Amazing Race Recap-Episode 10
In this penultimate episode, I have but one question to ask. Why in the hell didn't Uchenna & Joyce and Meredith & Gretchen look for a connecting flight from Istanbul to London? After they got a two-hour lead last week by looking for that better flight, this week these two teams stood pat and let Rob & Amber and Kelly & Ron get the better flights and the lead. I like Uchenna & Joyce, but clearly airport strategy isn't their metier and it was, among all the other things they can't do, the downfall of our Dandy Dons, who were finally Philiminated this week. I realize that there's always a risk that you might not make a connection, but there's a point in the race where you can't be satisfied to finish in the middle of the pack anymore.
To be honest, Rob & Amber deserve to win this thing. They excel in all aspects of the Race unless you consider making friends with other teams an essential part of the game. Rob can be a jerk, and while that bit him in the butt last week, he backs up his bravado about 90% of the time.
Highlights from this week's episode:
- Turks really are the nicest people in the world. Even after Ron & Kelly told people they were Americans, the locals were stilling falling all over themselves to give them money. I've met about a half dozen Turks and they've all been just sweethearts.
- I've heard the phrase "whirling dervish", but I didn't actually know what they were. Watching them slowly twirling like ghosts was so cool and something I wouldn't have expected to see on a reality TV show. It's moments like that that make The Amazing Race one of the best shows on TV
- I liked that teams had to solve an actual clue in London, even though it was the easiest clue imaginable (what street is associated with The Beatles - that's a tough one). Too often the "clues" are really nothing more than directions
- I also loved the task in London where teams had to spot the flag from high up in the air. It not only requires teams to stop and pay attention to details, but it also treats the viewers to some great shots of the city's skyline
- It was nice to see Amber's personality tonight. She's usually bland, so it was refreshing to see her decked out in the Sherlock Holmes gear and acting like a dork
- Was I the only one cracking up when the Dandy Dons were confronted with a detour where they had to choose between "brains" and "brawn". Heh, that's a hard choice when you don't have either!
- It's always a good episode when Phil utters my favorite phrase: "Teams must decide when it's most advantageous to go for it."
- Driving double decker buses was just a wicked Roadblock. I'm a good driver, but I would have sucked at that. I was bad at those bike safety courses in grade school, and this would have been a thousand times worse. Frankly, I'm impressed that all the teams did it in less than 10 tries.
- Normally, taxis are the more expensive, but faster, mode of transportation. In London though, the train was clearly faster. Taking the train helped Uchenna & Joyce make up a ton of time on Ron & Kelly and taking cabs finally, mercifully doomed the Dandy Dons.
- If Ron really would have gone back to the Roadblock and completed it just to prove to Kelly he could have done it better than she did, it would have been simultaneously the greatest and dumbest moment of the entire Race. I so wish he would have. Free Ron, people! Free Ron!
Even though I still miss my darling brothers, Brian & Greg, this has still been a great season. With the finale next week, we're in for a long TARless summer. And then, when it starts up again next fall, we'll see the family edition. So, Tuesday's episode had better live up to the hype. And, knowing the Race, I'm sure it will.
Don't miss Viking Pundit's extensive recap. Even though I'm not in Western Massachusetts, the fact that I'm in Wisconsin gives me access to an almost unimaginable range of beers. For the finale, I'm thinking a nice raspberry wheat sounds good.
Posted by at May 3, 2005 09:26 PM
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|# May 3rd, 2005 11:15 PM james|
|what do you mean "Even after Ron & Kelly told people they were Americans?" newsflash: the world doesn't hate america or americans like the lefties would have you believe. the people that hate america in europe are the same people that hate america here - they're the punk ass jobless kids standing around in dupont circle.
umm, why exactly did rob choose to yield ron & kelly? he knew they had a 2 hour head start on the other 2 teams, and he knew that yielding ron and kelly would only slow them up for a half hour. he could have yielded uchenna & joyce and guaranteed that the dandy dons would make it to the final three, where they'd be the easiest competition. maybe i missed something, but i just dont understand what he was thinking.
im actually sad to see the dandy dons go, theyve grown on me. its almost as if cracking her head open changed gretchen's attitude. i really dislike the ron & kelly team, and amber and rob arent my favs. i remain a uchenna & joyce fan. they're both pretty cool.
|# May 3rd, 2005 11:20 PM kris|
|I agree, Rob & Amber should have yielded Uchenna & Joyce. In fact, it seemed like that's what Amber wanted to do.
I forgot one good Kelly moment - and I certainly don't want to forget to mention it because it's probably the one good moment she's going to have. I thought it was hilarious that she drew on Rob & Amber's picture while they were waiting at the Yield. That's exactly what I would have done.
|# May 4th, 2005 8:14 AM BrianH|
|"Turks really are the nicest people in the world. Even after Ron & Kelly told people they were Americans, the locals were stilling falling all over themselves to give them money. I've met about a half dozen Turks and they've all been just sweethearts."
I have to agree. The Turks I've met have also been great people. I've also been told they are terrible (and deadly) to have as enemies. I'm glad they're our friends.
|# May 4th, 2005 8:34 AM kris|
|My dad liked to tell a story about when he was in Korean. For a time they were with some Turkish troops and someone stole something of his. Let's just say that the rest of the Turks didn't take that very well. They were very proud of their reputation as soldiers and didn't like some random Turk sullying it by being a jerk. |
|# May 4th, 2005 8:55 AM james|
|do turks still lose body parts for theft? |
|# May 4th, 2005 9:02 AM kris|
|i always got the impression that that's what may have happen to my Dad's guy |
|# May 10th, 2005 1:19 PM Yeehaw|
|I will be glad to see this show come to an end and not have to listen to that smoothbottom Rob and watch limpit Amber clinging for dear life to this able but obnxious wretch. Entrants to this show should be complete non-entities but with character and some ethics backed up with a little brawn but plenty of brains. Maybe the ratings would improve a tad! |