Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 4 – “Take your junk to the next pit stop.”

It was another great episode of season 10 of The Amazing Race.

The Leg
TAR10 isn’t letting up. This has to be the most challenging first four legs ever in the history of the Race. Cuts, sprained ankles, heat exhaustion!?!? The teams are definitely a long way to go.

Lots of kudos to whoever came up with the auditory clue. Great way to trip up the teams, and really force them to communicate with the locals. Dustin & Kandice were hilarious trying to listen and understand the crickets.

The ascender Road Block… one of the toughest things you could ever do on the Race. I still can’t believe Sarah did the Road Block and not Peter. Yeah, Sarah is more than capable, but come on Peter!

Ah… Vietnamese boats. Love them Vietnamese boats. Of course, another classic TAR moment is Flo’s breakdown after the basket boats in Vietnam.

Another hectic, hectic challenge for the teams trying to row the sampans. I don’t know how different it is from rowing a canoe, but I’ve never seen so many TAR teams have trouble with rowing before. Maybe two or three in the past, but almost all the teams had trouble in this episode. Some of them didn’t even have the basic rowing knowledge.

The Detour was great, and very challenging; pulling up baskets of pearl oysters or delivering loads of fruits to a floating village.

Vietnam was very beautiful. This leg reminded me of the 2nd Philippine leg in Palawan on TAR5. The geography was almost the same, including the ascender Road Block.

The Teams
Peter & Sarah… has there ever been a co-ed team where the man wanted to quit? Not only was Sarah doing a lot of the work, but Peter wanted to quit!?!? Sarah is the motivator of the team?!?! I’m still not sure about what their relationship is. And what was with Peter pushing T&T’s boat away. A little too intense?

Lyn & Karlyn… they are fighters. They have great motivation, not sure they’re having fun, but they have great motivation in their kids.

Erwin & Godwin… not as stellar a performance as last week, but they did well. They haven’t had a lot of luck with transportation.

David & Mary… again, bless their hearts. They are just good ol’ people. Plus, Mary is golden for quotes and episode titles. They’re cool though, Mary definitely gets a little frustrated sometimes, but they push through.

Tyler & James… they were kind of in the background this episode, not too much from them. They raced well I guess.

Dustin & Kandice… they cut again? *tsk tsk*… Lyn & Karlyn were right, karma is very prevalent in The Amazing Race (well, except for when Freddy & Kendra won TAR6). They’re not as good as they are made out to be though. They’ve been lacking the last two legs, and crumpling up your clue? Not a good idea.

Tom & Terry… not too sad about their elimination. They were kind of annoying, but they’re cool. They still love each other… I guess. Oh, but I have to applaud Tom for pushing/pulling their sampan all the way to the junk. That was pretty awesome.

And finally, Rob & Kimberly… in this episode, I realized they are the 2nd coming of Colin & Christie; the intense, easily frustrated man with the not so weak female partner who sometimes fires back. I don’t know that they’ll do as well as Colin & Christie did in TAR5, but their attitudes are definitely on par with theirs. That water slapping moment though was very reminiscent of Colin’s famous “I’m packin’ it!” moment.

Just another amazing episode. Very exciting, very thrilling… lots of stuff going on, great destination… just a great episode.

I really have to commend the editors for having such amazing skills with putting the episode together. The editing together of clips and synchronizing it in with the music… just perfect. Both picture and sound editors definitely deserve their Emmys.

TAR10 is seriously not letting up, they are on a roll and it is definitely a great thing for the show. It has all the elements of the best of TAR, plus adds new excitement and challenges. This is definitely shaping up to be a great season.

There’s a ton of them this episode!

Tyler: “I’m gonna see how much dong you got.”
James: “He’s honking for dong!”

(yeah, I’m 10 years old… but anything for a good laugh)

Dustin/Kandice: “We’re here to pick up our dong.”

Mary: “If this Race gets any harder… I’m going to have to be Superwoman or something.”

Kandice: “Here… these crickets.”
*crickets buzzing*
Dustin: “Yeah, but I don’t know what that means.”

Rob (to cab driver): “Are you stoned?”

Mary (to cab driver): “I like you.”
David: “You ain’t taking him home.”
Mary: “But I love him, he’s so cool.”
Cab driver: *speaks Vietnamese*
Mary: “I luuve you!”

Cab driver: *speaks Vietnamese*
David: “I don’t speak your language dude!”

Terry: “Oh, its tight on my crotch.”

Lyn: “If you can have a baby without anesthesia, then you can go up this rock.”

Kimberly: “What is a junk?”

Terry: “As long as there’s a Starbucks nearby, we could live here.”

