Official RTVW Summary, TAR Episode 14.6
Clueless in Jaipur
Welcome to this summary of The Amazing Race, Episode 6. As per usual, the show begins with a recap. I, however, will simply direct you to ARNutzís delightful summary by means of this extremely long series of linked words. Enjoy!
So now that weíve all had our memories refreshed, on to the Race! Margie and Luke were first to the mat at 12:18 pm, so they will be leaving at 12:18 am. The others will leave as follows:
2. Tammy and Victor, 12:24 am
3. Jaime and Cara, 12:30 am
4. Mel and Mike, 1:01 am
5. Mark and Michael, 1:02 am
6. Kisha and Jen, 1:28 am
7. Christie and Jodi, 3:09 am
Thatís a big gap between first-place Margie/Luke and last-place Christie/Jodi. Gosh. I wonder if theyíll be able to catch up. Teams will be flying from Novosibirsk to Moscow, then on to New Delhi and finally to Jaipur, India, which is known as "The Pink City". Pardon me while I haul out my globe. Hey lookit! Novosibirsk is about the same latitude as Moscow. For some reason I thought it would be further north. The point is that by the time our Racers get to Jaipur, theyíve been on various planes for a really long time. Like, really long. Anyway, once there, they are to go to a sacred tree, known as Peepli Ka Pedh in Dhula Village and get the next clue.
Luke likes racing with his mom because she communicates, while he strategizes.
Victor has always done his filial duty and is happy to be freed up a bit so he can be more extroverted.
Cara says that Jaime has aggressivity. Then she wonders if thatís a word. Spell Check doesnít think so and I tend to agree.
Mel is grateful to Mike for not being a big meanie.
Kisha wishes she and Jen got on a bit better so they can enjoy this totally cool experience a bit better.
Mark and Michael say that standing on each otherís shoulders, they donít measure up to some of the girls. Why they put emphasis on the word "girl", I canít imagine. No wait, yes I can. Itís because they donít like women. Or maybe it's just brides. Who cares? They are also the team to make the dot-on-the-head joke about going to India, so whattheheckever.
Jodi natters on about her kid. Or something. I wasnít listening.
Yay, weíre off to find taxis! Most teams find them right off, since theyíre visible from the doors of the theatre/Pit Stop. Mark, naturally, goes in the opposite direction of the taxis. Luckily, Michael has more or less figured this opening your eyes thing out, and seeing the taxis, calls Mark over. Well done.
In the taxi, Jaime says she will be happy to get rid of the marshmallow man coats, which makes me wonder why so many Racers have coats exactly like that. I didnít realize that TAR gave out weather-appropriate apparel. HmmmÖ
Here we are at the airport, where instead of the usual sequence of fighting for flights and rushing to make connections, we are shown Cara telling the others that theyíre all going to be on the same flight from New Delhi anyway, so it hardly matters what flight they get out of Novosibirsk.
Ooh! Ooh! Itís the flying arrows! Phil tells us that everyone is going to Moscow and then New Delhi and then Jaipur while the arrows point that out.
Having arrived in Jaipur, teams must now take a taxi to the Sacred Tree. There is much confusion over the taxis. Mel and Mike are frustrated when their cabbie runs off to get directions and takes a really long time. Mel is repentant afterwards, saying that TAR isn't important enough to dehumanise a person by yelling at them. He will feel badly all day. The cabs weave in and out of traffic. Horns sound. It's pretty scary.
Sad music plays while we are shown teams reacting to the poverty they see on the cab ride. Luke is profoundly affected by the sight of children scrounging for food in the garbage. Jaime is profoundly affected by the stray animals.
At the tree, there are two "mystic-looking" men and 2 or 3 bright red telephones. Tammy and Victor, being first to the Tree, see the phones. Each phone has several numbers on it. Each number goes to a North American company that has outsourced its customer service call centre to Mumbai. The Indian person on the other end of the phone will give the next destination in heavily accented English.
Tammy and Victor canít understand the call centre person and ask their cabbie for help. They now head to Amber Fort.
The other teams arrive (except Christie and Jodi) and wander aimlessly around the tree looking for a clue. Finally someone realises that there are big red phones there and that the phones are out of place in the middle of nowhere under a sacred tree in India. Bravo. Margie and Luke donít bother to get the clue. They will follow the others.
