Amazing Race
Muscles (and Other Things) in Brussels

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Ernie and Cindy are the first to go out onstage to give it a try. With their instructor behind them on the stage, they go through the poses while a small audience sits behind three glowering musclemen in tank tops who sit at a table looking unimpressed. They reveal their scores: 3, 2, and 4, a total of 9. Not good enough to get a clue. The judges give them some notes for the next time, most of which are regarding Ernie's "detail." "So frustrating," Cindy interviews, while Ernie nods in thoughtful agreement. Andy and Tommy go next, and Tommy says it's not something he would ever do. They look it, too. Their scores are a pathetic 1, 2, and 1. They also get some feedback from the judges, to work on the order of the poses and try to smile. The other three teams are still prepping. Amani decides Marcus is ready, even though he isn't feeling it yet. But as soon as he comes onstage, he says it felt like entering an arena. A nearly empty one, but he seems to be able to use just about anything as NFL methadone. They go through the poses and Marcus interviews that he got into it. Even Amani seems to be enjoying herself. Their scores: 4, 4, and 4, so they have enough points to get the next clue.

It's sending them to the next Pit Stop, a place called Parc Elizabeth. It looks like a lovely place with a high gazebo, and Phil's there saying that the park's "symmetrical shape represents the royal monogram of Leopold the Second, and it is now the Pit Stop for this leg of the race. The last team to check in here may be eliminated." That all makes sense, except for the part where LtS is symmetrical. Amani and Marcus run from the stage, screaming happily. The snowboarders are giving it another try, while Team Control's instructor tells them to watch them and not do it so slowly. Amani and Marcus come rushing out of the venue, fully dressed again and looking for their cabdriver, Martin. They soon find him, but unfortunately he doesn't know where Parc Elizabeth is. Inside, Bill and Cathi are waiting to go on, and Bill is just now realizing they'll be on a stage. He doesn't seem happy about it, either. Andy and Tommy limp to the finish of their routine, ending on two different poses, and get a 2, a 2, and a 1. In the wings, Ernie thinks the snowboarders' failure could be their chance to get ahead.

Amani and Marcus, meanwhile, who finished the task minutes ago, haven't even gotten away from the building. They have someone in an office checking the internet for directions for them. Ernie and Cindy are back onstage, and really making a lot of faces as they go through the routine this time. Ernie interviews about one guy in the audience he locked eyes with: "I think at that point he was a little intimidated," he deadpans. They finish up and get a big round of applause from the audience, as well as three fours from the judges, so they're done. High fives all around. They get their clue in second place from the judges' table while Amani is still waiting for her directions. It would be embarrassing if they got passed now.

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