Amazing Race Season 29, Episode 4, "Another one bites the dust"
Film date: 2016-06-17
This episode also starts with a scene from just after the previous pit stop. Here Vanck & Ashton sit at the hotel when Matt & Redmond appear.
"The weak teams are chilling over here, the weak teams that came in second and third
"Alright, we were coming here to actually be nice
The last pit stop was on the rooftop of Emerson on Hurumzi hotel. The next morning teams depart from the street outside the hotel in the following order:
|1.||Liz & Michael ||08:17|
|2.||Tara & Joey ||08:27||+0:10|
|3.||Vanck & Ashton ||08:59||+0:42|
|4.||Matt & Redmond ||09:08||+0:51|
|5.||London & Logan ||09:18||+1:01|
|6.||Brooke & Scott ||09:19||+1:02|
|7.||Shamir & Sara ||09:40||+1:23|
|8.||Becca & Floyd ||09:44||+1:27|
Route info: "Make your way to the home of Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town where another one bites the dust". Liz gets the title as she reads the clue.
Team eventually learn is that Farrokh Bulsara later changed his name to Freddy Mercury and became rather famous.
Liz & Michael have trouble finding the place. They get bad directions and end up by a heap of rubble which they search.
"This is all dust here
Eventually they get good directions and find the house.
Teams arrive at Mercury house in the following order:
1(+1) Tara & Joey
2(-1) Liz & Michael
3(+0) Vanck & Ashton
4(+0) Matt & Redmond
5(+0) London & Logan
6(+0) Brooke & Scott
7(+1) Becca & Floyd
8(-1) Shamir & Sara, a minute or two after #7
Detour: Lock or Knock
In Lock teams must go to an Al-Tamini Curio shop on Skomuhogo street in Stone town and search for a key in one of several Zanzibar chests. There are three hard parts about this detour. First that the place is not easy to find, then there are a lots of heavy chests to search. The final bit of trickery is that each Zanzibar chest has a hidden compartment, and that is where the keys are hidden. Teams are not told about this but must figure it out for themselves.
In knock teams must search through Stone town for three royal doors. When they find one they must knock on it to receive a wood carving. When they have found all three doors they can exchange the wood carvings for their next clue. The trick here is to find the doors. This is hard since only some of the locals know about them and the streets of Stone town are small, winding and very confusing.
Both of these detours are frustratingly hard and some teams start to argue quite a lot over which one to do.
Tara & Joey start knocking on any elaborate doors they find, and there are a lot, and by chance they find one of the royal doors.
"Know on every freaking fancy door there is
After a fruitless search they run into the lock detour location and decide to switch. They try that for a while before they get frustrated and decode to switch back again. However the knock side keeps being frustratingly difficult and Joey starts to question their decision.
"Get a new partner man
", Tara does not take any crap
"I don't want a new partner, I want you
", Joey does not want to switch partner
They stick with the knocking and eventually find the last door.
"I'm a hundred percent wrong. You're right.
", Joey apologizes
Michael quickly realize the boxes have a secret compartment.
"I have hard time understanding how people wouldn't find that
", Michael found the hidden compartment easily
Vanck & Ashton is one of the teams having an argument. Vanck wants to search for images online of the doors while Ashton wants to leave the hotel where they have been getting help.
"When we are coming in not first, this is why
", Ashton has trouble with Vanck researching more
The argument then gets worse when Vanck wants to switch detours but Ashton does not.
"If we would have listened to you we would have switched, and we would be stupid
", Ashton after they get some seemingly good directions
"Hi, welcome to hell
", Brooke when Becca & Floyd arrive at the lock detour
"There's not any keys anywhere, we've looked through every single one
", Logan has looked in all boxes (but not found the secret compartments)
"I'm just gonna climb in here and cry
", Brooke when she opens a large box with no key inside
Eventually Scott finds a key, but they are unable to make it work in the tricky lock. So they keep looking and soon they find a second key which, after some fiddling, they get to work. As they get the lock open Becca asks if she can have the other key and Scott gives it to her.
"I gave one to another team
", Scott tells Brooke about the key
"You did not
", Brooke can not believe he did that
Becca manage to open the other Scorpion lock with the key she got from Scott.
"We owe Brook & Scott big time
Shamir & Sara are also having issues. They start on the knock detour but like most others they run into problems finding the doors. Shamir wants to switch but Sara wants to keep going. And let us just say that they are not communicating well.
"From the beginning of the day I decoded that I was going to lead and take control because of Brazil
Shamir does not feel comfortable in the back seat which may add to their frustration.
"This is horrible, do you want to give that puzzle a try?
", Shamir wants to switch
"No, we have one more
", Sara does not
"We've had one more for an hour and a half
Eventually they switch to lock. But when Sara sees the hundreds of boxes they have to search she wants to switch back. Shamir refuses.
"This is the worst decision that we can make
", Sara really wants to switch
Shamir was probably right to refuse for it takes them about 40 minutes to find a key.
