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

Best Returning Series of Fall 2005

THE BEST RETURNING PRIMETIME SERIES
While many favorites will unfortunately not be returning this season, there are many that are. Just suggestions on what to check out. Here the best of the returning primetime series… (in order of premiere)

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SCIFI)
Currently Airing Fridays @ 10PM; SEASON FINALE Friday, September 23
Simply one of the best dramas on television.
SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA (CBS)
Premieres Next Thursday @ 8PM
Still one of the “reality show” elite.
THE OFFICE (NBC)
Premieres Tuesday, September 20 @ 9:30PM
One of the funniest network comedies in years.
LOST (ABC)
Premieres Wednesday, September 21 @ 9PM
The most exciting adventure on television.
THE APPRENTICE 4 (NBC)
Premieres Thursday, September 22 @ 9PM
A better cast will make for a better season.
THE AMAZING RACE 8: FAMILY EDITION (CBS)
Premieres Tuesday, September 27 @ 9PM
We’ll see how this one works out.
VERONICA MARS (UPN)
Premieres Wednesday, September 28 @ 9PM
The biggest surprise of last season, definitely quality all around.
ALIAS (ABC)
Premieres Thursday, September 29 @ 8PM
How will this possibly last season shape up for a once thrilling ride?

The Amazing Race News!






Lots of news…

First… CBS ORDERS 8TH AND 9TH SEASON OF THE AMAZING RACE
CBS has officially ordered two more seasons to air in the 2005-2006 television season. And the 8th season, that will air in Fall 2005, will be a family edition where teams will be made up of 4 people who are party of the same family. Some examples are two parents and two kids, four brothers or four sisters, multigenerational, engaged couple and future in-laws, etc…
Teams can have team members as young as 12… hmm… I guess I don’t have to wait until I turn 21 to apply for TAR… lol

CBS ANNOUNCES 11 TEAMS FOR SEASON 7
Ugh… Romber… ewe… its funny that their listed occupation is “Runner-up” or “Winner of ‘Survivor: All-Stars'”… lol pathetic… and there are several all male teams… which was previously unofficially banned because three out of the four winners from TAR1 to TAR4 were the male best buddies or the married gay couple…

My early favorite is of course the older couple Meredith & Gretchen… and the Mother/Son team of Susan & Patrick… right now I see no Kris & Jon which is good, because there can never be another Kris & Jon 🙂