The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars Season Wrap-up


Well, The Amazing Race: All-Stars has come to an end. For years, it was talked about, rumored, speculated on. Everyone had their own choices for the All-Star line-up.

And even though there was disappointment with our eventual list of All-Stars, as soon as Phil said “GO!” we knew that we were in for another amazing adventure.

I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with The Amazing Race. Even at its worst, it’s still miles better than most other things on television.

Season 11, in my opinion, was one of the show’s best. A huge part of making it a great season most definitely had to do with the team interactions. The best moments of the season had something to do with the interactions between the teams themselves and for most of the season, there was this friendly, yet competitive feeling in the air which was refreshing to see.

No doubt the friendly competition came about since most of these teams are friends outside of the Race as well, but even so, watching the episodes and then watching the videos at of the teams mingling and hanging out and reminiscing is just great.

Anyway, with many big personalities on the Race, we were bound to get the great moments from the first couple of exciting episodes.

While unfortunately the tasks in TARAS weren’t as challenging as the awesome ones in TAR10, there was no lack of drama and chaos which made for great television. And it wasn’t “Let’s make everyone quit” drama, it was just drama that came about from Racing around the world.

The destinations were good, though I was hoping to get either more exotic and different or have them go back to the best destinations of the past 10 seasons.

I was also expecting (or really hoping for) some kind of in-Race reminiscing or some kind of shoutout to the past Races. The letters were cute, but I was hoping for something more. Maybe a reference to a classic Road Block or Detour, or maybe even including an updated version of a classic Road Block or Detour.

Another nitpick is definitely the degradation of the Fast Forward. Bring it back full time!!

Anyway, I think the teams definitely made this season. The Race course and the tasks were great, but the teams really brought the season alive.

Eric & Danielle.…Okay, they won. But I still don’t even think they deserved to be on in the first place. Eric & Jeremy, I would be okay with having back because they did dominate their season. I hear that TAR had a different first choice for a hybrid team in TAR3’s Flo & Drew, but Flo only wanted to come back if she Raced with Zach. There was also talk of an “expectant fathers” hybrid team featuring TAR5’s Colin and TAR6’s notorious Jonathan. Now that would’ve been an interesting team! Let’s see Jonathan try to push Colin! Remember, Colin wasn’t afraid of going to jail!
Anyway, congrats to Eric & Danielle for winning, but Jeremy’s phone call at the end just showed how horrible it was for E&D to win.

Rob & Amber… Sure they weren’t as evil this time around, but for me it really was a matter of overexposure. From Survivor to SciFi to their CBS-funded wedding to that reality show of their’s, it was just too much Romber and TARAS did fine when they were gone anyway. Let’s be thankful that they will never be on TAR again.

Kevin & Drew… They were the original frats, the first team of comedians on TAR. But their age and health got the best of ‘em. This is now their third Race! (Remember their cameo in TAR8?)

Uchenna & Joyce.… They are good people. And one of the more deserving winners, but there were other teams who were more deserving of their spot on All-Stars too. Still, it was nice to see them back on the Race. Best of luck to them, they’ll make great parents.

David & Mary… They were still good ol’ people. All-Stars, not for their Racing, but for them being them. And I always appreciate Racers who actually are fans of the show.

John Vito & Jill… Still one of my favorite teams ever, yeah they didn’t start any drama, but I’m the kind of TAR fan that would rather watch “nice” teams run the Race. Just because teams are “nice,” doesn’t mean there won’t be any excitement or drama. Too bad JVJ (aka Rambo and Rambette) didn’t get past the first leg.

Oswald & Danny… I thought they were going to go all the way. They did very well for most of the Race, but even one simple mistake can be costly. They brought the funny and they Raced well, that is a perfect TAR combo.

Joe & Bill… I hated them on TAR1 and still think their airport drama was stupid, but after a few years I came to appreciate their “evil” ways (especially in light of far worse teams to follow). I was happy to see them on All-Stars because they really are TAR All-Stars. It sucks that they have to suffer the same fate, in a way, by falling far, far behind. And it was weird seeing a “kindler, gentler Guido,” but they were great to watch.

Dustin & Kandice… I hated them at first on TAR10, but I slowly grew to like them. And I was definitely rooting for them on TARAS. They really have been the strongest female team on TAR ever, and you have to applaud them for running two consecutive Races without breaking a sweat.

Teri & Ian… One of my all-time favorites ever. They were smart, strong, funny… I wish they could’ve gone further. They deserved to win TAR3, and deserved to last longer on TARAS. But its great to see them again and to see that they still have a strong marriage. HOORAH! HUMP IT!

Charla & Mirna… I think the real stars of TAR All-Stars. Who knew? Yeah, they made a big impact on TAR5 (“I just got electrocuted!”) But I never expected them to be this awesome! Hilarity, chaos, drama… they single-handedly provided some of the most classic moments ever on TAR. The taxi in Chile, eliminating Rob & Amber, the sausage, the Hong Kong tasks, Charla’s heelies! So many amazing moments from them, and awesome fighting spirit. Charla is seriously tougher than most of the teams that have Raced! And Mirna is just unstoppable. Charla & Mirna… the true All-Stars.

So, that’s it for All-Stars. Season 12 is on its way! Seeing old favorites was awesome, but I can’t wait to see a whole new set of teams Race around the world!

