Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 3 – “I’m sorry I’m wearing a bathing suit. It is very weird, I know.”
Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 2 – “It’s easy to make yourself beautiful with plastic surgery.”
5 DAYS UNTIL THE AMAZING RACE: ALL-STARS
Continuing our countdown to Sunday, I’m listing the most emotional moments ever on The Amazing Race. And I guess emotional in terms of very touching and not emotional as in agression and anger (so no Jonathan shoving Victoria).
I couldn’t find 10… but if anyone has something to add, by all means, let me know! I do find it odd that I only have moments from TAR5-TAR8.
THE MOST EMOTIONAL AMAZING RACE MOMENTS
7. Brian & Greg’s Jeep Turns Over, Cameraman Injured (TAR7)
Episode 7-5/7-6: “I’ve Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time”
Brian & Greg feel horrible as their cameraman lies on the ground after their car accident. As almost all the teams stop and find out if they’re okay, the brothers weren’t as concerned for the Race as they were for the safety of their crew.
6. The Gaghans Get Philiminated (TAR8)
Episode 6-8: “I’m Sick of Doing Stuff I Can’t Do!”
Carissa Gaghan, a pint-sized Racer who could probably Race better than people four times her age, was teary eyed as her family was eliminated. An unexpectedly tough fight from an unlikely competitor.
5. Don is Proud as Mary Jean fights to finish the Road Block (TAR6)
Episode 6-4: “What if This Isn’t Sanitary?”
Don & Mary Jean were in last place going to the Road Block. Since Don was still recovering from being seasick, it was up to Mary Jean to complete the tough salt harvesting Road Block. Mary Jean fought through the task and finished it without a single complaint. As Don stood watching, he expressed his love for his wife, the first time they met at Stanford, and how proud he was of her. They hugged as they were surrounded by Senegalese applause.
4. Joyce Shaves Her Head for the Fast Forward (TAR7)
Episode 7-9: “We Have a Bad Elephant!”
Brandon and Nicole didn’t want to shave their full model heads of hair for a fast forward in TAR5… but Uchenna & Joyce felt they needed to get a FF to stay in the Race. Uchenna had no hair on his head, so it was up to Joyce and with tears in her eyes, she completed the task.
3. Charla & Mirna Get Philiminated (TAR5)
Episode 5-7: “Are You Sure This is Safe?”
Charla’s farewell speech at the mat brought even Phil to tears. She wanted to show what she could do… and she did.
2. TAR6 Pays Tribute at the Door of No Return (TAR6)
Episode 6-5: “Quit Following Us”In Senegal, teams were asked to pay tribute to the slaves who were forced out of their country through the Door of No Return. All the teams, even Jonathan, were humble and touched by the gesture that was required of them. But it was especially hard for Gus who felt a strong connection.
1. Gretchen Is Injured and Is Then Subjected to the New Non-Elimination Rule (TAR7)
Episode 7-5/7-6: “I’ve Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time”
No question. Gretchen falling in an underground cave and basically busting her head open. Before cutting to commercial, we hear Meredith calling for her after she falls… now that was scary. But the fact that she was in good spirits and even joking about, and Meredith being so worried about her it was so touching. Then Phil throws them a curveball when he tells them that while its an non-elimination leg, he must take away all their money AND all their possessions.
To get ready for Sunday’s premiere of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, I’ll be counting down with the most exciting, the funniest, and the best moments ever on the Race.
Today, let’s start with the most exciting leg finishes ever. While I might not have liked the results of each of these finishes, there were definitely edge of your seat moments.
THE TOP 10 MOST AMAZING (RACE) FINISHES
10. Kris & Jon Stopped by a Train as Freddy & Kendra Win (TAR6)
Episode 6-13: “4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles”
Although the exact difference in time has never been confirmed, it can be said that lovebirds Kris & Jon were very close to winning the million dollars, had they not been stopped by a train crossing. It seemed as if Kris & Jon had a chance to catch up to eventual winners Freddy & Kendra, as the train whistle could be heard in the distance while Phil proclaimed F&K the winners of TAR6.
9. Flags Spell the Downfall of Eric & Jeremy (TAR9)
Episode 9-12: “5 Continents… 10 Countries… And More Than 59 Thousand Miles”
For the 2nd season in a row, a final Road Block was placed just yards away from the Finish Line. This time, teams had to arrange flags in the order they visited the countries on the Race. A neck and neck, nail biting race between Eric & Jeremy and BJ & Tyler resulted in a Hippie win.
8. Kelly & Jon Come Back From Behind (TAR4)
Episode 4-9: “We’re Not at Charm School Learning to How to Be a Gentleman, We’re Racing”
An ending that shocked everyone. Kelly & Jon, severely behind after getting lost and then going for an already taken Fast Forward, manage to catch up to an even more lost Millie & Chuck. Many fans expected a non-elimination leg, but “virgins” Millie & Chuck came in last and were eliminated.
7. The Paolos Wear Their Underpants to the Mat (TAR8)
Episode 8-7 “You Look Rediculous”
The Paolos, believing they were last and assuming it was a non-elimination leg, began to put all their clothes on to have fresh clothing in the event that they were safe. What they didn’t expect was the Bransens driving up as they had their underpants over their pants. The Paolos, in various levels of clothing, run to the Mat to avoid last place as the Bransens are seconds behind.
6. Nancy & Emily Take Penalty (TAR1)
Episode 1-9: “The Unexpected Twist”
The Guidos, Joe & Bill, win the Fast Forward, but take their time to get to the Pit Stop. Meanwhile, Nancy & Emily’s frustrations cause them to reach their breaking point and decide not to complete the Detour, incurring a 24 hour penalty. Had they completed all tasks, “Momily” would’ve been saved, and Joe & Bill, hours behind the other teams, would’ve been Philiminated.
