down the mountain, then slipped behind Thomas and Jill.
Jill and Thomas
Jill and Thomas reached Jabal Shamas behind Chad and Stephanie. Jill was the one who rappelled down the mountain. She was terrified and sounded like she was about to hyperventilate, but she made it.
Thomas and Jill worked together well and pulled ahead of the pack in the water table detour.
They made a major error when they paid a cab driver to lead them to the Pit Stop. That infraction cost them a thirty minute time delay in the end.
Nick and Vicki
Nick was mean and hateful to Vicki. He lost it on her when she repeated the directions they had received. They reached the roadblock third and Vicki took on the challenge without hesitation.
Nick and Vicki hit their own real roadblock when one of their car tires started leaking air. They had a flat before they could get off the mountain. They put on a spare and got on their way without losing too much time.
Brook and Claire
Brook and Claire were in the middle of the pack for most of the race. They usually run with the front of the pack, but not this time. They managed to pull ahead during the detour.
Brook and Claire mad a little faux pas when looking for the market. They went the wrong way on a one way street and got stopped by the popo!
Nat and Kat
Nat and Kat were next to last to reach Jabal Shamas. They had agreed prior to the race that any roadblock involving heights would be completed by Kat, so she took the challenge to rappel. Rappelling proved to be easier for Kat than finding a lamp with a ring in it. She wasted a lot of time on the side of the mountain.
Nat and Kat ran the entire leg of the race just ahead of Greg and Mallory.
Gary and Mallory
Gary and Mallory, the father – daughter team got lost on the way to Jabal Shamas. They followed a map, didn’t stop for directions and wandered around lost. Greg finally stopped for directions, while Mallory sat in the car and prayed for help.
Gary and Mallory were running in last place throughout the race. They finally reached the mountain about the time Kat finished the roadblock. Mallory rappelled and found the ring in the lamp in no time at all.
Winner of week 8, of “The Amazing Race 17.”
1st place – Chad and Stephanie finished ahead of Jill and Thomas. Jill and Thomas arrived at the Pit Stop first, but were sidelined for a 30 minute wait because they paid a taxi driver to lead them to the finish.
2nd place – Jill and Thomas
3rd place – Nick and Vicki
4th place – Brook and Claire
5th place – Nat and Kat
6th place – Mallory and Greg finished just behind Nat and Kat after a difficult day. They were a great team and worked hard. It was a good finish even if it was their last run.
Watch online videos of “The Amazing Race,” season 17 at CBS.com.