Let Them Drink Their
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...the
dirty dozen American Racers went into the heart of Africa and the
Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Along the way, tempers flared amid
the teams' clashing personalities. Once at the crater, they tossed
clubs at clay rabbits, jumped up and down for a minute and then
set up a rather elaborate camp. In the end, Rachel & Dave (Team
Yellow Ribbon) finished in first for the fourth time. Nary &
Jamie (Party In the CIA) got close to their cover being blown and
ended up in last. However, thanks to it being an N.E.L., they're
still Racing. Six teams continue their quest...who will be booted
A PUBLIC CAMPSITE
0603 LOCAL TIME
After spending a night under the African
skies in their safari camps, the teams awake with the dawn. Rachel
& Dave are the first to rip open the clue to start Leg 8:
TAKE A DRIVE
THROUGH AFRICA'S "GARDEN OF EDEN"!
The safari cars and your
drivers from yesterday are still here. Navigate your driver
down into the Ngorongoro Crater, 1600 feet lower than you
are now, on a true African safari! Then emerge from the Crater
and drive to Safari Junction, a small down in the district
of Karatu. Search the roadside for Hillary Clington and find
your next clue there.
CAUTION! A DOUBLE U-TURN
will occur during this Leg of the Race!
The couple is a LITTLE
perplexed, since the name given sounds VERY close to the name of
a former First Lady. One thing they DO know is: if they're first
to the U-TURN, Brendon & Rachel will most likely be targeted
for it! The other teams depature times (local zone) are:
Bopper & Mark (Sons of Anar-KY): 0605
Art & JJ (Team Border Watch): 0623
Brendon & Rachel (Team Oh, Brother!): 0648
Vanessa & Ralph (Team It's Complicated!): 0718
Nary & Jamie (Party In the CIA): 0921
Sons of Anar-KY think
everyone else now considers them THREATS instead of UNDERDOGS...even
WITH Bopper injuring his knee slightly. Team Border Guard had made
a pact with other teams back in Bavaria that, when the U-TURN comes,
"Green Team" (aka Team Oh, Brother!) WILL be turned! Said
team is worried about the U-TURN...but say they get stronger when
other teams "drink their Hater-ade" towards them. And
Party In the CIA...well, they know they are a fair ways behind AND
there's a SPEED BUMP with their name literally on it so...they'll
deal with it when it comes.
The drive into the crater
is a beautiful safari with all sorts of animals taking in the early
morning sun and doing what they do without regard to the dozen Americans
driving through their area. It almost made them forget that they
were Racing. ALMOST, that is...until they exited the crater and
The first two teams arrive and ask
the locals where Hillary Clington may be found. they pass by a broken-down
cart with the words "Barack Obamask" on it (political
statement there, CBS?!) but
then find the "Hillary Clington Shop" cart. It's filled
with knickknacks and whatnots, gadgets and gizmos aplenty, whosits
and whatsits galore...oh, and CLUES, too! Rachel
& Dave and Bopper
& Mark reach for the clues and hit a:
or AIR SUPPLY
WATER SUPPLY: Since many
homes in Karuta have no plumbing, they must wait (sometimes
for hours) to get well water. Go to the specific address and
pick up a cart and nine empty water containers. Take them
to the well and wait for your turn. Once filled-up, take the
water back to the address and exchange it for your next clue.
AIR SUPPLY: Head for Fundi
Baiskeli, a bicycle repair shop, and work with a local mechanic
to fix a tire puncture on a bicycle. You must remove the inner
tube WITHOUT removing the wheel (no wrenches can be used),
find the puncture, patch it up, put it back ON the bike and
pump it up using only the tools provided. Once the bike is
in perfect order (as proven by a "test run" by a
kid), the head mechanic will hand you your next clue.
Both teams decide that, since they
have experience with fixing bikes, they will play the role of Bicycle
Repair Man one time...and so they leave together. Then Art &
JJ arrive. They decide that, since AIR SUPPLY seems so uncertain
in HOW they're to fix the tire, they'll do WATER SUPPLY instead.
At Fundi Baiskeli, the
Army couple and the rednecks arrive. Rachel tells Bopper & Mark
that they should stay in front, meaning U-TURNing each other is
a no-no. They watch a demonstration on how a tube is removed WITHOUT
the wheel being removed and how to find the leak and patch it up.
Sons of Anar-KY don't watch the whole demo before starting; just
the tube-removal part. Still, both teams seem to be even as they
find the leaks.
