December 4, 2002
So this is the special 2
hour episode of the Amazing Race (or the OK - the
ratings suck, this was a really lousy idea to put this
against The Bachelor, let's burn all of these out and
regroup for Volume 4 in the Summer). I happen to like
this version a lot, and it pains me to see this cut from
13 weeks to 11, but I am not a TV exec - so here we go.
All five teams are close to each other as we start this
lap. We have our first love connection brewing? Derek
and Drew, first to leave at 4:45 am - and they have to
go to the Gletstsherschslucht (oy) to find a key that
will open up one of five cars. Flo and Zach leave a
minute later, and Flo is flirting with the models. Teri
and Ian, the old couple that won't go away leave at
5:03, Ken and Gerard leave at 5:07 and John Vito and
Jill leave at 5:08.
'Our game plan is not to come in last again' says John
Vito and Jill, but they don't have to be 0 they are the
only team left that has the Fast Forward, which is a
short cut to the end of the race, they don't have to
worry about it - they get to the lodge first, since
everyone else got lost.
Or did they? Flo and Zach and the models stay at a hotel
instead and the alliance may be more than that. Ken and
Gerard get to the Lodge second, followed by Teri and
Ian. But it doesn't really matter, since the place
doesn't open unto; 9am.
All of the teams follow John Vito and Jill - and they
all go past the keys which are lying on a rack. Duh.
They all realize it and they all turn around to get the
keys. John Vito and Jill get it done first, and all of
the teams have to go to a car train, which will take
them through the Alps and to an adventure park.
John Vito and Jill, while in first, decide to use the
Fast Forward - which is to find a cheese shop and eat as
many pieces of cheese necessary to completely reveal the
next clue. Problem - there are over 100 pieces of
cheese. They take a few bites of cheese, don't come
anywhere near finding a clue, and ponder that they may
want to rethink their strategy.
Meanwhile, the other teams get to the car train and the
other 4 teams chat with the natives - who say that the
red bridge that they have to go to is a bungee jumping
bridge. Everyone's sort of cool with that - except Teri,
who looks like she'd rather eat all of the cheese.
Speaking of cheese, John Vito and Jill finally find the
clue, after around 4 layers of cholesterol later - and
they go to the Pit Stop - the Steamship Savoie.
Back to the rest of the teams. Flo and Zach are first,
but Flo goes to the back of the car to hang with Drew
and Derek - something that doesn not make Zach too
thrilled. Flo and Zach get out first, with the models,
now squabbling because they can't figure out the
directions, right behind them. ken and Gerard are right
behind the models, and Teri and Ian are behind them -
but they are not right behind them, as they get lost on
the way. A Detour is awaiting everyone:
Extreme Swiss - take a 620 foot bungee jump. Very scary,
but very short and will take them quickly to the next
Very Swiss - Drive 8 miles to the Alps and search 75
goats for one of 5 keys locked in a box. Not terrifying,
but could take a while.
The models decide to jump, while the brothers and
Flo/Zach decide to go play with the goats. 'Don't Die!'
gets yelled to models as they leave. Teri and Ian get
there as the 2 teams leave to see the goats. Teri sees
one look at the bridge and Teri and Ian decide to fool
around with the goats too. 'I was going to skydive, but
I am way too scared to bungee jump'.
'Oh my G-d, I need some water so bad' says Drew. No you
don't, because you'll probably pee in your pants. Derek
tells Drew to 'Own It', and he does. The models aren't
scared though, and the complete the jump, putting them
Here come the rest of the teams to play with the goats,
and they are having a hootenanny of a time (groooan).
Lake Geneva - the chateau de Choine, is the next
destination - but the team can make one call on their
MOBIL T PHONE - but they have to call before getting in
So we get the warm and fuzzy moments of the series -
awwwwwbarf. Zach calls his sister Ariel, Flo calls her
friend Lindsay and Ken calls his family. Once again,
Teri and Ian get there when everyone else leaves. Ken
and Gerard escape first, followed by Flo and Zach, while
Teri and Ian start with the goats.
