Long Hair, Don't
October 7 - Leg 2
Previously on THE AMAZING RACE...eleven
teams travelled from Pasadena, California to the most populous city
in the world: Shanghai, China. Once there, they played ping pong
with a junior champion and ate frog fallopian tubes (a Chinese dessert).
Thanks to an act of kindness by Amy & Daniel (Team Adaptive
Action), Abbie & Ryan (Team Dating Divorcees) passed them on
their way to winning the Leg. because of this, the team is eligible
to win TWO million dollars instead of the usual ONE million. In
a foot race, Jaymes & James (Team Full Monty!) edged out Rob
& Shiela (Team Over-The-Hill Engaged) by 15 seconds, sending
the couple home. Ten teams remain in this race 'round the world...who
will be Philiminated NEXT?!
PIT STOP #1
BUND SIGNAL TOWER OBSERVATORY
0535 LOCAL TIME
Team Dating Divorcees wait on the mat
to start their trek for two million bucks. At the given time, they
rip 'n' read the first clue of Leg 2:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO SURABAYA, INDONESIA!
Fly over 2700 miles to the
"City of Heroes": Surabaya, Indonesia. Upon arriving,
travel by taxi over the Suramandu Bridge to the Alun-Alun
Stadium in the town of Bangkalan. You'll find your next clue
on the grounds.
NOTE: The winner of this
Leg will receive the EXPRESS PASS!
Ah...just when we thought
it was retired (since it wasn't the prize for the FIRST Leg), it
The EXPRESS PASS will allow
one team the opportunity to bypass ANY task. If you cannot
or will not perform a task, simply hand the presiding local
your EXPRESS PASS, and he or she will give you the next clue,
no questions asked!
You may only use the EXPRESS
PASS once, up to and including the 8th Leg, so you
must determine when it is in your best interests to use it.
Abbie & Ryan know
they have a target the size of the average logo on a Target(TM)
store on their backs now...but that just makes them want to work
extra hard...especially with a "Get Out Of Task Free"
card awaiting them in Indonesia. One by one, the other teams depart
the PIT STOP...and the fact that I'm not giving departure times
usually means one thing...
The first five teams arrive
and rush to the ticket counter, looking for flights across the South
China Sea. Rob & Kelley (Married Monster Truckers) went to a
separate counter than the others and got a ticket on Cathay Airlines
via Hong Kong that leaves at 8:20am. Other teams get tix on a Garuda
Airlines flight via the Indonesian capital of Jakarta that leaves
at 10:05am and they think it's the one EVERYONE will be on. The
truckers stay apart from everyone, not wanting the others to get
a clue about the earlier-leaving flight.
They might regret it because,
when James & Abba (Team Hair Metal) ask the counter girl if
the Jakarta flight is fastest, she confirms that it will as there
is a four-hour layover in Hong Kong. Everyone from Natalie & Nadiya (Team Jersey Twins) to Gary & Will (Team Sub Teachers)
to Jaymes & James seem happy about this, thinking the Great
Race Equalizer has struck again. Which
makes them all curious when they board the plane and not see Rob
& Kelley on it. Have they been duped?
After waving down at the Survivor tribes in
the area that they fly over, the front nine hit the ground in Jakarta.
Team Hair Metal finds a flight to Surabaya that leaves one hour
earlier than their scheduled flight. The flight's full right now...but
the layover is long enough to risk going on stand-by. Trey &
Lexi (Team Texas Two-Step) likewise get on the list while others
just decide to stick with their original plans. James & Abba
get the good news: they're on the earlier flight, and they'll be
first to touchdown in Surabaya.
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL
HONG KONG, CHINA
Meanwhile, at the city
that became fully Chinese 15 years ago, Rob & Kelley wait...and
wait...and wait. They start to think that maybe this WASN'T such
a good idea. But they're "running their own Race" and
they will perservere, be they first or last to...
