PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...the
Tanzanian countryside and wildlife served as a beautiful backdrop
as six teams continued their Race. After a nice safari, they filled
water containers, fixed flat bike tires and harvested honey en route
to a the lovely Lake Manyara. Bopper & Mark (Sons of Anar-KY)
won their first-ever Leg...while Nary & Jamie (Party In the
CIA) couldn't overcome a SPEED BUMP and a two-hour deficit
and were sent packing. Five teams are left to sprint for the million...who
will bomb out NEXT?!?
Uh,...that question might be answered
more sooner than later. As mentioned, Bopper's surgery-laden knee
has been hurting like the Dickens since he twisted it in Leg 7.
Six hours before they are to leave for Leg 9, a medic comes in to
look at the hampered leg. Bopper is hoping aginst all hopes that
the medic will allow him to stay in; they already explained WHY
they need the money. Fortunately, the medic says that, with a brace,
he should be fine to continue.
2106 LOCAL TIME
So, with a HUGE sigh of relief, Sons
of Anar-KY start Leg 9 thusly:
MAKE YOUR WAY
Travel nearly 2900 miles
to Cochin, India. Careful, it's a congested and chaotic city.
Once you land, head for Rajiv Gandhi Bus Terminus and travel
by bus to Sacred Heart College in Thevara. Once there, search
the grounds of the college to find your next clue.
Mark swears that if HE
has to do all the heavy lifting for this team in order to keep them
around, he'll DO it! The other teams depature times (local zone)
Rachel & Dave (Team Yellow Ribbon): 2107
Art & JJ (Team Border Watch): 2132
Brendon & Rachel (Team Oh, Brother!): 2355
Vanessa & Ralph (Team It's Complicated!): 0131
As stated in the last
Leg, the relationship between Team Border Watch and Team Yellow
Ribbon has been...strained because Rachel & Dave wouldn't U-TURN
Team Oh, Brother! as they had agreed to do with Art & JJ. But
the couple doesn't care anymore; if things can be patched, that's
fine...but they won't cry if they can't. As far as Art & JJ
feel, though, it's all over between them.
The first two teams arrive
at Rickshaw Travels and look for flights to Cochin. And, yes, the
Great Equalizer strikes again: the earliest flight doesn't leave
until 7:40am via Dar es Salaam. While they're getting their plans
finalized on the computers, in walk Team Border Watch...who act
like Team Yellow Ribbon are null units. Bopper & Mark think
both teams are acting like babies.
Team It's Complicated,
being 1.5 hours behind, can already thank the Great Equalizer for
helping them catch-up...but when they arrive at Rickshaw, they get
BETTER news. An EARLIER flight has opened up to Cohcan via Nairobi
leaving at 6:05am! So they will have a lead upon arriving at...
Vanessa & Ralph land and look for
bus schedules at the airport...but, apparantly, the second flight
caught one HELL of a tailwind because the other teams arrive as
they check. Fortunately, it's a short ride to the bus station (which
is even better for the walking Bopper). The buses deaprt fairly
frequently so Rachel & Dave's lead isn't all that impressive.
Brendan & Rachel and Art & JJ board a second bus, Vanessa
& Ralph a third and Bopper & Mark bring up the rear speeding
through the traffic to....
Who knew there was a Catholic
school in India? It's like the Notre Dame of southeast Asia! When
Team Yellow Ribbon arrive, there are many people standing on the
football (soccer) pitch, with each group of about thirty wearing
the same color. And there's someone in a director's chapeau holding
up a cardboard megaphone. Huh. Anyhow, the couple find the clue
box and encounter another:
GOT ALL THE RIGHT MOVES?
As you know, India's film
industry is known to Americans as "Bollywood". India
produces more movies than any country in the world! One team
member must choose a choreographer who will lead you to the
change area and then teach you a Bollywood dance routine along
wirth a thirty-member dance troupes on the lawn. Once learned,
you and the troupe will perform on stage in front of the director
and the lead choreographer. If they both think you're camera-ready,
the choreographer will hand you your next clue..
Dave kinda figures it has something
to do with dancing and says that Rachel was a "high school
dancing phenomenon...so she gets to do it. She picks the orange
group and gets to changing. As she does, Teams Border Watch and
Oh, Brother! arrive, choosing JJ (since Art did the last "dancing"
ROADBLOCK back at Leg 3) and Rachel. When Team It's Complicated!
show up, Vanessa volunteers (Ralph thinks the Puerto Rican in her
Rachel B., as Dave predicted, seems
to be a natural at dance. She is having very little problem picking
up the moves. Rachel R., who is fascinated by the costumes, starts
out well enough. Vanessa seems OK. JJ...well, he's trying. Art's
"encouragement" isn't helping matters.
At least they're doing better than
Bopper & Mark. As per usual, Mark's stomach is queazy from the
ride, not to mention the smog and congestion of the city. And...ayup,
thar he blows! At least they didn't spend much more time on the
bus as they arrive at the college. As others continue to learn the
LONG routine, Sons of Anar-KY immediately elect Mark for the ROADBLOCK
as Bopper's knee would NOT be conducive to that kind of dancing.
