Amazing Race 15: Episode 5
By Daron Aldridge
October 27, 2009
Do it for the ‘Hood! Do it for the suburbs! – Words of encouragement from Flight Time and Sam
Last week we said goodbye to angry Lance and Keri. Will a Race without Street Lawyer and his bride-to-be remain entertaining? Based upon previews, there will be plenty of drama.
Per usual, we pick up where we left off. For this leg, that place would be Dubai. Thanks to every team reminding us of the sweltering heat, this episode I learned that the Dubai tourism board might as well buy the rights to Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot." For all the hot talk, I am a bit surprised they no one chimed in with "It's hot. Damn hot. So damn hot, I saw a little man in an orange robe burst into flames." Obviously, there are no Good Morning, Vietnam fans amongst the teams.
As the team to claim the Fast Forward last episode, Meghan and Cheyne are the first to leave at 8:17 a.m. and have about an hour and 45 minute lead over team two. If a flight or public transportation doesn't factor into this leg's challenges, then they could be sitting pretty.
Teams are instructed to grab one of the locked briefcases and head to the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club for their next clue. As they load up their cab, Meghan admits that this is the most stressed she has ever been in her life. This prompts Cheyne to retort, "And that is saying a lot because Meghan gets pretty stressed out in day-to-day life." For two people that have clearly different approaches to the race and life, there have been minimal fireworks between them. I guess that's what happens when you keep winning.
They get to the clue and it's a Roadblock that playfully asks who's ready to row, row, row your boat. The person has to row an inflatable raft to a yacht. The men on the boat will give them a Rolex and they have to figure out that the fixed time on the watch (8:35) is the three digit combo to unlock the briefcase.
Cheyne jumps in his raft and starts a-paddling. He does make quick work of the rowing and solves the briefcase combo problem. Away they go to the next clue box.
Back to the departures, it is 9:59 a.m. and Brian and Ericka are leaving. They comment that they have "tasted the front of the pack" (rather unfortunate choice of words I might add) and they want to stay up there. If they perform like they did in the last leg, then I believe they could easily make it to the end.
About 45 minutes later, Flight Time and Big Easy leave and the producers break us off some Harlem Globetrotters theme music. Even if these guys don't win, their team's owners have to be happy because they are probably getting paid nicely at least once a week when they play this music.