Seasons 12 and 13 of The Amazing Race Coming to DVD! WITH Elimination Stations!

Excellent news!

TV Shows on DVD reports today that seasons 12 and 13 of The Amazing Race are finally coming to DVD! And best of all, both sets will include Elimination Station, the special web series from that followed eliminated teams into Sequester. This will be the first time Elimination Station will be included on TAR DVDs and the first time TAR DVDs have had any special features since the non-manufacture-on-demand releases of seasons 1 and 7.

Now for some sorta-bad news. The on-demand DVDs have always had poor covers, but these TAR12 and TAR13 covers seem to have taken a step further! That neon purple on TAR12!

Still, it is awesome to continue getting TAR DVDs. There is no release date yet, but you can pre-order both sets now on

The Amazing Race 13 Season Wrap-Up


With siblings Nick & Starr a million dollars richer, Dandrew enjoying their new shoes as consolation prizes, Ken & Tina staring over again, and mother and son Toni & Dallas safely back home in the US, the 13th season of The Amazing Race has reached the finish line.

Eight.  Eight months since that… interesting finale to season 12.  And a long eight months at that.

But this season, we’re back to normal and another Amazing Race is on the way in just a couple of weeks.

Now as for the season itself, TAR can never be anything but amazing.  Even at its “worst” and I use that term lightly, TAR still manages to excite and thrill and get you on the edge of your seat week in and week out.  

The route this time around wasn’t that exciting, though it was great to go to Kazakhstan and Cambodia for the first time.  And India, as always, produced incredible legs.  CBS revealing the entire race course before the season began was an interesting idea.  It was nice to see where they were going to be headed, but it did take a little away from the guessing where they’ll go next every week.  I guess it was an effort to squash location spoilers?

Of course, knowing where they’re going is just one part of what makes the show so exciting.  The race itself with all the Road Blocks and Detours and how the teams react to everything that is thrown at them. 

A highlight of the season, and the entire series really, is meeting Phil’s father in New Zealand.  How awesome was it to see father and son together welcoming teams to the Pit Stop?

The teams this season were okay, there really weren’t teams that stood out.

And in a way, TAR13 was a little bit of a letdown from TAR12, I guess in terms of teams and locations and tasks.  Not saying it was bad, just expecting a little more I guess, but then again, TAR is season to season and there are so many pieces that have to get together to either make things work or have it fall flat.

