The Amazing Race 12 Episode 4

Let's Name Our Chicken Phil

By Reagen Sulewski

November 28, 2007

She managed to not cry for this photo.

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It's time for more third-world adventures on The Amazing Race, as rich Americans flaunt their wealth in front of African tribespeople and compete for more money than they'll earn in 100 lifetimes!

Azaria & Hendekea start out in the lead of this leg at 7:58 a.m., and have to search for a tribal chief, who has their next clue. Azaria wins the sensitivity award for the day by saying that his sister tries hard despite "her physical limitations". I bet she can kick your ass six ways to Sunday, dude. You're not exactly Michael Johnson.

They find the chief, who presents them with a traditional gift of... a chicken. Somehow I don't see this ending well for the bird, but then when do things ever end well for chickens? Hopefully they don't have to take it on a plane, lest they start a new bird flu epidemic.

They're then told to travel by taxi over 100 miles to a town by the name of Bouda Pelegtanga, and are also told that they keep the chicken with them through the entire leg – no chicken, no check-in, the clue says. I wonder if there's a Pedro Cerrano loophole.


TK & Rachel, Nathan & Jennifer and Kynt and Vyxsin leave within two minutes of each other, as the first big pack from the previous leg. None of them have anything too remarkable to say, although Kynt & Vyxsin have that "morning after the rave" look, and could probably do with a Circle K run.

Ronald & Christina are themselves only one minute behind, with Ronald's hernia still hampering him. He's sure to embarrass himself some more quite soon, although Christina points out that talking is bad for a hernia. Hopefully that doesn't heal for the rest of the time he's in the race.

The teams then rob this village of its food for no real reason as the tribespeople look on – it's kind of a powerful metaphor, really. Donald is particularly rough on his bird, shoving it in their carrying back head first. I don't think this episode wins any Humane Society awards.

Shana & Jennifer head out in seventh place, about 40 minutes behind the lead. Shana's Posh Spice sunglasses give off a rather surreal vibe, and the two of them have a priceless reaction to what their "gift" is. I bet they were expecting something with Prada written on it. Shana decides to name her chicken after Phil, for it's spiky hairdo – hey, flattery gets you nowhere on this race.

Although Azaria & Hendekea reach the next clue box first, they shed their lead when Hendekea needs a pit stop – possibly an Amazing Race first. This leads to Nathan & Jennifer taking the lead at the Detour, which has them choosing between panning for gold, or performing a traditional tribal dance in front of some local celebrities, who will judge them on style and creativity.

The first few teams choose the dancing task, and here we find out that Jennifer was formerly a dancer for the Los Angeles Clippers dance squad, which may explain her propensity for picking losers.

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