As we travel from New Delhi to Old Delhi, there are Indian families traveling together on motorcycles as several teams again are stuck in traffic. But this race shows no signs of slowing down. And though the language was clean, this leg was a colorful one. Get your brushes out and we'll paint this picture by the numbers.
Let's jump right in and talk about that colorful mess of a Road Block. Whoever came up with the challenge obviously knew the traditional Holi Festival is celebrated by tossing paint powder and water but could they have expected anything like what we saw? Starr seemed to zip in and out relatively unscathed but Nick got a face full of pink paint. Dallas looked like a victim of splatter art. Looking on, Tina was attacked and spent the rest of the race in leprechaun green. Only Dan would think to describe the experience as a wild rave party without hot blondes.
Kelly and Christy were the second team to leave but never seemed focused and lagged behind in each of the challenges. At the festival, Kelly is bombarded with so much paint powder she couldn't see. It did look nasty. Once she makes her way to the ladder she pulls randomly from the hundreds of envelopes not looking for a marked one. Only after the third try is the clue reread. Why would you run back and pick an envelope willy-nilly if it had no purpose the first time? The lens of the camera following Kelly was so dirty you could barely see through it. Her face looked like one of Anita and Arthur's t-shirts.
Now it's Terence time. I don't envy him spitting paint out of his mouth but he cracked me up trying to get the water up his nose to flush it out. Any sympathy for him quickly disappeared at the Charity Birds Hospital. Nick was uncomfortable walking around the place barefoot yet Terence has no qualms asking Sarah to put her hands in the dirty bird tray to look for the next clue. That was bad enough but he shut the gate on her. It was pure comedy when Terence tells Sarah to ask the bird to move — and she does it! In any language, I don't think the bird understood.
At Sarah's suggestion, they were the only team to try the Teary Eyed Detour. I give her credit for lugging around that 40-pound bag of chili peppers. She blurts out this week's episode title after using a mortar and pestle to crush the chilis and then rubbing her face with her hand. She was looking for compassion but was getting none from the shopkeeper.
On the other hand, the judge at the Bleary Eyed Detour was a riot. He kept a straight face and then either burst into a devilish grin or gave thumbs down and waved teams away. Nick was playing games again when T+D showed up. The best way I can justify Nick's little white lies is to remember that it's a game with $1 million at stake. I thought T+D had an edge at the end of the Detour but ultimately came in second to the siblings this week.
K+T also keep their eye on the prize but can rally past a Speed Bump, help two frat boys get on track and still end up fourth. When I heard they were to serve Holy Water to the masses until no one wanted anymore, I really thought this was going to last all day.
An/Dan probably would have been eliminated if not for the separated couple. Only when Tina showed them the small numbered tags did they catch on. I didn't think it was out of line for Dan to ask the divorcees to work together since they both were having problems spotting the numbers. But not wanting to help another team, Kelly and Christy said no and eventually figured it out but didn't hustle to the finish line.
• At the paint-a-rama festival, Terence asks Sarah before running out: "Who's my girl?" She responds with "You are, oh, no, I am!"
• How would you answer Christy's question: If you wanted to make out with Dan or Andrew who would you pick?
• Proud mama Toni wore a big smile when the kids led the way for Dallas. I was smiling too.
• Kelly and Christy had a rickshaw driver who pointed out the sights. Christy couldn't be bothered. I say, listen to the guy and take in the scenery if you get the chance. It's a race and a cultural experience!
• I liked the Ganesha (if you didn't know it's an Indian deity with the head of an elephant) when was lit up. Did the multi-colors give the appearance that it too attended the paint-throwing festival?
• And Tina said she wouldn't cheat when looking over the divorcees' shoulders unknowing she and her husband finished correctly anyway.
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As we travel from New Delhi to Old Delhi, there are Indian families traveling together on motorcycles as several teams again are stuck in traffic. But this race shows no signs of slowing down. And though the language was clean, this leg was a colorful one. Get your brushes out and we'll paint this picture by the numbers