Like James Bond Again
March 3 - Leg 3
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE...ten
teams travelled around the beautiful South Pacific paradise of Bora
Bora. They dove for pearls and set up underwater picnic tables before
having to kick coconuts while on stilts. In the end, Bates &
Anthony (Team Goons) just BARELY won a foot race to the PIT STOP
to win the Leg. Meanwhile, Idries & Jamil (Team What's Up, Docs?)
suffered greatly with Jamil's severe aquaphobia and, as such, were
sent home. Nine teams continue their quest for the million dollars...who
will be sent home NEXT?!
Uh,...well, that question might be
answered sooner than later. You see, in the aforementioned foot
race, David & Connor (Team Ribbon Wearers) suffered a major
setback as David felt he "popped his Achilles tendon".
It turns out that Survivor isn't the ONLY CBS reality series
with a medical team that can be seen on camera; a medic checks out
David and believes he needs a sonogram to make sure. But, since
there's none in the area, he gets David some crutches. But he's
still able to walk...just not very well. The team will have to decide,
before the start of the third Leg, if they wish to give up or -
as they have been since they learned they had cancer - keep fighting.
PIT STOP #2
BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Two hockey players (who obviously had
time to kill as this was taped during the NHL lockout) are ready
to leave Bora Bora and continue their circumnavigation of the globe.
And they start with this clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO PHIL'S HOMETOWN: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND!
Head by water taxi and auto
taxi to the airport and then fly around 3000 miles - via Papeete
in Tahiti and Auckland, New Zealand - to Christchurch, New
Zealand, host Phil Keoghan's homtown. Once you land, find
a marked Ford Focus(TM) in the parking area and drive yourselves
to Rakaia River Gorge. One at the bridge, pull a number to
reserve a jet boat which you will drive up-river to your next
Apparantly, David & Connor have
decided to give the crutches a chance; they leave one minute later
than Bates & Anthony. They're hoping the layover in Tahiti will
allow them to get a sonogram for David's ankle. The other teams'
depature times (local time) are:
Jessica & John (Team Macklemore/Babe): 0856
Joey & Meghan (Team Cute Activate!): 0900
Chuck & Wynona (Team Roll Tide!): 0901
Mona & Beth (Team Rollergames): 0906
Caroline & Jennifer (Team Cowboy Descendants): 1049
Max & Katie (Team Honeymooners): 1108
Pam & Winnie (Team Scrappers): 1148
At the local airport, teams learn that
flights to Tahiti leave...well, pretty much right away! But Jessica
& John grab the last two seats on that flight. Only problem
for them is...Team Goons got the NEXT to last two seats. What's
more, Team Ribbon Wearers show up and inform them that they need
to hit the hospital in Tahiti...so Team Macklemore/Babe decide to
give their extra EXPRESS PASS (the one the won in the first Leg)
to them, thus honoring their alliance word. The first two teams
leave on their plane to Tahiti, leaving the others to sit until
11:35am, the time of the next flight.
Upon arrival, Teams Macklemore/Babe
and Goons find that the ticket counters are still closed...but the
travel agency isn't. And they learn that the first flight to Auckland
and on to Christchurch is at around eight o'clock...the NEXT MORNING!
DOH! The Great Race Equalizer has struck!
And WITH all that time to kill, David
& Connor head to the downtown hospital for that sonogram. Through
a French interpreter, they learn that the tendon is, in fact, torn.
Bad news. But they head to a nearby pharmacy to get a special boot
which, hopefully, will keep David's tendon in position until surgery
can be performed. They join the other teams and give them the news.
They feel sorry for the father and son...but the team vows to keep
going until such a time when they can't.
As they wait...and wait...and wait,
strategy is at play. Jessica & John opt to form a new alliance
with Mona & Beth and Joey & Meghan for the SOLE PURPOSE
of defeating Bates & Anthony. Meanwhile, Team Goons form their
OWN mini-alliance with Caroline & Jennifer...who were glad enough
to give them cardboard boxes to use as a mat on which to sleep.
Cock-a-doodle-doo, teams! Everyone
boards the same flight to...
AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
It's a mad scramble to find a connecting
flight to Christchurch...but it's Pam & Winnie who find the
last seats on the first avaliable one, leaving at 5pm. They've gone
from worst to first thanks to the Great Equalizer. Mona & Beth
and Jessica & John hold true to their alliance and book the
5:30 flight. Joey & Meghan likewise get on the flight...along
with Dave & Connor (Connor racing Dave around the airport in
a wheelchair. Bates & Anthony and Caroline & Jennifer check-in
for the 6pm flight. Chuck & Wynona - having failed to cut in
front of anyone at the ticket counter - are stuck two-and-a-half
hours behind the leaders...and don't realize it until they find
out that they're the only team LEFT in the airport! How will Team
Roll Tide! EVER catch up when they get to...
