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


EPISODE 10-07: I WONDER IF THIS WILL MAKE MY FINGERS PICKLE
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.


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-07
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*









MY TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-07
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. David & Mary
3. Tyler & James
4. Lyn & Karlyn
GAP
5. Rob & Kimberly
6. Dustin & Kandice

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 6 – “Well, it didn’t reveal crap to me.”


EPISODE 10-06: MAYBE STEVEN SEGAL WILL SEE ME AND WANT ME TO BE IN ONE OF HIS MOVIES!
The Leg
It is always great when TAR goes somewhere they’ve never been before. And Kuwait is definitely somewhere they’ve never been. It is great that TAR is going to more Middle Eastern countries.

First off, the Fast Forward… Yay! David & Mary! While it would’ve been more awesome to see David & Mary get first on their own without the FF (or the Chos), it was still great to see them safe for another leg. (More on them as well as the Chos later)

I thought the FF was pretty cool. Walking into a huge “simulated” oil fire? That is definitely like a Steven Segal movie.

The Road Block was great because it wasn’t just a “climb up the side the building and retrieve your clue” task. They actually had to piece together a puzzle and figure out what the Arabic words meant.

The Detour was great too. Manual or Automatic (I love their cute sense of humor with the Detour choices). I’d have to assume that it said in the clue to fill up the bags of camel feed up to the line… so why didn’t Dustin & Kandice know that?

Camels on The Amazing Race are always good. And camels with a funny robotic jockey? FUN! I am surprised that teams didn’t choose to do this one. It seemed a lot easier on paper than the filling and carrying 10 sacks of feed.

The Teams
Erwin & Godwin are two of the nicest people ever on The Amazing Race. Karma is always in full force on the Race, and I think Erwin & Godwin have definitely earned themselves a whole lot of good karma. Still, they have to step it up. They should be racking up more #1s.

David & Mary definitely have the Chos to thank for the FF. Otherwise, Dustin & Kandice would’ve had it. They continue to be just good ol’ people. But I want them to push harder and do well on the Race. They have it in them.

Tyler & James… They made their biggest mistake so far in the Race. They have been very underwhelming, both personality wise and in terms of Racing. While they seem to be nice guys, they also should step up their game.

Lyn & Karlyn are definitely in Race mode. They’re not the best, but they’re getting cutthroat. While I don’t really like teams intentionally putting others at a disadvantage, I thought Lyn & Karlyn’s reasoning behind their conflict with Dustin & Kandice was really weak.

Dustin & Kandice, meanwhile, are still a “meh” team… nothing spectacular out of them yet.

Rob & Kimberly… Kimberly, I really hope doesn’t continue following in Kendra’s (TAR6) footsteps. Mosque=Mask? Same Same? No…

And finally Peter & Sarah… bye bye! While Sarah proved to be a very strong competitor (she did most of the Road Blocks?!?! And all of the ones that involved climbing!), Peter proved to be one of the biggest you-know-whats in Race history. They dumped each other on national television, but Peter seemed shocked by what Sarah said about him being uncaring. Credit to TAR editing… always excellent.


TAR10 has really been amazing. TAR is definitely running on all cylinders now. I am loving this season. While it may never top TAR3 (will any season ever top TAR3?) in my book, TAR10 definitely ranks as one of the best. Though, the finish will also define what the season turns out to be, so we’ll wait and see.


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-06
James: “They got a lot of oil out here?”
Tyler: “Lots of oil.”
James: “Gas must be pretty cheap out here.”
Tyler: “Yeah, so we got that going for us.”

James: “We have to go the location this revealed.”
Tyler: “Well, it didn’t reveal crap to me.”

Man: “You see the Grand Mosque…”
Kimberly: “Grand M-A-S-K? Grand mask?”

Kimberly: “When you hit ‘Grand Mask’ make a left.”
Rob: “No, it’s a grand mosque… its a mosque, a temple, not a street name.”
Kimberly: “Whatever… that’s… okay… I don’t know what that is.”

Kimberly: “Over there is where that church is.”
Rob: “…a mosque.”
Kimberly: “Yeah, that’s it.”

Karlyn: “We can’t run as fast as a camel!”









MY TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-06
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. David & Mary
3. Tyler & James
4. Lyn & Karlyn
GAP
5. Rob & Kimberly
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Pete & Sarah

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


EPISODE 10-05: I COVERED HIS MOUTH! OH MY GOSH!
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!


