Amazing Race
You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate

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Miss Alli: B- | Grade It Now!
Like Madonna and Sean Penn, only more tiresome

Hayden and Aaron are struggling with a clueless cab driver, kicking off the theme of the episode, which will be The Taxi Industry: Blessing, Curse, or Source Of Entertainment For People Who Enjoy Suffering?

And Rebecca and Kris are a little anxious over having wandered into a largely deserted neighborhood in Shanghai that doesn't make them too comfortable. "We're moving into the Harlem of Shanghai," Kris says with a chuckle. Of course, just as with Kendra, it goes in with the context of everything else she's said. She's certainly not the only one to note the non-confidence-inspiring aspect of the neighborhood, given that Hayden, too, comments on the "scary little alley" they're driving down. Hayden and Aaron seem to be lost at this point, so Hayden orders the cab to stop and orders Aaron to go ask for directions. "Ask if anyone speaks English, and you deal with this before I hyperventilate." I don't know. I would have kind of enjoyed hearing her huffing and puffing into a paper bag, which could then be stuffed over her head. Elsewhere, the other three teams are still poking around as Jon sings a song to himself. "Cruising...down the streets of Shanghai..." See? They're not always happy, but they have a vast array of weapons they deploy against depression, including bad singing. Before long, Hayden and Aaron find themselves at the garden, where they are reunited with the rest of the teams. Unsurprisingly, given that it's been probably five minutes since they were all bunched together, it's time for it to happen again, this time with business hours at the garden that only run from 8:00 to 5:30. Tie! And as they do when there's absolutely no need to hurry, which is most of the time, the teams go and check into a hotel for a good night's sleep. Because the worst thing you can do in the middle of a race is rush unduly. Or deprive yourself.

The next morning, people ride bicycles. Parts of Shanghai look like Epcot. Ducks (I think) hang in a window, not looking so lively. A man roller-skates with red fans in his hands. As you do. Tickets are purchased and the four teams rush into the gardens. It appears that they don't have much to go on in terms of where they're supposed to find the clue box, because they all wind up wandering around like they're just randomly looking for a clue box somewhere in the gardens. Nuance is the first to finally find it, and when they do, it says that they have to get to Yincheng Road and search around the Huaneng Union Tower for a clue. Oh, and "Caution: Yield ahead!" Phil explains that this, again, will require the use of a taxi, and then we get the dramatic shot of the green clue box, and we are -- out!

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