The Amazing Race 13 Episodes

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The Amazing Race 13 Episode: "Please Hold While I Singe My Skull"

Season 13, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The teams travel from Cambodia to New Delhi on the sixth leg of the race. Once there, they must paint a taxi green and then choose between creating a traditional Indian wedding necklace made with money or ironing 20 pieces of clothing.
Original Air Date: Nov 2, 2008

Amazing Race 13 Episode Recap: "Please Hold While I Singe My Skull" Season 13, Episode 6

Communication can sometimes be a huge issue when traveling abroad, especially when the next country you travel to is a complete surprise. But even when we don't speak the same language it may be more important to consider how we speak to one another. Loudness doesn't translate into clarity. Despite the fact that some couples are not even listening to each other a potential romance is blooming. As the six remaining teams leave Cambodia and head to Delhi, India, players' interactions are once again front and center.

Siblings Nick and Starr are the first team off to the airport, but with the other 10 players leaving within 67 minutes of them, they all make the same 2,000-mile flight to Delhi. As plane reservations are being made, there is no reservation with the attraction between Dallas and Starr. And their respective mother and brother appear to be on board with it. With little interaction during the challenges, I'm guessing there might be a few minutes for alone time and conversation while on the long plane rides.

Guys must have been leering at the divorcees on the plane prompting Nick to suggest that Kelly and Christy should cover up their shorts. But they dismissed him saying they were really hot, assuming it was a reference to the temperature and not their self-image

The Road Block sends everyone to Moon Light Motors where they are to paint the yellow and black auto-rickshaws green to signal they now run on natural gas. The teams' differing temperaments are presented early on and stay pretty much intact. Nick gives the impression he's calm and focused when working alone with his sister. His advice to her is good, to take it slow and do it right. While Toni thought Dallas was a good coach, other teams are in a rush, which creates a reverse affect on their hard work. Terence directs Sarah's every move, telling her to "just do it" then, like she said to him last week, "faster, faster". There is a difference between encouraging and disparaging remarks and I thought he would blow a gasket seeing they were the last team left at this point. I seem to remember a fable that suggests slow and steady wins the race.

Surprisingly Andrew and Dan finished a challenge first and took the lead, which didn't last long. Ken and Tina's cab driver waited for them, which saved them time - temporarily. With cows and yaks a natural site in the streets, most had problems with taxi drivers getting lost. Ken was having a problem with Tina's directness and self-confidence relating that she is so strong he can only just sit back and let her go. It may be the best plan of action. She is smart, has a commanding presence and she doesn't trust anyone else's opinion. Though Ken's masculinity appears unthreatened his marriage, and this race, requires teamwork, which could be their biggest struggle.

At the Detour, based on the traditional ways of how things are done in India, most chose to Launder Clothes. This laundry shop doesn't use an electric steam iron but one that is charcoal-heated. Though spray starch would have kept the 20 required pieces of clothing from sticking to the iron, other obstacles came into play. Dan had no experience ironing at the frat house and it showed in his frustration, not just with ironing but the wind blowing their clothes around. Toni called Dallas a "pro-ironer", but he didn't have his own gloves to avoid the hot handle like Nick/Starr did. It's this attention to details and foresight that give the siblings an edge. With a good-natured attitude, Christy said the line that gave this episode its title.

Detour option two was Launder Money — use your own stash of cash and trade it for ten rupee notes to make a wedding necklace. Tina knew how to barter but ultimately lost time transferring the money. Sarah was so happy getting the rupees she yells I love you, though when someone asks for a kiss she says no! A massive crowd of people (were they celebrating the proposed marriage?) had two of the stronger teams fighting to avoid last place.

Nick and Starr meet up with Phil Keoghan first and each wins an environmentally friendly electric car. Sarah sometimes actually seems like she is having fun in spite of Terence, and they are the fourth team to arrive. An/Dan lost that early lead to show up in fifth place. As the last team, Ken and Tina lucked out as this was a non-elimination leg of the race and their penalty will be a Speed Bump in the next leg.

Return Trips
• Before boarding the flight to Delhi, Dallas tells Starr there is a bar where they should get drunk and make, what I assumed would be, prank calls to "these places".
• During the Go Green challenge, Dan calls Andrew a "Davinci-Michaelangelo-David all rolled into one". So he's two artists and a statue?
• I've mentioned before that Ter/Sar reminded me of last year's father-daughter team Ronald and Christina. But it's hard to see reconciliation like theirs happening this year without a deeper level of understanding transpiring.
• Though there was a loveable pig called Babe, I'm getting tired of hearing Terence refer to Sarah that way.

How bad did you feel for the defeated Ken, who was brought to tears considering a lost race would equate to a lost marriage?

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Communication can sometimes be a huge issue when traveling abroad, especially when the next country you travel to is a complete surprise. But even when we don't speak the same language it may be more important to consider how we speak to one another. Loudness doesn't translate into clarity. Despite the fact that some couples are not even listening to each other a potential romance is blooming. As the six remaining teams leave Cambodia and head to Delhi, India, players' interactions are once again front and center.

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