Tyler and James were the first to "angel dive" down the side of the Olympic Stadium tower in Helsinki, and still have a lead on the other eight racers. They're on the way to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, which is where they could also find Chernobyl, much to James' distaste: "I don't want to get a third eye!" As if we'd expect anything different, DuKa don't know the story with Chernoble. "I know it's where the atomic bomb went off" says one of the Barbies. Hmm, not so much.
As DuKa, James and Tyler head to the airport, Erwin and Godwin are having a serious problem dealing with their fear of heights. (Remember the trouble they had with heights in Kuwait?) Lyn and Karlyn leave them in the dust saying, "Why are we worried about the Chos?" Ooo, damn girl. 'Bama are some fast friends, it seems. The Chos finally pony up, and Erwin bonks his head over and over on the way down. Not much worse for wear, they finish up and cruise to the airport behind the other teams.
At the airport, Tyler and James' lead evaporates as the last flight of the day for Kiev has already left. All the teams are now due to arrive by 1:35, but, as Kimberly notes, "Well, you know, planes get delayed." One does, and it's a first for this race! We're finally seeing some reality in this reality show.
Once in Ukraine, they head for the military training grounds of the Oster Tank School. (Tanks?! We're nearing robotic camel jockey territory with this one, Phil.) Despite the delayed flights, the other three teams get to Kiev in pretty decent time. As Rob--and his big cross tattoo!--drive to the Tank School, the remnants of the Six Pack get lost. Godwin thinks it might be because reading Cyrillic on street signs is "Like looking at an eye chart. You recognize some letters and you don't recognize the others."
Team members get to take a T-64 tank through an obstacle course. Don't worry it's the same as a car, the guys running the school say. James crashes into Dustin's tank, but it doesn't make much difference. These are tanks! After finishing the course, James and Tyler reflect on the situation: "The so-called genius Cho Brothers still haven't made it out here. Which just goes to show you that book smarts doesn't get you where you think it will in this race."
Driving back to Kiev to find the next clue, the teams in front are getting fierce: running red lights trying to squeeze out a lead. Meanwhile, Rob and Kimberly, the Chos and Lyn and Karlyn show up to drive their tanks. Nothing too exciting happens and they turn around to drive back to Kiev. Rob and Kimberly have car problems--again--and lose a bit of their lead on the ex-Six Pack teams. Speaking of, 'Bama's having fun, "Looking like a blue hair lady on Sunday drive." Team 'Bama is following the Cho Bros, who keep stopping "Every five seconds" to ask for directions. "Oh my God, they are so annoying," Karlyn thinks. See? Fast friends.
This week's detour is all about wearing costumes: Make the Music or Find the Music. DuKa and Rob and Kimberly opt to write their own raps and perform them in front of a crowd of underground Ukrainian rappers. Obviously, they'll have to wear sideways trucker hats, baggy jeans and fake bling. Tyler and James head for the National Music Academy of Ukraine to search a stack of sheet music for a copy of Tchaikovsky's Concert Fantasy. Before getting involved in the hunt, they change into tuxedos. (We hate to say this, but they kinda look sharp.) When 'Bama shows up to the rap club, Karlyn says, "Hopefully we won't look like complete idiots." Idiots? Maybe. Dirty, doublecrossing ex-Six Pack teammates? Absolutely!
With the music out of the way, it's on to the Great Patriotic War Museum, site of this week's pit stop. Tyler, James and DuKa are still out front and land on Phil's mat first and second. Rob and Kimberly, who are close behind them show up third. Team 'Bama, apparently no longer concerned with the Cho Bros, comes in fourth while Erwin and Godwin get stopped by the police for driving down a closed street. The cops let them go as the sun is setting, and they've come in last. Phil shows the Bros the door, as Godwin--and we--shed a tear.
Best Bit of American Diplomacy:
Rob and Kimberly co-opting a hip couple's day on the town with their ridiculous rap and drive through Kiev. At least the couple got a lift in the cramped back seat of an old Soviet knock-off Cadillac.
Tyler and James win a trip to Puerto Vallarta for coming in first. DuKa is hot on their heels, and Phil reminds them that no female team has ever won the Amazing Race. Oh, and recently-eliminated racers Dave and Mary showed up on The View to chew the fat with Rosie and that crazy Elizabeth Hasselbeck. We didn't learn much about the couple--besides Dave and Mary's last name: Conley--but they won a bunch of schwag from Rosie and Co., including a new house.
Coming Next Week:
It's off to Morocco for chariot racing. Team 'Bama plans to nail DuKa with a yield. And since we didn't see enough of Rob and Kimberly fighting this week, look out for more of that. We sure will!