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Runner Up with Amber (Season Seven)
Runner Up with Rob (Season Seven)
Eliminated 5th with Deana (Season Seven)
Eliminated 5th with Ray (Season Seven)
Eliminated 7th with Alex (Season Seven)
The teams finished in the following order in the first leg of this episode:
#1. Ray and Deana. (Fast Forward, Prize: Two 2005 Toyota RAV4s)
#2. Ron and Kelly.
#3. Brian and Greg.
#4. Lynn and Alex.
#5. Rob and Amber.
#6. Uchenna and Joyce.
#7. Meredith and Gretchen. (Stripped of possessions, receive no money for next leg)
The teams finished in the following order in the second leg of this episode:
#1. Ron and Kelly.
#2. Rob and Amber.
#3. Uchenna and Joyce.
#4. Lynn and Alex.
#5. Meredith and Gretchen.
#6. Brian and Greg.
#7. Ray and Deana. (ELIMINATED)
This is the first episode in which cars were awarded as a prize for finishing first in a leg. This episode also introduced a new penalty for finishing in last on a non-elimination leg --- complete stripping of everything except passports and the clothes the team is currently wearing, plus no money received for the next leg.
There was no Yield in this leg of the race. One had already been aired in the third leg but it was not used.
As some have noted, Phil makes a point of telling Meredith and Gretchen that they must start the leg with no money, which means that they can't beg for funds during their allotted twelve hour Pit Stop time.
Roadblock: (Leg 6) In this Roadblock, one member of each team had to perform a bushman hunting training exercise of throwing a spear through a moving target 20 feet away in order to receive their next clue. The following people completed the task for their respective teams: Lynn, Rob, Brian, Meredith, Ron, Joyce and Ray
Fast Forward: (Leg 5) This was the first of only two Fast Forwards hidden on the race.
In this Fast Forward, teams had to drive 26 miles to Soweto and go to the top of a cooling tower, where they then had to cross a suspension bridge. Ray and Deana beat Rob and Amber to claim the Fast Forward.
Roadblock: (Leg 5) In this Roadblock that took place in Seweto, South Africa, one team member had to search a marketplace and purchase five items for a local orphanage to receive their next clue. Kelly, Greg, Lynn, Amber, Uchenna and Gretchen completed this task for their respective teams. Ray and Deana bypassed the Roadblock via the Fast Forward.
Balance Sheet 2: Ron and Kelly move up from second to first. Rob and Amber move up from fifth to second. Uchenna and Joyce move up from sixth to third. Lynn and Alex remain in fourth. Meredith and Gretchen move up from seventh to fifth. Brian and Greg move down from third to sixth. Ray and Deana move down from first to last and are eliminated.
Balance Sheet 1: Ray and Deana move up from sixth to first. Ron and Kelly move up from fourth to second. Brian and Greg move down from second to third. Lynn and Alex move up from fifth to fourth. Rob and Amber move down from first to fifth. Uchenna and Joyce move down from third to sixth. Meredith and Gretchen remain in last but are not eliminated.
Ron/Kelly, Lynn/Alex, Ray/Deana, Uchenna/Joyce, and Meredith/Gretchen chose "Food", where they had to grind enough corn in a large mortar and pestle to fill a basket.
Rob/Amber and Brian/Greg chose "Water", where they had to fill a dozen ostrich eggs by sucking water from an underground spring, then bury the eggs for cool storage.
Detour (South Africa):
Ron/Kelly, Brian/Greg, Meredith/Gretchen, and Uchenna/Joyce chose "Tunnels", where they had to rappel into caverns and search for their clue.
Lynn/Alex and Rob/Amber chose "Tribes", where they had to deliver five traditional objects to their correct tribes.
Ray/Deana bypassed the Detour via the Fast Forward
The camera footage inside the Brian and Greg's car right before crashing is clearly reenacted or different footage of them driving with the camera purposely swerving around. When the camera starts to swerve around as the car loses control, if one uses slow-motion, one can see that the driver is wearing different clothing (a white wifebeater) than what the driving brother was wearing in the actual crash.
