“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: Flight Time and Big Easy made the montage this week, as they showed them coming in first place and “tasting victory” in a recap of last week’s episode.
They decide to give yet another history lesson about Ho Chi Minh City and the Vietnam War:
Once called Saigon, Reunification Palace was the former headquarters of the US-based resistence in South Vietnam.
Thanks, The Amazing Race! Now I know everything about the Vietnam War (not)!
Flight Time and Big Easy depart at 6:53 PM, just thirty-nine minutes ahead of the last-placed team. Their first clue indicates that the teams travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and find the Foreign Correspondents Club. Then, speaking in a whisper, ask for their next assignment.
Flight Time, on bonding with his teammate:
“I found myself last night cleaning Big Easy’s socks and underwear.”
Now that‘s close.
Upon arriving at the airport, the teams discover that the earliest flight is at 12:25 PM. All teams end up on the same flight to Phnom Penh. Despite getting to the Ho Chi Minh City airport first, Flight Time and Big Easy leaves the Phnom Penh airport in taxis in fifth place. Upon arriving at the FCC (no, not that FCC), they get a photo of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (and not, as Flight Time thought, some queen of Cambodia) in 1967 driving in a convertible with the King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, in her only visit to the nation. Flight Time and Big Easy get their clue fifth. Teams are instructed to find the hotel that has a suite named after her, outside where the photo was originally taken. For those playing at home, do you know where this photo was taken?
If you are somehow knowledgeable in Cambodian culture, you would know that this photo was taken in front of the Hotel Royal.
Flight Time and Big Easy get the clue fourth (seeing through the deception of another team who pretended to not find the clue), and discover the Detour, which features two common accessories used by Cambodian people. As host Phil Keoghan explained:
In this Detour, teams had to choose between Cover and Wrap. In Cover, teams had to find a helmet stand and choose four motorcycle helmets. Then, using only their powers of persuasion, the teams had to sell four of the hats, for ten U.S. dollars, to a family of four consisting of two adults and two children. Once the teams returned the money to the helmet shop owner, they would receive their next clue. In Wrap, teams had to find the Russian Market and locate stalls 980 and 981 where the shopkeeper would hand over an intricately patterned silk scarf. Then, the teams had to search the confusing corridors of the market for a woman wearing an identical scarf. When they correctly matched the two scarves, the shopkeeper would hand them their next clue.
Flight Time and Big Easy choose “Wrap,” and enlist the assistance of two young women, visiting from Pennsylvania. On finding these people to help them out, Big Easy quipped,
“I would love to say they wanted to help us out for our good looks, but I’m 6′ 9″ and he’s 6′ 4″, and that’s ugly.”
Flight Time responded,
“Or 6′ 9″ and ugly and 6′ 3″ and good-looking.”
While walking through the market, one woman exclaimed, “oh my” at the sight of Big Easy. Not missing a beat, Flight Time remarked, “Oh my, he’s huge, huh?”
Once they find the person with a matching scarf, they have to bring the person back to the stall to receive their next clue. Upon sighting the woman, Big Easy starts chasing after the very short woman, only to have her start running away from him. Quoth the giant man:
“She tried to run from me, that’s cold-blooded. She tried to run from me, Flight!”
They leave the Detour in fourth place, and their clue indicates that they have to travel on foot to Wat Toul Tom Pong, where teams have to learn how to become a monkey dancer. As the host explained:
In Cambodia, monkeys are so revered that the royal family employs a royal monkey master who trains dancers to behave like monkeys. In this Roadblock, one team member had to put on a monkey mask and tail and complete three monkey maneuvers, as demonstrated by their monkey master. If they could keep up their simian act during the maneuvers, the monkey master would hand them their next clue.
Big Easy and Flight Time arrives at the Roadblock in third place, and Flight Time decides to do the challenge.
He completes the challenge rather quickly, and they receive their next clue, which instructs them to go to Wat Phnom, the tallest religious structure in Phnom Penh, built over six hundred years ago.
Flight Time and Big Easy arrives in third place, but the first place team lost their travel documents, so they end up finishing second on the leg.
Flight Time and Big Easy have averaged a third-place finish through the first four legs of the race. They are a very strong team, and I predict that they will reach the final three with ease. I’ve also liked what they’ve done with the clues and challenges this year in The Amazing Race. In the first season, clues were less explicit, and relied on the intuition of the teams to figure them out. Already this season, teams have had to figure out where to go by opening a bullet that had a postage stamp rolled up inside and find a hotel, using only an old photograph. I can’t wait to see some of the other challenges this season.
Will Flight Time and Big Easy continue to be so successful? Find out next time on “Globetrotting with the Globetrotters!”