This isn't the "City
of Heroes" whose MMO servers will shut down at year's end;
the Battle of Surabaya was an important step towards getting Indonesia
independence from the Netherlands in three months after World War
II ended. However it's called, James & Abba land there around
sunset. They hop a cab and head out to the stadium, preferring to
be "lone wolves" in the Race. An hour later, eight other
teams arrive, shout for cabs and shout even MORE for them to hurry
Doesn't look like much of a "stadium"
in the traditional way...but, hey, this is the supposed "third
world" so...let 'em name it what they want. :) Team Hair Metal
arrive and look around. They come across red-and-yellow flags (though
not the traditional TAR flags) surrounding ten numbered whips
and a sign saying "TAKE A NUMBER"...and another saying
"BULL RACES: 08.00". Huh. Well, the boys take the #1 whip
and looks for a place to crash for the night. The other teams soon
arrive and look for the clue. It's Amy & Daniel who locate it
first and take the #2 whip. The other teams follow suit in this
3. Abbie & Ryan
4. Jaymes & James
5. Trey & Lexi
6. Natalie & Nadiya
7. Josh & Brent (Team Beekman Boys)
8. Caitlin & Brittany (Team Besties)
9. Gary & Will
Of course, that means
Married Monster Truckers will get the #10 whip...and, at that point,
"Ma & Pa" are taking off from Hong Kong THINKING they
might be in the lead. When they finally arrive at the stadium, though,
they learn the truth: they're dead last. They join the other teams
at a nearby trailer (which apparantly was set for the teams in advance)
and greet everybody else. Rob is STILL optimistic, though; it doesn't
matter who's first at a task but who's first on the PIT STOP mat.
Time to get racing! No paper clue this time...but an explanation
which, WERE it a paper clue, would go like this:
LET'S RUN WITH
You will now witness the
Karapan Sapi, the traditional Maduran sport of bull racing!
In the numeric order of the whips you have grabbed, teams
will ride on the back of motor scooters (driven by professionals)
alongside racers on wooden sleds pulled by two young champion
bulls. Once you and the bulls cross the finish line, you will
receive your next clue.
Note: You get the clue whether
you beat the bulls or not.
iWell, given that this
seems a rather quick task and the races happen more-or-less one
right after the other, THIS appears to be the Great Equalizer. So
Team Hair Metal (who I'm sure COULD'VE driven those mopeds well
themselves) hop on the backs and await the starting signal. They
get it...and the bulls run like someone was waving a red flag in
front of their eyes. The bulls easily beat the scooters...but everyone
seems happy about seeing this spectacle anyway. And, though they
lost, James & Abba dismount the scooters and are handed this
clue by the bull racer:
TIME FOR SOME
Make your way to Genteng
Kali Bridge back in Surabaya and search for your next clue.
As they take off for a
cab, Team Adaptive Action takes off after the bulls. And on it goes...won't
bore you with details. Suffice it to say that, within about a half-hour,
everyone is out of the stadium and off to...
The clue's not that hard
to find: there are red-and-yellow balloons hanging above it on the
bridge. Team Hair Metal stops the cab, heads onto the bridge and
WHO LIKES TO
One team member must go to
the nearby birthday party and operate a pedal-powered amuesment
ride called an "odong-odong" and give four little
children a ride. While pedaling, you must make a balloon hat
and a balloon animal for each child on the ride (you'll be
shown how by an expert). Once each of the children have a
hat and an animal, you may stop pedalling and one of the children
will hand you your next clue.
James decides this party
is his. They arrive at the party and asks for four children who
eagerly volunteer. They get on an odong-odong that looks like one
of those coin-operated horse rides you used to see in front of grocery
stores. As he starts to pedal, he grabs a balloon and a small bike
pump and gets to work on the objects d' art...and promptly pops
the balloon. As he tries again, Amy takes the 'BLOCK from Daniel
and heads to join them. Even with her protestic legs, she's one
tough cookie and pedals the device quite well. Abbie of Team Dating
Divorcees joins them on the Tour d' Odong-odong, followed closely
by Jaymes of Team Full Monty! (whome the children seem SCARED of
for some reason) and Lexi of Team Texas Two-Step.
Soon balloons are popping
all over the place as the 'BLOCKers try their best to make the hats
and animals. But Lexi, a self-procliamed "multi-tasker",
seems to be doing the best, soon reaching 3 out of 8 balloon art
pieces done. Amy is right on her tail, though. James has a problem;
his legs are too long and his knee keeps hitting the handlebar.
As Jaymes gets his second hat on a child, in comes Nadiya of Team
Jersey Twins and Josh of Team Beekman Boys. By the time Lexi is
past her fifth, Amy her fourth and Nadiya her second balloon piece,
James FINALLY finishes his FIRST! Caitlin of Team Besties now shows
up. And rounding out the 'BLOCKers are Will of Team Sub Teachers
and Rob of Married Monster Truckers.
