The hills are alive with the sound of music as the teams take off from the Villa Trapp, head across the border to Lichtenstein and begin worrying about a Double U-Turn. It's a long train ride, and everyone's all bunched up together when they get to their first stop so it's a mad scramble for cabs. Zev and Justin's amazing cabbie wonder if they're terrorists, but once Zev assures them they are good American people in a race, the cabbie makes his own lane and gets them to their task. They've got to ride across the country on these cute little motorized bicycles and measure the distance. If they get it wrong, they have to ride back across the entire country, which is 22 km, Meanwhile, Gary and Mallory's cabbie is confused even with GPS, and they are last when they have to do their fuel-mixing Speed Bump. Not a hard task… so long as they can do math. Suffice it to say, this is a bit of a struggle. Jet makes a joke about looking like dumb and dumber. Can't say that I disagree.
On the bike ride, people start losing their maps, taking wrong turns and generally being unable to navigate themselves. They all get to the Olympic athlete check-in, and Jen and Justin get it correct on the first try, heading to a castle where their partners are waiting. Then it's off to Switzerland and the Matterhorn. It looks just like Disneyland, but there is sadly no fun ride around it. Jet has to do the road back again. Flight Time gets lost, but gets the correct answer from Justin and shares the intel with Gary, so they all move on. Vyksin surprisingly gets it right on the first try. Cord looks like a sad puppy at the castle waiting for his cowboy partner to return, and Jet's screw-up basically means that Gary and Mallory's speed bump was pointless.
The Detour is Cheese (eating a fondue pot of delicious melty goodness) or Wheeze (carrying luggage around town to various hotels). Kisha & Jen realize that their stomach cannot handle the gastrointestinal distress and switch to the luggage challenge. Zev's just happy to eat, though he's "not very fond-do of this fondue." After like an hour of cheese-eating, the boys finish and arrive at the Double U-Turn first, decide not to force anyone to eat the cheese and head off to the pit stop at a BAR! Kisha and Jen also opt out of torturing their fellow teammates and land in second. Kent and Vyskin act stupid and bicker a lot, but aren't allowed to use the U-turn since they already did before and somehow land in third. Gary and Mallory don't U-turn either, because they apparently are here to make friends, and they come in fourth, which is good considering they were nearly Philiminated last week. Flight Time and Big Easy lose two luggage tags and end up battling with the Cowboys to stay in the race. Flight Time and Big Easy barely finish their detour in the lead, and narrowly make it to the U-turn board and decide to force the Cowboys to eat some fondue. Basically, kicking the boys and their hats out of the race, though to their credit, they don't self-destruct and scream at each other. -- Angel Cohn
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This is Salzburg, right where we left it. "Resting amid the stunning vista of the Austrian Alps," Phil narrates, "this old world city was the setting for the movie The Sound of Music." And the Villa Trapp was the eighth Pit Stop. Out back, Ford squeezes one last bit of value out of its product-placement dollars from last week as Zev and Justin kvell over their new Foci yet again. Presumably they even spent the night in them, because the next thing we know, they're departing from the civilized setting of the Von Trapps' living room at the considerably less civilized hour of 3:14 AM. Zev rips the clue and Phil tells us that they'll be taking a train to Schaanwald, Liechtenstein. Yes, Liechtenstein is a real country, although Phil admits it's only one-fifth the size of New York City. They'll find their next clue on the other side of the border. The clue also warns that there will be a Double U-Turn during this leg, because we really need one of those with only six teams left. Zev and Justin get a cab to the train station, and we see Justin interviewing that since they've won the most legs of any team so far, they're pretty confident right now, although Zev says that Justin's been carrying most of the weight and he feels like he needs to step up. "Almost sounds like a fake country," Justin remarks to Zev in the cab. But they will soon discover that it is all too real.
Flight Time and Big Easy are leaving at 3:25 AM, so that wrong turn when they were in the lead really cost them at the end of the last leg. Flight Time interviews that they've been sharing information with other teams, with the obvious exception of the Cowboys, whom he describes as "independent racers." Which is a nice way of saying "way behind everyone else lately." Big Easy says that Jet and Cord won't make mistakes, so that's motivating him and Flight Time to race harder. Maybe Big Easy means "more mistakes."
Kent and Vyxsin are starting the leg at 3:39 AM. In an interview (and an unnecessarily small number of supporting flashbacks), they confess to some bickering, but in the cab they vow to keep it positive. "I think it'll be a great day," Kent says. Ugh, I hate being positive.
Kisha and Jen rip their clue at 3:49, in fourth place. Kisha admits that she's not feeling so well, but promises to race as hard as if she did. "Aww," Jen says, mockingly caressing her sister's face. Careful, don't make her throw up.
Jet and Cord are leaving at 3:50, and that Double U-Turn causes them to interview about having a target on their backs, and be aware that they can't have another slow start like they have the last couple of legs. Not that they should have had slow starts then, either.