Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 7 – “You throw your kids out on the lake and make them swim.”

THE best episode of the season so far. It had everything you could ever ask for in an episode of TAR.

The Leg
Again, another amazing destination. Mauritius is a beautiful country.The teams just murdered “Mauritius.” I think Mary pronounced it the closest.

The excitement was in this episode right from the beginning.

First off, we had Dustin & Kandice who questioned the ticket agent and the flight routes, and then thought there had to be some other London in the world… maybe in India. You’re not going to get direct flights everywhere you go girls.

Then they decide to piss off Lyn & Karlyn. Was there really a reason to buy tickets for the models? They were all going to be on the same flight, there didn’t seem to be a problem of it being full, so I think they just wanted to piss off the Lyns.

And it worked. Karlyn, I would side with her though. I’d be mad if one team bought tickets for another who was behind me in line. So I can’t blame Karlyn for reacting the way she did. Then again, she should’ve just said one good kicker, a witty line and give them the evil eye and be done with it.

That is the kind of drama I’d like to see on TAR. None of this Romber backstabbing crap, I hope I never see that kind of Racing ever again (Hear that CBS? NO MORE ROMBUH!).

Those Nissan Micras look pretty awesome. Though, not when you get stuck in front of a line of cars (like Rob & Kimberly did) or when you hit the back of a trailer (like Dustin & Kandice).

What a tough swim and it wasn’t even a Detour or Road Block. In fact there was no Road Block. However, the fact that the clue was blurred out makes me think that maybe there was a Road Block, but there wasn’t any time for it in the episode.

I really like how its been physically harder on the teams this season. No doubt these Racers are working for that million.

The Detour was interesting. Both the salt and island seemed difficult in their own ways. So it was either digging through salt or running around an island for a flag.

I didn’t think they’d all quit the salt Detour though. On paper, the island Detour sounded a lot harder and longer. But you don’t need luck there, so it would probably be the better choice.

Plus that trap before the flags was great. Good job TAR!

And of course, David & Mary getting non-elim. I was expecting this leg (well more wishing, hoping, and praying) that this was a double leg. But at 8:50, that wasn’t going to happen. So I was hoping this was a non-elim. And it was.

I am ecstatic for David & Mary. I really, really hope they actually Race next week. I doubt there will be a Fast Forward, but of course there’s ANOTHER twist with the Intersection, whatever that is. Should be another exciting week.

The Teams
Tyler & James have horrible navigational skills. They’ve gotten lost a lot and that might be their downfall. Funny thing, from the pre-Race interviews, Tyler came across as the cool one and James was more of the competitive one. This leg, however, Tyler was the one fighting back with Karlyn while James was the calmer, more passive one, especially at the Detour with his hesitation at switching and then on the island.

Dustin & Kandice… I am completely against their airport shenanigans solely because it is definitely not fair to do allow another team to cut in line, but also because they were really doing that to get under the Lyns’ skins. They seem fully capable to Race without being you know whats.

Rob & Kimberly were hilarious!! Their entire sequence at the post office was just plain funny and fun to watch. It wasn’t some huge argument, but a strangely funny back and forth. Rob’s smile and “No, you’re the one that’s freaking out” to Kimberly was kinda scary. lol Talk about a mood swing, considering he was freaking out as they arrived. They’re not really a pain, they’re more a dysfunctional couple but without the intensity of a Colin/Christie (TAR5), let alone Tara/Wil (TAR2).

I love the Six Pack. *hee* I will defend their alliance by saying that sharing information and working with other teams can definitely be beneficial. They seem like genuine friends.

On the downside, its tough because you can not sit and wait for another team. I’m not saying they’re going too far with the alliance, because they are really close friends. But they need to know when its time to go their separate ways. And I think they do understand that. At the end, they were running for themselves.

Erwin & Godwin are just great guys; humble and respectful. However, they can’t keep waiting on other teams. They have to Race and they have an amazing chance at winning if they just RACE.

Lyn & Karlyn are okay in my book now. They know when its time to Race. I’d like to see them enjoy the Race more. I think Karlyn was a little excited to go to Mauritius… at least she heard of it before.

And David & Mary. I really want them to go all the way. They are just the nicest, most genuine people to ever Race. I can’t wait to see how they do next week.

Mary: “We have to swim to a biiig ship out on the ocean. I’m kinda scared ‘cuz I’m afraid of fish.”
David: “I’m scared of the water cuz I was thrown out into a lake when I was 5 by my cousin. So I’ve always been a little traumatized.”
Mary: “Where we live, people do that as, like, a rite of passage. You throw your kids out on the lake and make them swim. ”

Mary: “Lord have mercy! There’s fish!”

Rob: “You don’t calm me down, you rev me up.”

Rob: “Its hard to enjoy the scenery when you’re all stressed out.”
Kimberly: “But this isn’t a vaca. This is a competition.”

Phil: “You have each won a motor scooter. Its good for driving around town, its good on the highway. And you can carry a passenger so you can take a date out if you want.”
Dustin: “Can I take you out Phil?”
Phil : “Um…” *uncomfortable look*

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

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