So all ten teams are at
the party, pedalling around 40 kids and making balloons. But it's
Lexi who finishes the task first, hugs the children and receives
this from one of them:
GET YOUR MOTORS
Make your way to Wijaya Motor
Shop. Ask one of the workers there for your next clue.
Right behind Trey &
Lexi are Amy & Daniel and behind THEM are Natalie & Nadiya.
This bums James, the fact that THREE teams that arrived BEHIND them
are now in FRONT of them. But James DOES finish the task in fourth
so he & Abba can hit the road. Jaymes & James leave in fifth,
Abbie & Ryan in sixth, Josh & Brent in seventh. Will...is
having troubles with his balloons tying up right. Rob and Caitlin
seem to be flying by the substitute teacher.
Teams hope the cabbies
have the right sense of direction as they are driven through the
streets of Surabaya. Both Team Texas Two-Step and Team Jersey Twins
find the place first and get the clue from the worker. And, it's
the Race's first:
or FISH BY-THE-BARREL
ICE: Deliver ice to market!
Go to the nearby ice factory (Pabrek es Tirta Maya) and deliver
ten 65-pound ice blocks to a fish market. First, take a block
(using hands or hooks) from an ice-making machine and carry
it to the edge of the factory, where your partner will load
it onto a truck. Once all ten blocks are loaded, board the
back of the truck and it will head to Pasar Pabean Market.
Once there, use a special cart called a "becak"
to carry the ice to a marked still. When you have unloaded
all the ice, the truck driver will give you your next clue.
FISH: Stock the fish market!
Go to the nearby fish store and bring two barrels of fish
to Pasar Pabean Market and a marked market place. Sort through
thousands of fish by hand and use blocks of ice (the same
ice used in the other DETOUR task) to properly stock them.
Once don, you must set up a stall at the market. When the
vendor believes it has been set up properly, he will hand
you your next clue.
Since Trey has the "guns",
he & Lexi choose ICE while the twins decide on FISH. It's decided
that Lexi should use the hooks to push the ice through to Trey,
who will then carry it in his hands to the truck. The blocks ARE
a bit on the heavy side form Lexi, but she starts shoving them through
for Trey to haul. Meanwhile, Natalie & Nadiya find the fish
store and find the barrels they're to transport, on foot, to the
nearby market. The barrels are quite heavy, too, but nothing these
two "tomboys" can't hack. Then the two get to cracking
ice, calling themselves "the most bad-a$$ Sri Lankans you've
Back at the ROADBLOCK,
Will is sweating profusely, still unable to get his balloons tied.
Caitlin finishes HER balloons and she & Caitlin leave for the
DETOUR in eighth. And close behinf them are Rob & Kelley. Will
is physically shaking, sweating on his fingers and having his glasses
fog up. But Gary tells Will to stop for a minute, calm down and
take some deep breaths. This gave Will some confidence...and he
finally starts tying the balloons properly and making the balloons.
Will figures that, is Gary thinks he can do it, he CAN do it.
Team Adaptive Action's
cabbie is SO lost...and he doesn't seem to be getting any help from
the locals. Rob & Kelley's cabbie is having the same issues
as HE pulls over to ask. As does Team Hair Metal's; he took them
to Wijaya TIRE, not Wijaya MOTORS.. But Team Full Monty!'s cabbie
was spot on; the Ja(y)mes boys reach the DETOUR in third and choose
ICE. Team Dating Divorcees arrive right behind them and choose ICE
Back at ICE, Trey &
Lexi make easy work of the ten blocks of ice. They hop into the
truck and it heads for...
Team Jersey Twins, having
cracked some ice, make notes as to how the fish stall is supposed
to look. Natalie continues with the ice-breaking while Nadiya opens
the barrels and starts arranging the fish (and slipping on the ice
once or twice).
By this time, Will FINALLY
finishes the ROADBLOCK with shouts of confidence from the kids and
the parents nearby. Gary & Will are in last...but Will is grateful
to Gary for never letting him quit.
As the on-and-off daters
and the married truckers argue with their cabbies, Team Beekman
Boys arrive at the DETOUR in fifth and - despite it being "slippery"
- choose to haul ICE. As they START, Jaymes & James FINISH loading
and their truck pulls out, heading for the market, with Abbie &
Ryan right on their tail. AT said market, Natalie & Nadiya make
sure all the fish are facing the right way (though I doubt the vendor
will be quite THAT strict)...and up pulls Trey & Lexi just outside.
They load the blocks onto the becak (which is a cart pushed by a
bicycle, essentially) and head for the market. They stop their cart
more-or-less RIGHT BEHIND Natalie & Nadiya and start unloading.
