ATTENTION: SPOILERS BELOW
It becomes clear from the quick update of last week that this week's leg of the Race will be all about the Father & Son.
Actually, let me update: the Quivering Lip Father & his Son.
You'll remember that last week as they ran to be first to the pit stop before Bates & Anthony (and lost), the Father of the then-Father & Son team was convinced that he ruptured his Achilles.
This week, we see that the medical staff on hand can't give them a definite answer, but that lip is already quivering at the mere thought of the injury. Father has cried every week. Yes, I know, surviving cancer and seeing your son survive cancer is a big big deal. But does he really have to cry each time it comes up?
Quivering Lip Father says they're not going to quit the Race, that's not on the table. Crying, however, is the table's centerpiece.
Bates & Anthony leave first for New Zealand, Christchurch, which we're told is Phil's hometown. Does this mean we'll meet Phil's mum? See baby pictures?
There's good news for the Quivering Lip Father & his Son; Dating Couple thinks it's to their benefit to give Quivering Lip Father & his Son that extra express pass. Dating Couple considers Bates & Anthony a threat and hope giving Quivering Lip Father & his Son a boost will hurt Bates & Anthony.
As it turns out, the flight to New Zealand from Tahiti doesn't leave until the morning, so all the teams catch up. That also gives Quivering Lip Father & his Son time to go to the doctor. Quivering Lip Father was right; his Achilles is shot. But remember: quitting is not on the table. Quivering Lip Father gets a boot and some crutches and he's ready. Oddly, this does not make him cry.
The Dating Couple forms a new alliance with the Newlyweds, the YouTube Stars and the Derby Moms to take down Bates & Anthony. Bates & Anthony, meanwhile, form an alliance with the Blondes. The strategy behind that seems to be to have something to do with making corny flirtatious remarks.
Detours: Rev It Up, which involved driving an all-terrain vehicle to a track where each team member has to drive a vintage car (or as we call them in the U.S. a junker) through a course and around some cones in less than a combined 83 seconds.
Reel It In, involved each team member catching a fish that's at least 12 inches long.
Quivering Lip Father & Son head for the cars but after learning the cars are stick shifts, they go fishing since Quivering Lip Father can't even feel his foot. They eventually bag fishing too and use the express pass.
Bates & Anthony finally come across something that isn't easy for them. They end up driving the course three times, putting them in fifth place. When they get back to their car to go to the next clue, Anthony gives a sigh a relief and some nice praise for the Ford Focus. Or was it a plug?
Roadblock: They call it the Shemozzle and it's an obstacle course done in shorts and a burlap sack in which you end up covered in molasses and chicken feathers, slip and slide into a manure pond and you must deliver 12 unbroken eggs to get the next clue. Oh, there's a dog companion too.
It takes Bates & Anthony (who doesn't take out his teeth at all this week) awhile to get to the Shemozzle because they're following the Newlyweds into some mist. Mr. Newlywed doesn't listen to Mrs. Newlywed even though, as he asserts, she's a cold German and, as she asserts, she's 24 with a doctorate and so she's always right. And don't you know it turns out she was right about going the other way.
While that's being sorted out, we see Quivering Lip Father & his Son arrive at the pit stop first. I'll give it to Quivering Lip Father -- he's hopping on that good leg like a pro! They win a trip to Bangkok.
But it's one of those times when the Race isn't finished. Phil's got another clue. Will Quivering Lip Father & his Son keep going because Quivering Lip Father, sniff, doesn't want to let his Son down? Grab some tissues and tune in next week.