Devil Made Me Do It
PIT STOP: OVERLOOK, RUMELI HISARI,
Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Instanbul, not
Constantinople. The Racers had to go to Constantinople, so
they headed to Istanbul. While most of the teams had locals
stepping on scales, Ron & Kelly (Team American Beauties)
went to a large cistern and unlocked their next clue. After
a ROAD BLOCK concerning storming the a 550-year-old European
fortress, the bald and beautiful Uchenna & Joyce (Team Will
Race For Food) finished in the lead. Meredith & Gretchen
(Team Socially Secure) arrived in second, Rob & Amber (Team
Survivor) squeaked out a third place... and Team American
Beauties arrived in last. The GOOD news is that all they
lost is their possessions and their money as they're STILL
racing after this non-elimination leg. Even BETTER is that
they caught the correct gnome and managed to stay in a plush
hotel and book part of a $20,000 vacation courtesy of
Travelocity. But they'll STILL start the next leg with
nothing but their passports and the clothes on their backs.
At 10:53pm Turk time, Team Will
Race For Food starts the tenth
leg heading west with this clue:
your way to Sirkeci Train Station (about
10 miles away) and find the room holding the Whirling Dervishes,
religious sect of Turks
who spin to show a
devotion to their faith. Walk past the Dervishes and
your next clue.
for this leg of the Race... but ONE team will have $0!
Uchenna & Joyce - glad that the Race has brought them
closer together - make their way via cab to the train
station and find the room with the Dervishes. The Dervishes
wear tall fezzes and flowing white dresses while they spin
and spin around. Even Uchenna thinks it's beautiful.
Still, they're not here to enjoy the Turkish version of
"Dance Fever". They get escorted to the clue box and find:
Fly to London, England, UK (over 2000
miles away) and, once there, find a zebra crossing
(crosswalk) that was made famous in an album cover by
the Beatles. Once you find the zebra crossing, you will
find your next clue.
The teams are NOT told that the crossing/album is "Abbey
Road".... but, as Uchenna & Joyce enter the cab to go to the
airport, Uchenna guesses that it MUST be that one.
Back at the PIT STOP, over an hour after the first team
left, Team Socially Secure depart to find the Dervishes.
They're glad to be the oldest team to be in the Final Four
of a Race and hope they can make it to the end. As they find
the train station, Team Will Race For Food arrive at the
airport and look for flights to London. The earliest flight
is at 8:30am... and Uchenna & Joyce book tickets for it.
However, maybe there's a non-direct flight that's shorter.
They go to investigate... but they decide ultimately to not
count on a connecting flight and to go eat.
Meredith & Gretchen arrive at the Dervishes and get their
clue about jetting to London. When they learn about a
Beatles reference, Gretchen asks, "Why couldn't it have been
Mel Torme or something?" (Well, it's close. I mean, isn't
London almost always covered by a "velvet fog"?)
It's 12:37am and Team Survivor is FINALLY leaving the PIT
STOP for the train station, nervous as anything. Rob thinks
these "Dervishes" are topless women... and Amber is actually
AMUSED that he'd be thinking that way. Team Socially Secure
get to the airport and likewise book the 8:30 flight outta
Two hours behind the leaders, the broke Team American
Beauties depart to start THEIR leg. Their relationship is...
not so much with the good. Ron thinks things will get ugly
because they're stuck with just their clothes and their
passports... and Kelly is having second thoughts about
marrying Ron. But their FIRST order of business is
extorting... er, begging for cab fare. One rather
enterprising man actually gives them 8 million Turkish Lira
(which really isn't that much; about US$5.50). They uses
every piece of it to get a cab driver to take them to the
station and anywhere else.
Rob & Amber think the Dervishes are "spooky" as they get
their clue. Rob likewise thinks the Beatles' reference is
"Abbey Road" and they make their way to the airport. At said
airport, they note that the earliest flight is 8:30am... but
they ask a nearby travel agent for the use of the internet
to find something better. And they DO: a flight connecting
in Frankfort, Germany that arrives in London 90 minutes
before the direct Turkish Airways flight. The problem is...
the connecting flight is full. Amber wants to be put on
stand-by for that flight... but Rob is a little edgy about
this, as it MIGHT cost them the Race. They decide to book
the flight to Frankfurt and get on the waiting list to
London... and they ask the agent not to let any other team
use the internet.
