'Amazing Race' recap: 'I Love Monkeys'
This week on "The Amazing Race" we see what happens when heat, stress and jet lag collide. Hint: it's a degree of crazy we've never seen before.

But first, remember last week? All the teams were sliding into a manure pond in New Zealand. Then Phil told them that they were still racing. So no one's eliminated; quit worrying about Chuck.


Team FaSon, Father with the blown Achilles and ankle boot, are doing another leg. They've been in the top three for three legs, so they figure, why not? Connor jokes that they're staying in to make other teams look bad.

Team J&J mention that they want to get value from their Express Pass, so they're holding on to it as long as possible.

Please don't do that again

The teams all fly to Bali, spread out in three airplanes over four hours. The Singers are in the first wave and we see them in a taxi. Their driver gives them a flower, which causes them to break out into a song about being on the Race. It's ... a country song, and they harmonize; so it's probably fine, if that's what you're into, which I'm not, so it hurts my ears. I award them points for enthusiasm, though.

Please don't mention that again

The first stop in Bali is a monkey forest. Teams have to set out a special coconut and hope a monkey comes along and breaks it open for them, revealing a clue inside.

One Singer is very excited about monkeys, and she names all the pet rodents she's had over the years. Then her teammate says, "Her flying squirrel died of loneliness because she kept it in her bra the whole time. That's a true fact."

What? I need so much more information about that! Or I need to go back in time to when I didn't know about squirrels living in bras because it's making my brain hurt.

While I'm writing about the Singers, here's another nugget. They choose a Detour option that has them building an elaborate religious offering out of fruit, then putting it in a procession to be blessed by a priest.

"We love us some dancin' and priests and everything with religion," one says. I'm sure she was joking, but after the song and the squirrel, I'm beginning to think they are messing with me on some level.

Don't distract the monkey!

This monkey forest is full of tourists! How are teams supposed to convince a monkey to break open their coconut if tourists keep walking past and distracting the monkeys?

The Fearless Friends shush people around them, while the Newlyweds urge their monkeys to go faster, but in a whisper. I like this much better than screaming at the animals.

Life Skills Tangentially Related to Race Success (Tie)

This fruit side of the Detour is detail-oriented. They have to build a pyramid of specific fruit, using wooden skewers to attach it to a center stalk.

One Fearless Friend designs sets for a living so she has a strategic way to build their pyramid. It works!