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Bonds will be forged, tested, and strained, as eleven teams of two, joined by family or relationship, follow a path of twists and turns in a frenetic race around the world for $1 million.

Who will be the first to cross the finish line?

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Phil Keoghan
Creator: Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri
EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Hayma Screech Washington
Packager: Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Worldrace Productions, Amazing Race Productions
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I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand
October 1

Last time, the Race took us to La Paz, Bolivia, where the players looked through the paper for a hat and an opportunity to fight like a girl.... literally. Unfortunately for comic book guys Mark & Bill, a combination of altitude sickness and misreading a clue was enough to do them in. Meanwhile, Ken & Tina claimed their second consecutive victory, while Kelly & Christy accuse Starr of throwing a sports bra off the ledge, setting off a nerve which would last the entire leg.

PIT STOP - Mirador el Monitculo; La Paz, Bolivia

We rejoin the Race in La Paz where, after 12 hours of sleeping, eating, and schmoozing - and in Kelly & Christy's case, leveling another accusation involving Nick & Starr, Aja & Ty, and a U-turn - Ken & Tina set off with this clue in hand.


Fly more than 6900 miles to Auckland, New Zealand. Then take a marked car and drive yourself to Gulf Harbour. Once there, you will have to successfully untie a Gordian knot in order to get your next clue.

Ken & Tina thought that they've turned a corner on the last leg. Half an hour later, Toni & Dallas are next, not knowing where New Zealand. Meanwhile, Ken & Tina catch a flight on the 3:55 (with a connection in Lima, apparently the fastest flight out). Then come Terence & Sarah, Marisa & Brooke, Aja & Ty, Nick & Starr, and Andrew & Dan, all of them making another push toward the goal.

Andrew has a complaint about Dan, him thinking that it's "The Dan Show".

Kelly & Christy finally leave an hour after the first team leave... and no one has left the gates yet. Andrew & Dan help the Southern Belles look for a flight while looking for one of their own. Ken & Tina notice and are readily pissed. Another person who's pissed is Ty, who accuses Aja of getting into a "mood" and taking control. He calls her "Fidel". So it looks like the fastest flight all of a sudden isn't.

All teams are on the 3:55 LAN flight to...


And as Sarah said, it's all cylinders go with Terence & Sarah jetting out to the early lead as they head out. Following them, Andrew & Dan, Ken & Tina, Kelly & Christy, Nick & Starr, Aja & Ty, Toni & Dallas, and Marisa & Brooke. Ken does some quick driving to move to second. And a couple of teams get lost trying to make their way to the motorway. The gas pumper says that you CAN'T get lost.

Along the way, Aja & Ty suffer malady of maladies, a flat tire. And the rest of the pack take advantage of it passing them by. So it's up to Aja to flag down a stranger who'll help. They finally get some help, and they're on their way.

(C-Note: A special hello to everyone out there who just tuned in for "Cold Case")

The rest of the teams make their way to the knots at Gulf Harbour. Once untangled, the knots reveal a love note from Phil...


Also attached to the clue is something that's in rare supply this Race.

This is the first of only TWO Fast Forwards in the entire Race.


Drive yourselves to the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the Auckland Skytower. Follow the signs to Sky City, then using the tower's maintenance ladders, climb from the Sky Deck to the top and pick up a friend.

Tina wants to go for it. So do Andrew & Dan. Who'll get to the Skytower first?

It's Ken & Tina, but Team Superbad are not far behind... until they discover Ken & Tina's car, meaning that they will claim the Fast Forward.

Did we mention that Tina has a massive fear of heights?

Meanwhile, back on the Race Course, Terence & Sarah are the first to get blocked...


Choose an image of a traditional tattoo seen on Maori warriors. Then walking amongst the Maori, find a matching tattoo on their face. He will give you your next clue. If you are wrong, the warrior will take your image, and you will have to start again.

It's really hard to do it at night, as Terence figures out rather early. But he gets his clue.


Drive yourselves into downtown Auckland and find the City Life Hotel. Once there, head to the rooftop and get a load of the view.

Back at the Skytower, fear sets in as Tina has to make her way to the top. ALL the her way.

Toni goes through the Roadblock and Dallas hopes she won't get eaten. She doesn't, and she's on her way.


Using a pair of binoculars, scan the area around the hotel for a Travelocity Roaming Gnome doing New Zealand wish list activities. Then head to that location and pick it up to retrieve your next clue.

Terence & Sarah decide to take this systematically... and then sprint off in another direction.

Back at the Skytower, it begins swaying as Tina continues her climb.

Back at Gulf Harbour, Marisa & Brooke... walk past the last remaining knot.

Back to the Skytower again, as Ken & Tina spot their own gnome waiting at the top.


You have claimed the Fast Forward. Take a helicopter ride to the next Pit Stop, Summerhill.

WARNING! The last team to check in MAY BE ELIMINATED!

