First things first: All season the hippies have been wearing sweatshirts that say "TTOW" on the front. And today they said, "T-tow!" at one point (sounded like tu-tau!). What does it all mean? Is it some spin-off on WWJD? I'm accepting suggestions or theories if anyone has any ideas.
The hippies continued to rock it hippie-style this week, deciding to pick up a hitch-hiking Bedouin on the way to the airport in Oman, just for the fun of it, and score some Snickers bars and gas for the car from the guy in exchange. But they did make an error, that I hope does not cost them later.
So they end the last leg having to give up all their possessions and money. For the most part they are embracing this as an opportunity to be freed of their possessions, rather than the inconvenience most teams perceive it as. However, it appears at the pit stop they suggested to teams that they could leave a donation on their car seat to get them going on the beginning of the next leg. That's fine, as long as it's a situation where teams can choose to help or be stingy asses. But it seems that they told Mo and Jo that if they did not leave money there would be a target on them come the next yield. Now, first of all, that team is in front of you right now, so be careful doling out the yields, as unless things change they will get to the next yield before you do. Also, you have now put an enormous target on yourselves to be the prime suspects at the next yield - so you'd best hope you get their first whenever it shows up.
The frat boys left an IOU for $100, to be paid after the race. Which I think is supposed to be funny. So now I not only want the hippies to win the race, but at the finish line I want them to pull that IOU out of their pockets and present it to the frat boys, so they'll have $1,000,100 at the end of it all.
Outside of those items it was pretty standard Amazing Race. There were frustrating cabs, lots of cluster fucks, and opportunities for teams to show what they were made of. Ray and Yolanda seemed to have pulled their shit together enough to hold it together until the end of the race. The relationship is still doomed, but they know that they can be doomed and broke, or doomed with a million bucks and are trying for the latter. And now Mo and Jo are entering into breakdown mode. Jo had a couple of big blow-ups today, and doesn't seem to realize that this is the kind of stuff that can lose the race for you.
And so we say goodbye to Fran and Barry. I'm really surprised that they aren't still standing on a bridge in South America looking for a clue box, but they made it to the final five. And made a comment this evening that apparently not much nookie is to be had while running the race, so hopefully they went and got some once they got booted at the pit stop.
One final note - tonight the pit stop was at a yacht club in Perth, Australia. Phil's local yokel on the mat was a fellow in khakis and a golf shirt. Not near as entertaining as the folks in local traditional garb. Just a thought for the producers of the race when planning future pit stops.