Finally, a troupe is ready to try in
front of the director...and it's JJ's aqua-blue troupe! He's not
all that confident, though. The director rolls film, rolls music,
gets the mark...and ACTION! And...it's a train wreck to put it mildly.
The director says, "CUT!" and the lead choreographer says,
"No!" and JJ - had he known Hindi - would be saying, "Kambakhta!"
as he and the troupe return to practice some more. Next one to attempt
is Rachel B. Her performance is nearly flawless and the choreographer
agrees, handing her the next clue. She & Dave leave the ROADBLOCK
in forst with this clue:
HAVE SOME COFFEE!
Travel by auto-rickshaw to
the Indian Coffee House near Shishke Park. Once there, find
the head waiter with your next clue.
As Team Yellow Ribbon leaves, the other
teams groan in frustration...but no more than Mark, who's having
a HARD time keeping the rythym and is starting to feel dizzy. JJ's
not much less frustrated, feeling QUITE pessimistic. Vanessa is
the next to try her luck on the stage. She seems to do well enough...but
the choreographer calls for the action to stop and for her to go
back to practicing. Rachel R. is next...and she slips, too. As could
be expected, this causes her to start to cry...and, as could ALSO
be expected, Brendon's attempts to calm her down seem to make things
worse. (And they're gonna be married someday? Don't know who to
feel sorry for more.)
The auto-rickshaw driver
gets Rachel & Dave to the location quickly and the couple scramble
inside to look for the head waiter. He's waiting for them in the
back room and hands them this clue:
CRICKET: The sport of cricket
is VERY popular in India. Head for Dr. Ambedkar Stadium and
suit up. Each team member must then face a "bowler"
(cricket's form of a pitcher) and hit a ball thrown by said
bowler past a defensive play and over a set boundary. The
ball can go over either rolling on the ground or sailing through
the air in order for it to count. Once both team members hit
the ball past the boundary, the captain will hand them their
CLUTCH IT: The auto-rickshaw
driver that brought you here is only on of five million such
in the country. Head for A2Z Driving School and choose an
instructor to tach you the art of driving these three-wheeled
vehicles. Once you've mastered it, you must transport two
"passangers" around a training course. When the
instructor believes you have qualified, he will hand you your
While Dave would LIKE to play cricket
once, Rachel overrules him and they choose CLUTCH IT. The driving
school is within walking distance and, after a quick lesson on what
is what in the cab, Rachel gets behind the wheel and takes it to
the starting line of the course. The two "passangers"
are Dave and the instructor. While Rachel drives slowly, she still
hits a slalom pole she's supposed to avoid. She's laughing...but
Back at the Bollywood backlot, JJ is
up for his second attempt. He's much better...but not good enough
for the choreographer's taste. Much better than Mark, who's OWN
choreographer is starting to lose patience with him. And RACHEL
is starting to lose patience with HER choreographer...AND with Brendon.
Her second attempt isn't much better than her first...and her emotions
Dave gets behind the wheel and gives
the course a go-through. He ALMOST makes it to the end but hits
the last pole. With that knowledge, he tries it again and goes smoothly
through the whole course. Then he gulps as Rachel gets behind the
Mark's finally ready to try...but he
just wants to give it a go before he passes out. He does his best...but
it's nowhere good enough. Some time later, on Vanessa's third attempt,
she nails it. She & Ralph depart in second and look for a rickshaw.
And some time after THAT, Rachel tries a fourth time...and FINALLY
gets it, allowing Brendon & her to leave in third. This leaves
the men behind to keep trying...even though neither of them are
too optimistic. Still, JJ tries HIS fourth time. He's a little clumsy...but
he has the moves down at least. When the routine ends, Art &
JJ plead and pray...and the choreographer answers their prayer by
handing them the clue!
And Mark...he's sick by more than the
heat. As the other men depart for the coffee house, he wipes his
bald head and goes up for only his third attempt. Bopper cheers
him on, knowing Mark's trying his hardest for himself AND for Bopper.
Mark gets pretty far in the routine...but then he messes up and
is sent back. He can barely hold his arms up now...but Bopper tells
him to keep trying.
Back at the driving school, Rachel
is trying the course again...and this time Dave is giving her hints
on when to turn. Because of this (and the fact that Dave isn't being
pushy about it), Rachel finally finishes the course and the instructor
hands them this vital clue::
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Travel to the PIT STOP for
this Leg of the Race: Bolgatty Palace on Bolghatty Island,
an 18th century Dutch palace that has earned Cochin the nickname
"Queen of the Arabian Sea"!
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
As they head to conceivably their fifth
Leg win, Vanessa & Ralph arrive at the coffee house, find the
waiter and choose CLUTCH IT for their DETOUR. But, uh,...Vanessa
FAILED driver's ed in school...and has hit several things in her
driving career (including the Alamo, which I'm sure she SWEARS just
jumped out in front of her). And it SHOWS as she drives the auto-rickshaw.
