The Amazing Race 13 Episodes

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The Amazing Race 13 Episode: "I Wonder if They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"

Season 13, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The teams travel from Bolivia to New Zealand on the fourth leg of the race. A female racer suffers an arm injury, and a pair strive to keep their relationship on good terms.
Original Air Date: Oct 19, 2008

The Amazing Race Episode Recap: "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand" Season 13, Episode 4

The race now enters its fourth leg leaving Bolivia and heading 6,900 miles west to the Pacific island country of New Zealand. As we, the viewers, escape the sound of mangled Spanish and Portuguese, language is the least of the worries for the remaining teams as communication is a bigger issue for some. Factor in fear of heights, bruised feet and a possible broken arm, there are more obstacles here than driving the expressway to work. Let's see who successfully maneuvers through the chaos.

At 12:33am, Ken and Tina are first to leave for the airport. Though ticket counters are closed they find internet access to help them locate the best flights. While Dallas is wondering where New Zealand is, Kelly and Christy take advantage of being the last team to arrive at the airport and observe the routes others are taking. In the end, all teams made the same flight.

After landing in the city of Auckland, teams drove to Gulf Harbor to untie rope meticulously formed into a Gordian Knot to find their clue. Driving on the wrong side of the road and taking wrong turns were not as bad as the blow out and blowups Ty and Aja had. Their bickering started at the airport when Ty said Aja's frustrations alters her mood. Though Aja is sick and tired of hearing Ty say "bit us in the butt" I was surprised when she admitted to a needed attitude adjustment particularly after Ty called her Fidel, as in Castro. None of this helped when their car got a flat. Ty has never changed a tire before but Aja steps up and effectively flags down a car for help.

Ken and Tina feel as if they're getting along better, but this is probably because they've been the most victorious team. This streak continues when they discover they have the option of performing the first of two Fast Forwards in the race. Even with Tina's fear of heights, they head to the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere, the Auckland Sky Tower, climb from the sky deck to the tippy top and pick up a friend – the Travelocity gnome. As the first team to complete this task they skip to the end and head directly to the Pit Stop, meeting up with Phil Keoghan and his dad, this week's greeter. Let's hope Ken/Tina are a happy couple when it's time to collect their seven-night trip to Rio de Janeiro prize.

Sensing their positions, the other teams turn down the FF except Dan and Andrew, who got to the tower second and ultimately turned around. Teams head to the Road Block to choose an image of a traditional Maori tattoo and match it on one of a group of warriors. (I may now have an idea for this year's Halloween costume.) I admired Sarah's support by calling out "don't get discouraged" but had to laugh when a warrior takes Terence's clue making him start over and she immediately says "oh no". Sarah thinks she and Terence have adjusted to each other's styles. We've seen less bickering. But we're not even half way through the race yet.

The Travelocity gnome got a workout this week as the teams journeyed into downtown Auckland to the rooftop of the City Life Hotel and used binoculars for gnome spotting. After locating and retrieving it, they must carry it with them to the Pit Stop. Showing a lack of confidence, Dan asks Andrew if he knows what the gnome looks like. The frat boys seem to be working through some pent-up tension.

First at the Detour, Terence tells Sarah that she can't open the envelope because she's very bad at it. How bad could she be? One option is Matter of Time where teams head to a kiwi orchard, use their bare feet and mash enough to make 12 quarts of juice. When complete they each must drink a glass. What they didn't know is that the bucket is lined with rocks on the bottom. Not only were Dallas' feet getting cut but their bucket got clogged. They end up cutting their losses, head toward the other challenge and benefit from that decision.

They weren't the only team to start out there. Bro/Sis also head to the other mission. Nick, seen walking in his boxer briefs, underestimates the positive nature of the divorcees as he laughs at the thought of them also cutting up their feet. But they find it fun and Christy views the kiwis as having exfoliated their feet.

The second Detour option was Matter of Skill. Teams went to Blo Kart Heaven, assembled a cart and sailed around for three laps. After the instructor told them not to extend their hands while driving, it looks like Starr does just that when she wipes out. Christy took a spill on the homemade bikes last week and her nemesis follows a similar pattern this week. Starr's cut is nasty looking and she thinks her arm is broken.

It's neck and neck and neck for the last three placing teams. Dan gives Phil's dad a big bear hug finding out they aren't last. As shadows grew longer and day turned into night I felt bad for Aja who said she never felt more discouraged in her life. Perhaps the Southern belles should not have toasted with a glass of kiwi juice. They were the last team to arrive and a consoling group hug from Phil's father didn't wipe away their tears.

Return Trips
• How much time does a 6,900-mile flight from La Paz, Bolivia to Auckland, NZ take?
• Marisa and Brooke: "Wonder if they like blondes in NZ…I'm sure they have blondes so we're not, like, rare."
• After leaving the airport in NZ, Dan said: "we're in a Terence and Sarah and Ken and Tina sandwich right now."
• Terence to Sarah: "can I get a little love, can you touch me a little, maybe play with my hair?"
• Watching the warriors, Dallas admitted to thinking: "Please do not eat my mom!"
• Ken and Tina still have a strong showing. Can they keep up this pace for seven more legs of the race?

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The race now enters its fourth leg leaving Bolivia and heading 6,900 miles west to the Pacific island country of New Zealand. As we, the viewers, escape the sound of mangled Spanish and Portuguese, language is the least of the worries for the remaining teams as communication is a bigger issue for some. Factor in fear of heights, bruised feet and a possible broken arm, there are more obstacles here than driving the expressway to work. Let's see who successfully maneuvers through the chaos.

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Premise: Eleven two-member teams race around the world for a $1 million grand prize. The pairs begin their global trek, which covers over 30,000 miles, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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