The "Baseball Wives" became the sixth team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's eighth Pit Stop at the top of Jebel Hafeet in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates in last place.
"I think I'll take away that I faced so many fears and it does make me feel like I can do anything. I'm going to remember what I learned on the Race, that you just have to do it!" Kim said following her team's ouster.
"I feel so blessed to have had this experience with my best friend. I'm sad, but it's been an amazing experience. We did it in a way that, I feel, is honorable to who we are. We obviously made some mistakes along the way, but there's no regrets! I feel really thankful for this opportunity."
The eighth episode of The Amazing Race's 23rd edition began with the Race's six remaining teams leaving the seventh Pit Stop at the Champions Podium.
Nicole and Travis intended to use their Express Pass during this leg of the Race, mainly because the teams learned there would be a U-Turn ahead. In addition, Nicky and Kim would have to complete a Speed Bump task at some point in the leg as a consequence for finishing the previous non-elimination leg in last place.
Nicky and Kim planned to run the Race harder, upping their game from calling themselves "Bunnies" to "Ninjas."
The teams' first set of clues instructed them to use the satchel of Viking coins they had picked in Norway to decipher a code that would unlock a Ford Explorer vehicle. They needed to figure out that the symbols on their coins must match the stenciled symbols on the satchel itself. Once the coins were in the correct order, the teams had to flip them over to reveal a five-digit sequence that would open their SUV.
Ally and Ashley had a little trouble finding out the combination to unlock their car.
Once in the vehicles, the teams were told to drive themselves to the sand dunes and pick a buggy parked next to the highway.
Jason and Amy got lost along the way and found it so frustrating because they had a difference in opinion over the directions.
Leo and Jamal were the first team to get inside one of the awaiting all-terrain vehicles. Nicole and Travis got into an ATV next, and they were followed by Jason and Amy, Tim and Marie, Nicky and Kim, and Ally and Ashley.
While riding the ATVs, the teams had to follow flags into the desert to find the next cluebox.
Nicole and Travis got stuck in the sand as did Nicky and Kim. Nicky and Kim's situation was worse, however, as they had to dig their vehicle out of the sand only to discover they had burnt out the clutch and needed to swap out for a new vehicle.
Leo and Jamal were the first team to make it to the cluebox in the desert. They were then followed by Nicole and Travis, Jason and Amy, Tim and Marie, Ally and Ashley, and finally Nicky and Kim.
The next clue instructed the teams to jump back into their SUVs and drive themselves to Al Ain Oasis. Once at the national museum's oasis, they'd find their next clue high in a tree.
Nicole and Travis got to the tree clue first, and they were soon followed by Leo and Jamal, Tim and Marie, Jason and Amy, Ally and Ashley, and Nicky and Kim.
The teams then had to complete one of two possible Detour tasks: "Wedding Guests" or "Beauty Contest."
"Wedding Guests" required the teams to prepare a traditional ceremonial dish. They had to collect all the ingredients, prepare them according to the recipe, and them deliver them to the cooking station. When the chef felt the food was made to order, the teams would serve a plate of food to the guests and then receive their next clue.
"Beauty Contest" required the teams to pick a champion amongst dozens of camels. Following a set of scoring guidelines, the teams had to identify a "prize winning" camel, dress the camel in Arab finery, and then present it to a panel of judges. If a team selected a winner, they'd be rewarded with their next clue.
Leo and Jamal and Nicky and Kim opted to take on the "Wedding Guests" task, while Tim and Marie, Jason and Amy, and Ally and Ashley wanted to try the "Beauty Contest" one.
Before even attempting one of the two tasks, Nicole and Travis chose to use their Express Pass to jump ahead of the pack and avoid being U-Turned.
Meanwhile, Tim and Marie picked the wrong camel on the first try, and so did Jason and Amy.
Once Tim and Marie completed the Detour task and were in second place, they ran into Leo and Jamal -- who were still preparing their ingredients to cook -- on their way to finding their next clue on-foot at Al Jahill Tower. Leo and Jamal realized Tim and Marie were already done with their task and it was taking them way to long to finish the wedding food, so they decided to switch and give the camel task a try instead.
