Recap: The Amazing Race 3, Episode 6 – “I’m a Much Better Liar Than You Are”
With $50 for this 6th Leg of the Race, teams must drive themselves to the Hussan II Mosque in Casablanca, the 2nd largest religious monument in the world.
Ken & Gerard wait for a taxi that can help point them in the right direction. Andre & Damon are intent on sticking with the Brotherhood to help maintain their lead over the other teams. Ken & Gerard aren’t too keen on having Team 911 following them around, but they decide not to waste their energy on trying to shake them off. The three teams of the Brotherhood caravan it to Casablanca.
John Vito & Jill and Flo & Zach depart together next almost half an hour behind. Both teams like being able to work together. Teri & Ian are close behind and end up passing them.
Suddenly, John Vito & Jill’s car starts smoking and have to pull off to the side of the road. They have to wait for a replacement vehicle, but no time credit will be given.
Almost two hours later, Aaron & Arianne depart the Pit Stop in last.
The Brotherhood arrive at Hussan II Mosque and find the next clue telling them to take a train to Marrakech and then hop in a taxi to find The Palmeraie on the outskirts of the city.
Teri & Ian and Flo & Zach are neck and neck on the freeway as they arrive in Marrakech. Flo & Zach decide to exit onto city streets earlier than Teri & Ian and arrive at the mosque before them. Teri & Ian take the next exit over and hire a taxi to guide them to the mosque.
When Teri & Ian arrive, Flo & Zach approach their taxi to try and get him to guide them to the train station. But Teri & Ian inform them that it is their taxi. Ian tells the taxi to wait for them, though Teri doesn’t mind it leaving. Flo is upset that Ian has yelled at her.
Teri & Ian are intent on going for the Fast Forward. And that clue is in this envelope. Teams will need to go to a carpet shop in Marrakech and search through hundreds of rugs for one with the Fast Forward symbol woven into it.
The Brotherhood is able to make the 9:10am train. Flo & Zach and Teri & Ian have to wait for the 11:10am train.
While waiting, Flo and Zach debate whether or not to go for the Fast Forward and decide to wait and see if John Vito & Jill make the 11:10am train with them.
John Vito & Jill, however, have already decided to go for it.
Aaron & Arianne do not make the 11:10am train and also hope for the Fast Forward to save them.
The Brotherhood has arrived in Marrakech and they stick together to The Palmeraie where they find the Detour: Now You See It or Now You Don’t. In Now You See It, teams will ride a horse to a nearby flagged area where they must dig for pottery which has their next clue. In Now You Don’t, teams will hop on a sand bike along a marked route to a route marker not easily seen where they will do a rubbing of the next clue which is etched in stone.
Ken & Gerard originally choose the bikes, but switch to the horses instead. The other two brothers hop on the ATVs and then get lost.
The teams find the clue, which is written in Arabic, telling them to make their way to the Café Glacier rooftop in Marrakech. Instead of trying to figure out the Arabic themselves, Andre & Damon decide to just follow Derek & Drew. Both teams think Ken & Gerard are long gone, but they have just decided to switch back to the ATVs after spending too much time digging.
Meanwhile, Train #2 arrives in Marrakech. Teri & Ian are set on going for the Fast Forward. Outside the station, John Vito & Jill and Flo & Zach surprise each other about also going for the Fast Forward. John Vito tells Jill to just let Flo & Zach go for it. Flo wants to go for it and not let Teri & Ian get it.
Flo and Jill decide to do rock-paper-scissors and Jill wins. She and John Vito decide to go for it. Flo kisses them good luck.
Flo & Zach arrive at The Palmeraie just as Ken & Gerard are leaving.
At the carpet shop, it’s a head-to-head face-off between Teri & Ian and John Vito & Jill. They begin tossing rugs around and it is Teri & Ian who come out victorious.
Teri & Ian wish John Vito & Jill Good Luck before enjoying some tea and making their way to the Pit Stop at the Riad Catalina.
Teri & Ian step on the Mat and claim their very first win! Phil tells them they’ve won a pair of Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.
Aaron & Arianne arrive in Marrakech and quickly go to the carpet shop, but of course the Fast Forward has already been taken. They have to continue with the Leg.
The other teams have gathered at the Café Glacier. And as soon as it opens, they hurry up to find the Road Block. For this Road Block, teams must help a local food vendor assemble their stall and sell five bowls of escargot at five dirham each to receive the next clue.
Andre, Jill, Gerard, Derek and Flo finish the Road Block, in that order. It’s a Race to the Pit Stop as the teams hop into taxis.
Flo & Zach take 2nd, Ken & Gerard are 3rd, Derek & Drew are 4th and John Vito & Jill are 5th.
Andre & Damon, meanwhile, are taken to some strange town outside of Marrakech. They are pointed to a mosque, but are told only Muslim people can go inside. Team 911 are then taken around the empty streets.
