Teams set out from Florence, Italy, to Mumbai, India. Once there, they must take a rickshaw to a newsstand and get a newspaper that contains their next clue in its pages. Nate and Jen start off this leg of the race balanced and focused--did they get some sort of couple's therapy during the rest period? They were actually civil to each other and it was, well, creepy. TK and Rachel continue to stay mellow but focused, while Kynt and Vyxsin have recovered from last episode's sleep-deprived last place finish.
In Italy, there is a classic Amazing Race bottleneck, with all the teams waiting at the airport. Gramps and Nick have secured seats in advance and head back to a hotel to catch some shut-eye. Smart move, guys!
In the morning, all the teams hop flights to Mumbai via Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. All the racers are even after yet another pile-up waiting for Mr. Naik's newspaper stand to open. Once it does, teams must read through the paper to find the clue, which directs them to take a rickshaw to a tailor's shop.
This is where the teams run into the Detour, but it's also the location of Kynt and Vyxsin's Speed Bump. The Detour consists of Paste 'em and Thread 'em. In Paste 'em, teams must paste up a six-panel Bollywood movie poster. In Thread 'em, teams create a traditional wedding garland consisting of 108 flowers in a pattern of alternating colors. Once finished, the garland must be delivered by hand to a waiting bridegroom. Honestly, they both look pretty easy, but then again, we're not reality TV contestants.
The Speed Bump directs the Goths to go perform a series of yoga poses that get progressively more difficult. Once completed, they can rejoin the race at the Detour point. Of course, Kynt and Vyxsin sail through the yoga challenge and are back on track at about the same time that Nate and Jen finally find the clue in the newspaper. This is clearly a team that could have benefited from yoga--and maybe a 2nd grade reading class.
Back over at Paste 'em, the Ron show is just getting cranked up. This detour choice has disaster written all over it, and Ron does not disappoint. He immediately starts berating Christina and then starts snapping at the guy who has to give the final "thumbs up" before they can get the next clue. Is Ron a genius, or what?! Mercifully, Christina finally takes over and completes the task with ease.
Flower power is in full effect as the Goths and Nate and Jen are busily stringing the wedding garlands. Almost instantaneously, Jen and Nate are bitching at each other. Nate thinks Jen should know how to work with flowers because she's a girl, and Jen thinks Nate should have been better in the rowboat because he's a guy. These two deserve each other! Once finished, Jen inexplicably decides to give the garland to an elephant, but then realizes maybe that bridegroom guy should have it.
Next, teams must head to Kabutar Khana to receive their next clue. This is also the second of two U-Turns on the race. (Any team that gets U-Turned must go back and complete the other Detour task.) At Kabutar Khana, teams find the Roadblock, and must travel to Bharatgas Gas Service and deliver six tanks of propane, navigating through the confusing city streets on a bicycle cart. Once the deliveries are made, team members must collect and return a receipt in order to receive their next clue.
Amazingly, Ron decides to do this task even though it requires heavy lifting and a lot of physical exertion. (His hernia will love it!) He tries to sweet talk the locals into helping him find his delivery locations but only ends up giving a guy a lift right back to Bharatgas.
Kynt and Vyxsin finish the flower garland and get to the U-Turn--and decide to use it on Nick and Don, not realizing that they were already ahead of them. It's a costly mistake.
THE PIT STOP
TK and Rachel make it to the mat first at Castella de Aguada in Bandra, and win a five night trip to the island of St. Maarten and a catamaran trip to St. Barth's. Even after a roadside stop and some vomiting, Nick manages to pull it together and he and Gramps come in a respectable second place, with Ron and Christina in third.
In a battle to the end, Kynt and Vyxsin arrive last and are eliminated, proving that even the Energizer Bunny runs outta juice eventually. Of course, this guarantees that we'll have to endure at least one more week of Nate and Jen's incessant bickering.
Grandpa Don starts to tucker out, forcing Nick to pick up the slack. TK and Rachel venture out on their own, leaving the remaining teams to wonder what's become of them.
With only four teams remaining, the stakes are high and the tension is higher. Who will be eliminated next? Be sure to join us next week as we get even closer to the big million-dollar finish.