The Amazing Race 19 Episode 5 – I Feel Like I’m in the Circus
The fifth leg begins as teams take a local taxi known as a songthaew to the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area where they will take local transport, an Asian elephant, up the river to their clue waiting for them in a bucket.
Andy & Tommy keep their (one hour!) lead and find the first clue is a Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams must follow the sound of music coming from a man playing a traditional Thai flute leading them to a waterfall where they must search underwater for their next clue,
Andy does the Road Block and dives in to find a ceramic Koi fish wrapped in a cloth. He takes it back to Tommy and they break it open. The clue tells teams to head to a local shop to disassemble a Thai Spirit House, load it into their songthaew and deliver it to the Wat Chalong temple where they’ll find their next clue.
The other teams arrive one by one to complete the first Road Block, but before being able to do all of that, Liz & Marie have their Speed Bump.
For their Speed Bump, Liz & Marie have to clean up elephant dung before washing one of the elephants in the river. They have a lot of fun with it.
Andy & Tommy arrive at the temple and find their next clue… is a Road Block.
For the 2nd Road Block, teams must now reassemble the Spirit House exactly as it was when they disassembled it. And the team member that did not complete the first Road Block, MUST complete this one.
Tommy puts his together, but it isn’t correct. They hadn’t taken notes, so Tommy has to go back to the store. He draws a diagram this time and they get their next clue and something wrapped in a cloth. Teams must now take a bus to Bangkok and head to the Bangkok Noi Canal where they will feed the fish with the food given to them by the monk.
For the other teams, Justin & Jennifer use their driver’s cameraphone to snap a picture of the setup while Jeremy & Sandy, Amani & Marcus, Bill & Cathi and Liz & Marie take notes. But Laurence shoots down Zac’s suggestion to take notes (and gets pissed off) as does Ernie to Cindy.
Andy & Tommy, Justin & Jennifer, and Jeremy & Sandy all get onto one 4:30pm bus, while Zac & Laurence buy tickets for another 4:30pm bus. They worry about it being a “first class” bus and later get off it fearing a penalty.
Meanwhile, Ernie & Cindy have a big problem when their songthaew driver doesn’t want to accept their $100 for payment. The other teams had also balked at the $150/4500 baht fare. A woman (maybe a ticket agent or dispatcher?) comes up and threatens to call the police. Ernie & Cindy are all WTF?! but end up giving the guy $150 anyway after telling him he was a horrible driver.
They get on a 5:30pm bus by themselves while Amani & Marcus and Bill & Cathi are on another 5:30pm bus. Zac & Laurence go back to the station and now have to wait for an 8:00pm bus that isn’t “first class.”
Liz & Marie encounter a problem of their own. Low on funds, they go buy their bus tickets and then give the rest of their money to their songthaew driver. But some guy (similar in purpose as the threatening lady from earlier) says it’s not enough. As they take care of their songthaew fare, the bus that they’ve already bought tickets for is leaving. The songthaew driver accepts the rest of their money and then offers to drive them to catch up to the bus at the next stop.
It’s the next morning and the first team to arrive in Bangkok… Ernie & Cindy. They head to the water to feed the fish. Next bus to arrive carries Andy & Tommy, Justin & Jennifer, and Jeremy & Sandy followed by the bus carrying Amani & Marcus and Bill & Cathi and finally the buses of Zac & Laurence and Liz & Marie.
After feeding the fish, teams can head to the Pit Stop, the M.R. Kukrit Heritage Home. Ernie & Cindy head out, but they get stuck in traffic so they decide to get out and go the rest of the way on foot. The teams of Bus #2 get stuck in traffic on the way to the fish, allowing Amani & Marus and Bill & Cathi to surge ahead and eventually arrive at the Mat as Teams #1 and #2 respectively.
Ernie & Cindy have to settle for 3rd.
Liz & Marie have to walk everywhere since they have zero money, until they muster up the courage to ask a taxi driver if he can drive them for free and he does.
Andy & Tommy go to some school to ask for directions having taken off running from the fish. But the lady takes their clue and disappears to teach a class with it or something. She eventually returns, but the delay lets Justin & Jennifer check-in as Team #4., much to their disappointment (?!).
Andy & Tommy end up as Team #5 with Zac & Laurence right behind them in 6th Phil asks them about getting off the bus and he gives them a dumbfounded look as Laurence explains why. Phil then tells them that, nope, there is no rule against taking “first class” bus rides.
Jeremy & Sandy get lost, but still finish 7th leaving twins Liz & Marie last and eliminated.
Episode Thoughts A very interesting episode. First off, the double Road Block was definitely a surprise. But it did make for probably the strangest leg design yet. Two Road Blocks then an overnight bus ride to the Pit Stop?
