At the agent, the Cowboys get a flight that arrives at midnight. The Country Girls leave and promise to carry the spirit of the Twinnies. So they'll argue, demean other teams and steal? Not a good plan. Other teams leave, Rachel and Brendon in last place with Speed Bump ahead. They don't get on the flight everyone else has. Neither do Margie and Luke, who get lost for a moment and then head to the airport instead of the agent.
So Big Brother find a connecting flight but it's only 30 minutes between flight . That's very tight to make. But they take the risk. Margie and Luke decide to pass and ask to get on stand-by on the direct flight. The other teams discuss how Big Brother weren't eliminated so they know what happened in the last leg. And more importantly, someone will be eliminated in this leg. Unless...
So Big Brother flight out and then run like crazy as the final call is made for their connecting flight. He drops something and has to get it. Perfect place for a commercial break. I predict they make it. And yes they do. So they will arrive ahead on the other teams. Let's see what happens to Margie and Luke. They don't make it and have to leave almost 10 hours after everyone. Unless something crazy happens, they are done. So the drama for this episode is over. Hard for the producer to make things more interesting after that. Unless... let's just say many places aren't opened for 24 hours.
So Big Brother arrive first in Sri Lanka and head out. Then all the other teams arrive. Not sure how close it actually it. But look, the Temple is closed. Told ya. But whether it's enough time for Margie and Luke to make up is another question. Takes away Big Brother's tiny lead, though. So all the teams do the Temple thing, the blessing and all that. They talk about letting go of material things as they race for a million bucks. Ironic but I bet it's a nice break from the chaos of the race.
But enough enlightenment, teams must travel by train to Galle and take a tuk-tuk to the King Coconut Stand. Wonder how many trains leave per day? Will Margie and Luke get there in time? Nope, train leaves pretty quick. Teams seem to be relaxing a bit, realizing that Margie and Luke are way behind. Trains are also nice, I love trains. Great way to see a country. But mother and son are just flying out of Malaysia. They are done. Unless... The train arrives and team scramble for tuk-tuks. I also love tuk-tuks, although I know Gord being 6'7"+ would hate it. Dave and Connor arrive first for the Detour: Fishing Pole, stand on a pole in the shallows and both catch and fish; Spin Control, learn and perform a traditional folk dance. Yikes, I hate the dancing ones but as the episode title states, can't make a fish bite. I would say fish.
Teams split pretty much evenly on task. Globetrotters, Big Brother, Country Singers and the Afghanimals take dance while Dave and Connor, J & J and the Cowboys go fishing. I'm thinking the Globetrotters are probably gonna be the best at the dance. Connor catches the first fish, pretty quickly too. John almost gets one but drops the fish. Well, at least they are biting. Not long after Dave gets one. Head to the Trendy Connections Garment Factory. Sounds familiar. As expected, the dance is a piece of cake for the Globetrotters. And somewhat the same for the Afghanimals who get it on the third attempt. Big Brother misses while the Cowboys get their fish.
J and J are stuck on the poles. John wonders if they should switch. I wouldn't especially with a team so far behind. Country Girls get the dance done on Attempt 5. Brendon keeps dropping his disk. Rachel encourages him to relax but in a nice way. No freak outs. While this is all nice and mature, including John not being so cocky, it is kind of dull. I know I'm being contradictory but heck, this is reality TV, you don't always want maturity. You want some freak outs, some self-destructive cockiness, especially when you already know who will be eliminated in the first third of the episode.
Speaking of the last team, Margie and Luke have arrived in Colombo, just as Big Brother get their dancing done. There's an attempt to build drama with J and J not catching fish and switching. The rest of the teams arrive at the garment factory. It's a Roadblock and teams must stitch a shirt. Ahh, now I get remember why this sounds familiar. In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a huge TAR fan. I've seen every single season of every single English version of TAR. And in Season 1 of Amazing Race Australia, they did this exact task in the exact same location. If you can't sew, it's a tough task. Most of the Australian teams had big trouble with this one. Very frustrating cause if you made even just a small mistake, you had to start over.
Big Easy, Connor and Jennifer are in while Big Brother have to do a Speed Bump. Connor looks very worried as he watches the demo and rightly so. J and J mess up the first dance. Leo and Jet are in to sew. Leo talks about watching his mom but watching is different from doing. I would hate to do this. Maybe Gord can do it cause I know I would suck. J and J show they made a good decision to dance by getting done on the second try. So off they sew. Margie and Luke are boarding the train.
Big Brother arrive to do their Speed Bump. They have silk screen 15 shirts. Relatively easy, probably for Gord cause he used to own, I think, a t-shirt printing business. And as an ex-punk rocker, I've done my share of t-shirt making. Jenn and Connor look to work together although they both admit to being lost on how to sew. Big Brother finish their speed bump and Brendon joins in the frustration of sewing. Leo looks to outsource his job. Nice try but probably against the rules. Connor brings a shirt in but is sent back. Same for Jennifer. Jessica arrives but has no idea about sewing. Someone predicts that Margie and Luke arrive before half of the other teams leave. A quick shot of those two enjoying the train trip.
Connor gets his shirt done. Actually the task isn't as tough as the Australia one. In that one, if you made a single mistake, you had to start at the beginning with new pieces of fabric; you weren't allowed to fix mistakes on the shirt you had been working on. So it's not as fun or frustrating. Too bad cause Margie and Luke no doubt would have caught up. But father and son head to the Pit Stop, the Colombo Rowing Club. Jennifer gets done and the Country Singers head out after them. A second place would be a good finish for them.
Leo, at the very least, is having fun. Even though this task is less arduous than the Australian one, it's still tough. Best to enjoy it than to freak out. Jessica and Brendon work together while Jet finishes. Dave and Connor may be first out of the bus, but they get turned around. It is enough for the girls to catch up or is it just editing? It's editing cause the Mormons arrive first. Nice to see Phil point from the mat. In my opinion, he has to do that at least once every season. The Mormons win five grand each. The Country Singers are second, good spot for them. Leo tries on his shirt before taking it to be judged. A bit of a time waster but that's okay. Everyone's struggling and there's another team way behind. Probably a bit annoying for those struggling.
Teams predict how far behind Margie and Luke are, but I think it's just editing. They were at least 10 hours behind and even with the Temple being closed, they only made up a couple or three hours. To relieve stress of the situation, Flight Time does some basketball tricks. It seems to energize his partner and bring positivity to the other teams. Cowboys are third, Afghanimals are fourth. Jessica gets her shirt done, much fast than I expected considering how she acted when she came in. We don't really see Margie and Luke doing their task but it looks like fishing. They are heading to the garment factory. Looks close but that's just the editing; they are far behind.
In reality J and J are fifth, Globetrotters are sixth, Big Brother are seventh. They took a risk on the 30 minute connection and it paid off. Margie and Luke didn't and finished last and were eliminated. No doubt it's a tough decision to make. Still, I think I might have taken the risk. Can't always play it safe, especially since you So the sun sets and Margie and Luke are done. But he admits to being lucky, being one of only three teams to do the race three times. Better not be a fourth because I was reluctant to see three teams back for a third time. I thought there were other teams more deserving of a second chance before these teams were given a third.
And it looks like teams remain in Sri Lanka for the next leg. And there's mayhem with tuk-tuks. Rachel seems very stressed in the teaser but is it just a tease or will she lose it.