October 21 - Leg 4
Previously on THE AMAZING RACE...nine
teams continues their trek across the Indonesia archipelago. After
holding 20 plates of Padang food all at once in Surabaya, they hopped
trains to Bangil. There, they paraded around with giant lion masks
and had eggs fried on their heads...literally. Abbie & Ryan
(Team Dating Divorcees) continued their quest for TWO million bucks
as they won their second Leg. A Blind DOUBLE U-TURN sent Gary &
Will (Team Sub Teachers) back to do both DETOURs...but Caitlin &
Brittany (Team Besties) had the worst...driver...EVER and took a
wrong turn during a neck-and-neck race to the PIT STOP...and they
were sent packing. Eight teams remain on this circumnavigation of
the globe...who will be sent home NEXT?!
PIT STOP #3
NEGERI 1 BANGIL SCHOOL
2152 LOCAL TIME
At this prestigious school, Abbie &
Ryan begin Leg 4 (and continue their hunt for twice the bucks) with
FLY TO BANGLADESH!
Travel more than 2600 miles
north to the capital city of Bangladesh: Dahka. Once you land,
make your way to Rubel Model Auto Mobiles - a bus repair shop
- where your next clue awaits in a bucket.
The daters are happy to
have the lead again...even if it's just for two minutes ahead of
Trey & Lexi (Team Texas Two-Step). At a nearby travel agency,
Team Dating Divorcees try to get the earliest flight to the country
almost completely surrounded by India. The flight they are recommended
for is one that leaves at 10am the next morning. AI-YA! The Great
Equalizer strikes again! Close to 12 hours later, all sixteen wacky
Racers board the plane. Of them all, Team Sub Teachers are the most-relieved...and
they're PRETTY sure it was Rob & Kelley (Married Monster Truckers)
who U-TURNed them before (which they did... but you'd be hard pressed
to make Rob ADMIT it to them). Without a hitch, the palne and the
Racers take off (with a layover in Singapore) for....
At the sister city of
Kolkata, India, and one of the major metropoli of South Asia, the
teams touch down, run out and look for English-speaking cabbies.
Well,...except for the Married Monster Truckers. See, THEY go to
a taxi STAND in the airport and sign-up to GET their own cab. Sure
enough, their cab hauls them out of the airport in the lead. Getting
a cab out in the BUSY streets of Dhaka is nigh-on-impossible. It's
by sheer luck that Abbie & Ryan get one before everyone else
does (though theirs needs to stop for petrol). Natalie & Nadiya
(Team Jeresy Twins) LIKE the aggressive driving of the Bengali cabbies.
Jaymes & James (Team Full Monty!) listen to the cacophony of
car horns like they were enjoying a symphony. James & Abba (Team
Hair Metal) liken the ride to a roller coaster. Josh & Brent
(Team Beekman Boys) like the goat herders on the streets, feeling
that they're "among their peeps" at last.
Gary & Will's cabbie
says they're taking a "short cut" to their destination...and
the two Michigan boys are just praying the man is right. Rob &
Kelley, however, arrive at a landfill...and thus must turn around.
But it's Abbie & Ryan who arrive first at:
MODEL AUTO MOBILES
Right behind the couple is Team Jersey
Twins. They both hit the next:
WHO WANTS TO
FILL IN THE GAPS?
Over 15,000 buses do battle
on the streets of Dhaka every day...and, sometimes, they get
dents and holes. One team member must go inside this bus repair
shop and help fix a bus. First, you take some "body putty"
to fill in damages and sand it smooth (by hand) to prepare
it for re-painting. Then, help a partner remove three pairs
of seats and haul them to the refurbishing center. Once the
job is done right and the seats are brought to the center,
a worker will hand you your next clue.
Ryan and Natalie decide
to do this 'BLOCK, both dismissing the FAST FORWARD clue that is
ALSO in the envelope. As the two run in to fix the buses, Team Full
Monty! arrive. They, likewise, pass of the FF and James runs in
to do the task. Ryan is doing well with the putty and Nadiya is
proud of Natalie and how well SHE'S doing...though she shout that
they need to get this done first because they are "the only
'brownies' here!" (HER words, NOT mine!). James...can't get
the lid off the small bucket of putty. Rob & Kelley show up,
with Rob a) not even CONSIDERING the FF and b) taking the task (Kelley's
now THREE 'BLOCKs behind...which might lead to trouble in later
Legs). This is PERFECT for Rob: he & Kelley fix the bodies of
their monster trucks all the time!
When James & Abba
show up, they DON'T ignore the green slip of paper tucked in with
the 'BLOCK. They decide to give it a go on the Race's first:
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 take part in a vital service to the people of Dhaka.
