Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 5 – “I feel like a retarted kid.”

While not at exciting and fast-paced as the first four episodes, this was still a great episode. I think the Indian driving school alone was awesome.

The Leg
“Oh my gosh!” We have another twist, and it’s a change to the non-elimination legs. I guess we’re rid of the taking away of money and possessions and that is a good thing.

Since its introduction in TAR5, the non-elimination penalties were kind of unnecessary. At least, these particular ones weren’t necessary. Not only did teams have to beg in poor countries, but the money really didn’t have an impact on a team’s performance that leg. It also created only minimal drama between teams who didn’t want to help out.

Anyway, I think this new rule is a good idea. The last place team, in this case the ever endearing David & Mary, will be “marked for elimination” (I had to chuckle with that choice of words) meaning they have to get first place next leg, or they’ll incur a 30 minute penalty at the mat. They would then have to sit and wait and possibly see all other teams check in before them, thus eliminating them.

It is a very interesting twist, but we’ll still have to wait and see how well it works. At least its better than the no money penalty.

Anyway, the leg overall was pretty good. India is always one of the best destinations; always something happening. Just some of the memorable moments: the infamous TAR4 train incident and Gretchen’s elephant ride in TAR7. This season, I think it’ll be the hilarious Indian driving instructor. (HONK HONK!) The driving Road Block didn’t seem to dangerous, I thought it would be. It was more funny than anything.

The Detour was good too. It was one of those classic, intricate but close by or easy but a long distance Detours. There should be more of those. Only one snapping alligator, I was expecting more of that too. There were like five guys there with the teams, so no one was even going get a scrape. The rice design detour, I imagine, would be pretty time consuming and might get frustrating after a while.

This leg also had the first real airport drama. The rush to find flights and better tickets and even a stranded team… all classic TAR elements.

The Teams
David & Mary just can stop being so gosh darn endearable (that a word?). They get frustrated, but the Race can do that to you. They’ll fight on. I would love to see them actually get first next leg. I was so hoping it was a non-elim when they were last, and when Lyn & Karlyn mentioned non-elim, my heart dropped because usually once someone mentions it, it doesn’t happen.

I am totally rooting for “The Backpackers.” Erwin & Godwin… loved their shirts. lol They were hilarious. (“Bag of kiwis” lol) I don’t know about their cell phone trick though, that didn’t go anywhere. Lyn & Karlyn are holding their own as well. They’re hanging in there, and at least trying to enjoy the Race more. However, I was a cringing a little when they both WALKED over to the one Detour. I mean, come on guys, you might want to hurry up a little?

Tyler & James… They are proving to be pretty good Racers. They actually mentioned their addiction a lot this episode. Eh… As long as they perform well, which they are doing.

Rob & Kimberly, surprisingly, weren’t as irritating this week? For me at least. Rob was kind of funny, but Kimberly gave us one of the “I’m a rich American” comments. She didn’t sound as mean as TAR6’s Kendra, but still… doesn’t excuse the dumb comments.

“Oh my gosh!” Dustin & Kandice… they’re getting by, but right now they don’t look like they could be the first all-female team to win the Race. They just don’t show a domination or at least complete competence to make it all the way to the end.

Peter & Sarah… oh man… That scene of them waiting for the bus and Peter just sitting there eating his crackers while Sarah releases her frustrations was just crazy. Peter is a trip.

Overall, it was another great episode… 5 good episodes in a row. That is great!! TAR Editors worked their magic again. I just love the freakin’ editing on TAR. Always perfect, music, video, sound… everything. Just a great season so far… 2007 Emmys here we come!

David: We do not think we’re in last.
*next shot*
Currently in Last Place

Tyler: “Your train was whack, dude.”

Tyler: “Son of a beehive!”

Rob: “Oh my God, do you smell that?”
Kimberly: “It smells like fish! I wanna go to Europe! I wanna be with the rich folk!”

Kimberly: “Can we sleep in airports?”
Tyler/Rob: “Not if we don’t have to.”

Peter: “We go from one polluted city to another.”

Karlyn: “I felt more comfortable and more relaxed in India. The people have a little more substance in their bodies. We got a lot of points and stares in Vietnam. All right, you’ve never seen anybody with a little bit of extra body fat?”

James: “Who knew it would be so hard to get a bus in India.”
Tyler: “That was a bitch!”

Kimberly: “Look how skinny that cow is! Is it a homeless cow?”

Tyler: “I feel like a retarted kid.”

Lyn: “They drive like a bunch of jackasses out here”

Mary: “What makes you think I’d want to go and wrestle a crocodile?”

1. Erwin & Godwin
1. David & Mary
1. Tyler & James
4. Lyn & Karlyn
5. Rob & Kimberly
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Pete & Sarah

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