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I Got the Smartest Dude is the second episode of The Amazing Race 26.

Story

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Route Markers

The order of departure from the Akihabara UDX Building are as follows:

  1. Jelani & Jenny (5:30 am)
  2. Jeff & Jackie (5:33 am)
  3. Laura & Tyler (5:45 am)
  4. Aly & Steve (6:14 am)
  5. Harley & Jonathan (6:52 am)
  6. Bergen & Kurt (7:10 am)
  7. Mike & Rochelle (7:15 am)
  8. Hayley & Blair (7:33 am)
  9. Matt & Ashley (7:36 am)
  10. Libby & CJ (8:20 am)

Teams must travel by bullet train to Nagano. Once there, teams must make their way to Matsushiro Castle, where they would find their next clue.

"Who can think outside of the box?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must solve an intricate Japanese puzzle box known as a yosegi. Once they have figured out how to open the box, they would find a password written on a small piece of paper, which reads Nakani irete kudasai ("Please let me in"). They must then properly recite the password to the castle guards in order to retrieve their next clue, one of which conceals a Date Night ticket.

The performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to Nishi-guchi Zenkō-ji, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Share
Teams must make their way to the Takesan Donabe restaurant, where they must feed each other a bowl of Japanese noodles, using only a pair of chopsticks and while sitting in front of a large fan. Once both members have eaten all the noodles in their partner's bowl, they would receive their next clue.

Bergen & Kurt, Harley & Jonathan, Jelani & Jenny, Laura & Tyler, Libby & CJ, and Mike & Rochelle chose this task.


Choice B: Chair
Teams must make their way to the M-Wave Olympic Arena, where one member must sit on a chair mounted on a sled, while their partner pushes the chair around a speed skating track, switching places after one lap. Once teams have completed both laps around the course within three minutes and fifty-five seconds, they would receive their next clue.

Aly & Steve, Jeff & Jackie, Hayley & Blair, and Matt & Ashley chose this task.

Teams must make their way to Patio Daimon to check in.


For coming in first place, Jelani & Jenny each won Fitbit watches and a fitness package, plus a personal chef, cooking lessons, and a one-year gym membership or a year of fresh grocery delivery.

For winning the Date Night ticket, Harley & Jonathan won a trip to a Japanese hot spring during the Pit Stop.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot
Jelani & Jenny
 1st place 
Jelani & Jenny
Blind Dating
Laura & Tyler
 2nd place 
Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
Aly & Steve
 3rd place 
Aly & Steve
Dating Olympians
Harley & Jonathan
 4th place 
Harley & Jonathan
Dating
Bergen & Kurt
 5th place 
Bergen & Kurt
Blind Dating
Jeff & Jackie
 6th place 
Jeff & Jackie
Blind Dating
Matt & Ashley
 7th place 
Matt & Ashley
Dating
Mike & Rochelle
 8th place 
Mike & Rochelle
Dating
Hayley & Blair
 9th place 
Hayley & Blair
Blind Dating
Libby & CJ
 10th place 
Libby & CJ
Dating

Trivia

References

The Amazing Race 26 Episodes

"Great Way to Start a Relationship" · "I Got the Smartest Dude" · "#MurphysLaw" · "The Great Amazing Nasty Race" · "Get in That Lederhosen, Baby" · "Smells Like a Million Bucks" · "Back in Business" · "Moment of Truth" · "Can I Get a Hot Tub!" · "Fruits of Our Labor" · "In It to Win It" · "Monster Truck Heroes"

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