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The Amazing Race 4, Episode 6: Packed to the Gills - Literally!by Phil Kural -- 07/04/2003
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Previously on The Amazing Race, eight teams left a mansion in France and headed to Amsterdam. Chuck & Millie fought most of the way, and both questioned if they were compatible with one another. Tian & Jaree also fought most of the way with Tian getting on Jaree’s case for everything she did or said. Chuck & Millie went for the fast forward and landed in first place. Air traffic controllers Steve & Dave came in last and were eliminated. Seven teams are left; let’s take a look at the order in which they will be leaving this pit stop and their current status.
Millie & Chuck (Chillie) – Dating 12 years/Virgins
Jon & Al (The Clowns) – Circus clowns/Best Friends
Kelly & Jon – Engaged/My pick to win/Sentimental favorites
Reichen & Chip – Married gay couple/Get the short end of the stick sometimes
Monica & Sheree (The Supremes) – NFL wives/Sentimental favorites
David & Jeff (the Goats) – Best friends/Who even knows sometimes
Tian & Jaree – Models/Singers/Actresses/Female version of Grumpy Old Men
Chillie is the first team to depart the pit stop at 2:25 a.m. The clue tells them to go to Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), India. Once there, they must make their way to Film City, home of the Bollywood film studio, and find their next clue there. Chuck says that sometimes they get a little too competitive and become frantic. That puts a stress on their relationship because neither trusts what the other is doing. He then goes on to say that trust is the most important thing in a relationship. I’m sorry, but did it really take them 12 years to realize they aren’t that compatible? Go figure…
It is now 3:15 a.m. and the Clowns depart from the pit stop. They both say that they are happy to be in second place and are working very well with one another while having a good time. I like these two. I wouldn’t say I love them, though, because sometimes I really don’t find them all that funny. They go out of their way to be entertaining instead of being naturally entertaining like Kevin & Drew or Ken & Gerard were. At 3:34 a.m., Jon & Kelly leave. Jon says that they are really starting to work together as a team and that Kelly is not as stressed as she was when the Race first began. I can understand where he’s coming from. Kelly is looking even more relaxed and cuter than ever. Right now, Chillie are on their way to the airport and using a cellphone to find out that KLM has a direct flight to Mumbai.
At 4:25 a.m., it’s Reichen & Chip’s turn to leave. Chip states in an interview that he is disappointed in them right now and they should not be in fourth place. He admits they need to hustle a little more. They head off to the airport after reading the clue. At 4:42 a.m., the Supremes leave the pit stop. Both say that they have grown closer together and grown as people because of the Race. Unlike the teams that have left so far, the Supremes take a train to the airport instead of a taxi. At the airport, most terminals are closed as the Clowns meet up with Chillie. They are happy to see one another and right after the clowns get there, so do Jon & Kelly. All three teams eye up the KLM direct flight as the way to go.
David & Jeff leave at 5:05 a.m. and they discuss how they need to be more precise and keep focused during the Race. After reading the clue, they head to the airport via taxi. Most teams are now at the airport while Chillie and the Clowns are booking their flight on the phone. Reichen & Chip discover that there is an Alitalia flight that will get to India sooner. The Supremes arrive at the airport with the Goats, and the Supremes head right over to Reichen & Chip because apparently they get along well with them. David & Jeff go right to KLM and book their flight there. Chip tells the Supremes about the faster flight, but the Supremes are nervous about the close connection since it’s not a direct flight. They decide to take the safe way and stick with the pack.
At 5:42 a.m., Tian & Jaree are the last team to leave the pit stop. Tian says she is sick of the fighting. Jaree states that they need to work together as a team and stop the bickering. Meanwhile, Reichen & Chip decide to take their chances on the Alitalia flight, which has a connection in Milan. The Models get to the airport and are happy to see the other teams. They get on the KLM flight with everyone else. Reichen & Chip’s plane leaves and stops in Milan; they scurry and just manage to make their connection. Honestly, after what happened to the Goats and Steve & Dave in the last episode, I would be too scared to try to make a close connection like that. Good for them for making it, though! I like these guys. Then the KLM flight leaves Amsterdam.
Reichen & Chip land in India first and start to make their way Film City via taxi. As they are riding along they can see what bad conditions the people in India have to live in. Reichen comments that he didn’t think it would be that graphic. Indeed, we see shots of tents that are used for housing, litter everywhere, and people that look like they have been through hell. Reichen gets a tear in is eye as he says it’s something he’ll never forget. At this point, the KLM flight containing all the other teams arrives in India as well. All the teams scurry for taxis. The Supremes say a quick prayer before they leave the airport because they are a little scared and intimidated by what they have seen so far in this country. Kelly shrieks that this is her “worst nightmare” while John chuckles at her. I’m glad to see they are getting along much better than we have seen before. The Clowns entertain some locals, the Goats are confused, and the Models say they’re comfortable so far. That won’t last long.
Reichen & Chip are the first to the route marker and get their next clue, which tells them to enter Bollywood and look for Soundstage 10. When they get there, they will have to find the next clue located somewhere inside. It doesn’t open until 9:30 a.m., almost eight hours later. They decide just to wait for it to open and pull out their sleeping bags. All the other teams begin to arrive and meet up with Reichen & Chip. They all decide to sleep on a big slab of concrete as they wait for the studio to open. It looks like a lovefest, but as one racer noted, “It’s just the calm before the storm.”1 2 3 Next-->
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