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


Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 2 – “I’m so fat I’m just going down!”











EP 09-02: I’M FILTHY AND I LOVE IT

Well… episode 2 and TAR9 is slowly… very slowly… building momentum.

Fran & Barry, unfortunately, haven’t redeemed themselves yet. Right now, they are not even Meredith & Gretchen-lucky. Come on guys! Get yourselves together! Pick up your game!

Lisa & Joni… well, can’t say I’m surprised. Their exit was sad though, they were true TAR fans, unlike some other teams who have “ulterior motives” for being on the show…. anyway, they didn’t RACE well so, too bad.

Eric & Jeremy were pretty funny at first, but then when every other sentence out of their mouths were jokes about sex or women, they just came across as horny. And that comment at the end about smacking Phil woman? Not funny… Wanda & Desiree got a lot less screen time this week…

BJ & Tyler are okay, but kinda corny… Lake & Michelle are treading into that disfunctional couple category… “LAKE CALM DOWN!” …

Dani & Danielle are boring, and not that good of racers… Ray & Yolanda haven’t left much of an impression yet… David & Lori are amusing…

and finally, Joseph & Monica are awesome, they are shaping up to be pretty good. I caught shades of John Vito & Jill when they were running today.

So, the episode was kinda wierd. With both the ROAD BLOCK and DETOUR in the first 25 minutes, the last half hour seemed too slow and uneventful. The editors haven’t been at their best the last 2 episodes, where’s the witty quips? Well, I thought the flow of the episode was unusual.

Anyway, the ROAD BLOCK wasn’t too exciting. And two repelling/climbing-type tasks in the same episode? Plus that ascender leaves its infamous mark.

And the VW bugs? They definitely do not match TAR6’s trabbants… I still want one.


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-02
Eric: “We got to make the girls happy so we can get into their pants later.”

Joni: “I’m so fat I’m just going down!”

Eric: “Too bad she has a boyfriend… I’d spank her butt too.”

Jeremy: “I can’t wait to slip on my speedo.”

Monica: “You get a big kiss when you get up here.”

Eric: “Do you know how cranky I am right now Phil?!? I’m going to smack you woman!”

MY RANKINGS FOR
EPISODE 09-02

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


Recap: The Amazing Race 9, Episode 1 – “Here we go baby! Off to win a million dollars!”











EP 09-01: HERE WE GO, BABY, OFF TO WIN A MILLION DOLLARS

Well, THE AMAZING RACE is back… and better than ever? I don’t know about that… yet.

As someone who actually enjoyed the Family Edition, I still had high hopes for TAR9 as it returns to its regular format. I never liked the 2-hour premieres, I thought they’ve always been too long which draws out all the action, so it’ll seem more boring than it actually is. But TAR9’s premiere actually was kinda, sorta boring… or at least uneventful.

It was pretty obvious from the beginning that the lagging teams would either be Fran & Barry, Lisa & Joni, or John & Scott. I wanted to love Fran & Barry and Lisa & Joni from the beginning, like I do with all the other “older teams” of the past. But no… they have to start out on a dumb and bad note… First, Fran & Barry completely miss the clue box. Honest mistake, but still, it was right there AND the cameraman was right there filming it as they walked past. Then they go and do the Motorhead DETOUR, which was obviously the harder of the two even on just quick glance at the choices. And Lisa & Joni… I thought their little scream in the preview was just a little moment of excitement, but they couldn’t stop screaming!! (“SON OF A BITCH!” “I JUST PEED MY PANTS” “SON OF A BITCH!” “AHHH!” “JESUS!”)

lol Hopefully these two teams can pick up their games.

Wanda & Desiree are definitely the next generation Nancy & Emily (TAR1)… They have their own personality and can definitely be a strong team if they don’t make a fatal mistake along the way. Team Mojo (aka Joseph & Monica) remind me more of TAR4’s Kelly & Jon than all-time best team Kris & Jon… They had a few bumps, but can definitely step up their game.

Eric & Jeremy are okay, but they are totally on TAR just to get to Hollywood. Otherwise, they seem like good guys. David & Lori are very kissy, and not as nerdy as they were made out to be. Yolanda seems cool, Ray… not so much. BJ & Tyler aren’t as annoying as I originally thought, and aren’t as hippy either. Danielle & Dani didn’t show that their looks aren’t their only assetts. John & Scott just suck as racers and Lake & Michelle are on the verge of becoming a new breed of Colin/Christie and Jonathan/Victoria. And what was with their first mistake? Umm, have you NOT seen TAR before? One thing that will always be a part of the premiere episode is the scramble to get on the first plane out of the starting line city and then rushing to the other airline when the first one has filled up.

Overall, mostly likable cast.

So, the show itself. One good thing is that they didn’t have the obligatory “find a Departure Time” for the next morning thing which was actually better. The DETOURs weren’t all that special. The helicopter ride was pretty cool though… A helicopter ride anywhere is pretty cool though. The motorcycle assembly had no where near the tension of the TAR3 Switzerland bicycle ROAD BLOCK.

Its nice to see TAR continuing to highlight local cultures with that religious ceremony.

Anyway, it seems early to see whether or not this will be a TAR3/TAR5 or TAR2/TAR4 season (good vs. boring)… hopefully it won’t be a TAR7 (downright crap). 


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 09-01
🙁 None too memorable, at least not after one viewing



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MY RANKINGS FOR
EPISODE 09-01

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


The Amazing Race 9 Premieres Tonight!


THE AMAZING RACE 9
2-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE
CBS TONIGHT, 9PM

The Amazing Race 9 Reveals Teams!


Well, the big reveal of the teams always signals the official countdown to the premiere. THE AMAZING RACE 9 premieres on Tuesday, February 28th and here are the teams… in order of my pre-Race/pre-video rankings.

EARLY FAVORITES
Fran & Berry
FRAN & BARRY
Married 40 Years : Summit County, Colorado
Joni & Lisa
JONI & LISA
Sisters : Texas/Florida
I always root for the “older” couples. This season, there’s TWO! They always seem to be the nice, strong, sweet grandparents (or parents in the case of TAR3’s Teri & Ian).

LIKE
Lake & Michelle
LAKE & MICHELLE
Married parents : Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Joseph & Monica
JOSEPH & MONICA
Dating : Fayetteville, Arkansas
Wanda & Desiree
WANDA & DESIREE
Mother/Daughter : Georgia/New York

NO OPINION
Danielle & Dani
DANIELLE & DANI
Childhood friends : Staten Island, New York
Ray & Yolanda
RAY & YOLANDA
Dating : Illinois/Florida
John & Scott
JOHN & SCOTT
Best friends : Massachusettes
David & Lori
DAVID & LORI
Dating : Manhattan, Kansas
Eric & Jeremy
ERIC & JEREMY
Best Friends : Fort Lauderdale, Florida

DISLIKE
BJ & Tyler
BJ & TYLER
Bohemian best friends : No Home
They seem so annoying…

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 🙂