This Is Wicked Strange
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...the
wacky Racers headed by train and auto into Bavaria, the largest
state in Germany. Once there, they grabbed a Roaming Gnome(TM) and
carried it around while they reenacted Hansel & Gretel, styled
long beards, finding Sleeping Beauty's castle and playing curling
with said Gnomes. At a dairy farm, Art & JJ (Team Border Watch)
won their THIRD STRAIGHT LEG...while Kerri & Stacy (Team Double
Trouble) were sent home. Seven teams continue their circumnavigation
for the million...who will be going bye-bye NEXT?!?
0848 LOCAL TIME
Well, this is getting monon...moneto...monont...repetitious,
ain't it? Art & JJ at the PIT STOP, prepping to start another
Leg ahead of the pack after winning another Travelocity(TM) trip.
They rip 'n' read to begin Leg 6:
FLY TO THE
"LAND OF FIRE": AZERBAIJAN!
Travel by plane more than
2000 miles to Baku, the capital of the former Soviet republic
of Azerbaijan (which we are going to for the first time ever
on this Race). It is rich in oil and natural gas, giving it
the nickname "The Land of Fire". Once you land,
make your way to Temple Ateshgah (the Temple of Fire) and
find your next clue.
You have $167 for this Leg
of the Race.
Yeah, they're feeling
a bit cocky as they drive to nearby Munich airport...but they know
that ONE slip-up is all that's needed to be sent home. They seem
most worried about Joey "Fitness" & Danny (Team Clubbers),
as they seem to get better with every Leg. Speaking of, that team
and the others leave at the following times (local
Joey "Fitness" & Danny: 0917
Vanessa & Ralph (Team It's Complicated!): 0919
Rachel & Dave (Team Yellow Ribbon): 1057
Brendon & Rachel (Team Oh, Brother!): 1117
Bopper & Mark (Sons of Anar-KY): 1141
Nary & Jamie (Party In the CIA): 1142
Who'd've thunk that the
allegedly-dumbest team would be the smart ones to go to a travel
agency instead of straight to the airport? Brendon & Rachel
slip into a nearby agency and look for flights from Munich to Baku.
The earliest flight is on Turkish Airlines that leaves at 6:20pm.
They decide to book it...and then see if an earlier one can be found
at the airport. Bopper & Mark think Azerbaijan is in Africa.
And Nary & Jamie are still keeping a lid on their actual professions
(they say they're teachers) and are happy to be seen as non-threats.
MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY
Team Border Watch arrives and looks
for flights. They stop at Turkish Airlines and get the same news
as Team Oh, Brother!: the earliest flight splits in just under five
hours and will arrive at 4:10am. Well, THIS sucks; the "Great
Equalizer" strikes again! In the parking lot, Team Clubbers
and Team It's Complicated! run into each other...and Danny berates
Joey "Fitness" for hanging around to say "hello"
to the divorcees. Eventually, all the teams show up...and all the
teams learn they'll be on the same flight, via Istanbul (not Constantinople),
On the banks of the Caspian Sea, the
beautiful capital of the maily-Islamic country (hence the Star-and-Cresent
on their country's flag) welcomes the fourteen wacky Racers in the
wee hours of the morning. Though they can't see the sights, many
are excited to be here as they load into taxis for...:
The temple is more of a Hindi and Zoroastrian
landmark than an Islamic one and receives about 15,000 visitors
a year. But NONE of them are like the dozen-plus-two that show up
now! Team Yellow Ribbon are the first to arrive to hear the pounding
drums and tooting pipes. They look around and look around...and
finally find a door leading to the clue...that says: "OPEN
AT SUNRISE". DOH! Still, they get the chance to dance with
the locals as other teams arrive and join the fun.
As it must, the ever-ruling Daystar
peaks over the horizon and, after a full early-morning of partying,
the teams get down to business. The door is unlocked and the teams
charge in to grab the clue. And, guess what? We have another...:
A FAST FORWARD
ALLOWS ONE TEAM TO BYPASS ALL OTHER TASKS ON THIS LEG AND
GO DIRECTLY TO THE PIT STOP!
To win this FAST FORWARD,
teams must travel to local hay-bale market named Saman Ot
Bazary. There, you must unload 150 bales of hay and arranged
them neatly in a stack 10 bales long by 3 bales wide plus
5 bales high. Once the bales are arranged properly, the market
manager will hand you the clue to the PIT STOP for this Leg
of the Race.
NOTE: As many as three teams
can compete in this event until somebody wins!
