Amazing Race Canada Season 4, Episode 3, "Toads! Are you kidding me?"
Film date: 2016-05-03 - 2016-05-05
The last pit stop was in Studio Bell in Calgary. Teams seem to be released from a different location in Calgary two days later.
Teams are released in the following order:
|1.||Jilian & Emmett ||01:49|
|2.||Stéphane & Antoine||03:07||+1:18|
|3.||Frankie & Amy ||03:39||+1:50|
|4.||Joel & Ashley ||03:53||+2:04|
|5.||Anne & Tanya ||04:45||+2:56|
|6.||Steph & Kristen ||05:05||+3:16|
|7.||Julie & Lowell ||06:17||+4:28|
|8.||Rita & Yvette ||06:38||+4:49|
|9.||Kelly & Kate ||06:43||+4:54|
Fly to the Mekong Delta in
Once there, make your way
to the village of Cái Bè and
search the Cái Bè Tourist
Dock for your next clue.
BMO is here to help, and
you have $360 US Dollars
for this leg of the Race.
Here we get a short introduction to Vietnam narrated by Jon. Among other things he points out the connection to Canada, which is that Canada has welcomed 60.000 boat refugees from Vietnam.
Steph & Kristen have decided to keep their express passes secret. The idea is to avoid putting a big target on their backs. So when they run into the other teams at the airport they say they tried to get the express passes, but failed.
"It took forever to not get the express pass
We are not shown any airport drama and all teams are on the same set of flights so it feels as if this was prearranged. Teams fly from Calgary via Vancouver and Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. They departed Calgary in the morning on the 3rd of May and arrive in Vietnam after midnight on the 5th (either at 00:05 or 00:50).
Once teams land they jump into taxis and make for the Cái Bè tourist dock (111km 2h16min).
"It's our first time in Thailand
", Emmett seems to be suffering from too much jet lag
At the dock teams sign up for water taxis which start will departing
at 6am the following morning. One team per water taxi. Teams sign up
in the following order:
1. Stéphane & Antoine
2. Steph & Kristen
3. Kelly & Kate
4. Anne & Tanya
5. Jilian & Emmett
6. Frankie & Amy
7. Rita & Yvette
8. Julie & Lowell
9. Joel & Ashley
The following morning teams are given their next clue in the order they signed up. We are not told how much time separates the teams.
Time for a supply run!
Pick up the supplies on the
list the dock master gives
you and deliver them to Mr.
Tam at the Tân Ohong
Island Ferry Dock to receive
your next clue.
Teams are the give a shopping list which reads:
PHUÓC ThÀNH TÀI
1 Rông đât
Hoăc 1 Kỳ lân xanh
6 Hú chao môn id
1 Gió trái cây
4 Bao gao 10Kg
The list shows places (capital letters) and what need to be fetched from that place. The items are:
1 ceramic statue
6 jars of fermented Tofu
1 fruit basket
1 10kg bag of rice
The places starting with GHE are actually registration numbers of boats which teams must locate.
"We love shopping
", Kelly & Kate think this challenge is perfect for them
"We have no idea what these words even mean on this shopping list
", Steph & Kristen do not feel up to this task
A lot seem to depend on how well the boat drivers know the different places on the shopping list.
Teams complete this task in the following order:
1(+2) Kelly & Kate
2(-1) Stéphane & Antoine
3(+2) Jilian & Emmett
4(+3) Rita & Yvette
5(+4) Joel & Ashley
6(-2) Anne & Tanya
7(-5) Steph & Kristen
8(+0) Julie & Lowell
9(-3) Frankie & Amy
Take the ferry to Cái Bè
and search for your next
clue at the Bẽn phà Cái Bè
qua Tân Phong.
Mr. Tam who gives them this clue is standing right next to the ferry dock, so it is easy to find. However some teams do not read their clue carefully enough and jump into their water taxis. These are: Jilian & Emmett, Rita & Yvette, Joel & Ashley and Anne & Tanya
Steph & Kristen also jump into their water taxi but then Kristen realize they have to take the ferry so they turn back and take the ferry.
"I misread that big time
", Steph takes the blame, but Kristen is not upset
The next clue is right where the ferry lands and teams find it in the
1(+0) Kelly & Kate
2(+0) Stéphane & Antoine
3(+0) Jilian & Emmett
4(+0) Rita & Yvette
5(+0) Joel & Ashley
6(+0) Anne & Tanya
7(+0) Steph & Kristen
8(+0) Julie & Lowell
9(+0) Frankie & Amy
Who has all their ducks in a
Contestants are given a pole with a flag at the top and must use this to guide exactly 20 ducks into a pen. All the pens are next to each other in the middle of a larger enclosure which holds 300 ducks.
Kate admits of being afraid of feathered animals, but she thinks she will do fine, specially since she doesn't need to actually touch the ducks.
This task is harder than it seems. Lots of contestants have trouble with ducks escaping when they open the gate to herd more ducks into their pen.
"The heat is unlike any heat I have ever experienced in my life
"Unfortunately the ducks are very smart and very sneaky
", Kate about the escaping ducks
"I love animals, this is definitely going to be very easy
", Stéphane thinks this is going to be a walk in the park
"This is not easy, and I love ducks
Stéphane has a not so successful tactic at this road block. He helps other teams in the vain hope that they will help him. Unfortunately none do.