But anyway, another good season done and another (hopefully even better) is on the way.
1. TAR3
2. TAR5
2. TAR8
4. TAR1
5. TAR11:AS
5. TAR12
7. TAR2
8. TAR13
9. TAR10
10. TAR9
11. TAR6
12. TAR4
*huge gap*
13. TAR7
(regardless of winner)
1. TAR3
2. TAR12
3. TAR8
*4-9 almost even*
4. TAR5
5. TAR2
6. TAR1
7. TAR6
8. TAR11: AS
9. TAR9
10. TAR13
11. TAR4
12. TAR10
13. TAR7
1. TAR3
2. TAR8
3. TAR5
4. TAR1
5. TAR11: AS
6. TAR2
6. TAR12
8. TAR13
9. TAR10
9. TAR6
9. TAR4
12. TAR9
13. TAR7
1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3/AS)
3. Ronald & Christina (TAR12)
4. Charla & Mirna (TAR5/AS)
5. The Linz Family (TAR8)
6. John Vito & Jill (TAR3/AS)
7. David & Margaretta (TAR1)
8. Don & Mary Jean (TAR6)
9. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
10. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
11. Erwin & Godwin (TAR10)
12. Toni & Dallas (TAR13)
1. Teri & Ian (TARAS)
2. John Vito & Jill (TAR3)
3. The Gaghan Family (TAR8)
4. Toni & Dallas (TAR13)
5. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
6. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
7. The Paolo Family (TAR8)
8. The Rogers Family (TAR8)
9. Joseph & Monica (TAR9)
10. Jim & Marsha (TAR5)
11. Charla & Mirna (TAR5)
1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3)
2. Charla & Mirna (TARAS)
2. Ronald & Christina (TAR12)
5. Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
6. Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
7. Dustin & Kandice (TARAS)
8. Eric & Jeremy (TAR9)
9. Ken & Tina (TAR13)
10. Nicolas & Donald (TAR12)
11. Frank & Margarita (TAR1)
WINNERS (as a team)
1. The Linz Family (TAR8)
2. Flo & Zach (TAR3)
3. Rob & Brennan (TAR1)
4. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
5. Nick & Starr (TAR13)
6. Chris & Alex (TAR2)
6. Chip & Kim (TAR5)
6. Tyler & James (TAR10)
9. TK & Rachel (TAR12)
10. Reichen & Chip (TAR4)
11. BJ & Tyler (TAR9)
12. Freddy & Kendra (TAR6)
13. Eric & Danielle (TAR11:AS)
WINNERS (with respect to final 3)
Winning Team / Who I thought should have won
1. Uchenna & Joyce / Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
2. The Linz Family / The Linz Family (TAR8)
3. Rob & Brennan / Rob & Brennan or Frank & Margarita (TAR1)
4. Chris & Alex / Blake & Paige or Chris & Alex (TAR2)
5. Chip & Kim / Chip & Kim or Brandon & Nicole (TAR5)
6. Tyler & James / Tyler & James or Lyn & Karlyn (TAR10)
7. Flo & Zach / Teri & Ian or Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
8. Nick & Starr / Nick & Starr or Ken & Tina
9. Reichen & Chip / Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
10. Freddy & Kendra / Kris & Jon (TAR6)
11. BJ & Tyler / Eric & Jeremy or Ray & Yolanda (TAR9)
12. Eric & Danielle / Charla & Mirna or Dustin &Kandice (TAR11:AS)
13. TK & Rachel / Ronald & Christina or Don & Nicolas (TAR12)
Toni & Dallas Toni & Dallas… Well, they raced almost mistake-free until they got to Russia when they made the biggest mistake you could possible ever make on the Race.  The “unprecedented” mistake that cost them the Race and possibly a million bucks.  I really think a spot in the final 3 (at the very least) was theirs to lose.  And they did.  But I guess more importantly, they grew closer and strengthened their relationship and it looks like Dallas found a girl.  Plus, now that the season is over, he can admit “it” really was him. Ken & Tina… Despite slight annoyance with them at the beginning, Ken & Tina no doubt raced well throughout the Race.  That was also in spite of their tense relationship and hopes of getting back together and starting over, which we saw at the finish line… a nice finish for them and nice to see their story come full circle and develop over the course of the Race.  They look to have a great life ahead of them as both seem very committed to working things out.Ken & Tina
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr… Dominant, sure.  And they have a well-deserved win.  A little boring?  Maybe.  A young athletic team beating a middle-aged couple and two self-described frat boys?  Not surprising.  I guess I want to see winners really work for the million and the Spangler siblings really just coasted through the Race.  I like them, but it would’ve been nice to see them fighting for it more (fighting for million I mean, not with each other, though that might’ve been good TV, yeah?).  Terence & Sarah… They had some kind of magic helping them in the Race.  Either that or lots of luck.  When it looked like they were out of it, they magically appear out of nowhere actually passing teams as they climbed their way back up.  It is really amazing how they managed to escape elimination, but not just squeaking by, but being so far behind, but jumping all the way to the front when it counted.  And they managed to grow less and less annoying as the legs went on which is always a good thing for a team. Terence & Sarah
Marisa & Brooke Marisa & Brooke… They seemed like they were slowly getting into a groove that could’ve taken them far, but they just couldn’t keep up.  They did enjoy themselves in the Race and that is always something every time should do, while still be able to keep their eye on the finish line.   Mark & Bill… Read the clue!  A lot of the teams could’ve had that tattooed on each other’s forehead, and Mark & Bill was one of them.  They raced very well in the firs two legs, but just screwed up big time by not reading the clue thoroughly in the 3rd.  They were nice guys and definitely appreciated being on the Race. Mark & Bill
Aja & Ty Aja & Ty… Typical couple drama for a leg or two, but nothing much from them really during the Race.  They had a chance to be a sleeper team in the Race, but wasn’t able to keep up and eventually couldn’t overcome them falling behind.    Anita & Arthur… Now they could’ve been “hippies” I could get behind.  Too bad they were out first, it would’ve been nice to see them go a little further in the Race. Anita & Arthur
Kelly & Christy Kelly & Christy… They rank above Dandrew if only because they had one almost excellent leg when they showed so much potential in if they don’t make stupid mistakes, they could win legs.  But that was short-lived potential as after their one good leg in Cambodia, they went on to make even dumber mistakes and oversights that they just did themselves in.    Mark & Stephanie… The disadvantage of being one of the first out, you fail to make an impression.  From what little we saw of them, they were all right. Anthony & Stephanie
Dandrew Dandrew… What is there to say?  Likeable?  I guess.  Rootable?  Not really.  Being possibly the worst team ever in the final 3, coming in 2nd to last in almost every leg, making some of the worst, smallest mistakes, multiple times, in every leg… I don’t know.     

The Amazing Race Nominated for Producers Guild Award

The Amazing Race Nominated for Producers Guild Award
By LJDB, December 11, 2008

The Amazing Race has been nominated for a Producers Guild of America award in the Live Entertainment/Competition Category.  TAR won the award in 2005.

It is up against last year’s winner The Colbert Report and nominees Project: Runway, Top Chef, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

The awards will be presented on January 24th.

Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 11 – “They got a horseshoe stuck in their rear end.”


The Leg
There’s no time to waste as Nick & Starr the first clue on the final leg of the 13th season of The Amazing Race.
Teams will travel to their final destination city, Portland, Oregon.  There, they will take a taxi to Tilikum Christian Camp & Retreat Center in Newberg, Oregon where they will find their next clue.

