I'm Surrounded by
In the land of Bruce Lee, Nat & Kat (The
Rhyming Docs) found a way to bolt to first place, while the Icks, Nick &
Vicki, have fallen by the wayside. They're not out of it yet, but with a
Speed Bump, they'll have to count on a Golden Harvest as the Race
continues from Hong Kong.
HONG KONG, CHINA
1637 LOCAL TIME
Nat & Kat are the first to head out with
clue in hand. Okay, Rhyming Docs. Time to operate!
FLY TO THE CITY OF
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA!
Fly 1300 miles to the city of
Seoul, South Korea. Once there, take one of the marked cars and
drive yourselves toward the North Korean border to the Demilitarized
Zone. Once there, search for the Seung-il Bridge, where you will
find your next clue. WARNING! DO NOT CROSS THE BORDER!
You have $117 for this Leg of the
"Really?" Yes, Kat. REALLY.
The other teams' depart
times (local time) are:
Jill & Thomas (Team No I'M
Brook & Claire: 1726
Nick & Vicki (Team Ick): LAST. Seriously, that's what the OSG says, no
time, just "Last to depart".
While the rest of the teams arrive at the airport, Brook & Claire look
to a concierge for a quick flight. They find one that leaves at 12:25.
That flight... is the same flight that the teams at the airport are
At the airport, Nat & Kat
are using their girl power to get a traveler to purchase a guide to
Korea. Even has a little message inside: "Nat & Kat, Calm Winds &
Following Seas." Nice.
HONG KONG, CHINA
Meanwhile, Nick & Vicki
finally get going, and Nick has a moment of restitution, realizing that
after saying how much he cares about Vicki... she's pretty much thrown
about like garbage. No longer, he says. In Hong Kong, talk is cheap.
Even so, it looks like
they're going to catch up with the rest of the teams... until they get
to the counter the moment that the plane leaves! D'oh! The next flight
is at 9:30, over nine hours later!
1ST FLIGHT: Team
No I'M Right!, Team Rhyming Docs, Team HSN
2ND FLIGHT: Team Ick
Six of the remaining eight
haul rice buns to the DMZ... and Jill & Thomas are panicking in the
lead. They're followed by HSN and Nat & Kat. They must be careful not to
cross the border into the Communist north. A little hard to do in the
rain. But as the Icks leave China, Jill & Thomas find the bridge. Now to
find the clue.
Ah, there we are.
WELCOME TO THE DMZ!
Choose a rafting guide and a
raft. Make your way through the rapids of the Hantan River until you
reach US Army Base Camp Casey downriver. When you arrive, your
Mission Commander and the waiting soldiers will give you additional
NOTE: There will be a short
safety briefing. You must wear all provided safety gear.
Jill & Thomas are the first
to paddle on the river. And the river paddles back. The other two teams
follow suit. And so does the river. Oh Kelly Clarkson indeed.
Jill & Thomas are the first
to get into the trucks of the Greatest Army in the Free World.
ARMY CAMP CASEY
Once they arrive on base,
it's on to the clue box.
WHO'S READY TO BE
ALL YOU CAN BE?
US troops maintain a rigorous
training regime in many martial arts including tae kwon do. Choose a
headband and then search among 200 soldiers practicing tae kwon do
for the one wearing a matching headband. Once you find the right
soldier, the soldier will break open a wooden board that contains
your next clue. Pick the wrong soldier, and the soldier will take
the headband, and you will have to retrieve another headband.
Thomas takes the headband as
Brook gives chase. Thomas beats her by a headband, and his soldier gives
us an Army Strong flying kick to a board, which has this...
FIND SEOUL'S WORLD
Make your way on foot to the
subway station and go back to Seoul and find the Seoul World Cup
Stadium, where you'll find your next clue.
Kat takes to the field as
the second time proves to be the charm for Brook.
At the subway station, Jill
doesn't see the other teams following her. That should be a good sign,
especially given that Brook & Claire are trying to get past the gate,
Nat & Kat are on the same train as HSN, but Nick & Vicki are still
flying above the South China Sea somewhere.
At World Cup Stadium, Jill &
FULL THROTTLE or
FULL THROTTLE: Make
your way on foot or by subway to the Mok-dong Ice Rink and put on
short track speed skating suits and complete a two-person skating
relay of 24 laps of the rink before you are given your next clue.