1. TAR3
2. TAR8 (yes… that high)
3. TAR11:AS
4. TAR1
5. TAR5
6. TAR2
7. TAR6
8. TAR4
9. TAR10
10. TAR9
*huge gap*
11. TAR7

1. Nick, Alex, Megan, and Tommy Linz (TAR8)
2. Rob & Brennan (TAR1)
3. Tyler & James (TAR10)
4. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
5. Flo & Zach (TAR3)
6. Chip & Kim (TAR5)
7. Chris & Alex (TAR2)
*big gap*
7. BJ & Tyler (TAR9)
8. Eric & Danielle (TAR11:AS)
9. Reichen & Chip (TAR4)
10. Freddy & Kendra (TAR6)

1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3)
2. Charla & Mirna (TARAS)
4. Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
5. Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
6. Dustin & Kandice (TARAS)
7. Eric & Jeremy (TAR9)
8. The Bransens (TAR8)
9. Frank & Margarita (TAR1)

1. Teri & Ian (TARAS)
2. John Vito & Jill (TAR3)
3. The Gaghan Family (TAR8)
4. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
5. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
6. The Paolo Family (TAR8)
7. The Rogers Family (TAR8)
8. Joseph & Monica (TAR9)
9 .Dennis & Erika (TAR5)
10. Jim & Marsha (TAR5)
11. Charla & Mirna (TAR5)

THE BEST FINALE (regardless of winner)
1. TAR3
2. TAR8
*3-8 almost even*
3. TAR5
4. TAR2
5. TAR1
6. TAR6
7. TAR11: AS
8. TAR9
9. TAR4
10. TAR10
11. TAR7

1. TAR3
2. TAR8
3. TAR1
4. TAR11: AS

5. TAR5
6. TAR10
7. TAR9 
8. TAR6
9. TAR2
10. TAR4
*huge gap*
11. TAR7

1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3/AS)
2. Charla & Mirna (TAR5/AS)
4. The Linz Family (TAR8)
5. John Vito & Jill (TAR3/AS)
6. David & Margaretta (TAR1)
7. Don & Mary Jean (TAR6)
8. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
9. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
5. Erwin & Godwin (TAR10)
10. Joseph & Monica (TAR9)


Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 10 – “We are trying to make love, not war.”


This was an amazing episode, right up until the ending when we got the “good news.”

The Leg
The teams learn that their next destination is Hong Kong.

And the most dramatic airport drama of the season begins.

There are two flights, China Airlines (8AM departure) and Malaysia Air (9:15AM departure). China Air opens at 5AM while Malaysia Air opens at 4AM.

Oswald & Danny go the Malaysia Air office early and are 1st on the Standby List. The BQs are 2nd and Eric & Danielle are 3rd. The BQs try to get their names bumped up past the other two, it doesn’t work. Then, Oswald & Danny make their way to China Airlines next while Charla & Mirna go straight there. Meanwhile, the BQs and Eric & Danielle go to the ticket counter. Oswald & Danny and C&M get on the list first while the BQs are trying to get their names above the other two teams.

Oswald & Danny and Charla & Mirna try to get into the China Airlines office.

Mirna: “Good luck Yield Queens!”

Oswald & Danny are the only team to make it on the first flight and they give Charla & Mirna their confirmation number for the 2nd flight since they are first on the list. The BQs will have none of that and we see a little confrontation between them and Mirna. They both get on the flight though and Eric & Danielle have to take another flight arriving later.

In Hong Kong, Oswald & Danny decide to take their 2nd Fast Forward of the Race. In this Fast Forward, they must ride in a car with a professional stunt driver and take part in a high-speed action scene. It was actually pretty exciting. They arrive at the Pit Stop first.

Meanwhile, the next flight arrives. Charla & Mirna glide along and find their next clue is a Detour.

Oswald & Danny go flying.

Everybody is Kung Fu fighting.

In the Detour, teams have to choose between Kung Fu Fighting or Lost in Translation. In Kung Fu Fighting, teams have to climb up 11 stories of bamboo scaffolding while being surrounded by Kung Fu stuntmen fighting around them. In Lost in Translation, teams have to search through tons of signs for one sign that matches the picture.

Dustin & Kandice finish the Kung Fu Fighting and head to the Road Block.

Charla & Mirna hesitate on which Detour to choose, but ultimately go with the Kung Fu, though unsure about Charla being able to climb. However, Charla makes it look easy and Mirna makes for a hilarious time as she herself fights off some Kung Fu warriors (clever editing TAR editors!).

At the Road Block, they have to kick their way through doors to find their next clue pasted on a wall. Kandice does the Road Block and they are told to make their way to Victoria Park where they have to guide a Travelocity Roaming Gnome across a model boat pond on a model junk. .

Mirna fights.

Charla loves kicking things.

Meanwhile, Charla & Mirna are driven straight to Hong Kong Island when they were supposed to take a ferry there. So they ride from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back, and they make their way to the old police headquarters. Charla does the Road Block, while expressing her love of kicking things.