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
(And I will do my DAMNEDEST to not
do any "hobbit" or "orc" or "Mordor"
references...but no promises. Sadly, there's not much else New Zealand's
known for worldwide.)
Team Scrappers lands first, find their
Ford and head up to the gorge. A half-hour later, the second flight
lands and the next four teams - Rollergames, Macklemore/Babe, Ribbon
Wearers and Cute Activate! - start the trek. A half-hour after THAT,
Teams Goons and Cowboy Descendants follow suit.
Aaaaaaaaaand Pam & Winnie are lost.
(WHERE does CBS find these poor direction-takers?!?)
RAKAIA RIVER GORGE BRIDGE
OUTSIDE OF CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
The jet boat tours run from 6am to
7pm...and it's past 7:00 so it's a good thing there's a campground
set up on the gorge for the teams to wait it out. And it's Dave
& Connor who grab the #1 ticket. The next three teams are Jessica
& John, Joey & Meghan and Max & Katie. Pam & Winnie
finally get their bearings straight and grab the #5 ticket.
As the last flight lands and Team Roll
Tide! try to make up time, Mona & Beth get the #6 ticket. Caroline
& Jennifer walk RIGHT PAST the sign and just BARELY beat out
Bates & Anthony in grabbing #7. At least Chuck & Wynona
aren't THAT far behind; they get the last boat of the morning.
Cock-a-dood...ah, you know! Dave has
his cast wrapped in plastic as he & Connor don their life jackets
and get on board the boat. They don't want to go home...and they
WILL use their gifted EXPRESS PASS to win this Leg if they must.
The teams leave a few minutes apart and they enjoy the HELL out
of the fast ride up the beautiful Rakaia River. They liken it to
James Bond and "Miami Vice"...only, I'm guessing, a bit
There's the Clue Box...surrounded by
helmets. Team Ribbon Wearers run their three-legged race to said
Box and hit their next:
REV IT UP or
REEL IT IN
REV IT UP: Each team member
must hop into a modified rally racer (with their teammate)
and navigate through a slalom course of cones in a combined
time of under 83 seconds. Once you finish the course in time,
Flash (the pro driver) will hand you your next clue.
REEL IT IN: You will be supplied
with fishing rods and reels and a lure. The object is simple:
each team member catch a fish at least 12 inches long. Once
you do that, Dirk (the champion fisherman) will hand you your
For both DETOURs, take the
supplied helmets and ride the nearby ATVs up the marked path
to the start.
Once again, the teams choose their
DETOUR upon arrival:
REV IT UP: David & Connor, Jessica & John, Joey & Meghan,
Max & Katie, Mona & Beth, Pam & Winnie, Caroline &
Jennifer, Bates & Anthony
REEL IT IN: Chuck & Wynona
After another exciting ride, Team Ribbon
Wearers arrive at the DETOUR-proper...and they learn that, since
the cars have a clutch, David is unable to drive! So they do a self-U-TURN
and decide to REEL IT IN instead...not wanting to use up their PASS
just yet. They decide to fish for five minutes and, if they ain't
biting, they're PASS on it. So Team Macklemore/Babe are the first
to try...and John forgets to release the parking brake! Good thing
this was a practice run. For John's run, he takes 40 seconds...and
Jessica takes...44...which makes 84! DOH, one second over. Let's
try it again. Team Cute Activate! and Team Honeymooners arrive and
THEY'RE not too keen on it being a stick shift, either. Joey (once
he gets used to things being reversed) gets 46 and Meghan...also
46. 92 won't cut it. Meanwhile, Katie is a side-seat driver as Max
fishtails out of control and finishes in 55...and, since Katie learned
to drive a stick just DAYS before the Race started, you KNOW she
doesn't finish in time (total of 108, to be precise).
Over at REEL IT IN, Dave & Connor
give it the old "FLW Tour" try. But Connor gets his fly
caught (fishing fly, that is) in some seaweed. And, after a number
of minutes, they decide to just do it:
PASS - DAVE & CONNOR [GIFTED]
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.
The father and son give Dirk the PASS
and Dirk hands them this clue:
BY THE HUTT!
Drive yourselves to Mount
Hutt Station and search for your next clue.
As they split, Jessica
& John try it again. Jessica drives first this time and gets
40 seconds. John revs it up and kicks up the dirt...and finishes
in...38! 78 total...MORE than enough to pass the DETOUR! They leave
for Mt. Hutt in second! As they go, Joey & Meghan finish their
combined runs with LESS than a second to spare; they leave the DETOUR
in third. Max & Katie's third run...90 seconds total. They're
getting better...though Meghan's not shutting up. As they prep for
run #4, Pam & Winnie show up. And Pam...apparently has ZERO
clutch training as she stalls on the course. The next three teams
arrive and start THEIR first runs. Team Cowboy Descendants kept
it in first gear as "shifting gears is hard"...and gets
108 seconds total. The other teams don't do too well their first
time...but Team Rollergames finish their second run with 81 total
and leave for Mt. Hood in fourth. Team Goons takes three runs before
hitting 80 seconds and leaving in 5th. It takes SIX runs for Team
Hooneymooners...but they get it JUST under the mark and depart in
6th...and Team Scrappers close behind in 7th, leaving Caroline &
Meanwhile, Team Roll Tide!
