Kim and Penn Holderness, part of the Raleigh family known for “Christmas Jammies” and other viral videos, are joining CBS’s “The Amazing Race” this season, and The News & Observer follows their journey each week on the show.
After a 19-month hiatus from shooting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last week’s episode brought the teams back together in Switzerland and completed several challenges, including climbing a mountain, making seat belts, and spinning flags. .
The Holdernesses finished in 2nd place last week, showing that their time away from the race didn’t make them any less competitive.
The race is now limited to six teams as they have stayed in Switzerland this week to complete more challenges.
How did the Holdernesses fare in this episode? Who was eliminated?
Let’s find out in this week 4 recap of ‘The Amazing Race’.
How did the Holderness team place this week?
Kim and Penn were neck and neck with a few other teams this week, eventually finishing in 3rd place.
What challenges did teams complete this week?
The race was picked up in Altstatten, Switzerland, the site of last week’s pit stop. Host Phil Keoghan has announced that for the remainder of the race the teams will leave the pit stop locations in the order they placed in the previous episode.
As last week’s 1st and 2nd place respectively, Ryan and Dusty and Kim and Penn exited the pit stop first.
Before setting off, the teams opened their first clue and found instructions for a roadblock challenge that involved bungee jumping from a dam.
The teams got into cars and drove away for two and a half hours to the challenge. The Holdernesses and Ryan and Dusty decided to team up to navigate to the dam and then played rock-paper-scissors at the dam to decide which duo would jump first.
Ryan and Dusty won rock-paper-scissors, which allowed them to jump first and leave the challenge first.
Kim competed for the Holdernesses at this roadblock. Penn completed the roadblock last week, and the duo has said earlier in 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 those challenges.
This week, the teams were also joined by their travel companions, the Travelocity Gnome. The teams had to keep the gnome with them during their challenges. The gnomes even donned armor and jumped off the dam with their partners.
Kim was noticeably nervous about the bungee jump challenge and got encouragement from Penn, who said, “It’s ‘The Amazing Race’. They won’t let you die.”
Kim successfully completed the jump, while Penn watched from the sidelines and got noticeably emotional. The duo, at this point in 2nd place, then opened the next clue, which instructs them to drive to a lake town to find another clue.
Kim and Penn stopped for directions along the way and were assisted by a stranger who used their phone to help navigate.
At a dock near the lake, teams found instructions for a detour challenge. For the challenge, teams could choose between delivering chestnuts and wine to a cocktail party on a long staircase, or making sausage.
Kim and Penn found the diversion in 3rd place, slightly behind twins Lulu and Lala. They chose the chestnut and wine challenge, struggled briefly to find the chestnut seller before starting the challenge, but ended up leaving the detour still in 3rd place.
After completing their detour challenges, the teams searched their gnomes’ satchels for a photo of Parco Ciani, a lakeside park in the Swiss city of Lugano that served as the pit stop for this episode.
Episode Highlight from the Holderness duo
Our highlight in Holderness this week comes from the bungee jump challenge.
Kim was clearly nervous about the task, saying she is typically “Safety Susie” around her kids, and that the challenge was outside of her comfort zone.
Penn encouraged her before she jumped, then cheered her enthusiastically on the way down. He also choked, saying he was so proud of Kim, mainly because he knew “how hard that was for her”.
At one point, Penn said through tears that he “imagined a life without her,” showing that the experience was nerve-wracking for both of them.
We enjoyed the duo’s vulnerability during the race, especially when they shared that their children were a driving force for them to participate in the race, but this moment was one of the best we’ve seen of them. (And we’re glad they both made it out alive.)
How did the other teams do this week?
▪ Ryan and DustyBest friends who were fierce competitors throughout the race, finished 1st again this week despite a leg cramp after the detour challenge.
▪ Twin sisters and radio presenters Lulu and Lala finished in 2nd place.
▪ flight attendants Raquel and Cayla finished in 4th place. They leave in the second leaving group with Kim and Penn at the start of next week’s episode.
▪ Married Educators Akbar and Sheric finished in 5th place.
▪ Father and daughter Arun and Nataliawho returned to the race last week after being previously eliminated for the recording hiatus, finished in 6th place this week.
Which team has been eliminated this week?
No one has been eliminated this week.
although Arun and Natalia finished in last place this week, they have not been eliminatedas host Phil Keoghan announced when they got to the pit stop that this week was a non-elimination stage of the race.
Looking forward to next week’s episode
Next week’s episode preview shows the teams traveling to Corsica, France, where Ryan and Dusty appear to be experiencing some unusual problems for the duo.
Will the reigning 1st place finishers be left behind? Will Kim and Penn rise to the top of the pack? Who will be eliminated?
We’ll see you back here next week to find out.
More about Kim & Penn Holderness
Most people recognize Kim and Penn from their online videos posted to “The Holderness Family” accounts – most notably “Christmas Jammies,” which went viral in 2013 and have been viewed more than 18 million times to date.
Before making the move to full-time content creation, Kim and Penn both worked in TV news. Together they have 25 years of industry experience, including Penn’s six years as an evening anchor at WNCN/CBS 17 in Raleigh.
Following the success of “Jammies,” the Raleigh couple, along with their two children, now recount “their marriage and their family with fun music videos, vlogs, skits and a podcast.” The couple also released a book in March 2021.
Previous ‘Amazing Race’ summaries
Follow our past coverage of Kim and Penn and their journey on “The Amazing Race” with these stories:
▪ Raleigh’s Holderness Family Of ‘Christmas Jammies’ Fame To Participate In ‘The Amazing Race’
▪ Week 1 summary: London
▪ Week 2 summary: Glasgow, Scotland
▪ Week 3 summary: Switzerland
How to watch ‘The Amazing Race’
New episodes of “The Amazing Race” air Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
You can also stream episodes after they air at cbs.com/shows/amazing_race.