I Hate Chinese Food
Going from Oman to Bangladesh, Jill &
Thomas (Team No I'M Right) jumped on an earlier flight and finished the
leg in first with much time to spare. The first-ever DOUBLE U-TURN
reared its two heads at Chad & Stephanie (Team Very-Recently Engaged)
and Brook & Claire (Team HSN), forcing them to do both parts of the
DETOUR. In the end, however, the couple that got engaged in Oman ended
up going from first to worst and bowing out of the Race. We're down to
the Final Four...and college basketball season's only just STARTED!
0825 LOCAL TIME
Outside of the main city where 90,000
people in one square mile is considered "breathing room", Jill & Thomas
kickoff Leg 10 of the Race...
FLY TO THE CITY OF
Fly about 3500 miles to Hong
Kong, China. Upon arriving, travel by bus and ferry to Cheung Chau
island and find the Cheung Po Tsai Cave (off of Cheung Chau Sai Tai
Road), where your next clue awaits.
The other teams' depart
times (local time) are:
Nick & Vicki (Team Ick):
Nat & Kat (Team Rhyming Docs): 1605
Brook & Claire: 1715
Feeling they have a very comfy lead, they go to a travel agency to find
flights to the former British protectorate. And...the Great Equalizer
strikes again; the earliest flight out of Dahka to Hong Kong (via
Singapore) is at 11:55...at NIGHT! Oh, snap! Well, back to the hotel to
strategize. All the other teams go straight to the airport...and Claire
can't WAIT to scare the crap out of Jill & Thomas, being that Team HSN
is the first-ever U-TURNed team who survived the Leg.
SHAHJALAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
reunion of Team No I'M Right and Team HSN is not exactly civil. The
couple ask the girls not to hate them...and the girls weren't buying
that they were "more competitive" than Nat & Kat (who have won three
Legs so far, whereas Brook & Claire only won one). They blame Thomas for
it all, not including Jill in the "mastermind" plan. In the end, though,
they shake hands and get ready to come out fighting when their plane
KONG, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
The eight wacky Racers
arrive at perhaps the most developed city in all of China. Jill & Thomas
hop on the first double-decker bus into the city. The other teams catch
the next bus. The "Fast Ferry" to Cheung Chau Island awaits Team No I'M
Right with the next one out a half hour later. So the three other teams
leap off the bus and sprint to the ferry to make it. They take different
routes...and Vicki's asthma is acting up. Thomas thinks the teams will
be "Indiana Jones-ing in" at the last minute. Team Rhyming Docs and Team
HSN do arrive...but Team Ick is still lagging. Will they make it?
Nope, the door shuts and the
ferry heads off, leaving Vicki to sob over her costing them. And Nick -
who, at the last PIT STOP, said Vicki was a "blessing" to him - cusses
her out over the half-hour they must now make up. Vicki cries as Nick
keeps up the abuse.
HONG KONG, CHINA
The ferry lets out and the
teams jog towards the street which will lead them to the cave. But
Claire is having a rough go at it. As such, by a slim margin over Nat &
Kat, Team No I'M Right are the first to the cave and the clue:
FERRY YOURSELVES TO
Take a ferry to the Kowloon area
of Hong Kong. Once there, find "Majesty Chinese Restaurant" and
search for your next clue.
With the Docs a close second
and Team HSN a slow third, the teams head back to the ferry docks. Brook
& Claire argue about Claire being unable to keep up. The twosome just
BARELY make the ferry to Kowloon...and it's a three-way tie again. And
the two TV hosts hug it out.
Meanwhile, Team Ick's ferry
arrives...but not before Nick dishes out a little more abuse to Vicki
about the stress of the Race and how he's starting to regret ever
HONG KONG, CHINA
The three front-runners take
cabs to the Majestic while Team Ick picks up their clue to head there.
Nat & Kat are first to arrive...and they find that it's part-Chinese
Restaurant...and part karaoke bar?! Thankfully, they don't have to sing
Hong Kong is famous for its
food...but ALSO for its highly-realistic FAKE food that shows up in
restaurant windows all around the city. One team member must take
chopsticks and go to the restaurant's large buffet table. There, you
must search the table for one of only five items of fake food. Any
food you pick up with the chopsticks MUST be eaten. Once you find a
fake item, take it to the buffet chef who will verify it and hand
you your next clue.
