A quartet of teams remained atop Wednesday’s Amazing Race finale, but only a single duo would get to take home that million-dollar (before taxes) grand prize.
The remaining eight players — Team Yale’s Henry and Evan, Team Extreme’s Kristi and Jen, Team Big Brother‘s Cody and Jessica, and Team IndyCar’s Alex and Conor — jetted to Hong Kong to begin the final leg of Season 30, where they played with fire, fought with crabs and survived a man-made typhoon.
Then came Cody’s absolute favorite part of the finale: getting to smash a bunch of computers and hard drives to pieces with a baseball bat. (Don’t get me wrong, I realize that other players had fun with this challenge, but Cody — with those wide eyes and that megawatt smile — just seemed to enjoy it a little too much.)
Clues based on previous challenges led the teams to their final destination, with Team Yale arriving first, followed by Teams Big Brother and Extreme — which meant, sadly, Alex and Conor had to pump the brakes on their Amazing Race journey. (And if you think that was a bad race-car driving pun, you should check out The Bachelor sometime.)
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And things only became more difficult when the final three teams traveled to San Francisco, where their kayaking and bridge-climbing skills were put to the test — not to mention their patience, as several players lost their cool and snapped at their well-meaning teammates.
Following a cookie-making challenge — which was not as fun as it sounds — the teams had to run all over a military ship, collecting pieces to build a damn airplane that would land on the Official Amazing Race Winners’ Mat™. Host Phil Keoghan wasn’t kidding when he warned that this would be the most challenging physical and mental challenge yet.