Nick & Starr can’t believe they’re at the end of the Race, but that they are still a long way from the end.   They have a good feeling about the final leg.
Dandrew say they persevered through the Race and that they aren’t going to just be chicken feed for Nick & Star and Ken & Tina in the final leg (he spoke too soon).  Their “Moscow miracle” brought them to the final 3.
Ken & Tina have their eye on the prize as they always have, and they are positive about where their relationship is heading.  Tina promises not to help anyone but themselves this leg.  

All the teams take the same Lufthansa flight through Frankfurt and upon their arrival in Portland, the Race has really started.

Nick & Starr get out of the airport first, but Ken & Tina are right behind.  Dandrew, already has trouble with their taxi driver and the rattlesnakes are cued.  Nick & Starr’s driver drives past the street they were to turn at allowing Ken & Tina to get to the clue first and find the Detour.

In this Detour, teams must choose between two activities used to improve the balance and reduce the fear of people working in Oregon’s logging industry.
In High & Dry, each team member must climb 30 feet up a tree, walk across a 40 foot log and leap for one half of their next clue hanging from a trapeze.  If they fall without their clue, they have to start over.
In Low & Wet, teams must walk 850 feet across the water on log bridges to get their clue.

 Ken & Tina choose the High & Dry as Nick & Starr arrive.  Dandrew are still lost and they use the driver’s cell phone to try to get them to the retreat center.

Ken quickly grabs his clue half, and Nick catches up.  Tina’s helmet becomes a nuisance as she stops every couple of feet to put it back on the top of her head to avoid the strap from choking her.  Starr, meanwhile, passes her and the siblings are off first, but Ken & Tina are right behind.

Teams now make their way to The Bridge of the Gods where they will zip line 2000 feet to the island below for their next clue.
On the way, Nick  & Starr’s taxi driver drives past the exit again, allowing Ken & Tina to move back into first.  The siblings arrive just as Ken & Tina get their next clue.
Before moving on, teams have to complete a puzzle board that had the teams needing to remember their time on the Race.  Each team had a puzzle board that had 10 spaces.  Uncovering each space, teams would find either a Route Marker, Detour, or Road Block symbol.  They’ll use those clues to search among 150 clue boxes for pictures that correspond to the symbol and the leg of the Race.  When they have the correct picture in the space, a green light will light up and the teams can move on to the next leg.  When they have all 10, they can look for their next clue.  

Ken & Tina and Nick & Starr are neck and neck at the task while Dandrew is still on the road.

The pressure is on as the two teams run around the field of clue boxes.  Tina doesn’t want to worry about the siblings, but Nick & Starr pass them and regain the lead.

They get their next clue telling them to head into downtown Portland, to the Portland Building where they’ll have to search for a green dinosaur located at the Standard Plaza across the street.  Their next clue is waiting there.

Ken & Tina are right behind Nick & Starr into downtown Portland.  Ken & Tina make a right turn while Nick & Starr head straight.  The siblings arrive at the building first with Ken & Tina getting stuck in traffic.

Nick & Starr find dinosaur and the next clue telling them to head to the Alder Street Cart Pod where they must search for a Russian Food Cart.  They take off while Ken & Tina stay close behind.

At the Russian Food Cart, the lady hands Nick & Starr their next clue telling them to make their way to “where the magic is in the hole” referring to Voodoo Doughnut where their next clue is waiting outside.

Nick & Starr ask a woman if she knows where it is, but she suggests looking in a phonebook.  They eventually get directions from a guy on the corner.

Ken & Tina get their clue and ask that a woman for directions.  The same woman who didn’t know for Nick & Starr gives Ken & Tina specific directions and even tells them to go this other way since the people before them went the long way.

Running through downtown Portland, Nick & Starr finally arrive at the clue which tells them to head to Pittock Mansion and follow the marked path to the finish line.  They run to find a taxi.

Ken & Tina get the clue and they head off to find a taxi also. Neither team has any luck getting one fast as a taxi with a passenger refuses Ken’s $50 offer.

Both teams finally find taxis and it is a taxi ride to the finish line.  Ken & Tina say a little prayer as Starr is about to freak out with excitement.

The Philiminated teams are already cheering at the finish line as the winners’ taxi arrives and Nick & Starr come running to win The Amazing Race 13.  

Ken & Tina take 2nd and Phil asks them if they were able to reconnect on the Race to which Ken replies with reaching into his Race pack and pulling out a pouch holding a ring to which he puts on Tina’s finger (with Phil looking over his shoulder) and says he wants to start their relationship over right at that moment.  They kiss.

Dandrew officially finishes 3rd and Dan says what a perfect way to end the Race, exactly the way started, with a bunch of mistakes.

And so another season of  The Amazing Race is over and we have to wait only 10 weeks for the next season!

Leg Overall
Much kudos to the TAR editors for making the episode very exciting even though it was pretty obvious who was  going to win (long before the last taxi ride).

