Amazing Race

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Over at the giant adinkra word find, Jonathan and Connor think they've found their sequence, and Connor circles it with a piece of chalk on a long stick. They have a kid come check, and it turns out to be right. Connor makes the tiny little girl hug him when she gives them the clue, but she's well clear by the time they read it, and I'm not sure I blame her. All that's left for them to do now is get to the Pit Stop, the home of Awusa Ntso. There's nothing in Google about Awusa Ntso that doesn't also have "Amazing Race" in it, so I have to assume that Awusa Ntso is not a well-known historical figure but someone who just lives nearby. Perhaps we'll learn more at the beginning of next week's episode. Phil says, "This rural farm is the Pit Stop for this leg of the race. The last team to check in here may be eliminated." So is he saying they may not?

Jonathan and Connor wail happily (blowing out their voices, I hope) and take off running down the marked path, right to where Phil is waiting with a female greeter outside a cattle corral. In fact, for all I know, she's Awusa Ntso. She welcomes them to Ghana, and Phil tells them they're team number one. Connor turns out to have a pretty good vertical on him as he leaps off the mat for joy. But then it turns out that whoever came up with these lackluster challenges this week also did the shopping for the prize, because all they're winning is five thousand in cash. There you go, boys, get yourselves something nice. Jonathan and Connor are good-natured about it, joking about using it to buy maps of Africa. Despite their modesty, it's been a while since I've seen a team finish a leg in the second act without a Fast Forward being involved, so I have to give all due props to their cabdriver, Samson.

Brook and Claire are making their second trip to the school. "Thanks for telling us," Kevin snarks pleasantly when they meet them on their way back. He should have known something was up when he saw Brook not talking. The shopping hosts finally make it back, and the foreman hands them a clue sending them on to the school. These two get to enter an indoor classroom, although it looks pretty breezy. Because, you know, you can see the Equator from there. As they take seats with the kids, Brook interviews about how we in the States take for granted our nice schools, where we have such amenities as "nice paint on the walls...It's a shack that they go to school in." Yes, we're certainly lucky that we don't have any schools like that here in the U.S., or at least the parts of the U.S. Brook grew up in. She's called up to the front of the class to guess where Ghana is. "Somewhere down below," she guesses, and slaps the label on Namibia, which isn't even close. "Somewhere in that area," she insists as she sits down. The teacher does not bother to correct her. I just hope she doesn't make Brook raise her hand when she talks. Girlfriend will have repetitive motion injuries inside of a quarter hour.

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