|Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am|
Crippled by a fear of heights and water, Mika refused to go down a waterslide in Dubai even as Canaan begged and pleaded. After a rocky start, Harlem Globetrotters Flight Time & Big Easy seized the opportunity and passed Mika to stay in the race.
ROW YOUR BOAT
Departing the Pit Stop in first place at 8:17am, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne ripped open their clue instructing them to take a locked briefcase, travel by taxi to the Dubai Creek Yacht and Golf Club, and search the marina's boardwalk for their next clue. With a sizable lead over the other teams from taking the Fast Forward in the prior leg, the dating couple had no problems getting to the club before anyone else checked out of the Pit Stop.
Opening their clue at the marina, Meghan & Cheyne discovered a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to row an inflatable dingy to a yacht anchored offshore where they would find a sheik who would present them with a watch following the Arab custom of hospitality. Then, they had to return to the dock and open their briefcase. To do this, teams had to figure out that the time on the watch, 8:35, was the combination to their briefcase. When they opened it, they would find their next clue.
With some rowing experience in his past, Cheyne chose to jump in the dingy for his team and began paddling towards the yacht anchored offshore. With the current offering some resistance, Cheyne kept rowing, even singing an appropriate ditty, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as motivation. Arriving at the yacht, Cheyne hopped onboard and accepted the expensive watch from the sheik before returning to shore. Solving the puzzle, Cheyne read the time of 8:35 from the watch and used that as the combination to open his briefcase. Ripping open the clue inside, Meghan & Cheyne discovered they had to travel to the Abra Station, a water taxi port in the old souk section of Dubai.
After a stressful start when their taxi driver took them to the wrong marina, Harlem Globetrotters Flight Time & Big Easy fell one spot to fourth place behind married couple Brian & Ericka and father and son Gary & Matt who both opened their briefcases and headed for the Abra Station. The massive, 6'9" Big Easy decided to row the dingy to the yacht for his team, but quickly discovered that paddling wasn't his forte. Even with Flight Time offering tips from the shore, Big Easy made little progress in the water. Eventually, Big Easy ditched the paddles and just relied on his long arms to propel him to the yacht. Flight Time joked, "You're going down in history as the biggest man ever in a lifeboat made for a five-year old."
Back on shore, the fun and games quickly ended for Big Easy when he tried to open his briefcase. His first guess was 872, because the small hand of the watch was on the 8, the big hand was on the 7, and he thought the third number was the date. Completely confident that the first two numbers were 8 and 7, Big Easy kept trying incorrect combinations as Dan and Tiffany easily opened their cases with the correct combination of 835. Trying to keep his sense of humor, Flight Time joked, "We stay here long enough Lance & Keri might show up."
While Lance & Keri never showed up, last place Mika & Canaan did. Because of Mika's fear of water, Canaan paddled to and from the yacht, as Big Easy remained befuddled at how to open the briefcase. Still convinced that 8 and 7 were the first two numbers of the combination, Big Easy became increasingly frustrated that the case wouldn't open. After Canaan passed Big Easy, the Globetrotter tried to keep his composure now in last place. With Flight Time there to keep him calm, Big Easy looked at the watch once more and read the time out loud. Finally he tried the combination of 835 to open the briefcase. In the taxi, Big Easy joked, "The "˜hood's mad at me now. Read the watch, dummy."
Arrving at the Abra Station in first place, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne found a Detour with the choice of Gold or Glass. In Gold, teams had to find a jewelry store where they would use a precision scale to weigh out exactly $500,000 worth of gold. To do this, they had to figure out that needed to divide 500,000 by the gold exchange rate shown on the monitor in the store. However, the exchange rate is constantly changing, so teams had to work quickly in order to weigh out the gold and receive their next clue. In Glass, teams made their way to a spice market where they had to choose a crate of disassembled Middle Eastern smoking pipes known as hookahs. Teams had to utilize all of the parts from the crate to assemble twelve hookahs using three displayed hookahs as their guide.
