|Recap: The Amazing Race Philippines, Episode 23 (Leg 8, Day 1)
The 8th leg (where did the 7th go!?) of the Race begins as teams must find Lana’s Halo Halo at the Legazpi Public Market. There, each team member must eat one bowl of halo halo to reveal a sticker at the bottom of the bowl that would tell them their next clue is at Yanzon’s Store.
Fausto & Dayal get there first and finish their halo halo. They look around for their clue and raise their hands to signal they’re done. They are given two more bowls of halo halo. Marc & Kat also finish their bowls, but have no idea what to do, fearing they’ll get more bowls too. Fausto & Dayal decide to just go back to their jeepney driver who knows where to go next and takes them.
Marc & Kat also hop into their jeepney, but the driver has no clue. They decide to wait for Boom & Cheng to finish so they can figure it out together. They go back to the jeepney driver who ask where Fausto & Dayal went and why they left and the driver says they must’ve found their clue. Boom & Cheng do the same thing and get the same result.
Sheena & Gee arrive and start eating. When they finish, they raise their hands and get another helping. LJ & CJ arrive while the other six try to figure it out together. The locals point to a specific store where the shopowner then asks where their bowls are. They run back to Lana’s to grab their halo-halo bowls and return to Yanzon’s Store where they are given the next clue.
It’s the Detour.
In Crabs, teams must pick up a basket full of crabs and deliver it to a nearby fisherman.
In Coconut, teams must kudkod or manually grate coconut until they are able to produce a cup of milk from the meat.
Back at the market, Jervi sees the clue at the bottom of his bowl telling teams to head to Yanzon Store, so they do so. LJ & CJ are lucky enough to just follow them there.
Meanwhile, Fausto & Dayal are still clueless. Their driver lets them off and they see the Race flags. They decide to raise their hands, but nothing. They hop back into their jeepney and decide to head back to the market, an hour and a half away.
The first three teams arrive at the Detour. Sheena & Gee head to the crabs while Marc & Kat and Boom & Cheng do coconut. Sheena & Gee have trouble finding the fisherman while the other two teams struggle with grating the coconuts.
Turns out the fisherman was just a few yards away from the crab pick-up. They get the next clue telling them to head to Misibis Bay.
Meanwhile, all the way back at the Pit Stop, Ed & Angel are still waiting out their 2-hour penalty after not completing the Bicol Express task from last Leg.
Well, it’s nice to have TARPh back. This was my first episode in three days. Hope the regular TV5/TARPh uploader is alright is just living his/her life, yeah?
Anyway, I did read up on the last Leg and apparently Boom & Cheng have gotten even more unlikeable. Hiding clues and no penalty? Come on now. And their jokes were becoming increasingly unfunny and rude before, now they’re making sex jokes. (While scraping the coconuts if you didn’t get their innuendo.)
When pictures of the halo-halo task popped up online, I remember everyone already thinking, OMG, eat halo-halo? WTF kind of task is that?!
But it turned out to be really good… on paper. It reminded me of the TAR19 start task. Teams were supposed to figure out a puzzle but people ended up stumbling onto the right answer. Here, teams were supposed to see the clue at the bottom of the bowl, but instead lucked out but having people tell them where to go.
So the task was great in theory, have teams be observant and see the clue at the bottom of the bowl like Jervi did. (His magna cum laude UP education coming in handy.) This is the kind of task I wish TARUS did more of and they have definitely sprinkled them in the last few seasons. But when teams managed to just stumble onto the next clue, it defeats the purpose of the task.
I know they aren’t going to get a penalty even though I’d love to see it. It sucks for teams who actually did the task they were meant to do like Jervi did.
As for the Detour, the Crabs side looked crazy simple. It looked like the fisherman was just steps away from where they had to get the basket. But as we saw. Sheena & Gee had to run around frustrated.
Solid episode overall.