There are seven teams left as the newest episode of “The Amazing Race 21” which aired Sunday night October 28, 2012 got started. Team Rockers, James and Abba, finished first in the previous leg. Before they start the race James gets some bad news from home. He knew his dad had cancer, but they didn’t know how bad it was. The tests are back and it is stage 4 – untreatable. He is now motivated to do this for his dad.
As this leg of “The Amazing Race” begins the rockers are given a clue to travel to a market there in Dhaka to get their next clue. Traffic is terrible with buses, people, cars and animals all on the road at the same time. They arrive and find the clue is a road block where one of them must build a large scale then balance rocks and wood on it. James does the challenge and starts out strong, then struggles a little to get the scale made.
Meanwhile the other teams are now making their way onto the streets and finding traffic is only getting worse.
James powers through the road block and the guys are gone before any other team shows up. From here they have to make it across town where they find their next challenge, a detour, that has them choose between two challenges. In Straw Dogs they will have to take long pieces of straw and beat them against a bed of spikes to soften them up then deliver them to a factory. In Bamboo Jungle they must transport 40 pieces of bamboo across town on a rickshaw. Team Rockers chooses the bamboo.
Back at the scales Abbie and Ryan arrive. Abbie will do the challenge. Shortly after them the twins arrive and Nadiya will build for the twins. Natalie instantly annoys Ryan with her non-stop cheering for her sister. She even gets local kids to join in.
The rest of the teams are making their way to the road block except for Team Farmer (Josh and Brent) who are lost as they try to find the first clue.
As Team Rockers works on the bamboo they start slowing down. The extreme heat is wearing on them. Back at the scales Abbie is struggling. Team Monster Truck (Rob and Kelly) arrive just as the twins finish and head to the detour where they too choose bamboo.
Kelly will do the scale challenge for Team Monster Truck. Team Texas (Trey and Lexi) are the last team to hit the course. The Chippendales arrive at the scale and Jaymes tackles it. Abbie finishes the scale and she and Ryan head out. At the detour they choose to do the straw challenge.
Team Rockers delivers their bamboo and gets the next clue which is just a drawing of a building. They must locate that building and make their way to it. The building is the location of the next pit stop. The Rockers are in luck as their driver knows the building. He takes them there and they finish in first place. James gets emotional when Phil mentions his dad. Phil asks if he has thought about leaving the race and James tells him his family told him that they want him to stay and finish it. For finishing first the guys win a trip to the Malaysian rain forest.
Team Texas and Team Farmers arrive at the scales and get to work. The Chippendales finish while Kelly struggles. The Chippendales decide to do bamboo as does Team Texas. Kelly finishes up and they head out. She and Rob also do bamboo. Brent (Team Farmers) is getting overheated and frustrated with the scale. He can’t figure out what he has wrong. He was once a doctor so he knows how to deal with his heat exhaustion. After some rest and water he gets himself together and finishes it.
By this time Abbie and Ryan have finished their straw challenge arrive at the pit stop. They are in second place and Ryan is not happy. He tells Phil his goal is to break the record of nine first place wins, but he knows that puts a lot of stress on Abbie who breaks down crying at the mere mention of it.
Back at the bamboo yard the Chippendales are quickly running out of energy. They explain their plan has been to save their money for later in the race so they have not bought any food and they have lost a lot of weight. That tactic is now coming back to bite them because they are sapped of strength.
The twins power on and show their strength again as they finish third. Just as Team Farmers arrives at the bamboo, Team Monster Truck comes in fourth.
The Chippendales deliver their bamboo. Once they are gone Team Texas realizes that the guys left three pieces off their rickshaw. The guys push across town and collapse when they arrive at the delivery station only to be told they have to go back. They rest, drink some water then get at it. Team Texas capitalizes on that mistake and finishes fifth.
Team Farmer is going slow, but steady. They are both exhausted, but refuse to give up. The Chippendales go back, get their bamboo and head out. They make the delivery, get their clue and finish sixth.
Team Farmers guts it out and delivers their bamboo. When they arrive at the pit stop they find out they are the last team to arrive and are not surprised to hear that. They are surprised when Phil tells them it is a non-elimination leg of the race so they live to race at least one more day.
So the new episode of “The Amazing Race” ends how it started with seven teams left.
Here is a recap of how the teams finished.
Abba and James 1st
Abbie and Ryan 2nd
The Twins 3rd
Rob and Kelly 4th
Trey and Lexi 5th
James and Jaymes 6th
Brent and Josh 7th