Last time the teams checked into the Pit Stop at the Ankenes Marina in Norway. Doctors Nat and Kat were the first team to arrive and they were the first team to depart. They opened their clue to find that they had to take a train to Stockholm and then fly to St. Petersburg, Russia. When they got to the train station they found that all the teams would make the first train; which turned out to be an overnight journey. The doctors and the home shopping hosts shared a cabin and entertained themselves by smelling whose socks were the funkiest. In Stockholm everyone managed to get a taxi to the airport except Chad and Stephanie. He blamed her for taking too long to get off the train. But it didn’t matter because the teams all got on the same flight to St. Petersburg.
Once in St. Petersburg the teams had to find their next clue at Rostral Columns on Vasilievsky Island. Brook and Claire found the cluebox first and found a Detour where both team members had to perform one of two tasks. The two tasks were Classical Music and Classical Cinema. In Classical Music the teams had to listen to three different pieces and then correctly identify them by listening to many people playing piano at the same time. In Classical Cinema the teams had to go through piles and piles of film scenes and correctly find a reel from the Sergei Eisenstein classic film October that was playing on the screen. Both tasks seemed unbelievably hard this time. Brook and Claire’s taxi got lost to the cinema task location Lenfilm. Father/son Michael and Kevin and Jill and Thomas got to Lenfilm and started looking through the piles of film. Opting to do the Music task were Chad and Stephanie, Nick and Vicki, Gary and Mallory and Nat and Kat. The teams were running around and attempting to listen to all the music at once and then trying to find the right pianos playing the music. All teams gave up to do the Cinema task except Chad and Stephanie.
Over at Lenfilm Jill and Thomas found the correct film reel because Thomas realized he had to look for words. Brook and Claire showed up. J&T got their next clue, a picture of Palace Square. Michael and Kevin and Brook and Claire then also found the correct film and headed to Palace Square too. Gary and Mallory, Nat and Kat, Nick and Vicki showed up at Lenfilm when Brook and Claire left. The father/daughter and the doctors found the film but Nick and Vicki gave up and went back to do the music task.
Back at the music task Chad and Stephanie were fighting because he wasn’t letting Stephanie have a say. Finally he let her take over and they got the task finished. Nick and Vicki decided to listen to one song at a time and this proved to work and they also finished the Detour finally.
Meanwhile at Palace Square Jill and Thomas opened their clue to go to Aleksandrovskaya. They couldn’t find the marked path and their taxi got lost. Brook and Claire got there first to find a Roadblock. For this Roadblock one person had to dress like a babushka, find a sack of potatoes, fill a wheelbarrow with manure, wheel the stuff over to a farm, plant the potatoes correctly to get their next clue. Brook decided to do it, but she got lost. Kevin and Michael showed up and Kevin did the task, passing by Brook. The babushkas liked him but he didn’t understand that they were calling him a good strong boy in Russian. He completed the task and the next clue instructed them to find the Pit Stop at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Brook was still planting potatoes when Jill and Thomas showed up and Jill plowed through the task. Nat, Stephanie and Mallory started the task but got lost and were asking confused Russians directions. Nick and Vicki finally showed up and Nick did the task. They all finished though and got the clue to the pit stop.
At the Pit Stop, Phil was waiting. Jill and Thomas found the mat first because Michael and Kevin got lost trying to figure out where it was. So J&T won a trip to Brazil for their first place finish. Then Brook and Claire were second. Then M&K, Nat and Kat, Chad and Stephanie and Gary and Mallory checked in. Last on the mat were Nick and Vicki but they were spared elimination.
Next time: The teams have to compete in a circus.
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