9 Moments From Ep. 4 Of The Amazing Race That Made Us Say, "Really?!"

1. When the teams were spit in the face.

1. 1. When the teams were spit in the face.

At first look, spitting in someone's face seemed like the oddest way to welcome them to your town. However, in the 1,000-year-old Mukuni Village located in Zambia, Africa, this unexpected gesture is actually a traditional greeting and is considered a blessing.

The experience caught most of the teams by surprise—How could it not, right?—and left some of them laughing with amusement. 

The reaction from Denise (#TeamAlabama) was especially entertaining. Her eyelashes were not happy.

Check out eight more moments from Episode 4 of The Amazing Race that had us in shock and awe.
2. When Joey played puppet master.

2. 2. When Joey played puppet master.

After buddying up with #TeamTexas and sharing their desire to work on getting #TheGreenTeam out, Joey (#TheReporters) began chatting up Justin at the Roadblock, which appeared to indicate a double alliance is in the works.

"We're in a secret alliance that I don't mind breaking later on with Justin and Diana," Joey said, pointedly. 
3. When #TheTrackStars had no clue which country they were in.



3. 3. When #TheTrackStars had no clue which country they were in.



During the episode’s Roadblock, which treated racers to waterfall views via microlights, it took a minute (or more) for #TheTrackStars to realize they needed to cross the border in order to get their next clue. That information definitely would've come in handy when Jazmine and Danielle arrived in Zimbabwe, got into a different taxi, and ended up majorly lost.

"We are not sure what country we are in right now," the pair admitted. "We know we're in Africa..."

After asking the driver for help, he let them know they’d need to return to the Zambian side of the border to access the bridge.

4. When #TeamTexas used their precious Express Pass.

4. 4. When #TeamTexas used their precious Express Pass.

Tanner and Josh thought using their Express Pass during this episode would help kick #TheGreenTeam to the curb, but when they arrived at their overnight hold at Zimbabwe’s Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge, they knew things weren't going to go as planned. 

The teams found only keys with check-out times and after taking one of the 8:00 a.m. spots, they noticed the other keys were only staggered by 10 minutes each. Not the ideal jump start they were looking for after all. 

"We had gold in our hand, and we bought nothing with it," said Tanner.
5. When an unexpected promise was made.

5. 5. When an unexpected promise was made.

The next morning, #TeamTexas and #TheGreenTeam made a promise to not U-Turn each other after realizing they were heading out at the exact same time. 

However, as the teams separated, Justin didn’t seem too sincere. In fact, with $1 million dollars on the line, he said, "What's it to lie to two people you just met?" 
6. When #ChacAttack had no clue what croquet was.

6. 6. When #ChacAttack had no clue what croquet was.

All the teams had a relatively easy time deciding which Detour option to choose—all except #ChacAttack, that is.

When given the choice of "Co-op," which involved staining and polishing a wooden giraffe (and then waiting for it to dry), or "Croquet," which would require scoring five points against a local player, Cindy turned to Rick and said, "We’re not even sure what croquet is."
7. When #TheGreenTeam chose not to use the U-Turn when they had the opportunity.

7. 7. When #TheGreenTeam chose not to use the U-Turn when they had the opportunity.

All along, #TheGreenTeam knew #TeamTexas was gunning for them, but when they had an opportunity to throw them off track at the Pit Stop, they didn't!

Instead, Justin said their intentions were to let #TeamTexas fail on their own until they arrive at the next U-Turn. 

This battle between teams is sure building momentum fast. Who will end up on top?
8. When Tanner and Josh said they respected #TheGreenTeam.

8. 8. When Tanner and Josh said they respected #TheGreenTeam.

When #TeamTexas discovered that they weren’t U-Turned by their strongest competitors, they were totally surprised and decided not to U-Turn anyone else in return. 

However, in regards to their strategy moving forward, Tanner said, “[With #TheGreenTeam] being our greatest competition, a U-Turn is exactly what’s in store for them."

Looks like there’s no changing the minds of this Texas twosome, even after playing nice for a day.
9. When the Express Pass hand-off had to happen immediately.

9. 9. When the Express Pass hand-off had to happen immediately.

Just as #TeamTexas reached Phil at the Pit Stop, located at the local orphanage, they learned that they needed to decide who'd get their Express Pass because the next leg would start ASAP. Tanner said they didn’t want to play favorites or hurt any of their alliances and added, "We have no idea what we want to do."

See how it all plays out next Friday at 8/7c on an all-new episode of The Amazing Race.