"You Just Made Me a
- September 14
PIT STOP: COCONUT PALACE, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
From New Zealand to Indonesia, the wacky Racers
traveled. They climbed under bridges, rode in fancy
remnants of World War II and plowed a mud field en route
to a palace made almost entirely of coconuts. In the
end, Chip & Kim (Married Parents) won the leg, Linda &
Karen (Team Bowling Moms) came in a close second,
Brandon & Nicole (Dating Models) trudged into third...
and Colin & Christie (Team Type A), the most dominant
team in the Race so far, came in last (thanks to Chip &
Kim YIELDing them) and had to surrender their cash.
12 hours pass as the eight remaining Racers eat, sleep
and talk. As Team Type A join the others, Colin embraces
Chip, saying he did the right thing as pertains to the
game. Christie, however, has no such kudos for them.
(They DON'T show Christie blowing up at Chip like they
did in the end promo last week.) It's Kim's hope that
Colin & Christie will not have enough cash to finish the
But Colin & Christie have OTHER ideas. Unlike the
PREVIOUS three teams to go bankrupt, they aren't going
to WAIT for the leg to start to beg for money; they're
going to start begging in a nearby hotel right NOW!
Soon, through many generous tourists and locals, they
have MORE than enough to see them through.
At 3:46am local time, 12 hours after planting their feet
firmly on the PIT STOP mat, the Married Parents rip open
Make your way to Luneta
Park and find the Jose Rosel Monument (Filipino
philosopher and hero). The next clue will be at the
monument's base. Three teams have $13 this leg of
the Race... and one has $0.
Chip & Kim find a taxi
and head off, saying, "'Chip Time' is over. Now... it's
'Kim Time'... time to go for the jugular!"
A mere eight minutes later, Team Bowling Moms take off,
excited that they're the only all-woman team left and
confident they can win. But, as always, they have
trouble finding a cab. And that's bad... because three
minutes later, an equally confident team of Dating
Models depart and have NO trouble finding a cab.
At 4:02am, 26 minutes behind the leaders, Team Type A
depart, laughing at the "$0" part of the clue since they
HAVE money. They want to prove that, despite the YIELD,
they can STILL beat Chip & Kim at the very least.
At the park, Chip & Kim arrive first, run up to the
large lit monument and get their next clue:
Catch one of two
charter flights to El Nido Island (they depart at
10:45am & 11:30am; two teams per flight). Once on
the island, go to the boat dock and choose a marked
boat. The captain will take you out to a
red-and-yellow buoy where you'll find the next clue.
As the Married Parents
leave, the Dating Models arrive and get their clue. As
they give directions to their cabbie, Team Bowling Moms
arrive and get the same clue. And, as the mothers take
off, (you guessed it) Team Type A shows up. So the order
for the flights seem to be set... barring traffic.
At A. Sorbiano Aviation Hanger, where the charter
flights are taking off from, Chip & Kim arrive and have
no trouble signing up for the first flight. They're told
to wait in the room for the flight to start boarding, a
roughly six-hour wait. Mild traffic held back the other
teams a bit, but Brandon & Nicole arrive in second,
joining Chip & Kim on the first flight. Linda & Karen
and Colin & Christie arrive to take the plane going 45
10:45am Charter: Married Parents, Dating Models
11:30am Charter: Team Bowling Moms, Team Type A
The sun, as it must, rises over the small runway. Chip &
Kim and Brandon & Nicole board the first charter, happy
and feeling blessed to be in the lead pack. 45 minutes
later, Colin & Christie and Linda & Karen board THEIR
flight, worried about which one of them will be
eliminated at leg's end.
EL NIDO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES
An hour after the flight takes off, it lands on the
island village in the westernmost province of the
Philippines. The four Racers are greeted with native
music and singing. They find Geepney cabs heading
towards the harbor...and enjoy the scenery along the
way. Once they GET to the harbor, however, they get back
to business. They each find boats with flags on them and
head out towards the buoy. The other two teams follow
suit when their charter arrives 45 minutes later: take
in the music, find Geepney cab and enjoy the view en
route to the harbor. Well, actually, they CAN'T enjoy
the scenery because they're all yelling at their drivers
to go fast and try to catch up to the other teams.
Both the Married Parents and the Dating Models get to
the buoy at just about the same time, which means
they're close when they open the next
Using the binoculars in
the boat, find the three nearby islands with flags
on the beaches. Only one of them is the national
flag of the Philippines. If you go to THAT island,
you'll receive your next clue. If not, you'll have
to try one of the other islands. The captain of the
boat may NOT help you find the right flag.
