Will Cry Themselves to Death
Last time, Kisha & Jen and Mark & Michael learned
a hard lesson: always have your travel bag with you. In Mark & Michael's case,
it meant that they had to trade personal effects to stay in the game... even
though it now means that they are 3 hours and change behind the pack. Now with a
Speed Bump thrown in, can they possibly avoid last place?
PHYA THAI PALACE
0936 HOURS LOCAL TIME
Margie & Luke are taking off before
everyone else again...
FLY TO GUILIN, CHINA!
Make your way almost 1000 miles to the city of
Guilin, China! Once you land, travel by taxi to Street Qing Xiu Lu and find a
hairdresser who will give you your next clue.
NOTE: You must travel through Guangzhou, China.
After having no luck trying to negotiate
for tickets, Margie decides to look for one at the airport. They get
there and have precisely one hour to get to their flight. In that one
hour, Cara & Jaime jet for the airport.
Victor & Tammy head for the airport
excited that they get to head to their ancestral homeland and get to
On the 11:30 Flight to GUILIN via
Margie & Luke
On the 1:15 Flight to GUILIN via
Cara & Jaime
Victor & Tammy
Kisha & Jen are off with half an hour to
get to the airport before the 1:15 flight leaves... Yeah, they're not
going to make it. Jen is hoping that she won't have to knock over
someone... knowing that she will.
On the 3:20 Flight to GUILIN via
Kisha & Jen
Margie & Luke are the first to arrive,
with ample time before their connecting flight. Margie thinks that the
other teams are going to catch up... Well, three of them, anyway,
because at 4:08, Mark & Michael's penalty time lapses, and they are free
On the 6:10 Flight to GUILIN via
Mark & Michael
Cara & Jaime and Victor & Tammy arrive to
news that their flight is delayed... so they do indeed catch up with
leaders Margie & Luke. Later that night... Kisha & Jen arrive at the
party... and quickly depart due to booking on another airline.
Kisha & Jen are the first to touch down,
followed by Margie & Luke, Cara & Jaime, and Victor & Tammy. Tammy says
that being able to speak the language gives them an advantage. But later
they learn that all that maens is that they understand when he says that
he doesn't know where he's going.
Jaime & Cara know where they're
heading... right past the Speed Bump and onto the next clue...
CROSS A BRIDGE!
taxi to the #24 Bridge on the banks of the Li River, where you will find your
Meanwhile, Mark & Michael finally arrive
Margie & Luke and Kisha & Jen run into
each other, the Adams in a cab and the sisters on foot. And everyone's
competitive now that there are no more NELs.
Meanwhile the two teams have found the
clue box... and don't even realize it. They find it at the same time.
Luke is there first... Jen follows. She tries to pry it away from Luke.
Luke is having none of it. And I think she called him a bitch. Now it's
Tammy & Victor are the first to the
WHO'S READY FOR SOME FOWL PLAY?
Take a raft out into the middle of the river and train a pair
of cormorants (Chinese fishing birds) to catch a fish. Once they have caught 10
fish, the trainer will hand you your next clue.
Tammy elects to perform, as does Cara.
Mickey & Mark are still trying to catch
up, while the two warring teams once again fight over a clue box. Jen
and Luke go out on a boat. Hopefully, they're separate, otherwise
someone's feelings are going to get hurt.
Tammy's birds are uncooperative.
Cara's... not so much. The other two teams don't have much of a problem
either. Birds love to fight over these babies.
Mark & Michael find their Speed Bump...
MARK & MICHAEL!
stylists in this salon, washing and drying the hair of two waiting customers.
Once both customers have been washed and dried, they may continue on the Race
Mark & Michael start washing. Aaaaaaand
Over at the Roadblock, Luke gets
pecked... by a bird. Cara & Jaime and Kisha & Jen are first to finish,
but who will be first to the shore?
It's Kisha & Jen.
MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE ANCIENT SOUTH GATE!
Travel by taxi through Guilin to the Ancient South Gate,
where you will find your next clue.
Kisha & Jen are firm believers in karma.
Cara & Jaime's hack finally gets that they are in a Race! Margie &
Luke... finish. And Victor & Tammy's birds are flying away.
And Mark & Michael are still washing
hair. They finish, and the kid at the shop sends them to the #24 Bridge
to continue the Race.
Tammy finally finds her birds... and her
fish... and the clue!
Meanwhile, both the sisters and the Adams
can't stop talking about each other and their respective bodychecks.
Kisha & Jen are the first to get to...
CHOREOGRAPHY or CALLIGRAPHY?
CHOREOGRAPHY: Join in a popular exercise in Guilin -
dancing. Find a local troupe of dancers and learn their morning dance routine.
Then dance for a pair of judges. If you execute their moves correctly, you will
receive your next clue from the judges.
CALLIGRAPHY: Make your way across the Twin Bridges and
find the first of four calligraphy stations. Copy a series of Chinese characters
which will spell out the name of the next station. When you reach the fourth and
final station, the artist will stamp your work and hand you the next clue.
Kisha & Jen go with calligraphy. Cara &
Jaime are dancing. Of course. Tammy & Victor... get passed by Margie &
Luke, who draw along with them.
Mark & Michael head to the bridge, as
Michael goes out on a boat.
Let's go Dancing with the Amazing Racers!
And then let's go writing. Victor & Tammy's spoken Chinese is
flawless... Their written Chinese... not so much.
As for Cara & Jaime. They cite their
cheerleader experience in helping them out with this task... but dancing
with these teachers... a whole 'nother ball of wax. They shake their
booties right into other people's booties. Judges give them a fail.
As we continue drawing, Victor & Tammy
plead with the artist to draw fast, while the other teams follow suit.
Michael catches his 10th fish.
And Cara & Jaime fail... again. They beg
for someone to speak English. And they quit the task and move to the
other end of the Detour.
The other teams finish their Detour,
while Cara & Jaime give dancing one more go.
The end result... it's a RACE now,
because all four teams have gotten THIS!
MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PIT STOP!
Travel by foot to Banyan Lake and find the view depicted
in the picture, the famed Sun & Moon Pagodas. This is the Pit Stop for this leg
of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to check in WILL BE
Victor & Tammy are the first to spot the
SUN & MOON PAGODAS
... Phil and the happy locals are the
first to spot them. And the sisters... AND the Adams! Who's going to be
It's... KISHA & JEN! They will take home
for their win this week a trip to Barbados. Tammy & Victor are second,
while Margie & Luke are third. And Phil nails it on the head that things
are getting a little bit tense.
And it all comes to a head when Kisha
starts laughing as Luke signs his side... Margie thinks that they're
laughing at HIM, and they apologize if they get the wrong idea. Yeah,
really whole hearted there, Kisha.
Cara & Jaime finally get it, that they
have to keep on going when the music keeps going. As a result, they
clock in at #4.
Mark & Michael decide to dance, but at
the point, it's all for pride, as they're the last team to arrive. It
was a good race and they ran it hard to the end... but this is where it
ends. They hung in there tough, though, and they're better people for
it. And Michael says it best... "This world is an amazing place."
AFTER LEG 8: BANGKOK, THAILAND
to GUILIN, CHINA
1) Kisha & Jen (+3)
- Trip to Barbados
2) Tammy & Victor (+1) - Hybrid Go-Carts,
Ocean Kayaks, Trip to Oahu
Margie & Luke (-2) - Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Trip to St. Lucia,
Trip to Puerto Rico
4) Jaime & Cara (-2)
ELIMINATED) Mark & Michael (EVEN)
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