Eric & Danielle are bringing up the rear, and it looks like they are neck and neck with Charla & Mirna, but the girls finish 3rd and E&D finish last. And the moment I was dreading, Phil gives them the “good news” of a non-elimination. Yay! [/sarcasm]

The Teams

Charla & Mirna

Kind of like focus episodes on Lost or Power Rangers (!), this totally felt like a focus episode on Charla & Mirna, and it was fun. I have to take note though, when Mirna talks to her “friends” at the ticket office or at the counters, she always seems to be just kidding around and I think some people take her too seriously (I’m looking at you BQs!). Charla absolutely rocked this episode. She climbed up an 11 story building! And then she does the kickin’ Road Block. Add to that their little moments together wishing in the Harbor and wheeling around in the airport (Heelies!). Charla & Mirna for the win.

Oswald & Danny had a legendary leg their first time in Hong Kong. Not so much this time, but it was interesting to see that they (and looks like E&D) were running out of money, giving their last 20 (HK?) dollars to the toll. Anyway, they have been doing an outstanding job all season long and they can easily win the whole thing.

Oswald & Danny

Dustin and Kandice

Dustin & Kandice, I saw some things from them that annoyed the hell out of me in TAR10. A little cocky at the airport with an air of smug-ness throughout the leg, but they’re still okay in my book. (No messing with Mirna though!) Still, they very much deserve to be in the final four, as well as the final three. Two straight seasons of TAR and they are still going strong.

Eric & Danielle, grr… I was definitely expecting a non-elim, so I was dreading the ending as they were in last place the entire leg. What luck these two have. Even though I don’t like them and I still think they shouldn’t even have been considered for TARAS, I still believe that Eric can run a better Race by himself, and Danielle, even with a few tantrums in airports this season, isn’t as bad a whiner as some in the past. But I still hope they are eliminated next.

Eric and Danielle

A Plea to TAR Producers
Please, please, please… bring back the old, REAL Fast Forward! I’m just sad that the FF has become nothing but an advertisement for a new car (TAR7) or Travelocity. Before TAR5 and the introduction of the Yield, the FF brought about extra drama, gave underdogs a chance to catch up, and actually took some strategy to use. Now instead of deciding when it was “most advantageous to go for it,” if you’re first, you take it. I shuddered last season when it looked like it was going to be relegated to being an after-thought of a non-elimination penalty. I understand the logistics problems or that TAR wants to save money, but they could easily find something easy and cheap to produce in each destination. As long as its not eating 3 feet of sausage or getting your head shaved.

Remember, be sure to watch THE FINISH LINE every Monday at 1PM ET/10AM PT at and watch the new ELIMINATION STATION at where we all get to see what goes on in Sequesterville!

Mirna: “We’re gonna bring on the muscles.”
Mirna: *points to her head* This muscle here is the one we try to use the most.”

Mirna: “Shh… Close that door. Close that door!”
Desmond: “Its okay, keep it open.”
Mirna: “No! Its too cold! Way too cold.”

Mirna: “Look, take your padded bra and the stuff you’ve got stuffed in there and take it elsewhere.”

Danielle: “What do you want to do?”
Eric: “Go stand in a puddle, drop your hairdryer in it and kill ourselves.”

Mirna: “Good luck Yield Queens! Good luck!”

Mirna: “Can you tell these Kung Fu warriors to go away a little. I hope they don’t fall on my head.”

Mirna: “We are trying to make love, not war.”

Mirna: “Oh, they’re making it shakey. Okay, okay. No more, I’m coming to fight you. Good job Charla, this is fun, is all heck. Hong Kong! I love you!”

And a little note from me.
And so, I’m off to the Philippines tonight (while pretending I’m trying to get myself on the earliest possible flight and then having to hurry to make a connection in Manila… maybe wheel around on heelies in the airport and find a ticket offices to camp out at).

I just hope I’ll be able to get AXN or Studio 23 in the Philippine provinces so I can see TAR <IMG height=15 alt=”
So with limited (read:no) internet access where I’ll be staying most of the next two weeks, enjoy the next two episodes (I’m sure they’ll be awesome) and see you all right before the finale!


Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 9 – “These are the future Charlas and Mirnas of the world!”


Well, even though we pretty much knew who was going to be eliminated from the start, it was still a fun episode.

The Leg
So we have the teams learn they will have to make their way to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

Uchenna & Joyce take a chance with a very tight connection through Frankfurt. They don’t make it. Meanwhile, Charla & Mirna are able to find the earliest flight and arrive in Kuala Lampur 3 hours before the others.  They chase a bus that will take them to the Batu Caves.

At the Caves, the teams climb up a whole lot of steps to get their clue which tells them to go to Kampung Baru Mosque. It takes a while for Charla to get up there, but they maintain their first place lead.

Charla & Mirna chase after a bus.

The BQs Yield Eric & Danielle.

Charla & Mirna pass on the Yield and find their Detour. In Artistic Expression, teams have to use a technique known as batik to duplicate a print onto a long piece of cloth and then dye it. In Cookie Confection, teams have to bite through 600 boxes of cookies until they find one with a licorice center.

Charla & Mirna (maybe thinking about the biting through chocolates Road Block from TAR5) choose the cookies.

The BQs arrive next and decide to Yield Eric & Danielle. They then go straight to the batik Detour, while Charla & Mirna give up on the cookies and switch over.

Meanwhile, Oswald & Danny get lost AND THEN disagree over which Detour to do. Oswald & Danny then arrive at the cookies, seeing the mess C&M made and start the Detour, while disagreeing on what exactly they need to do.

