Dating couple Sandy & Jeremy are the next to leave and tell us the first two teams have had about an hour's lead and the others are bunched together. The remaining six teams end up arriving at the airport together and book the same flight to Jakarta with the idea they will then switch to a connecting flight to Phuket.
Meanwhile, the snowboarders and the adventurers have arrived in Jakarta to be faced with a bit of a disaster - all the flights to Phuket are fully booked so their only option is to fly to Bangkok and then to Phuket.
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As it turns out, the latter six teams end up in Phuket first and immediately grab taxis to their clue destination, which is a floating pier. By the time the snowboarders and the adventurers arrive in Phuket about an hour later, they learn from the taxi rank that they're falling behind because a bunch of cars have already been sent to the clue destination.
In the end, however, it's their lucky day because it doesn't seem the earlier teams' time advantage will make any difference in the long run because the pier doesn't open until eight the next morning. Everyone settles in for a night on the beach as someone laments off-camera: "This game is so ridiculous, it's so unpredictable."
The next morning at the stroke of 8am there is a mad dash from the beach along the wobbly, floating pier to get the next clue. It's a detour which will see the teams helping rebuild Thailand following the devastating tsunami of 2004. They can choose from 'coral reconstruction' (building a plastic coral nursery on the beach and then planting it on the seabed) or 'beach preparation' (setting up 20 chairs and 10 umbrellas on the beach).
Everybody opts for coral with the exception of Ernie & Cindy, Zac & Laurence and the twins, who are hoping their two summers as beach lifeguards will be an advantage. As it turns out, both detours are massively affected by the strong winds on the beach. The teams doing coral find they are struggling against the tide as they try to plant their nurseries, while the teams tackling the beach find their umbrellas being blown away and a lot of strength required to lift the heavy furniture.
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The only team that seems immune to the gusts are the snowboarders, who use their surfing skills to work against the current and successfully and quickly plant their nursery. They speed away on a boat to the next clue (having to use a compass to direct the boat 13 minutes north) as the other teams remain behind.
Several teams begin abandoning the coral and switching to the equally-if-not-more-difficult beach challenge, although some are successful with the coral, including Justin & Jennifer and Marcus & Amani. The twins admit to having "new respect" for the person on their beach who is in charge of the furniture, as the wind continues to wreak havoc on everybody.
Meanwhile, the snowboarders have found their next clue at a small piece of rock in the middle of the ocean. One of them will have to climb a limestone cliff at another island to retrieve the next clue from a birds nest. Andy steps up for them and makes it look like the easiest task in the world as he climbs the wall, gets the clue and abseils like a pro back down.
Jennifer & Justin are next to reach the cliff and Jennifer's the one scaling the wall. Sibling bickering is put to one side as Justin tells us that he's "proud" of his sister.
Back on the beach, Ernie & Cindy, Zac & Laurence and Marcus & Amani have finished the beach challenge. Marcus leaves the twins with some departing words of advice on how to make their umbrellas stay upright in the wind. Jeremy & Sandy also get the clue, and later Bill & Cathi, leaving just the twins behind.
At the cliff, we see Zac scaling the wall but the adventurers manage to get lost on the way to the pitstop. The teams had to use a map to direct their boat driver to a nearby island but despite Zac being the youngest person to sail around the world, they make some sort of error in their navigation. "What a bunch of useless sailors we are," jokes Laurence.
Cindy & Ernie, meanwhile, manage to get slightly lost en route to the cliff because it seems they didn't directly go north for 13 minutes as the clue instructed. In the end, however, they make it to the cliff, where Ernie does the climbing and Cindy tells us that rock climbing was something they practiced before the race.
Back at the beach, the twins have finally finished the detour and can head to the cliff. As they complete the challenge and go towards the pitstop it seems pretty evident to them they are going home. "It's like riding to our death," jokes Liz.
Andy & Tommy are the first to reach the pitstop, which is a floating soccer pitch in a floating village, and get their third consecutive leg win and a prize of $5,000 each.
The check-in order is:
1. Andy & Tommy
2. Justin & Jennifer
3. Sandy & Jeremy
4. Laurence & Zac
5. Ernie & Cindy
6. Amani & Marcus
7. Bill & Cathi
8. Liz & Marie
Liz & Marie are, as they expected, the final team to check-in and tell Phil that it's been one of the best experiences of their lives. However, as we heard earlier, the race is "unpredictable" and Phil throws them a lifeline by revealing this was actually a non-elimination leg. They'll have a speedbump to complete in the next leg but at least they are still in the running.
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