It's a race to see who can finish first: the twins and their fish
or the lovers and their ice.
The vendor gives the thumbs-up
to Team Jersey Twins...just before the truck driver does the same
for Team Texas Two-Step. They both read this important clue:
SEARCH ON FOOT
FOR THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Make your way on foot through
the "alleyways" of Pasar Pabean Market and find
the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race. The first team to check-in
will receive the EXPRESS PASS!
WARNING! The LAST team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Through the twists and
turns of the busy marketplace, two teams weave and bob past customers
and vendors, searching frantically for Phil and the...
Well, THERE's a sight.
Phil is waiting with a man with WICKEDLY long fingernails on his
right hand! It would take more than clippers to trim THOSE; more
like a HACKSAW! And the two Americans who hit the mat first take
note of it. Phil takes note of the SMELL rubbed over him through
hugging before he gives them the great news:
"Natalie & Nadiya...you
stick like fish...but you are Team # 1!"!
And, of course, that means
the EXPRESS PASS is theirs! A few minutes later, Trey & Lexi
arrive and are checked-in as Team #2. They're bummed about missing
out on the EXPRESS PASS...but they're happy that Natalie & Nadiya
got it, even hugging that team and getting the stink on THEM as
Ah, THERE's Wijaya Motors!
James & Abba finally exit their cab and get the DETOUR in sixth,
choosing ICE. Team Besties arrive a few minutes later and choose
the same (though a BIT reluctantly). As they start loading the ice,
Jaymes & James start UNloading onto the becak and Abbie &
Ryan pull up beside them. The dancers nearly LOSE a block en route
but manage to catch it before it falls off. they finish the DETOUR
in third and look for the PIT STOP with the possible two-million-dollar
winners on their tail in fourth (even after COMPLETELY overturning
the becak). the Ja(y)mes Boys are Team #3 and Team Dating Divorcees
are #4. Team #5...Josh &
Aaaaaaaand Amy & Daniel
are STILL lost! Aaaaaaaaaand so are Rob & Kelley! It sucks more
that the local number for "411" in Indonesia...is non-existant.
But one team it DOESN'T suck for...is Team Sub Teachers, who arrive
at the DETOUR in eighth and choose ICE. Rob & Kelley arrive
at the SAME TIME and likewise choose ICE.
As James & Abba check-in
as Team #6, Caitlin & Brittany take it VERY carefully with their
becak and get stuck on a bump. They free themselves much to the
delight of the locals and continue to the market. Meanwhile, Will
feels bad that his screw-up will lead them to being Pihliminated...totally
unaware that Amy & Daniel are only NOW showing up at Wijaya
Motors, taking the DETOUR clue and choosing ICE.
Team #7...Caitlin &
Team Monster Truckers
ride their becak to market...as Team Sub Teachers overturn their
cart...as Team Adaptive Action ride to the market. Team #8...Rob
Who can get their becak
to the market, unload and get ot the mat first? Well, Gary &
Will unload first and WALK...but Amy & Daniel are right behind
"Gary & Will,"
says Phil, "you are still in the Race! You are Team #9! "
Shock and relief exude out of the teachers as they hug and scream
After giving away a possible
two million dollars in the last Leg, the prostetic-legged lady and
her business partner/dater have lost the entire Race due to a piss-poor
taxi driver. Phil informs them that they're last and they're out.
Tears flow from their eyes, so disappointed that it had to end this
way. But they compliment each other and tell each other they're
proud and that they love each other. At least it's proof that ANYONE
- even someone who lost their legs, spleen and a kidney to Neisseria
meningitis and STILL finds a way to be a world-class snowboarder
- can run The Amazing Race!
AFTER LEG 2:
SHANGHAI, CHINA to SURABAYA, INDONESIA
1) Natalie &
Nadiya* (+3) - EXPRESS PASS
2) Trey & Lexi* (+7)
3) Jaymes & James (+7)
4) Abbie* & Ryan (-3) - $2M Chance
5) Josh* & Brent (+2)
6) James* & Abba (EVEN)
7) Caitlin* & Brittany (-4)
8) Rob* & Kelley (-3)
9) Gary & Will* (-1)
ELIMINATED IN 10th) Amy & Daniel (-8)
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Rob & Shiela
* = One ROADBLOCK
more than partner
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN LEG: Trey & Lexi and Jaymes &
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Amy & Daniel
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