After the end of a double-length leg last week, the male models lead the pack out of Kiev, Ukraine to Ouarzazate, Morocco. They'll then search out an Antique Shop to pick up a medallion that they'll need to present at the pit stop. DuKa is the second team to leave, and they're excited: "I wrote a paper in college about Morocco!" As it turns out, Lyn and Karlyn should've read it: "What language do they speak in Morocco?" Karlyn asks. Lyn has the answer: "Moroccan!" Oh, ladies.
At the airport, the Barbies get a flight to Casablanca via Milan with a tight connection. They also seem to have snapped up the last seats, leaving the other teams searching for other routes. Kimberly asks for tickets "from Kiev to Casablanca to Morocco," whatever that means. After all the ticketing is done, it looks like teams will all be on the same flight to Ouarzazate at 10:55 pm.
While three teams fly through Paris, the blondes land in Milan and have to hustle to their gate. After dealing with a "bitch" of a ticket agent, they find another flight and make it to the 10:55 flight to Ouarzazate. While on a layover in Paris, Lyn and Karlyn buy a map of Morocco at a bookstore and study it. "We're smarter racers than people think," Lyn says. That may be, but the beauty queens do manage to catch up to the late flight.
Now driving themselves through Ouarzazate, DuKa get swarmed by local youths as Tyler, James, Rob and Kimberly wait for them to suss out directions to the antique store. Lyn and Karlyn, with their map, cruise into the lead and find the shop. After snagging the amulet, Lyn and Karlyn are back on the road to find not a road block but a Yield.
Teams will find it at Atlas Studios, a backlot where movies like Cleopatra and Gladiator were shot. If they're the first team to the Yield, Lyn knows she'll slap the Barbies with it: "What goes around comes around." Turns out Lyn spoke too soon: the teams show up in the middle of the night, and the studios don't open until 8 am.
In the morning, all the teams line up at the gate and dash into Atlas Studios when it opens. DuKa get to the Yield and slap it on the `Bama girls. This leaves the other three teams to ride around with "professional charioteers," grabbing flags dangling above a racecourse. The teams knock the task out quickly. While everyone else is playing gladiator, Team `Bama chimes in on the blondes: "We already hated them... They show no character at all." Yeah, like you do, Karlyn? I guess that's why you flipped DuKa the bird. Super classy!
The racers, fresh from their chariot racing, leave the backlot to find Idelssan, a short hop from Ouarzazate. On the way, Rob and Kimberly get a flat tire, and DuKa cruise past them. Lyn and Karlyn blow right by them, too, making a snappy remark about how they should've Yielded the blondes. Still keepin' it classy, it seems. The rest of the teams continue on to Café La Pirgola outside Idelssan to find their detour: Throw it or Grind it. They'll either make clay pots or grind olives. This week, there are only three work stations, so it's first come first served.
The Barbies head to smash the olives, knowing that the olive mills are between Idelssan and Ouarzazate, along the road they just drove. Tyler and James head the other way, until Tyler realizes: "Oh! We have to make the pots. It's not actually throwing them." With that bit of insight, the male models turn back to grind olives. It's the same decision Lyn and Karlyn make when they arrive, and everyone is back on the road.
"I f-ing hate those girls, dude." Rob says as the Barbies drive by him changing his tire. As it turns out, they drive way past him--missing the olive grinding detour. By the time they arrive, all the olive crushing stations are taken. "We Yielded them, and they're ahead of us... I don't know how this happened," DuKa says. Rob and Kimberly, who are finally crushing olives themselves, love it. "I wish I had some French bread right now," Rob says.
Tyler and James are the first to finish and head out toward Marrakech to find a turnoff to a Nomadic Berber Camp, the site of this week's pit stop. After a bit of a drive, the guys find the turn off and dash to the finish. But wait! They forgot the amulet they picked up at the beginning of this leg! As they run back to their car, Lyn and Karlyn show up. Tyler and James outrun them to come in first, and give each other yet another prolonged loving embrace. Could it be? DuKa shows up last, but somehow they catch a break: it's a non-elimination leg and they're spared. We knew it.
Best Bit of American Diplomacy:
You know what? We honestly didn't see anything too ridiculous, even from Rob and Kimberly. Everyone seemed well behaved, even when dealing with the mobs. Let us know if we missed something, m'kay?
Tyler and James win a dope smart phone for coming in first, and embrace--yeah, they are doing this quite often lately, dontcha think? DuKa is now marked for elimination, as Dave and Mary were twice before. Phil has something to say to DuKa about the rest of the teams: "Every single one of them would love to see you leave this race." Team `Bama is looking stronger than ever, despite losing the strength of the Six Pack and getting Yielded.
Coming Next Week:
Tomato throwing locals pummel Rob and Kimberly, Lyn and Karlyn are eating some kind of "delicacy" and the Barbies have to come in first to avoid a penalty that could cost them the race.