As season 25 of The Amazing Race gets very close to being over, four teams leave the Naig rice paddies, where the previous leg ended, and receive clues to travel back to Manila . The final four in order of departure:
- Jim/Misti, dentists who are a married couple. Misti cut her foot on the previous leg, possibly running through the rice paddies.
- Amy/Maya, two women scientists, who hope to be the third all-female team to win–or at least one of nine female teams who’ve finished an entire race.
- Bethany Hamilton, the superstar surfer getting so much hype this season, and her husband Adam Dirks.
- Brooke/Robbie, the young wrestler couple who were spared elimination on the last leg and will have to perform a speed bump on this leg.
The teams, spaced barely more than five min. apart, are following a clue to catch a Jeep-ney (combination of “Jeep” and “jitney”) and make two transfers to their next destination. Jim/Misti and Amy/Maya catch a Jeep-ney together.
Adam/Bethany ask a Jeep-ney driver about the route. He tells them to travel in the opposite direction. Brooke/Robbie also find out they have to catch a Jeep-ney in the opposite direction.
Adam/Bethany are first to find the clue box. It contains blind detour choices–a new twist this season that was previously used on the Malta leg. The team needs to travel to the detour location to find out what it is. The couple debate, ask directions, make a choice.
Brooke/Robbie are 2nd to the clue box with detour choices, but first they have to perform a speedbump. Nearby is a street vendor with a broken-down bicycle and sidecar jammed with merchandise. The couple have to unpack everything and then pack it exactly the same way onto a new sidecar. Brooke complains about how long the task is taking. Robbie reassures her. He comments, “Brooke’s a loose cannon, and if I’m a loose cannon also, two loose cannons aren’t gonna win the race.”
Bethany/Adam find their detour is to join a street-corner basketball game. They have to score at least 21 points. Bethany can’t shoot the baskets but she can line up shots, as she appears to be handling the ball off the crook of her one arm. This was probably the better detour for her, as we will shortly see.
Brooke/Robbie finish their speedbump and make their detour choice. They get to the basketball game just as the surfer couple are leaving.
When Bethany/Adam get their clue after the basketball, it tells them to go to the intersection of Santo Christo and San Nicholas, and search for a marked Jeep-ney. (The Jeep-ney buses are featured prominently in the Filipino legs this season.) The surfer couple misplace their clue on the bus but remember they were supposed to find San Nicholas, so once off the bus, they just keep walking and asking, hoping they’ll stumble upon the marked Jeep-ney.
Back on the Jeep-ney, Jim/Misti and Amy/Maya find they’re going the wrong way around the route. They decide it’s quicker to get off and catch a Jeep-ney going the proper direction than to continue riding the long way around the loop. When they get the clue for the blind detour, they decide to go to the closer location.
The previous leg featured motorcycles with sidecars. This leg features bicycles with sidecars. When the trailing teams locate their detour choice, they have to race bicycles with sidecars four laps around a street route, for a total time under 17:55. (Why this exact time isn’t explained.) For each lap teams must switch between who pedals and who rides.
Jim’s fastest at pedaling but his wife’s nursing a cut foot. She also points out she’s carrying a 250-lb. “baby” in her “buggy” sidecar. Her husband admits she’s at a serious disadvantage.
While the trailing teams are pedaling around the detour, Brooke/Robbie finish shooting baskets and head for the intersection of San Nicholas and Santo Christo. They’re the 1st team to arrive, and find the clue here is for a roadblock. It’s called, “Cuckoo for Coconuts.” One person has to hand-deliver a certain number of coconut products to three different market stalls. The products are brooms made of coconut fiber, and strings of coconut husks which (Phil explains) are used for cleaning/polishing floors. Once the person has made the three deliveries and brought the receipts back to the marked Jeep-ney bus, the team can get their next clue.
Robbie starts the RB but he doesn’t understand where to go and just starts wandering aimlessly. He’s complaining about how the heat’s like a sauna and steam room, only hotter. He re-reads his clue, sees the part about “posted locations,” and goes back to the marked bus to check for posted locations.
Back at the bike-race detour, Amy/Maya finish about a min. ahead of Misti/Jim, despite having an accident about halfway through. Both teams beat the clock and get their next clue, for the RB location. Jim/Misti get a taxi ahead of the women.
The surfers are still trying to find the RB. Adam finally searches every item in his backpack and finds the clue. Jim’s 2nd to start the RB, Adam’s third, and Amy’s 4th. Adam and Jim make the same mistake as Robbie did–they take off, wander aimlessly, then finally re-read their clue and go back to check for posted locations.
Robbie finds the first delivery site but doesn’t have the correct delivery. He has to go back, but he’s still the 1st racer to complete the 1st delivery. He completes his 2nd delivery, then his third, while Jim and Adam are completing their 1st. He returns to Brooke, and the couple get the next clue, which is for this leg’s pit stop. It’s at the historic Fort San Diego in a nearby town. They catch a taxi.
Jim finds handling the coconut hulls and brooms so hard he borrows a handcart. So does Amy. Apparently this was allowed, as neither were penalized, at least not on-camera. Adam, Jim, and Amy all make their second deliveries. Adam makes his third. He and Bethany catch a taxi and head for the pit stop.
Jim completes his deliveries. He and Misti catch a taxi to the pit stop. Amy completes the RB and she and Maya head for the pit stop.
Brooke piggybacks Robbie to the mat. Phil tells them they’re the 2nd team in the history of TAR to go from worst to 1st while challenged with a speedbump. (Quick, who was the 1st? Right, it was the cowboys, Season 16, when they mastered the trick of balancing flagpoles on their heads.)
Then Phil reveals a twist, “However, for the first time in Amazing Race history, the final leg starts now.” This is one of those doubled-up legs where Phil tells teams to keep racing as they come to the mat, but it’s never been used for the finale before. Phil hands the wrestlers a clue to “the City of Angels” and a manila (get it?) envelope to be opened in Los Angeles, then sends them off to the airport.
Adam/Bethany are 2nd to reach the mat, and Phil tells them to keep racing. Jim/Misti are 3rd and keep racing.
When Amy/Maya arrive, Amy’s showing symptoms that could indicate heatstroke, so Phil calls a medical team immediately. Once Amy’s stabilized, Phil informs them that four teams are continuing on the final leg, so they’re still racing. He also says that at some point in the next episode, he’ll eliminate one team. So one team will be stopped just short of the finish line.