"Don't waste your time opening other people's pens
", Antoine is frustrated by his dads tactics
It is really hot and Stéphane looks like he is about to collapse. After a while he has a moment of success and manages to get 18 ducks into his pen. But as he is chasing the last ones nine of them escape. He is getting more and more fatigued and after 2+ hours, when they are the last team left, he decides to give up and take the penalty.
Steph is smart and realize that the key to beating this challenge is to work together with somebody else. She teams up with Amy and together they make short work of the task.
Teams complete this road block in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock):
|1(+4)||Joel & Ashley* ||(2-2)|
|2(-1)||Kelly & Kate* ||(2-2)|
|3(+0)||Jilian* & Emmett ||(2-2)|
|4(+1)||Anne & Tanya* ||(2-2)|
|5(-1)||Rita* & Yvette ||(2-2)|
|6(+1)||Steph* & Kristen ||(2-2)|
|7(+2)||Frankie & Amy* ||(2-2)|
|8(+0)||Julie* & Lowell ||(2-2)|
|9(-7)||Stéphane* & Antoine||(2-2)||Gave up and took the penalty|
The next clue directs teams to carry two ducks to the chaotic Cái Bè land market and deliver their ducks to a specific duck vendor.
"I hope he doesn't make you for supper
", Ashley talks to her duck
Teams deliver their ducks in the same order they completed the detour.
Kelly & Kate find they speed bump net to the duck vendor. They must transport 20 toads to a pen on the other side of the market. They end up hand-carrying them so they need to make 5 runs.
"Toads! Are you kidding me?
", Kate gets the title
The speed bump seems to be pretty quick and only one other team pass them while they are performing it.
Detour: "Vibrate" or
Vibrate: Join a troupe of
Dancers and perform
one of their traditional
dances to receive your
Hydrate: Transport 60
coconuts up river in a
Sampan and serve
coconut water to a local
construction crew to
receive your next clue.
NOTE: There are limited
stations at both detours.
Vibrate takes place in the Chùa Phuóc ân temple. Teams must dress up for this detour option.
Ashley feel confident going into the detour since she is a dancer.
"It's a little more complicated than anticipated
", Yvette realize the dance is hard
"Learning steps is not my strong point
Steph & Kristen initially select dance, they look once at the demonstration before they decide to switch. Anne & Tanya see that and switch as well
"Oh my god
", Frankie after having seen the dance
"What, did you think this was gonna be easy?
", Amy knew what to expect
The dance is complicated but the judges turn out not be too strict and teams get accepted even though they make some minor errors.
Stéphane & Antoine arrive at the dance detour just as Rita & Yvette leave.
In coconuts teams must first load a sampan with 60 coconuts. Then paddle it upstream to a marked dock whee they must unload the coconuts and carry them a short distance.
Jillian & Emmett have serious troubles with the concept of teamwork, 'nuff said.
"Italian vikings, here we go
", Anne & Tanya start paddling with their coconuts
Julie & Lowell have trouble finding the start of the coconut detour. Julie spots Steph & Kristen paddling a sampan with coconuts and asks where they should go and Steph points them in the right direction.
Tanya is on the verge of collapsing as they are carrying the coconuts so she has to sit down and call for the medic.
"I'm scared, my vision is blurred and I can not feel my legs and my feet
As the medic is helping Tanya Anne keeps transporting the coconuts. After a while Tanya is declared fit to continue the race so she resumes transporting the coconuts.
Teams complete the detour in the following order:
1(+0) Joel & Ashley, dance on their first shown attempt
2(+1) Jilian & Emmett, coconuts
3(-1) Kelly & Kate, dance on their first attempt
4(+2) Steph & Kristen, started dance but switched to coconuts
5(+0) Rita & Yvette, dance on their second attempt
6(+1) Frankie & Amy, dance on their first attempt
7(+1) Julie & Lowell, coconuts
8(-4) Anne & Tanya, started dance but switched to coconuts
9(+0) Stéphane & Antoine, started dance but switched to coconuts
Teams must now make their way by water taxi to the Mekong Lodge where the pit stop awaits. The clue does not say they need to take a water taxi so for some teams it take while before they realize they have to travel by water. Jillian & Emmett, Kelly & Kate and Steph & Kristen all run into each other and end up sharing a water taxi.
Teams reach Jon and check in in the following order:
Joel & Ashley, get a 30 minute penalty for not taking the ferry
1(+0) Joel & Ashley, win a trip to Tokyo
2(+2) Steph & Kristen
Jilian & Emmett, get a 30 minute penalty for not taking the ferry
3(+0) Kelly & Kate, seconds after #2
4(-2) Jilian & Emmett
Rita & Yvette, get a 30 minute penalty for not taking the ferry
5(+1) Frankie & Amy
6(-1) Rita & Yvette
Anne & Tanya, get a 30 minute penalty for not taking the ferry
7(+0) Julie & Lowell
Stéphane & Antoine, still have their 4 hour penalty from skipping the detour
8(+0) Anne & Tanya
9(+0) Stéphane & Antoine, are eliminated
As they run to the pit stop Julie is a bit too rushed and manages to steer Lowell into one of the stems of the wines covering the walkway. When Jon later asks if he is okay his response is "Merely a flesh wound
"I don't know if he knows how amazing he is, I'm just very proud of him
", Antoine about his dad