'The Amazing Race' recap, Thieves in Istanbul (not Constantinople)
Trey and Lexi split the stolen $100 with the Twins. Will it come back to bite them? (CBS / November 5, 2012)
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The next destination is Istanbul (not Constantinople). Did you know that Istanbul (not Constantinople) is the only metropolis in the world that stands on two continents? Europe and Asia. How cool is that?
Any final thoughts about Bangladesh, teams? Boyfriend Ryan says they've learned a lot, and he tells people that if their 52-inch tv goes fuzzy, "don’t b---- about it, go to Dhaka." Try to work that phrase into a sentence this week, I'll give you extra credit.
Now there's only one flight headed for Istanbul (not Constantinople) so you know all the teams will be on it. This gives us some time for a chat.
Why the hate?
The Twins think Abbie and Boyfriend Ryan are "weirdos." I still don't get it.
Boyfriend Ryan says Team Rock On and the Twins are the two most annoying teams, their hair is all the same length (heh) and he's tired of them all. Then when Monster Truck joins the crowd, and Abbie wonders if everyone is scheming against them, he says, "You put those six heads together and you get about three brain cells." Oh, rude, Boyfriend Ryan! But still funny.
Karmic retribution, party of four
At the travel agency, Rock On loses $100. It's a wad of American money sitting on a table near a computer. Twin One finds it and calls out, not too loudly, "Whose money?"
Twin Two immediately shushes her and pulls her off to the side where Trey and Lexi are. Lexi hears them talk about the money and they joke about sharing it. The Twins interview that Lexi was on board with the plan but that Trey needed some convincing, so they didn't give him a vote. The Twins hold on to the money.
Later, at the airport, the Twins feel guilty so they do split the money with Texi. They explain that it will also split the guilt, "and they're Christians so they'll pray for us."
So, there's lying during the Race, there's misleading, but stealing money is a new level of evil. I'm waiting for the moment when we can all point and say "Aha! That's for stealing the money!"
This makes everything about Bangladesh okay
Meanwhile, James and Abba are missing $100. Abba thinks he left a zipper open on the backpack and it fell out in a cab, they don't even consider the idea of someone taking it. I'm not sure if they need that money for plane tickets, but they say they can't move on in the Race without the money.
Although they hate to beg in a city where they're surrounded by poverty, they do it anyway. They go to a business district and talk to some very generous locals. One woman gives them a hug, another man says, "It's my country, you're my guest." That's the sweetest thing. Their cab driver says, "Bangladesh good, not bad." James and Abba agree -- they've been given $100.
From Phil's Twitter feed: "Kudos to the generous people of Bangladesh for helping out the rockers. They must be Megadeth fans :)"
Cab vs. metro: How about both?
Okay, everyone flies to Istanbul (not Constantinople). Everyone jumps in a cab except for the Chippendales and Monster Truck. This is because cabs are faster, unless the traffic is bad.
On the subway, the Chipps hear from a local that it's too early in the morning for bad traffic, so the cabs are definitely faster. They decide to get off the train and hop into a cab.