Bopper tells the camera his partner has no rhythm but "a lot of heart" as Mark, still feeling carsick, takes on the challenge.
His heart was no match for the India sun and a relentless taskmaster. He was ready to give up after the 11th try when Bopper and the choreographer persuaded him to give it one more try "for their kids."
The 12th effort was the charm, but the two never managed to make up for the lost time and were last to reach the pit stop in what was later revealed to be a non-elimination leg of the race. This is the second time the Kentucky duo has gotten such a pass.
In unveiling the pit stop, host Phil Keoghan intoned that the last team to arrive there "may be eliminated" (as opposed to the alternate "will be eliminated"), giving viewers hope that fan favorites Bopper and Mark might be spared yet again.
But as the two headed for the pit stop, viewers saw a recap of the Kentucky team's entire race as Bopper said it was amazing that two guys from Kentucky managed to make it this far. Keoghan milked the moment as well, letting the two talk about their "Amazing Race " experiences before giving them the good news.
Iraq veteran Dave and his wife, Rachel, were again the first across the finish line and won a trip to St. Lucia.
With all the drama concentrated on Team Kentucky, we saw little whining from "Big Brother" Rachel and almost no squabbling from Team Army and the dating divorcees Dave and Vanessa. But we did see the something of the icy chill that has arose between Team Army and the border patrol agents Art and J.J. over Dave and Rachel's failure last week to U-turn the "Big Brother" team.
Previews show that at least one team - the dating divorcees - may have suffered a game-threatening injury.
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