Get Your Sexy On
November 4 - Leg 6
Previously on THE AMAZING RACE...seven
teams of Americans ran around the capital city of Bangladesh doing
things. Things like finding an eggplant vendor in a HUGE produce
market, building old-fashioned scales out of wood and rope, "hackling"
straw for "juke bags" and hauling long poles of bamboo
to a construction site. When they arrived at a museum a short distance
outside the capital, James & Abba (Team Hair Metal) triumphed
again...despite James' heavy heart about his father's cancer. Josh
& Brent (Team Beekman Boys) arrived last but were spared Philimination
due to this being an N.E.L. They'll have a SPEED BUMP to overcome...but
they're still in the hunt. Seven teams are left...who will be booted
PIT STOP #5
Another early start for James &
Abba. They STILL have a fair lead, but ANYTHING can happen as the
"rip 'n' read" the first clue of Leg 6:
FLY TO ISTANBUL,
Go to Galaxy Travel Agency
for tickets and then fly roughly 3700 miles to the largest
city in Turkey: Istanbul. You will land on the European side
of this bi-continental city (Turkey is one of a few "Eurasian"
countries to do that and Istanbul is the only metropolis).
Once you land, travel by taxi or metro to the Kabatas Ferry
Terminal and find your next clue.
You have $100 for this Leg
of the Race.
Abba is still in pain
after the slip in Leg 4 that caused his knees to buckle. "I
am hurt but I am not slain," Abba quotes St. Barton...and James
thinks this means the Race "has taken on Biblical proportions".
The other teams' (local) departure times are:
Abbie & Ryan (Team Dating Divorcees): 1104
Natalie & Nadiya (Team Jersey Twins): 1210
Trey & Lexi (Team Texas Two-Step): 1231
Rob & Kelley (Married Monster
Jaymes & James (Team Full Monty!): 1330
Josh & Brent: 1504
Everyone seems to be happy
to be leaving the hot and humid country. Team Jersey Twins are happy
to have such competative (if annoying) rivals as Team Dating Divorcees.
Team Full Monty! think of the FOOD turkey when they read of the
COUNTRY of Turkey....
6:25am is the time James
& Abba are expected to arrive at Istanbul, according to the
travel agent. And it seems to be the ONLY flight to the Turk city
OUT of Dhaka. So the Great Equalizer strikes; everyone's on even
ground when they touch down in the early morning. Ryan sighs deeply,
not wanting ANYTHING to do with the rockers and the "twinies"
anymore! He drags Abbie to the cab and they head for the airport,
not willing to lose any more brain cells by listening to ANY of
the other teams. All the others seem just fine with each other as
they gather to get their tickets.
But...what's this wad
of American money doing on the table? Someone must've left it there.
WHO, we're not sure...but Natalie & Nadiya have a simple philosophy
for it: finders' keepers! Lexi feels the same way...though Trey
would rather they give it back to whoever dropped it. "You
don't have a vote," says Natalie as they try to keep it hush-hush
from everybody else. As the two teams head for the airport, Team
Hair Metal suddenly realize that the $100 that was given to them
at the start of the Leg is now gone. They start to think it fell
out of the bags in the cab coming over. So...they can GET to Turkey...but
how can they get AROUND? Abba thinks it's all over for them...but
James tries to stay positive, working out how to get the money before
their flight takes off. They decide to beg...which is humiliating
given all the poverty around town.
So, they head for the
more commercial area of the city and start asking for fundage from
anyone willing to give. Fortunately, a woman who seemed to be a
bit more well-to-do than others and she seemed willing to spare
them a bit of dough. And, with a hug from the lady and smiles on
their faces, the two rockers head off to...
Team Jersey Twins decide
to divide the left-behind money between them and Team Texas Two-Step,
thereby "splitting the guilt". They're fairly sure it's
Team Hair Metal's money...though they openly wish it had been Team
Dating Divorcees' instead. Of course, James & Abba say nothing
about losing their money, not wanting to show weakness. So they
stay quiet as they and all the other teams travel on the redeye
Y'know, Istanbul was Constantinople.
Now it's Ist...ah, you know the song! Anyway, the Turkish Airways
flight lands and fourteen Americans file out looking for ways to
get to the ferry terminal. Team Hair Metal ask a cabbie if using
a taxi is better than using the subway and, given an affirmative
responce, load their bags in the cab. Abbie & Ryan and Natalie
& Nadiya also take cabs while Rob & Kelley and Jaymes &
James take the "metro" subway. Trey & Lexi decide
on the taxi as well, with Josh & Brent right on their tails.
Who will make it first to...
A mere quarter-mile or
so away from Asia, James & Abba arrive in their cab and easily
find the Clue Box. Their next clue reads as such:
EUROPE...NOW MAKE YOUR WAY BACK TO ASIA!
