"It Always Comes Down to the Details - Leg 9 " - January
EPISODE OF THE AMAZING RACE WAS FILMED IN SRI LANKA
SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE A DEADLY TSUMANI STRUCK THE COUNTRY.
CBS DEDICATES THIS EPISODE TO THE MEMORY OF THE THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, AND TO
THEIR COURAGEOUS FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS IN THE REGION WHO ARE
COPING WITH ITS AFTERMATH.
LALIBELA LOOKOUT, ETHIOPIA
The Racers went from Corsica to Nice to Ethiopia. They built mud
hut walls, put roofs on them and went idol-searching in a sunken
church. Adam & Rebecca (Team Shrek) used the YIELD on Freddy &
Kendra (Team Engaged Models), but Adam goofed on the ROAD BLOCK
so it didn't really matter. In the end, Hayden & Aaron (Team
'Dating' Actors) took the top spot, Team Shrek went from first
to worst... and the most explosive team in Amazing Race
history, Jonathan & Victoria (Team Dom-Sub), messed up a task
and ended up last and were eliminated.
At 1:16am local time, Team 'Dating' Actors finish their 12-hour
respite and start off Leg 9 of this Race from the remote
lookout. They tear open their envelope and receive this clue:
Take a marked taxi van to
Lalibela airport and take a charter flight back to the
capital of Addis Ababa. There are two charter flights, one
at 8am and one at 8:30am. Only three teams can be in a plabe
at a time. Once you are in Addis Ababa, find the Sports
Stadium and go in and towards the field to find your next
clue. You have $171 for this leg of the Race.
The actors are glad to have gone
from worst to first and are sure that they can maintain it. But,
15 minutes later, Lori & Bolo (Team Rasslers) are in hot pursuit
of them... and, right behind them is Kris & Jon (Team
Restauranteurs). One by one, they arrive at the airport and they
have no trouble all signing up for the first charter out.
About an hour behind the leaders, Team Engaged Models depart,
angry at being YIELDed in the last leg and determined to get
ahead of everyone. Finally, 74 minutes behind the leaders, Team
Shrek leave...and Rebecca needs Adam to believe in himself more
in order to win this Race. Those two teams end up on the second
charter. But Kendra ends up in the bathroom to hork up some of
that Ethiopian food (and, no, that's NOT a contradiction!) and
recover before the flight to...
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Six Americans clamour out of the plane and find cabs to
the stadium. The road race is short but sweet as Team Rasslers
reach this clue first:
Make your way onto the track
and choose a pair of Ethiopian runners and, working as a
team, complete a 4x400 relay to receive your next clue from
the track coach. (African runners are well known for being
long-distance and relay experts.)
They choose two, with Lori
running the second leg while Bolo takes the anchor leg. As Lori
starts her leg (and hopes she can control her bladder), Hayden &
Aaron arrive. Hayden's excited at the prospect of running as
it's her strength. Kris & Jon arrive as well and, as Bolo runs
the last lap, the other two teams' first runners start off. Bolo
was able to fend off the Ethiopian runners (even with only a
half-a-track lead) and thus received this clue:
Fly to the city of Colombo on
the island naton of Sri Lanka (over 3600 miles away). Once
there, travel by train to the city of Galle. Then hire a "tuk-tuk"
driver (a "tuk-tuk" being a small three-wheeled motorized
vehicle) to the nearby fort to obtain your next clue.
Meanwhile, Aaron beats Jon in
the battle of the male anchors and he and Hayden depart in
second. Kris & Jon are on their tails in third.
As they head back TO the airport, the second charter flight
arrives AT it and Team Shrek and Team Engaged Models get out.
Kendra is having a case of "Montezuma's Revenge" or whatever the
equivalent is in Ethiopia, but TRIES to hold on until they get
to the stadium. As such, Adam & Rebecca get almost all the way
through their relay before Freddy & Kendra even ARRIVE at the
stadium. And, of course, the LAST thing Kendra wants to be doing
is RUNNING today... but she does.
Lori & Bolo book the so-called ONLY flight to Colombo through
Dubai on the Ethiopian national airline. Kris & Jon pass Hayden
& Aaron en route to the airport and get on the same flight. Team
Restauranteurs get on it likewise. It leaves at 2:30pm and
arrives in Colombo the following morning... so the other teams
have till 2:30 to get on the flight and HOPE it's not booked.
As Team Engaged Models get lost, Team Shrek - still winded from
the run - arrives and books the flight... at around 2:20. The
four teams start to board the plane... and Freddy & Kendra stop
at the airport to haggle with the cabbie about the price. This
ALMOST proves to be their downfall... as they wasted JUST ENOUGH
time. They are able to get boarding passes, but they have to RUN
to catch the flight! But they make it. So the "Great Equalizer"
attacks again and all five teams are in a tie as they connect
through Dubai to...