After getting the clue from the Dervishes, Team American
Beauties arrive at the airport... just as Team Survivor
books tickets for the 8:30 flight to throw the other teams
into thinking it's a four-way tie again. Meredith, knowing
full well of the trials of traveling with next to nothing to
your name, gives Ron & Kelly a few dollars to tide them over
until the next leg. Ron & Kelly then book the direct flight
to London, certain that it's all even now. Oh,... and Kelly
- beauty queen that she is - asks the ticket agent for some
lipstick to borrow.
Just then, Kelly spots a Lufthansa sign of a flight boarding
for Frankfurt... and starts to wonder. They find out about
the flight their former-ASA teammates booked at get the same
deal: booked through to Frankfort and put on stand-by to
London. And when Rob & Amber see their former alliance
members board after them, they are dejected.
Meanwhile, the other two teams have noted Rob & Kelly and
Rob & Amber's lack of appearance... but they figure that, if
they got an earlier flight, it was up to sheer luck that
they'll get to London first.
Landing at just after 8am Euro-time, the ASA teams
quickly make their way to the stand-by ticket counter and
hope for the best. If the flight's still full, they'll be
racing to avoid elimination. If one team can get on, the
other team is S.O.L. If BOTH get on, it's a race for first.
The foot race to the counter is close... but Team Survivor
gets there first... and they make the flight! Team American
Beauties, however, ALSO makes it... so the foot race may
come back to boot Rob & Amber in the ass. The only thing we
know for sure is that, while Team Socially Secure and Team
Will Race For Food take off from Istanbul, the other two
teams will be 90 minutes ahead of them when they land at...
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
In the home of Excalibur, Queen Elizabeth and worse cooking
than nearly any place else (why else would sausage and
potatoes be disguised as "bangers and mash"?), the Frankfurt
flight arrives at Heathrow at 9am GMT and the four Yanks run
from the terminal to find a carriage (railway car) to
Paddington Station. Rob & Amber get tickets and get on the
shuttle... but Rob & Kelly have to stop and ask about the
album cover first. As such, they MISS the train through the
"London Underground", putting Rob & Amber comfortably in the
On the "carriage", Team Survivor meets Stuart, a man who is
willing to help these celebs find Abbey Road. At the
station, Team American Beauties beg for MORE money as they
await the next shuttle to downtown. As Rob & Amber arrive at
Paddington Station (and do not run into a teddy bear there),
Stuart helps them get connecting tickets to St. Johnston,
the nearest stop to Abbey Road. Ron & Kelly, however, take a
cab to Abbey Road. It's Team Survivor who walk across the
zebra crossing (just like the Beatles did on the "Abbey
Road" album cover and get their next clue:
Make your way to the London Eye, a
40-story-tall Ferris wheel on the banks of the River
Thames. Get into the wheel and ride it to the top. Look
around. You SHOULD see a big red-and-yelow route marker
on the entrance to a building. Head for the front of
that building (just below the marker) to find your next
Rob & Amber get Stuart to take them everywhere they need
to be and run off... just as Ron & Kelly arrive at Abeey
Road and get the clue in a close second.
The quickest way to the London Eye is a subway to Waterloo
Station. Rob & Amber get on that, find the giant Eye and get
tockets for the ride. As they go up, so does Ron & Kelly...
only THEY come up from the ground. They get THEIR tickets
and (after an argument) ride up, about a half-turn of the
wheel behind Team Survivor.
As you may guess, it's not easy finding a flag when you're
400-feet up and looking down into dense fog. But eight eyes
scan the London skyline for it... and Rob's eyes find it
first! Stuart (who rides with them) says it's a hotel near
the banks and can - of course - take them there. As Team
American Beauties get to the top, Ron sees it as well.
As the POV and the queen go lower and lower, the two
reality-show vets find the hotel and the next clue:
DETOUR - Brains or Brawn?
BRAINS - Make your way to the Underground
station and find a canvas bag using the baggage tag at
Left Luggage. Inside the bag are detective equipment and
a riddle to solve. Solving the riddle will take you to
the next riddle. Once you've solved all three riddles
(and you must collect an item at every stop) and make it
to the final location, the man there will hand you your
next clue. (What the teams DON'T know is that the final
location is the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker
BRAWN - Travel 1 1/2 miles to Battersea Park. There you
must transfer five 160-pound rowboats from the lake to a
storage area 500 yards away, using a trailer. You must
stack the five boats neatly before the boatmaster can
give you your next clue.