Across this body of water
called the Basra Straits is Asia. Travel by ferry across the
straits to the Asian side of the city and country. Once there,
search Uskadar Terminal for your next clue.
Team Hair Metal board
a ferry and wait for it to depart, which it does without any other
teams arriving. As they crosse the invisible line between Europe
and Asia, Team Jersey Twins and Team Dating Divorcees arrive at
the terminal, taking the clue 3rd and 2nd respectively. Team Texas
Two-Step arrive in fourth, Team Beekman Boys in 5th. So I guess
the metro was not the best idea this time. The four teams board
the same ferry and start off trying to catch up..and actually ENJOYING
Team Full Monty! are NOT
enjoying it...because a local just informed them that the taxi would've
been faster and there is very little traffic this early in the morning.
They and Married Monster Truckers have just been relagated to the
back of the pack. But the Ja(y)mes Boys decide to bail out at a
station and take a cab the rest of the way, leaving Rob & Kelley
behind. The truckers don't mind; they "follow their own way".
James & Abba see the
Clue Box even before they depart the ferry. They hop off the boat
and run to the Box where they find this:
SPICE UP YOUR
Make your way by taxi to
Misir Carsisi (The Spice Bazaar) in the Fatih Municipality.
Once there, search for Shop #14 and your next clue.
As they look for another
cab, the next four teams arrive, deciding to work together to find
the clue. When they DO find it, they break off to separate taxis.
Back in Europe, Jaymes
& James arrive at the terminal and are disappointed that they
didn't beat the other teams...but they're PRETTY sure they beat
Rob & Kelley. And, as they take off for Asia, Married Monster
Truckers are STILL "riding on the Metro" (as the group
Berlin would put it).
At the second-largest
covered shopping complex in the city, several cabs arrive. James
& Abba arrive first, but Trey & Lexi are right behind them.
They run into the bazaar and spy the electric sign with the "SHOP
# 14". As Abba is slower due to the knees, the young Texas
couple get their clue first (given to them by the vendor). It's
in a golden box and it has...some kind of food inside the vendor
calls "Turkish Delights". It also has a standard clue
which is the next:
SIMIT or SCRUB
SIMIT: Use your head! Head
for the nearby Yakut bakery and transport bunches of simits
- Turkish bagels - to three different addresses in the area.
But you must carry them the old Turkish way: on a plate balanced
on your head. (You'll have a ring-cloth to put on your head
to help.) First you need to stack the right amount of simits
on the plate in the right way. Then you carry the plate on
your head and walk through the streets of Istanbul to your
locations. Once you deliver them all, return to the bakery
where the master baker will give you your next clue.
SCRUB IT: Take a bath! Go
to the nearby Shop #41-1 and pick up bathing equipment. Then
head to a nearby Turkish bathhouse, choose an attendant and
be lead to a marble room to be cleansed like NEVER before!
When you are cleaned-up, another attendant will hand you your
The two teams decide together
to SCRUB IT (mostly because Abba doesn't think he can do the walking
with his knees). They get their gear and head off for the bathhouse
just as Natalie & Nadiya and Abbie & Ryan arrive at Shop
#14. They both decide to SCRUB IT as well. As they leave, Josh &
Brent arrive. But they CAN'T choose a DETOUR yet because they have
BUMP - JOSH & BRENT
IN LAST IN THE PREVIOUS LEG, YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS EXTRA
TASK BEFORE CONTINUING THIS LEG!
Find the marked Maras ice
cream stand next to the New Mosque. Once there, each of you
should order a cone with at least two flavors. You must eat
the ice cream - cones and all - before returning to the Bazaar
and continuing on the Race in the hopes of making up lost
The trouble is...they
can't FIND the stand...even though it's out in the wide open. They
eventually find one and ask for a double scoop. The vendor plays
around with the two goat farmers, flipping the cones around like
he works at a TGIFriday's(TM) on the side. Josh actually DROPS a
cone before they are properly served. It seems a bit lewd to Brent...but
it IS a sweet way to be penalized. But, when they finish and return
to Shop #14, the vendor says they didn't pass it properly. Y'see,
it wasn't the MARKED ice cream stand as the clue states. Oh, "lanet
Team Full Monty! arrive
and get the clue to the Bazaar in 6th. Jaymes breaks the fourth
wall in the cab and tells the viewers that THEY don't know where
they are in the Race...but the VIEWERS can look below their faces
to see for themselves (which CBS obliges).
Aaaaaaaand NOW Married
Monster Truckers arrive at Kabatas, hopping the ferry in last and
HOPING that they can catch up. They are still fairly behind when
they arrive in Asia and get the clue to the start of the DETOUR.
The four teams on the
DETOUR look and look for the bathhouse before FINALLY arriving at
it. The teams pick attendants and get stripped down to the towels.