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-05
David: We do not think we’re in last.
*next shot*
DAVID & MARY
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?”









MY TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-05
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. David & Mary
1. Tyler & James
4. Lyn & Karlyn
GAP
5. Rob & Kimberly
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Pete & Sarah

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 4 – “Take your junk to the next pit stop.”


EPISODE 10-04: I KNOW PHIL, LITTLE OL’ GORGEOUS THING
It was another great episode of season 10 of The Amazing Race.

The Leg
TAR10 isn’t letting up. This has to be the most challenging first four legs ever in the history of the Race. Cuts, sprained ankles, heat exhaustion!?!? The teams are definitely a long way to go.

Lots of kudos to whoever came up with the auditory clue. Great way to trip up the teams, and really force them to communicate with the locals. Dustin & Kandice were hilarious trying to listen and understand the crickets.

The ascender Road Block… one of the toughest things you could ever do on the Race. I still can’t believe Sarah did the Road Block and not Peter. Yeah, Sarah is more than capable, but come on Peter!

Ah… Vietnamese boats. Love them Vietnamese boats. Of course, another classic TAR moment is Flo’s breakdown after the basket boats in Vietnam.

Another hectic, hectic challenge for the teams trying to row the sampans. I don’t know how different it is from rowing a canoe, but I’ve never seen so many TAR teams have trouble with rowing before. Maybe two or three in the past, but almost all the teams had trouble in this episode. Some of them didn’t even have the basic rowing knowledge.

The Detour was great, and very challenging; pulling up baskets of pearl oysters or delivering loads of fruits to a floating village.

Vietnam was very beautiful. This leg reminded me of the 2nd Philippine leg in Palawan on TAR5. The geography was almost the same, including the ascender Road Block.

The Teams
Peter & Sarah… has there ever been a co-ed team where the man wanted to quit? Not only was Sarah doing a lot of the work, but Peter wanted to quit!?!? Sarah is the motivator of the team?!?! I’m still not sure about what their relationship is. And what was with Peter pushing T&T’s boat away. A little too intense?

Lyn & Karlyn… they are fighters. They have great motivation, not sure they’re having fun, but they have great motivation in their kids.

Erwin & Godwin… not as stellar a performance as last week, but they did well. They haven’t had a lot of luck with transportation.

David & Mary… again, bless their hearts. They are just good ol’ people. Plus, Mary is golden for quotes and episode titles. They’re cool though, Mary definitely gets a little frustrated sometimes, but they push through.

Tyler & James… they were kind of in the background this episode, not too much from them. They raced well I guess.

Dustin & Kandice… they cut again? *tsk tsk*… Lyn & Karlyn were right, karma is very prevalent in The Amazing Race (well, except for when Freddy & Kendra won TAR6). They’re not as good as they are made out to be though. They’ve been lacking the last two legs, and crumpling up your clue? Not a good idea.

Tom & Terry… not too sad about their elimination. They were kind of annoying, but they’re cool. They still love each other… I guess. Oh, but I have to applaud Tom for pushing/pulling their sampan all the way to the junk. That was pretty awesome.

And finally, Rob & Kimberly… in this episode, I realized they are the 2nd coming of Colin & Christie; the intense, easily frustrated man with the not so weak female partner who sometimes fires back. I don’t know that they’ll do as well as Colin & Christie did in TAR5, but their attitudes are definitely on par with theirs. That water slapping moment though was very reminiscent of Colin’s famous “I’m packin’ it!” moment.

Overall
Just another amazing episode. Very exciting, very thrilling… lots of stuff going on, great destination… just a great episode.

I really have to commend the editors for having such amazing skills with putting the episode together. The editing together of clips and synchronizing it in with the music… just perfect. Both picture and sound editors definitely deserve their Emmys.

TAR10 is seriously not letting up, they are on a roll and it is definitely a great thing for the show. It has all the elements of the best of TAR, plus adds new excitement and challenges. This is definitely shaping up to be a great season.


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-04
There’s a ton of them this episode!

Tyler: “I’m gonna see how much dong you got.”
James: “He’s honking for dong!”

(yeah, I’m 10 years old… but anything for a good laugh)

Dustin/Kandice: “We’re here to pick up our dong.”

Mary: “If this Race gets any harder… I’m going to have to be Superwoman or something.”

Kandice: “Here… these crickets.”
*crickets buzzing*
Dustin: “Yeah, but I don’t know what that means.”

Rob (to cab driver): “Are you stoned?”

