Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 8 – “I just want to pick him up and take him home in my pocket.”











EP 09-08: HERE COMES THE BEDOUIN

I think tonight’s episode was the best of the season so far. A great location, good enough tasks, and camels… lots of camels.

The camels stole the show. Their random appearances were hilarious, and Jeremy and Fran’s reactions to them were priceless. Plus the camels had the weirdest expressions. Kudos again to the TAR editors. The seamless music transitions and changes in soundtrack throughout the episode were excellent, totally loved them.

The ROAD BLOCK… oh man, another one of those kinds of Road Blocks. This was an especially tough one, what with the scorching heat and the frustration after digging all those holes. Unlike in the past however, the leg didn’t end in an elimination. But they really have to stop with these kinds of Road Blocks, or at least only one in the every season and limit the chance for one team to be too unlucky.

The DETOUR was okay, but the best part of it was the first time we saw the camels. Who knew they would show up throughout the rest of the episode. The other Detour though reminded me of a TAR1 Detour where they were in some Middle East country I think and they had to find the wise man?

It was weirdest more exciting without Eric & Jeremy or BJ & Tyler dominating the entire leg. Seeing Eric & Jeremy especially humbled was nice. For the first time, we see them getting serious and not act like horny “frat boys.” And I liked them a lot more because of that. They were really worried, nice to see that serious side. Meanwhile, BJ & Tyler come in last. Two weeks in a row they come in last/almost last… just a few legs after dominating the entire Race. Their “hippie” ways disappear once they get into sticky situations, but the “TTOW” has got to stop, seriously.

Fran & Barry get fiesty this week. We saw hints of their feistiness against Lake & Michelle, but they are now 90% in total Race mode. They take 1st away from not only E&J and B&T, but from Monica & Joseph who would’ve taken 1st if they had not gotten lost. I still don’t think Monica is anywhere close to being Flo 2.0. Flo would’ve had another breakdown while doing the Road Block, Monica was very composed and not frustrated at all. Ray & Yolanda come from out of the shadows and have their ‘dating couple’ disagreements. Good to see them finally getting some airtime.

Finally we get a non-elimination, and it was definitely refreshing… kinda funny to say that. But overall, a great episode, the best of TAR9 so far. Everything fell into place, even the lucky chance Road Block was tolerable. Come on everyone, spread the word. TAR9 has to be the best in a while. Forget “Bones,” forget “Deal or No Deal,” “One Tree Hill” is almost gone, who wants to see bitchy models, and record “Alias” … The best television on Wednesday is THE AMAZING RACE 9.


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-08
Joseph: “We’re mall walkin'”

Fran: “Fly to Muscat… Omen”

Joseph (in Greece): “Holy hell”

Eric: “Cleanest looking McDonald’s I’ve ever seen” Jeremy: “Yeah, its like a ‘temple McDonald’s'”

Monica: “American people think they’re rich, like these people who are rich here are freakin’ crazy rich… billions”

Ray: “I don’t know what language they speak here but I can’t even look at the signs here and figure out what it says… they’re all squiggly”

Fran: “The incense burner is huge!”

Joseph (in Oman): “Holy hell”

Jeremy: “There goes Ray and YoLANDda

Monica: “Those buttheads are following us”

Monica: “I just want to pick him up and take him home in my pocket”

Jeremy: “We’re going to flood this bitch”

Ray: “I see why they made 4-wheel drive”

Fran: “Son of a bitch”

Eric: “Son of a bitch”

Yolanda: “Hold on, let me lift the camel up cuz you’re hurting his elbows… er…”

Yolanda: “The camel doesn’t smell that bad. I mean, he could smell worse I would’ve imagined.

Joseph (to Monica): “Please don’t be annoying right now”

Fran: “Boy is it hot out here”

Jeremy (to a camel): “Hey… I don’t need your lip right now”

Fran: “Here comes the Bedouin!”