Rats destroy between 1.5 million to 2 million tons of food
a year. Each team member must travel with a pest control agent
and collect a bag-full of dead rats from three different locations.
Once the city has been (ahem) e-rat-icated, the agent will
hand you the clue to the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
As the rocker and the
lawyer depart for the agent's location, Team Beekman Boys arrive
and Josh opts to do the deed. Trey comes in for Team Texas Two-Step
and, in last (AGAIN), Gary goes for Team Sub Teachers. Everyone
is puttying sides (with Nadiya shouting the loudest, much to the
chagrin of the other teams)...except for "Big Hair Don't Care".
But it's Ryan who finishes puttying first. Uh,...there's one problem,
though; their clue is muddy and they're not sure what else to do.
Ryan asks James for help with the clue in exchange for HELPING him
with HIS 'BLOCK. Not sure if that's against the Rules of the Race
or not...but I guess we'll find out at the PIT STOP, right? The
next step is to wait for the putty to dry (not for too long) and
then SAND it flat. Trey asks for a ruling...and the worker gives
it a thumbs-down, much to his ire. James is getting frustrated and
starts to scrape off the bad job he's doing, but Jaymes and Abbie
calm him down. Rob finishes the putty second, with Natalie close
in third as Ryan starts to sand.
Speaking of "Big
Hair Don't Care", Team Hair Metal arrive at the pest control
shop and get the route from the agent. They, of COURSE, grab the
gloves and ask for directions from locals to their first stop, the
New City Restaurant. It's hard to find, especially in the heat of
the Bengali summer. They hope for "disaster" for the other
teams. They finally arrive and open up the pails where a dozen or
so dead rodents are piled up. James & Aba don't mind too much;
they say they look like ones they KNEW in the touring business.
With that spot done, they head for the next location.
Both Josh and Gary get
the "negative" and Gary, like James before, scrapes off
the putty and tries again. Trey has laid it too thick so HE has
to start over as well. Nadiya just will NOT shut up, and it's getting
on EVERYBODY's nerves as she cheers on Natalie! Ryan finishes the
sanding first and now heads to another bus to remove and carry the
seats. As he delivers the first pair of seats, Rob gets the OK to
stop sanding and start hauling. And haul he does...as in TWO pairs
But, of course, it's Ryan
who finishes first. Abbie & he get this clue from the worker:
TIME TO SMELL
Make your way to Kawrana
Bozar Shootkir Market and search a marked bag of dried fish
for a Race "fish" (a dried fish with the red-and-yellow
Race colors on them). One team per bag, please. Once found,
have the shopkeepper exchange it for your next clue.
As they leave with Ryan
panting heavily, Rob brings the third pair of seats to the refurbisher
so he & Kelley can leave in second. Natalie finishes HER sanding
and gets to the seat...and she grabs a pair and hauls it out the
front door (not even BOTHERING with the helpers). As such, she finishes
the task in quick order and she & Nadiya leave in third...much
to the pleasure of the other teams' eardrums, I'm sure. Josh
gets the puttying done and starts sanding like crazy. James is next
to get the OK to sand, leaving Trey and Gary to try to catch-up.
Back on the streets, the
"rat Racers" (ha-ha) find a dump nearby where more Black
Plague ancestors are waiting for them. As they scoop up the rats
(Aba actually saying "trick or treat" as he does), they
prep for the final leg...and Abba steps in a puddle of raw sewage.
He gets concerned about hepatitis or other diseases...but James
says that it's "only water". Abba MAY have hurt his knee
as well with that mis-step.
Josh gets the thumbs-up
to stop sanding and get to seat-dragging. Gary gets another thumbs-down
for the putty while James gets a thumbs-UP for the sanding. As the
goat farmer and the dancer/guitarist carry that weight, Trey FINALLY
gets the go-ahead to sand. Gary & Mike are in last AGAIN! But
they can still hope for another miracle. Gary FINALLY gets the nod
and starts to sand...just as Josh & Brent leave the ROADBLOCK
in fourth, James & Jaymes right behind in fifth (yes, I know
the titles on the screen say 5th and 6th...but, until the FF is
completed, I'm sticking with what I put down).
Team Dating Divorcees
halt their cab at the market and see the red-and-yellow-striped
fish bags. The dired, smelly, fly-ridden fish do NOT look appetizing
to either of them...but in they dig. After a few minutes, they yank
out a red-and-yellow fish. The shopkeepper takes the fish and gives
them their next:
POUND THE METAL
or POUND THE COTTON?
POUND THE METAL: Grab a hammer!
Both members must use sledgehammers to pound an iron rod into
a sharp spiked tool known as a "sant". Should the
iron get to cool, you must use the bellows to heat the rod
up again so you can "strike while the iron is hot".
