In a significant change from previous seasons, the Race course turns back to the West and heads from Turkey to London. Rob and Amber and Ron and Kelly beat the first direct flight by two hours when they find a connection through Frankfurt, so those who fell behind last week are ahead this week. In London, a trip to Abbey Road leads in turn to a Detour that presents a choice between riddle-solving and boat-dragging. Surprisingly enough, both of the lead teams choose the riddles, and they both execute them without difficulty -- Rob and Amber with the help of a cute Brit they locate along the way. Following that, there's a bus-driving Roadblock that challenges everyone's steering capabilities, and it takes everyone who tries it several attempts. But Rob and Amber finish up the leg in first place -- again -- and pile on with an ill-conceived decision to Yield Ron and Kelly. Despite the Yield, Ron and Kelly finish in second place, and Uchenna and Joyce and Meredith and Gretchen fight it out for last. After the trailing teams weirdly choose the physical Detour option, Meredith and Gretchen fall somewhat behind at the Detour and even possibly even farther behind at the Roadblock, and when they find themselves in last place again, there are no more chances and they get the boot at last. They were nice people, but that was overdue. So the final three are Ron and Kelly, Rob and Amber, and Uchenna and Joyce, which isn't a bad result, in terms of narrowing it down to the strong performers. Next week: the two-hour finale, complete with screaming and hollering.
Previously on Ain't Gnome Mountain High Enough: Uchenna and Joyce and Meredith and Gretchen allowed Rob to psych them out, and they wound up so thoroughly psyched out that they entirely kicked his karma-stomped ass. You'll just have to take my word for it. Istanbul offered a strange and disturbing preoccupation with the Travelocity gnome, as well as a Detour that sent the teams to the scales of justice to find the nicest way to say to strangers, "Step right up, ma'am! No, no, the hefty lady!" A fortress-climbing Roadblock played to the strengths of people who were not Gretchen, but she still stayed ahead of the trailing Rob and Amber and Ron and Kelly. Ron and Kelly finished last, and they were robbed of all their stuff, but they retained their position, because the leg was non-elimination. They won the Travelocity Loot Haul at the same time, meaning that happily, they can continue bitching at each other at sites around the world for years to come. Who will be eliminated next?
Credits. Look, it's the Travelocity sunset! And the Travelocity glacier! And the Travelocity monkey! [TRAVELOCITOMP.]
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We return to Istanbul, Turkey, which Phil reminds us lies on the border of Europe and Asia. And outside Istanbul, we are at the pit stop, at a 550-year-old fortress where Phil has found himself some decent clothes. He reminds us about the non-elimination as we look at Ron and Kelly and wonder whether Ron gets to keep the harness as part of the "clothes on his back." Hey, beauty queens get as kinky as anyone else, and don't let them tell you different. What do you think all that fire-baton shit is about? Anyway, Phil wonders aloud whether the loss of their money and possessions will do in Ron and Kelly, given that they didn't seem to have that far to fall anyway, and whether the Underestimated Alliance of Uchenna and Joyce and Meredith and Gretchen will hold onto its newfound lead. Well, it will if Rob doesn't shut his yap.
10:53 PM. Uchenna and Joyce. They excitedly (as usual) rip open their clue to find that it sends them ten miles to the Sirkeci Train Station, where they will find a room full of dervishes. Phil explains that these are the "whirling dervishes" with which you may be familiar in a figurative sense, who in a literal sense are a religious sect that performs a ritual in which its members spin to show devotion. In the room of dervishes, you'll find your next clue. Joyce also rattles off that the teams who are getting money will have $477 for the leg. Pretty hefty -- plenty enough to buy all the magazines with your own pictures on them! (Where applicable.) Uchenna hollers for a taxi, which shows up immediately (heh), and they hop in and ask for the train station. Joyce voices over that in their regular lives, they have a tendency to go in different directions (you'll have to take their word for it), so the race has brought them together. They show up at the train station, and when they find what they believe to be the right room, they're escorted inside.