Mary (to cab driver): “I like you.”
David: “You ain’t taking him home.”
Mary: “But I love him, he’s so cool.”
Cab driver: *speaks Vietnamese*
Mary: “I luuve you!”

Cab driver: *speaks Vietnamese*
David: “I don’t speak your language dude!”

Terry: “Oh, its tight on my crotch.”

Lyn: “If you can have a baby without anesthesia, then you can go up this rock.”

Kimberly: “What is a junk?”

Terry: “As long as there’s a Starbucks nearby, we could live here.”

Mary (to David): “Now when you become my boss, you can tell me what to do.”

Rob: “Where are the baskets dude?” *slaps water*
Kimberly: “Don’t throw a hissy fit!”

David: “I ain’t never done nothin’ like this.”
Mary: “Oh look, you’re going straight to a mountain’”

Mary: “We came from Kentucky. We’ve never been put out in the real live ocean. Water over your head… if you fell, you’re dead!”

Rob: “I know how to row!”
Kimberly: “Yeah, I forgot you went to school for that.”

Clue: “Take your junk to the next pit stop.”

Tyler: “This guy forgot the anchor. Unbelievabe. Thanks guys!”
James: “No wonder we were going so slow.”
Tyler: “Great job man!”
Junk captain: *thumbs up*

Mary: “That’s Phil in the orange shirt… I know Phil! Scrawny little ol’ gorgeous thing!”









MY TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-04
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. David & Mary
1. Tyler & James
4. Lyn & Karlyn
GAP
5. Dustin & Kandice
6. Rob & Kimberly
6. Tom & Terry
8. Pete & Sarah

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 3 – “We’ll follow each other to hell I guess”


EPISODE 10-03: OH WOW, IT’S LIKE ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU SEE ON TV!

TAR10 keeps getting better and better.

Vietnam has been one of the most memorable destinations in TAR history. (basket boats and basket bikes anyone?) And tonight was no different. A lot of great stuff all over the place.

The first is the POW prison; definitely reminiscent of TAR6’s visit to the “Gate of No Return” in Senegal. Huge kudos to Erwin & Godwin for stopping and taking a moment to pay their respects. That must have been a very emotional place. Phil’s narration of the prison was very emotional.

The Road Block… not since TAR6’s frantic rush inside the train museum in Hungary that resulted in Freddy’s broken nose has there been a more chaotic moment. The teams had to sell US$5 worth of flowers, equivalent to 80,000 dong. In TAR3, the teams had to sell 40,000 dong’s worth of fruit. Anyway, chaos everywhere. Not as much, or as funny as TAR3’s basket bikes, but still lots going on. Everyone rushing to buy flowers, bouquets falling out of the bike baskets, bikes tipping over… it was hectic.

Vietnam looks like an amazing place to visit. The ceremonies at the religious temple was very beautiful, and of course a couple of teams had to run through it all.

And another similarity to a previous TAR season. The coal Detour definitely had shades of TAR5’s brick making Road Block (Colin: “I’m PACKIN’ it!”) Its great to see the teams making some coal (and in Duke & Lauren’s case, a bird cage) for the locals. And of course, the locals love laughing at our faithful Racers. TAR, bringing laughs around the world. J

Something we didn’t see in TAR3’s Vietnam visit, the maze of homes in the farming suburbs. Many of the teams were lost, and the placements of the teams again fluctuated by the minute. Very, very exciting stuff.

Lastly about the leg itself, the pit stop… such a reminder of TAR5’s Detour in the Philippine rice fields (Colin, again: “My ox is broken!”)

And to the teams. FINALLY, Erwin & Godwin get first. You’d think they would’ve been one of the more dominant teams. But they were first for one of their few times since the start of the Race from the Detour to the Pit Stop. The local greeter was very soft spoken, how sweet. J lol

Tom & Terry… tsk, tsk… add them to the list of teams that don’t read directions carefully. They seem kinda mean though. They yelled at some Vietnamese lady with a blurred face, then they called the guy at the coal place “Guy! Guy!” Peter & Sarah… He must have been so annoying on the Race. I wouldn’t have welcomed his joking as he grabbed my clue out of my hands.

Tyler & James were okay this episode, not much feature on them, but still one of my favorite teams. David & Mary, bless their hearts, lol. Mary pushed through with her sprained ankle. And what a turn around for Lyn & Karlyn. The ones who didn’t even bother to stop and ask if Tyler & James were okay with their car, wanted to stop and help Mary on the rice fields. I guess they’d probably help Mary before T&J, but still. I like them a lot more now.