5. A Footrace in the Swiss Countryside (TAR3)
Episode 3-8: “This is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!”
John Vito & Jill fell behind at the Road Block while the rest of the teams stuck together to find the Pit Stop. Ken & Gerard decide to take a detour with some goats. The other three teams make it to the Pit Stop, while JVJ and the “Oh Brothers” arrive seconds apart from each other at the Mat.
4. Linz and Bransen Families Put the Pieces Together for Million Dollars (TAR8)
Episode 8-11: “25 Days, 50 Cities, and More than 600 Consecutive Hours as a Family”
For the first time in Amazing Race history, a final Road Block was required just yards away from the Finish Line. Nick Linz and Wally Bransen hurry to complete a puzzle of North and Central America, with the Linz family ultimately edging out the Bransens for the million dollars.
3. Three Way Footrace for Non-Elimination (TAR9)
Episode 9-9: “Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today Phil?”
Despite being Yielded, Joseph & Monica catch up to BJ & Tyler and Eric & Jeremy for a stunning three-way footrace to the mat. BJ’s shoeless, walking on rocks strategy allowed Joseph & Monica to take 3rd, leaving the Hippies in last for this non-elimination leg.
2. Brian & Greg Overcome Overturned Car to Beat Ray & Deana (TAR7)
Episode 7-5: “I’ve Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time”Part of one of the most memorable TAR episodes ever, Brian & Greg’s jeep overturns in the desert. With an injured cameraman and a wrecked vehicle, it seemed like it was the end for the brothers. But Ray & Deana fall behind at the Detour, allowing Brian & Greg to catch up and win a thrilling edge of your seat footrace in the Makgadikgadi Pans.
1. Chris & Alex Pass Tara & Wil to Win Million (TAR2)
Episode 2-11: “Follow That Plane (Season Finale)”
The most exciting finish ever on The Amazing Race. With the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, the Boston boys Chris & Alex catch up and pass bickering Tara & Wil to the Finish Line ensuring their $1 Million cash prize.
Honorable Mention: Rob & Brennan Beat Frank & Margarita in their Hometown (TAR1)
Episode 1- 13: “Race to the Finish (Part 2)”The very first finale saw Frank & Margarita just miss a train that would’ve kept them in the Race for the million. Instead, Rob & Brennan pulled out in front and won the very first Amazing Race.
The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars Premieres Sunday, February 18th at 8:00PM/7:00c.
The teams will be announced this Tuesday during The Early Show on CBS.
When rumors that an All-Star edition of The Amazing Race surfaced a couple of seasons ago, I was excited. I thought it would be a chance for me to get to see some of the most memorable and best teams Race again. Even though Survivor and Big Brother‘s All-Star seasons were far from being the best, I was looking forward to “TARAS.”
Then came The Amazing Race 7 when the entire game was turned upside down.
I will be truthful and blunt… Romber is a Cylon disease on TAR.
My biggest concern of an All-Star season is the fact that undoubtedly, CBS will demand Rombuh be part of it.
I really do not care about how huge the ratings were for TAR7, I don’t care about all the attention TAR got becuase of them.
I don’t care if you love Romber… they’re personalities may be perfect for Survivor, Big Brother, or SciFi Investigates, but for The Amazing Race, we don’t need that kind of play. Thank You.
I’d rather TAR be a modest success than be huge becuase of a couple of washed-up reality stars that do not know when to go away.
The cast has in no way been confirmed, but TARAS can be just as enjoyable with teams who didn’t almost irreversibly destroy TAR.
You can ask me to defend TAR8… but I think TAR7 is a bigger bump in TAR’s road.
For me, TARAS will be all about casting. Rombuh will be a huge minus.
The major hurdle for Betram Van Muster and Elise Doganieri is to decide what teams to be on. Will it be a mix of “nice teams?” (Kris & Jon, John Vito & Jill)… “funny teams?” (Kevin & Drew, Ken & Gerard)… “villians?” (Colin & Christie, Guidos)… “dominant teams?”
Maybe just plain memorable teams? (Charla & Mirna, Marion & DJ Paolo, David & Mary)
“Rumored” lists have been floating around for months, and almost all of them have been total jokes.
Some of the teams that have been rumored to be considered and turned down is an absolute travesty.
For one thing, no matter how much you hate and want to forget TAR8, it is there and it should be represented. All 10 seasons should be represented in an All-Star Race becuase while the tasks and locations were lacking in TAR8, the teams were fully capable of Racing and can definitely fight it out with the regularTAR teams.
I have been one of TAR’s biggest supporters. I bought the TAR7 DVD, even though I really have no intention of wanting to watch it. But I did it in the hopes that CBS would release all the other seasons. They haven’t.
No question TARAS will get almost as much mixed response as TAR8 and even the whole Rombuh debacle… so come February/March (or after the Super Bowl?) I will be watching becuase I absolutely love TAR… but I can honestly say, we all will be able to pre-judge the season on the teams alone.
THE AMAZING RACE LATEST
CBS Greenlights 11th Season of THE AMAZING RACE
CBS has officially picked-up an 11th season of the four-time Emmy-winning The Amazing Race to air this Spring.
Race premiered with more than 10.1 million viewers, while the season’s 2nd episode rose to more than 10.9 million viewers against the premieres of other network competitors. Race has also help boost CBS’ Sunday in viewers and key demographics.
Phil Keoghan hosts. Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman and Hayma Screech Washington are the executive producers for Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc., in association with Touchstone Television and Amazing Race Productions. THE AMAZING RACE was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.