November 18, 2007 11:28 PM by Joe Blackmon
Written By Jennifer Brown. The teams travel to West Africa, where a camel gets the best of Lorena; Julia & Marianna say goodbye to the Race. We begin this leg of the race in Amsterdam, with 9 teams left in
attendance. Ron’s bike ride to the last Pit Stop earned him a hernia,
which had to be treated while at the Pit Stop. This Daddy/Daughter team
has had enough worries already with Ron’s constant nagging and
bickering (he admits that on the last leg he was “too harsh,” and makes
plans to rectify that situation on this leg); they can’t afford to be
slowed down by an injury as well.
The teams take this moment of R&R to contemplate a little – Nathan and Jason both talking about the emotional outbursts of their female teammates (Jason actually compares Lorena to The Exorcist). For Shana & Jennifer, the big worry is that they’re not looking hot enough while they’re traveling. But TK & Rachel are just having fun with it. “Because we’re having a good time,” TK says, “the success just goes along with it.” For 69-year old Grandpa Donald, the Race is about proving himself. “I don’t consider myself old,” he says, and adds that he wants to show off what a guy his age can do (you go, Gramps!).
First out tonight are Lorena & Jason, who get instruction that they’re to travel to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in West Africa, and they rush to the airport to get tickets for their flight. Once there, as usual, they find the ticket counter closed, so they pair up with Shana & Jennifer to find a computer where they can browse the Internet for a little leg up. But in the end it’s Nathan & Jennifer who manage to get on a waiting list for an early flight out of Amsterdam, leaving 40 minutes before the flight that everyone else is on. This could turn out to be a huge advantage, as only one flight per day leaves Paris for Ouagadougou.
Ron & Christina have a gap to make up and find themselves literally running through the Amsterdam airport, trying to make the flight on time. This isn’t easy for Ron, whose hernia doesn’t mix well with running.
Nathan & Jennifer get on that first flight, and everyone else secures a spot on flight #2. But there’s a mechanical problem and the second flight is going to be severely delayed. This could very well make them miss that connecting flight in Paris, and give Nathan & Jennifer a HUGE 24-hour advantage over everyone else. Nathan & Jennifer get on the plane and feel great,but at the last moment all the other teams pile into the plane – seems that mechanical problem didn’t slow them down too much.
The teams land in Burkina Faso and hop into taxis, where Shana & Jennifer get their first whiff of culture shock, especially when a language barrier has them arguing quite spiritedly with the cab driver, who won’t give them the change they believe they’re owed.
The teams find their clue, which tells them that they’ll take a train to Bingo (AKA: The Middle of Nowhere). Of course, the ticketing office is closed until morning, which means everyone begins the new day “caught up.” In the meantime, sister/sister team Julia & Marianna spend their evening soaking up local flavor, including getting some dancing in. Grandpa Donald spends his evening enjoying the show. “They’re hot, there’s no doubt about it,” he says. “,A little bitchy but not bad,” (Uh-oh, I hope Gramps isn’t planning to strip to his skivvies again,)
On the train, Shana & Jennifer decide to impress the world by openly making fun of the West African locals – ridiculing the way the people on the train “smell” and making fun of their clothing, laughingly calling it “Salon D’Afrique.” They have a hard time getting over how “dirty” the place is. Meanwhile, Ethiopian-born Azaria & Hendekea seem to be comfy-cozy in Africa. “The opportunity to come here is such a thrill for me and Hendekea,” Azaria says.
The teams reach their next clue which is a: Road Block! Someone from each team must milk a camel and drink the milk. Sounds easy, but,
Some of the teams seem to have little or no problems. Grandpa Don breezes through it, and so do TK and Christina (although TK gags while trying to get the milk down, but he does get it down). Nathan does okay with the task as well. And Vyxsin, who sings to her camel while milking her, gets through without a hitch. But Jennifer (of team Shana & Jen) struggles with the “ick” factor, and Azaria and Julia both spill their milk. But Lorena, who is frightened of the camel and completely freaking out about it, gets the award for Worst Amazing Race Breakdown Ever (and for the record, Jason, who endured the meltdown with unending patience, receives the new title of Amazingly Hot Boyfriend).
While Lorena flails around in the dirt crying, the teams who’ve finished are to lead a team of 4 camels to a group of nomads to get their next clue. After the teams play follow the leader even though the leader has no clue where he’s going so you’ll all get lost and have to turn around, they find that their next clue is a Detour: Teach It or Learn It. In Teach It, the teams must teach a local child English words for 10 common items. In Learn It, the teams must learn the local language for 10 common items.
“It doesn’t take a brainiac to memorize 10 words,” Hendekea says, and she proves it. She and Azaria blow through the task and get their next clue before anyone else even has a chance. Their next clue – get to the Pit Stop, which is in a village on the outskirts of Bingo.
In the meantime, a major storm blows in (and I’m not just talking about Lorena, who is still, by the way, tantruming with the camels), and the teams end up foot-racing to the mat in driving wind and rain.
Julia makes a decision that she’ll probably regret. Feeling sorry for Lorena, she shouts out advice to switch camels. Lorena follows the advice and gets the milk she needs. She dissolves in Jason’s arms afterward. “Do you still love me?” she sobs. “Of course I still love you,” he says. Going for broke, the two of them grab their four camels and run with them, catching up with Julia & Marianna at the Detour. It comes down to a race of the mind then, and Jason & Lorena just barely beat out the sisters.
Here’s how the teams come across the mat:
1st: Azaria & Hendekea (who win a 5 night trip for 2 to Bermuda)
2nd: TK & Rachel
3rd: Nathan & Jennifer
4th: Kynt & Vyxsin
5th: Ronald & Christina
6th: Nicolas & Grandpa Donald
7th: Shana & Jennifer (who bursts into tears, crying that they’ve “worked so hard to be here”)
8th: Lorena & Jason (who praises his girl’s passion)
9th: Julia & Marianna, who are eliminated. “It’s okay,” they say, not emotional about it at all.
Next on Amazing Race 12: The teams do some dancing. Shana & Jennifer make a decision that will earn them an enemy in Jason & Lorena.