Rob & Amber (& Stuart) decide to use BRAINS. The clue is
to the Waterloo station and a baggage station. As they reach
there, they receive their first riddle: "Find the Three
Naked Men of Hammersmith". Hammersmith is a stop on the
Underground so off they go... with Rob & Kelly right behind
because they ALSO chose BRAINS.
OK, stop complaining! I'll get to the other two teams now!
At Heathrow, the direct flight from Istanbul arrives and the
last two teams disembark. They find out at the subway
station that the are about two hours behind two other
teams... and that they're racing for third. Still, they both
get on the train to Paddington Station, hopping into cabs to
find Abbey Road.
Meanwhile, our detectives ride the Underground and ask the
populace about the "Naked Men"... and get weird looks from
them. Rob & Amber find out that its actually a sculpture.
And, when they find it, they find a bag holding a tobacco
pipe... and a small rolled-up piece of paper. The writing on
the paper is so small, they'll need a magnifying glass to
read it. Thankfully, the canvas bag comes WITH a glass. The
second riddle reads: "On what street did Victorian England's
most famous detective live? Go to the station with the same
name and find him standing tall. Remember that all is not
what it seems." Well, that's Baker Street... and Stuart
knows there a Sherlock Holmes statue in front of the
Meanwhile, Team Will Race For Food and Team Socially Secure
reach Abbey Road and take off for the Eye.
As Team American Beauties find the "Naked Men", Team
Survivor find the statue of Sherlock, a hatstand with his
tradmark caps and another clue: "Mystery solved! Walk to the
museum and return all my belongings to me." As Amber struts
down Baker Street in cap, pipe and glass, they arrive at the
museum... and the Sherlock Holmes cosplayer outside.
Upon returning the fictional detective's goods, he -
elementarily - hands them their next clue:
Your next clue is at
the Millennium Dome (the world's largest public arena).
The clue box will be in the parking lot outside the
CAUTION! YIELD AHEAD!
Well, the clue has Rob & Amber
thinking that it's time to REALLY cut loose from the whole
"alliance" deal. They have to get there first... and they're
plan is to YIELD Ron & Kelly!
Meanwhile, eight MORE eyes search from the Eye for the
DETOUR clue. Joyce is the first to see it, followed quickly
by Meredith, who is about four cars away.
Rob & Amber say good-bye to Stuart en route to the Dome as
Ron & Kelly reach Sherlock and get the clue to said Dome.
They're certain that their former comrades just might YIELD
them. As they take off, Uchenna & Joyce and Meredith &
Gretchen both choose BRAWN over BRAINS and take cabs to the
MILLENNIUM DOME, DOCKLANDS OF LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
As promised the first thing Rob & Amber hit is:
YIELD # 3
This is the third and final of three
YIELDs in the entire Race. A team may use this to make
another team stop for a pre-determined amount of time
(denoted by an hourglass) before they can continue. Any
team can be YIELDed any number of times, but a team may
only utilize a YIELD once during the course of the Race.
After some thinking, Team Survivor
drag out a picture of Ron & Kelly and stick it to the YIELD:
YIELD # 3
AMBER YIELD RON & KELLY!
Well, now that THAT's done and done,
they head for the nearby:
ROAD BLOCK (Who's got the
drive to win?)
team member must drive one of the double-decker buses
nearby around a marked course. The object is not to run
into and/or knock down any traffic cones on the course.
If you hit a cone, an official will stop you and will
take the bus back to the starting point. At the end of
the course, you must back the bus into a parking space.
Once you have the bus parked, the official will hand you
your next clue.
Amber can't drive a stick so
(assuming the bus IS a "manual") Rob will do it. He hops
right in the bus and slowly works his way around the course.
He does pretty well... until he runs over a corner of a cone
with his rear tire. He's a little mad as he has to go back
to the start.... and Amber hopes they get out before any
team - especially the team they YIELDed, who are stuck in
noonday traffic - arrives.
BATTERSEA PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
Meanwhile, Uchenna & Joyce start their DETOUR by Uchenna
hefting the boat onto the trailer and he & Joyce pulling it
up the road. As they get their first boat in place, Meredith
& Gretchen arrive and start THEIR task. But... well, they
ARE considerably older than Team Will Race For Food. As
such, Meredith is a little slower getting the boats up. As
Uchenna & Joyce stack their second, they encourage Meredith
& Gretchen... who promptly run THEIR boat into a stack of
Back at the Dome, Rob is on his third attempt to navigate
the course... and he blows it yet again. But he says to
Amber, "I got it now," as he runs back to the start. And,
sure enough, he does. He gets around the cones and backs it
into the space like a pro. His reward is this clue for him &
ROUTE INFO - PIT STOP:
Make your way to the next PIT STOP:
Potter's Field Park (eight
miles away, across from the famous London Bridge).