Meanwhile, Team Border
Watch find the house and load up the containers. They think this
is a simple task...until they SEE the line waiting for water. It's,
uh,...it's LONG! JJ went up to the front of the line to see a) how
long it takes to fill a bucket and b) how many buckets are between
them and the well. He calculated about 30 to 40 minutes before they
can GET the water. It makes them appreciate what the locals go through
to get their water supply...and they decide they're not moving.
Brendon & Rachel are
in town looking for Hillary Clington. Some of the locals say "she"
is inside a petrol (gas) station. Eventually, they get the TRUE
gist and find the cart. When they get the clue, they choose AIR
SUPPLY. Vanessa & Ralph aren't so lucky when it comes to getting
help. They think they're lost...though the shop IS out in full daylight.
Back to the bikes. Bopper
& Mark, being mechanics, know just how to fix a flat without
using Fix-a-Flat. So, while Team Yellow Ribbon's patch doesn't take,
Sons of Anar-KY ask for a ruling. The bike is turned over and the
kid takes off without a hitch. The good ol' boys take off in the
lead with this clue:
TIME FOR A
Make your way on foot to
Jack Stelzer Pub in Karuta. You'll find your next clue just
CAUTION!! DOUBLE U-TURN
Ah, yes...as warned before, we have
A U-TURN forces a team to
do BOTH parts of a DETOUR instead of one or the other. Teams
may be U-TURNed more than once during a Race, but may only
UTILIZE a U-TURN once. A team using a U-TURN must use the
new touchscreen interface to put two pictures up: one for
the team they are U-TURNing, and their own so that said team
knows who U-TURNed them. This is a DOUBLE U-TURN, meaning
two different teams can U-TURN two OTHER teams at the same
There's just one problem: suddenly,
no one understands Bopper & Mark when they ask where this pub
is; takes them a while to learn it's 3 klicks down the road. This
gives Rachel & Dave a chance to work on fixing the puncture
THEY accidentally made. As the boys walk away (or MARK does; Bopper
sort of LIMPS away), the couple get the OK from the mechanic and
leave the DETOUR in second...JUST as Team Oh, Brother! arrive. Rachel
panicks a bit, feeling that Team Yellow Ribbon is SURE to U-TURN
them. Brendon, however, feels they can handle it and wants to concentrate
on the task at hand.
(BTW, THIS is when Nary & Jamie
finally exit the previous PIT STOP and head out on safari.)
Sons of Anar-KY arrive at the pub (Bopper's
leg feeling worse and worse). They reach the 2xUT and decide against
using it. So they grab their next clue:
WHAT A GEM!
Make your way to the Gem
Gallery & Arts and search for your next clue.
NOTE: You will find Gem Gallery
& Arts at the turnoff for the Lake Mariyara Airport.
Sounds straight-forward. They look
for a taxi...and Rachel & Dave arrive. The boys tell the couple
they didn't U-TURN anyone. At first, Dave wants to honor his deal
with Team Border Watch and U-TURN Brendon & Rachel...but Rachel
overrules him, not wanting to make unnecessary enemies...so they
decide against it. The two teams take off in taxis for their next
As Party In the CIA enjoy the safari,
Team It's Complicated are STILL looking for Hillary Clington. They
actually pass BY Team Oh, Brother!...but they keep going as Ralph
is CERTAIN they need a clue to go to this task. The divorcees are
getting cheesed...at themselves as awhole, not at each other. Nary
& Jamie are getting CLOSE to the town...but Vanessa & Ralph
FINALLY get directed to it and decide to do AIR SUPPLY (since they
already know where it is).
Meanwhile, Art & JJ FINALLY get
to the front of the line and start filling their containers. Now
all they have to do is bring the heavy full containers back to the
address they took them from.
GALLERY & ARTS
Team Yellow Ribbon arrives first and
they note the SPEED BUMP awaiting Party In the CIA. Apparantly,
this is WHERE that team will do said task because the next clue
sends Rachel & Dave somewhere completely different:
HAD A FARM...
Make your way to the town
of Mto Wa Mbu and find Margaret's Farm. Your next clue will
be waiting for you there.
As their cab takes off, Sons of Anar-KY's
arrives. They get the clue and tell THEIR cabbie not to FOLLOW that
car...but to PASS it! Eventually, they do.
Back at WATER SUPPLY, Team Border Watch
are so amazed at everyone who wanted to help them push the cart
to the address. They finally arrive, deliver the containers AND
the cart...and leave the DETOUR in third place. The pub's only ONE
kilometer from the house so...easy jog for them. They would rather
admire the scenery...but they have a Race to win. They get to the
2xUT...and, as promised, they stick it to "Team Green"...though
they think that, since THEY did it, Rachel & Dave didn't arrive
yet! They grab their clue to the Gem Gallery and haul.