We already know Kat's a
vegetarian (that lamb in Norway notwithstanding) so Nat decides to pig
out. The atmosphere is NUTS...and the task seems daunting to say the
LEAST. First pick...not so fake...but delish in any case. As she
continues, Jill & Thomas show up and Thomas decides he's "peckish"
enough for this task. As Thomas starts chowing down, Claire THINKS
they're doing karaoke and takes the task over Brook...and Claire's a
picky eater (plus the fact that ROADBLOCKs have been bad luck for her
[see the melon ballista to the skull]). So we have three Americans
poking stuff with chopsticks and chomping anything that ain't
fake..while three American women dance to the repetitive Chinese music.
As Brook keeps the crowd
motivated (like they NEED the help), Nat picks up a piece of fish,
determining it to be fake. She takes it to the buffet chef who looks it
over...and says she's right! The Docs are out of the ROADBLOCK in quick
order and get this clue:
ENTER THE DRAGON!
Make your way to Avenue of the
Stars (Hong Kong's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame) and search
for your next clue. (The clue doesn't state that they're looking for
the statue of martial arts great Bruce Lee...although "Enter the
Dragon" was Lee's final film appearance before his death.)
Nat & Kat split and get a
cab. Meanwhile, Team Ick is ferrying to Kowloon.
Back inside, Thomas is
staring intently, hoping he doesn't have to consume the entire buffet to
win. (Oh, and he's feeding himself by hand, NOT by chopsticks. Possible
violation?!) Claire, though picky, is doing her best while Brook cheers
At the Avenue, the Docs
already figured it was the Bruce Lee statue and the cabbie point them
down to it. As the sun starts to set on the famed city, Nat & Kat find
DING DING or SANPAN?
DING DING: Board a
100-year-old tram system (called the Ding Ding) starting at the
Marshall Street Station. Along the route, search the thousands of
neon signs for three that will give you the clue leading to the PIT
STOP for this leg of the Race. If you get the clue, you may
disembark at the end of the route and head for the PIT STOP. If you
don't, you must make a return trip and start again.
SANPAN: Pick up two
parakeets in a wooden cage at Jungle Kingdom Dock and board a sanpan,
a traditional boat used for trade. The boat will head for Aberdeen
Harbor and you must search the hundreds of boats for one with a
registration number matching the one on the tag of your birdcage.
Once you find the boat, the owner of said boat will trade you the
cage for the location of the PIT STOP for this leg of the Race.
You'll be let off the sanpan so you can head to the PIT STOP.
WARNING: The last team
to check-in MAY be eliminated!
They choose to SANPAN and
the Docs head for the dock. They taxi to the dock, pick up the pair-o-'keets
and choose a female sanpan driver to lead them on the search for
"CM60447C". The thing is, unlike most American boats, registration
numbers on Chinese boats are in different locales on more-or-less every
boat. This...could be a while.
Back at the restaurant,
Thomas and Claire are still sifting through the food. Thomas picks up a
shrimp that looks fake to HIM ("too hard to be real") and presents it to
the chef. The chef confirms it and sends him and Jill out in
second...much to Team HSN disgruntlement.
Nick & Vicki FINALLY arrive
at Kowloon and find a cab to the restaurant...and Jill & Thomas pick up
their DETOUR and choose DING DING. Claire is starting to get a little
sick from all the food devoured so far (especially since she was on a
diet)...but she's still looking as Vicki chooses to join her. The battle
for third commences.
Back at the harbor, Nat &
Kat have their floodlights working overtime looking for the right
boat...and they try to entertain the parakeets as they continue to the
next section. Team No I'M Right arrive at the station and board the ding
ding. The tram moves slow enough...but all the signs fighting for
attention along the busy street makes it hard to find three specific
ones. They think the signs will stand out...and they think that JUST as
they pass by a red-and-yellow one saying "PIT STOP"! Doh! They
watch...and miss one that says "STATUE". DOH!. In their nervousness,
they miss the one saying "SQUARE". DOH!!!!
Back at the chowhouse, the
partiers are getting louder and Claire is getting stouter...and her
stomach is just about at its limit. And, of course, that means reverse
peristalsis kicks in. She sprints for the bathroom, a slightly-less
disgusted-looking Brook shaking her head..and Nick laughing his tattooed
backside off (assuming it's inked, which isn't a stretch, really). Brook
supports her, though, after the stomach-emptying and gets her back to
the buffet. Not too soon after Claire rejoins Vicki,...Claire finds an
oyster that looks suspicious. Though Nick tells Vicki to "get in there"
and steal it from her, Claire grabs it, presents it to the chef...and
Team HSN are third out of the ROADBLOCK, much to Nick's disgust. But he
cheers her on, saying to take her time in looking for the fake.
