Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episodes 7 and 8 – “You look ridiculous!” / “I don’t roll with the punches… I punch.”







EPS 08-07/08-08: YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS/I DON’T ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES… I PUNCH

Who the hell was that kid? lol… he looked so lost and then confused by the Weavers’ intentions to be Christian…

Anywayz…. the LINZes… like TAR6’s Jonathan said: “I don’t understand why we fundametally can not be first place.” The Linzes have encountered some slightly bad, but not RACE threatening luck… in these two legs, they had the luck to get the later plane and then after the DETOUR, their slow boat allowed the GODLEWSKIs to get in front of them and eventually get first place. At least they’re still in the RACE, and they’ve been finishing in either 2nd or 3rd since their disastrous first leg. They’re fast becoming one of my favorite teams ever… almost up to the league of Kris & Jon and John Vito & Jill and David & Margaretta… They are so freakin’ hilarious…

And the team whose my opinion of did a complete 360, kinda like their ROAD BLOCK… the PAOLOs… once you get used to their hostile, loving nature, you grow to love them too… lol… I can’t really remember a team from the past to compare them to… maybe kinda like TAR3’s Flo… she whines, complains, is annoying, but you still like her… lol… Too bad they were PHILiminated… One of the funniest moments in TAR history has to be them putting on their clothes before the pit stop in the 7th leg only to see the BRANSENs running up behind them… lol… Phil said it best: “…you look ridiculous” …

And about the non-elim… with this FAMILY EDITION, it is kinda easy to tell when the non-elimination legs will happen… I think the producers will probably change something for TAR9 in response to that…

The WEAVERs are just a paradox… they talk about being Christians and then go and contradict themselves when they make fun of, insult, or just do “mean” things to other teams… throwing garbage? making fun of the PAOLOs becuase of their father’s occupation? They talk about others being mean and then minutes later, they do exactly what they’ve been condemning…

I feel sorry for Wally Bransen… his daughers are a handful and they don’t even listen!

Two AMAZING ROAD BLOCKS tonight… I would love to do both of those; the fighter planes and that race track looked freakin’ awesome… the DETOURs were pretty good too… not too easy, but not that difficult if done correctly either…

I’m sure a lot of people are excited *sarcasm* about them returning to American soil… but I would want to go the Grand Canyon… it looks beautiful there…

Two fun hours of THE AMAZING RACE though… I am definitely enjoying the RACE, and I wish the TAR fans that dumped the show initially have returned to see the RACE they all know and love 🙂

And damn, do I love the soundtrack to this show… it would be great if they released a soundtrack with all the scores they use…


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-07/08-08
Tommy Linz
: “These sticks are going up my ass”

Godlewski: “Oh look! There’s oxen!”

Mama Paolo: “What the hell we going to Phoenix Arizona for? I want to go to New Zealand!!”

Godlewski: “Oh my God, its hotter than snot”

Mama Paolo: “I don’t know why your dad doesn’t knock your head off your damn soldiers”

Godlewski: “We have to get there like the freakin’ wind”

Phil: “Who drove today?”
Tommy Linz: “I did!”
Phil: “Put the young man behind the wheel huh? Do you even have a license?”

Philiminator: “Paolo Family… You look ridiculous.”

Alex: “We’ve lost the battles, but we haven’t lost the war.”
Nick: “I don’t like losing battles.”
Tommy: “I don’t roll with the punches… I punch”

Nick: “She looks like a dog with her head out the window.”

Linz: “Air Biscuit is up and running… Air Biscuit has lost conciousness”

A Linz: “Just you and that joystick between your legs

DJ: “I’m really excited to see the biggest pothole in the world.”

Godlewski: “Push it between your legs and pump!”

Mama Paolo: “Don’t be yelling at me. I’ll take your freakin’ head off!”

The Paolos: “Its heavy damn it!!”
and
“Mom! Damn it!”
and
“Son of a bitch.”

Megan: “Phil… where the hell are you?”




MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-07/08-08
LINZ
PAOLO
GODLEWSKI
BRANSEN
GAP
WEAVER

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 6 – “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”







EP 08-06: I’M SICK OF DOING STUFF I CAN’T DO

Well… where to start… the WEAVER family… I guess the chismis about them is true… Supposedly they were the only family who didn’t help the SCHROEDERS after Hurricane Katrina… and tonight we saw them calling other teams retarded as well as make fun of a GODLEWSKI’s boobs and Papa PAOLO’s occupation… Yay for them being YIELDed, boo to them beating the GAGHANs…

And the GAGHANs… Gosh darn it… they deserved to go farther, but their mistakes kept piling up and their Meredith & Gretchen luck just ran out… So sad seeing Carissa crying when they were Philiminated, kinda like when Charla & Mirna were eliminated…

The LINZes… the elusive “…you are team number one” … well, even though it would be nice to be the #1 team, as long you’re team number 1 in the most important leg of the RACE… the last one…

And the number one team for the 2nd time, the PAOLOs… they get more enjoyable every week… So freakin’ hilarious… They have become very endearing… lol…

The GODLEWSKIs are hanging in there and the WEAVERs are nothing special…

Another “needle in a haystack” ROAD BLOCK… this time, the GAGHANs almost suffered… well, they did suffer a similar fate to the last haystack ROAD BLOCK victims Lena & Kristy, only it wasn’t as severe, though they never caught up… and the DETOUR wasn’t all that exciting and am not surprised that they didn’t spend too much time showing it on the air…

It was fun seeing the teams gang up against the WEAVERs 🙂 especially at the bus station, the frantic screaming was hilarious, and it turned out that it didn’t make a difference anyway… Still, it was a very, very good episode…

And how about the stupid choice for the season 6 Amazing Achievement… ADAM??? WTF??? There were so many more amazing achievements in season 6, and they chose that crap? After last week’s crap of a choice, they top that with this week’s… Next week, watch them make Rombuh’s Road Block quitting the Amazing Achievement for season 7…


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-05
Billy Gaghan: “We have to run to Costa Rica Carissa… can you do that?”

Panamanian Man: “I don’t have money… I have… love”

Marion Paolo: “I’m comin!”
DJ Paolo: “Yeah, so is Christmas”

Carissa Gaghan: “Hey dad! I hope it says KIDS ARE FREE”

Tommy Linz: “You proved yourself Megan. You are now a Linz boy. Here are your golden balls.”

Megan Linz: “21 years… 21 years guys I’ve been waiting to get my balls”

Carissa Gaghan: “Can we go fast on this road?”
Bill Gaghan: “Not too fast”
Billy Gaghan: “Come on dad… is that all you’ve got?”

Dad Paolo
: “I DON”T KNOW DAMN IT!”

Carissa Gaghan: “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”




MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-06
LINZ
GAGHANPAOLO
GAP
GODLEWSKI
BRANSENWEAVER

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 5 – “That lady needs to take her crazy pills”







EP 08-05: WE’RE GETTING OUT OF THE COUNTRY, GIRLS
(Was that even said in the episode???)

Okay, before I talk about the best episode of the season, let my get my nitpicks out of the way. TAR NEEDS to bring the FAST FORWARD back to its original and REAL purpose… a chance for a trailing team to get back into the Race… TAR! Bring it back to every leg of the Race… and make it more than just getting hair cut or jumping off a crane or bridge…

And then there was the huge atrocity of making Colin passing Karen in the Philippine Ascender ROAD BLOCK the AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT of TAR5? There were plenty other moments that actually deserved to be called amazing… How about Charla carrying that slab of meat? Or Linda climbing up to the bridge? geez… I just hope they pick a deserving moment for TAR6 next week (my 2nd favorite season)… how about Don crying after Mary Jean completed the salt ROAD BLOCK in Senegal?

Now on to the episode… best of the season so far… we get out of the United States and into Panama… There was really no reason to rush to the 2nd ticket counter since obviously the flights were probably pre-determined… And a common TAR-ism… the endless “RAPIDO!” or “ANDALE ANDALE!” por favors in Spanish-speaking countries… as well as the little racial cracks like the Weavers and their “burrito” or “conquistador” blurts… Speaking of the WEAVERS, yes, they are weird… yeah they lost their father, but cookiness has nothing to do with that… right?