arrives at REEL IT IN and get their equipment. Chuck's a "good
fisherman" according to Wynona and she's hoping to catch one
before he does. As it is, while almost all the other teams finish
with REV IT UP, Chuck nabs one....though Wynona nabs one right after
him. Now the question is...are they regulation length (12"
or more)? Wynona's was MORE than sufficient (though she doesn't
take kindly to throwing it back with her bare hands)...and Chuck's...is
likewise. They leave in 8th...and four runs in, Team Cowboy Descendants
clock 82.01 and split in last. .
Back at the bridge, the
teams arrive one-by-one, find their Fords and bolt again to...
MT. HUTT STATION
OUTSIDE OF CHRISTCHURCH,
Team Ribbon Wearers arrive
in first in front of the station where the Clue Box awaits them.
WHO WANTS TO
KEEP THEIR RACE FROM GOING TO THE DOGS?
One team member must run
a New Zealander obstacle course called a "Shemozzle".
First, you must dress up in gumboots, shorts called "stubbies"
and a burlap shirt. You then choose a shepherd and his farm
dog. You will then run the course (at times with the dog and
shepherd), collecting chicken eggs as you go. NOTE: you will,
inevitably be covered in mollases and chicken feathers during
the course. The object is to run the course until you deliver
twelve UNBROKEN eggs to the finish line. Once you do that,
the shepherd will hand you your next clue.
Well, DUH! Of COURSE,
Connor's doing this one. So, while Team Macklemore/Babe and Team
Rollergamers get lost on the road, Connor gets dressed, picks a
hound and his owner and starts the course. First was a box covered
all over the insides with mollases and then, right after it, a cloth
tunnel with feathers inside...so a quick "tar-and-feathering".
Next he climbs some hay bales and then rides an inner tube down
a homemade "Slip-N'-Slide"(TM) into...a manure pond. Yeeeeee-uck!
But at least he was able to get five unbroken eggs into his basket.
Now he just needs to keep running the course until he gets an even
dozen. FUN! So he does and gets 5 more
And Team Hooneymooners
are ALSO lost...and are STILL arguing. You'd think they'd get along
better both have ancestors from Axis Powers countries (Max is Italian,
Katie is German)...but that just means they're both Type-A and like
being in charge. They drive up towards Mt. Hutt ski lodge where
it's getting rather foggy. When they find out they've been going
the wrong way for a half-hour, Katie does not miss the opportunity
to tell Max.
The third time down the
slide, Connor falls off the tube...but he finishes his egg quota
before any other teams arrive and he and his father leave the 'BLOCK
with this important clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Drive yourselves to Terrance
Downs, a world-renowned adventure retreat and the PIT STOP
for this Leg of the Race!
WARNING: The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
As they leave, Jessica
& John arrive, John choosing to "Shemozzle" their
way to the PIT STOP. While they drive off, Winnie, Chuck, Jennifer,
Meghan, and Mona all choose to 'BLOCK for their teams. John gets
four eggs on his first run, Jennifer (whom we find lived in Beverly
Hills for a while and whose shepherd dog is named "Duke"
[like her grandfather]) get two. One-by-one, the 'BLOCKers slid
down the slide and dropped their eggs in their baskets. The last
two teams arrive and Anthony and Katie decide to wear burlap and
get dirty. As they start, John collects his final eggs and Team
Macklemore/Babe departs in second. Winnie then gets her dozen and
Team Scrappers leaves in third. Next is Jennifer so Team Cowboy
Descendants go in forth and head for...
OUTSIDE OF CHRISTCHURCH,
It's bittersweet as Team
Ribbon Wearers drive to the PIT STOP. After all, this may be the
ONLY Leg they win and they definitely won't be as competative as
the others down the road. But at least they'll make history as the
first team to win a Leg while on crutches.
Phil awaits David &
Connor on the mat with a shepherd/greeter and his sheepdog Tim.
And Phil is pleased to call them as the "first team to arrive"
and present them with a five-night stay in Bangkok, Thailand courtesy
of Travelocity. It includes a Thai boxing class...so David better
get that leg fixed. And I'd be careful; I heard that even ONE night
in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.
team to arrive"? Not "Team # 1"? Well, they weren't
penalized so that means....
Yes! It's a GAS-AND-GO
PIT STOP! Phil hands Team Ribbon Wearers their next clue! They're
Or...ARE they? David is
deeply considering dropping out of the Race due to injury; especially
after THIS Leg, he NEEDS to rest. Will the team drop...or fight
on? You'll have to find out next week, same Race-time, same Race-channel!
In other words...
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