Next up on the itinerary is Phnom Penh, Cambodia, or as Zev pronounces, "Sean Penn Cambodia." The teams snag a 12:25 p.m. Vietnam Airlines flight the next day, except for the bickerers and the sweeties, who get stuck on a 2:15 p.m. flight. But surprise! The bickerers and the sweeties make it on the earlier flight on standby. The sweeties impress us with their honey-not-vinegar approach to dealing with the airline personnel. The ticketing agent tells Justin, "You are very nice," and he gives her a hug.
The racers high-tail it to the Foreign Correspondent's Club, where they must use a polite whisper to ask the assignment editor for their next assignment to get their clue. The hot guys get there first, the beautiful blonds second and the sweeties third. The God squad gets delayed by asking the editor for the next "task" instead of "assignment." D'oh! The clue has a reproduced photo of a woman riding in a motorcade and it says to find the hotel with a suite named after the unidentified lady. We immediately recognize style icon Jackie O. in the photo, but only Zev and Pinky and the Brain can identify the former first lady. Mika from the God squaders says it was "definitely somebody of the Cambodian descent." Dan from hot guys guesses it was a queen or princess or something.
The teams find out that the suite they need is in the Hotel Le Royal, where the original photo of Jackie O. hangs. Again the sweeties stick to their sweet strategy, coaxing their cabbie to hurry up by jokingly threatening to tell his mother, and when the driver helps them figure out which hotel to visit, Justin tells him he's beautiful, the smartest man in Cambodia and vows to name his eighth child after him. The cabbie helps the sweeties get there first, while the hot guys follow second and the beautiful blonds third.
At the hotel, the teams get hit with a detour. They must choose cover or wrap, two common Cambodian accessories. For cover, they must find a helmet stand, pick up four helmets and use their salesmen skills to hawk them to a family—two adults and two kids—for $10. When they get the moolah, they have to give it to the helmet shop owner in exchange for the next clue. In wrap, teams head to the Russian Market to find a stall, where the owner will hand them a lovely silk scarf (we'll remember to hit this up on our next trip there) and the racers must run around the narrow, labyrinthine corridors to find someone wearing a matching scarf. Once they do, the stall owner will give them their next clue. All of the teams choose wrap, except for the bickerers.
The sweeties keep the lead, being the first to find a lady sporting their patterned scarf. The hot guys take second. While on the lookout for their scarf-wearer, the beautiful blonds help Mr. and Mr. America find the stall and their scarf lady happens to be standing nearby, so they steal third. The eagle-eyed team even bests the fourth-place Globetrotters, who have groupies helping them find their twin scarf.
The next clue tells the racers to walk to Wat Toul Tom Pong. There, we learn that monkeys are so revered in the country that the royal family employs a royal monkey master to train people to dance like the primate. The task is all monkey business: A team member must get down with his or her simian side and mimic the monkey master and complete three maneuvers while wearing a mask and tail. Zev struggles with the last monkey move of crouching and walking on a log and has a mini panic attack, allowing the hot guys to go bananas and steal the lead. The sweeties follow and the Globetrotters are third.
The pit stop for this leg is Wat Phnom, a more than 600-year-old Buddhist shrine that's the tallest religious structure in the city. Although the hot guys were first, their slooow tuk tuk, or motorized rickshaw, bogs them down, giving the sweeties the opportunity to regain first place. The hot guys come soon after with the Globetrotters at a close third. But victory was short-lived. Zev realizes his passport is missing and when the sweeties check in with Phil, the TAR master decrees that unless they find all of their travel documents, they'll be disqualified from the race. Having to relinquish first place, the sweeties must return to the course to find the missing passport before the last team arrives at the pit stop. Mr. and Mrs. America come next (now third). It takes a while for the bickerers to sell their helmets, but they take sixth. When Lance reaches the pit stop, he doesn't wrassle Phil, but he does a happy roundhouse kick, which makes Phil shake his head in bewilderment.
The poker pals arrived last at the finish line, but lady luck smiles on them once again. Since the sweeties were still on the hunt for the missing passport, the poker pals avoid elimination. We are sad that the sweeties got disqualified. The guys were kind-hearted throughout and Zev really repped for the Asperger's community. They rocked this leg of the race, but didn't they learn anything from Toni and Dallas' missing passport debacle in season 13? Let it be the No. 1 lesson when traveling abroad: Don't lose your passport.
Up next on the itinerary is Dubai, where teams face extreme heights, which makes Mika teary; extreme speed on a racecourse; extreme heat in a desert; and extreme icy fun in a winter wonderland.
RECENT RACER'S RECAP by Kelly Crabb
Recent Racer's Recap will be missing from this week's recap as Kelly Crabb is off jetsetting in Mexico and has the show DVRed. It'll be back next week though!