Back at the coffee house, Brendon & Rachel choose CRICKET just
as Art & JJ arrive. THEY decide to do CRICKET as well. (The
field is RIGHT NEXT to the driving school!) Now...JJ likens cricket
to baseball...and it does have SOME similarities to it but it doesn't
make hitting the over-large ball with the flat bat any easier.
Mark's Bollywood performance, take
four. Aaaaand, ACTION! CUT! Do it again! Take five...ACTION! CUT,
CUT CUT! AGAIN!! Take six...ACTION! This time he gets all the way
through it...but the choreographer says it's not good enough. Bopper
goes to Mark to ask about his condition, not wanting Mark to pass
out. They consider taking the two-hour penalty for skipping a ROADBLOCK...but
Mark wants to try it one more time before abandoning.
Once a govenor's mansion
for the Dutch and English, now a beautiful heritage hotel resort,
it is a wonderful sight for Rachel & Dave to run towards. On
the grounds in the back, Phil and a local greeter await them and,
for the fifth time, they are proclaimed Team # 1 for the Leg! For
returning to the top spot, they receive a 5-night stay, care of
Travelocity, to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, including a zip-line
forest tour and hiking a volcano! They STILL think the situation
between them and Team Border Watch is salvagable...but, if it isn't,
they'll just BEAT 'em.
Vanessa's getting better
at this driving thing...but she STILL hits a pole. And Art &
JJ are getting better at this cricket thing...but those curveballs
are pissing Art off. JJ manages to hack one deep...but an "outfielder"
(or whatever it's called in cricket) catches it before it goes past
the boundary. Brendon then manages to smack one hard enough to roll
past the defender and over the boundary. JJ then answers with a
hit of his own. It's up to Art and Rachel for their teams.
Mark climbs up on stage
for his seventh attempt at the Bollywood number...but not until
he sits down for a minute and assures Bopper he will do it this
time. He starts strong...but then turns the wrong direction and
the attempt is failed. Mark immediately asks for another try, even
though Bopper says he doesn't want to lose his buddy over money,
REGARDLESS of how badly it's needed.
Vanessa FINALLY finishes
the course (with Ralph being a back-cab driver the whole way...and
now it's Ralph's turn. And while he drives, Art and Rachel continue
with their "wicked googlies". Art get's CLOSE to the boundary...but
not to it. Rachel's next hit gets TO the boundary...and the offical
says it's good! Team Oh, Brother! depart in second, MUCH to Team
Border Watch's displeasure. It takes a few more whacks for Art to
finally hit it out...but he does, meaning he & JJ can leave
for the PIT STOP in third. Right behind THEM is Team It's Complicated!,
when Ralph finishes the course so they can leave in fourth.
Nine tries...ten tries...ELEVEN
tries...and Mark still doesn't have it. Bopper again wants Mark
to stop before he dies of heatstroke. But Mark says he's "this
close" to getting it right. As Brendon & Rachel are checked-in
as Team # 2, Mark re-evaluates things...worries about his kids...and
finally decides to call it quits.
Art & JJ are VERY
excited to be Team # 3...just SLIGHTLY more excited than Vanessa
& Ralph are at being Team # 4 right behind him.
Back at the DETOUR, the
Sons of Anar-KY decide to try just once more, now that Mark has
resigned to ending his Race anyway. Mark decided that his kids would
be proud that he didn't give up. And, on his 12h attempt...he may
have been a BIT behind at one point...but the choreographer gives
him the thumbs-up!!
The good ol' boys from
Kentucky found the coffee shop, performed CLUTCH IT and made their
way to the palace, certain of the outcome. They hit the mat and
Phil proclaims them the last team to arrive. They have no regrets,
having accomplished more than they could've imagined.
But then...Phil says,
"You're going to have to muster your strength...because this
is a Non-Elimination Leg."
For the second time, Bopper & Mark have staved off Philimination...although
a SPEED BUMP awaits them on the next Leg. It doesn't matter to them;
as long as they're still in it, they will fight like the Wildcats
they represent...and, with a little luck, they can actually win
AFTER LEG 9:
LAKE MANYARA, TANZANIA to COCHIN, INDIA
1) Rachel &
Dave (-1) - Express Pass (USED), Grenada, Ford Taurus, Costa
Rica, St. Lucia
2) Brendon & Rachel (+2)
3) Art & JJ (EVEN) - Bahamas, $2500, Thailand
4) Vanessa & Ralph (+1)
5) Bopper & Mark (-4) - $2500 [gifted by Art & JJ],
ELIMINATED) Nary & Jamie (6th)
ELIMINATED) Joey "Fitness" & Danny (7th)
ELIMINATED) Kerri & Stacy (8th)
ELIMINATED) Elliot & Andrew (9th)
ELIMINATED) Dave & Cherie (10th)
ELIMINATED) Misa & Maiya (11th)
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