After arriving at the Pit Stop last leg, teams set up shop in their own personal huts, setting up the beds they had brought with them with provided foam mattresses (or cushions really) and mosquito nets.
And after the mandatory 12 hour rest period (maybe), teams set off. Andy & Tommy are first to rip open the clue telling teams to take a two hour bus ride to Salima and warning them of a Double U-Turn.
Amani & Marcus manage to catch up to all the teams for the crowded 7:00am 7:21am bus for Salima. Once there, teams find the next clue on a woman’s head and it is the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will have to use a local bicycle taxi known as a kibaza to deliver a passenger carrying fish to one of three addresses. Once they deliver the passenger to the correct address, they must return to the kibaza dispatcher and exchange their earnings for their next clue.
While the other teams get on with the Road Block, a man is holding up a sign with Amani & Marcus’ Speed Bump. For their extra task, Amani & Marcus must complete a slide puzzle of the new Malawian flag.
It isn’t as easy as it sounds though and they take a while. Meanwhile, Andy breaks his pedals, allowing Cindy to move ahead and finish the Detour first. As Laurence and Sandy work (or get lost) together, Andy and Cathi are neck and neck.
Ernie & Cindy in first place open the next clue to reveal the Detour. For both, teams head to the fresh water Lake Malawi. In Dugout, teams participate in the Lake Malawi dugout canoe race, paddling traditional canoes to a pair of drummers and back to the finish line for their next clue. In Lugout, teams must unload cargo from a ferryboat, just like the locals. The cargo: two boxes of cabbage, two bundles of sugarcane, two bundles of brooms, one chair, one fan, and eight! passengers.
Ernie & Cindy, and Andy & Tommy right behind them, choose Dugout. Amani & Marcus finally finish their puzzle, but Laurence and Sandy are still lost doing the Road Block. Jennifer delivers her passenger and fish, but now has no idea what to with the money as she left the clue with Justin back at the Route Marker.
That allows Marcus to finish the Road Block first and putting the siblings in last place. Jennifer has no idea what to do.
At Lake Malawi, Ernie & Cindy and Andy & Tommy get started with the Dugout side of the Detour. But Ernie & Cindy can’t figure out how to move, so they decide to use the Express Pass. They get the next clue telling them to find the Jamaica Shop, but nobody seems to know where it is. When they finally get the right direction, Andy & Tommy have already finished the Detour and are right on their tails.
Both teams get to the Double U-Turn and neither use it. The next clue tells teams to head to the Pit Stop at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach on foot. And it is indeed a footrace as Andy & Tommy catch up and mercilessly pass Ernie & Cindy who were inches from claiming the win.
Andy & Tommy claim another 1st place and $15,000 from Discover Card while Ernie & Cindy’s Express Pass gets them only a 2nd place.
Close behind and finishing strong is Bill & Cathi in 3rd.
Laurence & Zac finish the Dugout Detour and head off to find the U-Turn at the Jamaica Shop, intent on using it. Amani & Marcus push through the Lugout Detour and finish and are able to find the U-Turn first, but opt not to use it. They pass Laurence & Zac on their way out of the lakeside village, who believe Amani & Marcus are actually behind them. So they decide on U-Turning them instead of Jeremy & Sandy who are still in the water.
Amani & Marcus finish 4th with Laurence & Zac in 5th.
Jeremy & Sandy finish the Detour, but can’t find the Jamaica Shop just as Justin & Jennifer get going in the canoes. But it’s no matter. Jeremy & Sandy finish 6th and Justin & Jennifer are eliminated.
Episode Thoughts This was a pretty packed episode. Probably the best episode of the season overall in terms of drama, fun, tasks, and location.
Funny though that the drama-inducer that is the Double U-Turn turned out to be such a non-factor that Bert & Co. had to put it in again next week, which I doubt was ever in the original plan.
They get a pretty, new teched-up U-Turn sign and the only team that uses it actually wastes their one U-Turn of the Race, made even more hilariously absurd by the fact that Laurence & Zac didn’t even seriously consider Amani & Marcus could actually be ahead of them.
