They are given a box which contains a costume (black suits, white shirts, mustaches) and a picture of a man dressed as TinTin. The key is to figure out which TinTin characters they are (the detectives) and then find the man dressed as TinTin (who is nearby) and tell him what they have learned.
Andy & Tommy do some research online and seem to think they are dressed as Charlie Chaplin, while the other teams have more luck in asking people on the street who they are and where they can find TinTin. It means Ernie & Cindy, Jeremy & Sandy and Marcus & Amani all jump in front of the snowboarders in getting the next clue, which tells them to travel by train to Amsterdam and then fly more than 4,000 miles to Panama City, Panama.
The snowboarders, however, aren't too far behind after a little bit of extra research at the internet cafe, and they join up with the others for the flight to Panama.
Once in Panama everyone has to get a boat ride down a river (in the middle of the night so it's pitch black) to a village, where they have to sign up for 'tattoos'. There are only four timeslots available from 7am onwards so obviously the earlier the better. The order ends up: Andy & Tommy, Jeremy & Sandy, Cindy & Ernie and Amani & Marcus.
"Andy & Tommy have luck on their side," says Sandy. "I don't know what it is about them but they always seem to finish first."
So, are the tattoos real or fake? Andy & Tommy learn the next morning that the images are just painted on and they have to realise the wording is directing them to their next location, the San Francisco Bay Towers in Panama City - they have a 20-minute jump on the other teams.
At the towers they learn one team member (as directed by the clue) has to walk a tightrope 35 stories above the city from one building to another, grab a clue, and then walk back across the tightrope to where they started.
Andy's up for the snowboarders and seems to be having a blast, even saying that it's "cool" to look down at the street from that far up. Sandy, meanwhile, who has to do the roadblock for her and Jeremy, is battling a fear of heights when she arrives: "I'm scared to death but I have to do it."
Andy, unsurprisingly, finishes pretty quickly and gets the next clue, which directs the teams to a statue by way of a riddle. Sandy's next to complete the task, but after she and Jeremy suss the clue, they realise their cab driver has been discussing with Ernie & Cindy's and Marcus & Amani's the best way to get there, which means they'll all know where to go.
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Cindy and Amani aren't that far behind Sandy in completing the tightrope walk. "I had to envision my kids at each end," says Amani. "That made it easy to get to it because I know we're close to seeing them."
Next up for everyone is a detour which pays tribute to two of Panama's biggest industries. In 'filet' the teams can deliver fish around a market, while 'sole' requires them to make a pair of leather sandals.
Andy & Tommy are first to arrive and opt for the sandals, as do Ernie & Cindy and Jeremy & Sandy. Marcus & Amani, however, go for the fish option, even when their cab driver wrongly takes them to the sandals location and they have to backtrack to the market.
After being the first to arrive at the detour, the snowboarders are also the first to finish their sandals, and so they're off to the next destination - a group dance in Cathedral Square where they have to figure out that the name of their next pitstop (Panama Viejo) is written on one of the dancers' skirts, while an image of the location is etched on their medallions.
Unfortunately for the snowboarders, they decide the pitstop must be something to do with 'Balboa' because that's the word written on the medallions. They get their taxi driver to take them to 'Balboa', but soon realise they've made a mistake when they arrive at the destination. After a quick talk with a local, they learn there is a Statue of Balboa nearby and decide to head towards that instead.
By this stage, all the other teams have finished their detours and are at Cathedral Square trying to figure out what they can learn from the dancers.
Over at the Statue of Balboa, the snowboarders know they have made another mistake when they don't see Phil, and end up having to head back towards Cathedral Square. "I think we were leading the pack, I'm sure we're not know," says Andy.
Back at the square, Cindy & Ernie have also seen the 'Balboa' wording and decide that must be where they are headed, so they take off in their taxi towards it. Jeremy, however, decides to make a rough sketch of the building etched on the lockets and finds out from his cab driver that Panama Viejo is their destination.
Unfortunately for Sandy & Jeremy, their cab driver then shares that information with both Cindy & Ernie and Marcus & Amani's drivers, so they all end up driving towards the correct destination.
Jeremy & Sandy are still the first team to check in, winning a trip for two to Turks and Caicos. Cindy & Ernie finish in second place, while Marcus & Amani take third.
Phil comments that he's surprised the snowboarders haven't ended up in the final three, to which Marcus says: "It's like David and Goliath. They were like giants and we are the Davids. You have to face your giants and we did enough today to make it to the finals."
Finally, the snowboarders arrive at the pitstop to be told they have been eliminated. "I wouldn't change anything," says Andy. "We did our best to find the clue and we missed it. The Amazing Race was an experience of a lifetime - to run around the world with Tommy and experience God's awesome creation."
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