The models get to use the phones too - and Derek calls
his wife Rebecca. Everyone is headed to the Lake now -
except for Teri and Ian, who are still butting heads
with the goats. Teri does get the key to the next round
and Teri calls the family. I guess they are not that
ugly Americans - or until Teri says 'We're behind, I
John Vito are not behind - they are about to get to the
steamship Savoie. They come in first for the race, and
since they already have finished first, they now get a 7
night Caribbean vacation. That sure as hell beats a
Kodak Easyshare Camera.
Ken and Gerard get there first - and it's a Roadblock.
They have to create a Swiss bike (with a completed bike
as the model) and then ride the bike to the next
destination. They get to create the bike for a while by
themselves, for 2 reasons - 1. Ken sucks at making a
bike, and 2, Flo and Zach and Teri and Ian both get lost
on the way. Ken and Gerard get the bike completed - and
the last clue tells them to go to the Pit Stop.
The models get there next - as well as Flo and Zach.
Teri and Ian are still in the car - and they get there
as the models leave. But Flo and Zach are still there,
and it's a race to get the bike done.
Ken and Gerard find the steamship - but Drew and Derek,
in their lovable fashion, once again gets lost. They get
the natives to help them find the way and they join Ken
and Gerard on the boat - but not before the brothers
come in second. The models come in third.
'Zach is feeling a little pressure' says Flo. He'll be
feeling more of it - Teri and Ian get their bikes done
first and away they go. Flo and Zach finally get the
bike completed - and Zach stops to change his pants into
shorts. Then Zach steers both of them in the wrong
direction. Flo is getting very pissed at Zach. 'We lost.
We lost this entire race' says Flo, as it looks like she
will be ditching Zach and asking the models if she can
be the honorary third member.
But she is not the damsel in distress - Teri is, as she
falls off of her bike. That breaks the bike, and Ian has
to quickly fix it before they go on their way. Teri and
Ian find the Savoie first, and they are paddling off
there. Zach gets to the boat and sees Teri and Ian
paddling. They could catch up - but Flo gives up and
whines and walks up to the boat.
Teri and Ian does get in fourth. 'It pays to have kids,
you know how to create bikes.' says Teri. Zach will need
to learn that as they finish in last. But for the second
straight time, this is a non-elimination point, so they
Flo quickly realizes the error of her whining ways, and
she apologizes to Zach, who would right now probably
have no problems sending her over to the models in an
exchange for Derek, or Drew, or heck, probably even for
a soccer mom or a second season Gutsy Granny. But one
thing is for sure - after the next lap, one of the teams
will be joining the Gutsy Grannies on the sidelines as
The second part of the episode begins as John Vito and
Jill leave at 12:42am -They have to go to Geneva and
find the tallest fountain in Europe - the Jet D'Neau. 2
Hours later is Ken and Gerard, followed by the models,
ten minutes back.
John Vito and Jill get to the fountain first - and have
to go to a country (signified by a flag) and fly to
Kuala Lumpur and go to the tallest buildings there - the
Petronas Towers. No one knows what flag that is - But
Ken and Gerard's taxi driver knows that it's Malaysia.
John Vito and Jill get to the airport - but it's closed,
and once again, all of the teams will be able to play
Teri and Ian and Flo and Zach leave around 30 minutes
after everyone else. Flo and Zach continue to argue, and
Zach does not want to spend money on the taxi.
Conversely, Teri and Ian, who were squabbling since the
beginning of the race, get there as a team. They show a
tourist the flag of the country that they have to go to
next, and they are told that they are on the wrong
continent. Flo and Zach know immediately that the
Petronas Tower is in Malaysia, and they are happy to go.
