So it turns out that there are a lot more ways than you'd think to fly from Ouagadougou to Vilnius, Lithuania, and it's not easy to get the right one. Nick and Don get a bum steer from a travel agent, Azaria chalks bad luck up to bad karma resulting from not giving away information to other teams, and Ron and Christina mistake the worst flight for the best flight and have some time to make up. But it turns out that much of this leg is luck-based, particularly when it turns out to be all about a Roadblock in which the teams are all tasked with finding different landmarks, some of which are obviously much more prominent than others. Nick and Don fall from first to last place, while others surge. It looks for a moment like this is the end for our friendly grandpa and grandson, but it's critical to never underestimate the pure sucking power of Shana and Jennifer, whose apparently weak ability to concentrate leads them to bungle a simple counting Detour. When Nick finds an efficient way to finesse past an error, he and Don manage to land on the mat ahead of Shana and Jennifer. The show fairly explicitly threatens not to eliminate them, but then it does anyway. In other news, Nate and Jen reach new heights of lows, griping at each other until they're essentially swearing to never, ever again make a mistake matching in magnitude the decision to date each other. They're the kind of couple that ought to separate immediately and forever, but they're probably not going to. But with Shana and Jennifer gone, they're really the only purely hateful people left, so -- fingers crossed! Maybe we can get a good ending for a change.
Previously on Burkina Faso-long, Jason And Lorena: Dancing and mining were the order of the day in Ouagadougou, and Shana and Jennifer shook their groove things (which also were kind of their skeeve things, unfortunately), while Ron and Chris had to wait out a penalty for improper dancing. Africa loved Goths, while nobody loved Nate and Jen, like, at all. When she didn't get first place, Jen briefly implied that perhaps she should have been allowed first place, because nothing satisfies quite like winning through the manipulation of other people's pity. The U-Turn was introduced, and Shana and Jennifer used it on Jason and Lorena, who were already way behind. There wasn't much of an opportunity for Jason and Lorena to catch up, so ultimately, Lorena's horrible job of camel-milking and the delay it produced took them right out of the race. Telling myself that they really did get booted because she wouldn't stop screaming at the camels is almost as satisfying as when I told myself Wil and Tara lost a million dollars because they wouldn't treat a cab-stand attendant like a human being. Seven teams left. Who will be eliminated...next?
Credits. Unless I'm hallucinating, before Christina turns her head, you can see a tiny little flicker like, "Oh, boy. My dad. My partner. Whaaat am I doing?"
We begin in Ouagadougou, which is home to very happy children, who I'm sure run through the streets like lunatics screaming with joy all the time, and are not putting this display on for the cameras at all. And here is Hotel DeVille, which is the city hall where the pit stop was. I like the idea of having your city hall at a hotel -- it definitely cuts down on long lunches for dirty purposes if you can stay in the building. Teams (and their chickens) arrived here at the end of the last leg. Phil wonders whether Shana and Jennifer's U-Turn dispute will turn things ugly (or "uglier") between them, and although he usually wonders at least two things, that's apparently the only thing on his mind this time. Phil is ambivalent.
6:45 AM. Azaria and Hendekea. She's wearing a "New Orleans Is For Lovin'" shirt. Aw, heh. The clue tells them to fly to Vilnius, Lithuania. Phil tells us this is more than 3000 miles. When they get there, they'll get in a marked car and drive to St. Anne's Church, where a clue awaits. (My Music Stylist: "I wonder which Ouagadougou-Vilnius flight they'll take: the 8:15 or the 8:45?") Azaria explains to us that usually, he doesn't think he has a temper, but with his sister, he does. We see this in action as he interrupts her efforts to get a taxi, and she basically tells him he can get the damn taxi himself if he can't let her do it without kibitzing. I think this is one of those relationships where she sort of allows him to believe he's bossing her, because it's easier, but she actually puts the brakes on whenever it's going to interfere with what they're doing. I'm not sure he actually runs her as much as he thinks he does.