The BQs finish first and go to the Road Block, Part-Time Job. Here, they have to use a bike and go around the neighborhood trying to collect old newspapers for recycling. “Surat Khabar Lama” is the phrase they can use to ask for papers. Kandice has an easy time, yeah.

Oswald & Danny disagree

Lots of fern friends in Malaysia.

Back at the Detour, Charla & Mirna pull ahead of Oswald & Danny, while Eric & Danielle finish their Yield and head to the cookies.

As Charla & Mirna arrive at the Road Block, the BQs finish, make their way to the Pit Stop and score another first place finish, yeah.

Pretty soon, all three teams arrive at the Road Block. Mirna gets LOTS of help from some local Malaysians (who, I’ve learned, are big TAR fans) whom she calls the next Charla & Mirna (TARAsia look out!). They finish 2nd.

Both Danielle and Danny are short 4 hand widths of papers.  Danielle complains about doing all the hard Road Blocks (and how Eric is a woman) as she has to go back while Danny has to pay money to get papers at a gas station.

Eric & Danielle finish 3rd despite being Yielded and Oswald & Danny, who are still a little bit frustrated are 4th.

Night falls as Uchenna & Joyce, who are probably a day behind, finally arrive in Kuala Lampur and are told to go directly to the Pit Stop where they are eliminated.

Eric doesn’t look happy.

The Teams
Well, we have our Final Four teams!! Wow, time definitely has flown!

Charla & Mirna have really run an amazing Race so far. They have had the perfect mix of luck and skill/strength to do very well. Add lots of personality and you’ve got a real All-Star team.

Dustin & Kandice are also doing very well. Not as smug and cocky as they were in TAR10, the BQs are making good decisions and are very strong. They could actually go all the way.

Oswald & Danny were a mess this leg. Some bad luck plus their confusing decisions and bickering really put them far back in this leg. The usually happy-go-lucky ChaChas were hit with a little bout of frustration this leg. Let’s hope they get over it fast.

Uchenna & Joyce were drama-less, which is definitely not a bad thing. They didn’t Race particularly well, but they were a decent team. They fell because of bad flights, which seems to be a recurring theme this season. But at least they’ve already experienced going to the end, and their marriage seems stronger than ever.  Best wishes to them! And hopefully, they’ll get to be parents very soon! 

And finally, Eric & Danielle. I honestly have never heard “Dirty Pirate Hooker” before in my life, but while it got a chuckle from me, they are still not All-Stars in my opinion. If only Danielle had to repeat that TAR9 Yield experience all over again, it would’ve been awesome.

Remember, be sure to watch THE FINISH LINE every Monday at 1PM ET/10AM PT at and watch the new ELIMINATION STATION at where we all get to see what goes on in Sequesterville!

Charla: “They definitely don’t need a stairmaster in their country.”

Mirna: “I love licorice! You know how much I love my cookies. Cookies with licorice! Can’t get better than this!”

Charla: “That’s a lot of damn cookies.”

Charla: “Oswald & Danny just came Mirna!”
Mirna: “Yeah, I see. I’m not blind!”

Danny: “Who’dve told me I was going to be a sweatshop in Malaysia.

Malaysian Man (to Kandice): “You should have no problem getting free newspaper. The way you look, yeah.”

Mirna: “You don’t need this many newspapers, it clutters your house and then you become a clutterbug.”

Mirna: “I recruited team Charla/Mirna… youngsters. These are the future Charlas and Mirnas of the world! The juniors!”
Mirna (to Young Malaysian Man): “Stay out of drugs. Go to school. Be a professional. And you’re in good shape.”

Danielle: “Every Road Block that is designed for a guy, I am doing. And every Road Block for a girl, Eric does. He’s a woman.”



Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episodes 7 and 8 – “They’re going to think we’re crazy on the streets.”


It was an absolutely thrilling, fun, action-packed two hours of The Amazing Race. One of the best episodes ever I think.

The Leg
There is a 16 hour difference between the first and last place team. The lead teams learn that they need to fly to Warsaw, Poland.

Dustin & Kandice, Charla & Mirna, Oswald & Danny tell the travel agent to hang up on Uchenna & Joyce.

The BQs get on the first flights that arrive almost two hours before the provided tickets. Uchenna & Joyce seem to have obtained tickets that get them there at the same time, 9:10AM.

Meanwhile, Charla & Mirna and Oswald & Danny stay seven hours at the travel agent before getting a flight that arrives at 9:45AM.

Joe & Bill and Eric & Danielle are not let on their connecting flight in Kilimanjaro. Joe goes to the side of the tarmac and starts ringing his bell to stop the plane. It doesn’t work and they have to take a morning flight.

Uchenna & Joyce are not let on the early flight and the BQs arrive first in Warsaw where they make their way to “Chopin” playing

The BQs arrive at the Detour.
In Perfect Pitch… they must find and fix the out of tune key in a grand piano. The pianist then plays Chopin to make sure the key is in tune. In Perfect Angle.. they must carry a mannequin to the Panoramik Laboratory and position it under an x-ray machine at the right angle to obtain their next clue.

The BQs have an easy time at the Perfect Pitch Detour with Dustin’s piano playing experience and glide their way to the Pit Stop (Missing Road Block!) at park where the monument to Jan III Sobieski Lazienki is located.