It was also great though that Nick & Starr and Ken & Tina stayed so close throughout the leg, you didn’t need editing for that.

The Detour seemed pretty unexciting, but the Road Block-esque final task was great.  It would’ve been more awesome if it was right before the finish line like in TAR8 and TAR9. Since those two seasons, I’ve thought it would be so much more exciting to have the final task right before the finish line.  The added tension of having the finish line just around the corner or a run away is so much better than a taxi ride.

Though the teams seemed to make it harder for themselves than they need to, the task was nowhere near as epic as TAR12’s final Road Block.  I’d love to see next season’s final task be as challenging and then have the finish line be far enough away, but within sight from the location of the final task.  Ooo… the drama and tension of being almost there! 😀

Season wrap-up coming soon!


         LEG ELEVEN

VDNKh Park
Moscow, Russia

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Tilikum Christian Camp & Retreat Center,
Newberg, Oregon

Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks
Portland Building/Standard Plaza, Portland
Adler Street Food Pod, Portland
Voodoo Doughnut, Portland

Pittock Mansion
Portland, Oregon

VDNKh Park
Moscow, Russia

Nick & Starr 10:56pm
Andrew & Dan 2:28am
Ken & Tina 3:30am




There was no Road Block in the final leg

1 AJA TY 3
italic indicates who did Road Block this week

The clues for the final task:
Leg 1Route Info: The carts
Leg 2Detour: Boats
Leg 3Road Block: Fighting Cholitas
Leg 4Pit Stop: Summerhill Farm Sheep
Leg 5Road Block: Angkor Wat
Leg 6Route Info: Ambassador Hotel
Leg 7Detour: Indian Power Lines
Leg 8Pit Stop: Old Square
Leg 9Route Info: Monastery
Leg 10Road Block: Lenin & Stalin

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… They raced almost as well as Nick & Starr did and more than deserve 2nd place.  Ken’s “proposal” at the mat was great and best of luck to them.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  They couldn’t be denied the win, they dominated a good part of the Race, by no means perfect, but more then deserve their 1st place win. 
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… Well, like Dan said, they ended like they started… with mistakes.  Story of the Race life I guess.   
Quotes from Episode 13-11
Ken: “I’ll tell ya, Nick and Starr got a horseshoe stuck in their rear end.”


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The Amazing Race 13’s Toni & Dallas Explain What Happened

Toni & Dallas Explain What Happened
By LJDB, December 3, 2008

In an interview with Toni and Dallas Imbimbo, the mother and son team from the 13th season of The Amazing Race revealed just what happened to get them eliminated in Moscow, Russia.

On last Sunday’s episode, Dallas, who was in the middle of completing a Road Block, had left his Race pack in a taxi cab which drove off with the money and passport inside. 

Dallas revealed what exactly happened, “I was in the cab for about an hour. The driver didn’t know where he was going. I said, “I need a new taxi.” So, as I was getting out to do the microphone change [the Amazing Race staff] undid my fanny pack with all my stuff in it because they had to get to the microphone. When I got out of the first taxi, it wasn’t attached to me anymore. I hopped into a new taxi, took that to where I needed to be and then went to pay. I didn’t have any money. That’s when I realized I’d left it in the previous taxi.”

Dallas then took that 2nd taxi to a hotel and used the concierge to take a 3rd taxi to the apartment complex.  He had the concierge tell the 3rd taxi he would pay later, hoping to get some money from the other teams, but production eventually paid for it.

Dallas and Toni then decided to go “rogue” and take any penalty that might be assessed when they chose to take the metro instead of a more expensive taxi.  Unfortunately, the lady with the shetland pony would not give them their clue without having taken a taxi.  So they had to make their way back.  Cameras were not allowed on the metro after 3pm and it was 3:15, so they had to walk the whole way back which took two hours.

And then of course, Phil had to come to them on the race course as darkness was falling, they say most likely to prevent them from begging any more, especially as the evening set in.

Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 10 – “You’re Going to Get Me Killed!”


The Leg
And so we are off on the penultimate leg of the 13th season of The Amazing Race.

Curiously, Toni & Dallas are off first, but we aren’t given any departure times.  Very unusual.

Their clue tells them to take a taxi to Severnoye Tushino Park and find a retired Russian nuclear submarine.  Inside, they must search for the sonar room where they’ll find an actor who played an officer in the film The Hunt for Red October who’ll hand them their next clue.

Dallas talks about how happy they are winning a leg and Toni wants Dallas to find that one great happiness in life.
Tina again talks about their relationship and that they feel better about it, but she’s looking for consistency.
Starr talks about how she always gets her way. 
Dandrew talk about their spotty performance, how they are “the comeback kids,” and how making the final 3 would be a miracle (Heh).

In their taxis, the teams draw little submarines to get their drivers to understand where they need to go.  It helped.

Toni & Dallas, Ken & Tina, and Nick & Starr apparently have to wait for Hours of Operation because they magically run into the submarine together.  They run around and find the guy who gives them their next clue.  

