The Amazing Race

Season 7 Episode 6

Houston, We Have An Elephant

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The teams continue their journey in Africa, proceeding to a water tower in the Sanyuko Village. Some teams have trouble finding the water tower, initially heading to another, but once there, all take part in a Detour. The choice is Carry It or Milk It, which involves either carrying baskets filled with food and water using only your heads, or milking goats until you've filled a ten-ounce cup. Most teams choose to milk the goats, but one team gives a skilled performance on the basket-carrying and is able to finish quickly. The teams continue onward to a Roadblock, one suffering some major problems with their vehicles along the way. The Roadblock, which involves driving through crocodile-infested waters and then removing logs, also proves confusing for some teams. In the end, one team is unable to recover from an initial mistake and is eliminated, despite an amusing plea to stay in the race.moreless

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  • kelly only hears what she wants to...

    ex pagent queen = stupid bitch getting by on her looks some how finds an army pow to date and wonders why he has issues ?? wow..

    i assume she took the words #chill 'for a minute'# and understood them as #shut the fuck up# wow quite a difference there... but no instead of asking him to repeat it she takes the offensive route and complains and then like every other bad matched couple she immediately threats to end it...

    seven seasons of these stupid people who should of ended the relationship years ago some how cling on in most cases it's clearly not working on race but i guess these bust ups don't happen in normal life as theres no pressure... but still these lot need to wake up and fast.. and i also assume it doesn't stop in later apparantly thats good tv for some people...

    kinda skipped this ep with out much attention..moreless
  • Great episode

    This episode was one of those really funny ones where teams just had a great time and had big laughs together.

    Now with only six teams left in the race the competitiveness will grow and team members will bicker and fight alot more. To me this episode had alot of funny parts like when teams were driving through the desert in Botswana passing the different animals that were blocking the road and when they were milking the goats in the Detour.

    Neither a Yield or Fast forward appeared in this leg but it just made it more interesting. After Phil metioned the warning of coming last at the next pit stop teams had to drive vehicles in a Roadblock, moving obstacles on the way but then it got more frustrating when Meredith and Gretchen checked in to the Pit stop but hadn't grabbed the clue that actually told teams to proceed to the Pit Stop. Uchenna and Joyce also freaked me out when they failed to retrieve the post.

    It was so suspenseful towards the end how it came down to either Lynn and Alex or Brian and Greg leaving putting both teams in frustration so Lynn and Alex put on more clothes incase it was a non-elimination leg (it could've been because Season 6 had it's second non elimination with six teams left otherwise it would be five teams when it comes). But in the end unfortunitely it were the brothers Brian and Greg who arrived last half naked, but it was over for them, which was a shame.

    Overall a funny and humorousmoreless
  • Silly but I love it

    Alex & Lynn try to milk the cows and they

    Are quite funny at trying to milk them for two

    Guys that live together. They also put on all of their

    Clothes in order to "amaze" Phil at the pit stop like

    Brian & Greg did but we all know what happened to

    Them at the end. Great show and funny I will admit that.
  • "How many gay guys does it take to milk a goat?" Who knows. But how many animals do we see whizzing by in Africa in this episode? Well, eight if you count Rob and Amber.moreless

    "How many gay guys does it take to milk a goat?" Who knows. But how many animals do we see whizzing by in Africa in this episode? Well, eight if you count Rob and Amber.


    Last time on The Amazing Race, Gretchen and Meredith were non-eliminated in the first leg of a two hour episode. Before that, Gretchen broke her face during a detour and Joyce loved seeing the orphans in the orphan home because she can’t have kids. In the second leg, where all of Gretchen and Meredith’s possessions were taken from them as punishment for coming in last, Brian and Greg toppled their car over, nearly killing their cameraman and Ray and Deana bickered while grinding corn. In the end, it was a tight footrace for last place, and Ray and Deana were left in the dust, being eliminated. Who will be eliminated next? Cue the funky “heads-turning-at-the-same-time” credits!

