Ray & Deana, Eliminated

In this special two-hour episode there were two separate legs as follows:

First Leg
In the first leg, teams had to make their way from Argentina to Johannesburg, South Africa. Rob & Amber’s eight-hour lead over the last place team was erased since everyone ended up in the same flight to Africa.

Upon arriving at the airport, teams were given marked cars with clue that had both a Detour and a Fast Forward. Only two teams, Ray & Deana and Rob & Amber attempted to get the Fast Forward. Rob & Amber got a little lost getting there and arrived at the task after Ray & Deana were already attempting to complete it. They waited a few minutes until they were informed that Ray & Deana completed the task. Needless to say, they wasted a lot of time going for the Fast Forward. They would finish fifth.

Meredith & Gretchen had a pretty big accident in the caves, although it wouldn’t be the biggest of the episode. They messed up and had to do the task twice, which tired them. The fatigue caused Gretchen to fall down and hit her head on the rocks causing a deep gash in her forehead that required one stitch. She was all bloodied and being treated when she instructed Meredith to finish the task and get the next clue on his own. They would have been gone otherwise.

Heading into the Roadblock hospital workers helped Rob & Amber get to the market after recognizing them from Survivor and during the Roadblock a local recognized Amber and offered to help her buy her items. After helping her buy all of the stuff she also helped them get to the orphanage and to the Pitstop. Rob & Amber’s fame has continued to help them on this race. It’s incredible.

Ray & Deana received two Toyota Rav4’s for winning this leg of the race. This is the biggest prize thus far. Better than the $20,000 they gave away on the first leg. It seems that the Amazing Race is getting much better sponsors. I am surprised that they are giving away so much good shit.

In contrast, Meredith & Gretchen arrived last at the Pitstop and were stripped of not only their money but all of their possessions. Their possessions will not be returned until the end of the race! Damn! All they were left with was the clothes on their backs and their passports. Plus they would get no money at the start of the next race. I think this will be too much to overcome in this next leg.

Leg Stats
Detour: Tunnels or Tribes. In Tunnels teams had to search an underground cave for a clue. In Tribes, teams had to collect and deliver five items to five tribes at a local cultural center.
Roadblock: Who likes to shop? Buy five predetermined items from a large market.
Other Tasks: None.
Yield: None.
Fastforward: Yes–won by Ray & Deana. Walk across a wooden footbridge thirty stories in height.
Pitstop: Soweto, South Africa.

Funniest Moment: Meredith driving on the right (wrong) side of the street and almost getting into an accident in South Africa.
Smartest Play: Ray & Deana getting the Fast Forward.
Dumbest Play: Meredith & Gretchen left the cave without getting their clue and had to climb back down.
Balls of the Week: Gretchen for urging Meredith to finish the challenge after nearly cracking her head open in the cave.

Prediction of Next Team Eliminated: Meredith & Gretchen
Pick to Win: Rob & Amber (Currently 5th)

Second Leg
In this leg of the race teams made their way from Soweto, Africa to Gaborone, Botswana. At the beginning of the episode Brian & Greg were in their truck and Brian almost crashed heading for their first taks. Little did we know this would be a prelude to what would happen later in the leg.

All of the teams would bunch up into two groups, one hour apart, at the first task. At the task, Meredith and Gretchen begged for money from the other teams–some contributed. Also, Uchenna & Joyce were nice enough to give the Chirpy Old Farts some clothes earlier that morning. Rob & Amber and Ray & Deana did not give them any cash.

After feeding some lions, teams made their way to the airport to fly to Gaborone, Botswana. Brian & Greg, Ron & Kelly, Uchenna & Joyce, and Ray & Deana made it to the first flight, while Rob & Amber, Meredith & Gretchen, and Lynn & Alex were on the second flight which departed an hour and a half after the first.

The delay wouldn’t matter since all of the teams would be bunched up waiting for a train to the next location. Once all of the teams got to the next clue they found it was a Roadblock. After the Roadblock, teams had to drive their way across the bush to their next clue. Ron & Kelly had an advantage since Ron had driven in the desert in Iraq.

On the way there Brian & Greg, who were in second place, would have a terrible accident. Brian would flip the truck and the accident would seriously injure their cameraman. It was one of the best edited scenes I’ve ever seen on the race and you could not deny the gravity of the accident. It was bound to happen at some point. We’ve seen close calls in the past. We’ve seen a couple of tire screeches and a spinouts, but nothing like this.

Lynn & Alex who were in third stopped at the accident scene, but Rob & Amber kept going because “it’s a competition let’s not get crazy.” It was thanks to this unfortunate event that Rob & Amber fought back from fifth to second place. They almost caught up to Ron & Kelly and took first, but were beaten in a foot race to the finish.

Ray & Deana started the race in first place and broke down so hard in the Detour that they came in last. Even though Brian & Greg had to get a replacement car after the accident they caught up to Ray & Deana by car heading into the Pitstop. Brian & Greg beat Ray & Deana in a race to the finish. It was an emotional day for the Brothers who were in tears on the mat.

Leg Stats
Detour: Food or Water. In Food, teams had to grind corn with a stick. In Water, teams had to fill up twelve ostrich eggs with water using a straw reed and their mouths.
Roadblock: Who’s got good aim? Throw a spear at a moving target.
Other Tasks: None.
Yield: None.
Fast Forward: None.
Pitstop: Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.

Funniest Moment: Ray & Deana imploding at the Detour. They were even passed by Gretchen & Meredith, hahaha!
Smartest Play: Rob & Amber not stopping at the wreck.
Dumbest Play: Ray & Deana unable to crush corn at Detour.
Balls of the Week: Brian & Greg’s cameraman.

Prediction of Next Team Eliminated: Meredith & Gretchen
Pick to Win: Rob & Amber (Currently 2nd)

1 Comment »

  1. I can’t stand Rob and Amber.

    Glad to see you’re back in business with the new TV!

    #1 by Meerenai — April 5, 2005 @ 9:33 am

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