They're shoulders and upper chests are scrubbed gently...and James
feels "Bacchanalian" as the eight Americans relax. Ryan
even comments about the attendant washing his feet: "Abbie
would never do that for me."
Team Beekman Boys find
the RIGHT ice cream stand (with the Race Flag on the front) and
get ANOTHER helping of brain-freezing ice cream. Of course, they
get the same theatrics as the previous vendor, even though the two
partners BEG for him to just hand them the cones. But they finish...and
RUN back into the Bazaar to get their Turkish Delights and their
DETOUR clue. They decide to work off the calories of the four cones
with SIMIT, figuring "the more physical, the quicker".
They leave JUST as Jaymes & James arrive and choose SCRUB IT.
When Josh & Brent
arrive at SIMIT, they watch how the bagels are stacked and placed
on the head. They decide that Brent (having a flatter head) should
carry while Josh directs and clears the path. As Brent holds the
plate upon his head (the rules of the clue doesn't say he can't
hold it) Josh asks a local for directions...and doesn't understand
a word the local says, much to Brent's chagrin. That's bad because
Rob & Kelley arrive at the Bazaar and choose to SIMIT.
Back at SCRUB IT, the
four teams are doused in suds and given the deep-tissue massage
of a LIFETIME. James likened it to an attendant pulling his heart
out and showing that it's beating too slow. Trey & Lexi are
the first to finish the treatment, with James & Abba right behind.
They each get this clue:
TO BE GRAND!
Make your way on foot to
Kapali Carsi (The Grand Bazaar) and search for the marked
fountain inside the bazaar for your next clue.
Right behind them leaving
(after getting dressed, of course) are Abbie & Ryan. Natalie
& Nadiya are enjoying the room to themselves for now. They can't
wait long because Team Full Monty! arrives. As Team Jersey Twins
leaves, the Chippendales start their own treatment (I'm certain
feeling QUITE comfy with nothing but towels on) and enjoy the attendants
"washing all of Bangladesh off" of them.
Back at SIMIT, Josh &
Brent are, essentially, lost. What's more, Brent's neck is starting
to hurt. As Josh tries to make heads or tails out of directions,
Rob & Kelley arrive at the bakery (and Rob does a dance for
the musicians awaiting). Of course, Rob carries the plate while
Kelley navigates. Finally, Josh finds an English-speaking local
and gets the right directions to their first address.
At the FIRST-largest
covered shopping complex in the city
(and one of the largest in the world), the teams start to arrive
and search the 61 covered streets for the fountain. Team Texas Two-Step
and Team Dating Divorcees arrive seconds apart and they hit their
TO POUR THEIR HEART OUT?
One team member must serve
"Turkish sherbet", widely regarded as the world's
first "soft drink". Dress as a Turkish vendor and
carry on your back a long-spouted brass teapot called a "ebrek".
Then walk around the Bazaar and sell and serve 40 cups of
this popular refreshment at 1 Lira (about 50 US cents) apiece.
Once you have earned 40 Lira, return here to the sherbet vendor
and her will give you your next clue.
Lexi and Ryan choose this
task and get dressed as Team Hair Metal arrives. Abba thinks it's
easy enough DESPITE his weary kneecaps (maybe I shoulda named them
Team Wounded Knee II, eh?). Soon, three Americans are pouring from
the not-so-little teapots, not short but still stout. But...they
have foibles. See, they have to lean forward to tip the pot over
and pour the sherbet out. When Ryan does that, the top of the teapot
falls to the floor. And he does this more than once. Lexi, however,
looks like an old pro. Abba...he's taking his time, it seems.
Back at the DETOUR, James
is trying to keep a scream contained during the massage. But Jaymes
& he finish in 5th...just as Team Beekman Boys find the first
stop to deliver their simits. As they take off with a fraction of
the burden off Brent's neck, they pass by Rob & Kelley and (stupidly)
give them directions to the same address.. The two teams go to their
second addresses without issue...but have to return to the bakery
to get the 120 simits for their final run.
Natalie is chosen for
Team Jersey Twins "because she's single" to take on the
ROADBLOCK. Ryan is at 14 Lira while Lexi is at 22 (and being an
always-cheerful cheerleader helps her get more customers). She even
gets someone to just GIVE her a Lira (just so she'll go away). Ryan
is smart, though; he asks a customer to HELP him sell more glasses...for
a small "commission", of course. Abba...he's having issues.
He asks customers to help with the POURING of their own drink. Natalie...she
begs for customers more-or-less.
Lexi finishes her 40 Lira
crusade first...but is a bit of a stretch from the starting point.
Ryan is nearly finished (thanks to his "business partner").
