It all began with the racers leaving the mat in China. Their first task was to go to a local tea shop, have a specific tea made for them (Mango and Papaya), and drink it for their next clue. Leaving the mat, racers were quite displeased that they had to remain in China. I guess they didn’t like riding our Yak? The racers thought the tea task to not only be too simple, but even stated it was just about worthless. What they didn’t know, is that once in their next destination, India, the tea would come back to haunt them.
The clue at the tea shop led them to the airport to fly to India. All teams were on the same flight. I am assuming there was no drama at the airport, since the airport never even made the cut. Once landing in India, the teams had to make their way to the local Town Hall. Since they arrived in the middle of the night, the racers had to sleep outside, which apparently, many of the locals do already. Once the Town Hall opened, they hit their Road Block: Find the exact tea they had in China, drink it, and present it to the head dude who will give them their next clue. There were what appeared to be thousands of cups of tea on this long table. Some racers used their noses to smell the tea before picking it up and drinking it. This proved to be useful, as it appeared the teams that did that were the first to get out of there. Ron was the first to find the correct tea, only having to drink one cup, but this task proved really difficult for others. No one seemed to deploy Ron’s smelling tactic, at least not until later, and some never did. Mallory looked as if she was going to be ill throughout the challenge, Zev broke a cup in frustration and Luke broke down crying. It was horrible. The last teams to get out of this challenge were the Globetrotters and Margie and Luke. We will revisit this task…
The clue for their next task was located in the lid of a bottle of Snapple. It took a short while for most teams to figure out where the clue was located, but Kisha and Jen ran around with the bottle for what seemed like a long, long time, asking passerby’s and cab drivers where in India do they make this Snapple Tea. It wasn’t until one local told them that “maybe it says in the lid” that they thought to look, and lo and behold, it led them to their next clue, the Detour.
At the Detour, teams had their choice of painting and dressing a statue of one of the Hindu Gods, or delivering books to a local Primary School in the back of a little yellow school bus rickshaw. The teams split pretty much down the middle on the choices, but it did seem in editing that the school book delivery was the quicker task. Ron had a hard time with the loud music playing at the painting task, wearing head phones and declaring “I can’t disco when I’m painting”, and the Goth’s loved the task, painting eyebrows on the statue saying “We draw on eyebrows every day. It was kind of like us getting ready in the morning.” Gary and Mallory, who decided to deliver the books, was the first team to arrive at the mat. Their prize for being the first team? Snapple Limited Edition Tea if course! (I’m sure Mallory appreciated that.) Just when it looked like that’s all they were going to get, Phil added an scrumptious Indian meal complete with a Bollywood Dance performance, and $1 million Rupees (amounting to $20,000 American Money.) Now that is something to appreciate![singlepic id=389 w=320 h=240 float=left]Now let’s return to the unfortunate road block. While all the other teams were making their way around India, painting statues and delivering school books, still drinking tea were Luke and Flight Time, both teams that are definitely my favorites, so I was very unhappy to see them both still trying to complete this task. It was, however, good to see two of the most genuinely nice teams rooting one another on. Flight Time finally, after drinking cup after cup in hopes of getting lucky, found the right one and received their clue, leaving Luke still at the table. Luke broke down. It was so sad… Margie, ever the wonderful mom, hugged him, supported him, told him how proud she was of him. He let her know that he would not give up. In the meantime, all the workers in the town hall began to cheer him on. Once he found the right one, the workers lifted him up and carried him like the champion he was. What an absolute wonderful moment. Margie hugged each one of them as a thanks before moving on to their next task. They chose painting the statue, with the Globetrotters still there finishing up their task. Once the Globetrotters finished, before they left to the pitstop, they hugged both Margie and Luke, wishing them luck. One class act they are. [singlepic id=388 w=320 h=240 float=right]So, Margie and Luke indeed came in last, and were eliminated from the race. Again, Luke broke down, and at this point, so did I, a little. Yeah I admit, I teared up. Luke said he was “sorry” to his mother at the news, to which Margie replied that it wasn’t his fault. They are simply terrific people, and I was sad to see them go.
This is precisely why this is my favorite show on television. Between the awesome places we get to visit through our televisions, and the humanity and emotion we get to experience along with them, it’s top notch. What did you think? Did you tear up this leg, or am I just an emotional sap? Let us know below!