Yolanda: “Your mama got a pattern goin'”

MY RANKINGS AFTER
EPISODE 09-08

JOSEPH/MONICA
Pretty even again
FRAN/BARRY
RAY/YOLANDA
ERIC/JEREMY
GAP
BJ/TYLER


Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 7 – “It smells like dead fish in here.”











EP 09-07: HERCULEAN EFFORT FOR SOME HERCULEAN DUDES

Moment of the week: Barry backing up into the tree. Thank God no one was hurt, otherwise we couldn’t laugh at the shot of the entire window on the ground and not on the car anymore… Oh man, that was crazy.

I was surprised that this week wasn’t a non-elimination leg. All the signs pointed to it… we haven’t had a non-elimination yet (not counting the double leg) and we had the fast forward. It’s not as if this hasn’t happened before, but still. Anyway, it was fine since Lake & Michelle were the ones PHILiminated.

It is amazing that TAR was able to film in such tourist-heavy spots like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The teams weren’t anonymous though, there were people taking pictures of them… lol… TAR fans most likely or people just wondering who the hell these Americans with film crews were.

I’d love to break plates… As if they needed it, Eric & Jeremy get lucky at the FAST FORWARD and get caught up in the shameless “product” placement of “The DaVinci Code.” Add another 1st place finish for E&J… Meanwhile, Monica & Joseph and Fran & Barry had to catch back up after taking a chance on the FAST FORWARD.

I was very happy to see the time penalty given, only because we are reminded that there ARE specific rules on the RACE. However, it should’ve been 30 minutes, as we’ve seen in TAR3’s infamous first “You must walk to the pit stop” misunderstanding and then in TAR4 with the Clowns.

The ROAD BLOCK was basically a TAR standard. Bungee jumping, while still cool, isn’t as exciting as before. Its funny how people are still so freaked to do the jumps after nine seasons of TAR.

The DETOUR was much better. Herculean Effort or Its All Greek to Me. Herculean Effort was reminiscent of the TAR6 Detour where they had to participate in a couple of different Viking games. But the best part was the hilarious Greek (Greco-Roman?) wrestling. Seeing Tyler body slammed by that guy was priceless. That’s what you get for saying “TTOW” all the time.

Well… Eric & Jeremy are first again. What else is new? But their domination will soon come to an end. Look at BJ & Tyler who tumbled out of the Top 2 with just one mistake. Meanwhile, Monica & Joseph are maintaining their momentum. Joseph comforting a frustrated Monica… she is nowhere near Flo’s level of whining. Even without Ray & Yolanda’s penalty, they would’ve been 3rd. Finally, Ray & Yolanda get a chance to speak!

Fran & Barry, surprisingly do not make any major mistakes this week. Good for them… And Lake & Michelle… shades of previous heated couples came out full force, but you could tell it was the hectic-ness of the Race in general. Still, they’ve been semi-dysfunctional since the beginning. Anyway, now that they’re gone, I have no team to root against… except maybe BJ & Tyler.


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-07
Eric: “Let’s find out where this bitch is”

Monica: “It smells like dead fish in here”

Lake: “You never handed it to me bitch! So shut up!”

Eric: (referring to Lake) “I think he’s bipolar”

BJ: “Its DaVinci’s ‘something man'”
Tyler: “Naked is what it is”

Monica: “This is where thinking began and the great philosophers are all from here”

Yolanda: “We just got beat by MoJo… which is a big no-no”

Barry: (referring to DETOUR) “New York Times Crossword Puzzle? This is harder”

Yolanda: “ooo… look at your muscles, they’re popping out”

MY RANKINGS AFTER
EPISODE 09-07

JOSEPH/MONICA
FRAN/BARRY
RAY/YOLANDA
ERIC/JEREMY
GAP
BJ/TYLER
GAP
LAKE/MICHELLE


Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 6 – “We got to go on foot, ding dong.”











EP 09-06: SLEEP DEPRIVATION IS REALLY STARTING TO IRRITATE ME

First of all, dancing Phil? Can he get any more cooler? Phil is awesome, the best reality show host ever. Donald Trump’s dance on Monday was pretty funny too, but Phil’s was better because it was so unexpected!

