The Amazing Race 8 did not end last night. Oh no. It continued online today with a special runner-up challenge. Host Phil Keoghan, in his tight pants, told the second-place Bransen family and the third-place Weaver family that they would both compete for a GMC Yukon XL, the same SUVs that were used during the show. While this was just an excuse for even more product placement, it is actually worth watching, because it apparently reveals the answer to a question everyone had after the race: Did the Weavers complete the final puzzle Roadblock? There was no footage of them even attempting it; instead, they just ran to the finish line.
Characteristically, even the last challenge was incomprehensibly easy. The teams had to run back and forth to a field full of clue boxes, retrieving 12 icons that they had to place on an assembled puzzle map. For the challenge, the Bransens used the map they assembled, while the Weavers used the map assembled by the Linzes. While it’s likely those two were selected for camera coverage, the answer to the question came as the teams ran back and forth to the field.
In several shots of the teams running back and forth, the third map is visible in the background, and it is not assembled. Either producers disassembled the Weavers’ map for some strange reason, or they just let the Weavers bypass the last Roadblock, since they had no chance of winning. And, of course, the Weavers grasp of geography is so tenuous that it would have taken them at least 40 days and 40 nights to complete it.
In any case, the Bransens won the SUV. Amen.