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Bonds will be forged, tested, and strained, as twelve 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

 
Host Phil Keoghan
Creator Bertram van Munster
Elise Doganieri
EP Jerry Bruckheimer
Bertram van Munster
Jonathan Littman
Elise Doganieri
Amy Nasbeth Chacon
Packager Jerry Bruckheimer TV
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Amazing Race Productions
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They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street!
September 27

Now that we've had 12 hours to clear the wasabe out of our system, we continue on...

PIT STOP
TOKYO, JAPAN
KONNO HACHIMANGU SHRINE
0019 LOCAL TIME

Cheyne & Meghen get their first clue and are on their way.

ROUTE INFO

MAKE YOUR WAY TO CAI BE, VIETNAM!

Take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you land, find the Xiemen Tay Bus Terminal and make your way by two-hour bus to Cai Be.

Once there, make your way by foot to Bến Tu Du Lịch Boat Dock, where you'll find your next clue.

You have $444 for this leg of the Race.

And Cheyne... will figure it out once they get there.

Zev & Justin make their way to the computer banks to book a flight. Lance has to do the same thing, because apparently Keri can't. Later teams decide to wait until they get to the airport to book flights.

The teams arrive one by one at the airport, and economy class fills up quickly.. Some teams try to get upgrades to business class. They don't have to, they just have to beg. A lot. Eight teams end up with tickets on the early flight.

Meanwhile, Maria & Tiffany run into every poker-player-fronting-as-a-non-profit-worker's nightmare... A FANBOY. Sam & Dan catch wind and all of a sudden, the girls have to resort to plan B. Whatever that is, I hope that works.

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM

The poker-brothers alliance get the first shuttle to the bus station, while the rest of the teams follow suit. It's a little slower than usual on account of all the rain and the flash flooding.

The teams make their way to Cai Be and the dock thereupon on one of two buses. The first leaves at 3:30, while the second leaves at 4:45. The teams on the later bus pool their resources to try and get the driver to leave earlier. And crazy enough, it works! Zev decides to give a local his jacket, figuring the local needs it more than he does.

Ultimately, the time of departure is a moot point because the dock is closed for the day. The great equalizer of any Race is business hours. Remember that if you plan on applying.

So for the teams, it's time for a little dinner and a little observation. Some teams can't get over the whole vibe of the flooding, while Maria & Tiffany try to pick up reads from everyone.

The next morning arrives, and at 7a, for 10 teams, they get this...

ROUTE INFO

MAKE YOUR WAY TO MUD PITS!

Race through the Mekong Delta by boat to the mud pits of a nearby fruit farm. Once there, use a basket to collect nutrient rich mud to fertilize a fruit tree. Once you have completed this task, the farmer will give you your next clue.

For Maria & Tiffany...

SPEED BUMP

MARIA & TIFFANY!

Find a soup stand and buy the ingredients for a Vietnamese soup known as pho. Then return to the dock, combine the ingredients, and serve the pho to the dockmaster. Once you have completed the soup to the dockmaster's liking, he will give you your next clue.

Mika has a fear of water. She's doing everything she can to overcome it, but really, this sort of thing should've been taken care of before leaving Los Angeles.

Meghen & Cheyne are the first at the farm, and the first to discover that the mud is really really sticky. And deep.

Back at the Speed Bump, Maria has no problem cooking and serving the pho. It's something she does a lot of (and eating), so they get this!

SPEED BUMP

YOU HAVE GONE OVER YOUR SPEED BUMP!

Travel to the nearby fruit farm and continue with the Race.

Once there, use a basket to collect nutrient rich mud to fertilize a fruit tree. Once you have completed this task, the farmer will give you your next clue.

Meghen & Cheyne decide to just get down and dirty. The teams have a hard time getting out of mud once they've get into it.

Once we take a moment to admire the locals for going through this, we finish a tree, and the first to benefit from it...  are Meghen & Cheyne!