Anyway… the episode was pretty good. Not in the sense of exciting rank changes since everyone pretty much stayed in the same positions from when they left except for the switch at the top and David & Lori slipping into last to be PHILiminated.

Italy seems like a great place to visit, especially the smaller towns. That town, Catina, looked so beautiful. The amphitheatre was pretty cool, and it seems bigger than it looks. The market definitely reminds me of markets in the Philippines, so I totally knew how Joseph & Monica felt. The PIT STOP looked great too…

Anyway, I was reminded of a couple past seasons during tonight’s episode. Counting the heads on the fence reminded not of TAR6’s IKEA DETOUR, but of TAR3’s “count the marked trees” and “find the number of the metal head” DETOUR. Tonight’s task didn’t really mess anyone up. Though Fran & Barry seemed a little confused a couple of times.

After the amphitheatre, they move on to the DETOUR… The Big Fish/Little Fish DETOUR was reminiscent of TAR4’s fish carrying DETOUR, especially the fish blood and guts dripping all over everyone. It was pretty funny seeing the people almost getting poked and confused as to what was going on… Americans carrying swordfish around. The Kayak Polo ROAD BLOCK reminded me of the TAR6’s Water Polo ROAD BLOCK.

We finally got to see more of the back burned teams. Of course, Monica‘s breakdown wasn’t all that big. It was just frustration on both Joseph & Monica‘s parts about where the hell Jagino was. That guy didn’t seem happy at all. Anyway, that was nowhere a Flo-sized breakdown, which is good. MoJo is still my favorite team. I still can’t get over how likeable this cast is.

Ray & Yolanda showed a little more personality today, or at least the editors showed them more. I am definitely sad that David & Lori were the ones PHILiminated. I was kinda hoping/expecting a non-elimination.

Fran & Barry continue to be mistake-proned, and they actually got a little pissed tonight. Lake & Michelle are still very annoying, but they are definitely harmless.

Eric & Jeremy were not as annoying in this episode as they have been. I don’t think they made one horny comment! And its official, BJ & Tyler are just plain annoying. Their shtick is already old. Their little fake sign-in sheet was cute, but not worth 2 minutes of airtime. I don’t know if these two teams dominating is because they are the best Racers ever or if they are just among sub-par teams.

Good episode overall, finally, TAR proves that they don’t need drama with argumentative couples or intense super-competitive alpha males to have an enjoyable TAR season.


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-06

Lori: “You got to drive like you mean it.”

Barry: “I see a fabulous statue up ahead… without a head”

BJ: “I feel like I’m holding a wet cat”

Michelle: “Calm your ass down! Its a town of 400,000 people”
Lake: “And they’re all right here!”
Michelle: “Right!”

Fran: “That was fun.”
Barry: “That was way fun”

Michelle: “Barry and what’s her name found it dang it”

Lake: “It says we got to go on foot. We got to go on foot ding dong.”

Lake: “You think this sonnuva bitch gon let us steal his fish?”

Lake: “Can you handle it?”
Michelle: “I’m thinking I can’t. You’ve got to get that ball in that hole”

Monica: “Would you like to have dinner with us?”
Phil: “Eh… well, if you have a shower maybe.”

MY RANKINGS AFTER
EPISODE 09-06

JOSEPH/MONICA
DAVID/LORI
ERIC/JEREMY
FRAN/BARRY
RAY/YOLANDA
GAP
BJ/TYLER
GAP
LAKE/MICHELLE


The Amazing Race 9 Travels to New Timeslot

“THE AMAZING RACE” TRAVELS TO NEW TIMESLOT


CBS has dropped its struggling comedies “Out of Practice” and “Courting Alex” on Wednesdays at 8:00PM in favor of moving “The Amazing Race” from its current Tuesday, 10PM timeslot.


The move is effective immeadiately, with its next episode now airing Wednesday, April 5th.


