WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
It's the eighth leg, and because they won the seventh leg, Bates & Anthony get to leave for Zurich, Switzerland first. Anthony notes how great it has been partnering with his brother Anthony because they didn't get to play hockey together that much when they were young.
Because of the fast forward from last week, when they leave they are so far ahead, no team could possibly catch them without their total collapse. So of course, the plane to Zurich doesn't leave until the next day, ensuring all the teams will be on the same flight.
Our foreshadowing moment comes tonight via the Mullet & Wynona. They say that being on the Race hasn't pulled them apart; after a rough start they are friends, not fussin' and fightin' anymore. We'll see about that.
After the plane, the teams must travel by train to a town; everybody gets on that too. While on board, the Blondes and Bates & Anthony joke about being boyfriends and girlfriends; it's their two-week anniversary. Anthony points out they haven't gotten any action, not even a kiss. Exactly what kind of action do you usually get after two weeks, Anthony?
At the next stop, the teams can't get the clue until the next morning, so all the teams are together again. When they get the clue it says take another train.
That train takes the teams to the base of a mountain and a meeting with a bunch of St. Bernards with those cute little barrels around their necks. The teams have to travel by train with the dogs to the highest railroad station in Europe, deliver the dogs and search for the next clue.
Bates says their dog isn't friendly. Seems St. Bernards are a bit stubborn. The Blondes find that out when they can't get their dog on the train without Anthony's help.
The next clue leads to a roadblock. One team member must climb across a high and very vertical rock wall, pick up the Travelocity gnome and then climb into a window with the gnome. Bates is thrilled; continuing on his quest to get some sort of endorsement deal, he says he loves the gnome and can't wait to be with him.
Just a thought: Bates & Anthony Battaglia, the new Bachelors?
Bates takes on the roadblock, and although he says it's kind of high and the highest he's ever climbed is to change a light bulb, he manages to do the task pretty quickly and Bates & Anthony are in first place. Their reward is the chance to get on another train to get the next clue.
The next clue leads to the switchback, which is a task that's been done on the show before. In this case, it's the infamous cheese-and-the-hill task, the one that left many teams rolling and falling and getting run over by wheels of cheese as the locals laughed.
This time, it could prove even funnier since the hill is covered in slippery snow. The teams must use a sled to transport 200 pounds of cheese (or four wheels) to the bottom of the hill, and then transport it to a shed. While Ms. Newlywed slips and slides and holds up the other teams, Bates & Anthony make it to the top quickly. Guess all that time on ice has been useful. They also come up with the idea of letting the cheese on the sled push them down the hill rather than trying to push the cheese. The method works really well; they get the next clue and head to the pit stop in first place.
It's a hat trick for Bates & Anthony; their third win in a row. This time they win a trip to Bora Bora. Bates is shown wearing a Hurricanes shirt.
While all that was happening, the Mullet is transforming from lovable hairdo to evil mop top. Wynona has moved from words of conciliation to 'Screw him!' because she can't run as fast as the others, putting she and the Mullet 12 seconds behind the other teams (she counted), and the Mullet chiding her to tears as a form of motivation. Later, when Wynona has to cross the rock wall, the Mullet tells her that if something should happen he won't remarry the first month after her death. When Wynona struggles, then makes her way across the wall, he doesn't have praise for her efforts. Instead, after she says she wishes he would say 'good job,' he says "Good job, I'm glad you made it. The kids need a mama." And then, when they are doing the cheese task, he delivers this gem: "I can't do both of these sleds and your ass," which, out of context, can have all sorts of meanings, none of them very nice. It's clear that the one job he didn't have at Walmart was greeter.
To make matters worse, Wynona comes up with the idea to roll the cheese down the hill rather than use the sled. It works well; they finish quickly. And when the YouTube stars get lost on the way to the pit stop, it looks like Wynona & the Mullet are going to steal the last spot.
But the rolling cheese idea is a violation; the rule was the sled had to be used. Wynona & the Mullet get a 30-minute penalty. Then they get eliminated.
The Mullet says he's proud of her and says they are glad to have seen the sites they did. Oh, now he says he's proud. Wynona, it's time to upgrade to a Target man.