WARNING: The last team to check-in may be ELIMINATED!
As they depart, Ron & Kelly arrive. And you shoulda seen
the look on their FACES when they see their faces on the
YIELD. Ron groans and turns the hourglass over, feeling this
is the "nail in the coffin".
Back at the lake, Team Socially Secure is stacking their
second boat... as Team Will Raqce For Food loads their
FOURTH. But Uchenna & Joyce still give the seniors incentive
and encouragement to go on. Uchenna even helped push
Meredith & Gretchen's third boat partway up the path for
them. before rejoining Joyce and loading their final boat.
(The Rules of the Race say that nobody team can help another
team physically with any task... but, considering how far
behind Team Socially Secure are, I don't think that little
push did much to help them.) Team Will Race For Food finish
the DETOUR and, with a last word of encouragement to Team
Socially Secure, head for a train to the Dome. Meredith &
Gretchen finish the task and decide on a cab.... which is
good, because Uchenna & Joyce end up on the wrong platform.
Back at the Dome, Ron & Kelly bide the time by marking the
small picture of Rob & Amber with horns, Fu Manchu beards
and derrogatory remarks. The sand runs out and Ron & Kelly
move to the ROAD BLOCK. Since Ron has already completed five
ROAD BLOCKS, and there is a six-BLOCK limit for each Racer,
Kelly is elected to do it. She doesn't do very well her
first few times, hitting a cone almost immediately into the
PIT STOP: POTTER'S FIELD PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND, UK.
For the fourth time in this Race, Phil Keoghan (and English
chap "greeter") welcome Rob & Amber as Team Number 1! For
saying, "Hello, London!" first, they win... no, not a
trip... and no, not a car... a home entertainment system
from JVC! They'll admit that they are damn lucky to have
made it this far ahead.
Back at the Dome, Ron is screaming instructions to Kelly...
which are SO not helping. Joyce opts to drive the bus....
just as Kelly gets whistle-stopped again. As Joyce starts
off, Meredith & Gretchen arrive, note the YIELD and choose
Meredith to drive. Ron is VERY upset now... and gets MORE
upset when Kelly flubs it AGAIN. In fact, EVERY team seems
to have troubles with this... and all the drivers are
getting rather frustrated at themselves as WELL as their
On Kelly's seventh attempt, she and Ron get into a shouting
match about what she should be doing. Kelly's more
interested in what HE should be doing... like SHUTTING THE
HELL UP! But, eventually, they help each other get Kelly
into the spot and leave for the PIT STOP in second. Kelly's
fairly quiet as they hop a cab for Potter's Field; more and
more it seems this will NOT be a good match for her. IN the
cab, however, the fur flies.
As darkness starts to fall, both Joyce and Meredith are
still trying. Joyce is on her seventh try, Meredith on his
sixth. *TWEEEEET* Oops... make that his SEVENTH attempt.
Joyce, however, backs it in and, with a groan of
frustration, gets her and her hubby into third. But, as they
look for where Potter's Field is, Meredith (with Gretchen
looking away in fear) manages to back it in and get the clue
last. It's a cab race to the PIT STOP.
The second of the Final Three is, of course, Ron & Kelly.
Phil welcomes them as Team # 2. They admit they're in their
most trying time.
And who's on third? (Who's on first! I dunno! THIRD BASE!)
Well, Uchenna & Joyce seem to be coming from ONE
direction... and Meredith & Gretchen from ANOTHER. Who will
hit the mat first?
"Uchenna & Joyce... you're Team Number 3!" They made the
With smiles on their faces, Team Socially Secure hits the
mat a few minutes later. They just KNOW they're the last
team to arrive... and Phil gives them the bad news that
they're eliminated. But it was a great run and they have
memories that add to MUCH more than a million dollars could
EVER give them.
So, it's down to the Final Three. The last three teams will
head home and try to win a million bucks! What do they have
Uchenna: "We're in the game. Doesn't get much better than
Amber: "We're gonna come up on top together and we're gonna
Kelly: "Ron and I are just as much 100% about winning the
Race as well."
Ron: "I see a definite lack of character in Rob & Amber."
Rob: "Losing is not an option! I can't lose!"
Joyce: "Rob & Amber and Ron & Kelly are only worried about
each other. They just cancel each other out!"
Oh, it is SO ON!!!