The Amazing Race recap: Spin Control

The Globetrotters' ball-handling skills come in handy in drum-spinning and shirt-sewing challenges in Sri Lanka
Ep. 05 | Aired Mar 23, 2014


Teams proceed to King Coconut Stand -- I hope they nourished themselves with some sort of delicious smoothie and that King Coconut was not skimping on His peace offerings, but no actual mention of refreshments is made. For Caroline, a hearty dose of the Cowboys is refreshing enough. "A main goal of ours was to become best friends with the Cowboys," gushes "the super stalker fan of y'all" to Jet and Cord. "Of yours," Jennifer corrects her. Well done, Jen. Face = saved. A train honks -- I don't speak Sri Lankan but I think it's saying "Quit yer stalkin', sparkle-head." And they're off!

Everyone sticks their heads out between train cars for a fresh whiff of salty jungle air (and whatever local food was being passed around within the car) on the zippy and lush ride to Galle Railway Station. Sadly there's no mid-transportation challenge in which teams must spot giant Phil Keoghan heads out of either side of the train and tally up Ocean Phils vs. Jungle Phils. Once they arrive, they ride in tuk tuks, or what I always think of as tricycle taxis, to the Detour. Flight Time and Big Easy's driver is particularly insane, whipping through lanes that don't even exist -- but isn't that what pretend basketball is all about? You gotta create lanes where no lanes exist and just drive through them, preferably while spinning multiple balls, but we'll get to that in a minute. "He gonna kill us all!" Big Easy could not have predicted that a simple sewing machine would present a much bigger threat later that day.

Detour: Fishing Pole or Spin Control? Dave and Connor and Jet and Cord make fairly quick work of a fishing challenge that requires teams to wade into the surf and climb onto a pair of fishing stilts -- Jet is wholly unimpressed with the size of his fish, but that's life.

In Spin Control, which is heavily weighted in the Globetrotters' favor, teams learn and perform a traditional Sri Lankan folk dance while continuously spinning drum-like instruments on sticks. The Globetrotters, the country singers, and the Afghanimals all get the hang of it, but poor Brendon must not have a great sense of balance because he keeps screwing up his plate-rotating duties, even on the 12th attempt. No worries, though -- Rachel has streamlined her chi enough for the both of them and cheers Brendon through the stress. "Our roles have reversed," Brendon admits in a confessional. I cannot see his shorts but good God I hope he is wearing his own.

Drama! Sort of: John and Jessica switch detours from Fishing Pole to Spin Control after much debate -- last time they switched, they got eliminated in Indonesia. It's the right move this time. John can barely dance, but these dancing challenges are rarely about style of dancing. If you shout out which feet you're stomping down as you stomp them, that seems pretty fool-proof. He should probably work on his Argentine Tango, though, just for fun, just because. It's a big bad world out there and you just never know.

NEXT PAGE: "Make it work, Afghanimals!" --imaginary Tim Gunn

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