Teams start out the sixth leg in Hanoi, Vietnam. The BFFs are the first team to leave at 10:40 p.m. and must fly to Maun, Botswana to sign up for one of three flights that will take them to the edge of the Kalahari desert. The earliest flight leaves at 10:45 a.m., so all of the teams are able to catch up which is convenient for the production crew, but boring for the viewers.
My Family Is Famous and Team Bros get on the first flight, Newlyweds and YouTube are on the second flight, and Roller Derby, BFFs and Permullet pack themselves onto the last flight to the Kalahari.
Elephants, giraffes, ostriches, monkeys, and the teams are directed to drive down a marked road and look for their next clue. Once they find the clue box, the teams are met by local bushmen who will assist with the Roadblock. One member from each team must dig a scorpion out of a hole and place it in a jar while belting out Here I am, rock you like a hurricane.
Team Bro finds a scorpion hole first and digs with bare hands, My Family Is Famous does not dig very aggressively because digging ruins a good manicure, and the Newlyweds bring their own gloves in anticipation of something in Botswana being icky. Digging, digging, digging, and there are not many scorpions at home in their hidey holes. Team Bro is the first to find a scorpion and complete the challenge, followed by My Family Is Famous, Roller Derby, and Newlyweds. The clue sends teams farther down the road with their bushmen in tow.
YouTube is deathly afraid of the scorpion, but after a good deal of squirming and squealing, he traps one in a jar. At the back of the pack, Team BFFs find a scorpion next, and Permullet is digging so ferociously that the bushmen are afraid she will stab the scorpion with her digging stick.
Detour! Teams must choose between Fire and Fowl. In Fire, teams must make fire using sticks, grass, and a sprinkling of elephant poop. In Fowl, teams must set a trap to catch a guinea fowl.
Team Bro and My Family Is Famous choose to make fire. It takes strength and finesse to make a fire out of nothing but shrubbery and dung, none of which My Family Is Famous possess. Team Bro, however, channels a young, pre-rehab Drew Barrymore and starts a blaze with nothing but their bare hands and angry hearts. The boys quickly receive the next clue, which directs them to make their way on foot to the pit stop, with the bushmen. Phil checks Team Bro in as team number one.
Roller Derby and the Newlyweds join My Family Is Famous at the fire challenge, followed by YouTube who have already friended their bushmen on Facebook. The BFFs and Permullet are the only teams that choose to trap fowl, but I suspect a couple of the teams will have to switch challenges because where there’s no smoke, there’s no fire.
Oh nifty! Teams have to build a little rope snare trap with an egg in the middle. The BFFs get it right on the first try and receive a clue that sends them to the pit stop as team number two. Permullet sets their trap next and check in as team number three.
As expected, everyone at the fire challenge switch to the guinea fowl trap challenge. Roller Derby build the trap wrong but YouTube get it right and check in at the pit stop as team number four. They are followed closely behind by My Family Is Famous, who check in as team number five and faux flirt with the bushmen because haha, silly looking bushmen, no woman could ever find you attractive. And was it My Family Is Famous or the Newlyweds who made a big stink about the big stink in the car? Oh, don’t you just love traveling with Americans? They are always so tolerant of other cultures. Sigh.
Anywho, that leaves a race for last place between the Newlyweds and Roller Derby. Both teams are struggling with this seemingly simple task, but eventually Roller Derby gets it right. Unfortunately, the girls don’t read their clue very well and run back to the car instead of to the pit stop. They correct their error, backtrack, and check in as team number six. That means the Newlyweds are the last team to arrive. Lucky for them it is a non-elimination leg. They are still in it, but they will face a Speed Bump during the next leg of the race.
Next week, Permullet fight in the world’s tiniest log flume, and donkey’s race to the finish.
Linda Sue Strong is the founder of entertainment blog TerribleTelevision.com and an occasional attorney. Her life has not yet been turned into a reality television show. Follow her at @themisslinda.
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