At the Amber Fort, Tammy and Victor discover a
Roadblock: Care for Camel
The team member must select a herd of camels. Then s/he will fill a water trough until water spills out the overflow hole and pile up enough feed to reach a certain height. Both these tasks should be done using "traditional tools": a pail for the water and a basket for the feed.
Victor will do the task. He initially tries to fetch a pail of hay (you see how that doesn't sound right?), but clues in when Tammy asks if that's what he ought to be doing. "Hey, these are better tools," he says of the basket and rake.
By the time the other teams arrive, (except Christie and Jodi) Victor is doing the water. Oh! That reminds me! The Blondes made it to the tree and got the clue. OK, so the Roadblock will be done by Kisha, Mel, Mark, Margie and Jaime. And eventually Jodi, so I donít forget them again.
Jaime has learned nothing from her previous experiences on TAR and instantly begins wandering around asking if the camel herders speak English and getting annoyed that no-one is telling her anything. Everyone gets the idea of using the pail to fetch water. But then they try to carry the hay in the pail too. Which is laborious. Tammy and Victor get their clue and head to a Puppet Store to find the next one. Mel, who has been huffing and puffing frighteningly throughout, is the first to see the baskets. Kisha is annoyed that she has been stuffing hay down her shirt, which as we all know is the sort of traditional tool that Indians have been using for centuries to feed camels. The other teams clue in and all goes well. Mel finishes first of this bunch and he and Mike head out.
Kisha knows nothing about caring for livestock. She never even had a pet! Except that this task is just about carrying water and hay. Now, when I took horseback riding lessons, the caring for your horse part involved a bit more than providing water and hay. We had to curry the horse, brush its mane and tail and pick the hooves. Iíd freaking love to see TAR contestants picking hooves. Especially the prissy ones, because you get all kinds of crap stuck in there. And you have to let the horse lean on you a bit, since youíve got one of its legs in your hands. And some of them really lean hard, the beggars. Thatíd be funny. But I digress.
All the teams move on.
Movers: Ride a cycle-rickshaw loaded with barrels of hay from one city gate across town to another. Then find the little metal elephant inside one of the barrels. This task combines all the excitement of riding a bike through hair-raising Indian traffic with the fun of a search task. Only Mark and Michael choose this. It is boring. They may or may not get lost; we arenít shown. They have some trouble finding the elephant, but thatís only to add a bit of drama at the end when theyíre trying to beat Christie and Jodi to the Pit Stop.
Shakers: Put on a horsie costume and makeup (thereís your red dot, Mark and Michael!) and shimmy in the streets for tips. 100 rupees buy the next clue. Tammy and Victor are there first and get the task done lickety split. Everyone else does this one too, including Christie and Jodi, but first they have to do a
Speed Bump: Christie and Jodi must decorate an elephant at a local temple. In the quick confessional, Jodi talks about telling her daughter never to quit. She is teary-eyed. So now we know who gets eliminated. They paint the elephant and go Shake.
Right, so back at the Detour, the other teams shake their respective booty. Itís embarrassing and will not be recounted here. At the end, Jaime and Cara canít find their cabbie. They are mad. Boy, are they mad. The tell Luke and Margie. Luke doesnít care. In fact, all he says is "letís go" and they leave. As luck would have it, Jaime and Caraís cabbie was just hiding. "ITíS NOT FUNNY!" yells Jaime, displaying her vaunted aggressivity.
Phil awaits the teams at the Jaigarh Fort, which is the Pit Stop. With him is a Native Greeter playing the recorder. Well, two recorders: one in each nostril. He makes sure to play thusly as each and every team gets to the mat. TAR shows it each time. I bet he tells his nieces and nephews to pull his finger, too. You just know heís one of those.
Tammy and Victor are first. They have each won an ocean kayak. Victor comments that he hopes they donít have any more disasters like the one in Transylvania.
The other teams arrive:
2. Mel and Mike
3. Kisha and Jen
4. Margie and Luke
5. Jaime and Cara
6. Mark and Michael
Phil tells Mark and Michael that theyíve cut it pretty close, pointing out that Christie and Jodi are coming up the stairs right at that moment.
Christie and Jodi are the last team to arrive. (The caption says: Christie and Jodi, Last Place. Thatís not redundant or unnecessarily repeated at all.) Phil is sorry to tell them that theyíve been eliminated from the Race.
Christie gives the most honest answer to "What did you want to get out of the Race?" ever. She was about to start a family and wanted to do something for herself. Jodi says the experience was priceless.
Next week, Margie faints and dajaki will tell us all about it. See you there!
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