Welcome to episode 4 of The Amazing Race 6, the show with the motto Ė letís face it, itís true Ė Hurry up and Wait!.
I'm sure that this week will be no different. Teams will make mistakes, but some of them will make them early and get a reprieve, where others will make them later and pay the ultimate price of eviction. I mean banishment. Elimination. Youíre fired??? Well, something bad will happen, thatís for sure, as the last team eliminated will no longer be racing for a million dollars in stressful , unsanitary conditions with no sleep and no time to enjoy their surroundings. Instead they will be forced to enjoy a luxury vacation at some remote location until the race is over and they can be reunited at the finish line.
The teams will start from the pit stop, which is in Stockholm Sweden, called one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia. There are 8 teams left, they are: Kris and Jon, Hayden and Aaron, Freddy and Kendra, Gus and Hera, Jonathan and Victoria, Adam and Rebecca, Don and Mary Jean, Lori and Bolo.
Hayden and Aaron are the first to leave, having checked into the pit stop seconds before Kris and Jon, but for all practical purposes, both teams leave at 2:04 a.m. The teams must find the town hall tower and climb to the top for their next clue. They travel together in the dead of night and find a hotel doorman who tells them the tower is near city hall. As they near the tower, they ask some people hanging out in the street when the tower opens. The response is ďTen oíclock?Ē Yes, thatís ten oíclock with a question mark, not an exclamation point.
This sounds like a good time for a pop quiz.
Question One: Youíre on a race around the world for million dollars. You need to know the opening time of an attraction that is close by so that you can proceed with the race. Your best option is:
a) look it up in a respected travel publication. b) Ask the desk clerk at the nearby Sheraton hotel. c) Go to the base of the tower and see if the opening time is listed there. d) Unconditionally accept the unsure response of a stranger whoís hanging out on the streets at 3 or 4 in the morning.
If youíre Hayden, Aaron, Kris, or Jon, you choose D. If youíre anyone else with a brain on planet Earth, you choose all of the above except D. Alas, our front-runners thank the stranger and walk away. Theyíre bummed out that their lead will be evaporating and decide the logical next step is to hang out at the Sheraton and get some sleep until 9:30.
Gus and Hera leave an hour later, with Jon and Victoria not far behind. Jonathan tells us that all their problems have been with each other, not the race. Very perceptive, Jonathan. Does that tell you something maybe? Will you be taking some kind of positive action with this information? Victoria says they want to kill to each other. Donít give Jonathan any ideas, he may decide heíll get farther in the race without you. The two couples meet up and ask a group of streetwalkers Ė well, people who happen to be walking the streets at 4 a.m. - when the tower opens. They too are told 10:00. Maybe the kind of person whoís out at 4 a.m. never goes anywhere before ten and just assumes thatís when everything opens. At any rate Gus/Hera and Jonathan/Victoria also take the word of these night owls without checking for themselves and are also going to the Sheraton.
At 5:37, Adam and Rebecca leave. She tells us that Adamís mom still cut his toenails when they first met. And it doesnít sound like they were simply childhood friends. Adam admits heís a baby and still lives with his mommy and daddy.
This team actually goes to the tower and learns the gate opens at 7 a.m. See Ė that was so easy even a baby could do it. Freddy and Kendra leave at 6:09, and head straight for the tower, arriving before 7am. Obviously, it didnít take long to get there! They find Adam and Rebecca waiting at the gate and both teams are surprised they are the only ones waiting.
At 7 a.m. these two teams learn they must fly to Dakar, Senegal in Africa, where their next clue will be waiting just outside the airport. Freddy and Kendra take a cab to the airport. They learn that itís more expensive than the train, but thatís okay because it also takes longer than the train. This is why I just would not be a good Amazing Racer. I just donít understand these subtle nuances!
Gus and Hera have awakened a little early, as have Jonathan and Victoria. Both teams are walking separately near the tower and are shocked to see people at the top, given that doesnít open for two more hours. At any rate, they make it to the top of the tower, still in 3rd and 4th places. The last two teams to leave the pit stop at 7:52 a.m. are Lori/Bolo and Don/Mary Jean. They arrive in 5th and 6th, not far behind the others. It looks like all four teams have decided to take cabs to the airport. In the meantime, the first teams are already at the airport lining up flights to Africa that depart at 11:20am.
Finally, we see Hayden and Aaron, who are thinking maybe they should go to the tower, even though it canít be open yet since itís not ten. Kris and Jon also find the tower about that time. Both teams apparently decide they canít afford to waste money with a slow cab and decide to take the train. This decision allows them to catch up with the other teams at the airport, and in the end, all teams will arrive in Africa together, late that evening.