Once the teams arrived in Charleston, they drove to the Battery district and found their next clue in a gazebo. With seven of the eight teams on two flights that landed only two minutes apart, the race was tight at this point, with only the Paolos trailing behind on a third flight that arrived about thirty minutes later.
Detour: "Forest Gump" or "Muddy Waters."
The Weaver, Aiello, and Gaghin families decided to choose the fun detour and drove 4x4 jeeps through a 400-foot mud bog. After six unsuccessful tries in the mud run, the Weavers gave up and headed to the shrimp boat detour, falling from second to last place. Mama should have let one of the kids drive! The frustrated Aiellos needed 14 attempts to complete the course, each time getting stuck in the deep mud, until they finally changed drivers. Papa Gaghin managed to bounce through the mud on his first try, which didn't make sense but maybe the small kids in the back proved to be an advantage. Too much weight with those four big guys in the Aiellos jeep. Damn, now I miss my jeep wrangler. I want to go ass-tearing in slop up to running boards. Especially if it's not my jeep. That looked like a blast ... until they kept getting stuck, like, 20 feet from the finish line.
Any hoo, all the Forrest Gumpers chose to drive to the Wando Shrimp seafood company and rip the heads off 200 pounds of shrimp with their bare hands. They managed to handle the task quickly and easily.
After the detour, the teams took charter buses to a "mystery destination." The bus ride was 8 hours long, in other words, a short jaunt by Amazing Race standards.
If any teams complain about this they don't stand a chance with those 22-hour train rides in India. And oh, did the widow Weaver and her widdle weavers complain! Please, Lord, let this whiny-ass family be eliminated - soon. The other teams were shocked at their slapstick antics and they way they made fools of themselves. "The Weavers are a mess. They are absolute puddles." It's more than that, the widow Weaver is downright creepy...
When the buses arrived in Huntsville, Alabama, teams were directed to drive to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. At the roadblock, two family members had to enter the centrifuge used for astronaut training and were spun around at 3.2 G's.
No one threw up.
After completing the task, teams ran one-mile in the dark to find the Saturn 5 rocket computer station, log on to AOL and get their next clue, which directed them to the pit stop near the space shuttle Pathfinder.
Despite their slow pop Bransen, Team My Three Daughters were the first team to arrive at the pit stop and won the leg's prize. But did AR just make a huge mistake by awarding the Bransens free gas for each team member -- FOR LIFE? Isn't that gonna eventually amount to a serious amount of cashola ... each? Those chicks are in their early 20s and who knows how much gas will cost 40 years from now.
Although the Aiello father and his three sons-in-laws arrived at the clue box ahead of two other teams, they made a crucial mistake by not understanding the directions. They didn't get the "first come, first serve" notice, as the other teams sprinted over and grabbed a numbered tag before they realized their mistake. That allowed the slower Paolos and the Gaghins to ride the centrifuge before them. The dejected Aiellos noted, "We got smoked."
That roadblock mistake, and getting stuck in the mud and trying over and over again, caused the Aiellos to come in last and become the third team eliminated. Too bad, the father and "sons" were a really nice team.
In the next episode, the Amazing Race sends the teams to the Talladega race track, and by the looks of the previews, team Weaver will have yet ANOTHER meltdown, as do two other teams.