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'The Amazing Race' ousts 'Flight Time' Lang and 'Big Easy' Lofton


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/30/2009 

Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nathaniel "The Big Easy" Lofton decided to take a four-hour penalty when Big Easy was unable to complete a Roadblock task, and it eventually ended The Amazing Race journey for the Harlem Globetrotter teammates.

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Flight Time, a 32-year-old from Brinkley, AR, and Big Easy, a 28-year-old from New Orleans, LA, became the ninth team eliminated from The Amazing Race's fifteenth season during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality series.

"We started just like we finished -- we ran across the finish line with our heads held high," said Flight Time.
"We are Harlem Globetrotters -- we go as a team and we leave as a team. We didn't win $1 million, but the experience we had, it's priceless."

The Amazing Race's tenth fifteenth-season episode began at the previous Pit Stop at Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.

Since "Dating Couple" Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney were the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop, they were the first team to depart at 9:46PM.

They opened their next clue, which instructed them travel across town to the Spanish Synagogue, the site of the city's oldest Jewish house of prayer. 

Meghan and Cheyne were followed by "Brothers" Daniel and Samuel McMillen (10:13PMM), Flight Time and Big Easy (10:17PM), and "Married Couple" Ericka Dunlap and Brian Kleinschmidt (11:40PM).

Meghan and Cheyne, Sam and Dan and Flight Time and Big East all arrived at the Spanish Synagogue in that order and opened their next clue, which instructed them to make their way four miles to the outskirts of town and find the Ekotechnicke Museum.

Meghan and Cheyne arrived at the museum in first and were met by a Roadblock. In it, one member from each team had to go through an enormous warehouse filled with dozens of empty desks and ringing telephones to find the five phones that had someone else on the other end of the line.

When they picked up one of those five phones, a voice would give them one letter in the word "Franz." Once they unscrambled the letters to figure out this name, they had to fill it in on a special form. If they were correct, the supervisor would hand them their next clue.

Meghan correctly collected all of the letters and accurately assembled them to spell "Franz," and just as she and Cheyne were leaving the museum Sam and Dan were arriving. Meghan and Cheyne opened their next clue, which instructed them to travel to the Kryocentrum.

Dan decided to undertake the Roadblock for his team and while he easily collected all of the letters he had a much harder time unscrambling them.

"It's going to be hard to put the word together," said Dan, adding he was "really frustrated." "I don't know if it's a Czech word or an English word."

Eventually Big Easy began the task and caught up with Dan, as both sat in the supervisor's office trying to unscramble the letters.

"You wanna work together?" asked Big Easy.

"Yeah," responded Dan, who subsequently explained his decision to work with Big Easy in a confessional.

"Since we were there, we were like, 'We'll work together, get it done faster.' We're not like trusting them in an alliance because they are very independent, on their own, will stab you in the back in a second."

Despite their agreement to work together, Dan decided against giving Big Easy the answer once he unscrambled the letters.

"What did you get?" asked Big Easy.

"It starts with an 'F.' That's all I'm saying," replied Dan.

"Are you kidding me!?" said a shocked Big Easy.

"It starts with an 'F,'" reiterated Dan.

"Wow, that's all you're gonna give me?" asked Big Easy. "I was giving you every time before I get mine."

Dan explained in a confessional why he decided against simply giving Big Easy the answer.

"After thinking about it, I was like, 'Why the heck would I tell him the answer to the Roadblock when we're trying to make it to the Final 3?'" he said.  "That would be the dumbest mistake I could have made."

Sam agreed with Dan's decision and assured his brother Big Easy would "get it in the next five minutes." But Big Easy continued to struggle and was fuming.

"Me and Dan decided to work together until he found his word. Once he found his word he decided not to give it to me," opined Big Easy. "I wouldn't done him like that, but like I always say, you are who you are."

When Brian and Ericka arrived at the synagogue they were met by a Speed Bump, a special task that only they will have to complete since they finished the previous non-elimination leg in last place.

Brian and Ericka discovered that they had to find the M1 pub and perform the complicated three-step process to prepare a traditional shot of absinthe, a spirit that was first made popular in the 19th Century and is known for its high alcohol content. When they drank the shot of absinthe that they had prepared, Brian and Ericka could continue on the race.

Despite the fact that Brian never drinks alcohol, the couple was easily able to complete the Speed Bump, return to the synagogue, open their next clue and travel to the museum -- where Brian decided to do the Roadblock.

