Loose Lips Sink Ships
February 24 - Leg 2
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...eleven
teams left the STARTING LINE in Los Angeles (naturally) and travelled
to Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Once there, a double ROADBLOCK
was met with: one team member parachuted from a helicopter while
the other had to dig in the sand in the intense heat. Jessica &
John (Team Macklemore/Babe) won the Leg and TWO EXPRESS PASSes with
the instructiones to give the second one to ANOTHER team before
the fourth Leg. The last three teams - Max & Katie (Team Honeymooners),
Caroline & Jennifer (Team Cowboy Descendants) and Matt &
Daniel (Team Hot Stuff) - decide to quit the second ROADBLOCK and
just race to the mat. But it was the firefighters who capsized their
canoe once too many times and ended up heading for home. Ten teams
have just started their Race for the million...who will be Philiminated
PIT STOP #1
BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
In the "Pearl of the Pacific"
in the middle of the night, the owners of the two "Get Out
Of Task Free" cards rip 'n' read the first clue of the second
Leg of the twenty-second Race:
GET THEE TO
Make your way by water taxi
to Motu Toopua Nui, home to the spectacular Hilton Bora Bora
Nui. Once there, search the grounds for a wedding chapel where
you will receive a Polynesian blessing for safe travel from
a local priest...as well as your next clue.
NOTE: The water taxi does
not start service until 7:30am
Jessica & John are interested
in how their alliance with four other teams will do...and hope the
other teams don't find out about its existance. As it's nearly five
hours before the first taxi departs, the other teams in the alliance
- Chuck & Wynona (Team Roll Tide!), Pam & Winnie (Team Scappers),
David & Connor (Team Ribbon Wearers) and Idries & Jamil
(Team What's Up, Docs?) - join them and congratulate them, along
with Bates & Anthony (Team Goons), Mona & Beth (Team Rollergames)
and Joey & Meghan (Team Cute
David & Connor want to make sure
Team Macklemore/Babe stick to the alliance pact and give THEM the
second EXPRESS PASS for being the second alliance team to reach
the PIT STOP. But...John reminds them that the first rule of the
alliance is...there IS no alliance as far as everyone else is concerned...and
just giving them the PASS right now would broadcast that fact. Besides,
they look forward to other teams sucking up to them for the second
PASS. Connor thinks that's a stupid rule...but John knows that this
isn't an "honesty game". This is a RACE...and nobody said
they need to be honest during a Race, right?
But guess what? The other three teams
start to think there IS an alliance, having seen the two teams talking
it out and then the others congregate around them. Some are willing
to suck-up...others are willing to just grind them into the dirt.
At 0730, the taxis come and the teams
board essentially in the order they finished. But, once on board,
it's Cannonball Run on the water as the boats vie for position en
BORA BORA NUI
Jessica & John are first to disembark
and the lovely hotel, with Team Goons and Team Ribbon Wearers wanting
to be the first to get to the chapel on time. Joey & Meghan
arrive in fourth and start looking. But Team Macklemore/Babe take
a wrong turn, allowing David & Connor to arrive first. After
a quickie blessing from the priest, they get their next clue...which
is the Race's first:
PICK A PEARL
or TAKE A TRUNK
PICK A PEARL: Pearl harvesting
is a top money-earner for locals. A half-mile offshore, you
will dive down to the harvesting ropes and untie strings of
oysters. Then you must shuck the oysters until you find two
red pearls. Once you find them, swim out to the pearl farmer
in the va'a and he will trade the pearls for your next clue.
TAKE A TRUNK: Wreck-diving
can ALSO be fruitful. Go to the marked dock and choose a boat
to go to a different locale. Using diving helmets, you must
dive deep into the ocean and find a trove of treasure trunks.
Take one trunk, drag it to a nearby umbrella and open it.
Then use the items inside to construct an underwater picnic
dining experience. Once everything is in place, call for the
scuba-diving waiter and, if he deems it right, he will "serve"
your your next clue.
For both DETOURs, pick up
your water shoes and snorkling gear before going down to your
As the teams arrive, one by one, they
choose a DETOUR:
PICK A PEARL: David & Connor, Jessica & John, Bates &
Anthony, Joey & Meghan, Pam & Winnie, Idries & Jamil,
Chuck & Wynona
TAKE A TRUNK: Mona & Beth
And, again, a team - in this case,
Team Ribbon Wearers - forgets "TAR 101": "READ YOUR
WHOLE CLUE!" The father and son race down to the taxi WITHOUT
their snorkeling gear! Oops. When they arrive at the pearl harvesting
spot, they find out that they goofed...and immediately go from 1st
to 8th as they turn the boat around and run back up to the chapel.