The clue tells them to travel by taxi to the “Graveyard of Fallen Monuments,” an outdoor museum at Park Iskusstv and search for their next clue.

Nick & Starr are in a taxi first while Toni can’t seem to keep up with Dallas in 2nd.  Ken & Tina are last to grab a taxi, but they grab one with GPS.Dandrew bring up the rear as they get splashed by a truck and a puddle.

Teams sit in traffic, Ken & Tina cough through their driver’s smoking and Dandrew’s English speaking driver takes them to the wrong park.When the teams finally make it to the park, they find the Road Block.

In this Road Block, teams must scour the park filled with Soviet era monuments and count the monuments of Lenin (6) and Stalin (2).  After getting the numbers to get 62, they’ll head to an antique book store on Stary Arbat (Arbat Street/Old Arbat) and tell the shopowner the number who, if correct, will give them a book.  If wrong, they must wait 10 minutes until giving another guess.  With the book, written by Mikhail Bulgakov, they must use the number 62 to look for their next location, the former apartment complex of the author on the street printed on page 62 of the book: Sadovaya Street.  There, they’ll find their waiting partner, and their next clue.

 Nick gets started and tries to figure out who’s Lenin and Stalin in the park. 
Toni & Dallas arrive, and an out of breath Toni says Dallas should do it.
Before Toni leaves, she entrusts the Race fanny pack with the money and passport to him.  And the foreshadowing begins.  

Ken & Tina arrive at the park as Nick finishes the Road Block and takes their GPS enabled cab.  After a little spatting over hoods and pneumonia, Tina gets to the Road Block.
Dallas tries to figure out who’s who as Nick get his book and makes his way to the apartment.  

When he runs to find a taxi, he passes right by Dallas who doesn’t notice him.  Meanwhile, Tina is right behind him.

Dallas (counting 3 Stalins) makes a wrong guess (36) and has to wait the 10 minutes.  His next guess is 46 which is wrong again.  Tina arrives.

At the Bulkagov Building, Nick & Starr get their next clue.  They must travel to Sokol’niky Park where they will look for a lady with a Shetland Pony who will hand them their next clue.Dandrew finally arrives at the Lenins and Stalins and Andrew gets going.

Dallas and Tina compare numbers.  He tells her what he guessed and she says she’ll tell him what she gets as she goes in to guess 52 which is wrong.

Nick & Starr arrive at the pony and get the Detour.

In this confusingly detailed Detour, teams choose between two forms of public transportation in Moscow; Ride the Rails or Ride the Lines.
In Ride the Rails, teams make their way on foot to Sokol’niky train station where they will catch a metro to the Ulitsa 1905 Station.  There, they will find a marked snack shop where they’ll be given a traditional pastry known as a samsa.  On the wrapper, they’ll find their next clue directing them to Kitay-Gorod Station and then find a statue dedicated to the men who created the Cyrillic alphabet.  Nearby is a babushka who will hand them their last clue in exchange for the pastry.  The clue, also containing a picture of their next destination, tells them to then take the metro to VDNKh Park and search the station for the next clue.

In Ride the Lines, teams makes their way to a nearby bus stop where they’ll catch a trolley bus to Krasndsel’skaya.  There, they’ll find a key maker who will hand them their next clue attached to a locker key which tells them to take another trolley bus to Rizhskaya Train Station.  At the station, they’ll use their key to open up a locker revealing their next clue inside with a picture of their next destination, VDNKh Park Station and search for their next clue.

Nick & Starr, thinking Nick’s New York subway experience will help, choose Ride the Rails.
At the Road Block, Andrew just about finishes up with his driver helping, while Toni and Dallas try to figure out their findings.   She tells him to guess 63 while she goes to pay her taxi, but Dallas is wrong and waits.  He tells Tina when she comes back, and she goes in to guess 62 and gets the next clue leaving Dallas at the store.Before she leaves, she yells to Dallas that it is “the next number down” and that he “owes” her.

Andrew thinks he’s got the right answer and goes to the store while Dallas finally answers correctly to get his clue.
Tina arrives at the apartment building and tells Toni she helped Dallas which prompts Ken to say that it was bullcrap.  

Dallas gets out of his taxi in front of the apartment building and then realizes he’s left his Race pouch in the taxi.  He walks into the complex and breaks the bad news to his mother.  They realize they can’t get to their next destination because they have no money for a taxi.  They walk back to Dan, but then remember he doesn’t have the money. Toni says they’ll push on while Dan says he really wouldn’t help them even if he had money.  He points out that mother and son are stranded.

They walk and try to find out where Sokol’niky park is.  Two men tell them where it is and then they give them some money.  Toni repays them with a kiss on their cheeks.  The men tell them the metro is 20 rubles while a taxi might be 400 rubles.  With the little money they have, they choose to take the metro.  *cue rattlesnack/doom music*

Meanwhile, partner Andrew finishes the Road Block as Nick & Starr begin their Detour.  Ken & Tina arrive at the Shetland pony lady and get their clue.  They choose Ride the Lines.  They initially get on the wrong kind of bus, but are pointed in the right direction.

