S.L. father-son team gets U-Turned, comes in 4th during 8th leg of 'The Amazing Race'

Published: Monday, April 21 2014 3:55 p.m. MDT

“I can’t believe Brandon and Rachel U-Turned Dave and Connor. That makes zero sense to me,” said Jet McCoy, who was surprised he didn’t get U-Turned. “Leg 8, it looks like people are starting to play dirty.”

Cutbirth and Wayne also arrived, and their ire was short-lived as they worked with the others to finish the donkeys. They had gotten hung up trying to put the crate that had held the pieces on the back of a wooden donkey, and Temory and Zadran went to do “Donkey Run.” The O’Learys told them what the last part was, too.

“Even though they U-Turned us, my hat to Dave and Connor,” Temory said. “Dave is an extremely classy man. ... They helped us tremendously this leg.”

When they got to La Badia di Orvieto, the challenge was a Road Block at a monastery where one of the team members had to copy a page from an ancient manuscript, including the writing, and put gold leaf on it.

Neither father nor son wanted to do the challenge, and each tried to convince the other to do it. Connor O’Leary ended up doing it.

Villegas tried to apologize to them. “Of course they’re mad,” he told Rachel as they finished and left the monastery.

“They know you’re so young and have spring in your step, that's why they’re after you,” Cord McCoy told Dave O'Leary as they waited for their teammates. “They think you’re a threat.”

But at one point, Connor thought he wasn’t going to get it right and would have to take a penalty.

“It was a stressful situation. My handwriting is nothing special to begin with, so to do calligraphy was on a whole new level,” Connor said. “It was taking a long time. I was worried that I was running out of time.”

After the Afghanimals finished, Temory went back to make sure Connor O'Leary didn’t need any help. And his illumination passed with an “it’s good” from the monk.

From there, the teams had to drive to the Funicular, a cable railcar, and go to Piazza del Duomo and the cathedral where host Phil Keoghan was waiting at the Pit Stop.

Villegas and Reilly were first, the McCoys were second and the Afghanimals were third.

The singers and the O’Learys ended up almost getting lost on the way to the Funicular. The O’Learys were fourth, and singers Cutbirth and Wayne were fifth.

“We got a U-Turn; that just really shocked me,” Dave O’Leary told Keoghan at the Pit Stop.

“,” Connor said. “We’re coming for them.”

Dave is a prostate cancer survivor and Connor is a testicular cancer survivor, and both are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Holladay 25th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay South Stake.

The O’Learys were on season 22 a year ago, and at the end of the second leg, Dave O’Leary injured his leg running to the mat. The pair continued to race with Dave on crutches, but ultimately they had to withdraw from the race.

Harlem Globetrotters Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, 37, and Nate “Big Easy” Lofton, 32, were the last team to the donkey Detours as they stopped several times to ask for directions. They tried both of the Detours before finally completing “Donkey Run.”

They were last to the Pit Stop and were eliminated. It was their third time on the Race and their 31st leg.

The Amazing Race: All Stars” airs Sunday evenings on CBS.

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