EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE, Ep. 7
The race started by teams having to go to a high point and use binoculars to determine the location of a hidden icon. Then teams had to get there ASAP and find the next clue there. Many teams closely observed where other teams were focusing their binoculars and used that to figure out where that icon was.
Teams had to travel by SUV to the souk and through it to the building which had the icon. There they found the clue with a ticket enclosed to get to the airport for "a one-way trip." In getting back into the car, Ike of No Limits was moving fast and he banged his ankle, previously injured in combat in Afghanistan.
When they reached the airport, they had to give up their ticket and nominate one members of their team under 200 pounds to go on a tandem skydive to visually locate the next icon corresponding to a spot on their map. Teams 1 and 2's representatives would go in the first plane, teams 3 and 4 in the second and teams 5, 6 and 7 in the final plane. The arrival of teams with that ticket (which cost the California Girls one place) was in this order and the representative was:
Gypsies - Taylor
No Limits - Jeff
California Girls - Brittany
Fab 3 - Kari
Country Boys - Jason
Football Players - Ricky
The Cops - Jim
While Jeff was doing his thing, Ike was getting his ankle wrapped very tightly. He was requested to leave for a needed X-Ray, but he refused to desert and eliminate his team. He was going to pay a huge price for keeping going, having probably rebroken that ankle.
Teams make their way to a sign which was 1 mile after crossing the river by swimming it. That sign had symbols arranged vertically for these activities:
If you take the first letter only of each one, it spells KASBAH and that is the location of the Finish Line. To get there teams had to make a grueling 3.7 mile mostly uphill trek and then spot the correct location from a viewpoint across the river. The Gypsies went off quickly and finished first after taking a brief sweet tea break in the village while the next closest teams were just visible back across the river. The second team No Limits had lost their map, so they teamed up and offered the clue solution to the California Girls, who joined up with them for the remainder of this episode. The fourth team, Fab3, could not solve the puzzle and elected to go one mile to get an additional clue, which was an Archery symbol and did not help them at all. It still took them a while to solve the clue and at that point they were 20 minutes behind the #6 team Country Boys. The Football Players took over 4th place and the Cops 5th.
The fight for elimination was essentially between the Country Boys, burdened by Chad's difficulties going uphill on the trail, and Fab 3 with Kari slowing them down. After crossing the river, Fab 3 went straight as Country Boys turned up and left. Fab 3 beat them in a very close finish. the country boys were eliminated. The final order of finish was:
2. No Limits
3. California Girls
4. Football Players
5. the Cops
6. Country Boys
7. Fab 3