The tasks were great at being locally flavored. But the Detour seemed horribly unbalanced, especially for a U-Turn Detour. How in the world could the female teams or even Bill & Cathi, despite their strength so far, have completed that Lugout side of the Detour at all? Carrying people maybe twice their body weight on their shoulders? That was pretty unfair. Usually, the U-Turn Detours are unfair for being incredibly far apart requiring teams to travel between the Detours and to and from the U-Turn which could be at a completely different location.
And I also don’t really like the placement of the U-Turn right before the Pit Stop since it will more often than not guarantee elimination for the U-Turned (or 2nd U-Turned) team without opportunity to make up ground.
Grrr at the footrace to the Mat. Yay for more vague and physically demanding clues and Route Markers. Malawi has been a great destination for TAR.
PIT START Kumbali Village Malawi
ROAD BLOCK Bus Terminal Salima, Malawi
DETOUR Lake Malawi ROUTE MARKER Jamaica Shop Chigumukile Village
PIT STOP Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Senga Bay
DEPATURE Kumbali Village Malawi
Andy & Tommy 5:28am Justin & Jennifer 5:39am Jeremy & Sandy 5:40am Laurence & Zac 5:41am Ernie & Cindy 5:44am Bill & Cathi 5:47am Amani & Marcus 6:07am
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Deliver Passenger and Fish on Kibaza In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
4 Ernie Cindy4 4Andy Tommy 4 5 Bill Cathi3 4Laurence Zac 4 5 Jeremy Sandy3 3 Amani Marcus5 4 Justin Jennifer4
2LizMarie4 1KaylaniLisa2 2EthanJenna0 1RonBill1
PIT STOP Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Senga Bay
1st Andy & Tommy = 2nd Ernie & Cindy +3 3rd Bill & Cathi +3 4th Amani & Marcus +3 5th Laurence & Zac -1 6th Jeremy & Sandy -3 7th Justin & Jennifer-4
Ernie & Cindy – Argh! That was a tough 2nd place finish for them. It seemed like TAR editing was setting up an Ernie & Cindy triumph this leg, but alas, it was setup for that horrible ending. It wasn’t a bad time to use the Express Pass, considering the U-Turn looming. But, in football speak, they couldn’t convert the fourth down attempt sadly. They’re still awesome though.
Bill & Cathi – Like Phil said, they are surprising in this Race so far. They’ve done well, making minimal mistakes and stepping up when they need to and taking advantage of other team’s mistakes to stay in the front of the pack. They are setting themselves up for a pretty nice run if they can keep it up.
Jeremy & Sandy A quieter leg from them and like the 2nd Thai leg, even when are in danger of being eliminated, they still get minimal airtime. Strangely edited team, that’s for sure, but so far keeping up the personality aspect of the Race while chugging along leg to leg.
Amani & Marcus – What a way to come back. They certainly deserved that 4th place finish. They pushed themselves, especially with that maybe strange Detour choice, never gave up and it worked out for them. They stepped it up, which is what I’ve been wanting to see more of from them. As evidenced in this leg, they have what it takes. They just need to be consistent about it.
Andy & Tommy – You can’t expect them to just lie down for another team, but it still doesn’t make their 2nd non-asterisked win any less annoying. Though they may seem like a very dominant team having won five legs already, three of those wins did fall into their lap. So, in football terms again, are they for real? I don’t think so yet.
Laurence & Zac – Well, it’s all on them for wasting away their U-Turn. They see Amani & Marcus walk right past them, they should’ve gone for the sure thing and U-Turn Jeremy & Sandy if they wanted to use it so bad. Laurence still comes across as a little sleazy. And Zac has unfortunately just stood in his father’s shadow and obeyed.
Justin & Jennifer – An absolutely horrible leg for them. Not just because of Jennifer standing around (how long did it really take her to decide to just go back?), but because they had no sense of urgency after the Road Block. They didn’t hurry, they didn’t hustle, they accepted their fate without even trying. Not sad to see them go, sorry to say.
Quotes from Episode 19.07
Marcus: “$1?! What are we gonna ride, a pachyderm?”
Sandy: “That was hard. Nobody spoke English… and I, uh…am not going to be able to have kids.”