Oswald & Danny struggle at the Detour and break a couple of piano strings, but finish. Charla & Mirna struggle themselves, but then switch Detours and do Perfect Angle. The Polish people basically ignore them until they meet one woman who leads them to Panoramik.

Meanwhile, Joyce’s own piano playing experience help them quickly finish and they place 3rd. Charla & Mirna finish 4th.

The Guidos and Eric & Danielle are more than 12 hours behind the first place BQs who now start the next leg of the Race in the middle of the night.

This is the first time since season 1! that teams have started a leg while other teams have yet to complete the previous leg.

They learn that their next clue is at Auschwitz, but they will take a charter bus… which will leave at 1PM the next day. And here’s TAR’s way of allowing the Guidos and Eric & Danielle to catch up.

It’s a non-elimination leg and all the teams are now either on the 1PM charter bus or the 5PM bus. The BQs, Oswald & Danny and Uchenna & Joyce are on the 1st bus and arrive at Auschwitz where they pay an emotional tribute to those whose lives were taken away there, in a solemn moment reminiscent of TAR6’s tribute to the slaves in Senegal.

Auschwitz was actually a lot more emotional, especially being at night. (It definitely had me tearing up.)

After the emotional moment, the teams make their way to Krakow where they find an Intersection . Oswald & Danny and Uchenna & Joyce are first, they team up and complete the Fast Forward where they must count the steps on the stairs of the towers of St. Mary’s church and the Town Hall in the city. They finish and tie first and Oswald & Danny defer the prize to Uchenna & Joyce.

Meanwhile, Dustin & Kandice have to wait a few hours for the next bus for a team to team up with. Charla & Mirna arrive first, they hesitate to team up with them, but they decide its better to just go.

Eric & Danielle and Joe & Bill arrive last and team up.

The teams head to the Detour. In Eat It Up… teams must make a 3-inch kielbasa sausage and then each team member must eat a 2 foot long sausage. In Roll it Out, teams have to roll out 20 bagels and then deliver them to a restaurant.

The BQs and Charla & Mirna go to Eat It Up They make the 3 inch sausages, pray together and dig into their 8 feet of sausage. The Guidos and Eric & Danielle get lost on their way to Roll It Out so they go to Eat It Up and the four teams are neck and neck. Bill finishes his sausage before the girls, upping the determined girls to finish there’s.

Dustin throws up after she finishes her sausage (Eric: “Ladies and gentlemen, Miss California!”)

Of the girls, Charla is the only one left. She decides its time for her to throw up the sausage so far. In one of the funniest moments ever on all of reality television, Charla decides to stick a knife in her mouth to make herself throw up, and she admittedly has no idea what she’s doing. (Charla: “I don’t know how people do this.”) Everyone cracking up, Bill and Danielle covering their ears… it was just madness and hilarity.

Eric & Danielle and The Guidos finish first, but the BQs and Charla & Mirna realize that they must drive themselves.

Charla & Mirna fall behind and has a frantic encounter with two taxi drivers. However, they still manage to beat Eric & Danielle and the Guidos to the Road Block.

The BQs finish it first where one team member has to dress in armor and then lead a horse through the forest to the Pieskowa Skała castle gates. They are 3rd.

Charla has trouble leading the horse as they turn in several circles on the road, but ultimately the finish 4th.

The Guidos finish 5th, but their 30 minute penalty kicks in and they are eliminated.

The Teams
Charla & Mirna are just continuing to be a whole mixed bag of emotions. I can see how they can annoy everyone, but there’s also much to love and enjoy about them. They are pushing forward.

Dustin & Kandice did well these two legs. Even though I thought there were all right in TAR10, I enjoy them now. They are Racing well and are not as cocky as they were in TAR10.

Uchenna & Joyce are rolling along as well.

Oswald & Danny continue to have fun and still do well on the Race. It was fun seeing them at the piano/concert hall place.

Eric & Danielle seem to be the closest dating team ever! [/sarcasm] Danielle didn’t seem as useless this week, she actually did well, especially at the eating Detour. I still think Eric could do better on his own.

And the Guidos, Joe & Bill. It must suck to be done in, once again, because they could not overcome their immense distance from the lead teams. It also sucks that they had to be part of two of the few times in TAR history that teams have been more than 12 hours behind the rest. Still, while not as ruthless and cunning this time around, they still Raced well enough to get this far and were very enjoyable to watch.

Honestly, The Amazing Race: All-Stars has not had one single bad episode/leg yet. Even last week’s episode was better than most. TARAS might really be the best TAR season ever!

Remember, be sure to watch THE FINISH LINE every Monday at 1PM ET/10AM PT at and watch the new ELIMINATION STATION at where we all get to see what goes on in Sequesterville!



Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episodes 7 and 8 – Just the Quotes!


Just the Quotes


Danielle: “So Warsaw is not here obviously.”
Eric: “No, Warsaw is in Poland knucklehead.”
Danielle: “Poland!?!?!”

Dustin: “We’re going to see Chopin play the piano!”
Kandice: “Really?”
Dustin: “Well, he’s dead.”

Danielle: “I’m surprised Jeremy didn’t kill you.”

