Road Rules

Season 8 Episode 15

Growing and Rowing

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Aired Wednesday 10:30 PM Sep 13, 1999 on MTV - Music Television
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Put aside your tanning oil and pick up a trusty number two pencil instead, because this floating university means business. After weeks of carelessly wading through their classes, Yes, Ayanna and Veronica suddenly find themselves adrift without a lifesaver. Unexpectedly confronted by a panel of questioning professors, the threesome must quickly account for their slacking studies. Yes and Veronica cover their tracks with promises of improvement, but Ayanna's excuse is much more revealing. She is stalwartly boycotting her African History course because she believes her teacher made an offensive remark. Taking headstrong Ayanna aside, a dean encourages her to view the dilemma in a different light. Shedding a few tears, she acknowledges his advice and decides to re-think the situation. As for Yes, his leash may be looser, but he's not out of the doghouse quite yet. During a random room search, he gets caught red-handed with an illegal stash of liquor. Realizing he's beyond busted, Yes begrudgingly accepts his dock time punishment and attends a mandatory alcohol awareness meeting while the other Road Rulers tromp off for the first day of their mission. Located on a beautiful Hong Kong lake, the kids discover that they will be participating in a traditional Dragonboat competition. While their mayors detail the historical significance of the customary race, our eager travelers try their hands at the ancient art of ceremonial drumming. Excited about the forthcoming face-off, the Roadies swiftly split in half and reassemble at the ship to recruit fellow students as teammates. The following morning, good-natured rivalry takes center stage, and Paul is especially pumped for the challenge at hand. The now-complete cast and their respective crews engage in a pre-race ritual contest before taking their places on the colorful Dragonboats. As the echoing drums pound, the teams duel it out on the glassy lake, energetically paddling toward the finish line. Yes, Ayanna and Shawn's team slices to victory, and a friendly water fight caps off the day. Defeated but still enthusiastic, Paul is honored with the prize-winning title of MVP, as the mingling teams applaud their approval. from BMP.commoreless

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