The racers head to Phnom Penh, Cambodia (not "Sean Penn, Cambodia") after spending a night in the Ho Chi Minh City airport. We're meant to believe that Lance|Keri and Zev|Justin nearly fail to make the first flight, but the amount of time spent building the "suspense" is itself a giveaway of the fact that everyone's going to be flying together yet again.
Once they reach the city, an "editor" at the Foreign Correspondents Club sends them in search of a specific hotel, a search that allows most of them to reveal their shocking ignorance of who Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was.
The Detour is a choice between selling motorcycle helmets (which only Lance and Keri choose, relying of course on their innate charm) and scarf-spotting at the Russian Market.
Then the Road Block requires performing a monkey act. Despite their threatened early setback, Team Asperger's grabs an early lead, cultivating good karma with their cabbie and recovering from Zev's meltdown at the Road Block, ultimately arriving at the Pit Stop first. But somewhere along the way, they lose Zev's passports, so that's not exactly a win. They have to go back and search the course while team after team checks in. Despite arriving at the Pit Stop last, Maria and Tiffany dodge yet another bullet as Zev's passport fails to turn up, and he and Justin are Philiminated. See what happens when you depart from your daily routine?
How ironic is it that a show about doing things as quickly as possible comes on late so frequently? The worst part is that now my DVR thinks I like Three Rivers.
"This is Ho Chi Minh City," Phil reminds us from the traffic island in the middle of last week's roundabout. Hey, that's my line! Archival news film footage rolls as Phil says, "Once called Saigon, it was the headquarters of U.S. military operations during the Vietnam War. And when Saigon fell, the South Vietnamese surrendered at the Reunification Palace." Was it called that before then? Because if so, I can see why they picked it as the venue for the surrender. In either case, now it's simply the third Pit Stop in a race around the world.
Having arrived first at the end of the last leg, Flight Time and Big Easy are leaving at 6:53 p.m., wearing what I think are their actual Globetrotter uniform shirts. It's also completely dark outside, despite it having been light at 5:45 AM at the beginning of the previous leg, only two hours away. Some kind of crazy daylight savings time must be going on in this country. They're the first to learn that they're going to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We're taking our time getting out of Southeast Asia this season, aren't we? This is going to be the third leg in a row on the Indochinese Peninsula. One hates to use the word "quagmire" too quickly, but... Anyway, Phil adds that when they reach Phnom Penh, they'll need to find the Foreign Correspondents Club and track down the "assignment editor," in this case a French-looking actor in Roland Hedley drag peering sneakily around the tropical club from behind a newspaper. They'll have to whisper a request for their next assignment to get their next clue, which in this case looks like a folded newspaper. The Globetrotters are on their way. We see them interviewing that they get along well with each other because they're teammates in regular life. But then Flight Time overshares that last night he was "cleaning Big Easy's socks and underwear. So if that's not something that's brought us closer, then I don't know what is." Well, that depends; was Big Easy wearing them at the time? In the cab, Big Easy says they're feeling good about wining the last leg, "So hopefully we'll stay in the top three, top five." Whoa, hitch your wagon to that star, guys.
Meghan and Cheyne are of course leaving right behind them, at 6:54. That's it from them for now. Gary and Matt leave in third place, at 6:58, and as they ride to the airport in the cab, Gary interviews that Matt is "bigger than life." Not by Amazing Race standards, he isn't. Gary complains good-naturedly about his son's hair colors, "but I'm learning to appreciate it." Matt, in turn, watches out the window and speculates on Ho Chi Minh City's "hoppin' nightlife." You can tell he's just itching to find a karaoke bar where he can sing "All-Star" and burn the place down.