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The Amazing Race 8 - Episode 7 Summary

'Fear and Loathing in Phoenix' By ARnutz
Original Airdate: November 8, 2005

Previously on The Amazing Race: Poor, brave, little Carissa Gaghan, the youngest amazing racer ever, and her family were eliminated. WAH!

Leaving the mat: The Paolo Family, being the first to arrive on the previous leg, will depart first at 7:27 am. The Linz family leave 1 minute later and the Bransen family go off 1 minute after that!

The clue says the teams must go to Playa Maracas and swim out to a bouy to receive their next clue. Nick Linz and Wally Bransen have no trouble at all and read the clue back on shore with their families. It tells them to take a taxi to “La Iglesia de Metal” in Grecia where they must find an altar boy, who will hand them their next clue. For those of you at home who were wondering and do not know Spanish, “La Iglesia de Metal” means THE METAL CHURCH!

Tony Paolo has a rough time getting back to shore and calls for help from the rescuers. They give him a life jacket and he’s on his way! The three teams bunch up at some pay phones when leaving to call for the taxis. They get in their taxis and they are on their way to a 2.5 hour ride! OK everyone, no potty breaks this time!

The Godlewskis leave the mat at 8:32 am and the Weavers, who are last to depart, leave at 9 am. Sharon, wearing what I think is Carissa's little pink swimsuit (Just how many pink items of clothing did these ladies bring?), gets the clue and the sistahs are on their way, then Rolly does the same for the Weavers, although he was not wearing a little pink swimsuit at the time.

The Detour: The teams arrive at La Iglesia de Metal (you know, the Metal Church) just in time for a funeral! The clue from the alter boy says that next it’s a detour. The teams need to choose between “barrel” or “brush”.

In “barrel” teams must travel 10 miles to load up a bundle of sugar cane sticks onto a tractor, then transport the bundle 6 miles to a warehouse and search for the next clue in a bunch of wine barrels. The Paolos arrive with the Linzes right on their tails. Both of these teams choose the barrel task. These two teams easily manage to load up the sticks and take their tractor ride to the barrel warehouse to get their next clue. The clue tells the teams they must fly to Phoenix, Arizona and get themselves to the Bondurant Superkart School. The Linzes are off to the airport. The Paolos get their clue and Marion says, “What the hell are we going to Phoenix, Arizona for? I want to go to New Zealand!” Now that? Was funny! These teams probably figured they weren’t going back to the states this soon!

(We interrupt this detour to bring you our special election day coverage… At this time, we are predicting the winner in the NYC mayoral race as Mayor Bloomberg, yes that’s right, with 36% of precinct reporting in at this time, we can say for sure, that Bloomberg will be the mayor again! Huh? 36% is only about 1/3 of precincts, I’ve always wondered how those news folks can make those predictions with what seems to me to be not a majority of votes yet counted. *scratches head*)

Back to the show!

In “brush” the teams will travel 10 miles to an ox cart factory and paint a copy of a design onto an ox cart wheel. Was I the only one who got a flashback to Colin screaming, “My ox is broken!” when the ox was shown on the screen? Anyway, the Bransens choose brush and proceed to get lost on the way, due to a bad taxi driver. They pass La Iglesia de Metal again and the lady taxi driver finally stops for directions! Hmmm... I thought it was only men who wouldn't stop for directions! The Godlewskis and the Weavers also choose “brush”. The Bransens finish first and they receive their next clue, then the Weavers (who got there after the sistahs) and finally the Godlewskis.

At the airport, the Linzes get on the first flight they find, which will arrive in Phoenix through Atlanta at 9:35 am. The Paolos can't get on that one because it's full. In the meantime, the Godlewskis and the Bransens have found a flight going through JFK in NYC that will arrive in Phoenix at 9:20 am. The Paolos manage to get onto that one! The Weavers wind up on that one too.

So, we have four teams going to NYC and the Linzes going through Atlanta. When the Godlewski sistahs arrive, the ticket agent tells them they have no reservation from JFK to Phoenix, but there is a flight going through Newark which will also arrive at 9:20 am. Phew! Lucky them! They hop in a taxi and head to Newark.

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