Speaking OF Team Oh, Brother!, they
get their bike fixed and send it on it's way, along THEM to get
on THEIR way in 4th. As they run OUT, Team It's Complicated runs
IN and gets to work on THEIR flat. And, as they get the tire out
and look for the leak, Party In the CIA get a clue pointing them
the stand with the clues. Art & JJ arrive that Gallery, get
the clue to the Farm and move on...but not without noticing that
there are fewer clues than there should've been if they were in
first...meaning that Team Yellow Ribbon did NOT honor their pact.
Again, speaking of...
BRENDON & RACHEL
(courtesy of Art & JJ)
"Shocker!" says Rachel sarcastically.
But, the Rules of the Race say that you can USE a U-TURN before
having to do your OWN. So...they decided to do the same thing to
their "two most favorite people in the world", Team It's
Complicated! ZING! As they head for WATER SUPPLY, Nary & Jamie
choose AIR SUPPLY for their DETOUR...and Vanessa & Ralph finish
THEIR task in 5th. They pass RIGHT BY Party In the CIA, who are
still looking for the bike place. But their happiness sinks when
VANESSA & RALPH
(courtesy of Brendon & Rachel)
Ralph's optimism is shot as well, almost
CERTAIN he and Vanessa will be Philiminated. The Race for that is
down to them, Brendon & Rachel (who are just starting WATER
SUPPLY) and Nary & Jamie (who are just starting AIR SUPPLY).
MTO WA MBU, TANZANIA
Yeah, old Margaret had a farm...E-I-E-I-O...and
on this farm, she has some...beekeepers? Well, that's what Bopper
& Mark see when they arrive. They find the clue near a log and
BEE OR NOT TO BEE?
More then half of Tanzania's
economy is agriculture-centered and honey plays a major role
in their food supply. One team member must don a protective
beekeeper's outfit and, with the help of professional beekeeper,
harvest half-a-kilogram (500g) of honey from a hive filled
with thousands of swarming bees. Once you do that, the chief
beekeeper will hand you your next clue.
Mark immediately decides to do it as
Bopper's knee is still killing him. As he suits up, Dave picks the
ROADBLOCK for Team Yellow Ribbon. The chief tells Mark to, as the
meme goes, "keep calm and carry on" as these African honeybees
WILL sting you if you freak. (I assume Dave got the same advice,
though they don't show it.) The two men head out, open up the hives,
spray smoke on the bees to scatter them and take the solidified
honey out. But they have to collect over a pound of it...and that
buzzing in their ears has GOT to be nerve-shaking.
Back at the watering hole, Brendon
& Rachel get to the front and fill up the containers. As they
hustle to get back to the address, some of the containers fall.
Rachel is getting short-tempered (OK, more than she USUALLY does)
and almost causes ALL the containers to spill. But, hey, they're
better off than Team It's Complicated! who, just now, is appreciating
their faucets at home a great deal more. And they're a BIT better
than Party In the CIA, who are just now looking for the leak in
The buzz is that both Mark and Dave
are getting close to their quotas and they bring the buckets of
honey to the scales. Turns out Mark has PLENTY of honey and is free
to go. As he gets undressed in front of Bopper, he rip 'n' reads
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Travel on foot to the PIT
STOP for this Leg of the Race: Lake Manyara, the "lovliest
lake in Africa" according to Ernest Heningway!
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
On foot?! Ew...with Bopper's leg, they're
in trouble. But they decide to do their best and hope Dave isn't
done yet. Too bad for them, though; Dave's done.
But...NOT before Art & JJ arrive...and
asks them to explain themselves! Rachel says that the "teachers"
were 3 1/2 hours behind...and that even giving Team Oh, Brother!
a U-TURN would not allow Nary & Jamie to catch-up, according
to her. As they leave, Art chooses to do the ROADBLOCK...and JJ
says their little "alliance" is no more. In fact, JJ says
he's never TALKING to Team Yellow Ribbon ever again.
The race for first is on as both teams
jog down the trail to the lake. Bopper's knee is starting to give
out on him again and he & Mark have to slow to a walk. Rachel
& Dave are in peak condition but left several minutes behind.
And who knows how long the road is to...
An entire quartet of Tanzanian
musicians wait with Phil at the mat. One team comes out of the bush
and happily heads for said mat. After they get the greeting from
the musicians, Phil exclaims...
"Bopper & Mark...you
are Team # 1!"