“The Amazing Race” has lost some of its audience in its 10PM timeslot, averaging a 6.2 rating/9.5 million viewers. While possibly regaining its lost audience (many of them younger audiences), “The Amazing Race” will now face its stiffest competition from NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” which has done reasonably well for the network.

Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 5 – “We’re not the athletic peoples.”











EP 09-05: GOOD THING I TOOK THAT HUMAN ANATOMY CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL

Great episode! I believe this is the first time since its introduction that the YIELD actually played a part in the Philimination. Had Dani & Danielle not been YIELDed, Ray & Yolanda would’ve probably been eliminated.

Ray & Yolanda definitely fell far behind, good thing they caught up. I was definitely relieved that Dani² was PHILiminated instead of Ray & Yolanda. They broke another cardinal TAR rule… they didn’t know how to drive a stick! tsk tsk… I think that’s actually become a REAL TAR prerequisite.

Fran & Barry hit a minor bump in their momentum. They walked right by the Clue Box AGAIN. Other than that, they are continuing to step it up which is great. (ETA: However, after watching the videos at CBS.com, Fran & Barry explain their brush off of Lake and how they don’t have to help people on the Race. That’s kinda hypocritical considering how many times they’ve asked for some kind of help.  Still, they’re harmless and getting there.)

David & Lori continue their profession of love for each other, as Lori had a mini-meltdown while completing the ROAD BLOCK. BJ & Tyler continue to be overly hippy, I guess you could say. Even Phil looked annoyed. But they get MAJOR points for their t-shirts: “BOWLING” “MOMS” … great shoutout to TAR5’s legendary Bowling Moms Linda & Karen. I really like Racers who are actual TAR fans a lot more than those who have never watched an episode in their life.

Also continuing this week, Eric & Jeremy. I am definitely starting to see the editors’ subtle insinuations about their horniness. lol… Regardless, they are now on par with Kris & Jon‘s pace with 2 first place and 2 second place finishes in the first 4 legs. Kris & Jon went on to have the best run of TAR ever in terms of leg finishes. Thought their wheelchair races were pretty fun, and harmless since they were at the aiport in the middle of the night with basically no one there. Good way to pass the time, especially on the hectic Race.  

Speaking of K&J, Kris & Jon-lite aka Monica & Joseph aka MoJo started to show signs of dysfunctionality, in a way, with Monica’s frustration but moreso in the preview. However, those previews are always intentionally miseleading. Hopefully it won’t be bad.

A big HAHA to Lake & Michelle. They made so many mistakes in this leg, even more than Fran & Barry ever did. And did you see Fran & Barry’s brush off to Lake & Michelle? Twice!! lol… they basically said “Get away from me bitch!” to L&M… lol.


So, the DETOUR involved ANOTHER luck task, which really, honestly sucks. The DETOUR itself wasn’t that interesting. The frantic-ness surrounding it was what kept you on the edge of your seat. The ROAD BLOCK was definitely tricky. Didn’t the other teams see AND hear the others about the two extra pieces of the statue?

Overall, the episode was pretty exciting. Placement changes happened throughout the episode with 3rd through 8th place. From Lake & Michelle’s airline troubles to Ray & Yolanda getting lost twice… several teams were in the running to be PHILiminated.

Definitely a great episode!


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-05

Lori: “KICK ASS! We’re going to Italy.”

Joseph: “We need tickets to Palomino.”
Monica: “No Joseph”
Joseph: “How do we say it?”
Monica: “Pa-lermo”

*Jeremy checking his hair*
Eric: “You’re hair looks fine.”

Barry: “Drivin’ like an Italian, man.”

Jeremy: “This is one of Phil’s turtlenecks”

Barry: “I don’t even know if these kids know what a clothespin is”

Lori: “We’re not the athletic peoples.”

Jeremy: “Remember its a statue of a man. You know, I can take off my shirt and show you guys. Check me out dude… like this. *pose* Those Greek guys were ripped.”

Phil: “Geez, you think you could be, maybe, a little more excited?”

