The Amazing Race 12 Episode 8
Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something
By Reagen Sulewski
January 10, 2008
The second of the two Amazing Race legs you probably didn't see over Christmas starts in Florence.
Starting out at about 10 p.m., Nicolas & Donald, sporting their fresh Fast Forward ink, are given instructions to find their way to Mumbai, India, usually one of the more challenging and hellish legs of any Amazing Race (honestly, the Tourism Board of India must cringe whenever they get a call from Bertram van Munster). Nicolas seems to be dragging Donald around at this point, and decides they need some extra rest. He books a flight via Air France for them, and since it doesn't leave until the next morning, they check in to a hotel.
Nathan & Jennifer are second out, with their up and down relationship apparently on the ups again. They just have to remember to not embarrass themselves, according to Jennifer, which is generally something most people take for granted, but hey, baby steps.
Ron & Christina and TK & Rachel are third and fourth out, spouting generic race sensibilities that don't amount to much other than "relax". OK, good advice there. Finally we have Kynt & Vyxsin, who have the Sword of Damocles of the Speed Bump hanging over them after surviving due to the non-elimination leg. They went over the cliff more than any other team last leg due to fatigue, and we'll see if they can perform any better when they haven't been up for a day and a half straight. I mean, without any recreational substances fueling them.
The four non-sleeping teams are hanging out at the airport doors waiting for it to open, rushing in to hurry up and wait. Nic & Don show up to collect their tickets they booked, getting them to Mumbai at 10:30 p.m. that night, with Ron & Christina and Nathan & Jennifer also managing to get on the flight. TK & Rachel and Kynt & Vyxsin are then left to find another flight. The Goths manage a flight at comes in at 10:50 p.m. and TK & Rachel are in at 1 a.m., but looking at the time they're likely to arrive in India, it's very likely that it's not about to matter at all. In other words, I feel a bunch point coming up.
That's exactly what happens, as the newspaper stand that the teams need to get to for their clue is only open at 6 a.m. When it finally does open, each team receives a newspaper, which has their clue located in a fairly non-descript ad in it. Unless this is an ultra-limited run, there's bound to be some fairly confused readers of the Times of India.
While most teams use the "divide and conquer" strategy, Nicolas decides to blatantly eavesdrop on other teams, while Jennifer employs her usual "freak the hell out, cause I'm useless" tactic. Seriously, she starts screaming because a puppy jumps on her, like it was a herd of lepers or something. Kynt & Vyxsin are first to find the clue, which sends them to a nearby tailor. Ron & Christina, TK & Rachel and Nicolas & Donald all find the clue shortly after, exacerbating Jennifer's panic. Her response to panic is simply awful and she starts moving around instead of reading the paper. That'll solve it.