Mary (to David): “Now when you become my boss, you can tell me what to do.”

Rob: “Where are the baskets dude?” *slaps water*
Kimberly: “Don’t throw a hissy fit!”

David: “I ain’t never done nothin’ like this.”
Mary: “Oh look, you’re going straight to a mountain’”

Mary: “We came from Kentucky. We’ve never been put out in the real live ocean. Water over your head… if you fell, you’re dead!”

Rob: “I know how to row!”
Kimberly: “Yeah, I forgot you went to school for that.”

Clue: “Take your junk to the next pit stop.”

Tyler: “This guy forgot the anchor. Unbelievabe. Thanks guys!”
James: “No wonder we were going so slow.”
Tyler: “Great job man!”
Junk captain: *thumbs up*

Mary: “That’s Phil in the orange shirt… I know Phil! Scrawny little ol’ gorgeous thing!”

1. Erwin & Godwin
1. David & Mary
1. Tyler & James
4. Lyn & Karlyn
5. Dustin & Kandice
6. Rob & Kimberly
6. Tom & Terry
8. Pete & Sarah

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 3 – “We’ll follow each other to hell I guess”


TAR10 keeps getting better and better.

Vietnam has been one of the most memorable destinations in TAR history. (basket boats and basket bikes anyone?) And tonight was no different. A lot of great stuff all over the place.

The first is the POW prison; definitely reminiscent of TAR6’s visit to the “Gate of No Return” in Senegal. Huge kudos to Erwin & Godwin for stopping and taking a moment to pay their respects. That must have been a very emotional place. Phil’s narration of the prison was very emotional.

The Road Block… not since TAR6’s frantic rush inside the train museum in Hungary that resulted in Freddy’s broken nose has there been a more chaotic moment. The teams had to sell US$5 worth of flowers, equivalent to 80,000 dong. In TAR3, the teams had to sell 40,000 dong’s worth of fruit. Anyway, chaos everywhere. Not as much, or as funny as TAR3’s basket bikes, but still lots going on. Everyone rushing to buy flowers, bouquets falling out of the bike baskets, bikes tipping over… it was hectic.

Vietnam looks like an amazing place to visit. The ceremonies at the religious temple was very beautiful, and of course a couple of teams had to run through it all.

And another similarity to a previous TAR season. The coal Detour definitely had shades of TAR5’s brick making Road Block (Colin: “I’m PACKIN’ it!”) Its great to see the teams making some coal (and in Duke & Lauren’s case, a bird cage) for the locals. And of course, the locals love laughing at our faithful Racers. TAR, bringing laughs around the world. J

Something we didn’t see in TAR3’s Vietnam visit, the maze of homes in the farming suburbs. Many of the teams were lost, and the placements of the teams again fluctuated by the minute. Very, very exciting stuff.

Lastly about the leg itself, the pit stop… such a reminder of TAR5’s Detour in the Philippine rice fields (Colin, again: “My ox is broken!”)

And to the teams. FINALLY, Erwin & Godwin get first. You’d think they would’ve been one of the more dominant teams. But they were first for one of their few times since the start of the Race from the Detour to the Pit Stop. The local greeter was very soft spoken, how sweet. J lol

Tom & Terry… tsk, tsk… add them to the list of teams that don’t read directions carefully. They seem kinda mean though. They yelled at some Vietnamese lady with a blurred face, then they called the guy at the coal place “Guy! Guy!” Peter & Sarah… He must have been so annoying on the Race. I wouldn’t have welcomed his joking as he grabbed my clue out of my hands.

Tyler & James were okay this episode, not much feature on them, but still one of my favorite teams. David & Mary, bless their hearts, lol. Mary pushed through with her sprained ankle. And what a turn around for Lyn & Karlyn. The ones who didn’t even bother to stop and ask if Tyler & James were okay with their car, wanted to stop and help Mary on the rice fields. I guess they’d probably help Mary before T&J, but still. I like them a lot more now.

Rob & Kimberly, not as much dysfunctional couple-ness this week. But Kimberly did a “Gerard” (TAR3) when she almost got run over by a motorbike (Gerard almost got run over by a Swiss trolley). The “blondies,” Dustin & Kandice, would definitely do anything they can to go farther in the Race. In a way, that is good strategy, in another way, you could get bitten in the ass later on.

And finally Duke & Lauren. They, like the last father/daughter team in TAR5’s Jim & Marsha, were eliminated third. They seem like nice people, and good luck to them. They seem to be getting their relationship back into a very healthy level so good for them.

