Honestly, I am just figuring out what gives me a bad feeling about Blake and Paige, and that's that I can't get a read on their personalities at all. I get nothing from her at all -- if you thought Brennan didn't talk, Paige makes him look like the president of Toastmasters. As for Blake, everything he says strikes me as false, but I'm not sure whether it actually is. It's like looking at a puppet show -- I just can't read them one way or another. Combine that with the weird curse they seem to have following them around, and they just start to seem a little creepy.
Xerox is lost. Sigh. They stop and ask someone where the Matterhorn sand dune is, and a woman tells them it's "in the desert." They thank her anyway.
Russell and Cyndi on the sandboard. He's at the bottom already, waiting for her. "Please don't wipe out," he chants to himself as he watches her. Heh. As she slides to a stop at the bottom, she has a wonderful open-mouthed expression on her face. Aw -- go, Cyndi.
Taraweasel, arriving at the woodcarvers' market. Excellent singing and dancing, and two guys sitting under a tree. The clue at the McFlag is for this week's Roadblock. The clue says that the person performing the Roadblock should "know his animals." That is a really crappy clue, given what the Roadblock turns out to be, which is buying five specified animal carvings from the market, and bargaining the price down as low as possible in order to conserve your money. They have to buy a lion, an elephant, a rhino, a buffalo, and a leopard, which Phil describes as "Africa's Big Five animals." I didn't even know Africa had a Big Five Animals designation. Maybe someday they'll let in a zebra or something, but they'll keep calling it the Big Five Animals, and then it'll be just like the Big Ten, in which it is now possible to finish eleventh. What was I saying? Oh. Anyway, after they buy their animals, they have to bring them to a bushman sitting under a tree, who will give them a great big wooden giraffe as well as their clue.
Tara takes the Roadblock at the Weasel's urging. She knocks the first guy from twenty down to ten, but the next lady is having none of it. As she runs from one little stand to another, Wil calls her "Bony" again. Man, where is the big gong when you need it? Tara finally takes her bounty to the bushman. She shows him the various animals, and when she shows him the buffalo, she says, "Buffalo...totonka! Totonka!" and she does the little Costner finger-horns. It's really very funny, actually. One point for her. The giraffe clue takes them to the pit stop at Amani Lodge. Interestingly, they have to take the big giraffe along, which I think is just funny. It's like a ransom note -- "Deliver $25,000 to the red and yellow mat -- and bring the giraffe!"