Racers go from the subzero temperatures of Siberia to the heat and humidity of Jaipur, India. Talk about culture shock! Teams must fly to Jaipur, also known as "The Pink City" and take a taxi to the village of Dhula to find Peepli Ka Ped, or the Sacred Tree to retrieve the next clue. All racers must connect through Moscow, so everyone ends up on same flight to India. There is no doubt about the awesomeness of the episode when it includes monkeys, camels and elephants!
Teams run into a lot of taxi chaos. None of the drivers seem to know where they are supposed to be going. The poverty they encounter in India proves to be a harsh reality -- and is one of the important things that The Amazing Race illuminates for the general audience. Once at the Sacred Tree, teams must take a taxi to the Amber Fort.
In this challenge, one team member must care for a camel -- one of India's most prized animals. After choosing a herd, team members must use traditional tools to load food and water for all members of the herd. Once finished, they will receive the next clue. Victor gets a mouthful of camel food while Mel really sticks to the task. Many teams use the water bucket for the dry feed -- which is ridiculous since huge baskets are available for that part of the task.
In this Detour, teams must choose between Movers and Shakers. In Movers, teams must transport 9 barrels on a bicycle 1.5 miles through the city streets. Then, they must unload them and find a tiny elephant medallion in order to claim their next clue. In Shakers, teams must wear a traditional costume and makeup, and dance in the street for tips. Once they have earned 100 rupees, they will receive the next clue. Victor and Tammy choose Shakers, and Victor says he just couldn't imagine putting on makeup and dancing in the streets. Didn't we see you in the same outfit at LA Pride this year?? Mark and Michael end up choosing Movers, and spend lots of time searching for the elephant medallion.
This week, Jodi and Christie have an extra task, called a Speed Bump. Since they were not eliminated last week, they get to decorate an elephant for an upcoming festival. Who gets to face paint an elephant?! This is clearly an awesome challenge and should not be restricted to just a Speed Bump, but Christie and Jodi make quick work of it and get back on track.
The Pit Stop
Teams must take a taxi to Jaigarh Fort, a 15th Century Fortress. Victor and Tammy claim first place and each win Ocean Kayaks. Mel and Mike power through to a second place finish, with Kisha and Jen in third. Margie and Luke land in their patented fourth place, just under the radar.
This week, we bid farewell to Christie and Jodi. Despite their strong showing a the Speed Bump, they were not able to overcome the odds. Although, they were right on Mark and Michael's heels at the end -- it wasn't close enough. They didn't win, but they'll always have elephant face painting.
The racers are in Thailand surrounded by tigers and elephants. Exotic animals really take this show to the next level -- whatever that is. Also, the intense heat takes a major toll and Margie who appears to collapse into Phil Keoghan's awaiting arms. Mmm Hmm...