The airport is now open at 5 am - and it's a race to get
tickets. Teri and Ian get theirs first and are out of
there at 7:50 am. Everyone else gets the 9 am flight -
which means that Teri and Ian have an hour headway on
everyone else. Once again, Flo and Drew are hanging out
together, and the puppy love symptoms are on. Watch out
Once at the towers, teams have to get a tourist to take
a picture of them in front of the tower, then go to a
camera developer at the Ampang Sopping Park - a mile
away - to get the film developed. Meanwhile, everyone
else thinks that they are not anywhere near them - and
they are right - sort of. John Vito and Jill get their
pics done first, and they get directions. The
models/Flo/Zach and the brothers are all behind them.
But Teri and Ian are having problems - they can't find
anyone who knows where the Park is. Teri and Ian get to
the Am Pang Park - but it's the train station, not the
shopping center. The ticking that you are hearing is
either the seconds of Teri and Ian's lead evaporating,
or the gnashing in Ian's teeth as he looks like his head
is going to explode - you decide. They do regroup and
find the Fotomat first - gee, you think Kodak paid
enough for these ads?
Next up - the Singapore National Orchid Garden and find
Margaret Thatcher. The catch? Margaret Thatcher is
actually the name of an orchid, which the teams have to
figure out. Teri and Ian need to figure out how to get a
good taxi driver, as the delay takes off even more time
from their lead. John Vito and Jill are the first group
in the second pack, followed by Flo/Zach, the models,
and the brothers.
John Vito and Jill are amused by the fact that Teri and
Ian are in first, but they catch them at the station.,
Flo is pissed that Teri and Ian out maneuvered them for
the airplane tickets - and Ian is pissed that all of the
teams caught up with them. It's a 5 team race as
everyone gets to the train. More Flo and Drew mushy mush
on the train ride, as they all play Gin, which is pretty
much what Zach wants to down a lot of right now, as he
once again is isolated by Flo.
The teams need to find a place to stay. Zach wants to
stay at the YMCA, while Flo wants to stay at somewhere
better. The models and Flo/Zach decide to split the
rooms and the money, and Flo is happy again. Zach may be
staying by himself in the room. John Vito and Jill
decide to save their money and stay in an el Cheapo
Next morning, they all get to the orchid garden nice and
early. Flo/Zach get there first - and they find a
Dry - Take a car and drive to an apartment to find
Richard Peng - A famous star who lives in a street in a
city where all of the streets are the named the same.
Wet - Go to the Singapore Zoo and find Mermaids -
Manatees, that is.
Teri and Ian and the models decide to go to the zoo,
Everyone else decides to get lost. John Vito and jill
are actually smart enough to get directions, but they
get the wrong directions from the tourists - who send
them in the wrong direction. They double back while the
Brothers and Flo/Zach get there first.
Meanwhile, the models and Teri and Ian get to the zoo.
Derek/Drew and Teri/Ian get to their skivvies and play
with the manatee, while the brothers and flo/zach find
the TV star - back to downtown Singapore they go - and
they have to go to the Fountain of Wealth.
The models get through the manatees first, along with
Teri and Ian.
Zach wouldn't trade the map with Ken and Gerard and Flo
and Zach are once again sniping.. The brothers promise
that they aren't going to lose them. and they get into
an argument - again - while they are driving. But the
sniping is doing much better than John Vito and Jill,
who finally find the TV host, but need someone to get
Ken meanwhile, is trying to be fair, but Gerard wants
Ken to lose him. Ken is being nice, for now...John Vito
and Jill know exactly where the Fountain is - and that's
on step better than both Teri and Ian and the models -
but the models figure it out and get there first.
There is no roadblock - the top of Mount Faber is the
next Pit Stop - and there is no free lap this time. The
brothers and Flo/Zach get there next - Zach takes the
lead and the brothers are right behind them. Not behind
them are Teri and Ian - but they do find a native who
will get them there. They get to the Fountain next - and
John Vito and Jill are in deep trouble.
John Vito gets the clue but by the time they get the
clue, the Models come in first place. They get to win
the same 7 night cruise that John Vito and Jill won the
last lap. Ken and Gerard get there in second, and Flo
and Zach are in third.
