The Ledger-Enquirer live blogged the Amazing Race Season 17 Episode 7. Read a full recap below:
Nat and Kat are first place in the seventh leg of the Amazing Race. Michael and Kevin are last place and eliminated from the race.
Jill and Thomas are the first to leave on the seventh leg of the race. They get their clue and learn they must go to Avtovo Circus. The teams arrive, though they find that the main entrance is closed. The doors eventually open, and the teams run in to get their clue, which is a Detour: Circus Band or Circus Clown.
In Band, they must learn a folk song on an accordion. In Clown, they must learn a traditional plate spinning routine. If they can keep 10 plates spinning at once, they'll get their next clue.
Many of the teams try the spinning plates, though Nat and Kat go for the accordions as do Gary and Mallory.
Jill and Thomas get frustrated with the plates and head over to the music task. Brook and Claire, meanwhile, successfully spin all their plates and get their next clue, which is a bit of a "Russian mystery." They must figure out that they need to go to Bank Bridge, which is "guarded" by four statue creatures. At the bridge, they'll get their next clue. Nat and Kat learn their song first and get the clue leading them to the bridge.
Nick and Vicki finish the plate task and are off in search of the bridge guarded by four creatures. Michael and Kevin are not far behind them.
Meanwhile, Book and Claire reach the bridge first and learn they must make it to a tower. After reaching the top, they'll find a figurine of the Church of Savior on Blood. After seeing the figurine, they must figure out that they must walk to the church.
The teams are not allowed to use taxis for this portion of the leg.
Jill and Thomas, after having failed with the music task, go back to the plates and finally complete it and get their clue. They're currently in last place.
Meanwhile, many of the other teams meet up in search of the tower. After a bit of wandering, they find it and climb to the top. Nat and Nick get to the top, but they don't see the figurine yet. They finally spot it, but as they leave, Nick tells them the only thing they saw was a message that said "Take your chances DS13."
Kevin doesn't think that Nick would lie to him, but he climbs the ladder just in case. Sure enough, he spots the figurine and they leave. However, Michael and Kevin and Brook and Claire use taxis, which is forbidden for this part of the leg.
Nat and Kat and Nick and Vicki reach the church and get their next clue which is a riddle: "What am I? Peter the Great is buried inside me."
The teams start asking cab drivers and passersby if they know, and they start learning where to go - Peter and Paul Fortress. Before they reach the church, though, Brook and Claire realize that they can't take a cab for this portion of the leg, so they have their cabbie take them back to the tower. Chad and Stephanie make the same mistake about the taxis, and they take one to the church.
Nat and Kat reach Peter and Paul Fortress first, getting their clue: They must play gorodki, a game similar to bowling. Teams toss a large stick and try to knock over specially placed pieces of wood.
Michael and Kevin and Brook and Claire arrive and start playing. Nat and Kat, however, finish first and learn this leg's Pit Stop: the Peter and Paul Fortress, though they'll have to find the specific point in the fortress.
It doesn't take the doctors long, and Nat and Kat arrive in first place. They each win $5,000.
Brook and Claire complete gorodki and get their clue. Nick and Vicki arrive after Michael and Kevin, and Nick quickly finishes the task.
Brook and Claire are second place. Nick and Vicki are right behind them and get third place.
Gary and Mallory are fourth place.
Michael and Kevin finally complete the gorodki and grab their bags, though their cabbie is upset they don't have enough money and he tries to take their backpacks. Jill and Thomas have the same problem with their cabbie, though they give him American dollars and he lets them go.
Jill and Thomas reach the Pit Stop and are fifth place.
It's down to Chad and Stephanie and Michael and Kevin as they both race for the Pit Stop. Chad and Stephanie reach the Pit Stop first, but they didn't get their backpacks and Phil makes them return. Michael and Kevin then reach the Pit Stop, but Phil tells them that they broke two rules and must incur an hour penalty.
That gives Chad and Stephanie enough time to get their bags and return, and even though they get a 30-minute penalty, it's enough to get them sixth place.
Michael and Kevin are last place and eliminated from the Amazing Race.