'The Amazing Race' eliminates Justin Young and Jennifer Young
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/07/2011
The Amazing Race's nineteenth season eliminated Justin Young and Jennifer Young during Sunday night's broadcast of the CBS reality competition.
The "Siblings" team became the fifth team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's seventh Pit Stop at the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach resort in Salima, Malawi in last place.
"I definitely will be feeling guilty about this for awhile. We talked about following our gut from the beginning and I didn't do that, so it cost us the game," Jennifer said following her team's ouster, referencing how she had wasted time during the leg's Roadblock task because she didn't keep the clue with her and wasn't sure of its instructions. "Money or not, it's been an amazing journey."
"Jennifer tried really hard and we are a team. I think our relationship has definitely been strengthened by the Race. I know we got off to a rocky start, but then we really were a hardcore racing machine," Justin added.
The seventh episode of The Amazing Race's nineteenth season began where last week's broadcast left off, with the Race's seven teams meeting withThe Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan and leaving the course's sixth Pit Stop at Kumbali Village in Malawi, Africa after spending the night on the beds they had carried to the Pit Stop.
Since they had been the team to finish in first place at the Race's sixth Pit Stop, "Friends and former Olympic Snowboarders" Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin were the first team to depart from the village at 5:28AM.
They were then followed by Justin and Jennifer at 5:39AM, "Dating Couple" Jeremy Cline and Sandy Draghi at 5:40AM, "Father/Son Adventurers" Laurence Sunderland and Zac Sunderland at 5:41AM, "Engaged Couple" Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang at 5:44AM, "Grandparents" Bill Alden and Cathi Alden at 5:47AM, and "Married Couple" Marcus Pollard and Amani Pollard at 6:07AM.
Upon opening their departure clues, the teams were instructed to take a crowded two-hour bus ride to the town of Salima where they would receive their next set of clues at the bus terminal.
In addition, the teams were warned that the next leg would also feature a Double U-Turn which would allow two teams to force two other teams to do both of the next Detour's tasks.
Once the teams arrived at the Lilongwe bus station, they discovered they could hop on a bus leaving at 7:00AM, and all the teams managed to get on the same bus -- erasing any pair's lead from the start of the leg.
Once the teams got off the bus in Salima, they learned it was time to complete a Roadblock task. The Roadblock task required one member from each team to use a local bicycle taxi to deliver a passenger carrying fish to one of three specific addresses written on their fish. Once the team members rode the bicycle taxi to the correct address and dropped off their customers, they had to return to the start and hand over their earnings to the dispatcher who would hand them their next clue.
Meanwhile, because they had finished the Race's sixth leg in last place, Amani and Marcus had to complete an additional Speed Bump task before they could take on the bicycle taxi Roadblock. They were required to configure the new Malawian flag using a slide puzzle. If they could move all the pieces in the right place, they could continue racing.
Andy opted to do the Roadblock task for his team, and he was later joined by Laurence, Cindy, Jennifer, Cathi, Sandy, and finally Marcus -- who had struggled with Amani to solve their puzzle but eventually got it done.
Andy's crank broke as he was riding his bicycle, forcing him to stop and fix it before he could continue on with the task. While the broken-down bike cost him a little time, Jennifer made a fatal mistake that pushed her team way into last place.
Once Jennifer dropped off her passenger, she realized she didn't have the clue with her. She had given the clue to Justin before she took off on the bicycle, so she was unaware of its instructions and what to do next. Jennifer hoped to run into another team to find out where to go next, because she said she didn't want to attempt to ride in a direction that could have gotten her lost or out of the way.
After she didn't run into any of the other teams and waited for what seemed to be a very long time, Jennifer decided to go back to the bus station where she originally started and got the bicycle taxi from. She ended up finding Justin, read the clue, and finished the task.
Cindy and Ernie were the first team to complete the Roadblock task, and they were then followed by Andy and Tommy, Cathi and Bill, Laurence and Zac, Sandy and Jeremy, Marcus and Amani, and finally Justin and Jennifer -- who were then very far behind the pack.
Once the teams received their next set of clues, it then became time for them to complete one of two Detour tasks: "Dugout" or "Lugout."
"Dugout" required the teams to participate in the Lake Malawi Dugout Canoe Race in which they had to choose a traditional canoe and paddle out to drummers. Once they made it back to shore, a fisherman would hand them their next clue.
"Lugout" required the teams to unload cargo from a ferry boat just like the locals. Working together, they must carry two boxes of cabbage, two bundles of sugarcane, two bundles of brooms, one chair, one fan, and eight passenger who expected to stay dry. Once they unloaded all their cargo, they would receive their next clue.
Cindy and Ernie, Bill and Cathi, Laurence and Zac, and Jeremy and Sandy opted to do the "Dugout" task, while Amani and Marcus attempted to complete the "Lugout" task.
Both tasks proved to be extremely exhausting. Most teams had trouble keeping their canoe paddling in sync to move it forward efficiently so they grew very frustrated, while Amani and Marcus had to put in a lot of physical effort to keep hiking back and forth through the water with loads on their shoulders or in their arms.
Ernie and Cindy struggled the most with the "Dugout" task and decided to use the Express Pass they had won for coming in first place in the Race's leg to skip the challenge completely and move on to the next thing. They also knew a Double U-Turn was looming ahead of them and that they were in first place, so by passing on the Detour task, they figured they could avoid being U-Turned and maintain their lead.
Upon receiving their next clue, Ernie and Cindy were instructed to head to Jamaica Shop where the Double U-Turn board was located. The first two teams to arrive or choose to U-Turn another team could pick one team to complete the other side of the Detour task.
However, they had a hard time finding the shop and felt they wasted a lot of their lead looking for it. Andy and Tommy then finished the Detour task and were followed by Bill and Cathi, Laurence and Zac, Amani and Marcus, Jeremy and Sandy, and Justin and Jennifer.
Ernie and Cindy eventually found the shop, but Andy and Tommy were right behind them on their heels. However, Ernie and Cindy chose to not U-Turn anyone because they said they didn't want to race that way. Once Andy and Tommy got to the shop, they also chose not to U-Turn anyone. Following Andy and Tommy were Bill and Cathi and Amani and Marcus who all also chose to forego the U-Turn advantage.
Once Laurence and Zac arrived at the shop, they opted to U-Turn Amani and Marcus, but they didn't realize Amani and Marcus were already ahead of them. Jeremy and Sandy and finally Justin and Jennifer made it to the shop and also chose not to U-Turn anyone. However, Justin and Jennifer had a pretty good idea that they were in last place.
Once the teams received their next set of clues, they learned they must make their way on foot to the Pit Stop at the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach.
Ernie and Cindy had a small lead over Andy and Tommy and were running as fast as they could to the Pit Stop, but Cindy was winded and slowed down a bit even though she knew Andy and Tommy were on their tails.
Although it seemed like Ernie and Cindy put in as much effort as they could to secure first place, Andy and Tommy rushed past them a few feet from the Pit Stop mat -- beating them out and arriving before any of the other teams.
For arriving in first place, Andy and Tommy won $15,000 dollars to split between them. Ernie and Cindy were upset that Andy and Tommy didn't let them win because they clearly arrived to the beach first, but they calmly and graciously accepted second place.
Following Ernie and Cindy, Bill and Cathi came in third place and Amani and Marcus arrived at the Pit Stop in fourth place. Laurence and Zac finished in fifth, and Jeremy and Sandy then met Phil and learned they had come in sixth place.
Justin and Jennifer then arrived in seventh -- and last place -- expecting their fate.