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
A tropical isle on the Indian Ocean (which, sadly, was raped by
that underwater earthquake some weeks after the Racers left) is
where the teams get off and look for cabs to the train station.
The drivers obviously don't go to the same driving schools as
Americans do because they drive almost DIRECTLY into traffic
when asked to hurry. Some are nervous about this, some are
freaked...but other are STOKED and treat it like an amusment
At the station, the first four teams arrive and get tickets on
the #5 train to Galle. The problem is they'll all have to stand
in the smelly car... something Kendra is NOT liking very much.
The train pulls out...just as Adam & Rebecca arrive. They find
out that the next train out... is 90 minutes away! (Secretly,
I'm sure Freddy & Kendra are laughing their asses off right
now.) And, apparently, Jonathan's attitude has been channeled by
Adam because he blames Rebecca for costing them them Race! He
wants to leave the station at all costs, not wanting to stay
there in the interum. Rebecca asks a cabbie, "We want to go to
the airport because he wants to go home! That's a GREAT idea!"
Adam is NOT amused.
GALLE, SRI LANKA
On one of the southernmost cities on the island, the front four
teams arrive. There are many, many tuk-tuks for their use. Team
Rasslers leave first, Team Engaged Models on their tail. Team
'Dating' Actors and Team Restauranteurs are in close pursuit as
well. The drivers are as crazy in Sri Lanka as in Ethiopia, but
they sall arrive at the fort safely. Once again, Lori & Bolo are
first to the:
Trunks or Elephant Trunks? (Two common activities in Sri
TREE TRUNKS: Take a tuk-tuk two
miles to a local coconut plantation. Put on a saftey harness
and climb a marked tree 50 feet to a rope bridge. When you
traverse the bridge, you will pick up a bottle of sap (used
to make liqour) and descend. When both of you pour the sap
into a nearby cask, your next clue will be given.
ELEPHANT TRUNKS: Take a tuk-tuk 2 1/2 miles to an elephant
polo field. Each team member, one at a time, must mount an
elephant and steer it while whacking a polo ball down the
field, around the opposite goal post and back to the goal.
Once both team members score a goal, you'll receive your
Team Rasslers, Team 'Dating' Actors & Team Restauranteurs.
ELEPHANT TRUNKS: Team Engaged Models
As Adam & Rebecca get on the second train (and Adam goes on and
on and on about how they're going to lose), Lori starts to climb
the tree... and Freddy gets on the elephant and matriculates the
ball down the field. At the plantation, Hayden & Aaron and Kris
& Jon arrive... and Hayden confesses she's acrophobic (where do
they FIND these people?!) but will do it anyway. She and Jon
climb after Lori.. and, when Lori gets the safety line caught in
her legs, that gives Jon the chance to catch-up. Hayden... not
so much. She's freaking and stumbling as Jon gets down and Kris
starts HER climb. Lori has to slide her butt across the bottom
rope to get back to the tree and climb down.
Meanwhile, Freddy's having a BLAST on the elephant and has next
to no trouble getting his goal. Kendra is next up and whoops it
Kris actually BEATS Lori down and puts his team into first
again. And their reward? Only this:
Travel by bus to the city of
Kandy (about 70 miles away). Then head for the Kandian Art
Association. Purchase an offering of a bowl of rice, take it
to the monk in the Temple of the Tooth across the street and
he will hand you your next clue.
As they leave, Hayden freaks
some more, giving Lori the time needed to get down the tree and
get Bolo up there. The wrestler is swift across the ropes as
Hayden is slow going down the tree. As they work on that... and
Kendra starts her whacking...
Team Shrek finally arrives in Galle, a very apologetic Adam
being lead by a very apathetic Rebecca to the tuk-tuks. They
make it to the fort and decide to ride the TREE TRUNKS.
Meanwhile, Aaron picks up the slack and catches up to Bolo...
somewhat. Bolo is still the first down, now in second place by a
hair over Team 'Dating' Actors. Their Model Alliance teammates,
Team Engaged Models, finally finish their pachyderm polo match
and head for the station in fourth.
At the bus station, Kris & Jon stand on the queue for the bus to
Kandy. But Team Rasslers and Team 'Dating' Actors get on the
same queue, making it a three-way tie on Bus #1. As they head
off, Adam looks skeptical about being able to climb that tree
(and THIS from a fitness instructor... go fig). Rebecca climbs
it without a problem, though. As Adam climbs it (with a kiss
from Rebecca for luck), Freddy & Kendra depart on the second bus
to Kandy. This leaves Team Shrek to finish the task solo and
catch the third bus out of town... still in last.
KANDY, SRI LANKA
The first bus arrives... and the Kandian Art Association is
within walking distance of the bus station. But... there's a
HOURS OF OPERATION: 8:30am to 4:00pm.
