From the beginning of the show, married entrepreneurs Richard and Joey cemented themselves as the team everyone loves to hate on The Amazing Race Australia. They’ve proven that they’ll do anything to try and be the first to reach the pit stop (or at least not last), whether it means betraying another team they’ve promised to work with — or shaving their heads to earn a Fast Forward. Luck was on their side when they managed to find their clue quickly in the 1,000 fortune cookies challenge, the first part of the Hong Kong leg, meaning they were the first team with the option to either do the Detour or Fast Forward. Naturally, the competitive pair chose the latter, which could see them bypassing all other challenges and going straight to the pit stop if they completed the required task: shaving their heads à la Buddhist monks.
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Joey enthusiastically accepted the challenge to face the clippers — “Baby, we’re doing it! I’m doing it!” — but admitted that she was attached to her hair and had been growing it for more than eight years. As she was being shaved Richard shouted words of encouragement — “You rock, Joey, you rock!” — while she convinced herself that it was “all about inner beauty,” and that her hair will grow back. After Richard’s quick shave, which was much less dramatic than Joey’s, the married couple earned their Fast Forward and headed straight to Macau for the next pit stop.
As for the other teams, once they’d bitten their way through 1,000 fortune cookies they had to choose between two tasks for the Detour: either learning and performing a traditional Chinese lion dance, or mastering kung fu moves and smashing through six tiles. Following that, teams took a turbo jet to Macau, where they had to suit/dress up for a game of Baccarat at The Venetian. The last challenge was a Roadblock at the A-Ma Cultural Village, which saw one contestant from each team arranging the Chinese zodiac in the correct order based on a few cryptic clues.
The two last contestants on the Roadblock were Mos and Tracy, and after declaring he couldn’t think, Mos elected to defer the challenge and accept the four-hour penalty. It gave Tracy a significant window of time to put the zodiac in order, but after giving up, she and Ann-Marie also took the four-hour penalty and were consequently eliminated from the race. We’re going to miss the antics of the Big W ladies, who were always in it for the fun. What did you think of last night’s episode? Would you shave your head for a challenge like Joey?