So overall, another excellent episode of TAR. I don’t think I can remember the first three episodes of a season being as good as they have been for TAR10. Next week, expect for more surprises. I definitely can’t wait.

Lyn: “Don’t get me wrong, we’d love to have a million dollars. But the Race is not the most glamorous thing. It’s painful… if I had to compare it to something, its like child birth.”

Lyn or Karlyn: “We’ll follow each other to hell I guess”

Phil: “Guys, this has gotta suck”

Sarah: “I’m definitely doing the next [road block]… I just got to jump in with both feet… no pun intended.”

Mary: “Oh, Its like one of those things you see on TV, David!”

David: “This isn’t real coal. Ours is hard, theirs is mud.”

1. Erwin & Godwin
1. Tyler & James
1. David & Mary
4. Lyn & Karlyn
5. Duke & Lauren
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Rob & Kimberly
8. Tom & Terry
9. Pete & Sarah

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 2 – “We’ve never been around gay people… I like ‘em!”


A great episode. TAR10 is now in full swing.

It was very exciting, non-stop action, great location, and definitely a deeper look at the teams.

From the Great Wall, the teams headed to Mongolia. Of course they were all bunched up, but that is just part of the Race. However, once the teams arrived in Ulaanbaatar and witnessed a traditional Mongolian ceremony, they were on their own.

And not since TAR6’s hilarious little trabbants have we seen so many car problems. They weren’t all mechanical failures either, David & Mary drove themselves into mud while Tyler & James got a flat. The others had to crank themselves back on track.

One by one, the teams arrived at the Detour. The teams had to ride horses to get to the Detour and it was here that the order of teams changed by the minute. Passing each other on the way, teams were able to pull ahead.

Having to choose between Fill It Up or Pull it Down, teams had the choice of guiding an ox-like native animal (called a hynik) to fill containers with water or “unwrapping” a traditional Mongolian yurt and tying it to a camel. Peter & Sarah had trouble with both detours, including their runaway hynik.

After completing the detour, lost hats/helmets delayed a few more teams, yet again allowing others to pass them. But even worse was Duke letting two teams pass him on the way to the Road Block. Careful driver, Duke is.

Some of the coolest things I think I’ve ever seen on TAR have involved flaming balls of fire. The final three in TAR4 had a ceremony in an Aboriginal park where an aborigine lit a tree on fire with a bow and arrow. So I thought this Road Block was pretty darn cool, shooting an arrow into a target that burst into flames.

The teams definitely became a little more defined this week. Rob & Kimberly are definitely this season’s “dysfunctional” couple while Peter & Sarah seem to be a little more intense than dysfunctional. I sense some tension coming up there.

David & Mary (mostly Mary) have begun to endear themselves, in my opinion. I’m rooting for Erwin & Godwin, but they’ve go to step it up. Tyler & James aren’t just the typical model/alpha males. They are definitely a little more interesting and thankfully not as horny as Eric & Jeremy.

Duke & Lauren are okay. Tom & Terry are slowly starting to get annoying. Lyn & Karlyn are okay, but a little annoyed by them not even stopping to ask if Tyler & James were okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah… it’s a Race, but still they could’ve stopped to see if every thing was okay. Whatever… no need to go back to TAR7. Dustin & Kandice almost pulled out 1st; they may go far.

I was sad the cheerleaders, Kellie & Jamie were eliminated, they seemed like a fun team and could’ve done well, but they had a horrible leg.

Overall, this was a great, great episode. I am definitely more excited about this season now.

Mary: “Honest to goodness, we’ve never been around gay people… I like ‘em!”

Kimberly: “Ewe, dirty water… do we get diseases from that?”

Kimberly: “I love how you’re grinding”
Rob: “Honey, its not me, it’s the car.”

Dustin: “I’m a Mongolian now! Bring me some BBQ baby!”

Kimberly: “Can horses smell fear?”

1. Erwin & Godwin
1. Tyler & James
1. David & Mary
4. Kellie & Jamie
5. Duke & Lauren
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Rob & Kimberly
8. Lyn & Karlyn
9. Pete & Sarah
9. Tom & Terry

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 1 – “I’m going to look like a ding-a-ling here.”


The Amazing Race is back. It doesn’t seem too long ago that BJ and Tyler TTOWed their way to victory.

But it still a welcome sight to see the four-time Emmy winner back with new episodes, and this its 10th season. Twists, surprises, the usual TAR antics filled Sunday’s 90-minute premiere.

First off, the teams. TAR introduced its most diverse cast yet, but unfortunately, it was the Muslim and Indian teams that were eliminated first. Bilal & Sa’eed, the Muslim team, were great, as were Vipul & Arti, the Indian team aka “Team Karma.” It was sad to see them go so early. (More on the twist later).

