'The Amazing Race' eliminates frontrunners Brodie Smith and Kurt Gibson after U-Turn
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/02/2016
The Amazing Race eliminated "Best Friends" Brodie Smith and Kurt Gibson during Friday night's broadcast of the CBS reality competition's 28th season.
Brodie and Kurt became the seventh team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's tenth Pit Stop at the Bajra Sandhi monument in Bali, Indonesia in last place.
"We ran as hard as we could; This leg was tough," Kurt said following his team's ouster.
"We knew that we were going to get U-Turned, but [Burnie Burns and Ashley Jenkins] definitely threw us for a loop today. We definitely did not see that coming. They made it so we couldn't U-turn anyone. Kurt and I have lost our fair share of games. This is a little harder though because we didn't have control, but we'll learn from it and hopefully become better people from it," Brodie said, adding that he planned to go on a date with Blair Fowler once he returned to Los Angeles.
The Amazing Race leg began with all of the teams waking up on a sailing boat in Denpasar, Bali.
"Best Friends" Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl departed the Pit Stop in first place at 7:45AM, and they were then followed by "Dating Couple" Ashley and Burnie in second place at 7:52AM, "Mother and Son" Sheri LaBrant and Cole LaBrant at 7:53AM, "Dating Couple" Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina at 7:54AM, and finally Brodie and Kurt at 7:58AM.
The teams' first set of clues instructed them to proceed to Nusa Lembonganan, an island located southeast of Bali, and search for their next clue underwater in a bay. They were also warned a U-Turn was ahead.
Tyler and Korey noted Brodie and Kurt were U-Turnable because they had finished the prior leg in last place.
When the teams went snorkeling to find their clues underwater, Brodie and Kurt managed to jump ahead of Dana and Matt because the couple got confused about the fact their clue was tightly enclosed inside of a canister.
Afterward, the teams learned they must make their way to Pura Puseh Stairway and find the dancing monkey in order to receive their next clue.
The teams arrived at the stairway in the same order they had left the last clueboxes.
It then became time for the teams to complete one of two possible Detour tasks: "Haul" or "Harvest."
"Haul" required the teams to dodge oncoming traffic and safely deliver 50 coconuts and four chickens to the other side of a rickety suspension bridge in order to receive their next clue.
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"Harvest" required the teams to use a traditional canoe, propel themselves along a marked course and then harvest enough seaweed to cover a large tarp on the beach. Once enough seaweed was laid out properly to dry, the pairs would earn some face cream and their next clue.
All of the teams opted to take on the "Haul" task.
Dana could only handle one chicken at a time when everyone else could carry two, but transporting all of those coconuts was enough of a struggle in itself. The teams appeared to exhaust themselves walking back and forth on the bridge.
Tyler and Korey loved how everyone chose to do the same Detour task because they were certain about being in first place.
Tyler and Korey finished the Detour before any of the other teams. They were then followed by Burnie and Ashley, Brodie and Kurt, Sheri and Cole, and finally Dana and Matt.
The teams then made their way to Warung Sunrise. At this point, The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan revealed there are only two legs remaining.
Tyler and Korey arrived at the U-Turn board in first place and realized it was a Double U-Turn. The guys therefore decided to U-Turn Brodie and Kurt, saying no one really had a shot in the finals if Brodie and Kurt made it all the way. Brodie and Kurt were obviously a huge threat since they won so many legs.
Tyler and Korey discussed how it would be smart for another team to U-Turn them, because if Brodie and Kurt were U-Turned with another team, the Frisbee guys would still have a chance to survive in the Race. If Brodie and Kurt were the only team U-Turned, their elimination fate would pretty much be sealed.
Burnie and Ashley got to the U-Turn board in second place and opted to U-Turn Tyler and Korey, which is exactly what the guys had been hoping for. The other teams soon learned Brodie and Kurt had been targeted.
The teams were then required to go to a paddleboard shop called Pande Curly for their next clue. Meanwhile, Brodie and Kurt headed off to the "Harvest" Detour task. The Frisbee guys were very surprised Ashley and Burnie chose to screw them over, but they figured Tyler and Korey might make a "sucky move" like that.
Tyler and Korey got to the paddleboard shop in first place, and they were then followed by Burnie and Ashley, Sheri and Cole, Dana and Matt, and Brodie and Kurt.
It then became time for one member from each team to complete a Roadblock task.
The participating Racers were required to leap off a four-story rock cliff into the Blue Lagoon.
Tyler opted to jump as well as Ashley, Cole -- who is deathly afraid of heights but didn't realize what would be expected of him before he decided to do the task -- Matt and Brodie.
Tyler and Korey and Ashley and Burnie were worried Cole would stand at the top of the cliff and hesitate jumping off, ultimately allowing Brodie and Kurt to catch up to them. However, Cole got the job done right away.
Tyler and Korey, maintaining their lead, finished the Roadblock first. They were soon followed by Burnie and Ashley, Sheri and Cole, Dana and Matt, and finally Brodie and Kurt.
Burnie and Ashley had finished four legs in a row in second place, so they were hoping for a win this leg. They definitely had a chance because they were pretty much neck and neck with Tyler and Korey heading to the Pit Stop at the Bajra Sandhi monument.
Tyler and Korey met Phil on the Pit Stop mat in first place. They won a trip for two on an Alaskan cruise. Burnie and Ashley got there in second place, and then Dana and Matt secured third. After Sheri and Cole got to the Pit Stop in fourth place, Brodie and Kurt finally arrived in fifth -- and last -- place.