On to Oman, where it's hot and sweaty and there's a choice between finding a particular location and lifting one of Shecky the Comedy Camel's many distant cousins. Things hum along until the Roadblock, which requires someone to writhe miserably in the sun and dig up a hundred haystacks of sand in search of a needle. Yes, again. BJ has a particularly bad time with the Roadblock, and he winds up listlessly rolling around in the sand in a way that's not nearly as entertaining as you'd think. On the way to the pit stop, Eric and Jeremy get completely lost, and by the time teams get to the pit stop, the Choad Family is fighting over last place. Eric and Jeremy get there before BJ and Tyler, but it's non-elimination (finally), so nobody is going home. Other news of the week includes BJ's very amusing impersonation of Lake, a dust-up between the usually serene Ray and Yolanda, and the rather surprising fact that Fran and Barry win the leg. Hey, if you think you're shocked by that, you should see Phil.
Previously on Caesar? I Hardly Even Know 'Er!: Rome to Athens proved a difficult leg for Lake and Michelle, who argued and griped as other teams worked their way through Olympic events and luck-based Fast Forwards. BJ and Tyler went a long distance in the wrong direction in an arena other than comedy stylings, and they probably would have been eliminated but for the extraordinarily bad navigation from Lake and Michelle. In the end, the dentist and his assistant were Philiminated, dadgummit, and we were left with five teams. Who will fairly obviously not be eliminated...tonight?
Credits. Ain't no monkey prettier than Phil. [BOMP.]
We are careening around the Peloponnese, "a region on the southern tip of Greece." Phil is strolling around the beautiful ruins as he explains that this is the Fortress Of Rion, the seventh pit stop on the race. He reminds us how the teams arrived and so forth, both with frog hats and without. I will tell you that I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with a glorious two-year-old wearing (1) a Madonna T-shirt; (2) rainbow-striped leg warmers; and (3) Cookie Monster bedroom slippers, and she is far, far too cool to wear a frog hat. I'm just saying. Phil wonders whether Eric and Jeremy are going to just continue coming in first all the time, and whether BJ and Tyler can pull it together after barely avoiding the boot.
11:54 PM. Eric and Jeremy, going first (as usual, as their girlfriends will tell you). Their clue tells them to fly to Muscat, Oman. Phil says that this 2300-mile jaunt will take them to an "oil-rich nation" that's almost 5000 years old. Interestingly, the show puts up a map -- of a type they usually don't use -- showing just where Oman is in relation to, say, Iran and Iraq. The answer is, "As the crow flies, not far." Particularly from Iran. I'm really glad the show still tries to do legs like this, all things considered -- I'm sure their lives would be less complicated if they just tooled around the Holiday Inns of Western Europe. Once the teams get to Muscat, they need to find a huge incense burner, where there will be a clue box. I'm thinking hunting for an incense burner is going to favor BJ and Tyler, who were undoubtedly the guys in college who would set off the smoke detector at 2:00 AM on a Wednesday in January, forcing everybody else to get out of bed and go stand outside in the bitter cold of Northern Ohio STOMPING their FEET on the SIDEWALK across from the CONSERVATORY until the FIRE DEPARTMENT let us GO BACK INSIDE. Um, or something.