Suddenly, local officials approach them and ask for their passports. They are being detained, Andre & Damon refuse to surrender their passports. TAR security manages to work things out and Team 911 are able to continue on the Race. They officially check in as Team #6.
Aaron & Arianne are able to complete the Road Block, but they’re obviously last and are officially eliminated.
— DryedMangoez (@dryedmangoez) September 25, 2020
Definitely a Leg I remember. The team dynamics were becoming much clearer. The contenders were solidifying their spots. And the Legs and episodes were becoming more exciting.
I will say this was a bit of good Leg design to have that 4:45pm Hours of Operation work well with teams. I will assume the Café Glacier really does have 4:45pm opening time. But to have the teams be able to do the rest of the Leg and then bunch up here is actually a clever way to build some faux tension.
Though I guess I’m more fine with the Leg Design on this Leg because it was Aaron & Arianne who got eliminated lol If it were any other team, I’d probably whine about how this was another poorly designed Leg. Lolol
But really. I mean, like the Legs before this one, the Leg could have been decided by this one, single task. Negate everything else and just focus on the one task at the end.
When you think about it, the teams probably shouldn’t have gone for the Fast Forward anyway since Aaron & Arianne were so far behind. You never know about an equalizer though. And the 4:45pm opening time for the Café Glacier could’ve allowed Aaron & Arianne to catch up, But they just couldn’t recover from their huge deficit at the beginning of the Leg.
Which got me thinking about these Legs so far. Teams must have known that at least one team was so far behind that they didn’t have to worry about getting eliminated. But nope. Teams were still going hard and still giving it 100%. I don’t think you see that on recent seasons of TAR. Teams seem to feel complacent.
Anyway, another interesting thing to consider on this Leg was that Ken & Gerard must have been digging for a long time for Flo & Zach to have been able to catch up to them. Two hours difference for the train, but they caught up to the Oh Brothers?! That means Ken & Gerard had to have spent two hours there. Pretty crazy!
I definitely remember the Fast Forward battle between Teri & Ian and John Vito & Jill. Finally, Phil’s teasers of Teri & Ian being old and always last led up to them getting their first win.
The Road Block is a classic moment. I’m struck by the way they edited that whole sequence. The four teams already performing the Road Block and Aaron & Arianne still at the Detour. The hopeful, encouraging music felt like Aaron & Arianne might have a shot. It was a very fascinating way to edit that part of the episode.
TAR25 would of course return to Marrakech in one of the best episodes of the HD Era. And while this visit on TAR3 was great, having many more teams neck and neck with each other at this point in the Leg was even better. It was more exciting, more competitive and much more chaotic. In a good way!
And of course Andre & Damon getting “detained” is another classic TAR moment too.
I realized this season has probably the most multi-lingual cast ever. More teams knew Spanish and French than any other season, I think.
And funny story. So, back when there were no TAR DVDs yet, I had all the TAR episodes recorded on VHS tape so I could watch them whenever I wanted. But for some reason, the first 2/3 of this episode did not record! So for years, I’d rewatch all of TAR3 except for this full episode. It wasn’t until I got the TAR3 DVD (which I bought as soon as it was available of course) that I would be able to enjoy Teri & Ian’s Fast Forward win and their first confrontation with Flo. Hehe, good times!
My Subjective Team Rankings
It was great to see Teri & Ian grab a win. It just worked out perfectly for them. And I think this definitely lit a fire under them that would eventually take them all the way to the end and solidify their spot as true TAR All-Stars.
Ken & Gerard are such strategic players. So it was weird seeing them choose the horses instead of the ATV at first only to switch an hour later I assume. It would be so interesting to see Ken & Gerard on a season with Yields and U-Turns. I think they would absolutely scheme and wheel and deal had U-Turns been available back then. It would’ve been fun to watch.
John Vito & Jill were lucky enough to not have the Fast Forward fail affect their position. The Flo & Zach dynamic is definitely starting to shape up. From a Will They or Won’t They scenario, we’re seeing the hilariously dysfunctional relationship that would take front and center later. As well as Flo’s utter disgust of Ian. Lol
Derek & Drew had a quiet Leg this time, especially as they were in the front most of the Leg. Andre & Damon was all about their detour into the outskirts of Marrakech. It was a very unprecedented moment for TAR at the time. It’s pretty crazy to think what could’ve happened. But thankfully, it was all worked out. Still, their Race continues to be all over the place.
Aaron & Arianne were fun at first. I appreciated their snarky comments during this rewatch. But they definitely reached a point where it was getting really old. So it was a good time for them to go.
Flo: “I’m a much better liar than you are.”
Teri: “If we take the Fast Forward, we cut our throats for later.”
Ian: “If we get eliminated, our throats are cut.”
Ken: “I’m too fat for this horse.”
Teri: “When push comes to shove, we shove together.”