Over a week late, but back for episode 7. I was in the great city of Chicago for work and was so busy eating Garrett’s amazing popcorn I didn’t have time to finish my recappy. In the airport coming home I saw a girl was wearing a fun meter pin! She said she got it at a conference but I didn’t want to hold her up asking for more deets. A quick online search shows me this is a thing and I feel a bit let down for some reason.
Previously, teams ganged up on MissMath to U-turn them out of the race, Brooke continued to be the worst person on television, and the Goofballs very narrowly defeated Tripod for a 1st place finish.
Teams are departing Lake Como for a 4-hour bus ride (Goofs, Tripod and Mom&Dad on the 4 AM and the rest on the 4:15 AM) to Venice, Italy, home of more landmarks that anywhere in the world. Also the city with a shit-ton of canals, narrow alleys and bridges.
Us ‘Mericans tend to forget how old some other countries are.
Another quick online search tells me the history of Venice begins around 400 A.D.
Traveling by water taxi (natch) to Piazza San Marco, Tripod tells us they want a 1st place finish this leg.
The music from when the wicked witch’s bike turns into a broom past Dorothy’s window came to mind
In the piazza teams need to find a street sweeper for their next clue. I enjoy the human clue boxes but it kinda defeats the purpose if teams are bunched together by bus arrival. Luckily for us viewers there is a little excitement as some teams can’t find the sweeper right away (Beard), and some find him then lie to their friends about it (LoLo to MGGS). LoLo even waits around to pretend to look for the sweeper! When they finally take off with their clue, they ignore Beard’s inquiry for the sweeper’s location, so now Mike is holding a grudge, a’la Ashton.
Detour: Sing It or Bring It. For either detour they can travel on foot or via water taxi. Walking seems to be a long trek, and is tiring crossing all of the mini bridges that go over the canals. The taxi is faster, but finding one can be a challenge – it’s not like throwing your arm up in NYC (though Matt does whistle for one successfully). There are a few taxi stands, but there are other non-racers using them too (the nerve!). LoLo man Logan gets smart and asks a family headed to the airport if they can share their taxi.
Anyone else think she’s wacky for the sake of being wacky?
The international language of music is Italian and when you think of Venice, you think gondolas. The Sing It detour requires teams to serenade a couple with an Italian love song as their gondola glides around the city. They don’t have to memorize the song, just sing in tune and in synch, with some dramatic flair, while dressed like Where’s Waldo. Goofballs, Beard and MGGS (new nickname for Megabitch and Gay Ginger Scott) select this detour, and no one gets it right on the 1st try (Goofs not in synch, Beard not enough theatrics, MGGS just no).
His girlfriend signed him up for this
Pack lightly in Venice b/c it’s a bitch to get your luggage through the narrow alleyways and over the bridges. For the Bring It detour teams stack a cart with many (empty) suitcases and navigate through the confusing alleys to find the hotel for delivery. Mom&Dad, Tripod, and LoLo chooses this task and we see a montage of teams lifting their carts up the bridge steps then letting them crash down the other side. The real porters have a method of maneuvering the carts on the stairs, but it appears our friends weren’t shown that technique, or didn’t care to use it. I’m sure the hotel patrons wouldn’t be happy about their Fabergé eggs* being dropped repeatedly. Plus, they are blocking the alleys and disrupting the locals. (*the most fragile and expensive item I could think of)
Tripod finishes 1st and is asked “Who has masked intentions?” Improv was invented in Venice during the 16th century and for this Roadblock: Masked Intentions one team member will have to recreate an actor’s intricate mask. Redmond takes this attention-to-detail task, and paints his base color on the mask, then black on top, which is smudged/wiped off with a cloth to create shading and blending. He does pretty well, sent back only for the last step of shiny glaze, and is practically done before anyone else arrives.
Tara, Floyd, artist London, Liz, and Megabitch will also paint. While they wait for their partners outside, Mike bitches to Joey and Becca about how LoLo wouldn’t tell him where the street sweeper was. Ug, it’s a race dude. He says he’s not helping anyone from here out (good, you shouldn’t).
It’s more water taxi time to the roadblock and Megabitch freaks out, threatens to jump in the canal, and becomes passive aggressive when they can’t find one. Scott is over it but when he complains he gets a “Oh, you’re a treasure, I love hanging out with you” sarcastic reply from the hosebeast. She “guesses” she’ll do the roadblock.
Floyd is the only one to have his mask pass on the 1st attempt, and tells the ladies about the wiping technique. Liz says Mega is always asking for help, and wants her to put her big girl panties on. I like Liz. The detail on top of the blending also seems to be tough, and each coat has to be dried with a hair dryer in between layers. I’d suck at this. Tara, who has been there the longest, is finally done, followed by panty-less Megabitch, who finished fast and bumped her team up a few places. Scott is shocked and psyched.
Improv sausage pulling
Liz is the last one in the room and feels the most stressed she’s ever felt in her life.
But check out the grandeur that is this room
Tripod is 1st to the Pit Stop: Campo San Vio, a plaza (really a dock) along the canal.
We knew about the leg, but was Matt’s hair always blue?
2nd place mom Tara gives title quote after Phil asks if her kids are gonna be proud of her. The foursome of LoLo and MGGS get mighty lost finding Phil, enough that Beard comes in only a minute behind (for once the editing was correct). Beard is last to arrive, but since it’s our 1st NEL (non elimination leg) of the season, they’re still in it. They’ll have to perform a speed bump in the next leg but they’re leaving right behind two other teams. And for the past few seasons the Speedbump has been a quick task. When Phil says it’s a NEL everyone screams out in joy. Why don’t these yahoos realize they’re in a raaaaccce and if you don’t win – you lose?!?
Another leg with gorgeous scenery, it makes me really want to go to Italy. How beautiful was the room they painted in? What do you think about Tripod? Now that they are in the lead, will they keep their momentum and win the whole thing? Or could the Goofs and M&D continue their good streak and win some more legs? Sound off below in the comments and thanks for reading.
1. Tripod (win a trip to Grenada, home of the world’s 1st underwater sculpture park)
3. Mom & Dad
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