Rob & Kimberly, not as much dysfunctional couple-ness this week. But Kimberly did a “Gerard” (TAR3) when she almost got run over by a motorbike (Gerard almost got run over by a Swiss trolley). The “blondies,” Dustin & Kandice, would definitely do anything they can to go farther in the Race. In a way, that is good strategy, in another way, you could get bitten in the ass later on.

And finally Duke & Lauren. They, like the last father/daughter team in TAR5’s Jim & Marsha, were eliminated third. They seem like nice people, and good luck to them. They seem to be getting their relationship back into a very healthy level so good for them.

So overall, another excellent episode of TAR. I don’t think I can remember the first three episodes of a season being as good as they have been for TAR10. Next week, expect for more surprises. I definitely can’t wait.


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-03
Lyn: “Don’t get me wrong, we’d love to have a million dollars. But the Race is not the most glamorous thing. It’s painful… if I had to compare it to something, its like child birth.”

Lyn or Karlyn: “We’ll follow each other to hell I guess”

Phil: “Guys, this has gotta suck”

Sarah: “I’m definitely doing the next [road block]… I just got to jump in with both feet… no pun intended.”

Mary: “Oh, Its like one of those things you see on TV, David!”

David: “This isn’t real coal. Ours is hard, theirs is mud.”









MY TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-03
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. Tyler & James
1. David & Mary
4. Lyn & Karlyn
5. Duke & Lauren
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Rob & Kimberly
8. Tom & Terry
9. Pete & Sarah

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 2 – “We’ve never been around gay people… I like ‘em!”


EPISODE 10-02: CAN HORSES SMELL FEAR?

A great episode. TAR10 is now in full swing.

It was very exciting, non-stop action, great location, and definitely a deeper look at the teams.

From the Great Wall, the teams headed to Mongolia. Of course they were all bunched up, but that is just part of the Race. However, once the teams arrived in Ulaanbaatar and witnessed a traditional Mongolian ceremony, they were on their own.

And not since TAR6’s hilarious little trabbants have we seen so many car problems. They weren’t all mechanical failures either, David & Mary drove themselves into mud while Tyler & James got a flat. The others had to crank themselves back on track.

One by one, the teams arrived at the Detour. The teams had to ride horses to get to the Detour and it was here that the order of teams changed by the minute. Passing each other on the way, teams were able to pull ahead.

Having to choose between Fill It Up or Pull it Down, teams had the choice of guiding an ox-like native animal (called a hynik) to fill containers with water or “unwrapping” a traditional Mongolian yurt and tying it to a camel. Peter & Sarah had trouble with both detours, including their runaway hynik.

After completing the detour, lost hats/helmets delayed a few more teams, yet again allowing others to pass them. But even worse was Duke letting two teams pass him on the way to the Road Block. Careful driver, Duke is.

Some of the coolest things I think I’ve ever seen on TAR have involved flaming balls of fire. The final three in TAR4 had a ceremony in an Aboriginal park where an aborigine lit a tree on fire with a bow and arrow. So I thought this Road Block was pretty darn cool, shooting an arrow into a target that burst into flames.

The teams definitely became a little more defined this week. Rob & Kimberly are definitely this season’s “dysfunctional” couple while Peter & Sarah seem to be a little more intense than dysfunctional. I sense some tension coming up there.

David & Mary (mostly Mary) have begun to endear themselves, in my opinion. I’m rooting for Erwin & Godwin, but they’ve go to step it up. Tyler & James aren’t just the typical model/alpha males. They are definitely a little more interesting and thankfully not as horny as Eric & Jeremy.

Duke & Lauren are okay. Tom & Terry are slowly starting to get annoying. Lyn & Karlyn are okay, but a little annoyed by them not even stopping to ask if Tyler & James were okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah… it’s a Race, but still they could’ve stopped to see if every thing was okay. Whatever… no need to go back to TAR7. Dustin & Kandice almost pulled out 1st; they may go far.

I was sad the cheerleaders, Kellie & Jamie were eliminated, they seemed like a fun team and could’ve done well, but they had a horrible leg.

Overall, this was a great, great episode. I am definitely more excited about this season now.


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-02
Mary: “Honest to goodness, we’ve never been around gay people… I like ‘em!”

Kimberly: “Ewe, dirty water… do we get diseases from that?”

Kimberly: “I love how you’re grinding”
Rob: “Honey, its not me, it’s the car.”

