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

CBS

Roadblock: A Stitch In Time Saves Nine. This is sew not cool, according to all the suckers roped into competing in this "create a shirt that's much more complicated than it looks because garment construction is actually a highly developed skill and we will never again take it for granted just because we live in America" challenge (roughly). There's no Tim Gunn to hover around the "designers" as they crouch in fear/dread over their sewing machines, but there is a Flight Time, who somehow has procured his trusty Harlem Globetrotters basketball and is dazzling the factory workers with his ball-handling and social skills. This gives Big Easy a boost in spirits, though let's not get it twisted/stitched incorrectly: If anyone in Big Easy's life needs him to sew anything ever again, he will either pass the task off to his fiancée or mother or, more likely, just buy 'em a new damn shirt.

In the meantime, Brendon and Rachel must complete a cleverly-named Speed Bump: Pass With Flying Colors, which prompts them to silkscreen the Sri Lankan flag onto 15 tees -- they don't seem to lose much time, though Brendon once again runs into trouble as the chosen Roadblock participant once they enter the other room at the fabulous Trendy Connections hub. He ends up working "with" Jessica but ultimately finishing last.

Jen and Connor help each other -- "They're just great people; they've become like allies to us," says Connor, who's just lost without his mom (sewing-wise). They finish one and two; Jet keeps his head down and makes it work for third; Leo keeps his head everywhere but down and focuses on pleasing the crowd -- but also, somehow, his shirt, still managing to finish fourth as his teammate Jamal relentlessly offered a thousand rupees to anyone who would finish the challenge for his cousin. So many of those workers looked like they wanted to take him up on that. It'd be like finding the golden ticket for Veruca Salt at her dad's peanut-shelling factory. Maybe. Okay, not at all. Just thinkin' about other factories.

Leo adds a final flourish to his handiwork by sexily (?!) trying it on for the staff, then picking up the inspector (No. 45?) and whirling him around in triumph in the Afghanimals' signature Trendy fashion after his shirt was deemed acceptable. A rejuvenated Big Easy also attempted to muscle into his tiny shirt with much less success as his partner nearly died laughing.

"You gotta laugh to keep from crying, y'all." --Big Easy. Truth!

1st place: Dave and Connor -- each win $5,000!
2nd: Caroline and Jennifer
3rd: Jet and Cord
4th: Leo and Jamal
5th: Jessica and John
6th: Flight Time and Big Easy, who paid off their bus driver to bypass local stops. SMART. Why not? It's just play money.
7th: Brendon and Rachel

Eliminated: Margie and Luke

What'd you think of the episode? Could you sew a shirt? Really? Discuss!

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