'The Amazing Race' eliminates Racers Rob French and Kelley Carrington-French
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/05/2012
The Amazing Race eliminated Rob French and Kelley Carrington-French during Sunday night's sixth broadcast of the CBS reality competition's 21st season.
The "Married Monster Truckers" became the fifth team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's sixth Pit Stop at the Savarona ship, which was originally purchased for the founder of the Republic of Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey in last place.
"I tell you what, without Kelley, I'm nothing. You might think that I'm this big strong bold guy, but I'm so blessed to have this woman in my life and for somebody to love me the way that she loves me," Rob said following his team's ouster.
"Way, way more than a million dollars," Rob noted.
The sixth episode of The Amazing Race's 21st season began where last week's broadcast left off, with the Race's seven teams meeting with Phil and leaving the course's fifth Pit Stop at Lok Shilpa Jadughar, a folk art and craft museum.
Since they had been the team to finish in first place at the Race's fifth Pit Stop, "Friends" James LoMenzo and Mark "Abba" Abbattista were the first team to depart the museum at 8:30AM.
Following James L. and Abba were "Dating Divorcees" Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz at 11:04AM, "Twin Sisters" Natalie Anderson and Nadiya Anderson at 12:10PM, Rob and Kelley at 12:31PM, "Dating Couple" Trey Wier and Alexis "Lexi" Beerman at 12:53PM, "Chippendales Dancers and Best Friends" Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis at 1:30PM, and "Goat Farmers and Life Partners" Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge at 3:04PM.
Upon opening their departure clues, the teams were instructed to travel 3,700 miles to Istanbul, Turkey. Once they touched down, they were required to make their way to Kabatas Ferry Terminal, where they would find their next clue.
At the airport, all the teams eventually learned there was only one available flight out of Bangladesh at 6:25AM the next morning, which was at their earliest convenience. While figuring out their plans, James L. and Abba dropped the $100 they were given for this leg of the Race.
Natalie and Nadiya found the wad of cash at the airport and decided to steal it. They convinced Trey and Lexi not to say anything and thought the best thing to do would be to keep the money for themselves and not return it to James L. and Abba. James L. and Abba soon found out they had lost their money and panicked. They ended up begging locals for money and surprisingly earned the exact amount they had started with, so they could continue on with the Race.
Meanwhile, Natalie and Nadiya split the $100 with Trey and Lexi to relieve some of their heavy guilt.
Upon arrival in Istanbul, the teams rushed off to the Kabatas Ferry Terminal via taxi or subway. Jaymes V. and James D. and Rob and Kelley were the only two teams who took the subway, as they believed it would be faster to travel without hitting any traffic on the roads. All the other teams took taxis, and that became the faster of the two ways.
Jaymes V. and James D. started to worry that maybe the subway was taking too long after noticing there wasn't any traffic. Therefore, the team decided to jump off the subway mid-route and take a taxi the rest of the way, leaving Rob and Kelley on the subway alone. Rob and Kelley believed the "Chippendales" had made a mistake, so they stayed put.
James L. and Abba were the first team to arrive at the ferry terminal. They were soon followed by Abbie and Ryan, Natalie and Nadiya, Trey and Lexi, Josh and Brent, Jaymes V. and James D., and Rob and Kelley.
Once at the terminal, the teams were instructed to take a ferry to the Asian side of Turkey and search the Uskadar Terminal for their next clue.
James L. and Abba, still maintaining their lead, were the first team to make it to the clue box at the Uskadar Terminal. They were then followed by Trey and Lexi, Josh and Brent, Abbie and Ryan, Natalie and Nadiya, Jaymes V. and James D., and Rob and Kelley.
The teams then learned they must make their way by taxi to Misir Carsisi and search for shop No. 14 for their next set of clues.
Trey and Lexi managed to hop in front of James L. and Abba thanks to their quick cab driver, arriving at the shop before any of the other teams. Following Trey and Lexi and James L. and Abba were Natalie and Nadiya, Abbie and Ryan, Josh and Brent, Jaymes V. and James D., and Rob and Kelley.
It then became time for the teams to complete one of two Detour tasks: "Simit" or "Scrub it."
