"Round of Four" -
It's time for the Family Face-Off! Here are episode
one's winners: the Taylors (Toni, Terri, Teffani &
Tessani) and the Benavides (Brian, Lori, Brandon &
Katie)! And here are episode two's winners: the
Beauregards (Johnny, Tiffany, Josh & Janaya) and... the
Bakers (Duane, Terri, Kira & Kody)? Weren't they on ep
1? And didn't they lose?
A word of explanation: The
Martinezes were deemed medically unfit to compete after
mother Isa took a hard fall on the way to the finish
line. Victory came at a high price, as Isa sprained her
knee. Well, these things happen, and it's no one's
fault. So the runners-up with the best race time, the
Bakers, were invited back for another shot. Make the
most of it.
You know we always start
with a scavenger hunt, and today, it's all about Beverly
Hills. Each task will take anywhere from 1 to 10
minutes off of their final race time. The tasks for the
Beverly Hills Scavenger Hunt are...
Go to Nate & Al's Delicatessen
and ask for one bagel on a string
Recover a golden lamb
Find "The Ambassador of Beverly
Hills." Learn how to say "hello," ambassador style
Get a nose job
Find a plastic surgeon and get 4
Bond with a
Beverly Hills cop
Find a Beverly Hills cop. Ask for
his family bonding advice
Go to Star Photo. Take one 8x10
of a really big star and bring it back
Salley's credit card
Get a haircut
Enjoy a spa treatment
to the Luxe Hotel. Relax on lounge chair and count
Teams will have 45
minutes to complete the tasks. Pay special attention to
Robosapiens, for they hold the key to special
information and important decisions. 45 minutes.. go!
Beauregards: Head for
Nate & Al's first, get the bagel, and discover a robot.
The choice: "Take these diamond earrings... but you must
forfeit the 1 minute time credit." They opt for the
minute (1 minute). Then they search for the Ambassador.
"Welcome to Beverly Hills! You have arrived!" (5
minutes). Then, since it's easy to find a plastic
surgeon in Beverly Hills, it's time for a nose job. (10
minutes). Now to Star Photo.... but they don't take a
photo, running short on time.
Benavides: They decide
to go for the big clue first, heading to the Luxe.
Count... slowly (10 minutes). Then it's time to find the
cop. They never do, it's off to Star Photo. They get a
picture of John Salley (6'11... yeah, pretty big, but
then again, I'm only 5'9)... and find a robot clue: "To
take home DVD player, you must forfeit 7 minute time
credit." No chance (17 minutes). They find the same
surgeon and get nosey (22 minutes).
Taylors: They also go to
the Luxe and count off (10 minutes)... and then they
have to find the po-lice. They do find the cop with the
FFO badge and everything... including handcuffs for the
two that fight the most (16 minutes). And they run past
the ambassador en route to the street plastic surgeon.
Now really, who goes to a street plastic surgeon?! (21
minutes) Then they head BACK toward the ambassador,
where they say it... in Chinese? (25 minutes)
Bakers: ALSO go to the
Luxe... once they find out how to cross the street. Beat
the Benavides in the counting game (10 minutes). Bakers
head to Star Photo as well (16 minutes). Trying to find
Little Santa Monica for... what?
It should be noted that
the Taylors and the Benavides got to the Luxe at the
same time. Panic ensues. Final results... will be
tallied at the end of the race. Now to the race, which
consists of three challenges.
Challenge 1: The
Face-Off Fountain: The adults will have five minutes
to step into a money machine and grab $100 in fake one
dollar bills as possible. Once they do that, they'll
receive the next clue.
Brian has no idea how to
work the money machine, or has never seen an episode of
2002's "Beat the Clock". He gets the idea to kick it.
That works. Johnny uses his shirt. John tells Duane to
use his mouth... ehh... ain't this a family show? Toni
also uses the shirt stuff.
After the first cycle,
the kids count while the next adults take their chances
with the whirlwind. Lori uses the shirt stuff and the
kick. The Bakers are in second with the Taylors in
first. The Bakers then finish first and head to their
next challenge. The third-place Benavides come out with
the contents of Lori's shirt, while the last-place
Beauregards... are just that... last place. The
Benavides rocket to second, and they're on their way to
the next challenge. Beauregards are third, and Taylors
Challenge 2: 90210
Needs Help: In this challenge, teams will have to
sort out fan mail by matching up labels with boxes
addressed to a character's name and hidden inside bigger
boxes with packing peanuts. Once each team has four
correct matches, Amy will send them to their final
The Bakers match up
Jaleel White (Urkel)... by stuffing Kody into the box.
He returns with Buffy the Vampire Slayer... nope. Duane
eventaully gets it right, as they try next for Tobey
Maguire (Spider-Man), then Bill Cosby (Cliff Huxtable),
and Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing).. and Sarah Michelle
Gellar (Buffy)... and my head's spinning. Long story
short, the Bakers are first out of the gate. The
Benavides are second... the Beauregards are third... and
the Taylors show up as everyone's leaving, getting stuck
on Jason Alexander (George Costanza). They finish,
Challenge 3: Oh, To
Be Flying: The two kids are going to learn how to
skydive. Using a skydiving simulator, each kid will have
to stay in the air for one minute. If the kids do not
stay in the air for the full two minutes, a five-minute
penalty will be assessed.
Kira (nervously) and
Kody enter the simulator. Kira gets her minute. Believe
me, it's harder than it looks. But Kody gets his minute.
Katie and Brandon get two. Josh and Janaya get two.
Teffani and Tessani... they get two.
It was Bakers first,
then Benavides, then Beauregards, and finally, the
The Taylors, Benavides,
and Bakers all went for high-time stunts, while the
Beauregards did the opposite. Will that cost them the
trip to Hawaii in the end?
The winning team tonight
takes a mini-vacation in Palm Springs, as Phil Keoghan
would say, "which you can enjoy after the Race". That goes
to... the Taylors, at 7 hours, 20 minutes. They earned
52 minutes in the scavenger hunt. Just goes to show you
that in this race, EVERYTHING counts. Joining them next
week are... the Benavides (7:23) and the Bakers (7:24).
The Beauregards' earlier strategy did cost them in the
end, as they clock in at 7:40. They take away a Nintendo
Gamecube for their efforts.
As great/pissed as the
other teams feel, let me remind you that the scores were
still very close, and it is still anyone's ball game to
lose. As for the Beauregards... well, we hate to see a
good family go home.
Change-in-the-game Moment: When the Beauregards find the
7-minute clue... but opt not to go for it. Then again,
even with the 7 minutes, it still wouldn't have changed
the game THAT much.
Next time, it's off to