The tasks this week are both complicated and physically challenging, so it's a good thing there's a Fast Forward in play. However, Art and JJ and Other Rachel and Dave have each already used one, so they're ineligible for it. Those teams proceed on to a Roadblock where they have to spin ropes out of coconut husks. Seriously. But Brendon and Rachel, who start the leg in second place, figure this is their big chance to jump ahead, so they go for it. The problem is that when they get to the Fast Forward, it's a head-shaving one, like with Uchenna and Joyce back in the day. However, unlike Joyce, Rachel is too vain and insecure to part with her hair, so she and Brendon proceed to the Roadblock, now in fourth place. JJ is mortally offended by this decision, because he thinks that leaving the Fast Forward in play gives Bopper and Mark a chance to catch up, which means everyone else doesn't get to slack, I guess.
But that's only if Bopper and Mark are stupid enough to think nobody else has done the Fast Forward before them. Which, after leaving hours behind everyone else, and then doing a Speed Bump in which they have to paint a tiger on a man's belly, they decide to throw a Hail-Mary and go for it. At the same time, the other teams have proceeded to the Detour. Other Rachel and Dave, Team Big Brother, and Vanessa and Ralph all opt for a task where they dress up an elephant and then wheelbarrow its poo onto a truck, while Art and JJ make the mistake of opting to sift, load, and ship ten crates of dried ginger root, a task that proves both exhausting and time-consuming.
Meanwhile, the three lead teams finish the elephant task and race for the ferry to the Pit Stop. Dave bribes the boat captain to cast off right before the two teams behind them show up, and that's how he and Other Rachel win their sixth leg. Brendon and Rachel catch the next ferry along with Vanessa and Ralph, and those two teams come in second and third before, right there on the mat, Vanessa accuses Team Big Brother of cutting corners on the Detour and a minor blow-up ensues, although the two women end up grudgingly shaking hands. Phil fixes everything.
So Bopper gets his head shaved, and Art and JJ finish the Roadblock, tired (and, in JJ's case, bloody). It's the first time I can recall a dramatic race to the Pit Stop for survival thanks to a Fast Forward, but even Bopper's new aerodynamic look isn't enough to allow them to catch up to the Border Patrol, so he and Mark will be going back to Kentucky with nothing but a trip and whatever Art and JJ decide to give them. And the final four -- Other Rachel and Dave, Art and JJ, Brendon and Rachel, and Vanessa and Ralph, probably in that order -- will face off in the two-hour finale next week.
Phil opens by telling us about Colchin, India's history as a global shipping center. "And on an island near the city: Bolgatty Palace, built almost 300 years ago." Phil strides across the grounds, telling us, "This former residence of the Dutch governors is now the start of the tenth leg in a race around the world." So how many Dutch governors used to live there at one time? Because that's a pretty big house. Other Rachel and Dave won the previous leg, again, some more, and so they get to be the first to start this leg, at 6:53 AM. They rip the clue, which Other Rachel can't even read and which the subtitle of the destination identifies as, simply, "Temple." Phil, however, spews a mouthful of syllables I won't even try to transcribe before saying that when they get there, they'll meet with the head priest, who will bestow upon them a blessing and their next clue. Other Rachel reads on, "As a sign of respect, before approaching the head priest, you must remove your shoes." I guess because despite being a head priest, he's a wizened old venerable dude who doesn't appear to own a shirt. No need to rub our superfluous apparel in his face. As they run for a cab, Other Rachel says it would be a huge disappointment not to win the million at this point, what with being the strongest team and all. "The only team that can beat us is ourselves," Other Rachel adds, like that's not a huge, huge threat.
Brendon and Rachel aren't terribly far behind, beginning the leg at 7:20 AM. Brendon interviews before the leg about how Other Rachel and Dave are the only team that can beat them, but they want to be rid of Art and JJ and Vanessa and Ralph due to their smack-talking. You'd think these two would be used to people hating them by now. Brendon concludes that they need to keep their head in the game and not be..."What's the word I'm looking for?" he prompts Rachel. "Emotional," Rachel eye-rolls. Brendon laughs at having the upper hand in that charming little exchange, even though I think the correct word is "unstable."
Art and JJ start the leg at 7:28 AM, in third place, and learn that they have $25 for this leg. That means they won't be going far, which in turn means it's going to be a bitch for Bopper and Mark to catch up to anyone. JJ talks stuffily about the lack of rest and the unceasing travel and a cold he's caught. "I think it has affected my sharpness," he admits, as though his temper's been dulled one whit. But he says it's time to "dig deep and man up and do it." The problem is that they seem to be having trouble getting a cab. And in a country with five million auto rickshaw drivers in it, no less.