In this last week before the finale, the teams head to Thailand, where they run into a Roadblock involving the fending off of enthusiastic, hungry monkeys, and if that doesn't rule, I just don't know what does. But first, Ray and Yolanda and BJ and Tyler try for the Fast Forward, which Ray and Yolanda abandon once it turns out to involve eating a giant bowl of bugs. BJ and Tyler finish it, though somewhat slowly, and they land on the mat in first place. Joseph and Monica, delayed by a problem with bus scheduling, fall behind to the point where Ray and Yolanda's failed FF attempt doesn't even put them all that far behind. At the Detour, Monica and Joseph are the only ones to choose an option involving the carrying of clay pots, and when Monica loses her cool yet again, they are surprisingly eliminated, meaning that the final three teams are Eric and Jeremy (no surprise), BJ and Tyler (no surprise), and Ray and Yolanda -- who have managed to barely avoid elimination more times than any team ever, just about.
Credits. Wow, I miss Dave and Lori. [BOMP.]
Commercials. Wow, I do not miss the roaming gnome.
To underscore the theme of growing competition, this episode opens with a shot of bugs fighting, followed by one of crocodiles fighting. So as you now know, fighting takes place everywhere in nature, including the animal kingdom, as well as the Ivy League. Phil reminds that we are in the Australian Outback, home of aborigines and the Bloomin' Onion. Crikey! Serene (or formerly serene) Lake Bennett was the tenth pit stop, at which teams arrived, blah dee blah, mandatory rest period, no idea what's in store, might be a giant man-eating turtle, might be hunting through 4000 bowls of cereal to find the one with the red marble in it, blah blah blah. Phil wonders whether Ray and Yolanda can keep the big 'mo in spite of the big MoJo, and whether said MoJo and BJ and Tyler will distract themselves to the point of the first-ever joint elimination, an event that would make many people mightily happy at this point.