In this leg's roadblock, teams meet at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, where one person from every team is chosen to board one of the boats and learn a traditional Welsh poem with the help of an instructor. By the time the boat reaches the other side of the canal (which takes about 15 minutes), the team member has to recite the memorized poem -- perfect pronunciation and all -- to get the next clue. Middle school lit teachers, take note: All you need to do is give kids the possibility of a million bucks and 15 minutes and they'll memorize "O Captain! My Captain" in no time.
This Welsh poem is serious, as in it is not the "roses are red, violets are blue" poem you wrote in your Mother's Day card. Reciting it requires rolling Rs and hissing noises, so the unfortunate teammates who have to learn it have it rough. Here is how they all deal with the challenge:
BRENDON: He is so... cheerful?! Like, this is a very high-stress situation that requires a lot of brain power and he's just standin' around, memorizing this poem and learning the pronunciation like it's the best thing he's ever done. After two attempts, he gets the OK to continue on.
CAROLINE: Caroline kind of has this look on her face like, "you really expect me to do this?" the whole time she's working with the instructor, and flat out tells the instructor she can't do it when the rolled R comes up. But she's not as bad at Welsh as she thinks she is, and also gets the go-ahead after two attempts.
JAMAL: Poor, poor Jamal. He puts the most gusto in his performance of the poem out of any of the racers (which borders on obnoxious exaggeration, but whatever) but just can't get the words right. It takes Jamal five tries to finally nail it. Guess we won't be hearing him at any Welsh live readings anytime soon?
CONNOR: Connor may be a proud Eagle Scout (more on that later) but the scouts evidently didn't give him any help in the performance area. He recites the poem multiple times, and even gets visibly angry at one point, which is sad because he's reciting the poem to a delightful older woman who is just doing her job. After his third try, she sends him back because he needs more enthusiasm in his performance. He finally gets to move on after his fourth performance. Was it a pity approval? We'll never know.
NEXT: Rachel breaks down