'The Amazing Race' ousts Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour from the running
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/06/2014
The Amazing Race eliminated Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour during Friday night's second broadcast of the CBS reality competition's 25th season.
The "Model and Accountant" from Tustin, CA, became the second team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's second Pit Stop at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in last place.
"I love this girl and I feel bad. I let her down," Dennis said afterThe Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan announced his team's ouster. "At the end of the day, I still love this girl very much."
"To be eliminated after being so careful and prepared, it doesn't feel real. I almost feel like there's another universe where we did win the million," Isabelle said.
The second episode ofThe Amazing Race's 25th season began with "Married Dentists" Misti Raman and Jim Raman leaving the first Pit Stop in first place at 4:21AM.
Misti and Jim were then followed by "College Sweethearts" Tim Tsao and Te Jay McGrath at 5:40AM, "Urban Bike Racers" Kym Perfetto and Alli Forsythe at 5:43AM, "Dating Pro Wrestlers" Brooke Adams and Robbie E. Strauss at 5:44AM, "Married Surfers" Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks at 5:52AM, and "Food Scientists" Amy DeJong and Maya Warren at 6:30AM. The rest of the teams' departure times were not shown.
The teams were instructed to fly across the Atlantic Ocean to London, England, and then travel by taxi to Tower Bridge to find their next clue.
There were two flights out of St. Thomas. The first available flight had room for six teams, while the later flight -- which was about an hour and 20 minutes behind the first -- could seat four teams.
While waiting for the ticket counter to open at the airport, Misti and Jim were joined by Tim and Te, Kym and Alli, Brooke and Robbie, Adam and Bethany, and Amy and Maya. Bethany revealed she had lost a shoe on the last leg, but Amy happened to have an extra pair in the right size and handed it over to her. Bethany was very grateful for the gesture.
"Mother/Daughter" Shelley Porter and Nici Porter, Dennis and Isabelle, "Firefighters" Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo, and "Engaged Couple" and former Survivor castaways Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan then boarded the second flight to London.
Tim and Te were the first team to arrive at Tower Bridge, where they were greeted by a king and queen representing charitable organizations. They were then followed by Misti and Jim, Bethany and Adam, Kym and Alli, Brooke and Robbie, Amy and Maya, Shelley and Nici, Keith and Whitney, Dennis and Isabelle, and Michael and Scott.
It then became time for the teams to choose one of two Detours tasks to complete: "About Face" or "Pancake Race."
"About Face" required the teams to dress as British soldiers and learn a series of intricate steps while working with an intimidating drill instructor.
"Pancake Race" required the teams to cook their own pancakes and then pay homage to the Annual Parliamentary Pancake Race by running a lap around Victoria Tower Gardens in under one minute and 25 seconds, while constantly flipping their pancakes.
Misti and Jim, Tim and Te, Kym and Alli, Brooke and Robbie, Maya and Amy, and Shelley and Nici all opted to take on the "About Face" task.
Adam and Bethany, Keith and Whitney, Dennis and Isabelle, and Michael and Scott chose to attempt "Pancake Race."
After Misti and Jim's performance was called "disgusting," Brooke and Robbie really struggled to get it right. Robbie looked robotic and wished he and Brooke had tried the pancake task instead. Brooke and Robbie finally finished the Detour after six attempts.
Meanwhile, Michael and Scott didn't cook the pancakes well at first nor did they run fast enough while continuing to flip their pancakes. It took them four tries to succeed. Dennis and Isabelle appeared to accomplish the task after their second attempt.
Bethany and Adam finished the Detour in first place, and they were soon followed by Misti and Jim, Kym and Alli, Tim and Te, Amy and Maya, Shelley and Nici, Keith and Whitney, Dennis and Isabelle, Michael and Scott, and finally Robbie and Brooke.
The teams then learned they must rush to Paddington Station and board a train for Oxford, where they'd search the water's edge by Magdalen Bridge for their next clue.
Bethany and Adam, still maintaining their lead, received their next clue before any of the other teams. They were then followed by Misti and Jim, Kym and Alli, Tim and Te, Dennis and Isabelle, Amy and Maya, Keith and Whitney, Shelley and Nici, Michael and Scott, and Robbie and Brooke.
The firefighter and wrestlers ended up taking a train together, glad that neither of them was in dead last place.
Once at the water's edge at Magdalen Bridge, the teams were instructed to go punting. Punts are flat-bottom boats. Each team had to have one Racer propel the boat on the Cambridge end while the other Racer sat on the Oxford end and guided the boat with a rod. They were required to complete one lap around a small island.
Misti and Jim finished their lap quickly but Jim paddled the boat from the wrong end, so they had to go back and do it all over again. The couple passed Kym and Alli on the way back, and the "Urban Bike Racers" realized they had made the same mistake. Michael and Scott got the hang of it so quickly that they jumped ahead of many teams. Whitney, Isabelle, Maya, and Shelley and Nici all fell into the water at some point.
Dennis and Isabelle got stuck in the current and Dennis had a really tough time steering the boat. Shelley and Nici also went in the wrong direction at a fork in the river. Both Nici and Isabelle cried in frustration and fear they'd be eliminated from the Race. Shelley and Nici, however, took off from the task just as Dennis and Isabelle were approaching the dock.
Adam and Bethany finished the punting challenge in first place. They were then followed by Misti and Jim, Kym and Alli, Keith and Whitney, Tim and Te, Michael and Scott, Amy and Maya, Brooke and Robbie, Shelley and Nici, and Dennis and Isabelle.
The teams then discovered they must make their way to Christ Church College and tip their bowlers to receive their next set of clues.
Teams arrived at the church in the same order they had left the punting task.
When Bethany and Adam got to the church in first place, they learned they had a decision to make. The couple could either head to a pub called The Bear in order to receive an Express Pass or go straight to the Pit Stop as to not risk their placement in the leg. Only one Express Pass was available.
The surfers decided to go for the Express Pass, knowing that if they came across a task too challenging for Bethany due to her missing arm, they could skip over it and move on. Adam and Bethany succeeded in retrieving the Express Pass.
Once Misti and Jim arrived at Christ Church College, they wanted to go for the Express but assumed it had already been taken. Therefore, they rushed directly to the Pit Stop at Blenheim Palace.
Adam and Bethany ran a great leg and met Phil on the Pit Stop mat in first place. The pair won a trip for two to Sweden.
Misti and Jim then arrived at the Pit Stop in second place, followed by Kym and Alli in third, Keith and Whitney in fourth, and Tim and Te in fifth place.
Michael and Scott secured sixth place afterwards. Following the firefighters were Brooke and Robbie in seventh place and then Amy and Maya in eighth.
It came down to a taxi race between Shelley and Nici and Dennis and Isabelle for the last remaining spot in the Race.
Shelley and Nici beat the model and accountant, stepping on the mat in ninth place. Dennis and Isabelle then arrived at the Pit Stop in tenth -- and last -- place. Isabelle immediately began crying and Phil revealed their elimination.