Ken and Tina Greene finish last but avoid 'The Amazing Race' ouster
By John Bracchitta, 11/03/2008
The "Separated Couple" of Ken and Tina Greene were the last team to arrive at The Amazing Race 13's sixth Pit Stop, however instead of being eliminated the couple discovered that the leg was the race's first non-elimination leg.
Instead of going home, Ken and Tina will get to continue in the race's seventh leg but have to overcome a Speed Bump, a special task that only they will have to complete.
"Everybody loves a comeback you know?" an emotional Ken said after learning that he and Tina had been spared. "We're not just talking about a little football game here. We're not just talking about The Amazing Race. We're talking about an all encompassing situation which is [us]."
"It takes falling to the bottom sometimes to make it to the top," added Tina.
The Amazing Race 13's sixth episode began with the six remaining teams leaving the Bayon Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple in Siem Riep, Cambodia that served as the site of the Pit Stop for The Amazing Race'sfifth leg.
Following the mandatory rest period, the "Brother and Sister" team Nick and Starr Spangler were the first team to depart at 11:22PM.
After opening their first clue, Nick and Starr were instructed to make their way to a travel agent and then to Siem Reap International Airport and fly 2,000 miles to Dehli, India. Once in India, they were told to make their way to a specific automobile shop where they would receive their next clue.
"I'm expecting crowds and heat and confusion," Nick told Starr after learning that they would be traveling to India.
Nick and Starr were followed by "Mother and Son" Toni and Dallas at 11:34PM, Ken and Tina at 11:53PM, "Divorcees" Kelly Crabb and Christy Cook at 11:59PM, "Newly Dating Couple" Terence Gerchberg and Sarah Leshner at 12:05AM, and "Fraternity Brothers" Andrew Lappitt and Dan Honig at 12:29AM.
While in the cab, Dan tried to motivate Andrew to step it up in the upcoming leg or face potential elimination from the competition.
"The thing we need to do differently is we need to not be as casual towards the leg. This is it, our backs are against the wall," Dan said. "If we don't put up right now than we're gonna be gone really quick."
Prior to leaving for the next leg of the race, Dallas admitted that he felt there had been flirting between he and Starr, but added that it had been difficult to get any alone time with her because of the presence of his mother and Starr's brother.
"We'll have to see what happens next," he said.
While Starr admitted that she had noticed the attraction as well, she seemed to be more diplomatic about the situation.
"Dallas and I have a great friendship that has formed that will probably continue after the race. There is an attraction there, at least I think," She said.
All of the teams convened at the travel agent where they used computers to research India while booking tickets on the same flight that had them arriving in Dehli later that day at 4:15PM.
After arriving in Dehli, Nick and Starr were the first team out of the airport to find a cab and head to the automobile shop. They were followed by Ken and Tina, Toni and Dallas, Andrew and Dan, Kelly and Christy, and Terrence and Sarah.
While Nick and Starr's cab driver had little trouble finding the shop with their next clue, many of the other teams struggled -- particularly Ken and Tina, whose cab driver had to stop for directions and allowed many all of the other teams to pass them.
Once at the automobile shop, Nick and Starr learned it was time for the leg's Roadblock task, which required one member of their team to choose a waiting taxi cab, mask its appropriate sections with newspaper, and then spray paint its bottom section green to symbolize that it ran on natural gas.
After successfully painting their cab to the shop owner's liking, each team would receive their next clue.
Nick and Starr were followed by Andrew and Dan, Toni and Dallas, Kelly and Christy, and Terrence and Sarah.
Ken and Tina eventually arrived at the shop last and were surprised that the other teams had not struggled with their cab drivers to the extent they had.
"How did everybody get here but us? That's amazing." said Tina.
While Sarah worked on painting the cab, both she and members of other teams became frustrated by Terrence's critique her painting techniques.
"Terrence acts very controlling, he demands perfection from Sarah," Dan commented after watching Terrence's antics.
"Who makes their wife to bodywork on a vehicle?" added Andrew.
