Amazing Race
"This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess"

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Phuket Again

Ernie and Cindy have also landed, and Ernie quickly finds the signs while Amani and Marcus are still lost in the village. In fact ,Team Control ends up as team number five, which means that Amani and Marcus, who arrived at the island in third place, check in as team number six. That must sting.

Marie quickly gets the clue out of the bird's nest, making her the last person to show us that the task is easier than the editors are trying to make it seem. Back on the boat, they assume they're on their way to their Philimination. "But look at this scenery. People dream of seeing stuff like this." "It's like riding to our death," one of them says. Well, at least their dad will be happy to see them.

Bill and Cathi walk up to the mat, and are team number seven. Again. Phil asks if that's their lucky number. "It must be, but it better change tomorrow," Cathi quips.

Finally, Liz and Marie get to the mat, and are welcomed to Phuket. Phil tells them they're the last team to arrive, and they aren't exactly surprised, saying they haven't seen another team for hours. Phil asks them if they're glad they came on the race, and of course they're happy about the experience, if not its end. "It's really sad," one of them says, because they've failed to notice that Phil has yet to actually Philiminate them. And sure enough, he tells them it's their lucky day, because it's a non-elimination leg. Sure, they'll have a Speed Bump in the next leg, but that's rarely a problem for anyone anymore. They interview about it not being over until it's over, and they have the next leg to make up time and "prove that we deserve to be here." "It's not as easy as it looks," one of them tells Phil. Well, to be fair, I don't think they make it look easy at all.

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