Toni & Dallas arrive at Sokol’niky Park and look for the pony.  They turn around and Dandrew are running towards them.  They all pick up their speed but Dandrew have to stop at their Speed Bump first. 
In this Speed Bump, Dandrew has to take part in one traditional Russian dance number, following the steps of the dance group.  When they have done the dance correctly, they’ll get their next clue.

Toni & Dallas on the other hand approach the lady with the Shetland Pony, but she refuses to give them a clue.  They realize that they took the metro not the taxi and they have to go all the way back to where they came from.  With no money, they approach another two men who reach into their pockets to help them as well.

Nick & Starr complete their Detour and get their next clue, to head to the Pit Stop at VDNKh Park.  It is no surprise, the siblings finish 1st and win a trip to Anguila.   More importantly, they are one of the final 3 teams running for the million.

Dandrew, at their Speed Bump, as expected from last week’s craziness with marching, have trouble at first, but seemingly get it on their 2nd try.  They get the Detour and also choose Ride the Lines.

Toni & Dallas take the bus back to the apartment complex and then the taxi to the pony.  They ask a lady on the street for info and she happily gives them 50 rubles.     

Meanwhile Ken & Tina and Dandrew head to the last destination of the Detour, VDNKh Park Station for their next clue.  While Ken & Tina wander around the station, having no idea what the picture means, Dandrew find the last clue and head to the Pit Stop.  Ken & Tina see Dandrew running towards the Pit Stop and they follow.

Both teams arrive at the mat, Phil declares Dandrew 2nd (2nd!!!), but tells Ken & Tina they have not completed their Detour.
They backtrack and eventually find the clue near the station and Phil checks them in 3rd, completing the final 3 teams racing for the million in the final leg.

Toni & Dallas continue on their Detour, but Phil appears out of nowhere, walking out of a building to stop them in their tracks to let them know they have been eliminated from the Race.

Well, I guess I’ll get it out of the way.  As soon as Dallas walked in, head down into the little plaza of that apartment complex, Toni encouraging him that they were still in I knew it was over.  And then he tells her what happened and their faces stayed long the rest of the episode.  It was a little depressing seeing them look so miserable the rest of the leg, but still pushing forward and hoping for the best.

It was an otherwise excellently planned and complicated leg. 

I wonder why there weren’t any departure times at the beginning of the episode?  Usually, even if the Pit Stop is more than the mandatory 12 hours (and is some strange 18, 24 or 48 hour Pit Stop) they usually show us something, but they didn’t.  Weird.

It was also a little off putting seeing the teams just magically run through the gate at the submarine together.  Strange editing there.

But the Road Block and Detour was well-planned and pretty clever.  How in the world did they manage to figure out the number of Stalin and Lenin statues would somehow correspond to the page in a book?  Special print maybe?

And the Detour… whoever put together that scavenger hunt… much kudos.

So 10 episodes done, 1 left (I miss the 13 episode seasons, more teams, more non-elims, double legs…).


         LEG TEN


Neskuchniy Garden
Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

Severnoye Tushino Park
Park Iskusstv
Sokol’niky Park

Stary Arbat
Bulkagov Building, Sadovaya Street

Sokol’niky Park Station
Ulitsa 1905 Station
Kitay-Gorod Station
Rizhskaya Train Station

VDNKh Park
Moscow, Russia

Neskuchniy Garden
Moscow, Russia

Toni & Dallas before 9:00am
Ken & Tina before 9:00am
Nick & Starr before 9:00am
Dan & Andrew after 9:00am




  *Toni & Dallas were not shown to have finished Detour

(as of Leg 10, in order of completion)
Who is Good at Solving Mysteries? Literally.

1 AJA TY 3

italic indicates who did Road Block this week

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Toni & Dallas Toni & Dallas… I felt so bad for them.  They ran a very good Race, not making any mistakes really and just doing not quite enough to get them to 1st except for last leg.  I guess the Race bad luck just accumulated the entire time and it all came crashing down on them this leg.  I really wanted them to do well and they were, but it just wasn’t their day.  They were my favorite team this season and they’ve been a great pair to see really enjoy the Race and have fun with the Race and each other.
Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… They’ve still got a lot to work out, but they fully deserve to be in the final 3.  It is both a good thing and  a bad thing helping other teams.  Them helping other teams, in general gives them good Race karma, but then it can also be called a stupid Race move because that critical moment of helping another team could mean you being eliminated.  But they’ve raced well and they have a shot.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  They win another leg, what’s new?  It seems so predictable that they will easily walk to the finish line in 1st place, but this is The Amazing Race, you never know what will happen.   
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… Really, every week I always say they need to step it up otherwise they’ll get eliminated… well it turns out they just need luck to through to the next leg.  They’ve made huge blunders each leg but is saved by another’s teams one even bigger mistake.  They’re fairly likeable and all, but do they deserve to be in the final 3?  Not based on the way they’ve ran this Race.   
Quotes from Episode 13-10
Toni: “I’m not sure Dallas knows who Stalin and Lenin are.  I mean, I paid a lot of money for his education, but I’m not sure he’s gonna know how to tell the difference.”