The majority of the episode actually was devoted to buses and taxi troubles more than the tasks. It sucks there was no Detour, but the first Road Block was so simple. While the elephants were awesome, I guess it played to the effect of the 2nd Road Block where the other team member HAD to do it. And with the non-direct clue, it would throw teams off even more.
For the 2nd Road Block, the cameraphone was a bit much, but I think the task was designed mainly to get teams to regret not having the foresight to take notes and creating the drama of having to go back to the store they had picked up the Spirit Houses.
And Zac & Laurence’s bus blunder. I knew the “first class” rule only applied to planes. If only they’d watched TAR3’s final three and know how beneficial it is to have first class seats on an Asian bus or train!
PIT START Soccer Field Koh Panyi, Thailand
SPEED BUMP/ROAD BLOCK 1 Anda Adventures Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area Song Phraek, Thailand
ROAD BLOCK 2 Wat Chalong Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket Province
ROUTE MARKER Bangkok Noi Cana Bangkok, Thailand
PIT STOP M.R. Kukrit Heritage House Bangkok, Thailand
DEPATURE Soccer Field Koh Panyi, Thailand
Andy & Tommy 10:07am Justin & Jennifer 11:01am Jeremy & Sandy 11:44am Zac & Laurence 11:45am Ernie & Cindy 11:52am Amani & Marcus 11:53am Bill & Cathi 12:22pm Liz & Marie 1:35pm
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who wants to hear some water music? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
3Andy Tommy 2 3Justin Jennifer 2 2Laurence Zac 3 3 Jeremy Sandy2 2 Amani Marcus3 2 Ernie Cindy3 3 Bill Cathi2 1 Liz Marie4
Reassemble Spirit House In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
3 Andy< Tommy3 3 Justin Jennifer3 2 Laurence Zac4 4Jeremy Sandy 2 3Amani Marcus 3 3Ernie Cindy 3 4Bill Cathi 2 2Liz Marie 4
1KaylaniLisa2 2EthanJenna0 1RonBill1
PIT STOP M.R. Kukrit Heritage House Bangkok, Thailand
1st Amani & Marcus +5 2nd Bill & Cathi +5 3rd Ernie & Cindy +2 4th Justin & Jennifer -2 5th Andy & Tommy -4 6th Laurence & Zac -2 7th Jeremy & Sandy -4 Eliminated Liz & Marie =
Liz & Marie – And after falling apart last week, at the very least they had fun this week. They didn’t give up and enjoyed themselves as well. Even with the money troubles, they still found ways to move forward. And they were fun to watch. This leg definitely made me sad about their elimination. It would’ve been great to see them step it up. And teams having fun and enjoying the Race is always better than teams who don’t even know what show they’re on.
Ernie & Cindy – A little bump with the 2nd Road Block, but they lucked out getting on the express bus. They still need to step it up though, but major kudos on not pulling out the Express Pass yet. The Express Pass has been used so early since its introduction. Ernie & Cindy haven’t been as dominant as they were in the first leg, but they also haven’t messed up so much and/or haven’t been lazy enough to pull it out yet.
Bill & Cathi – They were pretty invisible this leg. There were maybe two times during the episode when I asked myself “Wait, where are Ma and Pa!?” They’re slipping by and staying in the Race which is good news I guess.
Andy & Tommy – Look how much more enjoyable they are to watch when they aren’t two hours ahead of everyone else. They are actually human and make mistakes. Interesting focus on their Christian faith this episode though, which was actually a little surprising, but nice. Also nice that they get pulled down to Earth so they can actually fight for the top instead of just cruising along.
Amani & Marcus – They’re improving at last! A combination of luck and good performance in the Road Blocks helped them win first this leg. They still have a way to go, but this could be a good start for them.
Laurence & Zac – Just an absolutely horrible leg for them. First, their misstep at the Road Block, but also Laurence’s unwillingness to take the blame it seemed. Then the bus debacle. Don’t teams read their rulebooks before going on the Race? They really could have been eliminated. They wasted four hours getting off and on buses. With their miscues these last few legs, I think they are in greater danger of elimination now.
Jeremy & Sandy After last week’s starring episode, they go back to being pretty under the radar this week. They only showed up to help the suspense editing at the end of the episode. So other than that, not much from them.
Justin & Jennifer – They thought they were first!? What!? Sort of invisible this leg as well, which is fine since it means no Jennifer complaining about the Race again.
Quotes from Episode 19.05
Ernie: “Who are you!? I don’t even know who you are!! “
Ernie: “Being in Bangkok before, isn’t going to really help us here.” Cindy: “Unless they tell us to find some ladyboys, we know where that’s at.” Ernie: *snicker*