John Vito and Jill get a taxi to take them to the
mountain, but it's not quick enough as Teri and Ian come
in fourth place. The middle-aged couple survive for yet
John Vito and Jill don't - the rotten directions from
the tourists cost them as they come in last and are
eliminated. The couple find out the had way about the
biggest drawback of not being in an alliance - there's
no other team to tell you that you're going the wrong
We are down to our final
four - and each of them have their own questions. Can
the models over come their own stupidity - especially
since they are no longer allied with Ken and Gerard? Can
Ken and Gerard overcome their streak of bad luck in
terms of transportation and short cuts? Can Flo and Zach
overcome their own internal squabbling and get their
focus back on the race? Can Teri and Ian overcome the
fact that they are the oldest and slowest group left
with savvy and determination? Can John Vito and
Jill...no they can't, because they didn't last week and
are out this week.
We start out this episode where we ended the last one -
in Singapore. Derek and Drew, the first one out of the
gate, are told to fly to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam,
The flags will be yellow only, because the nationalist
flags are yellow and red. The models - and everyone else
- have to go to Bac Ho in Rex Square to find the man
where everyone else knows as Ho Chi Minh.
Ken and Gerard leave second - but they are smart enough
in advance to order a cab. But that cab has been found
first by the models, who unsuccessfully try to steal it.
The models scamper away with Ken and Gerard coming
towards it. Unbeknownst to the models, Ken and Gerard
ordered a second cab - and that one is taken by Teri and
Ian, who are the last team to leave - 30 minutes after
the models do.
Ken and Gerard get to the airport - and they get a
flight to Kuala Lumpur at 11:08 pm. They are the only
ones, as the rest of the teams get to the airport after
the last plane left. Flo and Zach get tickets for
themselves and the twins, and Teri and Ian realize that
although the Models have broken the alliance with
Ken/Gerard, they have a new one with Flo/Zach.
The brothers got to a flight to Ho Chi Minh city - but
the quick lead that they took didn't amount to anything
- they get stuck on the same flight as all of the the
teams. Everyone's on even ground going into Ho Chi Minh
On the plane, Teri and Ian are sleeping, Flo is flirting
with the models and Zach wants to be left alone. Zach
and Flo split up on which line to take to get through
customs, and that squabbling leaves them in last. Flo
bitches some more. 'There's no reason to be in the back
right now'. Zach probably wants to leave Flo in customs.
Ho Chi Minh City looks very familiar to Ian - he was
there during the Viet Nam war. He's not too happy about
being there - but he knows how to get around. The models
get to the clue first, and they have to go to the
floating market at Tai Pei. Ken and Gerard cruise into
first, while the models and Teri and Ian are jockeying
for second. Flo and Zach are in last, and Flo si still
whining to Zach on why Zach didn't cut the line. Zach
says he won't do it and if she doesn't like it, they can
quit the race.
The non-whining teams get to the marketplace, and they
have hit a detour:
Easy Buy - Go into the floating market and buy a water
Hard Sell - Go into the market and sell $2.50 worth of
fruit. The catch? Each piece of fruit is worth 6 cents.
No, Zach, you are not allowed to sell Flo.
Ken and Gerard decide to look for the water coconut.
Teri and Ian and the models join them. Here comes the
rain - which will make life miserable for everyone since
all of the merchants have covered their wares with
blankets, making it virtually impossible to see who is
Teri/Ian and the models pass Ken/Gerard - and they all
think that Ken/Gerard got their clue - which they
didn't. The brothers quit and go for the Hard Sell - and
they run into the still whiny Flo and Zach. Flo and Zach
join the brother into selling the stuff on land.
Teri and Ian find a water coconut hanging on a pole -
and they find the route marker first. The models are
right behind them. The brothers finally sell enough -
40,000 worth - and they get out of there. Flo and Zach
are going to join them - but they have only sold 39,500
worth., Oops. Back they go into the marketplace, and Flo
is whining some more and Zach wants to throw her into
Fortunately for them, the other teams are having their
problems. Ken and Gerard are stuck in traffic right
after they leave to go to the next place, and the models
overshoot it entirely. The next place, you ask? Go back
to Ho Chi Minh city and find the route marker at the
edge of the Saigon river.