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Recap: The Amazing Race 13, Episode 9 – “That is studly!”


The Leg
Birthday boy Nick and Starr set off from the Pit Stop first as they learn their next destination is Moscow, Russia.  Once there, they’ll take a taxi to Krutitsy Monastery where they will light a candle to receive their next clue.  

Toni & Dallas are off next and Dallas notes how hopefully they’ll finally get 1st.  Ken & Tina, again, relate how their rocky relationship is affecting them in the Race, but that they’ll work through it.

At the airport, the Dallas and Starr love story continues and he tells her how frustrated (in a flirty way of course) he is with the siblings winning every leg.  

It turns out Dandrew never did get their shoes back from the puppets, so they “jacked” some slippers from the maid at the hotel.  They also mention how no one expected them to make it as far as they have… “we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
At the airport, foreshadowing their money troubles later on, they lower their taxi fare and then figure they have enough money to buy some shoes at the airport.  $160 for the shows I think.

RHYTHM OR FOODMorning comes, and all teams board the 6:05am flight from Almaty to Moscow.
Teams come running out of the airport looking for taxis, and it is Dandrew who grabs one first by running to the parking lot.  They’re off, and then worry about the taxi possibly being too expensive.

Nick & Starr get in a taxi, ask if the driver speaks English, and take “Нет” to mean “Yes.”  So begins the siblings’ taxi troubles.

But they and Toni & Dallas arrive at the monastery first and their next clue tells them to go to Kolosok Camp, a decommissioned military base on the outskirts of Moscow to find their next clue.

Nick & Starr get in their taxi first and leave Toni & Dallas behind.
Meanwhile, Dandrew arrive next at the monastery with Ken & Tina in last.

Toni & Dallas calculate they’re spending $100 to go from each clue to the next and worry they could be out of money quick.
They get to the camp first and find the Detour.

In this Detour, teams will take part in “two activities  that will entrench will them in Russia’s strong military tradition, Boots or Borscht.  For both Detours, teams will have to don a complete military uniform. 
In Boots, teams will join a training squad and learn a traditional parade march.  When ready, teams will fall in line and complete one lap of the parade grounds and wait for the okay from the drill sergeant.
In Borscht, teams will find a mess tent and serve borscht to a table of 75 waiting soldiers.

Toni & Dallas choose Boots and they head into the tent to find uniforms with their names on them.  They headed outside to watch a demonstration on how to put on traditional foot wraps before they could put on their boots.  

Nick & Starr meanwhile are having more trouble, not understanding a word of their driver who is lost.  Starr gets very frustrated (the grimace not leaving her face the entire leg), Nick tries to calm her down.
Back at the camp, Ken & Tina and Dandrew arrive and both choose Boots.  Andrew says he has 6 years of marching band experience, so the Detour would be easy for him.

Toni & Dallas start marching, and Ken & Tina are right behind.  Toni wants a rhythm, Dallas thinks its easy while Tina has fun and Ken thinks she was cute side by side with the soldiers. Andrew, meanwhile is having trouble putting on the foot wraps and Dan starts to get impatient, wondering if they should do the other Detour.

Toni & Dallas get the “Да” from the drill sergeant and get their next clue telling them to make their way to the town of Zhukovsky and to a bakery where they’ll find their next clue.

As they are leaving, Nick & Starr finally arrive and choose Boots.  Dandrew gives up on putting on their uniform and decide to do the Borscht but don’t realize until later that they still have to wear a uniform for the other Detour.

Ken & Tina get the yes and are off. 
Nick & Starr (who are wearing each other’s uniform, I must add) begin to march as Andrew, on their way to the Borscht, realize their mistake.

Dandrew relates how they have made so many dumb mistakes that a compilation video should be made.

Nick & Starr breeze past Dandrew.  Dan can’t get the rhythm of the march and after laughs from the soldiers and a frustrated Andrew, they decide to do the Borscht.

Toni & Dallas meanwhile arrive at the bakery and find the Road Block.

In this Road Block, teams must become a delivery person and unload 50 55lb bags of flour and take them into the bakery, arranging them horizontally on the floor.  They lady will hand them their next clue when finished.

Dallas gets to it, taking two bags in at a time and we are introduced to the tough shop owner.  (“That won’t do!”  “Be careful!” “Follow instructions!”)  Toni worries Dallas will get himself exhausted.
Ken & Tina arrive and Ken starts unloading.

Back on the road, Starr’s frustration continues.  Back at the camp, Dandrew starts serving the Borscht to the hungry soldiers and have some fun with it. (“Anna Kournikova. Hm?  Maria Sharapova!”)
When the finish, they head to the “yum yum” bakery and again worry about running out of money.

