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Teams in jeopardy on Amazing Race Canada

085_K3A6926.JPGCTV Simi Fagbongbe works on a "patient" during a CPR simulation during a challenge in Sudbury, Ont. on The Amazing Race Canada. **Embargoed until 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.** Photograph by: CTV , Calgary Herald

One team is in Jeopardy — thanks for the guest spot, Alex Trebek, but would it have killed you to be at the Pit Stop to greet all the teams in your hometown, not just the first five? — as the eight remaining duos make their way from Quebec’s Magdalen Islands to deep underground in the nickel mine in Sudbury. Here are the three things you need to know about this week’s episode:

Brothers Gino, left, and Jesse Montani are greeted by Alex Trebek in his hometown of Sudbury, Ont. alongside The Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery.

Standing still

I get it. Air Canada is a sponsor and there just isn’t that much choice when it comes to flights out of the Magdalen Islands. But continually having all the teams on the same flights punishes the frontrunners by levelling the playing field every week. Destroyed the competition by finishing four hours ahead of everyone else? Good for you! But everyone starts from the same place the next leg. It also reduces the chances of latecomers rocketing up the standings due to a flight gaffe by the frontrunners. The argument could go either way, really, but a missed connection is always relatable viewing.


Gino chows down on some bugs during the Fast Forward challenge on The Amazing Race Canada.

Let’s do lunch

Gino and Jesse, first at the Detour decision point, opt for the Fast Forward. After driving to the Science North education centre, the brothers must feed a turtle its healthy ration of crickets, meal worms and superworms. “He’s eating like a champ!” Jesse enthuses after the reptile is initially peckish. The joy is short-lived, however, as the pair learns the second half of the task: eating the same meal themselves. “It’s mind over matter, and for the Race, I will eat anything,” Jesse says, making short work of the creepy crawlies while his brother keeps feeding the turtle. (Not a euphemism.)

When it’s his turn to chow down, Gino simply picks up the container, lifts it up and shakes the remaining insects into his mouth. The bros are finished before the turtle is. Task completed, they move on to the Pit Stop, where they are greeted by Trebek and host Jon Montgomery, who tells them they’ve won two tickets to one of Air Canada’s California destinations and a year’s worth of gas from Petro-Canada for their first-place finish.


Brothers Brent, left, and Sean work it in the pool during a synchronized swimming challenge on The Amazing Race Canada.

The scene of the crime

After teams descend 1.3 kilometres into the mine, they have to smash some recently mined ore with a sledgehammer to find a capsule of nickel that has been inserted into the rocks. Then it’s off to the Detour, where teams choose Synchronize (do a routine with a synchronized swimming team) or Analyze (mark out a crime scene at a forensic training centre). There are limited stations at both, but all teams save Brent and Sean choose the latter. Simi and Ope arrive at the forensic site only to find it full, as Nic and Sabrina grabbed the last spot. After checking out the synchro challenge, they realize they can’t do it, as Ope can’t swim. No matter, though: they wait for a spot at Analyze and correctly map all the evidence in only two tries, leaping up the standings. Nic and Sabrina, however, have trouble with the task and even more so with the CPR simulation that follows.

“I can’t give up on us, on this Race,” says a dejected Nic, who eventually masters the CPR Roadblock on his ninth try. They are last to the mat and are eliminated. But don’t cry for the lovebirds. Their union is stronger for having gone through the experience. “Our love conquered out limits,” Sabrina says.

Next week: Saskatoon sees teams jumping through hoops and spinning in circles as they compete in an Aboriginal-themed Detour.

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