The newest episode of The Amazing Race (originally airing Sunday, October 13, 2013) starts in Chile. Chester and Ephraim, having won the last leg of the race, start first and find that they will be flying to Lisbon, Portugal. The teams race to the airport and scramble to get tickets. Chester and Ephraim thought they had gotten the only two seats on the first available flight, but their travel agent put the wrong date into the computer. The mistake allowed Nicole and Travis to get those seats on the early flight as the remaining teams scramble to get the best flights available. In an effort to curry favor, Tim and Marie take every opportunity they have to remind everyone that they have the extra express pass to give out. It has some teams feeling uneasy. The teams end up scattered across several different flights and deal with delays and standby lists.
Nicole and Travis are the first to arrive in Lisbon. Nicky and Kim along with Jason and Amy are not far behind them. Nicky and Kim miss a train so Jason and Amy arrive at the first clue at the same time as Nicole and Travis. Both teams are given a painting of a coach. They must figure out that the painting is directing them to the national coach museum. Once there, they must choose between putting together a puzzle made out of tiles or they using a giant navigation tool to calculate the total distance Magellan sailed.
While Nicky and Amy find another train, Nicole and Travis decide to work with together with Jason and Amy on the measuring task. Nicky and Kim arrive not far behind and decide to do the puzzle. Working together Nicole, Travis, Jason and Amy finish the challenge quickly and are on their way to the next location. As they leave their challenge more teams arrive at the airport and Nicky and Kim get started on the puzzle.
Nicole and Travis along with Jason and Amy arrive at the next challenge which will have one member of each team dress in a suit of armor then using a giant medieval ballista they must shoot an arrow through a shield 50 feet away. Travis and Jason both take on the task. Travis’s first shot is nowhere close, but Jason hits the target on the first try. The clue he gets sends them to the location of the next pit stop. Meanwhile, Nicky and Kim finish their puzzle and are on their way.
Further back, Brandon and Adam arrive at the first clue at the same times as Tim and Danny so they decide to work together. At the ballista, Travis takes several shots, but finally hits the target and they are on their way to the pit stop. They feel they are about seven minutes behind Jason and Amy, but Jason and Amy are having a disagreement on how to get to the pit stop which is slowing them down. The disagreement costs them and allows Nicole and Travis to finish first and win a trip to Costa Rica. Jason and Amy come in second and Jason accepts the blame for getting them lost on the way there.
Back in the race, the rest of the teams are arriving with the exception of Chester and Ephraim who are stuck in London with another flight delay. They had decided to take a risk and take a fight that had multiple connections, but arrived earlier than other flights. Those connections ended up with delays that are now costing them dearly. At the ballista, Kim hits the shield on her second shot and they are on their way to the pit stop while Tim and Danny start the measurement challenge and Brandon and Adam decide to build the puzzle. Both teams finish their tasks pretty quickly. Nicky and Kim arrive at the pit stop and finish third.
Danny shoots the ballista for his team while Marie and Tim arrive at the first clue. A little further ahead, Leo and Jamal team up with Ally and Ashley to work on the measurement challenge, but they can’t figure it out so both teams decide to switch and do the puzzle challenge. At the ballista, Danny takes many shots, but eventually he hits the shield and they are leaving just as Brandon and Adam show up. Adam shoots for his team and gets it on the first try. Meanwhile, at the puzzle, Ashley and Ally along with Leo and Jamal get to work and both teams agree that they should have done this task to start with.
Danny and Tim arrive at the pit stop fourth followed by Adam and Brandon who come in fifth. Back at the puzzle, Ally and Ashley finish fairly quickly. They are leaving just as Marie and Tim arrive. Leo and Jamal decide to lie and tell Tim and Marie that doing the puzzle has taken hours. They hope that news will get them to use their express pass. While they fight over how to put the puzzle together, Marie refuses to use the express pass and eventually they finish it.
Leo and Jamal along with Ally and Ashley arrive at the ballista at the same time. The guys finish the challenge first, but the girls are not far behind them. Tim and Marie arrive at the ballista and Tim shoots. He hits the target on the first try. They race towards the pit stop hoping they are not last.
At the pit stop Leo and Jamal finish sixth with Ally and Ashley right behind them. Tim and Marie finish seventh. Later that night, Phil meets Chester and Ephraim when they finally arrive at the airport. He tells them that all the other teams have already finished. They have gone from finishing the previous leg first to being last. This episode of The Amazing Race 23 comes to end with Chester and Ephraim being eliminated.
Recapping the finish order:
1st – Nicole and Travis
2nd – Jason and Amy
3rd – Nicky and Kim
4th – Danny and Tim
5th – Adam and Brandon
6th – Leo and Jamal
7th - Ally and Ashley
8th – Marie and Tim
9th- Ephraim and Chester – Eliminated