Teri and Ian have no problem doing that first, and they
encounter a Roadblock. One person has to ride a cyclo-bike
(which is a bicycle-like carriage/rickshaw thingie)
through an obstacle course, then over a ferry, to an
endpoint. Then the team has to go to the Cafe Thu Thiem,
which is the Pit Stop for the last leg of the race. The
last team there does not advance to the final episode.
Teri and Ian have no problems and get to the ferry. All
of the other teams have their own messes to deal with.
The models, now with no alliance to back them up, are
hopelessly lost - and there is no alliance to help them.
Also lost is Ken and Gerard, who finally get to the
Saigon River - but can't find the clue. Finding it
before them are Zach and the whiny Flo - and they are
now in second. The whining from Flo has now changed from
'we're going to be out, we should quit' to 'Zach, please
don't kill me.'
The 2 little lost teams, ironically, are the now
ex-alliance mates of the original AMA - the models and
Ken/Gerard. Remember all the way back a few episodes
where the models had a conversation with Flo? Let me
fill you in on it if you forgot:
Flo: I don't like - I dont like to be so nasty
Derek: You're very good at it...it's your nature to be
Flo That's not true
Derek: You're the dirtiest player left in the game...We
can't trust any of you four, but we can trust Ken and
The models tell Ken and Gerard that the flag is not that
way, and Ken and Gerard quickly run the other way - to
find Flo and Zach on the ferry. For whatever reason, Flo
tells the brothers where the clue is. The models find
the brothers, who tell the models that they haven't seen
Flo and Zach at all and are still looking for the
location of the clue.
We all know that the models, with no teams to guide
them, are clueless. So it should surprise no one that as
the next ferry leaves, the models pull the dumb-ass move
of the episode and hop on it - without their cyclo bike.
That gives Ken and Gerard the time that they need to get
to the clue and to start on their cyclo-path.
Teri and Ian get to the Pit Stop first, and like the
teams before them, they have also won a 7 night cruise
vacation to Europe. Flo and Zach come in second, as Flo
is happy - until she realizes that 1. They are not last,
2. The models, who she thought were in first, aren't -
Teri and Ian are, and 3. Flo gave Ken and Gerard the
info that they needed to beat the models. A smiling Zach
says 'This is gonna get ugly' while a very unhappy Flo
watches as the twins come to see Phil, who says that
they haven't completed the Pit Stop, so they can't check
in. Flo directs them to where the cycles are, but it's
too late, as the models get to the ferry which will take
them back to the clue, they run into Ken and Gerard
coming off of the ferry - with the cyclo-bikes.
The rest is a fait accompli, as Ken and Gerard do wind
up in third, and the models get knocked out because they
were betrayed by the team that ironically was the ones
that they could trust, and even more ironically, the
models stayed in the game to this point thanks to the
person that was called earlier by her suitor, 'the
dirtiest player left in the game'. Flo, albeit
inadvertently, helped the models - to the exit.
And just to prove how air-headed these guys are, we are
left with a parting quote that's almost a Yogi Berraism.
'To be fourth, among the top three teams that are left,
that's a very proud accomplishment.' Dude, you came in
last - that's why you're in fourth.
As they fade out, we see the other three teams talking
about how they will win the race. All of those teams -
including the Models, have won those silly vacations to
take after the race - and Ken and Gerard just need to
make sure that they don't take the same boat with the
models, or else the cruise may be a one way trip.
So it all boils down to
this 2 hour season finale - Teri/Ian, who are trying to
be the oldest group to win the race, Flo/Zach, who are
trying to be the first couple to win the race, and
Ken/Gerard, who are trying to be the first brothers to
win the race. It doesn't really matter about the leads,
because we all know that they will be equalized at one
point or another. This lap is described as ;jockeying
for position', which means nothing really exciting will
be going on for the first 90 minutes of the episode.