Rachel & Dave and Joey "Fitness"
& Danny both decide to try the FAST FORWARD...but Nary &
Jamie decide emphatically against it. They are SO not hauling hay;
they'd rather just go on to this clue:
TIME FOR SOME
Travel by taxi to Occupational
Training International and search the grounds for a box with
your next clue in it.
All the other teams decide to follow
the "teachers'" lead and head for for the training center.
(Well, Art & JJ CAN'T do the FAST FORWARD because they've already
COMPLETED one two Legs ago).
The FF clue actually didn't TELL the
teams what the task was. When Team Yellow Ribbon and Team Clubbers
arrive, they see the 10x3x5 super bale and learn what they must
do. The Army man climbs up to the top of the huge truck and starts
tossing them down to near his wife for her to stack...and Danny
starts tossing insults and "hustle, man"s at Joey "Fitness".
Team Yellow Ribbon is methodical...Team Clubbers are haphazard (Danny
claims to "never read the instructions"). Once the boys
from Joisey get what they're supposed to do, they get into a better
rythym. Meanwhile, Dave keeps tossing the bales on top of the stack,
making Rachel rather upset at the whole thing. The hay in Rachel's
eyes aren't helping matters any. She begs for help from Dave...but
Dave just keeps shoving bales down. Still, the fact that Team Clubbers
were making severe headway motivated Rachel to kick it into high.
...or, rather, en route to it for now.
It's like a NASCAR race with the way the cabbies are driving. And,
while it is exciting, Mark can only take so much...and heaves in
a barf bag. Team Border Watch laughs at this as they drive by.
A little while (and a
pint or so of Mark's stomach contents) later, the teams start arriving
at the center. Disturbingly, it's full of aircraft wreckage, which
the Americans look around for the (quite literal, in the case) clue
box. But it's the Sons of Anar-KY that find the big box first...and
are the first to hit the:
WHAT GOES DOWN
MUST COME UP!
Oil is the number one industry
in this country, especially out in the Caspian Sea. To work
on the offshore rigs, workers who travel by helicopter must
undergo helicopter crash training. One member of each team
must go through one such exercise. You will be strapped into
a mock-helicopter rig, submerged and deal with a spinning
"crash". Afterwards, you must escape and swim to
the life raft, where your next clue awaits. Do not open the
clue until you have returned to your teammate.
The simulator can seat three
at a time; first come, first serve.
Well, Mark has already
HAD what went down coming back up so...Bopper decides to take the
plunge. As he goes inside to suit up, the other teams start to locate
the box. Jamie will take the ROADBLOCK for Party In the CIA, JJ
for Team Border Watch and Brendon for Team Oh, Brother!. Once Team
It's Complicated! finds the box, Vanessa opts to do the deal.
Back at the market, the
two teams heave and ho the bales into place, knowing that the one
who finishes last will be FAR behind. As the uber-bales began to
form, Dave found he could just drop more bales right on top and
Rachel could just slide them into place more-or-less. Joey "Fitness"
seems to be balking, not wanting to fall off the huge truck. But
the battle is PRETTY close as the final bales are dropped and placed.
One team asks for a ruling...the
manager comes over...looks it over...
...and Team Yellow Ribbon
gets the thumbs-up! They are handed this important clue:
YOU HAVE WON THE FAST FORWARD!
You are now free to bypass
all other tasks on this Leg and proceed directly to the PIT
STOP for this Leg of the Race: Boulevard Esplanade Estakada.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Needless to say, Team Clubbers are
cheesed at being beaten by a girl! They run back to their cab and
haul for the OTI as the husband and wife are so happy that their
teamwork put them back in the lead.
As two men's hopes start to sink, so
do Bopper, Jamie and JJ. As they get strapped into the simulator,
Mark tells Nary that Bopper has a crush on Jamie...which she finds
a little hard to believe. The simulation starts and the "copter"
starts to submerge. The players hold their breath...and the "copter"
turns over. JJ couldn't find the window when the lights in the tank
went out and swallowed some water, panicking a little. Still, all
three manage to get out and to the raft (Bopper helping Jamie in
before getting hauled in himself) to collect their clue.
They get out, get dry,
get to their partners and get to open this clue:
TIME FOR A
MAGIC CARPET RIDE!
Travel by taxi into Baku's
Old Town district and find the Toghrul Karabakh Carpet Shop.
Once there, you'll find your next clue amid the rolled-up
As the first group give
their cabbies the next destination, Teams Oh, Brother! and It's
Complicated! suit up.