At the spice souk, Meghan & Cheyne pried open a crate and carefully took out the many glass and metal pieces that would hopefully become twelve hookahs. Faced with the daunting task of assembling the intricate pieces correctly, Meghan became frustrated as Cheyne tried to keep her calm. On Meghan's penchant for becoming flustered, Cheyne later commented, "That's just how she is. She really is meticulous and wants everything to be right and perfect."
As Meghan & Cheyne continued to piece together their hookahs, married couple Brian & Ericka arrived at the jewelry store where Ericka joked, "I don't know a whole lot about gold, but I do like to wear it." Once the married couple looked at the monitor displaying the exchange rate, an intimidated Brian said, "This is going to be some tricky math." The pair tried their hardest to do long division without the help of a calculator, but they could not come up with the correct amount of gold equally $500,000 and decided to take their chances building hookahs.
Meghan & Cheyne assembled all twelve hookahs and thought they had finished, but they failed to notice a handful of washers alongside the crate. Meghan began to stress about what she and Cheyne did wrong until she spotted the washers and realized that they needed to go under the plate of the hookah. Opening their clue, the dating couple learned that they had to travel to the Atlantis, the Palm Dubai resort and search the Aquaventure Water Park for the Leap of Faith. After taking the six-story plunge on a waterslied at a nearly ninety-degree angle through a shark tank, teams would find their next clue at the bottom of the slide.
Arriving at the spice souk in the blazing hot sun, Brian & Ericka began assembling their hookahs, but didn't pay attention to the specific color of hoses for each of them, even saying, "I don't think the colors matter." When the judge rejected Brian & Ericka's twelve completed hookahs, the married couple had no idea why, remarking, "It's got to be something so miniscule and it's very frustrating." Ericka's frustration deepened with the arrival of father and son Gary & Matt and turned to panic when Mika & Canaan showed up. Ericka told Brian, "We gotta get this thing done."
Meanwhile, brothers Sam & Dan had problems of their own trying to weigh the proper amount of gold. Even with their calculator, an impulse buy made at Wal-Mart before the race, the brothers didn't understand how to use the provided exchange rate. Just as the brothers said, "This is so hard. We don't know what to do", poker players Maria & Tiffany walked through the doors of the jewelry store. Maria quickly understood that she needed to divide 500,000 by the exchange rate to arrive at the weight of gold, but she didn't have a calculator, a necessity with the rate changing so quickly. The brothers lent Maria & Tiffany their calculator in exchange for the answer if the poker players got it. Once again, the partnership between Sam & Dan and Maria & Tiffany paid off as the two teams left the Detour in second and third place.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Walking to the top of the Leap of Faith at the Aquaventure Water Park, dating couple Meghan & Cheyne, who are both afraid of heights, put on their swimsuits for a plunge down the slide. Watching Cheyne go down the slide first, Meghan noticed the sharks swimming below asking, "Are those fake sharks or real sharks?" Even upon learning they were real, she followed her boyfriend, saying, "It's good not to think about it and just do it." In the wading pool at the bottom, the dating couple opened their clue instructing them to search the grounds of the Atlantis Palm Resort for Dolphin Bay Beach, the Pit Stop for this leg of the race.
Running along the beautiful Dolphin Beach where Phil waited, Meghan & Cheyne stepped on the mat in first place. For their victory, the dating couple won a pair of personal watercrafts. On their success and fun so far, Cheyne commented, "This is the best experience of our lives hands down."
FIGURING IT OUT
With the last place Globetrotters arriving at the spice souk, Ericka's frustration with the hookahs reached critical mass. She and Brian continued to look at the examples and back at their assembled hookahs unable to spot a difference. Finally, Brian noticed that the striped bases had striped hoses and made the change to earn their clue for a fourth place finish.
Noticing how long it took Brian & Ericka, Flight Time & Big Easy decided to switch tasks and weigh the gold in hopes of passing Mika & Canaan and Gary & Matt who still battled the soaring temperatures to assemble their hookahs. After borrowing a calculator from a neighboring store, the Globetrotters busted out their math skills, but only got up to $418,000 before the price of gold changed on them forcing them to recalculate. By the time Flight Time & Big Easy finally weighed out $500,000 of gold and ripped open their clue, Gary & Matt already finished the leg in fifth place.