Back at the harbor, the
Rhyming Docs still have not found their registration number...and, on
the bus route, Team No I'M Right are getting frustrated. After a few
ding ding rides, they decide they're done done and decide to switch to
SANPAN. They take the cage with "CM16700A" and head out...and run right
into Nat & Kat (not literally; that'd be a disaster). Meanwhile, Team
HSN find Bruce Lee and the DETOUR and choose SANPAN as well.
"There it is!" shouts Jill a
little while later, seeing the registration number. The owner takes the
birds and hands them the piece of paper that says, "PIT STOP: STATUE
SQUARE". ("Statue Square" in central Hong Kong is a public park built in
the 19th Century to honor royalty from Colonial England.)
As they head back to the
harbor, Nat & Kat FINALLY find THEIR boat and get THEIR clue. Jill &
Thomas are first off the boat...but nabbing a taxi is a BIT of a chore.
Nat & Kat, however, find one...RIGHT UNDER THE OTHER TEAM'S NOSES! The
bad news, though, is that they PASS Team No I'M Right and get the evil
eye from them. This causes Jill & Thomas to HURRY into the cab they were
talking to and start the pursuit...just as Brook & Claire arrive at the
harbor. They take "B302478" and head out.
The karaoke party is
breaking up...and Vicki is still at the buffet, eating the now-warm
sushi. Annnnnnd SHE having thoughts of hurling.
HONG KONG, CHINA
The cabs speed through the
streets...they stop at the Square...the teams get out and grab their
bags...the sprint to a lone man and a woman in Chinese garb...one team
hits the mat in front of them, get the traditional PIT STOP welcome from
the woman...and Phil gives them the good news....
"Nat & Kat...you are Team #
1!" For the fourth time in the Race, the Docs are on top! And this time,
a 5-night trip to Rio de Janeiro is in store for them, replete with a
rainforest tour and a soothing spa treatment.
Jill & Thomas hit the mat a
few minutes later...and, apparently, there WASN'T a violation because
they're Team #2...and happy for it.
Vicki presents a piece of
food to the chef, PRAYING it's the right one...but it isn't. She's
starting to cry...she swallows the food...and SPRINTS to the bathroom!
THAR SHE BLOWS...chunks, that is! She doesn't want to do this
anymore...NICK doesn't want her to do it anymore...but not completing a
ROADBLOCK will incur a four-hour penalty. And she'd rather pass out than
quit. So, after a wipedown of her mouth, it's back to the table. As the
cleaning lady starts to close down the restaurant, she picks up a
mollusk and shows it to the chef. The chef has to look a bit more
carefully...but he approves of it! Team Ick is out of the ROADBLOCK and
en route to the statue of Bruce Lee.
At the SANPAN, Team HSN are
still looking...and, when Team Ick arrives at the DETOUR, they likewise
choose SANPAN. Their number is "CM6545A" as they start out. And which
team will find their boat first?
It's Brook & Claire! They
are third out of the DETOUR...while Nick & Vicki are feeling more
frustrated. In fact, Nick is thinking about all they've been
through...and he wants out. Vicki doesn't want to quit...so Nick lies
down and says, "Waste your own damn time. This is pointless. This isn't
worth it to me." .
Brook & Claire are
proclaimed Team #3...and they are ecstatic to have beaten the "punk
Speaking of, Vicki tries
looking by herself...but it's not working out. It's around 0400...and
Nick refuses to help. So, begrudgingly, Vicki decides to quit the DETOUR
and take the six-hour penalty. They're certain they're last anyway.
They get directions to the
PIT STOP and hit the mat in the rain, where Phil tells them they're last
to arrive. The good news, such as it is, is that they're still in the
Race as this is the last Non-Elimination Leg. The bad news is double:
they will have a six-hour penalty tacked on for skipping the
DETOUR...AND they will have to do a SPEED BUMP at some point. This was
the longest day EVER for them. Nick apologizes for not being a team
player and vows to help more in the coming Leg. But they are WAY behind
now...can even two tough tattooists from Sin City climb this mountain?
Stay tuned and find out!.
AFTER LEG 10: DAHKA,
BANGLADESH to HONG KONG, CHINA
1) Nat & Kat (+2) -
Belize, Costa Rica, $5000, Rio
2) Jill & Thomas (-1) - Express Pass [USED], Brazil, $15K Discover
3) Brook & Claire (+1) - Hawai'i
4) Nick & Vicki (-2)
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