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"I've Been Wanting A Face-Lift for A Long Time"
TAR7E5
Version United States
Season Season 7
Episode Number 5/12 (078)
First Broadcast March 29, 2005
Viewership (in millions) 13.18[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 5.5/14
Episode Chronology
Previous "What A Gaucho You Are!"
Next "Houston, We Have An Elephant"
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I've Been Wanting A Face-Lift for A Long Time is the fifth episode of The Amazing Race 7.

Synopsis

A Racer suffers from a wound that could impact the status of their team.

During a challenge, one Racer falls down in a cave and comes up covered in blood from a gash on the head. Will that team be able to race to the Pit Stop? Also, two teams race for the first Fast Forward of the Race where both their balance and their fear of heights are tested. Meanwhile, teams get emotional after a visit to a local orphanage and an intense drive ends with one team getting into a horrible car accident.[2]

Story

Leg 5

Leg 6

Route Markers

Leg 5

The order of departure from La Martina Polo Ranch are as follows:

  1. Rob & Amber (3:00 am)
  2. Brian & Greg (3:38 am)
  3. Uchenna & Joyce (5:49 am)
  4. Ron & Kelly (6:05 am)
  5. Lynn & Alex (6:11 am)
  6. Ray & Deana (9:20 am)
  7. Meredith & Gretchen (9:35 am)

Teams must fly to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival, teams must choose a marked car, eith their clue waiting inside for them.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after finding their clue at Johannesburg International Airport.

Teams must go to the Cooling Station of Orlando Power Station in Soweto and then walk across a suspension bridge 30 feet above the ground. Once they've crossed, that team would win the Fast Forward. Ray & Deana won the Fast Forward.

Choice A: Tunnels
Teams must go to Wild Caves in Krugersdorp where teams travel underground, rappelling down into a cave 45 feet below and travel through the dark cave where they had to search for their next clue.

Brian & Greg, Meredith & Gretchen, Ron & Kelly, and Uchenna & Joyce chose this task.

Choice B: Tribes
Teams must make their way to Lesedi Cultural Village in Broederstroom where 5 tribes (Basotho, Ndebele, Pedi, Xhosa and Zulu) are represented. Once there, teams have to deliver five items to the respective tribes. Once the correct item was delivered to the corresponding tribe, it is exchanged for a necklace. When the team gets all five necklaces, the team exchanges them for their next clue.

Lynn & Alex and Rob & Amber chose this task.

Teams must drive to Soweto and find the Baragwanath Market to search for their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would search a marketplace and find the vendors for five items (one toy, ten diapers, one backpack, two shirts and one blanket). Once they have all of the items, they will receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Team must deliver their items to the Orlando Children's Home to the orphanage director to receive their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to Ngakane Street and find the Soweto Overlook to check in.

For coming in first place, Ray & Deana won two Toyota RAV4 vehicles.

For coming in last place, Meredith & Gretchen would have to surrender all of their money and possessions, except for the clothes they're wearing and their passports, and they would not receive any money at the start of the next leg.

Leg 6

The order of departure from Soweto Overlook are as follows:

  1. Ray & Deana (10:41 pm)
  2. Ron & Kelly (12:39 am)
  3. Brian & Greg (1:03 am)
  4. Lynn & Alex (1:24 am)
  5. Rob & Amber (1:33 am)
  6. Uchenna & Joyce (2:20 am)
  7. Meredith & Gretchen (3:51 am)

Teams must drive themselves to the Rhino & Lion Game Reserve. Once there, teams will sign up for one of two shuttles into the park. Then teams must feed the lions to receive their next clue.

Teams must fly to Gaborone, Botswana. Upon arrival, teams must make their way to the village of Gweta and find the Giant Aardvark statue to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would do a traditional bushmen hunting activity by throwing a spear into a swinging bag 20 feet to hit a moving target. Once the target has been hit, teams would receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Team must drive themselves to Xau Xarra and follow the paths with a marker field to find Cattle Post, where they will find their next clue.

Choice A: Food
Teams must use a device called Kika to pound corn into powder, then transfer to a basket, once it reached a specified line, the woman supervising them would hand them their next clue.

Lynn & Alex, Meredith & Gretchen, Ray & Deana, Ron & Kelly, and Uchenna & Joyce chose this task.

Choice B: Water
Teams must fill 12 ostrich eggs with water from an underground spring using a reed straw then bury them to receive their next clue.

Brian & Greg and Rob & Amber chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans to check in.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield



Leg 5

RayDeana
 1st place 
Ray & Deana
Dating On and Off
RonKelly
 2nd place 
Ron & Kelly
Former POW/Pageant Queen
BrianGreg
 3rd place 
Brian & Greg
Brothers
LynnAlex
 4th place 
Lynn & Alex
Boyfriends
RobAmber7
 5th place 
Rob & Amber
Engaged
UchennaJoyce7
 6th place 
Uchenna & Joyce
Married
MeredithGretchen
 7th place 
Meredith & Gretchen
Married/Retired

Leg 6

RonKelly
 1st place 
Ron & Kelly
Former POW/Pageant Queen
RobAmber7
 2nd place 
Rob & Amber
Engaged
UchennaJoyce7
 3rd place 
Uchenna & Joyce
Married
LynnAlex
 4th place 
Lynn & Alex
Boyfriends
MeredithGretchen
 5th place 
Meredith & Gretchen
Married/Retired
BrianGreg
 6th place 
Brian & Greg
Brothers
RayDeana
 ELIMINATED 
Ray & Deana
Dating On and Off

Trivia

  • When aired separately, the 2nd-half of this episode is titled "We're Moving Up The Food Chain".
    • This 2nd-half won the 2005 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program".[3]
  • This episode's title was said by Gretchen, after being removed from Wild Caves after falling and cutting her head.
  • Leg 6 marks the first time The Amazing Race visits the country of Botswana.

Reception

  • Melanie McFarland at SeattlePi (03/30/2005): "Rob and Amber: an 'mazing disgrace"
  • Daily Nugget (04/04/2016): "Amazing Race 7 Episode 5 Double-Recap"

References

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