We are getting down to the wire in the Amazing Race. There are only four teams left at this point: Brent & Caite, Michael & Louie, Dan & Jordan, and Jet & Cord.
In Episode 10 of the Amazing Race, the teams start out from the last pit stop in Singapore. The teams must fly to Shanghai, China, and then travel by boat to the town of Zhujiajiao.
We see some personal moments in this episode of the Amazing Race: When speaking to the camera, Cord tells the viewers that he just got engaged before the Amazing Race started, and Jet tells us that he is homesick for his wife and 17-month old daughter.
At the airport, Caite regales the other teams with the story of how she and Brent U-turned Brandy and Carol in the last episode of the Amazing Race. Dan and Jordan comment off camera that the cowboys should have been U-turned because they are the strongest team.
On the way to Zhujiajiao, it becomes clear that the cab drivers for Dan & Jordan and Michael & Louie have no idea where they are going. The cab drivers follow each other and try to work together. Neither of the cab drivers speaks English, and they have to stop and ask for directions several times.
When they arrive in Zhujiajiao , the Amazing Race teams must go to the boat dock and take a boat to find their next clue.
The Amazing Race teams now face a Roadblock, where one team member must master the complex art of making noodles by hand. The team member must watch a demonstration of how the noodles are made, and then that person must make 1000 grams of noodles, which is a lot of noodles!
Once the task is completed, PingPing, the world’s shortest man, gives the teams their next clue. Jet comments that PingPing is “strange” and that “if he jumped out of your trash can, it would scare you to death.”
Dan & Jordan and Michael & Louie finally find someone who speaks English, and they discover that they are 3 kilometers away from Zhujiajiao. After getting some more directions, they finally make it to the town.
Jet flies through the noodle-making challenge, and he is the first one to complete the Amazing Race Roadblock. Other teams have trouble with the noodles sticking together.
Louie, who points out that he is Italian, manages to get ahead of Jordan in the noodle-making process. Dan and Jordan are now in last place. Jordan complains the entire time about how freezing cold his hands are. Jordan breaks down and cries at one point, and Dan has to comfort him. Jordan eventually powers through and completes the Roadblock.
The Amazing Race teams must now travel back to Shanghai to the fashion district to receive their next clue.
Next, the Amazing Race teams must find the Fashion House. It is a giant warehouse filled with clothes, shoes, and accessories, like belts and sunglasses. The Amazing Race teams must choose a model, and a sketch of a specific design. Then, they must find run around the warehouse to find the clothing that exactly matches what is depicted in their sketch. Their model must then put on the outfit. If the outfit matches the picture, the team receives the next clue.
Jet and Cord get to the Fashion House first, but they fail on the first attempt to dress the model. They figure out pretty quickly that they have the wrong shirt, and they are successful on the second attempt.
Caite and Brent arrive second, and they are the only team to complete the task on the first attempt.
Michael and Louie cannot find the Fashion House. They walk right past it more than once. This allows Dan and Jordan to catch up to them at the warehouse. Michael, who is a detective, says – “This is not my forte, can we have a shooting challenge?”
Michael and Louie are unsuccessful at their first two attempts to dress the model. Dan and Jordan are also wrong on their first attempt. In a pretty funny moment, the two teams discover that if their models switch stockings, then the outfit will be correct. They send their models back to the dressing room together to switch their stockings, and both teams receive the next clue. So the race for last place is neck and neck at this point.
The teams must now travel to the Hong Kong Football Stadium. For the first time ever in Amazing Race history, there are two Roadblocks in a single episode. The team member who did not participate in the first Roadblock must complete the second one.
The participating team member is given a small picture for reference. Then, each person must assemble a giant puzzle that has been cut into 96 pieces. They must then hand all of the pieces to a crowd that is sitting in the stadium. If the puzzle has been assembled correctly, when the pieces are flipped over, they will reveal a section number, row, and seat number where the team member will find their next clue.
Because the puzzle is so large and complex, Dan & Jordan and Louie & Michael are able to catch up. At this point, all of the Amazing Race teams are in the stadium together.
It is an intermittently windy day, and at some point, both Cord’s and Brent’s puzzle pieces go flying literally all over the stadium. Brent seems to suffer the worst of it and has to reassemble a large portion of his puzzle. Jordan yells to Dan to use their backpacks to keep some of the pieces down.
Cord gets done with the puzzle first, followed by Brent. Michael has major troubles with the puzzle. It is dark outside by the time Michael finishes with it. It is pretty clear at this point that Louie and Michael are going to come in last this week.
Finally, the Amazing Race teams must take the Metro to this week’s Pit Stop, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which is the size of 15 football fields.
Jet and Cord are the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop on this week’s episode of the Amazing Race. They win a luxury trip for two to Alaska.
Michael and Louie do in fact come in last, but it is a non-elimination round, so they live to see another week.
This week’s order of completion is :
Jet and Cord
Caite and Brent
Dan and Jordan
Michael and Louie — NOT eliminated