Meanwhile, the rest of the pack (save for Marisa & Brooke) finish the Roadblock.

Over at the hotel, Terence & Sarah find the Roaming Gnome ready to hang-glide off of the top of a mirrored building. It's Gnome Time! Toni & Dallas find one on the 17th floor balcony of a neighboring building.

Terence & Sarah are first to find the Roaming Gnome... all gnome, all the time! On the bottom of the Gnome...

Drive to Kiwi 360 near the town of Ta Puke to find your next clue.
Important: You must take me to the Pit Stop.

Nick & Starr make their way to the roadblock, but are met with... disaster. Aja & Ty... same thing. Meanwhile, Team Superbad find their gnome ready to do some biking.

Nick & Starr pass by Kelly & Christy at the hotel.

On a chopper ride to the Pit Stop, Ken & Tina finally note that they're heading in the right direction... in more ways than one.

Nick & Starr find a rowing Gnome and head out to Kiwi 360. Kelly & Christy, frustrated to no end, finally find a Gnome... just hanging out. So do Aja & Ty... only theirs is in a balloon.

PIT STOP - Summerhill; Auckland, New Zealand

Ken & Tina make their way to the mat, where they're greeted by Phil and the happy local... but not just ANY happy local...

"Hi, I'm Phil's dad. Welcome to New Zealand."

With that, Ken & Tina punch in as Team #1. Their reward for completing this leg first... a Carnaval adventure in Rio!

Back to the Race, where Terence & Sarah are the first to Kiwi 360 to pick up...

A MATTER OF TIME: Drive yourselves to a kiwi orchard, where, using your bare feet, you must crush enough kiwifruit to make 12 quarts of juice. Once you've reached your goal, you must BOTH drink your juice in order to receive your next clue.

A MATTER OF SKILL: Drive yourselves to Blo-Kart Heaven, where you will have to properly assemble a pair of Blo-Karts, then sail them around a track. Once you've completed three laps, you will be given your next clue by the track official.

Terence likes the idea of stepping on kiwis. Sarah notes that below the kiwis are... jagged rocks. Toni & Dallas are right behind them. Both pairs of feet are getting cut up pretty badly, with Toni saying that it looked so much more fun when Lucy & Ethel did it.

After unclogging their spouts, Terence & Sarah are the first to read this!


Drive yourselves to Summerhill outside of Auckland, New Zealand. This 1000 acre sheep farm is the Pit Stop for this leg of the Race.

WARNING: The last team to check in MAY BE ELIMINATED!

Toni & Dallas, not knowing how to unclog their spout, head back onto the road to do the other part of the Detour.

PIT STOP - Summerhill; Auckland, New Zealand

There are a lot of sheep in the way, but the woolly waves are parted for Terence & Sarah to meet the Keoghans and lock in 2nd.

Toni & Dallas try not to get confused making their Blo-Karts, while Nick & Starr and Andrew & Dan head on out to Blo-Kart Heaven. They tell Kelly & Christy to do the kiwis... mainly for the comedy aspect.

Toni can't control her Blo-Karts.

Meanwhile, Kelly & Christy finish their juicing while Toni & Dallas finish their racing. Andrew & Dan... still can't assemble their vessel.

Aja & Ty just get into the kiwi bin and start crushing.

Kelly & Christy are third to the Pit Stop.

Back at the Blo-Kart course, Starr takes a tough fall and it looks like she might've broken her arm.

Back at the Pit Stop, Toni & Dallas come in fourth.

Nick & Starr complete the course, but can Starr move her arm? The faster they get to the Pit Stop, the faster they can get that looked at.

Aja & Ty are beaten by the kiwi, so they head over to Blo-Kart Heaven. Dan finally realizes that they need each other to win the Race. Meanwhile, Nick & Starr finally get to the Pit Stop at fifth. Andrew & Dan lock in sixth... their best finish... and Andrew kisses Phil's dad.

That leaves two teams still racing, Marisa & Brooke at the kiwi orchard, and Aja & Ty at the Blo-Karts. While Marisa & Brooke are almost juiced to overflowing, Ty's knots are in an incorrect position not once, but twice. Both complete at more or less the same time, but who'll get to Phil and his dad first?

And amongst the sheep... are Aja & Ty! They're team #7! Which leaves Marisa & Brooke. They're the last team to arrive... and have been eliminated. The two girls from South Carolina were trying to make it all the way around the world... and the best they'll do is a hug from Phil's dad. "Brooke and I will be best friends forever."

After Leg 4: La Paz, Bolivia to Auckland, New Zealand
1) Ken & Tina (FF) - ATVs, Trip to Cabo San Lucas, Trip to Rio
2) Terence & Sarah
3) Kelly & Christy
4) Toni & Dallas
5) Nick & Starr - Trip to Belize
6) Andrew & Dan
7) Aja & Ty
ELIMINATED) Marisa & Brooke