Why Can't We Get a Camel? is the sixth episode of The Amazing Race 5.

Synopsis

The seven remaining teams continue through Egypt, where one team is the victim of the race's latest twist.

Tempers flare at the Cairo Airport when one team tries to steal another team's taxi. Meanwhile, a new twist in the game has one team that is in last place begging for money in hopes to continue on after they are stripped of all their money at the last pit stop. Also, the Roadblock proves to be a challenge for a few teams who realize digging in the sand is not as easy as it seems.[2]

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from the Sphinx are as follows:

  1. Colin & Christie (11:27 pm)
  2. Charla & Mirna (6:41 am)
  3. Brandon & Nicole (6:45 am)
  4. Chip & Kim (6:46 am)
  5. Marshall & Lance (7:21 am)
  6. Kami & Karli (8:33 am)
  7. Linda & Karen (10:09 am)

Teams must go to the largest pyramid in the Giza pyramid complex, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and descend 350 ft into a deep, claustrophobic cavern to a place called the Creation Room. There, they would find their next clue.

Teams must head to Old Cairo Airport and fly to Luxor. Teams could take chartered flight scheduled to depart at 11:30 am or book their own flight. Once in Luxor, teams must find the Karnak Temple, where they will find their next clue.

At the Karnak Temple, teams have the option to Yield a team. None of the teams opted to use the Yield, and was left unaired.

Choice A: Herd It
Teams must travel to Banana Island and load ten goats into a sailboat and deliver them to a shepherd on the other side of the Nile River in exchange for their next clue. Charla & Mirna, Chip & Kim, Kami & Karli, Linda & Karen, and Marshall & Lance chose this task.
Choice B: Haul It
Teams must travel to the Pigeon House Farm along the Nile, where they had to fill an urn with water to the marked level to receive their next clue. Teams had to use an ancient device to lift water from the river, then use a donkey to transport the water from the banks of the river to the urn on the farm. Brandon & Nicole and Colin & Christie chose this task.

Teams must take a marked taxi to Habu Temple to find their next clue.

"This task requires keen eyes and a lot of patience." The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must use a set of archaeological tools to dig in a marked area of sand. Hidden somewhere in the sand, they would find a stone scarab, which they could exchange for their next clue. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Lance quit the Roadblock, and he and Marshall decided to quit the race due to Marshall having severe knee pain.

Teams must head to West Nile Ferry Port and take a water taxi to Crocodile Island to check in.
For coming in first place, Colin & Christie won a vacation to Mexico 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
Chip & Kim
 2nd place 
Chip & Kim
Married Parents
Kami & Karli
 3rd place 
Kami & Karli
Twins
Brandon & Nicole
 4th place 
Brandon & Nicole
Dating Models
Charla & Mirna
 5th place 
Charla & Mirna
Cousins
Linda & Karen
 6th place 
Linda & Karen
Bowling Moms
Marshall & Lance
 7th place 
Marshall & Lance
Brothers

Trivia

  • This is the only leg of the race where Kim McAllister does a Roadblock.
  • This is the first time that a team quit the race.
  • This episode marked the first time that host Phil Keoghan had to eliminate a team outside a Pit Stop.
  • The episode title is said by Marshall Hudes because his knees have been giving out since during the previous leg and a camel would've been an easy form of transportation for him in that situation.

Reception

  • Al Rios at TARflies (08/11/2004): "King Tut's Revenge"
  • Maureen Ryan at Chicago Tribune (08/17/2004): "Catching up midway with The Amazing Race 5"

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"

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