The Amazing Race Season 26 Recap - Episode 4
The Great Amazing Nasty Race
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
March 16, 2015
Tyler & Laura are having a lot more fun than their previous two “blind date” counterparts. Just two minutes behind Jenny & Jelani, they joke and laugh in the cab and talk about how comfortable they are together. They’re like a breath of fresh air comparatively.
Just moments behind Tyler & Laura are Steve & Aly, the Olympians, along with the newly engaged Matt & Ashley, Bergen & Kurt and Jeff & Jackie. As we mentioned at the end of the last recap, all of the teams from position two through eight were bunched very tightly together. They’re separated by only about 10 minutes.
It’s probably bad news for Harley & Jonathan that we go catch up with Mike & Rochelle at the airport before they are even shown. In all seriousness, why waste a non-elimination leg on a team that seems to have no chance to catch up? Is there going to be bunching that will offset the disadvantage?
The next flight to Bangkok is at 6 a.m., and Mike notes that he imagines most of the remaining teams will be able to book tickets for it… and he’s right. The only group missing is Harley & Jonathan. With a Speed Bump ahead of them and a flight who knows how far behind the others, this entire episode seems like an exercise in futility.
Once the teams arrive in Bangkok, there is a lot of jockeying for taxis, and Jenny is now complaining both about their slow driver and the fact that Jeff & Jackie stole a cab out from under them. She’s annoyed that Jelani was trying to stand his ground when there were plenty of other taxis available. Whether he’s being confrontational or silent, she’s just not happy. Maybe Jelani and Blair can commiserate later.
Back in Phuket, Harley & Jonathan are in fact at least three hours behind the other teams. Their taxi arrives at the airport at 7 a.m., so who knows what time their flight is taking off? They say they’re going to push as hard as they can. Unfortunately, they’re going to need an epic misstep from one of the other teams if they’re to have any hope of clawing their way back into this thing.
Bangkok (Oriental setting but the city don’t know what the city is getting) is full of traffic, which makes Jenny SO MAD because their driver is in the slowest lane and she just wants him to get out of it. Anyway, the first team’s cab to navigate the challenging streets is Tyler & Laura, who find their clue right away. It’s time for a Detour, where they’ll have to choose between “Wheel” and “Water.” Basically, they have to choose which way to navigate the city’s traffic in the fastest way possible.
“Wheel” means that they’ll be riding in a tuk tuk, which is essentially an oversized motorized scooter. “Water” puts them in a water taxi. The tuk tuk allows riders to weave in and out of the congested areas, while the water taxi avoids the roads altogether, instead using the river system to get them to their destination. Phil says this “race within a race” will include two stops, and if they can get through the Detour, teams will receive their next clue.