FULL BOTTLE: Make your
way on foot or by subway to Namdaemun Market to put on delivery
uniforms and then deliver six glass bottles of ginseng tonic to a
holistic wellness store, without breaking any of the glasses, and
then both drink from a bottle of ginseng before you receive your
Jill & Thomas can ice skate,
but they suck at delivering stuff, so they're going Full Throttle. Brook
& Claire... can't ice skate, so their choice is made for them.
Nick & Vicki finally arrive
in Korea, getting help from the locals to find the DMZ.
Back at the head of the
pack. Remember that Phil said "on foot or by subway" to the Detours. You
would figure any time he does that it is significant. And here's why...
because Brook & Claire are taking a taxi to the Detour. And they seem to
have no problem with it.
Nat & Kat... take the
subway. Good for them. Next time get there a little quicker.
Brook & Claire get into
their laser suits for some skating action. Jill & Thomas follow, but
they're confused as to how they were passed (C-Note: because they
cheated, that's how).
Back at Nick & Vicki's
end... "I NEED TO TOILET!" That's okay, so do the Icks.
Brook & Claire start to
skate (I thought Claire couldn't!)... and Thomas & Jill run across the
ice. Not elegant, but it does the job... well, for the first three laps.
Nick & Vicki find a local
Army base looking for the bridge... they don't know where it is either.
Jill & Thomas finish the
race first and are back in the lead when they get this...
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
HAN RIVERSIDE PARK!
Make your way to Yeouido Hangang
Park and search the grounds for an airplane statue, Your next clue
awaits you under the airplane near the bridge.
Brook & Claire finally catch
up, and it's a race to find a taxi.
Nat & Kat go skating.
In the cab, Jill & Thomas
try and figure out how HSN passed them to get to the Detour first.
Little do they know that HSN is about to pass them AGAIN...
MAKE YOUR WAY TO
THE NEXT PIT STOP
Make your way across town to the
Temple of Heaven, a shrine to the first and ONLY emperor of Korea.
This is the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race. WARNING! The last
team to check in here WILL BE ELIMINATED!
Brook & Claire find a taxi,
while Nat & Kat find their stride.
Jill & Thomas find the plane
and book to...
TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Brook & Claire are the first
to meet Phil and the happy local, BUT... they took a taxi to the Detour.
So it's 30 minutes before you can check in.
That gives Jill & Thomas
half an hour to find a cab and make their way to the Temple. Preferably
one that speaks English.
They do it in ample time and
get the good news. "You're the second team to arrive. But Brook & Claire
incurred a penalty. You're the first team into this leg.
Congratulations! You are officially one of the three teams who will be
racing to the finish line for the $1 million!" But in the meantime,
you're going to be enjoying Iguaçu Falls ... in ARGENTINA!
Nine minutes and counting.
Nat & Kat find the Pit Stop
Three minutes... Penalty
time over, Brook & Claire take the two-spot. They will race for a
million. But will they be the first all-female team to go all the way?
Following them... Nat & Kat.
Perhaps THEY will be the team to make history in the Race.
Meanwhile at the bridge,
Nick & Vicki head to the camp and get...
NICK & VICKI!
Having been spared
elimination in the last Leg, you have now incurred a Speed Bump.
Make your way to the
armory and clean an M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer. Once you have
cleaned it to the soldier's satisfaction, you may continue on the
Race Course in hopes of making up for lost time.
They're still learning about
each other even as they end up on the losing end of this race. But they
get the bad news as they are directed directly to the temple to check in
as the final team eliminated from the 17th Race. They are
fortunate to have made it this far and learning that getting angry over
things doesn't change anything. The Amazing Race has made them better
people... but at the end of the day, it's just not enough.
And then... there were
three. It's time to come home. Next time... THE MONEY ROUND.
AFTER LEG 11: HONG
KONG, CHINA to SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
1) Jill & Thomas (+1) -
Express Pass [USED], Brazil, $15K Discover Card, Argentina
2) Brook & Claire (+1) - Hawai'i
3) Nat & Kat (-2) - Belize, Costa Rica, $5000, Rio
ELIMINATED) Nick & Vicki (EVEN)
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