Brook & Claire - 8:35 "I wanna be in a circus - that's where I belong." "I hope I get to wear a leotard." Brook's kinda crazy is growing on me!!
Michael & Kevin - 8:40
The circus is closed - teams are catching up & lining up at the gate.
Detour - Circus Band or Circus Clown
Band - Teams need to choose an accordion player who will teach both members a Russian folk song. When they both perform the song correctly they will receive their clue.
Clown - Teams go under the Big Top & learn a plate spinning routine. When they can keep 10 plates spinning simultaneously for at least 10 seconds the clown will give them their next clue.
Jill & Thomas are doing Clown, Michael & Kevin are going for Clown, Brook & Clair are doing Band, Nat & Kat are doing Band, Chad & Stephanie are doing Clown, Gary & Mallory are doing Band, Nick & Vicki are going with Clown.
Brook & Claire have the hang of the spinning, Nick has deep seated, early childhood issues with clowns ...
Kevin & Micheal are forgetting to keep the spinning plates spinning while they get new plates going.
Gary & Mallory are finding the song longer than their memories.
Jill & Thomas are switching to Band.
?!? Nick has forgotten his lessons!! Dumbass???
Brook & Clair are off to Bank Bridge, but they have to figure it out from a clue, "find the canal bridge guarded by four creatures with golden wings."
Nat & Kat gave the fingering sequences numbers ... it worked & they're off.
Thomas is feeling defeated ... again.
Chad thinks that plate spinning is stupid so they're switching to Band - "it's like Guitar Hero."
Nick & Vicki are done being spinny!
The song is broken up into three parts - by the time they're learning the 3rd one Thomas has forgotten the 1st one.
Gary & Mallory are sickenly positive, but it's working for them - they're done followed by Michael & Kevin.
They must now travel on foot to Vladimirkiy Prospekt Tower & find a little statue that leads them to the Church of Spilled Blood where they will find their next clue. They can ask locals to guide them but cannot pay a cabbie to lead them there.
Stephanie has the same idea about numbering the fingering sequences.
Jill & Thomas are totally all thumbs.
Thought so ... Jill & Thomas are back to plate spinning.
Chad & Stephanie are done Band.
A whack of teams are on Vladimir Prospekt looking for the flagged bldg.
Are Michael & Kevin following their cab? Ruh-roh!
Jill & Thomas are finally done.
Nat & Kat, Nick & Vicki are using their binoculars but are totally missing the little statue on the window ledge.
They finally see it & on their way down Nick tells Kevin that all they saw was DS-13. Kevin doesn't think that Nick would like 'cause he's awesome.
Kevin & Claire are looking for where to go. They finally find the little statue. "I think that Nick may have lied to us though."
Thomas & Mallory are up in the tower ... how long will it take them to find the statue clue.
This is when I wish things were more real-time and I knew how long stuff was taking them.
They see Chad & Stephanie on their way back to the cabs and are like, "Yes, we're not last!"
Nat & Kat, Nick & Vick now need to figure out that the riddle, "Peter the Great is buried inside me" is leading them to the Peter & Paul Fortress where they will find their next clue.
Nat & Kat and Nick & Vick are going back for their taxis since this clue doesn't say anything about not taking cabs.
Stephanie is up the tower looking for the little statue.
Nick wants to hail a new cab since going back is out of their way but they're having a hard time getting a new one.
Brook & Claire have realized that they should have "walked to their next clue" and have got their cabbie to take them back to the Tower so that they can do it right. They are worried about Michael & Kevin who are ahead of them and haven't realized their mistake. This will cost them penalty minutes if they're lucky and if not they'll have to go back and do it over.
Stephanie couldn't see it so she's tagging Chad in. He found it - "It was right in front of your freakin' face; a little figurine!!"
Nat & Kat are the 1st to the Road Block where they need to master a centuries old Russian game - Gorodki. Looks like crazy stick bowling.
Brook & Claire are back on track.
Gary & Mallory, Jill & Thomas have the clue figured out and are off to get a cab to the P&P Fortress.
Kat, Michael & Brook are playing. Kat is on her 3rd "frame".
Kat's done & they're off to the Pit Stop inside the Fortress and find the correct bastion.
Chad & Stephanie aren't far behind - they're on their way to the Fortress.
Nat & Kat are checked in.
The Gorodki is about whipping the throwing stick hard and low putting plenty of spin on it.
Brook is taking time to bust a move, but she's cleared her 2nd frame while Michael is still on his 1st.
Brook is done!
Michael is hitting the small sticks that he has to clear he just needs to get some velocity behind the his throws.
Nick is rockin' it out - 1 clear. 2 clear. 3 clear - a conctructive use of his aggression.
Thomas - 2 clear.
Gary - 1 clear - nice 2-handed toss.
Michael - 1 clear.
Stephanie - 1 clear
Gary - 2 clear
Thomas - all done, but they need to go get their bags.
Gary - all done
Kevin is whining about going from 2nd to potentially last - he still doesn't know about their penalties yet.
Michael - 2 clear
Stephanie - 2 clear
Michael - all done & they're going back for their bags.
Hill & Thomas don't have enough money for the cab, neither do Kevin & Michael.
Stephanie keeps throwing high.
Jill & Thomas give their cabbie $60 US and are off.
Kevin & Micheal only have 3,000 Russian but give their cabbie $40US and are off.
Stephanie finally gets her 3
They check in but cannot check in without paying their cabbie - they need to go back & do that.
Kevin & Michael have 2-30 minute penalties to sit out.
Chad & Stephanie are back but they took a taxi from the tower to the Church of Spilled Blood but even with their penalty they beat Kevin & Michael. This'll hit them on their leave time for the next leg.
#1 - Nat & Kat
#2 - Brook & Claire - just barely, they went back to the cab for their bags. Why don't teams remember to take their bags with them more often.
#3 - Nick & Vicki
#4 - Gary & Mallory
#5 - Jill & Thomas
#6 - Chad & Stephanie
Good bye - Kevin & Michael.