Lake: “Kiss me darned… sugar blossom.”

Dani: “They’re hicks from the south and they’re jerk-offs”

Phil: (to Lake) “Rise my friend.”

Yolanda: “I call Lake ‘the mountain man’ becuase he just seems like the type of person that would come out of his cabin and shoot you with a big rifle and be like ‘What are you doin’ on my property… He’s just crazy! But good crazy.'”

MY RANKINGS AFTER
EPISODE 09-05

practically even
JOSEPH/MONICA
DAVID/LORI
ERIC/JEREMY
FRAN/BARRY
RAY/YOLANDA
GAP
BJ/TYLER
GAP
LAKE/MICHELLE
DANIELLE/DANI


Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 4 – “I think these things are going to jam up our ass.”











EP 09-04: IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL THE PHIL SINGS

The Travelocity® Gnome is hilarious…

First of all, the episode was good, but a step down from last week’s excitement. Still good though. The Mercedes® test track has to be one of the best tasks on TAR ever. That was awesome, I’d love to do that. The ROAD BLOCK brought about bad memories of TAR6’s infamous haybales, thought its effect wasn’t as profound as Lena & Kristy’s Philimination.

The DETOUR was definitely one of the funnest ever also. Either one would’ve been fun to do. Breaking bottles over your partner’s head? Learning that German dance? Good times 🙂

Eric & Jeremy are showing that they are actually more than just horny guys. They’ve really been running a good RACE so far, not perfect, but good nonetheless. They flirty love interests though are the complete opposite. Dani & Danielle haven’t shown any redeeming qualities of being a good Racer at all during the RACE. They tag along with Eric & Jeremy, lose their RACE packs which holds their PASSPORTS!! and then they blindly follow Wanda & Desiree whom I felt really sorry for.

I wanted them to do well. They could’ve been a strong team, but they really broke down in this super/double leg. I would’ve definitely preferred them than the “double Ds.”

Fran & Barry are continuing their slow improvement. 4th place this week is great considering how bad they’ve been Racing and how much bad luck they’ve been receiving. MoJoMonica & Joseph are shaping up to be one of my favorites this season. They are nothing like the bickering couple I thought they would be from watching their pre-RACE interviews. David & Lori are another cute couple as well. I think they could go far.

Ray & Yolanda just seem to be there again, nothing real significant for another week. BJ & Tyler got even more annoying than usual this episode. Seriously, they’re going a little overboard with their quirkiness. And by the way, they DID NOT have the Gnome with them at the MAT. I thought that was part of the clue… they needed to bring him along safely to the PIT STOP. Oh well…

Lake & Michelle have calmed down a bit, and as much as I want to be Jonathan & Victoria 2.0, they won’t be. I don’t really like them, but they seem harmless most of the time.

Phil is getting more screen time this season.. lol… more of his witty comments to the local greeter, more eyebrow, more inquisitive looks… lol, Phil is the best.

Overall another good episode, not as good as last week, but still good as TAR is always outside of season 7.


And one last note… CBS! Release season 3 on DVD next!! or even 5 or 2 or 6 or rather 8: FE!!! I think the TAR7 DVD just killed all hope… darn Rombuh…


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-04

Desiree: “Do you have to say everything in Spanglish?”

Random German: “I can’t drive. I so drunk to drive”

BJ: “How’d they get that German guy? Did they rent him?”

Eric: “I think these things are going to jam up our ass”

Phil: “They’re running backwards, you see that Peter?”

Ray: “Is this on backwards?”
Yolanda: “No that’s right, you’re butt’s just big”

Desiree: “I feel like Hansel and Gretel right now I can’t even stand it.”

MY RANKINGS AFTER
EPISODE 09-04

JOSEPH/MONICA
WANDA/DESIREE
DAVID/LORI
FRAN/BARRY
ERIC/JEREMY
RAY/YOLANDA
GAP
BJ/TYLER
LAKE/MICHELLE
DANIELLE/DANI


Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 3 – “This guy is haulin’ balls!”











