Sunday, April 19, 2009
Conflict at the Clue Boxes and Confrontation at the Pit Stop
In tonight's episode the teams travel to China. This is a welcome development for Tammy and Victor who speak Chinese. Margie comments that traveling in countries that don't speak English is an eye opening experience for her. Luke states he would like to go to a country where everyone is deaf and signs. That's where he would have the advantage.
In last week's preview we saw that conflict erupts between Margie & Luke and Kisha & Jen. While riding in a cab, Jen interviews that if she sees someone in front of her, she is going to knock them over. Both sisters recall that Margie & Luke's taxi driver in Bangkok purposely gave their driver wrong directions and they are still sore about it.
At the clue box, Luke and Jen race to arrive first with Luke edging out Jen. She comes right at him (instead of waiting a second for him to get his clue and move out of the way) and he elbows her out of the way. Jen then calls him "bitch" saying it was a bitch move he used on her. Of course Luke doesn't hear her but Margie does! She fills him in on their cab ride to the roadblock. Luke tells her, "Good thing I'm deaf, if I had heard her call me bitch, it would have been on!" He is obviously very angry at this turn of events.
All the teams except the stuntsmen arrive at the roadblock around the same time. For this task, appropriately named Fowl Play, one team member works with a local to toss fish in the water for a trained cormorant to retrieve. Jen & Kisha finish first and are pleased when they see Luke has been bitten by one of the birds. Ouch! "Bad duck" Luke says while the sisters think aloud "karma."
Meanwhile the stuntsmen are working on their Speed Bump task of washing and drying two customers hair outside a salon while locals watch. The guys enjoy shampooing, rinsing the ladies' hair with water from a tea kettle, and giving them a vigorous towel dry. They finish quickly and hurry to catch up with the others.
At the next clue box, Luke and Jen collide again. This time Jen arrives first and the clue box slides over a few feet upon impact. Jen nearly loses her balance. Margie & Kisha hurry over to intervene.
There's no time to argue as the racers move on to their Detour choice of Calligraphy or Choreography. The cheerleaders opt for Choreography while Margie & Luke, Jen & Kisha, and Tammy & Victor choose Calligraphy. For the Choreography task, Jaime & Cara learn a complicated dance routine and perform with other couples. They are stunned when they have trouble getting the judges to approve their performance. They walk away to switch tasks when they realize that perhaps they only needed to perform the routine for the whole song rather than only one time.
Meanwhile, Tammy & Victor's fluency in Chinese helps them communicate with the four local artists who paint Chinese characters for the racers to copy. Kisha & Jen and Margie & Luke follow closely realizing the siblings have the advantage here.
In a footrace to the Pit Stop, Kisha & Jen arrive first and win a trip to Barbados. Tammy & Victor arrive next with Margie & Luke coming in right behind them for third place. A confrontation between Kisha & Jen and Margie & Luke erupts as each tries to explain to Phil what happened at the clue boxes. At one point Luke walks away and calls out "bitch" over his shoulder. Phil asks him to come back and tell his side. Margie becomes extremely upset when it's Luke's turn and she believes the sisters are laughing at his way of communicating. She and Luke explain how difficult it is when all his life hearing people have tried to put him down for being deaf. Kisha denies she was laughing, only smiling because of the tense situation.
Oblivious to all this, the cheerleaders arrive and are pleased to learn they are still in the race. Later the stuntsmen arrive (they chose the Choreography option, by the way) and are eliminated from the race.
In next week's preview, Jen is shown breaking down when faced with a swimming task due to her fear of water. Could it be karma?
What did you think of tonight's episode?