Kim and Brandon get out
the binoculars and look around (Brandon with only one
eyepiece open). There are three different flags on
beaches, but they all have the same style: a triangle on
the left with different-colored stripes down the rest of
(Thanks to 1upTravel.com
for the flags)
Chip & Kim spy flags A and B and decide to go for "A".
Brandon & Nicole (the ones who thought Indonesia was
just ONE island) decide to just tail the other team and,
if they find the right one, they'll jump off and get the
clue right behind them. Chip jumps out of the boat and
runs to the Route Marker. When he opens the clue:
Sorry, try again.
That flag was the
national flag of Equatorial Guinea, a small nation in
the northern part of South America. Hearing this as Chip
returns to HIS boat, the Dating Models continue to
follow the Married Parents on the 20-minute ride towards
Meanwhile, the last two teams arrive at the pier. They
get on their boats and plead with the drivers to move
their afts! Linda & Karen's boat has some trouble
starting, but they catch up to Colin & Christie in quick
Back out at sea, Chip & Kim know there's something fishy
and don't want to give the younger and stronger team a
chance to catch them. They approach the island, saying
to each other that they won't let Brandon & Nicole know
if it's the right one. Sure enough, when Chip jumps out
again, Brandon doesn't. And the clue says:
found the right flag! Now, take the boat along the
shoreline of this island until you find the next
As he returns to the
boat, Brandon & Nicole ask if it's the right one... and
Chip says, "No!" The Dating Models turn around... and
the Married Parents take off down the shore. This makes
Brandon VERY suspicious... and he tells the driver to
turn back. Boy, is he angry when he finds out they had
the right flag all along, and that Chip - who had played
moralistically for most of the Race - actually lied to
At the buoy, Team Type A and Team Bowling Moms reach
their clue and Colin immediately looks for flags. Linda
& Karen - who haven't clue one what the Filipino flag
looks like (despite having BEEN there for a
day-and-a-half) - follow the same strategy as the Dating
Models and play "follow the smart and aggressive
leader". Colin sees flag "A" and, LIKEWISE not knowing
what the Filipino flag looks like, gets frustrated.
Chip & Kim find the next Route Marker on a beach, next
to eight sets of snorkel gear. They hit the beach, jog
to the box and read the next clue.
Time to get wet! Put on
snorkel gear and search the bottom of the South
China Sea (near the flagged area) for a giant clam.
Force the clam open to get your next clue
Brandon and Chip decide
to do the job of actually looking for the clams
(especially since Kim can't swim). Kim and Nicole are
there to help SPOT the clams and guide their men to
them. Brandon forgoes the mask and snorkel and swims
without them. Nicole finds a clam rather quickly and
yells for Brandon to get over there (especially since
she feels she's going to drown since she doesn't have a
life vest on her). A call for help is answered... by
Chip, who makes sure Nicole's all right. But Brandon
tells Chip to back off from their clam, which Chip
wasn't aiming for to BEGIN with. Brandon dives down,
gets the clam open and grabs the clue. The two models
swim to sure to find that it's a:
("Have vertigo? Don't
go.") Use an "ascender" (a device used by mountain
climbers) and pull yourself 150 feet up the
limestone face of Lagen Wall. Once you get to the
top, the man waiting for you will give you the next
clue and you will repel back to your partner.
Of course, neither of
these runway stalkers have ANY clue what "vertigo" is.
While they debate, Chip finds a clam of his own and gets
the clue. Chip decides to do the ROADBLOCK... which
makes up the Dating Models' mind since Nicole OBVIOUSLY
can't match physical strength with Chip. So both teams
get their boat captains to take them to Lagen Wall.
Meanwhile, Colin & Christie arrive at the island with
flag "A"... only to find that they're at the wrong
island. Unlike the Dating Models, though, Team Bowling
Moms actually go to the island to make SURE it's the
wrong one. They first take off after Team Type A... but
then Karen spies another flag on another island and
Karen tells their captain to veer towards that one. ONE
of the teams has it right... and the OTHER will have
problems. They approach their respective islands...
Colin and Linda jump out and grab their clues...
And it's Team Type A who gets to flag C and the clue
Sorry, try again.
Colin & Christie had
found the flag to the Czech Republic. Team Bowling Moms
had found the right flag and starts around the island to
find the next clue. And Colin... he knows it's his fault
for not having have a guidebook or something that showed
them what the Filipino flag looked like.
Linda & Karen hit the right beach and start to don their
snorkel gear as Colin & Christie near the correct
island. They start to snorkel and look for the clams.
Linda swims out and finds the clam before Karen barely
gets wet. Upon being confronted with the ROAD BLOCK,
they elect Karen and head off... just as Team Type A
shows up on the beach and don their gear.
