Last week, the families made their way to Branson,
Missouri, where they took part in a most unique talent show. The Pollards were
crowned King of the Road as they headed to Carthage, where the bottom three
families competed to watch the premiere of "Aliens in the Attic". And by the
way, no one was eliminated, so the journey down the road continues...
66 Drive-In Theatre
"Today, you're aiming your RV toward the Kansas
border, your third state!"
The Little House on the Prairie
This is the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder
and her Little House on the Prairie.
Trivia: the state song of Kansas is "Home on the
Also notable... Amie Pollard confuses "Little
House on the Prairie" and "The Waltons". Meanwhile, Sil and Amy diSalvatore
notice a familiar sight to native Kansans... Tornadoes.
Once the families arrive at their destination, we
find out how hard life was for the families there in the past thanks to some
re-enactors. Had a great time, but we gotta roll...
"Next you'll head for the Red Buffalo Ranch in
Sedan, Kansas for a good ol' fashioned Kansas cookout. Giddyup, pardners!" Turns
out Lenny Faverey once stayed at a ranch in Louisiana... almost got married
Meanwhile, the diSalvatore family are running out
of gas. Sil doesn't think they're in that much danger. Until he reads "LOW FUEL"
on the dash. Woops.
The Ricos stay on the journey and look in
bewilderment about... weathervanes on roofs.
Red Buffalo Ranch
The families meet Reno, fire, and meat. Reno
instructs them on how to make a great burger. First, you grab 3/4 pound of meat.
Then you talk it down the ledge until they accept it. Then you throw it on the
grill... and wait.... and wait... and keep waiting, because it's time for...
KING OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: Burger Time
Each dad will make a batch of burgers for the
rest of the families to eat and rate. Dress and make the burgers however you
like, be it with cheddar, ketchup, mustard, hummus, or artichoke hearts. The
best burger will win a Weber Summit grill and the honor of being named "King of
the Road." The three WORST burgers will compete in the End of the Road
Bad news for Sil diSalvatore, who hasn't cooked
in his LIFE. He's just going to cook a hamburger. The GOOD news is that he's not
the one with the big problem... Ricardo Rico is, who uses all five pounds of
meat in five minutes of grilling. Can't happen.
A: The Meaty Montgomery
B: Silvio's Bronx Burger (diSalvatore)
C: McRico Bacon Parmesan ... Raw patty.
D: The Bar-B-Coote Burger
E: Faverey's Savory Special
F: The Pollard Patty
Now to taste and judge. The bottom three
families... the diSalvatores (which had "No flavor" but was "delicious"), the
Ricos ("not quite done"), and the Favereys ("Bad"). But the winning burger, with
a score of 45 out of 60... the COOTES! Two out of three wins in a row for the
Meanwhile, the Pollards and the Montgomerys are
safe for the week. The Favereys are feeling down as are the diSalvatores, but we
look forward to the End of the Road challenge.
During the day, Sil decides to clean their home
away from home. "It's time for my family to be proud of me."
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Waiting for them here... Buffalo. Lots and lots
of buffalo. If you've never had buffalo... you don't know what you're missing.
If you're looking forward to seeing some buffalo, you're not going to be
If you're also a fan of what the buffalo think of
this series... you're ALSO not going to be disappointed, as the families step on
their calling cards.
Now for lunch at Applebee's. *cha-ching!* We
notice that the Pollards, diSalvatores & Rico are at one table, and the Favereys,
Montgomerys, and Cootes are at another. Schism, much?
All of the families get Applebee's gift cards.
"Howdy, y'all! You hear about how everything's
bigger in Texas? Well, it's true, especially the size of the actual state.
Today's journey will take you to the big beautiful state of Texas."
Big Texan Steak Ranch
It should be noted that Ashley Faverey has a
sprained finger. Medical looked at it, and she should be fine. Meanwhile, Amie
is hoping that the diSalvatores and the Ricos survive, because how bad would it
be for the Ricos to be eliminated on their home turf... as for the diSalvatores...
they're more anxious than nervous.
END OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: Everything's Bigger
They say everything's bigger in Texas, and
everything's going to be bigger in this challenge, as you try to stuff
everything Texas related... into an outline of the state of Texas... including
yourselves. The fastest times will move on, but the slowest... will have reached
the end of the road.
Ricos are going first. The props are... a spur,
an oil derrick, a poker chip, a horseshoes, a pair of longhorns, a cactus, a
star, a barrel, a hat, a can of baked beans, a belt buckle, a buffalo skull,
cowboy boots, a bottle of BBQ sauce, and the head of George W. And we have an
injury on the field. Ricardo tweaked his ankle. But they clock in at a time of
The Favereys are next. They forget one prop. That
gives them a time of 3:49. They're safe.
So it's either going to be the Ricos or the
diSalvatores. All of the families are on pins and needles. The final time...
2:46! They're safe...
Unfortunately, the Ricos have reached the end of
the road... and the end of the vacation. Regardless of the outcome, the Ricos
have already made friends and did some really good stuff. Whoever goes all the
way to the end ... it's just icing on the cake.
Next week, dig in, aim high, and get out of mom's
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