A Kiss Saves the
A flight across the Pond, a visit to
Stonehenge, a storming of Eastnor Castle, tipsy boats 'cross a freezing
moat...and a ballista-ed melon to the melon of Claire is how the
17th Amazing Race started off. The leg ended with Jill & Thomas
(Team No, I'M Right) winning the EXPRESS PASS that allows them to
skip ANY task through the eighth leg...and Ron & Tony (Team
La Thespians) getting lost WITH a compass and being sent home.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
EASTNOR CASTLE MEADOW
1155 LOCAL TIME
From the live-action RenFest, Jill
& Thomas rip open their clue to kick off Leg 2:
FLY TO THE
CITY OF ACCRA!
Fly more than 3100 miles
to the capital city of Accra, Ghana. When you land, make your
way to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park (named for the father of
Ghanaian independence) and find your next clue.
You have $137 for this Leg
of the Race.
Jill thinks about staying
in the background but still contributing. Five minutes after they
depart (1200), Nat & Kat (Rhyming Docs) take off. Other departure
times (all times GMT):
Conner & Jonathan (Team Glee): 1220
Brook & Claire (Team HSN): 1221
Katie & Rachael (Jersey Shore Spikers): 1222
Gary & Mallory (Miss Kentucky & Dad): 1240
Kevin & Michael (WuTubers): 1241
Chad & Stephanie: (Almost-Engaged): 1250
Andie & Jenna (Team Biologicals): 1335
Nick & Vicki (Team Ick): 1345
Teams Glee, HSN and Spikers
decide to work together for the time being...and Claire PRAYS against
any more watermelon-based tasks. And...they immediately get lost
on the grounds. Brook trades directions from a tractor driver for
a kiss. Everyone else has no issues...well, except for Michael's
leg bugging him and slowing Kevin down a bit.
At Heathrow, Team No I'M
Right find that Virgin Atlantic has a grand total of ONE flight
a day to Accra...and it's WIDE open. So that means the Great Equalizer
has struck again and ALL teams are on the same exact flight to:
After a six-hour flight,
twenty Americans charge out towards Ghana like World Cup soccer
fans. They find cabs and head off to the park. En route, they have
different views of the city. Team Ick comments on the differing
culture, the HSNers like the head-balancing...and Almost-Engaged
doesn't like the trash. Team Glee gets spat on by a beggar when
they wouldn't cough it up...and THEY beg their driver: o/~ Please
drive fa-a-a-aster! o/~ Andie, however, gives up a fiver.
KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL
PARK, ACCRA, GHANA
At the memorial celebrating
the man who won Ghana's independence from the UK, Brook & Claire
BARELY get to the clue box ahead of Nick & Vicki.
Travel to Makola Market and
search the streets for your next clue.
The other teams are right
behind, with Andie & Jenna bringing up the rear. So much for
"good karma" from the begger.
MAKOLA MARKET, ACCRA,
Everyone hates that the
market's so busy...except for Michael, who grew UP with these kind
of markets in Taiwan. Finding the clue box will be like finding
a needle in a hay...hey, hey! Team Ick found it first!
THEY CAN HANDLE SOME "SHADY" DEALINGS?
One of you must sell sunglasses
(a VERY popular sale item in the bright African sun of the
Market) in order to make a total of 15 Ghanaian cedis (or
about US$10). No pair can be sold for less than three cedis
apiece. Once you have 15 cedis, present the money to the lead
vendor, who will give you your next clue.
The vendors: Nick, Brook,
Jill, Chad, Rachel, Michael, Kat, Conner and Jenna. Brook, being
the seller that she is ("Team HSN", duh), nabs the first
sale with Chad targetting the women to close the gap.
Meanwhile, back at the
park, Gary & Mallory are stuck in a dead cab. The beauty queen
starts to pray that the engine kicks over...but nothing doin'. They
have to get another cab, which they get right away. When they finally
arrive at the market, Mallory takes to the "shady" deals.
The market is bustling
and the Racers are selling. Brook, of course, is a natural seller
and makes it to 15 cedis easy and, as such, are the first to receive
their next clue:
Travel by taxi to the "June
4th" area on Techi Road. Once there, find the shop called
"Peace Motor Spare Parts" and search for your next
Michael is the next to
15 (shocking his son) so he and Kevin take off with Team Glee on
their heels. Chad all but BEGS to get to 15 so he and Stephanie
can leave in 4th. The Spikers split in fifth, much to Nat's chagrin.
PEACE MOTOR SPARE PARTS,
"JUNE 4th AREA", ACCRA, GHANA
Brook & Claire find
the shop and run into the Race's first...
TUNE IN or
TUNE IN: Make your way to
Adom Electricals and receive a TV antenna system (no cable
in Accra). Then search for a nearby marked house and install
the antenna to the specifications of the house's owner. When
you get a clear-enough signal on the TV inside, the owner
will give you your next clue.
CHECK OUT: Head to Emmanuel
Woodshop, a place which builds custom coffins that represent
the lifestyle of the eventual occupants. Pick out a coffin,
place it on a marked cart and travel through the back roads
until you reach the "Hello Coffin" showroom. The
showroom manager will then give you your next clue.
Sales on TV they know,
but does Team HSN know how to FIX a TV? We'll find out; they choose
to TUNE IN. The locals smile at the two girls hammering the planks
to put the antenna up. Inside, they string the coaxial cable among
the roof fixtures.