But we start with Teri and Ian in the first position.
They have to go to the Imperial Palace in central
Vietnam - Hue, to be exact. The old farts, I mean
experienced traveling husband and wife team get to the
train station - and find that the station doesn't open
for another hour.
Flo and Zach are next - and Flo, the fragile one, looks
much more serene - like Zach slipped 800 mickeys into
her before starting. First words from Flo? 'My body is
crying for food and sleep...I wish we had gotten
eliminated...this is misery.' I really hope Flo doesn't
Ken and Gerard are third - and they are stuck on the
ferry. Meanwhile, Flo and Zach get to the station, where
Ian tells them that it's a 24 hour ride. 'Maybe we'll
get first class tickets' says Zach, who gets a giggle in
response from Ian. This starts the deconstruction of
Flo decides she does not want to go on the train, 'If
they walk away now, it's certainly good for us.' grins
Ian, 'I am going to have a breakdown o the train - do
you want to watch that happen?' says Flo. I would like
to see that. Flo and Zach decide to move to a different
terminal - right when the ticket booth opens.
Ken and Gerard meet Teri and Ian - and the booth just
opens. The teams that are there get first class sleeper
tickets. Zach, who spent the time calming Flo, loses the
sleeper tickets thanks to Flo. He does get first class
sitting tickets, which makes Flo sort of happy.
'I feel horrible...horrible....I feel like I've been hit
by a truck' whines Flo, who Im sure that Zach hopes that
she gets hit by one. Angst aside, they do finally make
it to Vietnam, and in a sign of almost resignation, Flo
and Zach slow down and take their time to the car - but
they are the first ones out. The brothers are second,
followed by Teri and Ian.
The brothers get to the palace first. Flo ad Zach get
there second - and Flo, continuing the role of Diva,
wants to throw up. Teri and Ian are following everyone.
The palace is 100 acres - so it takes a long time to
find the Pavilion. The brothers get there first - and
they have to find a route marker by a bridge in the town
of Nam O Da Nang.
Teri and Ian get there first, followed by Zach and Flo,
who finds something that makes her sicker than traveling
- Ian. 'He makes me so mad that I want to kick his
behind.' They both get taxis right outside the Pavilion,
but they are still trailing Ken and Gerard, who get to
the bridge first and find a Detour -
Basket boats - take the boat to the island and figure
out to get there.
Basket Bikes - Take a bike filled with baskets and take
a mile trek to the island.
Ken and Gerard take the bikes and they are struggling.
Not as much as Teri, who can't get the bike out and gets
laughed at by the local kids. Teri, under her breath,
calls Teri a shmuck. The other four teams bribe the kids
to help their bikes. Ken's pedal breaks and Teri and Ian
catch up with the brothers.
Zach gets to the island first - yes Zach, while Flo is
sitting in her floating boat, spinning around and now
telling Zach that she gives up and wants to quit. Zach,
who has to peddle back to help Flo, probably would take
the $500,000 rebate if he could just drown Flo in the
The brothers get to the island first, and they have to
find the Boat 'Quay' in Hoi An. Right behind them is
Ian. Teri is walking here bike with the help of some
natives. Flo is now paddling - the wrong way. She goes
back where they've started, and for all intents and
purposes, their involvement in the contest part of the
race is over. Zach is trying to convince Flo to at least
try the bikes as Flo storms off.
They would have gotten there before Teri and Ian - Teri
walks the bike all the way over. Flo and Zach now get to
the bikes - and now Flo doesn't want to ride it - she'll
push it instead. 'There's not a chance in Hell that I
can ride it' moans Flo, then curses out Teri and Ian as
they pass Flo. Flo is still whining at the start of the
basket bikes. Zach gets mega-points for Sainthood. 'Do
you want me to get hurt?' complains Flo. To be honest,
Zach wants you to be maimed to he can get another
Flo is done - 'I want out....OUT! I want to go home.'
