The teams drive to the tallest building in Berlin, the Park Inn Hotel. It’s getting dark. They have to base fly, which is like base jumping, only instead of parachutes they have wires. It’s a controlled fall that begins by being dangled face-first over 37 stories of nothing.

Katie and Max jump with some enthusiasm. Meghan and Joey are next, then the Moms, Hockey, and Singers.

M is for Museum!

The Detour options are Train Trials or Font Follies. So, Berlin loves its museums. They have a train museum, and they have a Museum of Letters. Like, alphabet letters. Big, light-up letters.

It’s very "Sesame Street." You can picture Super Grover stopping at the Museum of Letters to fetch a C so that someone can make the word Chair, because all they had was Hair and they kept falling down when they tried to sit down and eat their breakfast, landing in a pile of hair. And that’s just not appetizing, so Super Grover saves the day.

Font Follies requires each team member to carry a giant light-up letter through some streets to deliver them to the Museum of Letters. They can’t break the letter, and once they choose a letter to carry they can’t switch.

Max and Katie choose to carry letters, and they carry o and b because they have holes, making them easier to transport. When they stop and ask for directions, Katie begins to sit down and Max orders her, “Don’t be uncomfortable!” I didn’t even know comfort was optional, thanks, Max!

Mona and Beth also choose letters. They carry u and n. “Mona and I love to schlep things,” says Beth.

Caroline and Jennifer choose the letters, and Bates and Anthony are undecided so they go along with their alliance buddies. Those buddies aren’t feeling all the love right now because they’re in the back of the pack, and the ladies don’t want to face a footrace with the gentlemen.

When Max and Katie find the museum, Max says, “It’s a niche museum where nerds hang out.”

Something I’d be good at

The other Detour option is to go to the train museum and build an electric train track using a given number of track pieces. Once their train completes one lap, they get a clue.

Dude. As a mother of two small boys, I would rock this.

Meghan and Joey choose it because they are cute and crafty and like to build things. They are thwarted for the first six tries, and the Conductor watching them looks tired. Why can’t these Americans build efficient train tracks? But then they finish.

V is for v-oops!

The Love Alliance pauses to ask for directions to the Museum of Letters. The Singers have s and k, which are tricky to carry. The hockey boys have k and v. Everyone sets their letters down on the sidewalk while they figure out where to go, and a rogue gust of wind blows over Anthony’s v. It cracks.

Girls: “You guys, we’re so sorry, but do y’all care if we finish?” They take their letters and run. The guys, “busted letter, busted spirit,” jump in a cab and head for the trains.

Ich bin ein hipster

While introducing the Roadblock, Phil tells us that “Berlin is arguably the hippist city in the world, and has an array of nightlife.” The Roadblock is to “experience an evocative dance club.”

When Max and Katie arrive, Max describes it as, “Horrifying. A trippy, end-of-Communist-era shady place.” It’s, well, eccentric.