Sandy finishes the Roadblock, and both she and Jeremy seem proud of her for it. Ernie and Cindy arrive at the clue box down below in third place, and Cindy reads the question, "Who wants to walk in rarified air?" I don't know why the clue asks who wants to do it and then doesn't allow a choice. Again, Cindy's doing this, as required. "We're significantly far off the ground here," Ernie obviouses from the roof of the other tower. Amani is also doing this one, as you know, and she tells Sandy "good job" as the latter emerges from the elevator. We get a look at her entire clue as she and Jeremy read it: "Success in Suez led him to Panama. His failure inspired others to succeed. Find him beneath a rooster and you'll find your next clue." Do they really need all that Suez and failure and success crap when obviously the rooster is the giveaway? It's like a Jeopardy! question that goes, "32 was the inseam of this first U.S. president." They start asking around about roosters, while Ernie watches from 35 stories up. The trouble is that when one of their taxi drivers knows, all of their taxi drivers know.
Standing at the end of the cable looking across, Cindy has this to say: "Holy balls." Which I didn't know you could say on TV. She ventures out onto the line, a lot more wobbly and nervous than even Sandy was.
Andy and Tommy spot the rooster statue, do some more crowing, and find the cache of clues sticking out of a nearby stand where a street vendor is making shaved ice as they speak. "I love shaved ice," Tommy says, like anyone cares. It's a Detour, and Phil says it's "an opportunity to work in two of Panama's oldest trades, by choosing "Filet" or "Sole." Clever. For Filet, the teams have to go to the largest fish market in Panama, and then deliver precise amounts of different fish to different vendors throughout the market in order to earn their next clue from the fishmonger. For "Sole," they go to a different marketplace to "practice a skill that's been around for over four thousand years." Namely, they'll need to cut soles from a single piece of leather and make a pair elaborate sandals out of them by adding leather thongs. Ten the cobbler will give them their next clue. You don't see many cobblers on TV (or fishmongers, for that matter), and this one seems pretty eager to make the most of it. The snowboarders agree to do Sole.
Cindy makes it across, grabs the clue, and tells Ernie, "See you downstairs." "I like the technique," Ernie tells her, which I'm sure has nothing to do with the fact that her ass is at his eye level. Cindy advises the waiting Amani to walk like a duck with her toes pointed out, and finishes up. Amani starts across, and Marcus, who is the member of Team NFL with the fear of heights, says he's looking forward to getting off the building. "She does pretty well with heights but I don't," he says, from what looks like the exact center of the rooftop. Down on the ground, Cindy looks up and marvels at where she just was while Amani retrieves the clue and heads back to the first tower. Cindy opens their clue while their driver, Juan, stands reading over her shoulder. As Ernie is aware, Juan was part of the group of drivers discussing the next destination, so they hurry off to catch up. Amani finishes up, and tells us, "I had to envision my kids at each end and that kind of made it easer to get to because I know we're close to seeing them." And what parent hasn't imagined their children dangling from a 35-story skyscraper at one point or another?