London & Logan stick with the lock detour for a long time. When they eventually switch they run into a woman who knows where all the doors are.
"That was easy
", London as they get the first carving
Teams complete the detour in the following order:
1(+1) Liz & Michael, lock
2(+2) Matt & Redmond, lock
3(+3) Brooke & Scott, lock
4(+3) Becca & Floyd, lock
5(-2) Vanck & Ashton, knock
6(-5) Tara & Joey, knock, lock, knock
7(-2) London & Logan, lock, knock
8(+0) Shamir & Sara, knock, lock
The next clue is a route info telling teams to travel by ferry back to Dar es Salaam.
At the ferry terminal teams find that there is quite a big separation between the ferries. The first teams get there before 10:30 and the next ferry leaves at 12:30. There is an anxious wait for this ferry as more and more team arrive.
"If one pair doesn't get on this boat and that really takes the pressure off for all of us
When London & Logan arrive not long before the ferry is about to depart they get a round of applause from the other and you can see that London is very relieved that they made it.
"And then there was one team missing
In the end all but one team, Sara & Shamir, make the 12:30 ferry. The next ferry is at 15:30 and all teams know that a two-hour lead is big.
Teams on the first ferry are greatly relieved that one team missed he ferry, but the mood on the second ferry is grimmer.
Once in Dar es Salaam teams must make their way to the office at Dar es Salaam small industries cooperative society. This is about a five minutes taxi ride away. Teams get their next clue from a guy in the office in the following order:
1. Becca & Floyd
2. Vanck & Ashton
?. Tara & Joey
?. Matt & Redmond
?. London & Logan
?. Liz & Michael
7. Brooke & Scott
8. Shamir & Sara
Here teams find a road block where contestants must make a ladle strainer from a sheet of aluminum. This is a manual process and it takes place in a very noisy cooperative workshop. They each get a stall and a local who demonstrates the different steps.
This is a hard task and it is made harder by the fact that the tools they use have seen better days.
"Not the sharpest things in the world
", Joey about the shears
One factor which makes the task a lot easier is that the final judge will tell people what they need to fix to get their ladles approved.
Even though it is a hard task contestants gets it done with a minimum of fuss. That is all but Brooke. She has a negative attitude going into the task.
"Manufacture a ladle. Oh my god, I don't think I gonna have the strength for this
", Brooke reads the clue
And it goes downhill from there.
"I don't know why this isn't working
", Brooke has trouble cutting the metal
Eventually Brooke asks Becca for help, and Becca does help her thus repaying her for getting the key earlier.
"Good, we're no longer in debt
", Becca as she gets back to her stall
Redmond also helps Brooke by giving some tips. He also tells her to calm down, repeatedly, since he knows she doesn't like that.
"If i needed to have a ladle for dinner, my family would starve
Michael also stops by to give her some good advice. Brooke says she owes him and he asks her not to U-turn him. Eventually Brooke get her ladle approved and they get their next clue.
"The talent there is amazing
", Michael is impressed by the locals working in the shop
"I like this challenge, it's fun
After approving the ladle the judge tests it by scooping up some pasta from a pot. I wonder if they had the same pasta cooking for the whole time.
It is very hard to say how long after Brooke & Scott left that Shamir & Sara arrive. Given the light it does not seem long. But Shamir takes long enough with the task that Phil comes by and eliminates them on the spot.
Teams complete this road block in the following order (* denotes team member doing the roadblock):
|1(+?)||Tara & Joey* ||(1-2)|
|2(-1)||Becca* & Floyd ||(2-1)|
|3(+?)||Liz & Michael* ||(1-2)|
|4(+?)||London & Logan* ||(1-2)|
|5(+?)||Matt & Redmond* ||(1-2)|
|6(-4)||Vanck* & Ashton ||(2-1)|
|7(+0)||Brooke* & Scott ||(2-1)|
|DNF||Shamir* & Sara ||(2-1)|
The next clue is a route info directing teams to the next pit stop. This pit stop is at Coco beach (8km 20min) and teams check in here in the following order:
1(+0) Tara & Joey, win $5000 each
2(+0) Becca & Floyd, just after #1
3(+0) Liz & Michael
4(+1) Matt & Redmond, just after #3
5(-1) London & Logan, as teams #3 & #4 are leaving the mat
6(+0) Vanck & Ashton
7(+0) Brooke & Scott
At the mat Phil probes into Vanck & Ashtons strained relationship.
"I want to enjoy this experience, but it's really hard. There's nothing I can do at this point, we have to run this together. I'm suck with him
", Ashton (as she stands next to Vanck)
Shamir & Sara are way behind and Phil has a plane to catch so he makes his way to the road block location and eliminates them on the spot.
"I'm proud of her and I'm proud of myself
"Even though it definitely wasn't a match made in heaven I certainly haven't forgotten all of the incredible experiences we did have