Meanwhile, Team WuTubers
arrive at Adom Electricals...but can't find the auto parts sotre
or the clue box. Chad & Steph arrive 2nd at the store and do
TUNE IN and direct father and son to the box, where Katie &
Rachel decide to CHECK OUT with a synthesizer coffin. Michael &
Kevin TUNE IN as well. Stephanie helps Chad with the installation
(finally proving her point...to a point).
Back at the market, half
the Racers are still hawking shades. But Team Biologicals manage
to scrape the last cedis needed to leave for June 14th. After a
lot of haggling and good customer service for NOT giving a guy a
scratched-lensed pair, Jill gets her 15 cedis so Team No I'M Right
splits. Someone, after dancing around with a pair on, wants Nick
to give the shades to her for free. He refuses...but the woman leaves
anyway. The costumers get more demanding. One cedi...body searches...pleading
and scrapping...and Team Ick reach their quota, leaving Team Rhyming
Docs in the dust. After Nat yells, "HARD SELL!", Kat finally
finds a buyer for the last pair and the Docs head for the store.
Brook & Claire are...NOT
on the air. The picture isn't clear enough, so Brook has to adjust
the antenna on the roof. The Spikers are jogging through the streets
trying not to tip the coffin...so to speak. They find the showroom
and cross the busy road...but Team HSN get the picture they need
first and are the first to get the good news in the clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Head for Kaneshie Market,
one of the largest markets in all western Africa. Weave through
the customers and vendors and meet Phil near a pedestrian
bridge at the PIT STOP for this leg.
WARNING: The last team to
check-in MAY be eliminated!
The girls SQUEAL at being
in first as they catch a cab. Katie & Rachael deliver the coffin
and get the clue in second. Looks like girls are ruling the day.
Back at June 14th, Conner
& Jonathan arrive at the DETOUR fifth and elect to TUNE IN.
Michael & Kevin finish their job thanks to Michael's good carpentry
and leave for the PIT STOP in third. After several attempts with
the cable, Team Almost Engaged departs in 4th. Jill & Thomas
arrive 6th at the DETOUR and CHECK OUT the dead men's digs (choosing
a camera coffin to haul) and Nick & Vicki go with TUNE IN. And
Team Ryhmics Docs...are lost..
Team HSN and Team Jersey
Shore Spikers arrive at the market and race around the thousands
of people to find Phil and his basket-balancing-on-head companion.
And the winners?
Brook & Claire...you
and your still melon-rinded head are TEAM #1! And, after the Race,
you're going on a 10-day trip to Hawai'i, courtesy of the Roaming
Gnomes of Travelocity(TM). Katie & Rachael are Team #2 and get...nothing,
except being a minute or two behind the leaders for Leg 3.
Connor & Jonathan
have issues with the antenna and decide to perform their own "U-TURN"
and CHECK OUT the coffins. Team WuTubbers are Team #3 to the PIT
STOP. Jill & Thomas are 5th out of the DETOUR after dropping
their film-coffin off. Chad & Stephanie are Team #4. Nat &
Kat are STILL lost and Miss Kentucky & Dad aren't much better.
Team Biologicals PASS them...but THEY need directions as well.
Team Glee choose a fish
coffin to move (bumping a lion coffin in the process) and get to
steppin'...though manuveuring through rush hour traffic is tough.
Gary & Mallory FINALLY reach the DETOUR and decide to TUNE IN.
Behind them are the Docs who CHECK OUT (with a shrimp coffin). Team
Ick get a warm (and clear) reception and are 6th out of the DETOUR.
Jill & Thomas exit a cab RIGHT near Phil and check-in as #5.
At last, Team Biologicals arrive and choose to CHECK OUT (another
Conner & Jonathan
head to the market in 7th. Kat gets run over by their cart as they
haul, allowing Miss Kentucky & Dad to go to 8th out of the DETOUR.
The Docs leave in 9th and Andie & Jenna have to hoof it.
So all the teams are in
cabs and motoring...or, rather, stop-and-going through the horrible
traffic. Once a lane is found, though, the "Taxi Cannonball
Run" begins as cabs pass cabs who are passing OTHER cabs in
the process. Team Docs and Team Glee's cab drive in a middle lane
which causes the teams to...well, I'm sure they at least wet themselves
a little. Once they get to Kaneshie Market, though, it's a foot
race (just LIKE in "Cannonball Run"...only not so close.
Time to check-in. Connor
& Jonathan in 6th, Nat & Kat in 7th, Nick & Vicki in
8th. Will it be the Biologicals or Miss Kentucky & Dad who will
be last to market?!
"Gary & Mallory...you
are Team #9!" And there was much rejoicing...amid the team,
And that means the young
woman and her biological mother who have only seen each other twice
before the Race started, are the last to arrive...and the trips
from Boston to London to Accra are all they're travelling in this
Race; they are Philiminated. Still, travelling 10,000 miles with
the family seperated 21 years ago was SO rewarding for the team.
They will treasure these last few days forever.
AFTER LEG 2:
LONDON, UK to ACCRA, GHANA
Brook & Claire (+3) - Hawai'i
2) Katie & Rachel (+3)
3) Michael & Kevin (+4)
4) Chad & Stephanie (+4)
5) Jill & Thomas (-4) - Express Pass
6) Connor & Jonathan (-3)
7) Nat & Kat (-5)
8) Nick & Vicki (+2)
9) Gary & Mallory (-3)
ELIMINATED) Andie & Jenna (-1)
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