BFF Zev is so done with Calcutta's hordes of people, calling the city "Cal-Crowded." But the racers stick to India, this time heading to Varanasi, the religious heart of the country. "We really want to be the first parent-child team to win The Amazing Race, and I know we have what it takes," says Ms. Kentucky.
The cowboys are not as confident. "The competition just keeps getting tougher and the game keeps getting intense as we go," Jet says. It seems like it an omen for the brothers. All of the teams made it onto the same flight, but the cowboys get a bad ticket-booker, who puts them on a plane that arrives an hour later than everyone else. "The profession Jet and I grew up doing, competing in rodeos and riding bulls and bucking horses, you don’t get paid unless you win so you gotta leave all your cards on the table while you’re here," Cord says.
Once they get off the plane, the BFFs steal the lead, but lose it when their cabbie has to stop for gas. Whereas the Globetrotters' Indy 500 driver stays on the horn and races past the others to the tonga stand. Of course, Big Time cheers his cabbie on: "Represent yourself. Represent your country. You’re the man." At the stand first, the pink and black attack hit a roadblock.
In this roadblock, one racer, using only pictures as a reference, has to find six sadhus, holy men, who will each offer a clue. When they properly arrange all six clues, the meaning of life will be revealed. Then, they have to locate a seventh sadhu and tell him said meaning of life to receive the next clue. Sounds easy, but the area they have to search is crazy-busy. "Times Square’s got nothing on the tonga stand intersection," pink and black attack's Kent says.
The sisters were the first to solve the riddle. BFF and Big Easy team up and help each other get the message. While the teams are looking for the sadhus, the cowboys show up suddenly, which makes everyone start sweating bullets. Kent and Ms. Kentucky's dad pair up, but Kent ditches him to find the last sadhu on his own. Meanwhile, dad belly-aching Ron has trouble finding the sadhus. "Where are these holy men?" he keeps exclaiming.
Next up, the teams have to go to the Swaminath Akhara, a wrestling and strength-conditioning club, where they hit a detour.
In this detour, teams choose feed the fire or feed the buffalo. For feed the fire, teams navigate the Ganges River to the home of a milkman. Once there, they have to make 50 traditional fuel patties out of buffalo manure and then slap them on the wall to dry in the sun. Finally, teams must load a stove with fuel patties and light a fire to boil milk for the local children. For feed the buffalo, teams must cross the Ganges, pick up a large load of hay, cross the Ganges again and carry their hay through the narrow streets to a designated address.
The sisters choose buffalo, not knowing there was poop involved. "Man, the crap you do for a million dollars," sister Jen says. Both start gagging over the stench while the local kiddies watch and laugh. When the sisters are done, their poop piles don't pass muster, and they have to redo a couple.
Opting for the fire task, the BFFs and Globetrotters keep the alliance going and run the bundles of hay together through the streets. Big Easy starts singing a song: "Running with hay-ay, in the middle of India." But the guys run into trouble with some rogue cows trying to steal their hay. The Globetrotters tell them to put the hay over their heads to avoid the hungry bovines. The cowboys also choose hay, since they have vast experience with it. "We came to the other side of the world to haul hay," Cord says.
The teams start to head to the pit stop. The pink and black attack figure they can take a shortcut through the Ganges in a water taxi, but their driver wouldn't move. "Our water taxi is a psycho!" pink yells. When the driver doesn't return the boat to shore, as they requested, pink jumps into the river and pulls the boat back to shore. Black screams, "Don’t go in the water! Are you insane?"
At Ramnagar Fort, the Globetrotters make a come-from-behind win, going from last in the previous leg to first. They win a trip to Hawaii. The BFFs caputre second, and the sisters come in third.
The cowboys hustle and grab fifth. The pink and black attack just beat out the daughter-dad team, who are sent home. "We had a grand ride and it was a gift to come back, a second chance especially with Christina before she gets married," dad says. "We have no regrets." Daughter adds, "My dad and I are much closer after this experience. Winning isn’t everything. I'll never forget these memories my dad and I made here."
The race heads to Vienna. We spot Ms. Kentucky and her dad filling up on some food—which you know is something nasty—and the pink and black attack start falling apart.