Charla: “You like Polish Hot Dogs?”
Mirna: “You like Polish Sausage?”
Charla: “Sausage?”
Mirna: “Good?”
Charla: “He doesn’t like us too much.”
Mirna: “No, I don’t think so.”

Nobody in Poland wants to speak to Charla & Mirna.
Mirna: “Maybe they’ve never seen a little person. Nobody wants to talk to us, it’s like we’re the plague or something.”

The piano is out of tune.
Charla: “Sounds like an ambulance is coming.”

Oswald: “The piano player wasn’t bad to look at.”
Danny: “Yeah, he was eye candy.”

Charla: “I don’t know why it’s all men. They don’t have any women mannequin?”

Carrying the mannequin.
Charla: “They’re going to think we’re crazy on the streets.”

Polish Lady: “Oh gosh! He has a broken leg.”
Charla: “That’s okay, he’ll get fixed at the hospital.”

Mirna: “Oh great, we’ve got to do x-rays. Is that good for you? Charla, you’ve got to get out of the room. What are you doing? You’re hiding the x-ray image.”
Charla: “You’re supposed to cover the private part.”
Mirna: “Great.”

Choosing a mannequin:
Joe: “Pick the hunkiest one!”

Joe: “Try his pecs, he’s got pecs kind of like yours now!”

Charla: “This is a real fun task, let me tell you. After the naked mannequin and now the sausage?”

Mirna: “Female bonding over sausages.”

Joe: “The one thing we know is that Mirna can’t drive worth a damn.”

Mirna: “We don’t have a hundred dollars to give anybody! You think I’m made of money? I’m a young girl, I don’t have hundred dollars. You think I’m a millionaire?”

Mirna: “Haves a little bit of sympathy! As a human being! We are here at 2 in the morning. You can show me, my friend! Just show me! Please my friend, I am begging you!”

Dustin: “I thought my heels at home were pointy.”

Joe: “She looks like a dressed up rat.”

Mirna: “Horsey! I have sausage!”



Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 6 – “You have each won a twelve and a half foot catamaran!”


As if it wasn’t a crazy episode to begin with, it ended with one of the best teams ever being Philiminated.

The Leg
Okay, this leg was probably the craziest leg ever. It must have been logistics hell for the production team. Its kind of hard to go chronologically with teams being all over the place, so…

Night One: The teams get ready to make their way to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
But before that, they have to all overcome some of the toughest airport drama I’ve ever seen on the Race.

Day One:
Charla & Mirna take a risk by flying first to Johannesburg and then to Tanzania. It pays off and they arrive in Dar Es Salaam hours and hours before the other teams. They get to the dhows at the pier, but the man says that bad weather and an impending storm prevents them from leaving and they’ll have to wait for the next morning. Pan up to the blue, partly cloudy sky.
Hmm… (more on this later).

Meanwhile, the teams learn they all have to go to Jo’burg (as they say) to take a connect flight to Dar es Salaam.

Night Two:
Only Oswald & Danny, Dustin & Kandice, and Uchenna & Joyce make the next flight while Eric & Danielle are pulled off the plane for overbooking.

Day Two:
Eric & Danielle are then put on the next flight, with Teri & Ian and the Guidos being left behind. The last two teams take a flight that leaves in the middle of the day.

Meanwhile, the other teams make their way to Zanzibar where they encounter the Detour and Road Block.

First, Charla & Mirna and Oswald & Danny complete the Solve It Detour where they have to put together a puzzle that recreates an image by the local art known as Tinga Tinga. Oswald & Danny finish first, but stop for some fruits, which paves Charla & Mirna’s way to arrive first at the Road Block.

At the Road Block, they must use a traditional weapon of the Maasai tribe, known as a Rungu, to break a clay target in which their clue is being kept. (And Phil is starting to make his task descriptions more fun, the trademarked Phil eyebrow showed up when one of the Maasai handed him a Rungu… hilarious)

Mirna finishes it and she and Charla take off to the Pit Stop where they finish first, again. And they learn that they have won a catamaran… I absolutely loved how the music just stops when they seemed confused as to what a catamaran was… Best Pit Stop Prize Reaction Ever!

Oswald & Danny finish 2nd.

Uchenna & Joyce and Dustin & Kandice then arrive in Zanzibar. U&J do the Solve It Detour while Dustin & Kandice decide to do the physically tougher Schlep It Detour where they must haul two huge logs one mile to a dhow-making shipyard. They fall behind.

It is now Night Three! Uchenna finishes the Road Block, he and Joyce make it to the Pit Stop as Team 3 and the 30 minute penalty doesn’t affect anything.

The BQs must have spent a looong time with the Detour because they arrive more than 30 minutes after U&J at the Pit Stop. They are 4th.

Looong after them, Eric & Danielle finish the Detour and arrive at the Road Block where Danielle doesn’t even complete the Road Block … her clay pot just falls off without her Rungu even touching the stick the pot was hanging on. They are 5th.

The Guidos and Teri & Ian finally arrive in Zanzibar where they complete the Solve It Detour. The Guidos finish first and stay ahead of Teri & Ian all the way to the Pit Stop.

It is now Day Three of the Leg!! Teri & Ian are eliminated.