    Okay, so after an okay night on American Idol, I was so happy that TAR was on. If I had to sit through two hours of AI because nothing else was wrong I would probably shoot myself after Anthony Federov finished his awful rendition of “Climb Every Mountain.” Anyway, last week’s pit stop was an open field in Botswana, where the team members slept on cots in the middle of the wild. First to arrive last week was Ron and Kelly, so they depart first, at 5:29 AM. They both clue viewers in that they’ve been having a rough time, and Kelly doesn’t quite know where she stands in her relationship with Ron. She obviously doesn’t respect him much. When Ron, kidding around, says “Roger that!” into a fake transceiver, the audience can just see Kelly roll her eyes in the backseat.

    The first clue says to go to Sankuyu Village and find a clue under the water tower. All teams get 85 dollars for the leg, and Rob and Amber take the money and run. Rob proclaims something about how “the gloves are off” because he “has no friends.” Aww…poor lil Rob and Amber! Poor lil millionaires! No, I’m just kidding. This whole review’s gonna make it seem like I’m mocking the Survivor winners, but I’m really not. I like them.

    Uchenna and Joyce depart third, and Uchenna feels a special connection with the country because his dad’s Nigerian. I’m not too good with geography, but I’m guessing that Botswana’s near Nigeria? Fourth to depart is Lynn and Alex. They describe themselves as “good honest players, just sneaky.” Meredith and Gretchen really show their true cookie-baking sweetness when they say that they’re just happy to be there, and thankful for beating the other teams. I was actually expecting them to say something about how they were just as capable as the younger people, because it would’ve went really well with the clip the AR producers chose to show, Gretchen struggling to get her broken face into the car. Brian and Greg, the brothers, are the last to leave, and they talk about how they just want to knock out Meredith and Gretchen.

    On the way to the first clue, all of the teams are met by animals, and almost all of the teams are held up by the dumb ones that sit in the road the entire time. It’s good for Amber, I guess, because before she dies, one of the things she wants to do is go on an African safari. I suppose she can die now. According to her, “we’re the two luckiest people in the world!” Expect of course, for the other five teams of two that get to see exactly what you see. And they don’t even have half of the country hating them! Among other things, Rob, Amber, and the other racers come across a Deer Crossing, an Ostrich Crossing, a Cow Crossing, a Giraffe Crossing, a Zebra Crossing and an Elephant-Ass Crossing. Gross.

    Ron and Kelly quickly arrive at the water tower and the next clue is…a DETOUR. The teams must complete one of two village chores, and even though I thought that last week’s egg/mince corn thing was a village chore, it’s fun to see a goat get milked by Boston Rob. The first, Carry It, is balancing items on your head and walking across a track thing. The second, Milk It, is about pulling on the titties of a goat. Most teams try the balancing act first, but are usually forced to milk the goat after they can’t complete the balancing. Well, one team can; Uchenna and Joyce finish the balancing act really quickly, to which Lynn says “Uchenna and Joyce were born [to balance]” My little sister, who was watching with me, turns to me and says “Isn’t that a racial slur? Can they air that?” I didn’t even understand how that could be interpreted as racist until she explains: “he just said that they were born to work like slaves.” Except for the fact that the villagers are in a village, and not a white man’s cotton plantation. God, she can be really stupid sometimes.

    The other teams that attempt to balance crap on their heads are Ron and Kelly, who give up when Kelly can’t do the bucket of water, and Rob and Amber, who give up because, for the first time, Amber can do something that Rob can’t! Actually, Amber seems almost valuable during this detour, as she’s the one on her team who really does most of the goat milking. Kelly, on the other hand, isn’t too happy about the milking experience (Wasn’t she a farm girl?). Still, Ron replies to her, “If you could just balance a bucket on your head we wouldn’t be doing this.” So it’s her fault? Whateva. Both teams complete the task and they join Uchenna and Joyce on their trip to the next clue, driving twenty-one miles to the Khwai River.