The deconstruction of Flo is pretty much complete. The
least Flo could have done was to give up her space to
the models, who as dumb as they were, at least tried and
would have competed their hearts out. Hell, all the
teams have - this is the first time a team drops out of
the amazing Race - and the biggest idiotic move since
Joe and Cortland dropped out - while they were in first
place - in the first episodes of the ill-fated Lost
show. But they don't quit and back to the boats go Flo
and Zach - and they get help from the natives to get
Teri and Ian drive past Ken and Gerard - and they get a
bigger lead when their driver gets a flat. It was very
quick for them to fix, but they are now in solid second.
In what feels like length of the second Lord of the
Rings movie, Flo and Zach finally get over using the
boats - and for a reward, we get to hear more bitching
from Flo. 'I feel like a dead rat.' Zach only can
But in first is Ian and Teri - and they get a road block
- one of them has to use the fishing net to catch a
clue. Ian does it and Teri and Ian have to go to the pit
Stop - China Beach. Teri and Ian get out while Ken and
Gerard get there - and while they are there, Flo and
Zach finally get a taxi and are on their way to
'During the 30 days, I have realized that I yell too
much, but Teri is a strong woman - she can take it.' The
softening of Ian is part of the change in the couple -
but he still yells at her not to out run him when they
get to China Beach. They come in first, and their reward
is a 7 day cruise to Alaska. Lots of cruises to take
Flo and Zach get to the marina - much later than Ken and
Gerard (as seen by the lovely sunset in the distance).
Before they get there, Ken and Gerard come in second,
and Flo finally gets mellower - unfortunately for them,
it's nightfall when they get there - and they need one
big-ass equalizer to get back into it.
Of course there will be one - but right now, it's Teri
and Ian's to lose if there isn't one - and everyone's to
win if they do. Will Ken and Gerard escape
transportation problems and will Flo get a dosage of
sanity? Or will the places they finished in now be the
same way after the last leg?
Teri and Ian leave at 5:35 am to go to the temple of
Huong Min - and they have to go to Honolulu, Hawaii and
get a blessing from the great Kahuna. The teams have to
get tickets first in the city of Danang, before getting
on a 17 hour train ride.
The brothers are right behind them, and Ian verbally
harasses the woman at the counter. The brothers try to
help out, but they piss off Ian and they have a verbal
spat before Teri and cooler heads prevail - they all get
tickets and they are all their way, which leaves Ken
shaking his head. 'We have an alliance with Teri and
Ian? how did that happen?'
Flo and Zach leave at 8:02 am. 'We did not go around the
damn world to quit' says a visibly annoyed Zach. They
get to the travel agency - only to see Ian and Kens name
on economy class - and they are shut out. That spells
game, set and match for Flo and Zach if Flo keeps
whining - Zach does get the tickets, and they will try
to switch them when they get there.
All of the teams meet on the 17 hour train ride - so
once again the equalizer is in effect - but not for Flo
and Zach 'We have a pair of useless business class
Zach, not giving up, tries to use a strangers cell phone
to try to change the tickets. They were able to swap
tickets and get another flight, which is earlier. 'How
does no one know about this flight? asks Flo. That
should send off warning bells right there - but if Zach
was right, then Flo should be giving Zach half of her
money. Zach does meet the travel person at the lobby,
and the tickets are exchanged. 'At this point I think
we're destined to win' says Flo. Whine whine whine
whine, and now she's happy? 'All of a sudden, we're the
luckiest team in Vietnam.'
Ken and Gerard are getting suspicious about Flo and
Zach's tickets, and they check with the travel people
and get the same flight that Flo and Zach got -
unbeknownst to Flo and Zach - and unbeknownst to Teri
and Ian, who realize that there were earlier tickets too
late. They don't make the 6:40 am flight, and they are
now in the game, set and match position.
But here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a
tragedy - for the other 2 teams, who see their flight
delayed for 90 minutes. They get in at 7:55 am, while
Teri and Ian get there at 8:10 - they then have to go to
the Great Kahuna - but that doesn't open until 10am -
more than enough time for all of the teams to get there
at the same time.