At the bakery, Dallas finishes and they get their next clue to the Pit Stop, Neskuchny Sad Park.  Toni & Dallas are off just as Ken gives the shop owner kisses on the cheek before they leave.  They see Nick & Starr on their way out as Nick starts the Road Block.  

“Hee’s not fit” says the shop owner as Nick pushes through it.  After letting their non-English speaking taxi driver go, Nick & Starr now run around looking for a taxi.  Starr, her frustration growing, jumps in  the middle of the street, in front of cars and taxis hoping to find one.

Dandrew make it to the bakery with Dan doing the “simply, Neanderthal” Road Block.As Dan finishes, Nick & Starr find a taxi, who doesn’t know where he’s going and they switch to another.

All four teams are on their way to the Pit Stop.  Dandrew’s money worries return as Nick & Starr’s latest cab driver assures them that they are going in the right direction (“You’ve said that a million times.”  *shrugs* “What can I do?”)

At Gate 14, Toni & Dallas run into the park looking for the library and the mat.  Ken & Tina are right behind them.  

Ultimately, Toni & Dallas arrive at the Mat first…
Toni: “Say it Phil.”
Phil: “Say what?”
Dallas: “That you’re team number one!”
Phil: “You really want me to say that?”
Mother and son finally win a leg and a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Ken & Tina come in 2nd, telling Phil they’re on their way back up.

Nick just isn’t having Starr’s crying and tells her to stop since it’s not going to help anything.  They head into the park, but her impatience continues.
Meanwhile just outside, Dandrew doesn’t have enough money to pay for the cab and have no idea what to do.  The taxi driver isn’t letting them go and starts smoking a cigarette until giving up on them.  

Nick & Starr think they’re last, but end up 3rd.
Dandrew arrives last, but it is unsurprisingly a non-elimination.

So we are almost at the final leg.  One more to go and we’ll have our final 3 racing back home. 

Toni & Dallas officially make 3 of the final 4 and possibly (if Dandrew is eliminated next week), have the only 3 teams to have won legs be the ultimate final 3.

This leg spent a rare amount of time in taxis.  I don’t remember a time when taxi drama took even more time than airport drama usually would in an episode (though no amount of taxi drama could top Charla & Mirna’s pseudo-taxi drama in All-Stars).

The military Detour is fitting, though uneventful save for the hilarity of Dan’s lack of coordination.

With the Road Block, imagine the divorcees doing that manual labor.
I am surprised though the clue was so obvious… “Who has a strong back?”
Usually, they are more cryptic than that, especially for tasks that require heavy lifting.  (Like TAR6’s Senegal Road Block that had almost all the women of the teams lugging huge baskets of salt through the water)

Not the most exciting episode of the season, nor the most surprising result, but we’re down the wire and the finish line is almost in sight.


         LEG NINE


Old Square
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Moscow, Russia

Krutitsy Monastery
Moscow, Russia

Kolosok Camp
Outside Moscow

Zhukovsky Bakery
Zhukovski, Russia

Neskuchniy Garden
Moscow, Russia

Old Square
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Nick & Starr 9:21pm
Toni & Dallas 10:47pm
Ken & Tina 11:17pm
Dan & Andrew 12:41am



  *Andrew & Dan attempted Boots

(as of Leg 9, in order of completion)
Who Has a Strong Back?

1 AJA TY 3

italic indicates who did Road Block this week

(in order of my rankings for the week)

Toni & Dallas Toni & Dallas… It is great to finally see them take 1st.  They’ve definitely worked hard for it.  I think they have been the only team to avoid making any mistakes during the Race and as long as they continue that way, they have a good shot.
Ken & Tina Ken & Tina… Great for them continuing to make steps to mend their relationship.  It’s definitely showed in the Race and their racing is a testament to them working well together.  Barring any big mistakes, they certainly have a shot at making a run for the million as well.
Nick & Starr Nick & Starr…  Everything’s not so happy-go-lucky when you’re trailing huh?  Looks like Starr can’t handle the pressure well and if Nick can’t calm her down, that could not be a good thing for them in the final 2 legs of the Race.  It was good to see them knocked down a peg or two, if only to remind them that they aren’t just skating by and that they have to continue to push themselves to stay at the top. 
Andrew & Dan Andrew & Dan… Their luck comes in handy again, but it can only take them so far.  I don’t know about people rooting for their underdog status, but they are right about a compilation video of their mistakes being very, very long.   Their level of escaping their own little mistakes is unprecedented on TAR, no question and could’ve only been passed by Kelly & Christy if they were still on the Race.   As I say every week, they have a steep hill to climb if they want to go to the end. 
Quotes from Episode 13-09
Andrew: “We’re looking for the monastery.”
Dan: “That red thing could sure be it.  It looks churchy.”
Andrew: “Only Dan and I would say something looks ‘churchy’.”


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