Interesting to see Hong Kong, I totally did not expect that! (I cut off when they start to preview the next episode.) I did expect them to perhaps hop out of the country, but only stay close by. Then again, North American countries might not be the cheapest to stay in, and I got the feeling that with Air Canada being such a huge sponsor of the series, airline ticket costs aren't really a consideration. It might be cheaper on production to travel to far away but cheaper countries, rather than close by expensive countries.
The hockey girls were on top of things like they are every episode, always near the front of the pack, which made it quite a surprise to me that they used their express pass. I can't remember for sure, but TAR Canada has U-Turns too, right? The girls must realize they have quite a target on their back with 2 leg wins and always being in the first of the pack, so it could've come out quite in handy in the future. Since they were in the front three, there was no sign of being eliminated this week. They would probably have ended up second or third, or maybe come in first regardless. We'll see if this comes around to bite them in the ass.
That cabin lift thing down from the shrine looked so frigging scary with the glass bottom. I would really, really have hated riding that, more so than most of the challenges, including the snake roadblock.
The difference between the two tasks was quite apparent. The better teams that did the Kung Fu (not counting the hockey girls with their express pass) were past the 3rd "challenge" already, while the teams on the groceries were still on the first. And even with Alain and Audrey having lots of issues with the challenge, they still finished before the lesbian couple, who arrived at the task before they did. It could be coincidence, but I do feel that picking the wrong detour played a big factor in their elimination.
Ok, I agree, Rex and Bob can be really funny sometimes. That scene where Rex ran into that guy from Toronto was hilarious! They did grow some backbone this episode, as well as some brains. That blue cab knowledge that got them ahead at the shrine signup post might've saved them from elimination this time (though of course it's hard to tell how large the gap is, but they fell quite behind the other teams despite finishing the Kung Fu challenge decently fast). I still don't think they'll win, but they were more funny than whiny this time around.
The hide and seek game from the brothers didn't bother me as much. Sure, it was a bit juvenile, but I also wondered what the longhairs were thinking. If the brothers knew they had to go direction X, why weren't the brothers themselves going direction X. In the end, it mattered little.