We Should Have Brought
Gloves and Butt Pads
There wasn't long to travel in the
last leg; down the way to the neighborhood of Jamestown and over
to the Dodowa district of the Ghanaian capital. After boxing, wheelbarreling,
decoding and bike-rim-rolling Conner & Jonathan (Team Glee)
pocketed $5K each for hitting the PIT STOP mat first. Michael &
Kevin (WuTubers) arrived in last...but, FORTUNATELY, were not Philiminated
as this was one of three N.E.L.s in the Race. The bad news: a SPEED
BUMP awaits them somewhere along the way.
Before they leave for the next leg,
though, the eighteen Americans do some charity renovation work around
the schoolhouses where their last DETOUR took place. Panting walls,
building brick steps, singing and smiling at the school children...it
was certainly a unique experience for the teams.
HOME OF AWUSA NTSO
1015 LOCAL TIME
OK, work time's over. Time to get to
work...on Leg 4. Team Glee start off with this clue...which probably
made them feel like a Katy Perry song: "Hot 'n' Cold"...
TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE!
Fly more than 4500 miles
to the city of Kiruna, Sweden, about 100 miles north of the
Arctic Circle in the Swedish Lapland. All teams will be given
tickets for the same flight (as flights out of Accra to Sweden
are limited)...but you are under NO OBLIGATION to use the
given tickets. Once in Kiruna, drive yourselves to the nearby
city of Jukkasjärvi and go to the famous "Icehotel". Since
it is summer, the ice that makes up the hotel is stored in
a warehouse. Find this warehouse and a local will point you
to your next clue.
You have $184 for this Leg
of the Race.
(Get it? See, 'cause they
go from "hot" Africa to the "cold" Sweden...heh-heh...)
Fun fact: Conner &
Jonathan are missing their graduation from Princeton during this
leg of the Race. Way to have priorities, guys. Anyhow, the other
teams depart at...(all times
- Gary & Mallory (Miss
KY & Dad): 1119
- Chad & Stephanie (Team Almost-Engaged): 1129
- Katie & Rachel (Jersey Shore Spikers): 1212
- Nick & Vicki (Team Ick): 1223
- Brook & Claire (Team HSN): 1224
- Jill & Thomas (Team I'M Right!): 1229
- Nat & Kat (Rhyming Docs): 1312
- Michael & Kevin: 1326
Team HSN has ditched comfort
for "fabulous" style to get them out of their 1st-to-6th
drop doldrums. Stripes and hot pink DO stand out in the African
At the Accra airport,
Team Glee find that the Lufthansa office for checking-in and getting
boarding passes won't open for a few hours. En route to the airport,
the WuTubers find a flight that arrives two hours ahead of the already-given
flight. When they get there, nobody else bothered to check for an
earlier flight...and Michael & Kevin decide to let Gary &
Mallory (a fellow father/child team) in on the scam. Mallory gets
sneaky and gets a worker to get their tickets for them so as not
to arouse suspicion from the other teams. Conner & Jonathan
stake-out the teams and learn of their plan.
Little do they know that
Nat & Kat are using the internet to find a faster flight. They
find the same flight and give THEIR info to Brook & Claire.
The connecting flight out of Frankfurt is now booked, meaning that
the other teams have to go to stand-by in order to make it an even
All the teams were on
the same flight into the German airport...but four teams had to
hoof it to make the connection, which leaves a mere hour after the
first flight lands. The Docs make the connection with a few minutes
to spare, with HSN and KY & Dad right behind them. The WuTubers
take a "short cut" with an elevator...and it ends up being
a LONG cut. Still, they make it JUST before the doors close, meaning
that they have an extra two hours to finish that SPEED BUMP before
having to worry about elimination. The other teams...not so lucky,
they have the later flight to...
Out of the plane and into
their cars (most likely Saabs) the four front-runners go. Gary &
Mallory are out in first...but they take a wrong turn on the way
to the Icehotel and get Kevin & Michael to follow. So it's Nat
& Kat and Brook & Claire who arrive first. The local in
the deep freeze storage points them to slabs of ice with words etched
in them: PIETARASJÄRVIVÄGEN FJELLBORGS VID VÄKKÄRÄJÄRVI.
(The TRICK is to figure
out that this Swedish stuff is directing them to Fjellborg's Lodge,
where their next clue awaits.)
Team KY & Dad arrive
with the WuTubers. But, BEFORE the dad and son can get their hunk
of ice, the local directs them to the clue box behind her. Ayup,
it's time for their...
BUMP - MICHAEL & KEVIN
HAVE A SEAT!
As you have arrived last
in the previous leg, you must now do this task before continuing.
All you have to do is sit on some furniture for ten minutes
straight. Oh, by the way, the furniture is made of ICE!
Well, not exactly the
most GRUELING of SPEED BUMPs, but they'll take it. They reach the
furniture and relax, wishing they had these ice chairs when Michael
nearly passed out in the heat of Ghana. After a few minutes, Kevin's
butt starts to numb and it hurts...but Michael's fine, switching
between cheeks. The "ice princess" local then tells them
the ten minutes are up and they are free to grab their ice and go.
