So the racers are going to have to go all Balls of Fury on this kid? It's actually not as hard as it sounds; all they'll need to do is score one point. But they'll only have one shot at it before having to wait for their next turn, while the champion alternates between the other tables and playing against other racers. For once, though, this is a task that's going to get easier as it goes on, as the kid will start "using household items in place of a paddle." And yep, each Ping-Pong table also has an equipment table nearby holding several non-paddle objects that the champion will be able to humiliate the racers with. Awesome. "Once they hit a winning shot, they'll be rewarded with their next clue," Phil concludes. Since the first three teams are the Chippendales, the blondes, and the twins, I don't know which member of any of those teams is volunteering outside to take this one, but Abbie, James, and Daniel are taking it for their respective teams. But what about Rob & Kelley, who were also on the first flight? Well, they're currently wandering the grounds in search of the clue. Uh-oh.
And I'm not saying "Uh-oh" because I'm worried about the monster truckers, but because of an unwelcome new development: the Twitter hashtag "#Roadblock" appearing on the screen as the lead teams head inside the building and into the table tennis room. You know what, The Amazing Race? I cover enough other shows that try to tell me how to Tweet without you getting in on it. Daniel explains what we've just seen and heard regarding the description of the Roadblock, like this really is Big Brother, while one of the twins says that since they play table tennis in Sri Lanka all the time, she took a look at "him" and figured, "Piece of cake." This twin is the first to give it a try, and hits the ball out of bounds despite her sister yelling at her to "SLAM IT!"
The champ moves on to the next table, where the dark-haired Chippendale is waiting. "Taking down little Chinese kids, this is horrible," his partner says from the sidelines, like the Chinese kid is the one in trouble. Sure enough, the Chippendale misses, as do Caitlin and Abbie and Daniel and James, every last one of them. The champion switches to a small clipboard to play with in place of a paddle, even though the clue never said, "Who's ready to get clipped?" Unlike the twins, The Chippendales seem to think the champion's a girl. At ten, and with that haircut, it is hard to tell, but according to Phil's Twitter feed, they're correct. "She's like, I'm gonna play you with the paper side. I'm not even gonna use the flat side," James (or Jaymes) interviews in response to this nonverbal mocking. He lasts a bit longer against that, but eventually hits the net. A paddle with strobing photos of the kid superimposed on it appears in the screen to indicate who won that volley, in keeping with recent seasons' tradition of littering the screen with the most annoying visual clutter imaginable. "I'll just sit here and eat my piece of humble pie," says the very sweaty dancer.