    I guess we can’t forget about a few of the teams still milking their goats. A few more goatisms: Brian or Greg (I can’t tell which one) says “she has another udder too,” about their goat. Someone else (I wasn’t paying attentions) says “The other one’s jealous, he wants a turn,” about his goat. But my favorite goatism of the night? That’s easy. While milking his goat, Alex asks his partner Lynn “How many gay guys does it take to milk a goat?” Oh, btw, that’s the Quote-of-the-Week.

    Okay, so eventually all of the teams finish the detour (even though Lynn and Alex break their car), and they all get to the roadblock for the episode – at one point or another. I think this roadblock, to drive the car through crocodile infested waters and then move some logs on a path – was really dumb and defeated the purpose of a roadblock because the racer who didn’t do the roadblock also rode in the car. Anyway, all of the guys (In order – Ron, Rob, Uchenna, Meredith, Alex and Greg) choose to do the roadblock, and it doesn’t really affect the end result of the race. Nobody does it any better than anyone else. Well, I guess that could be argued. Some – two exactly (which is 1/3 of all of the teams, scary, huh?) – of the teams screw up and when they arrive at the pit stop are told that they must go back to complete whatever they forgot to do. But before those teams, I’ll explain what happened with the others. Kelly calls Ron “a piece of trash redneck” when she hears tell her to “shut the f*** up” even though he really said “You need to chill out.” Whatever, Kelly’s pissing me off even more than Ron is, and that’s pretty hard. They finish the task first, but hit some animal traffic or something and are beaten by Rob and Amber, who whiz by them and come in first place, winning a trip to the French Riviera – a five day stay. Ron and Kelly get second place.

    Here’s where the other teams screw things for themselves. And I think that all of us knew that they did the stuff wrong (on account of the cameras zooming into what the racers forgot). Uchenna and Joyce, after finishing with their roadblock, go to the pit stop (right before an ecstatic Joyce says to her husband “I don’t see anyone around us!” Umm…Joyce, the two front-runners already finished and checked it.) Anyway, they check in, but Phil tells them that they need to go back to the course and pick up their post; they only picked up the flag that was on the post. When they finally do go back and get it (“We got everything. We got our fricken post,” says Joyce), they still get third place.

    Maybe that’s because the elderly have some vision trouble. Though they complete the roadblock correctly, Meredith and Gretchen go right past their clue, hanging on a tree, and are also told that they need to drive back to retrieve it. According to my sister (one of the first logical things I’ve heard from her), “a lot of teams suck tonight.” True dat. Anyway they go back and get their clue, and though Lynn and Alex are able to pull forward to fourth place, Meredith and Gretchen are not eliminated, and when they do pull into the pit stop, in 5th place, Phil deems them “the team that can keep going and going and going.” Hopefully they’re gone next week.

    Speaking of Lynn and Alex, after having two car troubles in one day (after they break the first one, they break a tire), the partners should probably do either one of two things: 1. Pay attention to the road (Lynn: (pointing out a hyena on the road) “I don’t even know what that is!”) and not get eliminated or 2. Put on their crying faces – they’ll be eliminated soon. Well, Lynn and Alex decide to go with option number 3: Hope it’s a non-elimination round. Now that they know what happens to teams in last place, they put on as many clothes as they can, so that they’re still left with something once the next round starts, and are greeted at the pit stop with odd looks from both the villager and by Phil. Alex is forced to explain – “I layered,” he tells Phil, who responds with “The fashion police is gonna arrest you.” Sorry Phil, but only gay guys can say things like that.