The “Conspiracy” or aka TAR Producers Didn’t Think There Would be Such a Huge Gap Between Teams
Its pretty much understood that the producers randomly throw in “Hours of Operation” or book flights for the teams during legs when it appears that teams will be spread out as much as 24 hours apart. I’m sure TAR would not want a repeat of the Guidos falling more than 24 hours behind in TAR1 and David & Jeff repeating that fate in TAR4.

It’s a logistic problem and honestly, it’ll make the leg boring and predictable. That’s what happened this leg. It looks like the producers didn’t expect the teams to be sooo spread out, otherwise they would’ve booked flights for the teams to have them all together. When Hours of Operation would seem pointless as Charla & Mirna would’ve been at least 12 hours ahead, they instead had the dhow “driver” I guess say that a storm was coming so they had to wait until the next morning.

Charla & Mirna seemed just as confused as us viewers… the sky was blue, the clouds were white… That’s all… lol, it was just so obvious, it was funny.

The Teams
Well, Charla & Mirna have taken over the Race! So only three teams have placed first in six legs. Romber took the first three, Oswald & Danny took over in leg 4, and now Charla & Mirna have taken legs 5 and 6. They’re stepping up their game, and over the last two legs, it hasn’t been mostly luck. In fact, they’ve placed first mostly on their own decisions. And they’re still hilarious.

Oswald & Danny are still silently doing well. Silent as in no drama, but not silent in terms of joking around and being funny.

Uchenna & Joyce are doing all right. They’re lucky that this leg wasn’t as close as all the others.

Dustin & Kandice are showing some signs of tiring out after two consecutive Races.

Eric & Danielle are still a waste of an All-Star slot and my least favorite to win. If they win, they’ll be just as horrible as the winners of the other two All-Star CBS editions.

The Guidos are far, far behind and will have a lot of catch-up to do in the next leg.

Teri & Ian… it as a MaGMCM at the end when I was practically bawling when they gave their subdued “We’re comin’ Phil!” I loved Teri & Ian all through TAR3 and I loved them even more now on All-Stars. They truly are All-Stars and will still be one of the most competitive Racers ever. A perfect mix of character and strength, not letting their age hold them back… Teri & Ian… you guys are the best.

Remember, be sure to watch THE FINISH LINE every Monday at 1PM ET/10AM PT at and watch the new ELIMINATION STATION at where we all get to see what goes on in Sequesterville!

Danielle: “Hope we get a good flight to Tanzania.”
Eric: “Where the Tanzanian Devil lives.”
Danielle: “Its not Tanzania, its Tasmania Devil.”
Eric: “Oh is it Tasmanian ?”
Danielle: “Oh, Tas…manian Devil.”

Eric: “Okay, I was just kidding.”

Mirna (in a Spanish accent): “What number you have to dial out? Nine?”

Charla (in a Spanish accent): “Just try… please. I’m asking. Why not possible? Just dial. Hit… hit… hit.”

Ian: “Let’s try to start racing smart. Stop, look and listen.”
Teri: “Yeah, but do we have to stop in an airport.”

Mirna: “Throw me the water bottle!”
Charla throws the bottle.
Charla: “Good throw, maybe you should’ve done it.”

Oswald: “Mirna got one. She must have been praying to her grandmother, her grandfather, her eternal lineage.”

Phil: “As the winners of this leg of the Race, you have each won a twelve and a half foot catamaran.”
Charla & Mirna: “Huh? What is that?”
Phil: “It’s a jewel hulled sailing boat.”
Charla & Mirna: “Yay!”



Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 5 – Scap Recap!



Relive the episode with my random scaps at

Hopefully I’ll get them up earlier next week!


Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 5 – “That’s a huge damn rat.”


“How will Rob & Amber’s elimination affect the other teams?” Uh… not at all? There’s really no effect at all really, other than how any other team eliminated affects the Race. Its one less team to Race against, that’s all. Geez, even after they’re eliminated they try to sneak them onto the Race.

The Leg
Anyway, the teams make their way half a mile to the Glacier where they need to use a navigator to find an avalanche beacon.

The BQs pass the gear they need and they have to go back to the chair lifts to get the pack, but they still manage to pass Oswald & Danny who are the last team at the clue.

They all end up on the same early flight to Maputo, Mozambique.

The Road Block at Mapopo training field, “Who smells a rat?” has the teams use a trained rat to find a deactivated landmine. The rat finds the mine, and they dig up a flag, Charla & Mirna are the last team.

(Some of the rats’ names… Nelson, Xena, and Tupac.)

In the Detour, Pamper or Porter… teams either have to get 30 meticais by getting people to let them paint their nails or fill ten sacks with charcoal, sew them closed, then take one sack to a specified address.

Aparently, nail painting is more commonly done by men in Mozambique, something the teams didn’t know.

Mirna & Charla and the BQs go do Pamper and easily finish in 1st and 2nd respectively at the Fortalezza Pit Stop.

All the other teams think the charcoal is faster, and struggle with the labor-intensive task.

Teri & Ian, who arrive at the clue last, are mistakenly taken to the location of the Pamper detour and reluctantly decide they might as well do it. Charla & Mirna and the BQs seem to have asked a couple of people to paint their nails. Teri & Ian ask two girls to get their nails painted for the whole 30 metical. (Mozambican girl: “Its too much!”)
Instead, the one girl pays 20 and the other pays 10. Teri & Ian quickly paint their nails, the girls are fine with it. They finish 3rd.