“Bitch” was used a lot in this episode, including one outburst by Daddy Bill Gaghan right in front of little Carissa and Billy… “SON OF A BITCH!” … What a hit Tammy Gaghan took when her face just connected with the back of the van.. Thank God it wasn’t Carissa Gaghan who did the faceplant with the van, though she did make contact with the ground after tripping on her mother which probably caused her to fall into the van… but they escape last place again…

And the GODLEWSKIs, the first team to actually prepare for a non-elim and have it actually be a non-elim… the BRANSENs are falling on my list of teams…

My team, the LINZes got bad luck with the boats… (“That Florida lady was telling them to slow the boat down… bitch”) … Tommy Linz aka “Bone” is freakin’ hilarious… I love this team, GO LINZES!!

The DETOURs were simple enough… and the ROAD BLOCK was one of those “Go to the end of the line” ones… Bill Gaghan hit one of the park on his first at bat! Good going… and Nick Linz on his 3rd pitch too…

Seeing them in another culture definitely brought about the classic TAR into the Family Edition… this season has definitely been good still, but with them going out of the country it just made it better…


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-05
Carissa Gaghan: “Better to be second to last than eliminated”

Carissa Gaghan: “I’m excited FINALLY that we’re getting out of the US”

DJ Paolo: “Ma I know! I’m not retarted”

Godlewski: “Be nice to your mom!”

Carissa Gaghan: “Darn it all!”

Tommy Linz: “Los al-e-gat-ors in la agua?”

Nick Linz: “We’re looking for a dude in a hammock”

Bransen Girl: “Dad, you’re on my thing”

Tommy Linz: “What’s up dude? I’m bone”

Tommy Linz: “That Florida lady was telling them to slow the boat down… bitch”

Alex Linz: “That lady needs to take her crazy pills”

A Linz Brother: “Let’s roll donkey”

Mama Marion Paolo: “52 years old and I’m bungeee jumping. What the hell was I thinking?”

Bill Gaghan: “Son of a bitch”

Nick Linz: “Son of a bitch”

Godlewski 1
: “Damn it! And I don’t usually swear.”
Godlewski 2: “This is baseball. You can swear”

Philiminator: “Do you know its illegal in Panama to wear underpants over your underpants over your pants?”

MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-05
LINZGAGHAN
GAP
PAOLO
GAP
GODLEWSKI
BRANSENWEAVER

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 4 – “Should I send them a farewell moon shot?”






EP 8-04: THINK LIKE AN OFFICE CHAIR

Okay… this was the best episode of the season so far. It had all the classic TAR elements of frantic confusion, ironic but funny tasks, and best of all, it was full of hilarious quotes as you will see below.

The task at the race track was hilarious… everyone thought it would be race cars… lol… sorry, just party bikes. Those look interesting, like zorbs… but how scary was it with the Paolos on the track and a freakin’ storm coming. That was just another example of TAR’s amazing cinemetography. Speaking of the Paolos, why did I enjoy them so much during this episode? They went from annoying to embarrisingly endearing with their in-fighting. I guess after four episode, I understand that they really do love each other.

No ROAD BLOCK this week, but the DETOUR was very interesting. The log cutting didn’t seem to favor the Gaghans at all, but they switched from playing black jack to the logs and both Carissa and Billy just stood there as their parents did all the work. Still, Carissa continues to steal the show with some pretty random quotes… lol…

Stassi Schroeder has Flo-size breakdowns, while the whole family almost had a Flo-attack at the end… There is only ONE Flo Pasternack… don’t try to imitate! lol But it was sad to know that they were eliminated in their hometown and only a few weeks later, they would lose their home to Hurricane Katrina.

The Bransen/Linz friendly rivalry is very refreshing to see. The Linzes are fast joining Kris & Jon and John Vito & Jill as one of my favorite teams of all time. I hope they and the Gaghans make it to the end.

The Godlewskis are okay… nothing to sway me either way yet… but that backpack meltdown was funny.

OUT OF THE USA NEXT WEEK! Finally, even though I enjoyed going around the US, it will be nice to get out of the States for a while. I’m suspecting the first non-elimination round next week? The Paolos were holding a FAST FORWARD clue, so it probably will be non-elim next week…

Anyway, great, great episode this week. This FAMILY EDITION ain’t half bad. In fact, its starting to trump a few of the regular seasons… definitely more enjoyable than SEASON 7 with Rombuh… 😉


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-04
Bransen Daughter: “When I see the word ‘Alabama’ I think ‘ugly'”

Tommy Linz: “You two fruit loops need to cut it out.”