Dustin: “I’m a Mongolian now! Bring me some BBQ baby!”

Kimberly: “Can horses smell fear?”









MY TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-02
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. Tyler & James
1. David & Mary
4. Kellie & Jamie
5. Duke & Lauren
6. Dustin & Kandice
7. Rob & Kimberly
8. Lyn & Karlyn
9. Pete & Sarah
9. Tom & Terry

Recap: The Amazing Race 10, Episode 1 – “I’m going to look like a ding-a-ling here.”


EPISODE 10-01: REAL FAST! QUACK, QUACK!

The Amazing Race is back. It doesn’t seem too long ago that BJ and Tyler TTOWed their way to victory.

But it still a welcome sight to see the four-time Emmy winner back with new episodes, and this its 10th season. Twists, surprises, the usual TAR antics filled Sunday’s 90-minute premiere.

First off, the teams. TAR introduced its most diverse cast yet, but unfortunately, it was the Muslim and Indian teams that were eliminated first. Bilal & Sa’eed, the Muslim team, were great, as were Vipul & Arti, the Indian team aka “Team Karma.” It was sad to see them go so early. (More on the twist later).

Meanwhile, Erwin & Godwin managed to get themselves back into the Race after hanging around last for much of the first half of the leg. They can be considered this season’s “alpha male” team, along with models and former drug addicts Tyler & James.

There’s a little déjà vu with three teams. Lyn & Karlyn could be this season’s Bowling Moms (TAR5), while boyfriends Tom & Terry seem to be trying a little too hard to be Team Guido 2.0. And Rob & Kimberly seems set to be TAR10’s quarrelling couple.

Father and daughter Duke & Lauren got off to a good start, while parents David & Mary ran smoothly until frustration set in before the Pit Stop. Sarah, who has a prosthetic leg, probably had the most to overcome. She and partner Peter used her prosthetic leg to get an advantage in some places, but was a big hurdle when climbing the Wall.

And finally, we have the two teams of pretty, young women; cheerleaders Kellie & Jamie and Miss America contestants Dustin & Kandice. Both teams were all right.

Now on to the Race itself. The first difference from previous Races was that the teams traveled West instead of East. Usually, destinations in Asia and Africa, where many consider to be the hardest in terms of cultural differences, would come when there were only a few teams left. This time, all 12 teams traveled to one such destination.

China served as a great backdrop for the beginning of the Race. The Pit Stop at one of the great Wonders of the World, the Great Wall, was reminiscent of one of the final legs of season 1. While the Starting Line at Gasworks Park in Seattle served as the Finish Line for season 3.

The first task of season 10 was an eating task with teams having to eat Fish eyes. Eating tasks are something that many fans would rather do without. However, it turned out to be harmless, and served as the first look at Chinese culture. This was the first time since season 2 that teams had to complete a Road Block in the first leg.

The teams were in for a huge surprise though, as Bilal & Sa’eed were eliminated at the Forbidden City in the middle of the first leg. Phil had promised many surprises this season. It was unexpected and definitely woke the teams up to the fact that this season of The Amazing Race is going to be very different.

The Detour was a little more challenging. The Labor Detour presented the teams with a real observation tasks that required them to really look at what they were doing with the bricks, while the Leisure Detour gave teams the chance to actively participate in Chinese culture. Both were great tasks.

But it didn’t end there. Teams had to scale up a wall on the Great Wall of China, and it proved to be very difficult for a few teams who realized it wasn’t the same as repelling down the side of a cliff.

Overall, it was a good premiere. The 90-minute runtime was far better than the 2-hour premieres of the last 4 seasons. The excitement is back, the edge of your seat finishes are still in tact, the teams are a more diverse mix than usual, and new surprises await the teams as the milestone 10th season of The Amazing Race is now underway.


QUOTES FROM EPISODE 10-01
Mary: “Its like dropping a 30 year old baby in the world and…”

Bilal: “I’m from Cleveland, Ohio… what do I know about chopsticks?”

Pete: “Now I have to do it. I’m going to look like a ding-a-ling here”









TEAM RANKINGS FOR EP 10-01
1. Erwin & Godwin
1. Vipul & Arti
1. Tyler & James
1. Bilal & Sa'eed
5. David & Mary
6. Duke & Lauren
6. Lyn & Karlyn
6. Pete & Sarah
6. Dustin & Kandice
6. Kellie & Jamie
11. Rob & Kimberly
12. Tom & Terry