'Amazing Race' Recap: From Top to Stop
Chester and Ephraim on "The Amazing Race"
The third leg of "The Amazing Race" reminded viewers that a team is sometimes only as good as the help it enlists, and bad luck can bring down even the best of teams.
Ticket to Slide
The NFLers were the first team to depart (almost five hours before the final team to leave the pit stop), and the first to arrive at the travel agency in search of the magic ticket to Lisbon, Portugal. Their agent said she found a flight that landed at 7 a.m. that had only two tickets left.
As she was doing the paperwork, the doctors and the beards arrived at the office. Suddenly, the docs were given two tickets on the promised plane, and the NFLers' agent admitted she'd typed the wrong date and they found themselves arriving at noon instead. Travis said, "Those dudes are pissed."
He had no idea the kind of foreshadowing that turned out to be for Team Big and Cuddly. After they arrived at the airport, the agent called them saying she had booked them on a better flight but with two connections. They decided to "roll the dice" for a five-hour jump on the rest of the teams. She called back again and helped book the beards, who credited Ephraim with being so sweet to her despite her screw-up, on an earlier flight through Madrid, which ended up getting them in two hours earlier than a handful of other teams. Team Boston, ironically, were talking about their bad luck with flights and taxis when the driver of the car they were in rear-ended someone. Luckily, the crashee waved them through, causing almost no delay.
The Afghanimals told the Ice Queens about a London flight that landed at noon and tried to rope in Oklahoma in case the flight got delayed so that they wouldn't have to take out their race wives. When Pinkie asked whether they'd found an earlier flight, Oklahoma lied and then Danny, feeling both guilty and suspicious, changed plans. Danny surmised, "They're trying to get us on their flight so it is them against us and trying to bring us in to their little game. Puts us in a bad position. We will U-Turn them." They ended up with a 10 a.m. arrival.
Meanwhile, the baseball wives, who everyone is now maliciously calling the Bunnies, had a stroke of genius (which we admittedly did not think they had in them) and went to the airline's executive lounge while the other teams waited at the unmanned gate and got themselves placed first on the standby list for the earlier connection. They ended up on the same 7 a.m. route as the docs, as did Boston, which really ruffled Pinkie's feathers. "You're dead to me. We hate them right now They pulled a stunt that I would pull and I wasn't expecting it from them. Now it's on." Kim was very proud of herself. "We figured it out. We didn't come here to get kicked off. We came to compete."