"Simit" required the teams to transport Turkish bagels known as simits to three different addresses. They first had to figure out how to stack their simits on large trays. Afterwards, they had to wear a block on their heads and balance their cargo while walking through the streets of Istanbul. Once all the cargo got delivered, they'd receive their next clue.
"Scrub it" required the teams to pick up bathing items and then make their way to a 16th century bath house. After choosing a bath attendant, they'd be cleaned like never before. Once the Racers were "squeaky clean," according to Phil, they'd receive their next clue.
However, before being able to receive their own set of Detour instructions, Josh and Brent were forced to complete an additional Speed Bump task as a penalty for finishing the prior non-elimination leg of the Race in last place.
The Speed Bump task required the men to find a marked Turkish vendor, buy two scoops of Turkish ice cream and then eat the cones before continuing on the Race. Josh and Brent assumed they had an easy Speed Bump task until they realized they had originally gone to a random vendor that was not marked with The Amazing Race colors. As a result, they had to do the task all over again and each eat another scoop of ice cream after watching the vendor's little juggling performance.
Meanwhile, Trey and Lexi, Abbie and Ryan, Natalie and Nadiya, James L. and Abba, and Jaymes V. and James D. opted to take on the "Scrub it" task, while Rob and Kelley chose to attempt the "Simit" Detour task. Once Josh and Brent completed their Speed Bump, they also tried the "Simit" task.
Josh and Brent seemed to have the most trouble with the Detour task because they struggled to find the three locations where they were supposed to deliver their Turkish bagels. "Scrub it" seemed like the easier way to go, as the teams didn't have to do much themselves and the bathing process didn't appear to be lengthy.
Trey and Lexi were the first team to complete their Detour task and they were soon followed by James L. and Abba, Abbie and Ryan, Natalie and Nadiya, Jaymes V. and James D., Josh and Brent, and finally Rob and Kelley -- who were still lagging behind.
Upon finishing the Detour, the teams were instructed to make their way to Kapali Carsi and search for the marked fountain inside the bazaar.
Trey and Lexi were the first team to find the fountain, and they were soon followed by Abbie and Ryan, James L. and Abba, Natalie and Nadiya, Jaymes V. and James D., Josh and Brent, and Rob and Kelley.
Once there, the teams learned it was time to complete a Roadblock task. For the Roadblock, one member of each team was required to serve up Turkish sherbet in the form of a drink. Dressing up as a local vendor, each Racer had to carry a large teapot and serve 40 glasses of the refreshment in order to earn $20. Once they achieved that, they'd receive their next clue.
Lexi opted to do the Roadblock task for her team. She was later joined by Ryan, Abba, Natalie, James D., Brent, and Kelley.
The Roadblock task proved to be most difficult for James D. and Ryan because it took them awhile to figure out a successful selling method. The girls seemed to breeze through the task, as their cheery outgoing personalities efficiently attracted customers.
Trey and Lexi were the first team to complete the Roadblock task. They were then followed by Abbie and Ryan, James L. and Abba, Natalie and Nadiya, Jaymes V. and James D., Josh and Brent, and Rob and Kelley.
Upon completion of the Roadblock task, the teams were instructed to find Savarona -- a ship which would serve as the Race's sixth Pit Stop.
Trey and Lexi managed to make it to the Pit Stop mat in first place before any of the other teams. Phil welcomed them and told the team that they had won a trip for two to Australia.
Abbie and Ryan followed closely behind and arrived at the Pit Stop in second place. Securing third soon afterwards was James L. and Abba. Natalie and Nadiya subsequently finished the leg in fourth and were followed by Jaymes V. and James D. in fifth place.
Josh and Brent then made it to the Pit Stop mat in sixth place, leaving Rob and Kelley to finish in seventh -- and last -- place. The married couple seemed well aware they had finished in last place when they first arrived at the Pit Stop, so they were expecting their fate in the competition.
"Rob and Kelley, you're the last team to arrive, and I'm very sorry to tell you that you have been eliminated from the Race. Rob, I can see you're a man with big sensitivity," Phil told the team as Rob got a little teary-eyed.