One of the funniest moments ever on The Amazing Race, and even funnier than dancing Phil, was Oswald & Danny, covered in charcoal, chasing Phil around wanting to hug him. They are fourth.

After a seemingly growing feud between the Guidos and Eric & Danielle, they finish 5th and 6th respectively seconds apart.

Uchenna & Joyce, who get lost finishing the Road Block, finish last in this first non-elimination leg. They are now marked for elimination.

The Teams
Teri & Ian… Thank goodness the driver took them to the other Detour and thank goodness for those two girls. I’m sure they would’ve been last if they did the charcoal. It was pretty funny. They could’ve just poured the nail polish all over their hands. Anyway, Go Teri & Ian!

Charla & Mirna get their first, first place finish ever. Good for them. They were great at the Detour… “We put clear, manly colors!” Ha, they should start their own business… Charla & Mirna’s Hollywood Nails.

Oswald & Danny had a little bit of frustration on the Glacier, but they easily got over it and did well. Dustin & Kandice got over their oversight and finished strong too. I thought it was sweet that they gave the little girl a free nail polish. 

Uchenna & Joyce now have to find a way to get first next leg. There may or may not be a Fast Forward so who knows what’ll happen.

And the Guidos and Eric & Danielle. I guess there is a mini-feud going on there. Eric did make some stupid, childish comments towards Joe & Bill several times during the leg. And looks like Danielle freaks out again! next week. Great…

I was a little sad when Joe & Bill said they were the “kinder and gentler” Guidos this time around. Its funny how while I hated them on TAR1, I look back now and think how hilariously evil they were.

Remember, be sure to watch THE FINISH LINE every Monday at 1PM ET/10AM PT at and watch the new ELIMINATION STATION at where we all get to see what goes on in Sequesterville!

Charla: “We’ll just be a popsicle… and somebody can suck us.”

Mirna: “What the hell is an avalanche beacon?”
Charla: “An avalanche is when the snow falls down.”

Ian: “Is your underwear tagged ‘Team Guido’?”
Joe: “You don’t want to see our underwear.”
Ian: “We have paper, so…”
Joe: “We have thongs. Sometimes they give you wedgies.”

Charla: “I’ve never been to a glacier in my life.”

Oswald: “If you get caught in an avalanche…”
Danny: “Never look for Oswald & Danny to get you out”

Joe: “We smell like a French whore, but it doesn’t matter to me.”

Mirna: “That’s a huge damn rat.”

Oswald: “I’ll set you free after and I’ll take you to a nice lab where they’ll apply make-up to you.”

Joe: “When we retire, maybe we can come here and get jobs as rat trainers.”

Bill: “Two guys painting nails…”
Joe: “Yeah, that’s going to be weird.”

Mirna: “I’m glad they have metrosexuals everywhere in the world.”

Phil (to the BQs): “Pretty in Pink in Mozambique”

Danny: “Do I look like Rambo?”
Oswald: “You look like a faggy raccoon.”

Oswald: “Don’t get me dirty Danny!”

Phil (to Oswald & Danny): “I’m surprised you went for the coal… but that’s just me.”
Oswald: “We came to win… we didn’t come to sissyfoot.”



The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars Exclusive Videos!

Tons of exclusive deleted scenes and cast interviews are available on Innertube at Plus, watch the Pit Stop Cam where you get to see what the remaining teams do during their 12 hour rest periods. And, don’t miss Elimination Station, as the latest Philiminated teams head to the beautiful Sequesterville villa.

I’ll feature the best and funniest videos here every week.

Some choice Innertube clips to check out form the first four episodes.

Mary Doesn’t Agree with Tea
At Pim’s Restaurant, Uchenna & Joyce and Charla & Mirna drink tea to ward off altitude sickness, but Mary is having none of it.
View Mary Doesn’t Agree with Tea on innertube now

More videos from episode 1

Charla & Mirna Pick a Line
With three options at the airport, cousins Charla & Mirna come up with some unusual ways to decide which line to choose.
View Charla & Mirna Pick a Line on innertube now

Charla & Mirna’s Bedtime Disturbs Joe & Bill
Bedding down for the night with their camping blanket, cousins Charla & Mirna create enough of a racket to disturb sleeping beauties Joe & Bill.
View Charla & Mirna’s Bedtime Disturbs Joe & Bill on innertube now

More videos from episode 2

More videos from episode 3

More videos from episode 4

Latest video:
THIS WEEK: David & Mary settle into the exotic luxury of Elimination Station and ponder which Team will be the next to arrive. Everyone is shocked at the arrival of Rob & Amber and they are grilled for information about the Race.

Videos of the teams as they get a chance to sit back and relax before the next hectic and exciting leg of the Race.
A few of the videos include teams having a meal together, teams sitting around a fireplace, and teams getting to know the local dogs.
Pit Stop Cam videos from Episode 4

Read exclusive interviews with the first four eliminated All-Star teams!

Read exclusive interviews with the first four eliminated All-Star teams at!

JOHN VITO & JILL, 1st Team Philiminated
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KEVIN & DREW, 2nd Team Philiminated
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DAVID & MARY, 3rd Team Philiminated
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ROB & AMBER, 4th Team Philiminated
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