As they head back, everyone else heads
DOWN to get pearls. The water is so clear and beautiful that even
the least experienced of swimmers seem to enjoy it. Well,...everyone
except aquaphobe Jamal...and Wynona, who passes because Chuck can
hold his breath much longer. Meanwhile, nearby, Team Rollergames
don their diving helmets and get ready to plunge. Mona was nervous
at first...but seeing the beatiful fish in the clear water calmed
her down immensely. Of course, when Beth joined her, they could
communicate even without words (roller derby experience) to pick
a trunk and drag it over.
Joey tosses the strings of oysters
to Meghan, who is staying dry to shuck the oysters in search for
the crimson mucus-layered sand (that's what a pearl is, essentially).
After about 50 oysters, she finds one. Jamal...wants to take a penalty
as he just CAN'T dive that deep...but Idries REFUSES to take the
six-hour penalty for forgoing a DETOUR without an EXPRESS PASS.
The two twin brother/doctors argue back and forth as Team Macklemore/Babe
and Team Goons find THEIR first pearls. After a lot of debating,
they decide to give it a try. Oh, and he's not not the only aquaphobe:
Team Scrappers are scared of the OCEAN...so THEY"RE freaking
as well. Wynona finally joins her hubby since he's shucking the
oysters in the water.
yeah...remember Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer? As
a penalty for forgoing the second ROADBLOCK of the last Leg, these
two teams have to leave four hours later than they were supposed
to. Because of this and the fact that the other teams had to wait
for the taxis, their deficit has been cut to 90 minutes. They're
still a few minutes from departure, though, so...back to the DETOUR.
Team Ribbon Wearers shuck in the ocean
and get their first pearl...but it's Team Cute Activate! who gets
the second pearl in first. As they swim to the va'a, Team Macklemore/Babe
find THEIR second, followed closely by Team Goons. In that order,
they grab this clue:
A PHOTOGENIC ISLAND!
Swim to the personal watercraft
(jet-skis) nearby and, using a cloth map as a guide, use the
craft to travel to Motu Tapu, the most-photographed isle in
the South Pacific. Search the beach for your next clue.
Dave & Conner get
their red pearls in fourth, making up a LOT of time. Meanwhile,
under da sea, Team Rollergames are setting up the table and chairs
for their picnic. With plates, utensils and (weighted) wine glasses
all set, the waiter comes over with a covered platter and uncovers
it to give the girls their next clue. All they can say as they leave
in fifth is that it was so cool!
Aaaaand Team Honeymooners
depart the PIT STOP at 9:14am, followed a minute behind by Team
Cowboy Descendants. They are, essentially, in a race to keep from
There are still a few
teams at PICK A PEARL, including Team What's Up, Docs? It's hard
for Jamil...REALLY hard. And he STILL hasn't let go of the boat
when Team Roll Tide! find their second pearl and leave in sixth
(after Chuck pulls Wynona into the boat like a beached manatee).
That leaves the docs and Pam & Winnie (the two phobic teams)
to keep diving as Max & Katie get their blessing and their clue.
Right behind them were Caroline & Jennifer...and they decide
to do TAKE A TRUNK together. Actually, Max & Katie just wants
to keep an eye on them...since, y'know, they ARE the last two teams.
As Idries & Jamil
try to dive...and fail, Pam & Winnie find their second pearl
and depart for Motu Tapu in seventh. The boys finally manage to
pull themselves down and...pull the oysters up one at a time? Uh,...they're
on a string, y'know. To say it's disheartening to watch the girls
BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Any wonder why the isle
is photoed so much? It is a beauty. And there's a Clue Box on the
shore. Joey & Meghan reach it first and run head-on into the
WHO'S A WELL-BALANCED
One team member will partake
in a traditional Polynesian game that has tested a man's strength
for centuries. You will get up on stilts and use them to kick
a coconut 35 yards down a sandy field. If you fall off the
stilts, the coconut can stay in place but you have to go back
to the start. Once your nut crosses the finish line, you and
your teammate must run down the beach to the PIT STOP for
this Leg of the Race!
WARNING! The LAST team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
And your 'BLOCKers are
Joey, Jessica, Conner and Anthony. Joey and Jessica have a bit of
a time with the stilts...but Conner and Anthony - both sportsmen
- do a pretty good job.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand Team Scrappers
is lost. They just barrelled and, without anyone else to guide them,
they didn't realize they were going the wrong way. And that gives
Teams Cowboy Descendants and Honeymooners time to rach TAKE A TRUNK
and get down into the water.
At the ROADBLOCK, Beth
and Chuck decide to kick for their respective teams. Meanwhile,
Anthony finishes the task with Conner right on his stilted heels.
As the teams run off to find Phil, Jessica finishes as well, putting
them in third and leaving Joey behind with the just-arriving teams.
BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
the lovely Polynesian dancer/greeter...there's the mat...and here
come the teams! David & Conner run side-by-side with Bates &
Anthony. But will the hockey players win or will the cancer survivors
"I just ruptured
my Achilles," says David as he slows down. And Team Goons shoots
and scores as Team # 1! Team Ribbon Wearers is Team # 2 and, right
behind them, Team Macklemore/Babe is Team # 3. For winning the Leg,
Bates & Anthony get a 5-night trip to London, England, courtesy
(as always) of the Roaming Gnomes at Travelocity(TM). But...what
about David? Well, he'll have to see a doctor (not the twins; they're
OB/GYNs) and see what hurts. And Jessica & John see that options
have opened up for them now, since the team they were SUPPOSED to
give the other EXPRESS PASS to could very well by out.
Back at the DETOUR, Idries
& Jamil are trying...they are SO trying. But they're now dropping
oysters...and Jamil actually asks the rescue divers to pull him
And at the DETOUR, Joey
is STILL getting beaten by the stilts, as is Beth. But Chuck, with
his big legs, seems to be doing all right. He crosses the finish
line and he & Wynona take off. Joey FINALLY gets his act together
and gets HIS nut across the line so he & Meghan can follow right
behind them. As such, the younger Team Cute Activate! gets Team
# 4 status and Team Roll Tide! is Team # 5.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand Pam &
Winnie are STILL lost...and their Asian heritages are kicking in
as they fear failure.
Back at the DETOUR, the
two teams TAKE A TRUNK and drag them over to the umbrellas. Max
is hyperventalating under his helmet but Katie...she's just "looking
for Nemo". Caroline & Jennifer do well with one girl handing
the stuff and the other setting it. But Team Honeymooners surface
with the clue and take off for the ROADBLOCK in eighth. Team Cowboy
Descendants leave right behind them in ninth...
...because Team What's
Up, Docs? have STILL not found a SINGLE red pearl. Jamil is now
starting to consider doing a "self U-TURN" and trying
TAKE A TRUNK instead. They take a lesson from the fact that their
mother struggled to raise them...but she NEVER gave up on them.
So THEY have no right to give up on THEMSELVES! But, hey, Team Scrappers
are STILL lost...so it ain't over yet!
Beth finally gets the
hang of the stilts and finishes the 'BLOCK. Mona & she run through
the bamboo woods to Phil and Team Rollergames check-in as Team #
As the two teams who started
the Leg in last haul on their jet-skis to the 'BLOCK, Team What's
Up, Docs? do TAKE A TRUNK. And, y'know, it's a LOT easier when you
don't have to worry about holding your breath as you go down. Jamil
actually had FUN dragging the trunk over and setting up the picnic
table. Guess that if Jamil had gills like Costner in "Waterworld",
he wouldn't have ANY acrophobia at all. So they can finally catch
Errrrr, no. Pam &
Winnie FINALLY get un-lost and find Motu Tapu. Pam decides she can
keep her balance since she's used to wearing high heels. But as
she struggles, up comes Max and Caroline to start THEIR task. The
three get to stepping and kicking...but it's Caroline who beats
them all (helps that she had a gymnastics background). She &
Jennifer run into the woods and Team Cowboy Descendants round-up
Team # 7 status.
And Idries & Jamil
FINALLY get past the DETOUR as their waiter gives them their next
clue. They're hoping for one of two things: 1) this is an N.E.L.
(Non-Elimination Leg) or 2) the other teams were struggling at the
Well, Pam DOES tear some
skin off her foot upon slipping off the stilts. This gives Max the
opening needed. Well, that and the fact that Katie is waiting for
him at the finish. Sure enough, he finishes the task, the couple
runs up to Phil and Team Honeymooners is Team # 8. Pam STILL has
issues...but she is just yards away from the finish...and they don't
know if they're last or NEXT-to-last. She doesn't give up, though;
she's just REALLY tired and her hands are getting raw. FINALLY,
she kicks it the last few inches to finish the task and she &
Winnie run to meet Phil. And when he says they're Team # 9, Team
Scrappers rejoice muchly!
Jamil does the ROADBLOCK
for his team...but it seems inevitable to them that they'll be "the
last team to arrive" at the mat. The twin docs hit the mat...Phil
tells them they are last...and Phil tells them they're out of the
Race. The water was their weak point and it lead to their demise.
But, once the sting wears off, they're sure they'll get over it
and believe, in their hearts, that this trip to Bora Bora was awesome!
AFTER LEG 2:
AROUND BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
1) Bates & Anthony*
- London (+1)
2) David & Connor* (+1)
3) Jessica* & John - EXPRESS PASSes (-2)
4) Joey* & Meghan (+2)
5) Chuck* & Wynona (+2)
6) Mona & Beth* (-1)
7) Caroline* & Jennifer (+3)
8) Max* & Katie (+1)
9) Pam* & Winnie (-5)
ELIMINATED IN 10th)) Idries & Jamil (-2)
ELIMINATED IN 11th) Matt & Daniel
* = One ROADBLOCK
more than partner
BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN LEG: Caroline & Jennifer
BIGGEST DROP IN LEG: Pam & Winnie
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