"I can smell Phil's
colonge," says Dave to Rachel as they see Phil and a greeter
standing on a wide beachside road. Team Yellow Ribbon gets out of
the cab and runs to the mat where Phil welcomes them back to Team
#1 status (TIED FOR BEST IMPROVEMENT OF THE LEG)! And the
prize for each of them for winning the Leg? [George Gray]IT'S
A NEW CAR!!![/GG]. Yes, it's a 2013 Ford Taurus SHO(TM) redesigned
to look as well as it performs. Not a bad haul for stacking 150
hay bales, eh? Rachel & Dave are CONFIDENT they will stay on
Back at dunk tank, it's
Brendon's turn to take a dive. Since it took a while for Vanessa
to get suited up, she'll have to wait with Rachel as Brendon goes
under and over. He finishes the task sans hassle and heads off...leaving
Vanessa to look at them reset the tank...and fear. She fears closed-in
spaces and being trapped underwater. Ralph knows this and worries
as she gets into the simulator. She goes down...she goes over...but
she's not coming up. Ut-oh. The safety divers start swim into the
simulator...but, eventually, she gets the window open and gets out.
She & Ralph leave in 6th...as soon as her hair is dried.
And just as they leave,
Joey "Fitness" & Dave show up and start searching
for the clue box. Joey "Fitness" opts to do it...and Danny
hopes he can do it QUICK so they can pass SOMEBODY at the DETOUR
later. Hey, no worries; "Fitness" was a lifegaurd for
a while. No panic at all; just get out, get dry and get ot the DETOUR.
KARABAKH CARPET SHOP
OLD TOWN BAKU,
The four front-runner
teams (Team Oh, Brother! caught up to them somehow) seem to travel
back in time as they enter the walled Old City, parts of which were
built as far back as the 12th Century. When they get to the carpet
shop, Art & JJ, Nary & Jamie, Brendon & Rachel and Bopper
& Mark exit their cabs, run into the shop and grab the clues
from the rolled-up carpets on the wall. And it's another:
APPLES or OIL
APPLES: Travel to a nearby
apple mart. Many old Soviet-made cars are there, which are
used to bring apples from the countryside to the city. Inside
each car is almost one ton of apples...and ONE with the Race
Flag as leaves on the stem. Find that apple and exchange it
to the vendor for your next clue.
OIL: Oil is so plentiful
to Azerbaijanis, they literally SOAK in it for its healing
properties! Make your way to Naftalan Health Spa and clean
up someone who has finished an oil therapy treatment. You
are to use metal shoehorns to scrape the oil back into the
tub and then sponge the patient down. Once the spa attendant
feels the patient is oil-free, they will hand you your next
All but Party In the CIA
decide to do OIL; the two feddie girls do NOT want to clean off
some oily man. As they leave (and Team Clubbers finishes the ROADBLOCK),
Vanessa & Ralph arrive at Old Town. They go into the carpet
store...and they TOTALLY MISS THE CLUES! They are RIGHT ON TOP PF
THE ROLLED-UP CARPETS...and they look through the OTHER carpets
'cause they DON'T SEE THEM!! Major-league DOH!!!
OK, I'm gonna TRY to get
through this without "pulling a Mark"...but no gaurentees.
Art & JJ are the first to the spa and they meet this tall, hairy
local man with gold teeth. this is the man they must "scrub
a homey down", as they put it. Oil pours out of the faucet
and the man lies down in it, to the mild disgust of the two Americans.
The man then stands up, looking (as Art says) like a "Nutella-covered
man". They grab their shoehorns and get to scraping the petrol
off him. And I must agree with JJ: "This is wicked strange!"
After getting MOST of
the oil scraped off, Bopper & Mark show up (and Bopper tells
the other men to "clean good"). They watch THEIR guy soak
and stand and start to scraping, careful of the cornicopia of hair
on his chest. Team Border Watch is JUST about ready for the sponging
when Brendon & Rachel arrive. "This is real oil,"
says Rachel as she watches the gunk come out of the faucet.
Nary & Jamie arrive
at the mart and see the old cars with trunks and back seats full
of apples. They figure they can't just toss the apples aside; people
DO need to eat them, y'know. So they grab some nearby cardboard
boxes and start to fill them with the pomaceous fruit. They take
them out through the window and out of the trunk, touting that teachers
(like they're pretending to be) LOVE this stuff. A crowd gathers
around the girls, one or two men yelling, "Quick, quick, quick"
at them. Yeah, NOT helping, Hasad! (That's a common name in Azerbaijan,
before you ask.)