Meanwhile, the Docs ask
a local outside to translate the words in the ice to English. The
local tells them about a "camp by the lake" and maybe
got more that was edited out. Team HSN likewise get the idea...while
Gary & Mallory decide to just tail the others. Michael &
Kevin get exact DIRECTIONS from a different local and head on their
While the others get lost
in the woods on a wrong turn, the WuTubers actually arrive at the
lodge first. And, after sailing over the SPEED BUMP, they run smack
KIND OF "MUSH"Y!
The Lapland have snow on
the ground eight months out of the year, making dog-sledding
an important transport. It's the "off season" now
and the dogs can't get flabby! One of you will take a "summer
training sled" with dogs attached and have them "mush"
through a long forest trail. Along the way, five different-colored
flags will apear above the trail. As you ride by, grab one
of each flag and trade them to the hunter at the end of the
trail for a shipment of fur pelts. You must do a "penalty
lap" around the hunter's camp for each flag you miss
along the way. Then head back down the trail back to the kennel
and trade the pelts for your next clue..
Kevin decides this task
is fine for Michael and Dad agrees. They head down the trail, hitch
up the huskies and AWAY he GOES! He grabs the first flag with ease...but
his dogs almost get spooked by an animatronic bear (and, no, he's
not playing the banjo; that'd be REALLY scary). Part of the training,
The others get unlost
and find the lodge. Kat, Mallory and Claire decide to mush behind
Michael's cheering behind. Meanwhile, Michael reaches the end of
the trail and hands the five flags to the hunter, who gives him
Wow, two hours already?
How time flies...and the other five teams finally fly into Kiruna.
Team Glee leads the convoy with Team Almost-Engaged being the caboose.
Back at the canine camp, Mallory passes Kat...but MISSES a flag.
Claire passes Kat as Kat's dogs take a latrine break. When Mallory
arrives at the hunter's camp, she pulls the flags out of her bodice...and
is told to take a lap. Claire has no such issues; she grabs the
pelts and heads back (after collecting kiss #6 on her World Smooching
Tour). As Mallory finishes her lap and leaves with the furs, Kat
arrives and trades flags for pelts, back of the front pack.
The REAR pack arrive at
the Icehotel...and they do the SMART thing and write DOWN the clue
instead of lugging the ice block around...except for Jill &
Thomas. Team I'M Right have a hard time with the hunk of frozen
water and they leave the Icehotel in dead last.
Michael arrives back at
the kennel to the applause of all the non-ROADBLOCKers, including
his son. The WuTubers snug their next clue:
TIME TO CATCH
Drive yourselves to the Vassijaure
Train Station. Your next clue is by the railroad tracks.
As they split (and Michael
keeps saying how much fun the ROADBLOCK was), Claire arrives in
second. Mallory and Kat depart third and fourth. After THEY leave,
the front four of the rear pack arrive at the ROADBLOCK. Conner,
Stephanie, Katie and Nick will be the sledders. Jill & Thomas
arrive in last and Jill offers to "mush"...except that...they're
going down the WRONG PATH! While the other teams are running their
dogs ragged, Team I'M Right is DEAD wrong...and dead LAST! Of course,
they DO go the RIGHT way and Jill gets her dogs and goes.
VASSIJAURE TRAIN STATION
Michael & Kevin find
the station and the clue box. Their reward?
SLEDS or BEDS?
SLEDS: Take a ski
lift to the top of a nearby mountain. Then head down the marked
course using the "techsleds" provided. Both team
members MUST finish the course beating the time of 1:58 in
order for you to receive your next clue; if you don't, you
BOTH must go back to the top and try again.
BEDS: Head for
the nearby encampment of Sami people (descendants of the original
Scandinavian nomads). Using traditional materials, you must
erect a goahti, a tent-like dwelling, and make the interior
comfortable for sleeping. Once the goahti is approved by one
of the tribesmen, he will hand you your next clue.
Scared that Michael can't
hack extreme sports, the WuTubers select BEDS. They find the camp...but
their tent-building skills leave a LITTLE to be desired. The Rhyming
Docs arrive second and choose SLEDS. Miss KY & Dad and Team
HSN likewise choose SLEDS when they arrive at the station
Back at the kennel, Connor
& Jonathan are fifth to leave the ROADBLOCK, with Team Ick right
behind them. The Jersey Spikers leave in seventh, Chad & Stephanie
in eighth...and, bringing up the dog-leg (so to speak) is Team I'M
Right! Ah, but, if you recall, Jill & Thomas DO still have the
EXPRESS PASS...which means they could very well go from last to
first by bypassing the DETOUR approaching.