ROUTE INFO

MAKE YOUR WAY TO CAI BE FIELD!

Return to the dock. Then make your way to Sn Vận Động Thị Trấn Ci B to find your next clue.

Garrett & Jessica follow Meghen & Cheyne out to the field. And as Zev & Justin prove, just the sheer act of returning to the dock is a hard, albeit, comical one. What isn't comical is that they may have lost their clue in the fall! They turn their boat around, retrieve their clue from the edge of the river, and head back.

Maria & Tiffany are the last team to complete the task and head to the field.

The teams enter the field to the sound of Vietnamese music, which is just beautiful.

Then they hit a...

ROADBLOCK

WHO'S FEELING JUST DUCKY?

Farmers use hungry ducks to rid their rice paddies of damaging insects. Teams will have to get - and keep - all your ducks in a row. Literally.

Using only a flag as a guide, you will have to lead a flock of 150 ducks over a bridge and back to their pen. If they finish in 10 minutes, they will receive their next clue. If not, they'll have to go to the back of the line and wait for another shot.

Ericka's probably the best to do this, as she prompts everyone to shake their tail feathers. Meghan, on the other hand, is having some difficulty with her task. Matt and Flight hustle their ducks and finish quickly. But who will finish first?

It's going to be... not Meghen, who times out. Jessica fares no better.

Sam & Dan are the first to finish and get this...

ROUTE INFO

MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PIT STOP!

Make your way to Cho Cai Be, a market at the edge of the Mekong River. Your next Pit Stop is floating along the river. Search along the dock for the Bassac III Riverboat, the Pit Stop for this leg of the Race.

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

Matt has herded some animals in his time. It shows. He finishes second. Flight finishes third, Keri finishes fourth, and the others who started and failed get second chances.

Zev is like duck Zen with these flocks.

Cheyne & Meghan fail. AGAIN.

Meanwhile, Sam & Dan can't find their way back along the Mekong River to the market. The other teams aren't faring any better... until someone finds a route marker! (C-NOTE: Due to the similarity of the Race colors and the Vietnamese flag, route markers on this leg are yellow and white.

PIT STOP
BASSAC III RIVERBOAT
CAI BE, VIETNAM

And first to arrive... Gary & Matt! They lock in the lead and pick up for their effort a kayak each! They're going fishing!

Next, a crash on the mat as Sam & Dan take second, Flight Time & Big Easy take third, and Keri & Lance take fourth.

Back in the duck field, it's a battle to avoid last place... Jessica and Ericka fight tooth and nail to get their ducks back in their bin. Both teams end up timing out.

Zev & Justin clock in at fifth... followed by Meghan & Cheyne in sixth... Maria & Tiffany at seventh... Mika & Canaan at eighth... Marcy & Ron at ninth... and a special hello to everyone who just tuned in for Cold Case.

This is going to be a close one... Ericka finishes just ahead of Jessica... and they're having duck for dinner.

Who'll be the first to the Pit Stop?

It is.... Brian & Ericka! They're in tenth...

And that leaves Garrett & Jessica. This is the end of their Amazing Race... and no one's more cheesed off than Garrett. They feel like they're stronger than their placing. Unfortunately, their inability to keep a cool head has cost them the Race. Are they any closer to marriage? Only time will tell.

ROUTE INFO

AFTER LEG 2: TOKYO, JAPAN to CAI BE, VIETNAM

1) Gary & Matt (+6) - Kayak
2) Sam & Dan (+7)
3) Flight Time & Big Easy (+2)
4) Lance & Keri (-1)
5) Zev & Justin (-3)
6) Meghan & Cheyne (-5) - Trips to Aspen & Vail
7) Tiffany & Maria (+4)
8) Mika & Canaan (+2)
9) Marcy & Ron (-5)
10) Brian & Ericka (-4)
ELIMINATED) Garrett & Jessica

To see this episode in its entirety, or to apply to be a contestant on "The Amazing Race", visit the official website at www.cbs.com/amazingrace. .