Once you make your spike, a blacksmith will hand you your
POUND THE METAL: Make a mattress
the Bangali way! Use bamboo rods to beat the clumps of cotton
into a fine, feathery consistancy. Then stuff a mattress with
the cotton and sew it up. Once the mattress is sewn up completely,
a craftsman will hand you your next clue.
Abbie & Ryan decide
to POUND THE COTTON, not sure if they can weild the 10-pound sledgehammers
well enough and more confident with this task since Abbie's made
clothing in the past. They arrive at the nearby crafting spot, grab
the battans and get to whacking! Well, RYAN whacks...Abbie spreads
it out onto the mattress bottom as he does. As they continue, Team
Jersey Twins get to digging into the bags 'o' fish as Married Monster
Truckers get lost in the market. The girls get the DETOUR clue in
second decide to POUND THE METAL. Rob & Kelley FIND the fish
at last and LIKEWISE go for the METAL. While they look for the blacksmith,
Abbie directs Ryan in the intricities of mattress-making after the
cotton is pounded enough. They get the cotton into the mattress
as Abbie starts to sewing.
Ah, there are our ratcatchers-in-training.
They're at a brickyard to collect the rest of the rodents. As they
finished filling it up, a "parade of people" filed behind
them, like they've never seen two long-haired, pale men collect
rats before. But they appreciate it, because it shows a side of
the Race that is usually overlooked: the local populace and how
happy they can be from the simple things. They return to the agency,
dump out the rats and the agent gives them this LOVELY 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: Shyambazar Chan Mia Ghat, across
the Buriganga River via ferry to Swarighat Old Dhaka.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Of course, winning the
FAST FORWARD in NO way gaurentees they'll win the Leg...or even
stave off Philimination. So the friends get to a cab and haul to
the ferry...with Abba pouring copius amounts of hand sanitizer all
over the foot he stepped into the sewage.
Meanwhile, back at the
ROADBLOCK, two guys are STILL sanding the bus sides...but it's Trey
who gets the nod first. Will is still optimistic, though and, as
Trey brings his second pair of seats to the refurbisher, Gary gets
the OK. Trey & Lexi may be leaving in seventh and Gary &
Will in dead last again...but stranger things have happened to the
teachers in this Race already. And, sure enough, Team Texas Two-Step's
cab breaks down! So Team Sub Teachers pass them by into 7th, getting
fresh life YET AGAIN! But, after a little cooling down (with a little
Sprite(TM)) and a push-start, Trey & Lexi get back into the
CHAN MIA GHAT
In this riverside bazaar,
two men who have travelled extensively while on tour find themselves
on the world-map-covered mat with a Bengali in white (and a rockin'
orange beard) greeting them. Phil is there as well and proclaims
James & Abba as Team # 1! And the Travelocity Roaming Gnome(TM)
is sending them to Antigua and the secluded St. James Club for seven
nights, including a private yacht ride and full spa treatment! Team
Hair Metal have come to win the Race...and this is the next step
Back at the DETOUR, the
teams are now fighting just to NOT get eliminated. Team Dating Divorcees
ask the craftsman for a ruling...but he notices that not all the
cotton has been placed in the mattress. Ah, Bistha! (Look it up...)
So they have to open it up a bit and get all that cotton into it.
As they work on that, Team Jersey Twins bang the rod hard with Marrie
Monster Truckers getting close as well. But it's Natalie & Nadiya's
blacksmith who tells them to stop as they are finished. Now in second
place, the girls get this important clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Head for the Keranigonj Kholamora
launch ghat on the Buriganga River and travel by ferry across
to Swarighat in Old Dhaka. Then travel on foot to Shyambazar
Chan Mia Ghat, the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Rob & Kelley get THEIR
spike done less than a minute later so, though they leave in third,
it's far from over.
The Ja(y)mes Boys arrive
at the market and start digging into the fish for the elusive Race-fish.
As they struggle (with both the search AND the smell), Team Beekman
Boys arrive and start digging themselves. Strangely enough, Josh
& Brent find the fish first and enter the DETOUR in fifth, choosing
COTTON. A second later, Jaymes & James find it and choose to
do the same for their DETOUR. As they head for the craftsman, Abbie
& Ryan finish their mattress properly and leave the DETOUR in
fourth. The boys then start to whack their cotton into oblivion.
Team Jersey Twins get
into their cab and haul to the ferry...while Married Monster Truckers
get lost, both in translation and literally, in the market. Meanwhile
two OTHER cabs ride TO the market, with Team Texas Two-Step's cab
passing Team Sub Teachers' one en route. Both those teams arrive
at the market close together and dig for fish. When they find them,
Trey & Lexi POUND THE METAL while Gary & Will POUND THE
COTTON with the other all-male teams.