    Brian and Greg, still struggling from last week’s car-tip-over-almost-killing-cameraman incident, have almost the same idea and Lynn and Alex. Actually, theirs’ is kinda reversed. They take a lot of clothes off, and put on bathing suits and bandannas and hats, in order to “go out with style” if it was an elimination leg. Turns out that it was, and the team heard the words “you are the last team to arrive and you have been eliminated from the race.” (That’s a mouthful – I’m glad that the Donald settles for “you’re fired!”) I was actually pretty upset when they were eliminated. I mean, I didn’t cry or anything (big boys don’t do that) but I would have much rather have seen the old couple get axed. They suck and make horrible TV. Brian and Greg are so much better – shown in one way by their post-elimination jump into the lodge’s pool.

    Next week on The Amazing Race, the teams go to dirty town. Meredith and Gretchen are praised by the villagers while Ron and Kelly continue bickering. In completely unrelated news, Kelly visits an ear specialist in this episode as well, to figure out if her boyfriend is telling her to “shut the f*** up” or to “chill out.”

    -Adam Polaski

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Phil Keoghan

Phil Keoghan


Rob Mariano

Rob Mariano

Runner Up with Amber (Season Seven)

Amber Brkich

Amber Brkich

Runner Up with Rob (Season Seven)

Lynn Warren

Lynn Warren

Eliminated 7th with Alex (Season Seven)

Alex Ali

Alex Ali

Eliminated 7th with Lynn (Season Seven)

Uchenna Agu

Uchenna Agu

Winner with Joyce (Season Seven)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The teams finished in the following order:

      #1. Rob and Amber. (Prize: Five Night Trip to Monte Carlo, courtesy Travelocity.)
      #2. Ron and Kelly.
      #3. Uchenna and Joyce.
      #4. Lynn and Alex.
      #5. Meredith and Gretchen.
      #6. Brian and Greg. (ELIMINATED)

    • Two teams take drastic (and opposite) measures to stay in the race, should they be last on this leg. Lynn and Alex begin putting on all their clothes, so that if they are last, and this is a non-elimination leg, they would be left "with only the clothes on their backs," and all the clothes they were able to put on during the drive to the pit stop.
      Brian and Greg do the complete opposite, arriving at the Pit Stop in only their swimming trunks and winter hats. They hope that either they're dressed so ridiculously that Phil can't eliminate them, or that if it is a non-eliminaiton round, they will get to start the next leg half naked. Unfortunately, they are eliminated.

    • Roadblock: In this Roadblock, one member of each team had to navigate their Team's vehicle through a crocodile-infested crossing on the Khwai River. Then, while driving through the bush, the driver had to choose a driving path and then move remove the marking posts along the way in order to reach to reach their next clue at the end of the path. The following people completed this Roadblock for their respective teams: Alex, Rob, Greg, Meredith, Ron and Uchenna.

    • Uchenna and Joyce were actually the third team to arrive. However, at the Roadblock, Uchenna forgot to remove the post. This did not affect team placement for him and Joyce. Meredith and Gretchen were actually the fourth team to arrive. However, Meredith and Gretchen missed the clue that directs them to the Pit Stop. They returned to the Pit Stop in fifth place.

    • Neither a Yield nor a Fast Forward were available on this leg.

    • Balance Sheet: Rob and Amber move up from second to first. Ron and Kelly move down from first to second. Uchenna and Joyce, Lynn and Alex and Meredith and Gretchen remain in the same placings that they were in the previous leg. Brian and Greg remain in last and are eliminated.

    • Detour:
      Uchenna/Joyce chose "Carry It", where they had to balance items on their head and walk to a goal line, without using their hands.
      Ron/Kelly, Rob/Amber, Lynn/Alex, Meredith/Gretchen, and Brian/Greg chose "Milk It", where they had to milk goats to get ten ounces of milk. Ron/Kelly, Rob/Amber, and Lynn/Alex all second-guessed themselves before starting and attempted Carry It, before coming back and completing their original choice.

  • QUOTES (22)

  • NOTES (2)

    • According to, "With its 15th place [weekly ratings] ranking, [this episode was] the highest ever for the adventure game in a regular season [which means not summer]."

    • This episode also appears in listings as "Houston, We Have An Elephant!"