The Amazing Race season finale recap: Dump Struck

The final three teams raced from Panama City to Atlanta, Ga., but only one couple took home the $1 million
Ep. 12 | Aired Dec 11, 2011

<p><p>STUDENTS OF THE WORLD Where would Team OCD's Ernie and Cindy stand in Professor Browsie's final markings?</p></p>

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Well, my friends, that's it. The final Amazing Race until #20. In Duggar terms, this was TAR's baby Josie Brooklyn. Stick a flower headband on her, she's done! To quote my favorite '90s crooners Boyz II Men,  "Although we've come to the end of the road, still I can't let go. It's unnatural..." But who did the $1 million belong to once all was said and done? Read on...

We returned to Panama City, where Team Divorcees (Jeremy and Sandy) were first to learn they were bound back Stateside, specifically Atlanta, Ga. Both they and Team OCD (Cindy and Ernie) were concerned that Team NFL (Marcus and Amani) would have a huge advantage since they live in Hotlanta. All three teams took the same flight to Atlanta, where they were directed to FlightSafety's International Atlanta Learning Center. Alas, it was not the Centers for Disease Control- or Walking Dead-related challenge that EW.com's Amazing Race live chat participants hoped! Instead, they had to land a high-tech Learjet flight simulator from 2,500 feet. Jeremy, Marcus, and Ernie took on the pilot role, navigating the "air craft," while the ladies all served as co-pilots, their primary task to maintain a consistent air speed of 135 knots.

OCD were first to fail because Cindy dropped the air speed low enough that, if it were a real plane, they would have fallen out of the sky. The Divorcees succeeded on the first attempt while Marcus ran off the runway on the first attempt, then screwed up the order of commands on the second attempt. He hoped, "Third time's a charm!" -- but it was not... Nor was the fourth try, nor the fifth... nor the 12th, apparently. Long story short, he struggled mightily, at one point slamming his fists against the top of the flight simulator. Note to Marcus: Do not break the flight simulator. Cost of the flight simulator will be taken out of your winnings if you ever get out.

Elsewhere, the Divorcees, with OCD 15-20 minutes behind them, were handed one of many cryptic clues on this final leg. They were told to find a former residence known as "The Dump." Unfortunately for the Divorcees, they asked some random guy in a pick-up truck, who directed them to a furniture store known as The Dump. While they played Ring Around the Sectionals, OCD correctly determined that "The Dump" referred to the home where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind. On their way to the house, Cindy has all sorts of obnoxious things to say about the other teams in the final three. It all began because Ernie admitted he couldn't imagine to losing to anyone besides the Olympians (Andy and Tommy). That was a completely fair statement considering the Olympians won six of 12 total legs. Then Cindy took it a step further, saying, "It'd be like losing to the C students when we're the A+ students." Some pretty tough words considering she just screwed up the flight simulator challenge not 10 minutes before. Also, considering how middle-of-the-road they've been this whole Race... really Cindy? Amusingly, Ernie was all, "Well, you're the A+ student. I'm more of a B+ student... well... maybe a C+ student." Bless him and the long road of mitigating his wife's crazy that he has ahead...

NEXT: What's your type?

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