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The Amazing Race recap: It's Not Easy Beating Green

It’s not easy, but it might not be impossible.

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The Amazing Race

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Phil Keoghan
Jerry Bruckheimer
Current Status:
In Season

Well, that was a breathless one! That episode had more twists than a 1960s beach party movie. Just when you thought it was going to zig, it zagged; just when you thought Krista was going to find her golden fish, she didn’t; and just when you thought she was going to find it again, she didn’t again; and just when you though one more time that she was going to—well, you get the picture.

The downside to a titillating Next Time On preview is that there’s always a good chance you’re being tricked by the editors, and while this episode didn’t exactly end with the Green Team exit that was implied, it was actually even more bonkers than I expected it to be. And what’s crazy is how lucky the producers got—if the Green Team had glanced at even one street sign, or if Krista had become capable of swimming just one foot deeper, just one moment sooner, we would have had a pretty boring leg on our hands. But since those two things didn’t happen, Leg 11 was certifiably intense. (The raccoon makeup definitely didn’t hurt.)

Following the Green Team’s seventh overall win last week, they’re looking to tie the eight-win record in this leg, going from India to Hong Kong. They’re also looking to not be maimed by Team Paparazzi, who they U-Turned last week, before becoming aware that Chris and Logan cannot be terminated. The four remaining teams are on the same flight to Hong Kong, where they’ll be picked up by green Rolls Royces and taken to the Peninsula Hotel. Needless to say, they all much prefer the double-R experience to tuk-tuks, and the Cheerleaders and Reporters get off to an early lead, arriving first at the DETOUR: SAM’S vs. CELL.

Sam is a famous tailor in Hong Kong who can make a tailored suit in under 24 hours, and there’s a really cool shot of Phil explaining this in real time, while Sam—well, presumably Sam…we only see his son later on, who it’s worth noting, is a babe—puts together a suit in fast-forward. The teams must cut out six perfect pieces for a suit, and then deliver a completed suit to Sam’s son at his storefront. So it’s basically…cutting. And the obvious Detour choice, though the Cheerleaders, Reporters, and Paps all make the challenge harder on themselves than it needs to be. Krista and Tiffany first think they’ll be putting together a whole blazer and start getting friendly with a mannequin. But they’re also the first to figure out that the best way to make the six pieces match up is to double the fabric and cut our three identical patterns. That puts them out of the gate first, with the Reporters and Paparazzi (“You argue with me and I know things!”).

But things are moving just—if not more—efficiently for Justin and Diana, the only team that chose Cell. They have to head to a crowded market, find he marked vendor, dig through hundreds of cell phones to find the ones that works and call the number provided to find out where to deliver the cell. Except they get lucky and end up only having to dig through about 20 cell phones. They get the cross streets to Kong Wa Telephone Limited and hop in a taxi, feeling sure no one could have finished the Detour faster than them…except they’re not finished yet, are they? And as their taxi zooms off from the market place, we know they were already on the street where the drop-off was located.

We know Justin and Diana are headed for disaster when their taxi driver tells them their location is 45 minutes away (again, they were on the street); and they realize it when he brings them to a hotel. Someone there tells them where they need to be…which happens to be within spitting distance of the vendor where they originally got in the taxi.

Meanwhile, all three other teams are headed to the Hong Kong Island Ferry where they’ll take a ferry to the city of Macau for their ROAD BLOCK: SWIM WITH THE FISHES. The teams are headed to City of Dreams to participate in the famous House of Dancing Water show: after one member of each team has gotten in dramatic costume and makeup, they must jump off a ship mast that’s risen up 30 feet in the air, find a golden fish underneath the water below and deliver it to a raft before the music stops to get the next clue. But first they have to get there…

NEXT: Ferry, ferry, quite contrary…