|EP 09-08: HERE COMES THE BEDOUIN|
I think tonight’s episode was the best of the season so far. A great location, good enough tasks, and camels… lots of camels.
The camels stole the show. Their random appearances were hilarious, and Jeremy and Fran’s reactions to them were priceless. Plus the camels had the weirdest expressions. Kudos again to the TAR editors. The seamless music transitions and changes in soundtrack throughout the episode were excellent, totally loved them.
The ROAD BLOCK… oh man, another one of those kinds of Road Blocks. This was an especially tough one, what with the scorching heat and the frustration after digging all those holes. Unlike in the past however, the leg didn’t end in an elimination. But they really have to stop with these kinds of Road Blocks, or at least only one in the every season and limit the chance for one team to be too unlucky.
The DETOUR was okay, but the best part of it was the first time we saw the camels. Who knew they would show up throughout the rest of the episode. The other Detour though reminded me of a TAR1 Detour where they were in some Middle East country I think and they had to find the wise man?
It was weirdest more exciting without Eric & Jeremy or BJ & Tyler dominating the entire leg. Seeing Eric & Jeremy especially humbled was nice. For the first time, we see them getting serious and not act like horny “frat boys.” And I liked them a lot more because of that. They were really worried, nice to see that serious side. Meanwhile, BJ & Tyler come in last. Two weeks in a row they come in last/almost last… just a few legs after dominating the entire Race. Their “hippie” ways disappear once they get into sticky situations, but the “TTOW” has got to stop, seriously.
Fran & Barry get fiesty this week. We saw hints of their feistiness against Lake & Michelle, but they are now 90% in total Race mode. They take 1st away from not only E&J and B&T, but from Monica & Joseph who would’ve taken 1st if they had not gotten lost. I still don’t think Monica is anywhere close to being Flo 2.0. Flo would’ve had another breakdown while doing the Road Block, Monica was very composed and not frustrated at all. Ray & Yolanda come from out of the shadows and have their ‘dating couple’ disagreements. Good to see them finally getting some airtime.
Finally we get a non-elimination, and it was definitely refreshing… kinda funny to say that. But overall, a great episode, the best of TAR9 so far. Everything fell into place, even the lucky chance Road Block was tolerable. Come on everyone, spread the word. TAR9 has to be the best in a while. Forget “Bones,” forget “Deal or No Deal,” “One Tree Hill” is almost gone, who wants to see bitchy models, and record “Alias” … The best television on Wednesday is THE AMAZING RACE 9.
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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-08
Joseph: “We’re mall walkin'”
Fran: “Fly to Muscat… Omen”
Joseph (in Greece): “Holy hell”
Eric: “Cleanest looking McDonald’s I’ve ever seen” Jeremy: “Yeah, its like a ‘temple McDonald’s'”
Monica: “American people think they’re rich, like these people who are rich here are freakin’ crazy rich… billions”
Ray: “I don’t know what language they speak here but I can’t even look at the signs here and figure out what it says… they’re all squiggly”
Fran: “The incense burner is huge!”
Joseph (in Oman): “Holy hell”
Jeremy: “There goes Ray and YoLANDda
Monica: “Those buttheads are following us”
Monica: “I just want to pick him up and take him home in my pocket”
Jeremy: “We’re going to flood this bitch”
Ray: “I see why they made 4-wheel drive”
Fran: “Son of a bitch”
Eric: “Son of a bitch”
Yolanda: “Hold on, let me lift the camel up cuz you’re hurting his elbows… er…”
Yolanda: “The camel doesn’t smell that bad. I mean, he could smell worse I would’ve imagined.
Joseph (to Monica): “Please don’t be annoying right now”
Fran: “Boy is it hot out here”
Jeremy (to a camel): “Hey… I don’t need your lip right now”
Fran: “Here comes the Bedouin!”
Yolanda: “Your mama got a pattern goin'”
MY RANKINGS AFTER
Pretty even again