“Globetrotting with the Globetrotters” is a tale of two black men traveling the world, using their unique combination of acting and basketball skills in attempt to win the race and the million dollar prize. Will they flatten the competition like they flatten the Washington Generals game after game? Will they survive until the next episode? Read and find out!
Previously on The Amazing Race: Big Easy and Flight Time aren’t featured at all in the opening montage of what happened during Episode 1.
The teams start in the Mekong Delta. A brief history lesson about the Vietnam War is conveyed to the audience. The boat that served as the Pit Stop traveled from Kai Bei to My Tho, Vietnam overnight. The teams have no idea what city they have been transported to.
Departing at 5:56 AM after the mandatory rest period, Big Easy and Flight Time start in third place, 11 minutes behind the leaders. Their clue tells them to go to Ho Chi Minh City (a two-hour taxi drive away) and find the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, where they have to snatch their clue from water puppets that are darting about the water.
Upon leaving the Pit Stop, an interview reveals that Big Easy’s dad died two days before they started the race, who was “a great inspiration” to him. Big Easy grew up in the projects of New Orleans, and his father told him, “no matter where you come from, you can do what you want in life.”
Last time he talked to his dad, he said: “Win the damn race.” Flight Time and Big Easy are determined to win the race:
“We’re gonna do it hard, we’re gonna do it for him.”
The last-placed team is just 33 minutes behind Flight Time and Big Easy.
Flight Time and Big Easy arrive at the puppet theatre first. Despite both of their huge wingspans, the puppets elude Flight Time for quite some time, squirting him with water in both of their attempts, giving this great sound bite from Flight Time:
“Here, you just grab it. Don’t worry about it bitin’ you.”
The clue is a postage stamp rolled inside of a bullet casing. They ask a man about what the stamp’s picture is of, and he tells them that it’s the post office. When they ask, “where is the post office?” the local responds, “ask taxi.”
Flight Time and Big Easy arrive at the post office, where they get information about the detour: Child’s Play or Word Play. In Child’s Play, teams have to transport a heavy, unwieldly concrete animal, picking up five balloons, deliver to children’s playground. In Word Play, teams must identify six Vietnamese letters on the top of vehicles moving in the traffic traffic circle below. Once they had all six letters, then they ask locals to help unscramble the word.
Flight Time and Big Easy chooses Child’s Play, where they select a sheep. They get the first balloon with ease and attempt to cross a busy street. Flight Time then exclaims, “We ain’t goin’ out there in front of that!” Big Easy reassures him, “Nobody gonna hit you… I got you.” Passing a girl performing tai chi in the park they are running around in, they emit another memorable sound bite: “Work it girl. Work it.” At last, they get the last balloon and take it to the designated area.
In first place, their next clue designates that they now have to find their way to an intersection in the city.
They arrive at the intersection to discover that it is the site of the Roadblock.
Since almost everything that can be recycled in Vietnam, with the assistance of electronic chop shops, is recycled, they need to participate in this unique Vietnamese activity and disassemble two VCRs.
Two teams catch up with them really quickly, but Flight Time and Big Easy leave the Roadblock in first place. The clue directs them to go to the next Pit Stop, the Reunification Palace, a famous building where a North Vietnamese tank busted through the gate.
Flight Time and Big Easy are had trouble finding a taxi and are passed by another team, Meghan and Cheyne (or as I like to call them, the “Douche Bags,” as who spells “Shane” C-H-E-Y-N-E but a douche bag?). But they are confident in their abilities: “We’ll beat them in a foot race, we’ll put some money on that.”
Flight Time and Big Easy easily outrun them in a footrace to the Pit Stop and get first place, winning a trip for two to Aruba. They get to spend five nights in an oceanfront suite, they get a reserved beach cabana every day, and get a sunset dinner sail, a snorkel sail, and a Jeep safari.
Asking about their inspiration on this leg, Big Easy says that they “ran hard, ran tough for my father. He was taken from us too early, but he’s here with us, and he’s proud of me and proud what I’ve become.”
How will the Globetrotters fare in the next episode? Find out with the next installment of “Globetrotting with the Globetrotters!”