Joyce: (about feeding the lions) I don't know what they eat...hopefully not us.
Ray: Meredith and Gretchen, to me, are sacrificial lambs. I want to see them be eliminated, and I don't want to help prolong this agony for them any longer. I'm just thinking of them.
Phil: Ray and Deana, you are the last team to arrive. I'm sorry to tell you that you have both been eliminated from the race.
Ray: We deserve to be. We really do.
Joyce: (after Meredith and Gretchen pass them) We just ate Meredith's dust!
Uchenna: Is that her up there?
Joyce: Meredith is the guy!
Rob:(about Meredith and Gretchen)They are the biggest con artists I've ever met. I'm not giving them any money. I don't even think he fell. I think he pushed her to generate sympathy.
Alex: (at the Roadblock)The brothers are here.
Lynn: We can take those bitches!
Brian: (to Greg on the shopping Roadblock) Pick up some deodorant; we're running low.
Rob: (on stopping at a city hospital for directions) I figured "why not." A little psychiatric evaluation; we probably needed it at this point.
Ray: (to Deana)I have so much more faith in you than you have in yourself.
Rob: (about the other teams) I don't think we'll be getting Christmas cards from any of these people.
Ray: (on he and Deana) We need to figure out what it is that's both holding us together and ripping us apart.
Gretchen: Five, Meredith.
Meredith: That's our best yet.
Meredith: We made the hurdle, so now we have to think about the hurdle after that.
Rob: Lynn's got his head up his ass.
Man: Even if a lion were to jump into the vehicle, freeze and do absolutely nothing.
Rob: I'm not giving them any money. They're the greatest con artists going.
Gretchen: We're starting the "Save the Rhino Fund" and that's no "lyin'."
Gretchen: I feel like someone took sandpaper and scraped my face, but I'm alive and happy to be alive.
Lynn: Alex and I --- we're people first. We're racers second.
Gretchen: (after she and Meredith are stripped of possessions) All we have are each other now.
Joyce: Uchenna and I have actually considered adoption and I'm just thinking there's so many kids out there that could use a home like ours.
Meredith: Gretchen is amazing me not only with her spirit, but with her character.
Gretchen: Don't worry.
Meredith: I'll worry.
Gretchen: I've been wanting a face-lift for a long time.
Gretchen: I tell ya', rappelling is gonna be easy, compared to gettin' there.
Ray: If we go out, we go out in a blaze of fire.
Joyce: I can't wait to just experience Africa.
Ray: I wanna try this Fast Forward and it could be a big mistake.
Ray: I can't stand being in the back. I cannot take it. It's not me.
Lynn: Alex and I are having the time of our lives, but don't get us wrong, we're here to win and that's what we plan on doing.
Phil: Will Rob and Amber's persistent good luck continue to aggrevate Lynn and Alex?
In New Zealand this two-hour episode was split up into two separate episodes, Leg's 5 and 6 individually.
The same practice was used for all two-hour episodes in Latin America.
From Associated Press:
"Uchenna (Agu) and Kelly (McCorkle) were the two people who came to our room in the middle of the night and gave us clothes," said Meredith. "We had no clothes other than those on our back, as you saw. As an interesting side note, Gretchen was wearing Uchenna's underwear."
"Yes, 'cause I didn't have any others," said Gretchen.
Phil told USA Today about taking everything of Meredith and Gretchen's possesions after her accident, "That was the meanest thing I've ever done on TV," Keoghan says. "She's got this huge cut on her head, and I take everything."
This is the first time previews are shown of the next two episodes, as Phil describes the next week's normal episode and special Wednesday recap/unseen footage episode (using the standard "On the next episode of The Amazing Race..." for the standard episode and using "And on a special episode, one week from tomorrow night..." for the recap episode's description).
According to The New York Times, this episode scored the highest ratings for the series in three years.
This special episode of The Amazing Race was two hours long and covered Legs 5 and 6.
As Brian and Greg come from the caves, they comment that the black on their faces reminds them of Braveheart. Braveheart is a 1995 movie starring Mel Gibson. It was the story of a heroic Scottish fighter.
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