Meghan and Cheyne arrived at the Kryocentrum and opened their clue, which instructed them to seek the power of cold for their bodies' natural healing as Czech athletes have done for years. Teams had to strip down to little more than their skivvies and enter a cryotherapy room that is kept at a brisk 180 degrees below zero Celsius. If teams could endure the cold for two minutes they would receive their next clue.

Meghan and Cheyne completed the task, as did Sam and Dan. Both teams opened their next clue and discovered they had to travel to the Charles Bridge.

Arriving at the Charles Bridge in first place, Meghan and Cheyne were met by a Detour where they had to choose between "Legend" or "Lager."

In "Legend," teams would delve into Prague lore and Jewish mythology by building a Golem, a figure made of straw and clay constructed to protect the Jewish quarters in the 15th Century. Teams had to cover a wooden Golem skeleton with wet clay and then transport the figure across town to old New Synagogue, the Golem's ancient home.

In "Lager," teams had to drink in the local culture and deliver beer to a group of rowdy soccer hooligans. Teams had to carry a total of 30 beers from a brewery, through the busy town square. and deliver them to the bar.

Meghan and Cheyne chose "Legend" and had a good strategy of laying the wooden Golem skeleton on the ground to cover it with the mud.

Despite struggling to transport it due to its weight, Meghan and Cheyne completed the Detour task and received their next clue --  which instructed them to find the Pit Stop at Strelecky Ostrov, a small island next to the Charles Bridge.

Meghan and Cheyne were the first team to reach the Pit Stop -- representing their third straight first-place finish and ninth time out of 11 legs they finished in either first or second. They each received a 52-inch HDTV for finishing first.

"We are the best team going into the Final 3, absolutely," boasted Cheyne.

Back at the museum, Brian collected all the letters and found himself in the supervisor's office with Big Easy, who was having an even harder time since he was losing track of all the different letter combinations he had already tried.

"I've been here about two-and-a-half hours," Big Easy told Brian.

Brian used a strategy of listing the letters and then trying to create words using them, and while he was unsuccessful on his first attempt he was able to correctly unscramble them to spell "Franz" on his second try.

As Brian and Ericka left for Kryocentrum, Big Easy exited the museum defeated.

"I ain't get it yet," he told Flight Time outside.

"You want to take the penalty?" asked Flight Time.

"I might just take it," replied Big Easy.

For not completing the Roadblock, Big Easy and Flight Time instead had to serve a four-hour penalty at the museum before they could resume the race.

"We're competitors and basketball players and just in life, we never quit, never quit, never quit," explained Big Easy in a confessional. "But in this instance, it benefited us to quit. So I just took the four-hour penalty and maybe have enough time to catch up with the other teams."

"I would call it just making a strategic move for the team in order to advance to the next part of the race," added Flight Time.

Sam and Dan arrived at the Detour and also chose to do "Legend." While they dropped their Golem figure almost immediately and broke it's arm and Sam complained mightily while transporting it, the brothers were still able to reach the Pit Stop in second place.

Brian and Ericka chose the "Lager" Detour task. Their first trip transporting the glasses was difficult, as Ericka dropped her entire tray and they had to deal with intoxicated locals on the streets of Prague. 

However they eventually got the hang of it and as they delivered the final 11 glasses to the pub Big Easy and Flight Time's penalty expired.

"Somebody may not be done and we're hopeful and optimistic," said Flight Time in a cab on the way to Kryocentrum.

Brian and Ericka were the third team to check into the Pit Stop, and Flight Time and Big Easy learned that their race was over once they arrived Kryocentrum -- as they received a clue that told them to go straight to the Pit Stop.

"We didn't stop racing until [host Phil Keoghan] tells us it's over for us," said Big Easy as they arrived at the Pit Stop.

"We're Globetrotters -- we traveled the world -- but all of the things we've done on the race have been new to us, experiences that we'll have for the rest of our life and be able to look back on and say that we did," said Flight Time.

Flight Time and Big Easy then arrived at the Pit Stop and were officially ousted.

"We had a great time," said Flight Time.

"Sometimes this race can tear relationships," added Big Easy. "I think it built ours. I love Flight Time to death, and hopefully me and him can be teammates another 20 years and I know we're going to be friends forever anyway."

The Amazing Race's fifteenth-season finale will air Sunday, December 6 at 8PM ET/PT.

(Photo credit CBS)


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