The clock tower gate opens at 10:00, and the teams head up. When they pull their clue, the first thing they all spot is a Fast Forward, and Joyce immediately tells Uchenna that they should do it. Phil explains that this is the second and last Fast Forward of the race, and that it requires teams to go ten and a half miles to a temple, where they'll take part in a "traditional Hindu good-fortune ritual" -- the shaving of their heads. Of course, they won't find out that it's head-shaving until they get out there, the better to set up a possible choke of the Brandon and Nicole variety, although we're not quite so thick with models this year, so it just won't be the same. When both members of your team are "completely bald," you can claim the Fast Forward.
Uchenna and Joyce immediately set out for the Fast Forward. Teams who pass it up are confronted with a Detour. In this Detour, you pick between Trunk and Dunk. In Trunk, you go to a specific spot and pick out a teak elephant on wheels that weighs 600 pounds. Oy. They have to push the elephant half a mile to a temple, where a priest will give them their next clue. It's physically difficult, but if you get lots of locals to help you push, you could go fast. In Dunk, you go to a neighborhood where they make tie-dyed fabrics. You dye white sheets from a basket, and when you dye the right one, the clue will appear. It's not a hard task, but there are 25 sheets, and if you wind up having to do all of them, that could take a while. Also, your arms will turn purple, and I would say the over-under on Rob's first "Grape Ape" joke when he sees you is probably about eight seconds.
Meredith and Gretchen take the elephant, and he voices over that they chose not to risk the FF, knowing that they would be out if they were beaten to it. Lynn and Alex initially decide to head for the FF, but Ron and Kelly turn it down, as do Rob and Amber, with Rob voicing over that after all, they've been through that routine once already. Both Rob and Amber and Ron and Kelly wind up taking the elephants, as Meredith and Gretchen get directions to them as well. Uchenna and Joyce, on the other hand, are getting a taxi to the Fast Forward. Lynn and Alex want the FF also, and they start hollering at their taxi driver to hurry up. The three teams heading for elephants all run into each other as they run toward the right spot, so now, it's just a charge through the streets, hunting the big wooden elephants. When they get there, the teams position themselves around their various elephants and start to drag. As Meredith and Gretchen ask for directions, some guy tells her to get up on top of the elephant. Now, of course, it doesn't say that on the clue, and furthermore, they really only need directions, and not elephant-handling advice. Nevertheless, Gretchen does it anyway -- climbs up right into the elephant basket, making it perhaps 25 percent heavier than it already was. If some guy on the streets of Jodhpur told her to jump off a bridge...well, never mind. Rob sees Gretchen up there and says, "Honey, do you have to ride in it?" "No," Amber answers firmly. "Why is Gretchen in it?" he asks. "It doesn't say we have to ride in it," Amber comes back. Everyone pushes.
In their taxi, Lynn starts to fret, quite wisely, about the fact that they're already behind Uchenna and Joyce going for the Fast Forward. They abruptly decide to abandon the FF and head back to the elephants. Elsewhere, Uchenna and Joyce are headed for the FF, and he looks perhaps even better than he did at the start of the race. Not sure how that works.