'The Amazing Race' recap: Episode 10, 'I Need Hair to be Pretty'
Rachel and Brendon must decorate an elephant for a local festival, and then clean up after her in order to receive the next clue. (CBS Broadcasting)
Phil makes Rachel and Vanessa shake hands
Team BB and Vanessa/Ralph get to the mat at nearly the same time. Phil randomly asks if he has to give out any penalties, and Vanessa says that she thinks BB didn't shovel enough elephant poop. I think Brendon was just too speedy and she missed it.
The accusation makes Rachel mad, and she and Vanessa begin to bicker. When Phil asks what's up between them, Rachel says, "She doesn't like my sequins, I don't know why." The women bring up the insults that have been flung, Vanessa owns up to suggesting Rachel get a nose job, but nothing personal, of course, "I have nothing against her."
Finally, Ralph interrupts to tell them to just drop it and apologize. They kind of do, although Vanessa keeps talking. Phil points out this fact that we already knew about Vanessa :"You don't like to let things go." Rachel and Vanessa shake hands. I totally believe that they don't hate each other anymore. Oh, wait, I mean I totally do not believe that.
Clay County, Kentucky is proud
Yes, Bopper and Mark are still in this episode. We check in with them three hours before their starting time, Mark is hooked up to an IV, still recovering from heat stroke. Two hours later he's up and feeling good, they prepare to leave, owing it to their children and their county. They're even wearing Clay County t-shirts.
Three hours behind the other teams, Bopper and Mark head out hootin' and hollerin'. They hit a Speed Bump first, where they have to paint the belly of a large male dancer to look like a tiger. Bopper's down with that, of course, he paints rocks with his daughter, it's no different. Except for it being a man's belly, of course.
They decide to see if the FF is taken. Given their time lag, what's a few more minutes to check it out? They get to the temple, discover that the challenge is to shave their heads, and their reaction is nothing short of splendid joy. Mark shows off his already-bald head, and they joke that of course BB Rachel wouldn't shave her head. Once Bopper is bald, Mark says, "You don't look as good as me, but you look good, bro!" They head toward the Pit Stop.
For a few moments, I was happy. Then I was not.
Remember Art and JJ, packing ginger? They thought the physical task would be faster for them. Instead, it's made them hot and angry and tired. They load up the boxes for transport and JJ cuts his hand and bleeds through his leather glove. I was inappropriately pleased. They even bicker for a bit while wheeling boxes down the road.
For several heart-pounding moments I let myself imagine that Bopper would beat JJ to the Pit Stop. It would be like the best unscripted television moment ever for me, because how could producers even plan to have a beloved team come from so far behind with a Fast Forward to beat out the evil doers? You can't plan that, it's magic.
I am sorry to tell you that we did not get a magical ending. Art and JJ took their hot, sweaty, bloody selves to the Pit Stop first. Phil made them wait, though, and JJ even cried (although he denied it) at how hard they tried when everything went wrong. Then Phil said they were still in the Race.
Bopper and Mark promised to begin the Race as buddies and end it as buddies. They finished up much happier on this leg, so at least they got to go out on a high note. Still, it sucks that they're gone.
Next week is the two-hour finale, already. Get this -- the first team to arrive at the finish line, with all the eliminated teams cheering, didn't complete the Roadblock and they get sent back. It may not affect the ending, but still, wouldn't it be awesome to see the look on Army Dave's face if it's him?