While Tim and Marie were anxiously lost and trying to find the tower, Leo and Jamal got lucky and selected a prize-winning camel right away.
Because Nicole and Travis passed right over the Detour, Tim and Marie finished it before any of the other teams. They were then followed by Jason and Amy, Leo and Jamal, and Ally and Ashley.
At the Al Jahill Tower, a Double U-Turn board was posted up. Nicole and Travis got there first and decided to U-Turn Jamal and Leo for telling a lie. The guys had lied to the married team about previously U-Turning Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer, and Nicole and Travis weren't pleased.
Jason and Amy got to the U-Turn board next but they decided not to utilize the opportunity. Leo and Jamal then approached the board and realized Nicole and Travis had U-Turned them. Leo and Jamal weren't surprised or phased by the decision.
Tim and Marie got to the tower next and decided to U-Turn Nicky and Kim. Tim and Marie wanted to give themselves "a little cushion" in the leg, and they were also still pissed about the time the "Bunnies" had gotten in front of them in a standby line to get tickets at an airport in a prior leg.
However, Nicky and Kim never cut the couple, as they had bought tickets ahead of time at another counter. Tim and Marie were not aware of that.
Ally and Ashley then arrived at the tower and were surprised everyone was "picking on" Leo and Jamal.
The teams' next set of clues instructed them to proceed to Wadi Adventure.
Leo and Jamal had to go back and finish the "Wedding Guests" Detour task before heading to Wadi Adventure. Meanwhile, Nicky and Kim arrived at their first Detour task and ran into the guys nearly finishing it. Leo and Jamal lied to the girls, saying it was easy and only took them 15 minutes to basically complete.
The girls quickly realized it didn't take 15 minutes because the work was very tedious. After Nicky and Kim finished the "Wedding Guests" task, they headed to the tower. When they arrived at the Double U-Turn board in last place, they discovered they'd been U-Turned by Tim and Marie. The "Bunnies" told the cameras Tim and Marie were just "mean."
As a result, Nicky and Kim had to go complete the "Beauty Contest" task and Leo and Jamal were off to Wadi Adventure. Nicky and Kim seemingly picked a "prize-winning" camel immediately.
Nicole and Travis were the first team to arrive at Wadi Adventure, where they learned it was time to complete a Roadblock task.
Following Nicole and Travis were Jason and Amy, Tim and Marie, Leo and Jamal, Ally and Ashley, and finally Nicky and Kim.
For the Roadblock, one member of each team was required to navigate the world's largest man-made rapids. Balancing on the raft, the team members had to collect three different colored flags hanging about the water course. Once a Racer collected all three flags, the guide would hand him or her the next clue.
Nicole, Jason, Tim, Jamal, and Ashley all did the Roadblock task on behalf of their teams.
Once Nicky and Kim arrived at the adventure park, it then became time for the girls to complete their Speed Bump task before they could move on to the Roadblock.
The Speed Bump task required both girls to jump off a high wall and swim across a large wave-generated pool, which created a six-foot wave every 90 seconds. Kim was afraid of heights, so she hesitated before jumping into the water.
Afterward, Nicky was the one to do the white-water rafting Roadblock task.
Nicole and Travis were the first team to complete the Roadblock, and they were soon followed by Jason and Amy, Tim and Marie, Leo and Jamal, Ally and Ashley, and finally Nicky and Kim.
The teams then learned they must drive up a winding highway with 21 corners 4,000 feet to the top of Jebel Hafeet, which would serve as the Race's eighth Pit Stop.
Nicole and Travis met The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan on the Pit Stop mat in first place. For making it to the Pit Stop before any of the other teams, the couple won their choice of any Ford vehicle they saw that day.
Jason and Amy then arrived at the Pit Stop in second place, followed by Tim and Marie in third. Leo and Jamal then claimed fourth place, and Ally and Ashley soon arrived at the mat in fifth place.
Nicky and Kim arrived at the Pit Stop in sixth -- and last -- place, and Phil announced their Race was over.
"While you've been saved on two previous legs, unfortunately this time, you have been eliminated from the Race," Phil said.
"We thought so," Kim noted. "Thank you for everything though. We had such an amazing time."
"We're so glad [we did it]," added Nicky. "It was such a great adventure."
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