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The Amazing Race 4, Episode 10: Does ANYONE Speak English?by Phil Kural -- 08/01/2003
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Last week on The Amazing Race, five teams left an island in Malaysia and headed to a nature resort located in Borneo. Millie & Chuck lost most of their lead because of poor map-reading skills on Millie’s part. Reichen & Chip claimed the Fast Forward, sending Kelly & Jon into a downward spiral thinking they were done for. When all was said and done, though, they got it together and caught up to the very fatigued Millie & Chuck. After going head-to-head with one another at the Roadblock and an all-out road race to the pit stop, Jon & Kelly checked in fourth and Millie & Chuck were eliminated. Who will be eliminated next? The suspense is killing me! Let’s see who is left and the order they will leave the pit stop:
Reichen & Chip – Married gay couple/Sentimental favorites
We begin this week where we left off last week, in Borneo, a mysterious island of plants and wildlife. Located on Borneo is Sepilok Nature Resort. This is the ninth pit stop in a race around the world, where the teams rest for 12 hours as they wait for the next leg of the Race to begin. Will Reichen & Chip maintain their lead? Will the all-male teams overwhelm Kelly & Jon, the only coed team left in the Race? I’m curious to see…
Reichen & Chip are the first to depart at 10:26 p.m. Their clue tells them to make their way to a Buddhist temple located on the island. Once there, they must search through the Buddha glasses and find the one with their names on it. Once they find it, there will be a key inside that will open up a rattan bag that will have their next clue it. Reichen says that they realize they need to watch their backs at this stage in the Race. They quickly get to the temple and begin to search through the glasses. They find the one with their name on it and open the bag. Their clue tells them to fly to Seoul, South Korea. Once there, they must get to the Seoul Tower and find the route marker there. Vans will be headed to the airport every half hour starting at midnight, and can only take one team at a time. Reichen & Chip hang loose for about 45 minutes until the first van gets there. Reichen says a prayer for the rest of the Race. He is feeling spiritual. At midnight, the first van gets there and they are on their way to the airport.
The Clowns depart next at 12:56 a.m. Al says their friendship has brought them closer than ever and they are 100% ready for this leg of the Race. At 1:11 a.m., the Goats leave. Jeff says they always try to look at themselves as underdogs and that makes them work harder and faster. A bit too fast sometimes, wouldn’t you say, Jeff? I mean, you two rush so much that sometimes you pass right by the route markers and don’t see the flags! At this point, the Clowns get to the temple and get their key. Shortly after, the Goats get their key as well. The Clowns are the first to get the van to the airport as the Goats see them off. At 2:42 a.m., the last team, Jon & Kelly, depart. Kelly says she is going to give the boys a run for their money. The Goats get in the van and head to the airport. Kelly and Jon get to the temple and Kelly finds their Buddha glass rather quickly. They read the clue and head for the van. Both say they are in high gear and Kelly says the “Wrath of Kelly is fixin’ to come out.” Jon notes that it will probably be directed toward him, as usual.
Reichen & Chip are the first to the airport and book a flight to Seoul via Singapore. The Clowns and Goats arrive at the airport not far behind. The guy at the counter tells The Goats and the Clowns what flight Reichen & Chip are on. Kelly & Jon arrive at the airport, and it turns out all four teams are on the same flight. In Singapore, the Goats and Clowns both scurry around to see if they can get an earlier flight out of there. The Goats find another flight that will arrive an hour ahead of the others, but have to book standby tickets. The Clowns find the same flight and book standby as well. The Goats get frustrated when they find out they were not put on standby, only given tickets. In the end, though, they and the Clowns both get on the flight. Their plane will arrive in Seoul an hour before the flight that Kelly & Jon and Reichen & Chip are taking, unbeknownst to Kelly & Jon and Reichen & Chip.
Right off the plane in South Korea, the first two teams are having problems. It doesn’t seem that any of the cab drivers know how to speak English. Both teams are getting frustrated as they finally get into cabs and follow one another to get the clue. Once they get it, they are told to make their way to Sundam Valley, minutes away from the North Korea border. The Clowns and Goats decide to split a taxi because it is somewhat expensive.1 2 3 Next-->
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