Surprising Disqualification on RACE TO SURVIVE: NEW ZEALAND Episode 8 Recap

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Surprising Disqualification on RACE TO SURVIVE: NEW ZEALAND Episode 8 Recap

Pictured: (l-r) Spencer "Corry" Jones, Oliver Dev -- Photo by: Brian Finestone/USA Network

The brutal 24 hour Race 4 of “Race to Survive: New Zealand” had all teams but one, take an overnight break.  The only team that pulled all the way through without stopping was Tyrie and Ethan who managed to forge their way through the jungle to the end crate of Race 4.

The teams who had not yet finished at the beginning of episode 8, surprisingly included Corry and Oliver.   Up until this race, the front-runners had been in first place every single race.  However, Race 4 proved to be more of a challenge than what they bargained for.  First place was newly held by Tyrie and Ethan.

The rules of Race 4 was that a team would be allowed to continue in the race until the end (without the usual stop clock) unless they wanted to take a break.  And, the same as in the other races, if a team tapped out, it didn’t necessarily exempt another team from being eliminated.

Kennedy and Nik were progressing slow and steady, making sure to not to move “recklessly” like some other teams. 

Ironically, Paulina and Creighton were tied with Oliver and Corry after camping together.  Oliver and Corry were ready to break away from the ex couple the next morning to continue their separate navigation.

The next morning wasn’t as active for Ryan and Bronsen.  Ryan’s knee injury had worsened and they decided to tap out of the race.  This was due to Ryan wanting to avoid further injury to his body which he uses to make his living back at home.

Ryan said they entered the race not for money but to find the meaning of life.   “It’s a camp fire.  It’s the little things that are important,” said Ryan.

Pictured: (l-r) Bronson Iverson, Ryan Stewart — Photo by: Brian Finestone/USA Network

Two Teams Unite:

As Paulina and Creighton reunited with Corry and Oliver for the search of the man-made trail in the jungle that would lead them to the end crate, last place team Kennedy and Nik came upon a herd of sheep.

The same sheep that hunters Ryan and Bronsen observed, but left without trying to catch one. That was not Kennedy and Nik’s reaction.  They cornered the smallest sheep to kill for food.

For the first time, two teams – Oliver and Corry, and Paulina and Creighton touched the end crate at the same time, sharing second place.  The two teams agreed to share one reward.  They chose the snorkeling kit with a paua knife.

Disqualification:

Pictured: (l-r) Spencer “Corry” Jones, Oliver Dev — Photo by: Brian Finestone/USA Network

In last week’s episode, viewers were teased with a preview of a team getting disqualified due to a rule being broken.  Immediate thoughts were that maybe teams weren’t supposed to camp overnight during the 24 hour race. 

Then, the other thought was that maybe the disqualification came from something that a team ate that they were not supposed to?? Such as the sheep that Kennedy and Nik hunted.  Was it that?

Well, halfway through this episode, after they got to the end crate..SPOILER…Oliver and Corry were pulled aside by the show’s Executive Producer who told the two men that they made a “serious” rules violation which required them to act.

Corry fessed up to violating the rule that got both him and Oliver eliminated from the Race.  “We did have strategies in place for the racing. But we didn’t prepare for hunger ” explained Corry.

Corry broke the rule of killing and eating one of the scavenger birds, the endangered Kakapo at Survival Camp that they are not allowed to eat.  

Corry said he knew he was breaking a rule, “but that’s not important when you’re hungry.”  Oliver reacted that it doesn’t change anything with their friendship and there’s no ill will against Corry.

Last Place…But It’s Not Over!

To their surprise, Kennedy and Nik finished Race 4 dead last and still found medallions waiting for them inside of the end crate.  They were in such shock and disbelief, at first it seemed that the crate was empty.  Lucky for them, it was not!  That means, we’ll be seeing Kennedy and Nik continuing in the race next week.

This episode ended with the teams reading the rules for the next race.

Next week’s Twists and Turns:

The final three teams will be competing in a race tweaked to be the last one, the finale race.  The final two races were turned into “one crowning gauntlet.” 

The race includes two twists!  The first one is that the race, being in two parts, requires them to finish on a time clock.  If they don’t make the cut-off, they will be eliminated.  The second twist is that the teams are going to be split up.   That means they are going to have to each race solo.

“Race to Survive: New Zealand” airs Mondays at 11 pm ET/PT on USA Network.

Pictured: (l-r) Tyrie Mann Merrill, Ethan Greenberg — Photo by: Brian Finestone/USA Network

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