"God! Do we have to climb up there?!" shouts Chip as
soon as he sees just how high 150 feet really is...and
how relatively thin the robe that'll be holding his
weight actually is. Brandon's not to keen on heights,
either, but he's concentrating on winning, not his
acrophobia. The two men get strapped in, get simple
instructions on how the "ascender" works... and start
off at the same time. But, of course, Brandon has an
easier time since he has less bulk to haul up than Chip
does. Add that to the fact that it takes a little more
time for Chip to learn how the thing works. Kim tells
him to take his time since they're still in second
place... for now, anyway.
Team Bowling Moms approach the cliff as Brandon gets
about two-thirds of the way up the rope... and Chip is
only about ONE-FIFTH of the way. Team Type A soon finds
the last clam with a clue in it and decide that Colin
will do the ROAD BLOCK. Brandon reaches the top first.
He gets the clue (with instructions not to read it into
he's with his partner down below) and repels down past
Chip. They exchange "Keep going, Chipper!" and "Hi,
B-Dog!" as Chip rests about half-way up. Brandon lands
and he and Nicole open the last clue of the leg:
PIT STOP: Take a
two-person kayak and paddle to the next PIT STOP:
Lagen Island Beach, on the other side of this
island. WARNING: the last team to arrive will be
As Linda & Karen arrive
at the Wall, Brandon & Nicole take off in their kayak,
confident that they will win this leg... and hoping Chip
gets passed by BOTH other teams. Karen starts off on her
climbs... as Chip rests again, muttering, "It's killing
me, but I got to do it... for a million dollars!" Karen
is already tired about a fourth of the way up (though
Linda thinks it's half-way)... when Colin & Christie
show up in Kim's sights.
Chip FINALLY makes it to the top and thanks God for the
strength to make it. Chip drops down and he and Kim get
the clue and start their kayak run.
PIT STOP: LAGON ISLAND BEACH, PHILIPPINES
Meanwhile, the Dating Models FINISH their run and spy
Phil and a native on the beach. They are given kelp leis
as Phil says, "Brandon & Nicole, you are team number
one! You are one of the three teams who will be racing
to the FINISH LINE for a million dollars!" Not only
THAT, but they won a Caribbean vacation courtesy of
AA.com. They're just happy to have won ONE leg of the
As Karen rests again about two-thirds-way up, Colin
LEAPS from his boat and tells the workers there to
harness him up quickly. He's very sure he can pass Karen
and vault into third, thus keeping them in the hunt for
the FINISH LINE. "Linda, this is all can do!" shouts
Karen as she starts to cry. Christie cries as well as
she states that she believes in Colin and eggs him on as
he starts his ascent... just as Chip & Kim kayak out.
Colin is like Spider-Man(TM) as he uses the ascender
like a pro, quickly going head-and-foot up the rope.
Linda yells at Karen to move it... but Karen is all but
"Chip & Kim, you're team number two!" That's what Phil
announces to the Married Parents as they arrive at the
PIT STOP. Kim tells Chip as they kiss, "I really do
Karen is exhausted... and lets Colin slip on by. She
finds SOME strength to try and keep up with him... but
it's not enough. Karen yells, "Linda, I'm sorry," as
Colin gets to the clue first and repels before she can
even make it to the top. Christie is so happy... and
Colin shouts it out. Linda says they gave it 110%...
then yells at Karen to take the last story or two up.
She finally makes it, and Linda says Karen's kids will
be proud of her. Team Type A has trouble getting on the
kayak, but they are quick to head out and towards the
PIT STOP, with Team Bowling Moms left behind as Karen
"Colin & Christie, you're team number three!" They are
the final team to go to the FINISH LINE back in the U.S.
of A! Colin just wants to stretch his arms and legs out
Karen is upset as Linda
paddles by herself towards the PIT STOP... but she knows
that there's so much she can do once all her kids are
grown and left the nest. Linda's proud of Karen for
putting up with her. But the hard reality hits them when
Phil says those tragic words:
"Linda & Karen, you're
the last team to arrive. I'm sorry to tell you that
you've both been eliminated from the Race!"
They bowled a lot of strikes... but they left one
standing today. But Linda refuses to let Karen take the
blame. Karen hugs her teammate and says, "I love Linda!
I love her forever!" (AWWWW-BARF!) But the several
hundred miles they're traveled is all that's left in
their frames. So close... and, yet, so not.
So what do the Final Six have to say this close to a
Christie: "Going into the 13th leg, EVERYONE wants to
Kim: "Whatever it takes us to win, that's what we're
Brandon: "If the Lord has it in mind for Nicki and I to
win, then NO
ONE is going to stop us!"
Colin: "We're the strongest team!"
Brandon: "They're not even gonna see us coming!"
Chip: "It is on like Donkey Kong, baby!"