The comeback is TRULY
complete! The boys from Kentucky have fought and scraped from worst
to first! And, for their perserverence, they receive a 5-night stay
in Hanalei Bay, Hawai'i, complete with a helicopter ride over the
their rainforest, courtesy of Travelocity!
Team Yellow Ribbon are
right behind them as Team # 2...but Dave doesn't seem as happy as
Rachel. He SAYS he's happy for Sons of Anar-KY...but who knows?
Back at bees base, Art
is a LITTLE freaked at all the bees...but not a great deal. He felt
like Winnie-the-Pooh (which is odd because didn't Pooh RUN when
the honeybees started to attack?) as he collected the honeycomb.
He finished the task rather quickly and he & JJ leave for the
Lake in third. They are easily checked-in as Team # 3.
So much for the front
half...how about the back half?
Back at Karuta, Rachel
has calmed down and she and Brendon push the water back to the house
and finally complete the DETOUR and head BACK to the pub to get
their clue to the Gem Gallery. As they head there, Nary & Jamie
pump up their bike...and Vanessa & Ralph drop off THEIR water.
The two teams are neck-and-neck as Team Oh, Brother! gets the clue
and leads Party In the CIA TO the clue. But Team It's Complicated
reach the clue and catch a cab first, leaving the feddies in last
But WAIT! Vanessa &
Ralph's cab has a flat! And this is NOT one they can fix like a
bike tire! Again, Ralph gets pessimistic...but, by this time, it's
like they don't care anymore. Still, the cabbie changes the tire
like he's done it MANY times before and the team is back on the
At the Gallery, Brendon
& Rachel get their clue in 4th, Vanessa & Ralph get theirs
in 5th and, right behind them, Nary & Jamie...do NOT get their
clue because they must complete this:
Having been spared elimination
in the last Leg, you have now incurred a Speed Bump which
must be completed before continuing on the Leg.
For this task, you must set
up an art stand using the paintings and a picture guide. The
paintings MUST be posted as the guide specifies. When the
art vendor, Dr. Moses, feels it is a perfect match, you may
continue in hopes of making up for lost time.
Team It's Complicated!
ran off, not wanting to take the SPEED BUMP for granted. Party In
the CIA get to setting up...although they're pretty sure it's a
I actually had to rewind
the episode...because I couldn't believe my eyes and ears! It's
OBVIOUS the ROADBLOCK has to do with bees...and, yet, RACHEL CHOSE
TO DO IT?!? INCONCEIVABLE!!! But she takes it in stride, making
sure to confuse the bees with the smoke regularly (and she ALSO
likens herself to Pooh). It's a quick job for her to collect enough
honey to allow her and Brendon to leave in 4th and jog to the PIT
STOP, likewise, as Team # 4 (for the third straight Leg, mind you).
Team It's Complicated
decides that Ralph works better under pressure and, thus, he should
take the beekeeper gig. As he starts to harvest, Nary & Jamie
finish their SPEED BUMP with a smile and a nod from Dr. Moses. They're
CERTAIN they're out...but, seeing how close they were to the 5th
place team, they're not giving up all hope.
Well,...maybe they should...because
Ralph just finished the ROADBLOCK, well before Nary & Jamie
arrive. They easily arrive at the PIT STOP as Team #5.
Nary collects the honey
in quick fashion and the two friends/federal agents/"teachers"
jog to the mat. The two-hour deficit was too much to overcome with
a SPEED BUMP. Phil again tells them they are last to arrive...and
THIS time they're Philiminated. But...no regrets. They're BFFs and
they just travelled half-way around the world together. How cool
is that? And, until this airs, all the other teams will STILL think
AFTER LEG 8:
NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA to LAKE MANYARA, TANZANIA
1) Bopper &
Mark (+1) - $2500 [gifted by Art & JJ], Hawai'i
2) Rachel & Dave (-1) - Express Pass (USED), Grenada,
Ford Taurus, Costa Rica
3) Art & JJ (EVEN) - Bahamas, $2500, Thailand
4) Brendon & Rachel (EVEN)
5) Vanessa & Ralph (EVEN)
ELIMINATED) Nary & Jamie (EVEN) (6th)
ELIMINATED) Joey "Fitness" & Danny (7th)
ELIMINATED) Kerri & Stacy (8th)
ELIMINATED) Elliot & Andrew (9th)
ELIMINATED) Dave & Cherie (10th)
ELIMINATED) Misa & Maiya (11th)
To see this episode in
its entirety, or to apply to be a contestant on "The Amazing Race",
visit the official website at