Amazing Week 4 race recap: Holderness results, bungee jumping

Kim and Penn Holderness, part of the Raleigh family known for ‘Christmas Jammies’ and other viral videos, star in this season of CBS’ ‘The Amazing Race,’ and The News & Observer follows their journey on the show every week.

After a 19-month break in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last week’s episode saw the teams reunite in Switzerland and take on various challenges, including climbing a mountain, making belts and shooting flags.

The Holdernesses finished in 2nd place last week, showing that their absence from the race hasn’t made them any less competitive.

The race is now down to six teams as they stayed in Switzerland this week to take on more challenges.

How did the Holdernesses stack up in this episode? Who was eliminated?

Let’s find out in this recap of week 4 of “The Amazing Race”.

How did the Holderness team rank this week?

Kim and Penn were neck and neck with a few other teams this week, ultimately finishing in 3rd place.

Kim and Penn Holderness on the January 26, 2022 episode of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. Courtesy of CBS Entertainment SCS

What challenges did the teams overcome this week?

The race resumed in Altstatten, Switzerland, the location of last week’s pit stop. Host Phil Keoghan announced that for the remainder of the race, teams will leave pit stop locations in the order they placed in the previous episode.

As 1st and 2nd place finishers from last week respectively, Ryan and Dusty and Kim and Penn exited the pit stop first.

Before leaving, the teams opened their first clue and found instructions for a roadblock challenge involving bungee jumping from a dam.

Teams got into cars and drove two and a half hours to complete the challenge. The Holdernesses and Ryan and Dusty decided to work together to navigate the jump off, then played rock-paper-scissors at the jump off to decide which pair would go first for the jump.

Ryan and Dusty won rock-paper-scissors, allowing them to jump first and exit the challenge in 1st place.

Kim competed for the Holdernesses at this roadblock. Penn completed the roadblock last week, and the duo previously said on their podcast that their game plan during the race was to alternate which person completed the roadblocks, as only one person from each team can complete these challenges. .

This week, the teams were also joined by their travel companions, the Travelocity Gnome. Teams had to keep the gnome with them throughout their challenges. The gnomes even donned harnesses and jumped off the dam with their partners.

Kim was visibly nervous for the bungee challenge and received encouragement from Penn who said, “It’s ‘The Amazing Race.’ They won’t let you die.

Kim Holderness on the January 26, 2022 episode of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. Courtesy of CBS Entertainment SCS

Kim nailed the jump, with Penn looking aside and getting visibly emotional. The duo, in 2nd place at this point, then opened the next clue, which asked them to travel to a lakeside town to find another clue.

Kim and Penn stopped for directions on the way, getting help from a stranger who used their phone to help with navigation.

At a dock by the lake, the teams found instructions for a detour challenge. To complete the challenge, teams could choose between delivering chestnuts and wine to a cocktail party down a long flight of stairs or making sausages.

Kim and Penn found the detour clue in 3rd place, slightly behind twins Lulu and Lala. They took the chestnut and wine challenge, struggling for a while to find the chestnut seller before starting the challenge, but eventually exiting the detour still in 3rd place.

After completing their detour challenges, the teams searched their gnomes’ schoolbags for a shot at Parco Ciani, a lakeside park in the Swiss city of Lugano that served as this episode’s pit stop.

Holderness duo episode climax

Our Holderness highlight this week comes from the bungee jumping challenge.

Kim was clearly nervous about the task, saying she’s usually “Safety Susie” around her kids, and the challenge was out of her comfort zone.

Penn cheered her on before jumping off, then cheered her on enthusiastically on the way down. He also choked up – saying he was so proud of Kim, especially since he knew “how hard it was for her”.

At one point, Penn said through tears that he “imagined life without her”, showing that the experience was trying for both of them.

We loved the duo’s vulnerability throughout the run, especially when they said their kids were a driving motivation to join the run, but that moment was one of the sweetest we’ve seen yet. them. (And we’re glad they both made it out alive.)

Kim and Penn Holderness on the January 26, 2022 episode of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. Courtesy of CBS Entertainment SCS

How did the other teams do this week?

Ryan and Dusty, best friends who were fierce competitors throughout the race, finished in 1st place again this week, despite a leg cramp after the detour challenge.

Twin sisters and radio hosts Lulu and Lala finished in 2nd place.

Stewardess Rachel and Cayla finished in 4th place. They will depart in the second starting group with Kim and Penn at the start of next week’s episode.

Married educators Akbar and Sheri finished in 5th place.

Father and daughter Arun and Natalia, who rejoined the race last week after being eliminated before filming broke, finished in 6th place this week.

Which team was eliminated this week?

No one was eliminated this week.

Although Arun and Natalia finished in last place this week, they were not eliminated, as host Phil Keoghan announced upon their arrival at the pit stop that this week was a non-elimination leg of the race.

Looking forward to next week’s episode

The preview for next week’s episode shows the teams traveling to Corsica, France, where Ryan and Dusty appear to be encountering some unusual difficulties for the duo.

Will the defending winners fall behind? Will Kim and Penn come out ahead of the pack? Who will be eliminated?

See you next week to find out.

Learn more about Kim & Penn Holderness

Most people recognize Kim and Penn from their online videos posted to “The Holderness Family” accounts, including “Christmas Jammies,” which went viral in 2013 and has more than 18 million views to date.

Before moving into full-time content creation, Kim and Penn both worked in television news. They combine 25 years of industry experience, including Penn’s six years as an evening anchor at WNCN/CBS 17 in Raleigh.

After the success of “Jammies,” the Raleigh couple, along with their two children, “now chronicle their marriage and family with fun music videos, vlogs, skits, and a podcast.” The couple also released a book in March 2021.

Previous “Amazing Race” Recaps

Check out our previous coverage of Kim and Penn and their journey on “The Amazing Race” with these stories:

The Holderness family of Raleigh, famous for the “Christmas Jammies”, will participate in “The Amazing Race”

Week 1 Recap: London

Week 2 Recap: Glasgow, Scotland

Week 3 recap: Switzerland

How to watch “The Amazing Race”

New episodes of “The Amazing Race” air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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Korie Dean is a reporter with The News & Observer’s service journalism team. She is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill and a lifelong North Carolina.