While WuTubers improve
their tent-making skills and they get the bedding furs to put inside,
Nat & Kat have an exciting run down the mountain...until Kat
took a turn too fast and hit the protective netting. That's one
blown attempt (though Nat made it with time to spare). Gary &
Mallory head down the slopes next...and Mallory (riding the brakes
a fair bit I'm sure) makes it RIGHT AT 1:58! Uh,...but the clue
said to BEAT that time, not TIE it. So...back up the mountain ya
Nat & Kat try again...and
they finish in 1:55. They are the first to receive the good news:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Follow the instructions and
drive through the Swedish landscape to a Sami campsite at
the Norwegian border. It is the next PIT STOP for the Leg
of the Race.
WARNING: The last team to
check-in MAY be eliminated!
As they drive off, Brook & Claire finish in a speedy 1:43 and
head to the Norway border in second. But Miss KY & Dad beat
THAT time with 1:24 and are right on their tailpipe!
Back at the
train station, Team Glee, and Team Almost-Engaged choose the SLED
it. Stephanie is NOT too thrilled about it, though.
BORDER OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Team Rhyming Docs, Nat
& Kat...from the depths of 8th place...you are now Team #1!
And the Roaming Gnome at Travelocity has a 5-day trip to Belize
for them as a prize!
Train station, Team Spikers
and Team Ick...both doing the sledding. Only Michael & Kevin
are pitching a tent...and they do it well enough to depart the DETOUR
Border. Gary & Mallory
are Team #1 and Brook & Claire are Team #3. Hug all around.
Train station...Team I'M
Right...last clue in box. They decide with BEDS at first...but Thomas
is thinking EXPRESS PASS.
Team Glee is first down
the mountain...and crash this way and that en route. Needless to
say, they DON'T beat the mark. Chad & Stephanie are next...and
Steph is making yellow snow for certain. She nearly rams INTO Chad
going down...and ends up crashing instead. And again...and AGAIN...and
Chad is NOT helping with his yelling. Especially when the other
two teams reach the lift. Stephanie just cannot do it...and she
cries as Chad all but drags her sobbing from the course.
Which sucks because, upon
seeing the work needed to build the tent, Jill & Thomas decide
to use it:
PASS - JILL & THOMAS
The Express Pass allows you
to bypass ANY task. If you cannot or will not perform a task,
simply hand the presiding local your Express Pass, and he
or she will give you the next clue, no questions asked!
You may only use the Express
Pass ONCE, and only up to (and including) Leg 8, so you must
determine when it is in your best interests to use it.
Michael & Kevin have
survived the SPEED BUMP and hit the mat in front of Phil as Team
Back on the mountain,
Connor keeps rocking the sled...and Jonathan keeps crashing. He
keeps trying, though. Team I'M Right gets to work on the goahti..with
Chad telling Steph to hustle every minute. Nick & Vicki are
born techsledders, it seems, since they finish the course in 1:46
and depart the DETOUR in 6th. Katie & Rachael aren't doing as
well, crashing all over the place. Katie even watches her techsled
"ghost-ride" into the rocks. They decide to switch to
BEDS...as do Team Glee.
Jill & Mallory, thanks
to the EXPRESS PASS, arrive as Team #5...and they don't regret doing
The greatest thing Chad
& Stephanie have seen all Leg is Team Jersey Spikers heading
towards the campsite. They had already got the tent up and they
KNOW they won't be the last team out of the DETOUR! Team Ick checks-in
as Team #6. Team Glee are still optimistic as THEY start building.
Team I'M Right get the nod from the Sami and head off in 7th. The
Spikers' get a ruling...but it's not quite habitable yet. Chad &
Stephanie, thankfully, are Team #7...and Chad apologizes for the
Katie & Rachael get
the idea and work to get the tent habitable. As Connor & Jonathan
get the fire going in their abode...the Spikers FINALLY get the
nod from the Sami and leave in 8th. Team Glee are on their tail...but
is it too little too late?
The cars run...the
drops...Phil waits...and two Americans hit the mat. Phil says,
"Katie & Rachael...by
the skin of your teeth, you are still in this Race! You are Team
The singing Ivy Leaguers
who missed out on the cap-and-gown-fest sing "Pomp and Circumstance"
as they approach the mat...and they get the bad news from Phil.
They went from first to worst...and they are out. No mortarboards...but
they DO toss their caps in the air in commemoration of "graduating"
from The Amazing Race. One last song, to the tune of "Amazing
Through many DETOURs,
ROADBLOCKs and Legs
We are the last team to arrive
And Phil will send us home...good-bye!
AFTER LEG 4:
ACCRA, GHANA to SWEDEN-NORWAY BORDER
1) Nat & Kat
(+7) - Belize
2) Gary & Mallory (EVEN)
3) Brook & Claire (+3) - Hawai'i
4) Michael & Kevin (+5)
5) Jill & Thomas (+2) - Express Pass [USED]
6) Nick & Vicki (-1)
7) Chad & Stephanie (-4)
8) Katie & Rachel (-4)
ELIMINATED) Connor & Jonathan (-8) - $5000
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