Marc Schroeder: “What’s the name of the town?”
Char Schroeder: “Anniston… like Jennifer”

Tommy Linz: “Look at that big ass chair dude”

Marc Schroeder: “What a neat little office chair”

Tommy Linz: “How do you like dem apples?”

Walter Bransen: (referring to the Party Bikes) “This is probably like a half time show in these places”

Alex Linz: (referring to the Party Bikes) “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen”
Tommy Linz: “My butt hurts dude”

Marc Schroeder: “Its a freakin’ bike”

Stassi Schroeder: “Dad! You’re a pain in my ass”

Carissa Gaghan: “I wish I had longer legs”
Tammy Gaghan: “We wish you had longer legs too”

Tommy Linz: “Nice full moon tonight huh?”

Carissa Gaghan: “I don’t like these trailers. They’re evil”

Tony Paolo: “Sonnuva bitch”

Walter Bransen: “Should I send them a farewell moon shot?”

Nick Linz: “Let’s all just pop out and go see Lester”

Carissa Gaghan: *singing* “Where’s your lucky pen? Where’s you lucky pen? Where’s my lucky pen? Lucky pen!”

Christine Godlewski: *crying* “I want to get my backpack”

Linda Weaver: “Lake Ponchatrain… Its one of the five great lakes”

Nick Linz: “We gotta get out and huff it.”
Tommy Linz: “Oh yeah!”

Nick Linz: “All right, we’re going to huff it”




MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-03
LINZGAGHAN GAP BRANSENPAOLOGODLEWSKIWEAVERSCHROEDER

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 3 – “It’s The Amazing Race – American Style”






EP 8-03: I DON’T KISS, I MAKE OUT

First of all, how great was it to see John Vito & Jill eating “all these cheese” … “Look at all these cows!” “Where do you think the cheese comes from?” …

Anyway… congrats to the Linzes… though I would’ve prefered them to be first… I WANT FREE GAS… lucky Bransens… How quickly the God-fearing Weavers become unlikable… and the Paolos continue their bickering (and mood swings)… but how about little Hunter Schroeder calling his stepmommy a “bitch” … nice going kiddo, stupid little punk… and then he just sleeps during the ROAD BLOCK?

The DETOUR wasn’t all that exciting… except when the Gaghans owned the mud… they flew over that mud with the two teams stuck on either side of them. The ROAD BLOCK was pretty cool though, I want to do that centrifuge…

The episode was a little slow, not much to report really… hopefully they get out of the United States soon (at least into Canada or something).

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-03
Megan Linz: “There’s a huge wide load in front of us. We can’t get around this big wide load.”
Tommy Linz: “I hate wide loads.”
Alex Linz: “Wide loads are the worst.”

Marion Paolo: “Its The Amazing Race – American Style”

Hunter Schroeder: (referring to his stepmother) “She’s a bitch.”

DJ Paolo: “If she wasn’t my mother, she’d be my worst enemy.”

Godlewski 1: “A hanger is an airplane.”
Godlewski 2: “No, a hanger is what an airplane IS IN!”
Godlewski 1: “Are you sure?”
Godlewski 2: “YES! Slow down!’

Tommy Linz: “Dude, I gotta fart.”
Alex Linz: “Dude, not necessary.”

Tommy Linz: “Hello earth’s gravity.”
Tommy Linz: “Dude, I feel like my cheeks are sliding off my face.”


MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-03
LINZGAGHAN HUGE GAP BRANSENGODLEWSKIAIELLOSCHROEDERPAOLOWEAVER

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 2 – “Now we’re in race mode… we’re not in stupid mode.”






EP 8-02: HOW DO YOU KNOW WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET SHOT?

Darn… one of my favorite teams was PHILiminated. I hoped for a non-elimination round this early in the RACE, since there will probably be 4 or 5 this time around. The ROGERS Family is one of the physically stronger teams… but one mistake just ended the RACE for them. Too bad, they seem like a very nice family and could definitely have won the whole RACE.

Meanwhile, the LINZ Family has rebounded and placed 2nd and the PAOLO Family continues their bickering ways…
That shoe house was cool… if would’ve been cooler if the old lady was there with all her children giving them the clue… I love it when TAR has those easy, yet vague clues where there could be one possible place to find the next clue. After watching the Season One DVDs, the two reflecting pools were reminiscent of the two pendulums in Paris. Anyway, that tricky, yet simple clue fracked up the GAGHANS and the BRANSENS.