KHOLAMORA LAUNCH GHAT
Team Dating Divorcees
arrive at ferry launch and hop on a small boat who says they're
the ferry to Swarighat. They leave in one minute...and no other
teams are around. But here comes Natalie & Nadiya, who jump
on the boat just before it pulls out of the ghat. Rob & Kelley
finally find a cab and head for the ghat themselves.
Back at POUND THE COTTON,
the mattresses are ready for sewing. Team Full Monty!...don't know
thing ONE about it and struggle. Team Beekman Boys have a better
time as Josh (who was once a drag queen) sewd quite often. As such,
they get the clue from the craftsman and leave for the PIT STOP
in fifth. Jaymes & James ask for a ruling and the craftsman
replies by bringing more cotton over with which to stuff it. As
they re-stuff and re-sew, Team Sub Teachers arrive and begin THEIR
mattress...just as Team Texas Two-Step start to pound on the rod.
Swarighat! All ashore
that's going ashore! Women and Racers first, please! The four Americans
heft up their bags and start to run to the bazaar. Through the mess
of carts and tents, the teams search for Phil and the greeter. And,
in the Race for second, Abbie & Ryan edge them out as Team #2.
Natalie & Nadiya are officially Team #3. So the three Leg winners
are now 1-2-3 in the Race.
Rob & Kelley arrive
at the ghat and board another ferry. As they start to sail off,
they see Josh & Brent at the riverside. When the goat farmers
ask the truck drivers about it, Rob claims to be lost. This doesn't
deter the men, though; they find the ghat and board another ferry.
Trey & Lexi pound
on that spike like Grant connecting the Transcontinental Railroad.
They eventually make it work and leave the DETOUR in sixth. After
re-sewing and pounding the mattress for good measure, Jaymes &
James leave in seventh...again leaving Gary & Will alone in
Married Monster Truckers
arrive at the PIT STOP...but Phil does NOT proclaim them Team #4.
The clue CLEARLY said to get off at Swarighat...and they DIDN'T.
Hence, they must go TO Swarighat VIA ferry before they can be checked-in.
The couple find their ferry captain and demands he make this right.
The captain has no problem with that.
As Team Beekman Boys arrive
at Swarighat they run into...Team Texas Two-Step?! The couple took
a cab to Old Dhaka...but the life partners clue them in that they
need to go BACK to Dhaka and catch a ferry like they did. Oopsie.
So they board the ferry Josh & Brent were just ON for a round
trip across the river. This allows Josh & Brent to become Team
As Team Full Monty! board
a ferry, Team Sub Teachers finish the DETOUR in last. But these
TAR superfans REFUSE to give up yet.
Rob & Kelley arrive
at Swarighat and Rob yells at the captain that this might have cost
him a million dollars. ("La-di-flippin-da", the captain
seems to say.) As they run to be checked-in as Team #5, Trey &
Lexi arrive at the ghat, confirm it is where they should be and
then rejoins the ferry for the trip back. Jaymes & James are
Team # 6.
Team Texas Two-Step are
back at Swarighat and they run into...Gary & Will? Oh, no...not
again! When Team Sub Teachers get the bad news...it must feel like
Appalachian State all over again. They get on a ferry back to Keranigonj
Kholamora, CERTAIN they're out this time.
Trey & Lexi dropped
five spots...but they're Team #7 and still in the Race.
Back and forth goes the
two friends across the river. They felt they were representing ALL
the fans of the show...and they let them down. They hit the mat
and Phil tells them they are the last team to arrive. No miracle
this time: they have been eliminated. Will shrugs and says they
gave it their best shot. The greeter gives them a "Aabar dekha
hobe (good-bye)" as the the friends head back to Michigan,
disappointed for their placement...but happy to have tried. Hail
to the Victors, baby.
AFTER LEG 4:
BANGIL, INDONESIA to DHAKA, BANGLADESH
1) James & Abba
(+3) - Antigua
2) Abbie & Ryan* (-1) - $2M Chance, Fiji
3) Natalie & Nadiya* (+3) - EXPRESS PASS
4) Josh* & Brent (+1)
5) Rob*** & Kelley (+2)
6) Jaymes* & James (-3)
7) Trey & Lexi* (-5)
ELIMINATED IN 8th) Gary & Will (EVEN)
ELIMINATED IN 9th) Caitlin & Brittany
ELIMINATED IN 10th) Amy & Daniel
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Rob & Shiela
* = One ROADBLOCK
more than partner
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN LEG: James & Abba and Natalie &
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Trey & Lexi
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