Team It's Complicated!
just about smack themselves upside the head when they FINALLY see
the clues. They decide to do APPLES.
Laughter emerges from
the stalls in the spa as Art & JJ HAVE to laugh at just what
the hell they're doing! Art actually yells at JJ for not focusing
on the task at hand, to which JJ replies, "I'm in his thighs,
Art! What do you WANT from me?!?"
(OK, MOVING ON...)
As the Sons of Anar-KY
get to soaping their guy's armpits and Team Oh, Brother! are hosing
THEIR guy down, Art & JJ ask for a ruling. They get the thumbs-up,
leave the DETOUR in 2nd and get this clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Travel to Boulevard Esplanade
Estakada and search for the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
As they head off (feeling
a little violated), Bopper & Mark get the thumbs-up and leave
in 3rd. But Brendon & Rachel aren't too far behind, getting
the good-to-go after spritzing out their guy's toes.
Back at the mart, Party
In the CIA continue their rummaging as Vanessa & Ralph arrive.
Vanessa actually climbs INTO the trunk to pick the apples out. Vanesaa
hopes this is the LAST time she's in the trunk of a car.
Art & JJ get some
news they're NOT really used to: they're Team # 2 instead of # 1.
But they'll take it, considering it a win in a Leg with a FAST FORWARD
Team Clubbers find the
carpet shop and choose APPLE...while at APPLE, Nary &
Jamie and Vanessa & Ralph still dig for that special one. They
both empty the trunks and concentrate on the back seat. One guy
yells at the teams to go faster in Azerbaijani...and Ralph thinks
the guy might be talking of Vanessa's "melons". Suddenly,
Nary stands up with a Granny Smith with red-and-yellow-striped leaves
on it. they cheer, they get the clue, they cheer, they open the
clue and they cheer some more as they depart in 5th. The divorcees
are getting flustered; Vanessa is actually having flashbacks of
when the watermelon pyramid tumble from earlier in the Race.
The Sons of Anar-KY have
completed the comeback from their near-Philimination two Legs ago;
they are Team #3 (TIED FOR BEST IMPROVEMENT OF THE LEG).
And right behind them is Team Oh, Brother! as Team # 4. As Team
Clubbers approach their DETOUR, Party In the CIA are checked-in
as Team # 5.
So now it's down to two
teams searching for apples in cars. Or,...actually, just one. Before
Joey "Fitness" & Danny can even ARRIVE, Ralph finds
the right apple...and takes a bite out of a DIFFERENT apple in celebration
of leaving in 6th. As Team Clubbers both look in the trunk first,
however, Team It's Complicated!'s cabbie stops for directions to
the Boulevard. In FACT, the cabbie seemingly disappears on them!
Ut-oh. As as this happens, Joey "Fitness" & Danny
FIND their apple. They may leave the DETOUR in last...but they may
not FINISH that way!
Vanessa & Ralph's
cabbie returns with instructions...
& Danny's moves fast through the streets of Baku...
One team arrives at the
mat...and Phil says...
"Vanessa & Ralph...you
are still in the Race but you are Team # 6!"
For the tenth time in
the last hour, the couple mutters, "Cheese and crackers!!"
They're glad to still be in the Race...but knows improvement is
They travelled halfway
around the world from their humble pads in Jersey...but, for Team
Clubbers, the trip ends here. They are last to arrive (BIGGEST
DROP OF THE LEG) and they are Philiminated. Their ONE mistake
of trying for the FAST FORWARD cost them the Race. It was a good
run, though...and, once they get home, they're gonna "tear
up" the clubs in celebration of their accomplishment!
AFTER LEG 6:
BAVARIA, GERMANY to BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
1) Rachel &
Dave (+3) - Express Pass (USED), Grenada, Ford Taurus
2) Art & JJ (-1) - Bahamas, $2500, Thailand
3) Bopper & Mark (+3) - $2500 [gifted by Art & JJ]
4) Brendon & Rachel (+1)
5) Nary & Jamie (+2)
6) Vanessa & Ralph (-3)
ELIMINATED) Joey "Fitness" & Danny (-5) (7th)
ELIMINATED) Kerri & Stacy (8th)
ELIMINATED) Elliot & Andrew (9th)
ELIMINATED) Dave & Cherie (10th)
ELIMINATED) Misa & Maiya (11th)
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