EP 09-03: I AM IN RUSSIA PLAYING WITH THE DOLLS

TO BE CONTINUED!?!? For the first time in a while, I was SHOCKED by something that happened on TAR. Only the 3rd leg of the Race, and we already have a TO BE CONTINUED… That capped a very, very good episode which was infinitely better than the first two episodes of this season.

Lake & Michelle proved that they are this season’s dysfunctional couple. Lake is more a Colin/Ray-lite than a Jonathan-lite. That, and they made bigger mistakes than Fran & Barry! who almost redeemed themselves this episode. They managed to stay in 2nd place in Moscow until their doomed taxi ride.

And ANOTHER team made worse mistakes than Fran & Barry… Dani & Danielle left their critical Race packs at the Road Block which held their money and PASSPORTS… come on dude, that’s the first thing you need to worry about forgetting, not your makeup. Meanwhile, they and the either horny or just overly funny Eric & Jeremy intensified their flirting this week. Sharing a taxi cab is sometimes helpful, but would’ve been an incredibly stupid move for them to have gone back with the “Pinkies” which what I was expecting. The Pinkies actually had the sense to get out and hail their own taxi.

Another pair of taxi sharers, David & Lori and Joseph & Monica would’ve been in a sticky situation. They were in last place arriving at trolley depot, what would’ve happened had they arrived at the Pit Stop last together? I think MoJo would’ve beat them in a foot race?

BJ & Tyler are now officially too annoying. They were humbled and subdued after losing their 1st place lead on their way to the DETOUR. Ray & Yolanda finally made an impression this week. Good going for Yolanda for being this week’s fear conqueror by jumping into a pool. But Yolanda was much tougher than the first two fear conquerors in the last two episodes. *cinematography was awesome, see below* Later on, Desiree desperately tried to reassure her mother Wanda into completing the ROAD BLOCK. She eventually was able to do it, and if it wasn’t for other teams’ mistakes, they could’ve been last.

On to the episode itself… the zipline was no “Batoka Gorge” (TAR1) that’s for sure. The ROAD BLOCK was fine, the DETOUR was at least somewhat interesting. Another luck DETOUR which has screwed so many teams in the past (Lena & Kristy, TAR6; Gaghans, TAR8)… This time though its not an elimination leg so the luck “scour” DETOUR will most likely have no affect on the last team. The other DETOUR, “scrub,” offered almost as bad choice as looking through dozens of nesting dolls.

Russia seems like a beautiful, freezing place. Amazing architecture all over the place. The last Russian leg was in TAR5, the teams will have to backtrack through Europe or Africa at least. The TAR editing team kicked into high gear this leg. They managed to get clips that emphasized the importance of the TAR fanny packs. First with MoJo, then Lake & Michelle’s little squabble, and of course Dani²’s almost fatal mistake.

*And from above, the cinematography at the pool when Yolanda was getting herself ready to jump was awesome. Another example of TAR’s excellent production team.

And of course, the TO BE CONTINUED… it seems too early in the Race, but I guess Jerry and Bert want to emphasize the randomness of the double and non-elimination legs. Also, I guess with this mostly likable cast, they don’t mind keeping them on longer.

Anyway, TAR9 is finally kicking it into high gear/picking up the pace, and they are gearing up for what looks to be a great season.


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-03


Michelle: “Dang it! That just killed my ass”

Desiree: “I’m going to pee my pants!”

Joseph: “This guy is haulin’ balls”

Monica: “All I know is Russian people drink and smoke a whole lot”

Fran: “Do the dive we learned. Nope you didn’t learn it well enough”

Wanda: “El trunk?”
Desiree: “He’s Russian, not Spanish Mom”

MY RANKINGS FOR
EPISODE 09-03

JOSEPH/MONICA
WANDA/DESIREE
DAVID/LORI
FRAN/BARRY
RAY/YOLANDA
ERIC/JEREMY
BJ/TYLER
DANIELLE/DANI
LAKE/MICHELLE