Meanwhile, Erwin & Godwin managed to get themselves back into the Race after hanging around last for much of the first half of the leg. They can be considered this season’s “alpha male” team, along with models and former drug addicts Tyler & James.

There’s a little déjà vu with three teams. Lyn & Karlyn could be this season’s Bowling Moms (TAR5), while boyfriends Tom & Terry seem to be trying a little too hard to be Team Guido 2.0. And Rob & Kimberly seems set to be TAR10’s quarrelling couple.

Father and daughter Duke & Lauren got off to a good start, while parents David & Mary ran smoothly until frustration set in before the Pit Stop. Sarah, who has a prosthetic leg, probably had the most to overcome. She and partner Peter used her prosthetic leg to get an advantage in some places, but was a big hurdle when climbing the Wall.

And finally, we have the two teams of pretty, young women; cheerleaders Kellie & Jamie and Miss America contestants Dustin & Kandice. Both teams were all right.

Now on to the Race itself. The first difference from previous Races was that the teams traveled West instead of East. Usually, destinations in Asia and Africa, where many consider to be the hardest in terms of cultural differences, would come when there were only a few teams left. This time, all 12 teams traveled to one such destination.

China served as a great backdrop for the beginning of the Race. The Pit Stop at one of the great Wonders of the World, the Great Wall, was reminiscent of one of the final legs of season 1. While the Starting Line at Gasworks Park in Seattle served as the Finish Line for season 3.

The first task of season 10 was an eating task with teams having to eat Fish eyes. Eating tasks are something that many fans would rather do without. However, it turned out to be harmless, and served as the first look at Chinese culture. This was the first time since season 2 that teams had to complete a Road Block in the first leg.

The teams were in for a huge surprise though, as Bilal & Sa’eed were eliminated at the Forbidden City in the middle of the first leg. Phil had promised many surprises this season. It was unexpected and definitely woke the teams up to the fact that this season of The Amazing Race is going to be very different.

The Detour was a little more challenging. The Labor Detour presented the teams with a real observation tasks that required them to really look at what they were doing with the bricks, while the Leisure Detour gave teams the chance to actively participate in Chinese culture. Both were great tasks.

But it didn’t end there. Teams had to scale up a wall on the Great Wall of China, and it proved to be very difficult for a few teams who realized it wasn’t the same as repelling down the side of a cliff.

Overall, it was a good premiere. The 90-minute runtime was far better than the 2-hour premieres of the last 4 seasons. The excitement is back, the edge of your seat finishes are still in tact, the teams are a more diverse mix than usual, and new surprises await the teams as the milestone 10th season of The Amazing Race is now underway.

Mary: “Its like dropping a 30 year old baby in the world and…”

Bilal: “I’m from Cleveland, Ohio… what do I know about chopsticks?”

Pete: “Now I have to do it. I’m going to look like a ding-a-ling here”

1. Erwin & Godwin
1. Vipul & Arti
1. Tyler & James
1. Bilal & Sa'eed
5. David & Mary
6. Duke & Lauren
6. Lyn & Karlyn
6. Pete & Sarah
6. Dustin & Kandice
6. Kellie & Jamie
11. Rob & Kimberly
12. Tom & Terry

THE AMAZING RACE 10, 90-minute season premiere

THE AMAZING RACE 10, 90-minute season premiere
CBS, Tonight after “60 Minutes” (8:30PM/7:30c)

The Amazing Race 10 Premieres Sunday, September 17th

The Amazing Race 10 Premieres Sunday, September 17th

CBS announced its Fall premiere schedule Wednesday, and The Amazing Race will begin its 10th season with a 90-minute premiere on Sunday, September 17th at 8:30PM ET/PT. The following Sunday, September 24th, “The Amazing Race” will settle into its regular timeslot at 8:00PM ET/PT.

The Amazing Race 10 Trailer – Move to Sundays

CBS, Phil Keoghan Reveal ‘Amazing Race 10’ Teams

CBS, Phil Keoghan Reveal ‘Amazing Race 10’ Teams

At the CBS session of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Phil Keoghan revealed the teams who will compete in the milestone 10th season of The Amazing Race.

For the first time since season 4 there will be 12 teams this go-around, and it seems as if the TAR10 cast is the most diverse yet. Included in the list of teams are the first Muslim team, the first Indian-American team, the first amputee, and a father and his lesbian daughter. Plus, there are the expected teams of models as well as a team of Miss USA contestants. (NBC’s “Treasure Hunters” features a team of 3 Miss USA contestants, while Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants were part of TAR5).