But it's Team Texas Two-Step who get their Lira counted first and
get handed this vital clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Travel by taxi to the marked
park and find the Savarona, an American-built luxury
yacht that was bought for the founder of the Republic of Turkey
(who only spent six weeks on it before dying a few months
later) and the PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
As they haul for the ship,
Team Full Monty! arrive at the Baazar...and Ryan finishes the ROADBLOCK
in 2nd. As they leave, Abbie tells Ryan that Team Jersey Twins wanted
Trey & Lexi to win rather than them. Ryan, under his breath,
says the girls can...well, if you've ever seen WWE's D-Generation
X, you should know the "two words for them". As James
gets started, Abba gets finished and the rockers leave in third.
Natalie finishes her rounds as James gets a lesson in how to hold
the teapot properly. The twins leave in fourth.
Back at the DETOUR, both
Josh & Brent carry simits to the final location. After getting
checked-out, Brent says, "We're old hats at this now."
They pass Rob & Kelley who confirm this being the last one (and
Rob still doing this solo). Team Beekman Boys depart for the Grand
Bazaar and the ROADBLOCK in 6th. A few minutes later, Married Monster
Truckers leave in last.
It has a swimming pool,
a Turkish bath, a gold-trimmed staircase and a movie theater. It
is one of the longest boats in the world at a length of 446 feet.
But only the four-by-two-foot square in the shadow of the bow matters
to the American couple who run (and skip) up to Phil and the Turk
band behind him. After the band leader welcomes them with a "merhaba"
(hello). Phil says:
"Trey & Lexi...you
are Team # 1!"
And, for their first time
at the front of the pack, Team Texas Two-Step has earned a five-night
stay in Australia, complete with scooter tour, spa treatment and
delicious native cuisine, all courtesy of Travelocity(TM). They
say they were DUE for this first-place win.
Not so great news for
Abbie & Ryan. For the third straight Leg consecutively in a
row, they are Team # 2. (Hey, maybe they can break the record for
most SECOND-place Legs. :) )
Josh & Brent arrive
at the ROADBLOCK and Brent decides to do it, having sales experience.
And he does pretty well at the start, even talking someone into
buying a glass for someone else just because he had TWO Lira out.
Good thing, too, because Rob & Kelley arrives at that point,
Kelley choosing to peddle. Jaymes knows they're in trouble since
Team Beekman Boys and Married Monster Truckers have been in the
back perpetually...so they're fighting to stave off last now. James
seems to target the ladies...and is getting nowhere. Shame he can't
strip down. PLUS, he keeps dropping his cups. Fortunately, he runs
into some tourists who are MORE than happy to buy from a handsome
The teams seem to have
fun doing the task, though they know they have to hustle. Team Full
Monty! finally reaches the 40-Lira mark and departs in fifth.
Team Hair Metal fall out
of the top spot on "TAR's Top 40", down to Team #3. But
they still have their feet on the ground while they keep reaching
for the stars...even WITH bum knees and a brush with bankruptcy.
Team Jersey Twins aren't too happy with Team #4 status, vowing to
get back to the top soon.
Josh & Brent get their
fortieth Lira and depart in 6th, leaving Rob & Kelley opening
praying the goat farmers get lost en route to the ship. Sure enough,
as Kelley pours the last cup, Team Beekman Boys' cab gets stuck
in Istanbul traffic. Married Monster Truckers leave in last...and
Josh drags Brent out of the taxi to direct traffic so that they
can get moving! The issue was a van without a driver, so they find
said driver and tell him that it's an emergency and he needs to
get out of the way. As such, traffic starts to flow again and Josh
& Brent can breathe again.
Jaymes & James are
FINALLY making headway: they are Team #5.
Two cabs...two couples...a
race half-way around the world could end for one of them. One couple,
panting and sweating, arrives at the ship and gets the news from
"Josh & Brent...I
am pleased to tell you that you are still in this Race and you are
Team #6!" They put it simply: "We don't quit!!"
The large monster trucker
and his relatively svelte wife hit the mat in front of Phil...and
they get the bad news: they're last...and they're going home.
the big, bold Rob says, "I'm nothin'." And having her
on this journey was worth WELL more than a million bucks ever could.
The couple gets in a nice dance with the band before the greeter
tells them, "Hoscakal" (good-bye) and they head back to
crushing cars with eight-foot tires.
AFTER LEG 6:
SONARGHAN, BANGLADESH to ISTANBUL, TURKEY
1) Trey & Lexi*
2) Abbie & Ryan* (EVEN) - $2M Chance, Fiji
3) James* & Abba (-2) - Antigua, Malaysia Rainforest
4) Natalie & Nadiya* (-1) - EXPRESS PASS
5) Jaymes & James* (+1)
6) Josh & Brent* (+1)
ELIMINATES IN 7th) Rob & Kelley (-3)
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: Trey & Lexi (again)
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Rob & Kelley
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