This episode had teams boxing, missing large clues and playing with bicycle wheels.
Last time teams checked into Kaneshie Market in Accra, Ghana. Brook and Claire were the first team to arrive, so this time they were the first team to depart. Upon ripping open their clue they found out that they would be going to the Akotoku Boxing Academy. Brook was very excited and about this and at the Roadblock she did the task; which involved wrapping her hands correctly, punching a bag for 60 seconds and jumping rope for 60 seconds. The other teams weren’t far behind and Team Capella charmed their taxi driver Samson with a song inspiring him to drive fast. Of the other teams, Chad tried to do a fancy foot move jumping rope, tripped himself and had to start over. Nat and Kat had trouble with their taxi and got to the boxing academy last.
The next clue told teams to go to the Dodowa District and find a “Supply Depot” to find their next clue. Brook and Claire left first but were quickly passed by team Capella Connor and Jonathan who were still being driven by the affable Samson. The road here was red dirt, full of potholes and overrun with lanky longhorn cattle. At the Supply Depot teams had to load up two wheelbarrows with construction equipment and wheel them over to the Asebi D/A Primary School and deliver them to the foreman for their next clue. Team Capella did this seemingly easy task correctly and got the next clue to join a classroom on African geography. They had to correctly identify the location of Ghana to get their next clue.
Meanwhile at the wheelbarrow task many teams got choked up when they didn’t deliver the correct supplies in the correct number of wheelbarrows. Brook and Claire had to go back because they used only one wheelbarrow. Tattooed biker couple Nick and Vicki had two bags of concrete when only one was required. He had some unkind words to Vicki during this and seemed to crack under pressure. Asian-American father and son Michael and Kevin also only used one wheelbarrow and had to return.
Back at the African geography lesson Connor and Jonathan were having a tough time identifying where Ghana was but finally got it. The two Princeton University students were humbled but said something about “Princeton being a good school, I swear. There’s even an African Studies major.” HA! The next clue was a Detour of “Bicycle Parts” or “Language Arts.” In Bicycle Parts both team members had to do a traditional kids game of running a bicycle wheel with a stick across a yard twice. In Language Arts the team would get a poem, have to find the eight symbols associated with the poem and identify the correct sequence in on a large grid hung on the side of the school. Team Capella chose Language Arts, figured out their symbols, looked for the most outstanding symbol, and got their sequence quickly. The next clue instructed them to go to the pit stop on the school grounds.
Teams that chose bicycle parts did it pretty quickly. Father and daughter Gary and Mallory got the technique and Mallory got her wheel over the line by whacking it. Chad was actually very supportive of Stephanie this time and they finished quickly too.
The other teams chose Language Arts and had trouble finding the symbol key hung up on the other side of the school. These teams circled the school kids and wandered around looking at the grid of symbols before they all abandoned it to do Bicycle Parts. Vicki’s asthma got the better of her during the task and she had to stop and use her inhaler. Nick had calmed down a bit here and started being supportive. Michael and Kevin got to this task last. Father Michael was having trouble and after doing one pass of the yard he said he couldn’t go on any more. It was 98 degrees. The medical team was called and checked his blood pressure. Kevin told his dad that whatever his decision was, he would stand by him. Aww, what a great son. Michael rested in the shade and finally said he would get up and finish the task; which he did. There was no way after this great show of support and tenacity would the producers eliminate this team if they came in last.
Team Capella checked in first. For their win they each got $5000. The best prize EVER. Teams were also told they would now be able to give back to the community and help build another school building with the materials they wheeled over. Second on the mat were Gary and Mallory. Then Chad and Stephanie, Volleyball players Katie and Rachel, Nick and Vicki, Brook and Claire, Jill and Thomas. Nat and Kat got lost but still managed to check in second to last. Last on the mat were Kevin and Michael but it was a non-elimination round so they will have to perform a Speed Bump next episode.
Next time: The teams fly to the arctic to mush dog sleds and drive snow mobiles. Chad returns to yelling at Stephanie.
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