The new season will premiere in late-September on its new night, Sundays after “60 Minutes” and most likely NFL overruns.

Also mentioned at the Press Tour, producer Jonathan Littman said they wouldn’t be doing another Family Edition, while an All-Star Race is still a possibility.

The 12 teams are:

All photos from Robert Voets/CBS
Ages: 29/26
Occupations: Sales/Nutritional educator
Hometown: Windermere, FL
Relationship: Married
Vipul and Arti are the first Indian-American team to run the Race. Both speak several languages and are well-traveled. Vipul admits to being a bit overzealous, while Arti takes great pride in her ability to reign in his emotions and focus his strengths – a skill she will undoubtedly be forced to call upon while racing around the world.

Ages: 32/32
Occupations: Teacher/Program analyst
Hometown: Birmingham, AL/Helena, AL
Relationship: Best friends
These two Alabama mothers have known each other since 9th grade. The Amazing Race will be the first time the two have ever traveled abroad together. Both have limited traveling experience, but are hoping their resourcefulness and wit will make them the team to beat.
Ages: 32/21
Occupations: Coal miner/Homemaker
Hometown: Stone, KY
Relationship: Married Parents
David and Mary are married parents who met while working at McDonald’s 10 years ago. David was in the Army and did some traveling while Mary can count on one hand how many times she’s been on a plane. This hard-working couple is eager to expand their horizons and see the world.
Ages: 37/39
Occupations: Medical supply technician/Power Lineman
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Relationship: Best friends
These best friends have spent years bonding over their love of food, Browns football and their shared Islamic faith. Bilal is energetic and outgoing while Sa’eed is quiet and passive. Their vastly different temperaments will be fun to watch as they attempt to navigate over 40,000 miles in under 30 days.
Ages: 35/31
Occupations: Clinical prosthetitist/Motivational speaker
Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA/Trabuco Canyon, CA
Relationship: Friends
Peter and Sarah are both Iron Man competitors who have a long history of teamwork. Sarah recently became the first female with an artificial leg to complete the Hawaii Iron Man Triathlon. Peter works as a clinical prosthetist and travels the country speaking to amputees and consulting for prosthetic legs. Both are out to win and eager to show the world that a disability will not stop them from reaching their goals.
Ages: 31/28
Occupations: Bartender, Real estate student/Public Relations
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Relationship: Dating
Rob and Kimberly met while bartending and have been dating for the last two years. Their relationship has experienced some rocky moments, yet they recently decided to take a leap and move in together. They are both looking to the Race to test the strength of their relationship and prove to them that they were meant to be together.
Ages: 29/27
Occupations: Models
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Relationship: Best friends
Tyler and James are not your typical “pretty boys”; they’ve both had their share of hard knocks. After losing track of each other several years ago, they reconnected after going through rehab and have been best friends ever since. They’re hoping their new found lease on life will help carry them around the globe and across the finish line.
Ages: 32/29
Occupations: Insurance company manager/Financial analyst
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Relationship: Brothers
These overachieving, super-competitive brothers say they are ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Godwin has grown up in the shadow of his Harvard-educated brother and is eager to show his brother and his family that he has what it takes to win The Amazing Race. This team’s love for traveling the world and competing is infectious.
Ages: 39/45
Occupations: College admissions director/Special events coordinator
Hometown: New York City, NY
Relationship: Dating
This feisty, fun-loving couple has been together for over two years. Their playful nitpicking is constant, but it always ends in shared laughter. This energetic couple is hoping the Race will prove to them they have what it takes to stay together.
Ages: 22/22
Occupations: Student/Recent college graduate
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Relationship: Best friends
Don’t let their Southern Drawls fool you. These former co-captains of the University of South Carolina cheerleading squad are highly competitive and just might have what it takes to be the first female team to win The Amazing Race.
Occupations: Reigning Miss California USA and marketing director/Reigning Miss New York USA and Rockette
Hometown: Riverside, CA/New York City, CA
Relationship: Best friends
Dustin and Kandice met while rooming together at the Miss USA pageant. Rivals at first, they quickly became friends and have been inseparable ever since. Kandice is wild and impulsive, while Dustin is religious and more conservative. Their shared trait is they are both intense competitors who thrive on winning.
Ages: 52/26
Occupations: Tour company owner/Speech and language pathologist
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Relationship: Father and daughter
When Lauren told her family that she was gay, her father didn’t react well to the news and the two were estranged for several years. They are currently rebuilding their relationship and hope the Race will help them recapture the closeness they once shared.

From CBS and