Flo and Zach get there first - and now Flo is giggling.
And now Teri and Ian are sniping - but they all get
there at the same time and they all share the Kahuna's
blessing. Now they have to go to Kauai and go into a
little jungle maze to get the next clue. No problems at
the ticket counter this time, as all of the teams get
the same plane flight and get to the cars to drive to
the jungle at the same time.
Ken and Gerard get there first - followed by Flo and
Zach. Teri and Ian go the wrong way - and the police
officers stop them and send them the other way. Oops.
The brothers hit the detour first -
Quick Drop - take a 160 feet to the falls below
Slow Walk - Walk down, which will take much longer.
The brothers take the drop. Flo doesn't want to, but she
immediately goes. 'Fine, fine, we'll take the quick
drop.' The brothers find the clue, which takes them to
their final city. The final destination? Seattle,
Washington - and the first place they have to go when
there is Kerry Park. Flo and Zach get there second. Ian
is terrified of heights - but they do it and they are
well on their way to the airport.
The brothers and Flo/Zach get there within minutes of
each other - they get their tickets - and then call to
get the quickest flights. Ken and Gerard get an 857
flight booked - same time as Ken and Gerard. The teams
hope that they can leave Teri and Ian behind and make it
a 2 team race.
That doesn't happen - as they also get the exact same
flight. 'You really think we'd let you get away without
saying good-bye?' asks Ian. The other 2 teams wish that
he did - but 20 minutes later, it's down to three teams
in a race around Washington.
The brothers are first, followed by Flo/Zach and
Teri/Ian. Ken and Gerard go past the red light - and get
stuck in the slow lane. Flo and Zach get to the clue
first - and they have to go to the International
Fountain by foot. Flo and Zach know exactly where it is
- its by the Space Needle - but Ken and Gerard get there
first - and its another foot race - this time to Lincoln
Park. Flo and Zach get there last - and here comes the
whiny Flo out again to yell at Zach. 'Stop giving me the
wrong directions if you're not sure.'
Its now a race to see who can get the first taxi. All
three get it at close to the same time - and the first
team to get there is....Flo and Zach - and they find the
final Road Block. The person has to spin a totem pole
and recall the animals in the order that they met them
during the race. Zach gets to the totem pole first - and
Ian joins them.
Ken and Gerard don't wind up joining them - the slow
lane, and the slower taxi driver does them in, as it has
done in every single episode. The difference is that
this time around, they do not have enough time to catch
Ian and Zach are now working the totem poles. Zach
finishes it first - and it takes Ian a few minutes more
to finish his, as Teri watches, realizing that she
should have done this Road Block.
Teri and Ian leave right when Ken and Gerard get there -
and they use Ken and Gerard's taxi to get to the park.
The brothers get it down quickly too - but too much
ground to cover and it's now a 2 team race.
Flo finally apologizes to Zach 'I'm sorry for being a
pain in the ass.' and she gives Zach a hug. All three
teams, each in their own taxi, are congratulating each
other. But the first taxi to get there is....
Tense, Isn't it?
Flo and Zach. Flo still thinks that Ken and Gerard beat
them - but they come in first. Teri and Ian come around
ten minutes away from them, and they finish in second.
Ken and Gerard's transportation problems do them in -
again - and they come in third. Final words from the
winners? Zach - 'I really think that if bad things
happen, if we stay positive, that good things would
happen.' 'The first thing would have been romance. The
second thing would be this amazing friendship.' says
No romance - but a million dollars. Zach should get
$999,999.50 of it and Flo should get 50 cents. But,
thanks to Zach, they become the first co-ed couple to
win the Amazing Race. Everyone celebrates Flo and Zach's
victory, and the screen fades to black.
This was the best of the three so far - likeable
characters and a great race. Fortunately, CBS gave this
show a renewal - now lets see if they are smart enough
to give the show it's own niche to grow in. Thanks for
reading the recaps - we'll see you back for The Amazing