The current time: just after 4:30.
Well, well, well... it's a whole new Race yet again! Lori &
Bolo, Kris & Jon and Hayden & Aaron get to rest a while and
explore the city. When Freddy & Kendra arrive, they learn the
same. And, when Adam & Rebecca arrive as well at 7:30pm,...
they're ECSTATIC!! They're not out of it at all!
As it must, the sun rises. And ten Americans get into
track-running formation in front of the gates to the
Association. The gates open... annnnnnnd there's off! Each team
pays their 729 Rupee price for the rice and jogs to the Temple
of the Tooth. Once again, it's the wrestlers who arrive first,
present their offering to the monk and receive the next clue:
Travel by bus to the city of
Dambulla (about 50 miles away). Then take a tuk-tuk to the
ancient city of Sigiriya. and locate the large peak known as
Lion Rock. At the foot of the peak, you'll find your next
Every team gets the same
blessing: Team Engaged Models, Team Shrek, Team 'Dating' Actors
and Team Restauranteurs. They all take tuk-tuks back to the bus
station... except for Hayden & Aaron, who walk. They head into
two buses to...
DAMBULLA, SRI LANKA
The tuk-tuk race is harrowing ride to Sigiriya. And
Team Shrek hits MORE bad luck as their driver needs to stop for
gas. It takes just a minute or two to fill this small vehicle...
but it's a few minutes too late for their comfort.
SIGIRIYA, SRI LANKA
Kris & Jon are the first to buy their ticket into the
park and run smack into a:
("Who's got strong legs and keen eyes?")
One team member must climb over
100 steps to the top of this 600-foot rock. Be sure to take
your admission ticket to the top, as this is the ONLY way to
get access to it. The member must then take binoculars and
look around for a red-and-yellow flag. Once you come down
and state you found the flag, you will get your next clue.
Kris insists Jon do this as she
is too winded. Meanwhile, the other teams are lost and follow
each other, with Team Shrek in the back once the other three
pass them. They all arrive and buy tickets at about the same
time. They all find the ROAD BLOCK and elect Lori, Aaron, Freddy
and Adam to climb and view. Freddy forgets his ticket and has to
climb back down. And that's when Bolo finds out that Lori
doesn't have HER ticket! (Brains + Brawn = Oil + Water, folks.)
Jon uses his ticket to gain access to the top of the rock, grabs
the binoculars and scans the countryside. It's a VAST
countryside, though, and his tired eyes are weary. As such,
while Lori tries to bargain with the ticket-taker and then
angrily heads back down to cuss Bolo out, Adam, Aaron and Freddy
continues their ascent and gets THEIR spyglasses out to look for
the flag. Jon does manage to find the flag (which is actually a
tent in the backyard of a nearby house next to a pool) and
climbs down. Aaron is next to spot it... and Adam struggles.
When Jon comes down, they follow the rest of the ROAD BLOCK
ROUTE INFO -
Guess what? Where that flag
is... THAT'S the PIT STOP. Travel to that backyard and swim
the length of the pool before arriving at the PIT STOP.
WARNING: the last team to check-in MAY be eliminated!
As they leave, Lori does indeed
cuss Bolo out... and Bolo feels down. The other guys find the
clue and head down the step to take their ladies to the...
A LODGE SOMEWHERE NEAR SIGIRIYA,
The long-distance daters arrive at the pool, seeing Phi Keoghan
and a local lady on the other side. They dump their pack and
dive in, swimming the length and dragging their drenched bodies
to the mat. Phil then says , "Kris & Jon, you guys are Team
Number One!" Team Restauranteurs get a romantic European
vacation (that Chevy Chase has nothing to do with) thanks to
The other men climb down the step and get their partners...
leaving Bolo to convalesce at his blunder. Lori finally
arrives... and Bolo prays for a fast tuk-tuk or she'll give him
a Stone Cold Stunner he'll NEVER wake up from!
One by one, the teams get to the PIT STOP. A few teams are
confused when they head towards the mat and Phil tells them to
swim the length of the pool before checking in. It ends up a
swimming race between the three teams... but it's Hayden & Aaron
who wind up Team #2. Freddy & Kendra are Team #3 and Adam &
Rebecca are Team #4.
A few minutes later, Team Rasslers (my pick to win this from the
start) arrive. They leap half-way across the pool and swim the
rest. But Phil tells them, "Lori & Bolo, you are the last team
to arrive." After a pause, he adds, "I'm sorry to tell you that
you've been eliminated from the Race." (Damn!) Lori is angry
about the screw up at the ROAD BLOCK... but, all-in-all, they
say they've run a good Race and they love each other more now
than before. I guess wrestling with differences helped them pin
down their similarities and made them submit to each others'
love. (Corny, I know, but true.)
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