"At the Roadblock it felt like Terrence was being critical of me. I was feeling kind of fragile and I think that got in my way," Sarah recalled.
Ken also had to deal with a bossy teammate while he attempted to pain the cab as Tina repeatedly criticized his techniques as well. Afterward, Ken vented that their marriage reconciliation attempt was "not going well."
After arriving at the shop second, Andrew and Dan temporarily jumped into the lead when they were the first team to finish painting their cab. After receiving their next clue, they were instructed to travel to the Ambassador Hotel and search its garden for an Indian doorman.
However, after encountering trouble while trying to find a cab after leaving the shop, the fraternity brothers fell all the way to fifth place after Nick and Starr, Toni and Dallas, and Ken and Tina finished the Roadblock and were more successful finding cabs.
Terrence's nagging seemed to contribute to Sarah taking much longer to paint her cab than anyone else. They left the shop in last place.
Nick and Starr were the first team to arrive at the Ambassador Hotel and find the doorman, who gave them a clue that informed them it was time for the leg's two Detour options: "Launder Money" or "Launder Clothes."
"Launder Money" required the teams to make their way to a banquet hall and make a necklace decorated with exactly ten notes of Indian Rupees -- the country's currency -- totaling 780 in value. After creating the necklace, teams would have to venture into the banquet hall's basement and give it to a waiting groom in order to receive their next clue.
"Launder Clothes" required the teams to make their way to a laundry shop and press 20 pieces of clothing using a traditional charcoal-heated iron. When the pieces had been pressed to a laundry woman's liking, the team would receive their next clue.
Toni and Dallas were the second team to arrive at the hotel, arriving while Nick and Starr were still contemplating which Detour task to do. Both teams ended up choosing "Launder Clothes," as did Andrew and Dan and Kelly and Christy, the next two teams to arrive at the hotel.
Ken and Tina chose not to replace their confused cab driver after finishing the Roadblock challenge and once again struggled to find the hotel and fell into last place after being passed by Terrence and Sarah. Upon arriving at the hotel, Terrence and Sarah chose the "Launder Money" Detour, as did Ken and Tina, who finally arrived after ditching their earlier cab in favor of a new one.
Nick and Starr were the first team to arrive at the laundry shop and benefited from using some gloves they had packed to deal with the fact that the irons were very hot. They were followed by Kelly and Christy, Toni and Dallas, and Andrew and Dan.
Terrence and Sarah were the first team to arrive at the banquet hall and were followed by Ken and Tina. While Ken and Tina seemed to have little trouble getting the exact currency needed to make the necklace, Terrence and Sarah struggled until they eventually found a group with enough change for them.
After pressing their 20 pieces with little trouble, Nick and Starr received the next clue - which instructed them to make their way to the Baha'I House, the Baha'I faith headquarters that would serve as the leg's Pit Stop.
Andrew and Dan struggled to iron their clothing properly and had to redo some of their pieces several times before the laundrywoman would accept them. Their struggles caused them to be the last team to complete the Detour when Kelly and Christy, Toni and Dallas all left the laundry shop before them and Terrence and Sarah and Ken and Tina successfully delivered their necklaces.
However, Ken and Tina had problems finding a taxi after leaving the banquet hall, causing them to fall back into last place once again.
Nick and Starr were the first team to get to the Baha'I House and meet with The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, who told them that they had won the race's leg. As a reward for winning, both Nick and Starr won electric cars.
"I'm excited to go into this next leg with Nick as a strong, united team," Starr said following her victory. I think we're a great balance for each other. He really is my best friend and I consider myself very blessed to have someone like him in my life."
Nick and Starr were followed by Kelly and Christy, Toni and Dallas, Terrence and Sarah, and Andrew and Dan.
Ken and Tina arrived last, but were relieved to find out that it had been a non-elimination leg and that they would survive until the next round.
"We want this race, we want to win it. We want it to work for each other or we wouldn't put ourselves through this hell," said a frustrated, yet relieved Ken after Phil's revelation.
TheAmazing Race's next episode will air on Sunday, November 9 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.