With only a water slide between them and a sixth place finish, Mika, adorned with a set of pink floaties, stood at the top of Leap of Faith paralyzed with fear. Afraid of both heights and water, Mika refused to even inch near the slide, shouting, "I can't do it!" A frustrated Canaan said, "I'm not losing this race because of this. You're going down the slide." After his words proved ineffective, Canaan even tried physical force to get a near hysterical Mika to sit down on the slide. Mika screamed, "You can't make me!" A furious Canaan replied, "You're going to make us lose the race."
As precious time ticked away, Mika still wouldn't even sit down on the slide, saying, "I hate my life right now." Canaan continued pleading with his terrified girlfriend with no success, saying, "You are breaking my heart. You will regret not doing this." After a quick prayer, Mika finally sat down on the slide and gripped the handles for dear life. Canaan continued his entreaties for her to let go and take the plunge, but Mika refused to listen. At this point, Canaan's positive coaxing turned darker as he said, "You're being a complete moron. It's a waterslide."
"¦AND YET SO FAR
Flight Time and Big Easy arrived at the top of the Leap of Faith and the countdown began. Since only one team can go down the slide at a time, a team at the task has two minutes to complete it or they have to get up to allow the team behind them a chance to go. Canaan told Mika, "Your life is going to change in two minutes." Sensing a golden opportunity to stay in the race and preying on Mika's fears, Big Easy "encouraged" Mika, shouting, "Don't do it. I wouldn't do it. It's high." The Globetrotters' discouragements made Mika burst out in tears and infuriated an already tense Canaan. When they judge called time on Mika and ordered her to step aside, Canaan said, "I thought you were decent, Big Easy. You're a piece of crap, man."
Seeing the Globetrotters jump down the slide, Canaan's competitive instincts kicked in and he jumped, hoping that Mika would follow. Still crying at the top of the slide, Mika said, "I wish I was in Nashville"¦doing anything but this." Canaan continued to wait at the bottom, but Mika never followed him. As the Globetrotters celebrated and claimed sixth place, Mika simply walked back down the stairs to the Leap of Faith, and the dating couple solemnly walked to Phil on Dolphin Beach.
Stepping onto the mat in last place after one of the most dramatic finishes in race history, dating couple Mika & Canaan received the dreaded news from Phil that they were eliminated. Mika simply said, "I feel like I let Canaan down and myself." Canaan added, "I don't hold it against Mika. There's freedom in forgiveness and there's freedom in understanding that people aren't perfect and neither are you."
1506 ROUTE MARKERS
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one person can perform. In this Roadblock, one team member had to row an inflatable dingy to a yacht anchored offshore and to find a sheik who would present them with a watch following the Arab custom of hospitality. Then, they had to return to the dock and open their briefcase. To do this, teams had to figure out that the time on the watch, 8:35, was the combination to their briefcase. When they opened it, they would find their next clue.
Performed Roadblock: CHEYNE, BRIAN, GARY, BIG EASY, DAN, TIFFANY, CANAAN
Detour: A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its pros and cons. In this Detour, teams had to choose between Gold and Glass. In Gold, teams had to find a jewelry store where they would use a precision scale to weigh out exactly $500,000 worth of gold. To do this, they had to figure out that needed to divide 500,000 by the gold exchange rate shown on the monitor in the store. However, the exchange rate is constantly changing so teams had to work quickly in order to weigh out the gold and receive their next clue. In Glass, teams made their way to a spice market where they had to choose a crate of disassembled Middle Eastern smoking pipes known as hookahs. Teams had to utilize all of the parts from the crate to assemble twelve hookahs using three displayed hookahs as their guide.
Gold: SAM/DAN, MARIA/TIFFANY, FLIGHT TIME/BIG EASY
Glass: BRIAN/ERICKA, GARY/MATT, MIKA/CANAAN, MEGHAN/CHEYNE
Order of Finish
1. Meghan & Cheyne
2. Maria & Tiffany
3. Sam & Dan
4. Brian & Ericka
5. Gary & Matt
6. Flight Time & Big Easy
7. Mika & Canaan