It's about that time in the Race when the weak teams are falling by the wayside.
And indeed, the last weak team went bye bye last night.
With the Aspergers team, Zev and Justin, out because of the passport debacle, the gay brothers Sam and Dan start out the Race first.
They get a clue that tells them they must go to the Persian Gulf and find the tallest building in the world. They don't know the name, but it's the Burj Dubai and it has (or will have - it's unfinished) 124 floors.
As it turns out at least one of the gay brothers doesn't know where the Persian Gulf is.
But Miss America does. She tells her husband immediately that the building is in Dubai. He talks about karma, and how being nice to others will help their team in the end.
Meanwhile, the gay brothers have figured out the Persian Gulf is an area, not a country, particularly after they go to the airport and ask for a ticket to the Persian Gulf and no one knows what they are talking about.
Playing his karma card, Mr. America tells them that they need to go to Dubai, sparing the gay brothers further shame.
The woman in the engaged couple talks about her love of the lion guy; she affirms that, despite all, they will get married. They know each other well. The lion points out that many of their wedding related deposits are non-refundable, giving them further incentive.
We see no-sex couple. She is freaking out because she's afraid of heights and thinks the AR is going to make her jump off the highest building in the world. He tries to tell her to take a more positive attitude. She gets extra testy and tells him he needs to stop telling her what to do.
As it turns out, there's only one flight to Dubai, going through Bangkok and all the teams get on it. But one thing that happens is that the engaged couple gets there last, something that becomes a hallmark of this episode.
It turns out the Race only wants the teams to go to the 124th floor to get the clue. The clue then sends them to a mall parking lot to find cars that they will take to the desert. There's a fast forward too; that's a task that if completed first lets you skip all the other tasks and go straight to the pit stop.
The fast forward involves driving the Dubai race track at more than 100 mph and completing one lap in 45 seconds or less. The electric shock hair guy Cheyne and his country singing partner go for the fast forward.
Christian girl is freaking out, still convinced that she is going to have to jump off that building. Making matters worse, Mr. America momentarily abandons his karma rule and tells the teams he went up with to act like going to the roof was the scariest thing ever.
The lion and his bride-to-be are running around the parking garage, trying to find the cars to drive to the next clue. Then they get lost.
At the next task, a road block, the teams must walk the desert looking for clay vessels filled with water and fill a bag they have with the water for a bedouin and his camel. Miss America sends her husband; they agree that it's too hot and "chocolate melts in the sun." Get it: she's chocolate; he's vanilla. They're an interracial couple!
The desert is well, desert like, scorching hot. Non-Asian poker girl finds an urn first, but there's not water in it.
Meanwhile, the lion and his bride-to-be are wandering through Dubai.
Electric shock hair guy completes the fast forward in 40 seconds. He says he's like Ricky Bobby. The team gets a ride to the pit stop in a Maserati.
Mr. America finds a urn with water first and fills his. Back on the karma track he lets others know where it is.
The next clue sends the teams to find Ski Dubai, a giant arena that gives the desert a winter experience.
Miss America notes that her husband is much nicer than she is. It seems, she says, that people expect Miss Americas to be nice. But she's here to tell you that she "can pull the claws out when I need to." I guess Miss Chocolate is semi-sweet. Ba dum bum.
Poker girls have found the water and filled their bags, and along with alliance mates gay brothers, they are backing out to leave. Alas, they run over a stick and pierce their car's radiator. Or as non-Asian poker girl says, they tickled their cars tummy and it began spewing radiator blood.
It's OK, the Race says they can get a replacement car. Asian poker player says that her excuse for her careless driving is that she's an Asian female driver. Non-Asian poker girl refuses to be seen laughing at that statement.
At the pit stop, electric shock hair and his girlfriend win a trip to Jamaica for coming in first.
The lion and his bride-to-be finally make it to the roadblock; the no-sex couple is still there. In truth, the lion is being much nicer to his fiancee. He's still exasperating, but he's not yelling at her.
At Ski Dubai, pink-hair son and his father arrive first. They can build a snowman, which requires carrying snow from the cold arena into the hot outdoors and building a man before it melts. Or they can find a snowman, which involves sliding down a snow hill and at the bottom of it, trying to find a tiny snowman in a pile of snow. Then giving the snowman to a polar bear. A fake one.
Pinky and his dad choose to find the snowman.
Back in the desert the lion asks for God's help to find the urn with water. God, sensing that his plea is situational, lets the no-sex guy find the urn first. The lion seems as though he's getting delirious; he starts talking to himself. He finally finds an urn with water. To the bedouin he says "Have a spoon, have a ladle, have a nice life." He throws the utensils on the ground at the bedouin's feet. Not cool.
At Ski Dubai, Miss America has arrived and she's having trouble sledding down the snow hill. Her butt is cold. She's not a snow bunny, Mr. America says. She can't stand heat, she can't stand cold. Miss Chocolate is a premium bar.
Still, she's of some use. Miss America finds the snowman first. They get the clue to drive themselves to the pit stop. (Was I imagining it, or did the show have the wrong names up when identifying them?)
The lion and his bride-to-be are lost again.
Frustrated by their inability to find a tiny snowman, the other teams give up and decide to build one instead. The gay brothers stay as the Globetrotters arrive.
Finally, the gay brothers leave too, figuring the Globetrotters won't find the snowman. Was it 20 seconds after they left that the Globetrotters find a tiny snowman?
In relatively good spirits, the lion and his bride-to-be arrive and build a snowman. When they're done rather than take the clue, the lion asks if he can kick the snowman. His bride-to-be refocuses him.
They arrive last and are eliminated. They aren't surprised and take it well. It seems the gazelles have won.