Last time on the road, no families were eliminated,
but a couple of dads disappeared as the Cootes and the Pollards were rolling
around Vegas looking for a suite that held them. The Pollards were first and
rather than take the prize to themselves, they invite the other families to join
in the fun... an invitation that the Cootes kindly pass on. Now the journey
continues as we FINALLY reach California.
LAS VEGAS, NV
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
"Good morning! It's time to leave the lights of
Las Vegas and hit the road again. Zip over to Boulder City, Nevada for your King
of the Road Challenge. Drive safe."
For the Cootes, it's a game now. For the
DiSalvatores, it's all about a crown. They just want one. Amy says if her family
wins, they don't have to buy her a birthday present again. So Silvio is now gung
ho about this.
The families suit up and... hike up... to...
BOULDER CITY, NV
A mountain somewhere.
KING OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: Zip It
It's a giant zipline! What are they going to do?
Whatever it is, it's for a spot in the Final 2.
Grab a paint balloon and zip on down the line,
then hit the targets, one point each time.
Use careful aim as you ride on down. Family with
the most points wins the final crown.
One more thing, and since this is serious, I
won't rhyme it... if anyone chickens out, they're going to the bottom two
Round 1: Jen vs. Amy vs. Amie. Jen Coote is the
only one to hit a target... Reno.
Round 2: Jake vs. Blake vs. Ainslie. Blake is
having second thoughts... but he gets help from Silvio. He ends up taking the
ride. Jake hits one, Ainslie hits one, and Blake hits two.
Round 3: Cassidy vs. Mason vs. Aaron. So far, the
Cootes and the DiSalvatores are tied at two. Only Aaron and Mason hit.
Round 4: Keith vs. Silvio vs. Ron. Leading, the
DiSalvatores with three. The other families have two each. And ... apparently
Silvio is going back. Not on his own power, but... yeah.
In the end, Ron... doesn't hit anything, so the
Pollards are going to the Bottom Two. Silvio hit one for four. Cootes ... didn't
hit any either, so the DiSALVATORES are Kings of the Road! Blake hit the two
winning shots. That's your crown, buddy.
Meanwhile, the Cootes and the Pollards are going
to the End of the Road Challenge. For either one, it'll be a case of "so close,
yet so far."
Jen works to rally the troops together to focus
on the next challenge, while the DiSalvatores finally get their crown... and
Blake puts it on his head. Of the crowns they could've won, this is the most
important one. It means that they now have a shot at $100,000.
Crossing back into Arizona, the families run into
a town overrun by jackasses... the burro-kind, not the standard-reality-TV-kind.
Back in the day, mining was a million dollar
trade. Then the mines dried up, and the people left... And apparently they left
their burros behind. And Ainslie learns the hard way that "do not jerk" means...
"do not jerk."
Meanwhile, the DiSalvatores take in dinner at a
local tavern that has $65,000 stapled to the wall. What they're focused on,
though... $35,000 more.
The next day, the trip continues...
"It's time to make a final push to California.
You're off to Soggy Dry Lake Bed for today's challenge."
And... Welcome to California and the last day on
Route 66! And Amie is getting out her lucky coonskin cap. "Think of it like
this... Dead coon... Dead Coote."
SOGGY DRY LAKE, CA
A soggy dry lake bed.
RadioShack is footing the bill for this one.
END OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: Unblock My Car
It's very simple. Mom & Dad will be driving cars
to try and unblock a red RadioShack car. The kids will try and direct them with
a cell phone. The first family to do that is head for a date with the
DiSalvatores at the end of Route 66. For the other family... your vacation ends
here so close to the finish line.
Communication is breaking down for the Cootes,
and the Pollards are changing their minds. The Pollards are struggling, and two
of their cars are blocking the red car. The Cootes are blocked by only one, and
that one is easily moved... And the COOTES are going to the final round! As for
the Pollards, they've learned that you're not going to win all the time, so
you've better be prepared for the times when you don't win. ... they've reached
the end of the road...
... but not the end of the rivalry, as it seems
that the Cootes and Pollard-family-friends the DiSalvatores are at each other
over the proper pronunciation of "DiSalvatore". This bitter feud will come to a
head next week... when we finally reach Los Angeles... and the end of the Great
American Road Trip!
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