In last night's episode, it was apparent that Margie & Luke are still upset at Jen & Kisha. Luke stated, "I'm done. I'm not going to talk to them." The sisters said in an interview they were ready to move on and be over it. The two teams kept a wary distance from each other during this leg of the race.
With four teams left, everyone was focused on making it to the final three for the race to the finish line. At the airport, Tammy used her Chinese language skills to arrange for a seat near the front of the plane while requesting the other teams be seated near the back. Game on!
The racers flew to Beijing, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Tammy & Victor had just been there to attend the games! They said, "If we don't survive the Beijing leg, we will bring disgrace to the Chinese people." Could this be foreshadowing?
The first destination was a foot massage spa where racers were asked, "Who's feeling manipulative?" For this Roadblock, one team member must drink Chinese herbal tea and receive a foot massage. Sounds easy enough but there was a twist. The foot massage was extremely painful and if a racer cried "uncle" before 10 minutes had passed, the massage would start again. This was unpleasant to watch. I think someone at CBS has a sadistic streak. First racers had to run in their underwear in Siberia and now they had to endure a massage that brought them to tears. CBS, on behalf of your viewers I'm crying "uncle" here. For the record, Cara, Kisha, Tammy, and Luke got the massages and all made it through their ordeal.
Their next stop was a nautatorium where Michael Phelps swam in the Summer Olympics. Racers were given the Detour options of Sync or Swim. In sync, they were required to jump off diving boards and hit the water at the same time. In swim, the teams must swim 400 meters and compare their time with Phelps'. Yeah, right.
Tammy & Victor chose sync but after numerous tries were unable to hit the water at the same moment. They gave up and switched to swim. Jaime & Cara who are strong swimmers had already powered their way through this task. Margie & Luke also put in an excellent performance in the water, finishing second.
As seen in last week's preview, Jen has a strong fear of drowning. She & Kisha first tried the diving task. Looking down at the water from the diving board, Jen backed out and insisted on the other task. Her sister swam her lap but when it was Jen's turn she just couldn't do it. She told Kisha they need to go back to diving. After unsuccessfully diving, Jen was in tears saying she wanted to go home. To her credit, Kisha was extremely patient with her sister. By now all the other teams had completed the Detour and gone on to the Pit Stop destination. Kisha urged her sister to "finish strong" by swimming. She wore a life jacket even though she didn't need one to show support for her sister who did. Certain they were out of the race, the sisters nevertheless completed the swimming task without quitting.
Meanwhile in their taxicab, Jaime and Cara recalled other times on the race they had left a Detour first only to arrive at the Pit Stop after another team. This time, they get to Phil first. But something was wrong. He didn't proclaim them "team #1". Instead he handed them a clue and told them the leg wasn't finished! The words "To Be Continued" appeared on the screen and that's the last we saw of this episode. I guess we can't count Jen & Kisha out yet. I would have liked to have seen their reaction to Phil's surprise.
The preview for next week showed teams sampling Chinese delicacies and the cheerleaders struggling with the language barrier. Go, Luke & Margie, go.