Another classic TAR road block, the needle in the haystack… this time instead of bales of hay or hundreds of people in masks at a masquarade ball, it was a bunch of secret service agents with briefcases.

Then the best part of the episode… wouldn’t be freakin’ cool to be on that battlefield? That gave me goosebumps just sitting at home, imagine actually being there (imagine actually being in an actual war). The five soldiers or 20 oil lamps seems like an easy decision… five soldiers of course… but then so many teams wanted to give up… and then the ultimate quit by the ROGERS Family…

The episode was not at exciting as the premiere… and I’m sure many die-hard TAR fans will have quit the show after tonight, but TAR is still on a roll and doesn’t deserve deserters… leave that for the anti-war liberals…

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-02
Bill Gaghan: “Now we’re in race mode… we’re not in stupid mode.”

MarkShroeder: “It’s a freakin’ shoe!!”

Godlewski: “Don’t you want three backseat drivers?”

Godlewski: “No, not really.”

Nick Linz: “No stops… If you gotta pee, you pee in a cup,”
Megan Linz: “Ewe”

RebeccaWeaver: “What state is Washington D.C.? Is it in Washington?”
Linda Weaver: “We’re going to Maryland.”

Billy Gaghan: “Wait what’s that?!?! Oh its a ‘No Smoking’ sign, never mind”
Bill Gaghan: “Thanks”

Teams: “The sky is blue”
Spy: “The sea is green”

Mark Schroeder: “The sky is blue. Are you sure the sky isn’t blue?”
Faux Spy: (silence)
Mark Schroeder: “I think her panties are on too tight”

MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-02
LINZROGERSGAGHAN GAP BRANSENGODLEWSKIAIELLOWEAVERSCHROEDERPAOLO

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 1 – “Mom and Dad, I’m sorry I couldn’t contribute.”






EP 8-01: GO MOMMY, GO! WE CAN BEAT THEM!

Okay… when Phil announced in February that season 8 would be a family edition, I was pissed. ‘What the frack?!?!?” I thought to myself. After the mess that was season 7, I was dreading TAR being driven into the ground….

So tonight I went into the TAR premiere getting ready to just hate every single thing about it… and while most people are voicing all their criticisms tonight and wishing TAR8 the lowest ratings possible… I am here to proudly say that I enjoyed tonight’s season premiere very much.

Yes, you can say that I am one of the biggest TAR fans out there (hey, I bought the season one DVD today after school)… but that doesn’t mean I can’t be critical about this 3 time Emmy winner.

For me, the only differences between Family Edition and the regular seasons are the opening sequence (which, to be honest, both sucks and is very nice at the same time), there are twice as many RACErs, and there are a couple of kids running around with the adults.

And of course the biggest difference will be the lack of exotic, international destinations. But no matter, the United States has just as many beautiful, interesting places for them to visit. After tonight though, I don’t see why these kids couldn’t have traveled to London or Paris or cities like that.

The tasks, route markers, and detour were still challenging, mentally and physically. An added bonus was that the tasks highlighted American history as well, and it will probably be that way throughout the season. Driving through New York or trying to navigate the confusing Pennsylvania highways were reminiscent of the scrambles at the airport or trying to find your way in the African bush.

The teams fit the TAR mold, while creating new ones. Of course the kids were always noticeable. The Gaghan children, especially Carissa, stood out as being enjoyable as well as strong competitors. Then there were the “villains” or the people you just root against… what the hell was up with the Paolo Family? They just encompassed all the fighting from TAR6’s Jonathan & Victoria and TAR2’s Tara & Wil.

And how about the Schroeder Family dad? What a jerk!

The Linz Family was disappointing becuase they were an early favorite of mine, and just “look” like a strong team. Hopefully they pick it up in the next few legs. Another team that should be a strong contender is the Rogers family, works well together and has enough energy to pull through.

Overall, I loved the episode… it kinda beat out TAR6 and TAR7’s bloated 2-hour premieres. And the cameo by TAR1’s frat boys Kevin and Drew was a nice plus.


QUOTES (more soon):

Billy Gaghan: “Mom and Dad, I’m sorry I couldn’t contribute”

Carissa Gaghan: “Get used to it, dork!”

MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-01
GAGHANLINZROGERSBRANSENBLACKGODLEWSKIAIELLOWEAVERSCHROEDERPAOLO