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If They're Screwing the Helmet to My Head, It Can't Be Good! is the tenth episode of The Amazing Race 5.

Synopsis

The race continues from the chaos of India to the lushness of New Zealand.

Two teams compete head to head at the airport as they try to get the last two seats available on the best flight to their next destination. Realizing they have failed to secure a good flight, another team takes to lying to airline ticket agents as a strategy. Meanwhile, an argument over one racer's driving develops into a bigger fight that tests one team's relationship. And, fear is not an option for several racers who choose a detour that forces them literally head first into very powerful white water rapids.[2][3]

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from the Victoria Memorial are as follows:

  1. Colin & Christie (2:35 am)
  2. Chip & Kim (2:37 am)
  3. Linda & Karen (3:25 am)
  4. Kami & Karli (4:38 am)
  5. Brandon & Nicole (6:07 am)

Teams must fly Auckland, New Zealand. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Rotorua and find the Rotorua Museum to search for their next clue.

At the Rotorua Museum, teams have the option to Yield a team. None of the teams opted to use the Yield.

Choice A: Clean
Teams must put on protective gear and then complete a rough 1-mile river sledging course down the Kaituna River, which included going over the Okere Falls. At the end of the course, they would receive their next clue.

Chip & Kim, Colin & Christie, and Linda & Karen chose this task.


Choice B: Dirty
Teams must enter the bubbling hot mud pits of Hell's Gate, where they had to search in a marked area for their next clue, which was buried somewhere in the mud.

Brandon & Nicole and Kami & Karli chose this task.

Teams drive to the village of Paengaroa and find Matapara Farms to search for their next clue.

"Who's ready for a wild ride?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to inflate a Zorb and ride it down a hillside. At the bottom of the hill, the rider had to walk the Zorb a short distance to cross a finish line, then get out and join his or her teammate and run to the Pit Stop.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:


For coming in first place, Colin & Christie won a vacation to Europe provided by American Airlines.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
Colin & Christie
 1st place 
Colin & Christie
Dating
Linda & Karen
 2nd place 
Linda & Karen
Bowling Moms
Brandon & Nicole
 3rd place 
Brandon & Nicole
Dating Models
Chip & Kim
 4th place 
Chip & Kim
Married Parents
Kami & Karli
 5th place 
Kami & Karli
Twins

Trivia

Reception

  • Al Rios at TARflies (09/12/2004): "Back home for Phil"

References

The Amazing Race 5 Episodes

"Clearly, I'm More Intelligent than You" · "It Turned Ugly Just Now" · "I Got Electrocuted" · "Who Says Pageant Girls Don't Eat?" · "Are You Good at Puzzles?" · "Why Can't We Get a Camel?" · "Are You Sure This Is Safe?" · "I'm Going to Jail" · "If You're Gonna Whine, Just Shut Up!" · "If They're Screwing the Helmet to My Head, It Can't Be Good" · "It's Okay, Run Them Over!" · "You've Just Made Me a Millionaire"