Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 4 – “Level 5! LEVEL 5!! On the treadmill!”



EPISODE 11-04: NO BABIES ON THE RACE

The Amazing Race: All-Stars is now 4-4. Amazing episodes so far and this week was no different. Plus, the ending was awesome…

The Leg
The teams make their way to the airport to fly to Punta Arenas, Chile. All the teams except for Joe & Bill and Charla & Mirna make it onto the first flight that arrives about an hour and a half earlier.

The teams arrive in Punta Arenas and make their way to Lord Lonsdale’s Shipwreck where they encounter the Detour: Navigate It or Sign It.

Teri & Ian, Eric & Danielle, and Oswald & Danny easily complete Navigate It where they use a compass to navigate themselves to the Nautilus Building. That enables them to be the only three teams on the first charter flight to Ushuaia.

I loved their playfulness at the airport with that whole dropping of the cap onto Ian and Ian wanting to go party… definitely an example of how ALL the teams on All-Stars are friendly and enjoying the Race together.

Uchenna & Joyce, Romber, and the BQs do Sign It, in which they have to create a sign post ordering the stops of Ferdinand Magellan from top to bottom, making sure to spell everything correctly and putting them in order of when Magellan visited the places.

It personally kills me to have “Philippines” have a part in ending Romber’s TARAS dominance. But come on, “Phillipeans?” What kind of spelling is that? An extra L or a missing P is the usual, most common error, but to spell it so horribly wrong is just hilarious and perfectly fitting for Romber.


Uchenna & Joyce figure out their mistake in lining up the destinations on the post, and are stuck on the 2nd charter flight to the end of the world.

Romber and the BQs switch Detours and do Navigate It together, with Rob getting them lost before finishing the task. But not before the Guidos passing them at the starting point for their little task.

Charla & Mirna, in their now signature dramatic fashion, attempt the Sign It Detour and we are treated to a frantic exchange between them as they carry the sign making supplies up a hill. Charla first tries to lug a crate of supplies, then tries to carry a wooden post, I guess 4x her size. They decide to switch Detours as well.

The teams arrive in Ushuaia and take a taxi to Playa Larga for their next clue that tells them they must take a boat to the post office at Isla Redonda near the southernmost tip of South America.


After the 2nd charter flight arrives, we see the first set-up for the epic showdown we’d see at the end of the episode. Romber and Charla & Mirna are the last two teams at the airport waiting for a taxi and the cousins have one called for them while Romber goes to the airport entrance to catch the first taxi that arrives. One comes along, and Charla & Mirna come running to claim it, but Rob & Amber take it.

Then at Playa Larga, Charla & Mirna make the mistake of following a just as clueless Romber who then try to trick the cousins into thinking they had the clue.

At the Isla Redonda post office, the Road Block required one team member to sort through a bag of mail to find one addressed to them. Inside was a letter from another team they had raced with in their respective first seasons.

Blake & Paige write the letter to 1st Place team Oswald & Danny. Jeremy & Dani tell Eric & Danielle not to have babies on the Race, and they arrive 2nd. “Nice people” (as Ian calls them) Flo & Zach show their admiration for the once “old retired people” as Teri & Ian HOORAH their way into 3rd.

Frank (of Frank & Margarita) wrote a little rhyme/rap for the Guidos with the hopes that he’s annoyed them as much as they annoyed him in TAR1. On the contrary, they loved it and took 4th.


In 5th place, BQs get a letter from the one half of “Bama” that actually enjoyed most of the Race, Lyn. Susan & Patrick, apparently good friends of Uchenna & Joyce, wrote their letter.

And now two teams are left. Charla & Mirna catch up to Rob & Amber at the post office and the showdown has begun. Rob tries to “get under people’s skin” again, but Mirna fires back with a “Shut the hell up” and an expletive that, in my opinion, definitely fit in the situation.

Mirna finds their letter first and she and Charla read some not-so-kind words from the first TAR quitters Marshall & Lance who basically insult them, I’m not sure in a jokingly-way. However, we are treated to a an all-time classic TAR moment with Marshall & Lance’s “drive-by” “Bitch!” comment.

Anyway, we get a tense footrace to the mat, but we see Uchenna helping Charla up to the mat, showing that it wasn’t even close. Charla & Mirna take 7th place and the smug, high and mighty Rob & Amber have finally fallen, succumbing to an entire season and four legs of karma.

The Teams
With Rob & Amber finally gone, this is now the first time ever in TAR history that I am actually rooting for every single team left in the Race, to varying degrees of course.

Rob & Amber, strong racers… whatever. They are much more deserving teams of their spot, they’ve been on 25 other reality shows, they have their own show now, Rob’s been hunting aliens and ghosts, they didn’t need to be on TARAS. So good riddance to them, and hopefully I won’t have to watch any other show with them on it ever.

Eric & Danielle… Danielle is still “blah” to me. She hasn’t really done anything on either TAR9 or now to justify her being on the Race. Basically, Eric is carrying their team along. I disagree with people calling Flo or TAR9’s Monica useless, but Danielle… yeah she’s probably useless, other than fulfilling the requirement that there be two people on a team.

Uchenna & Joyce are fine. They’re good people, and great to watch. Dustin & Kandice were great this episode too.

The Guidos have to step up their game. They are falling behind. Oswald & Danny are hilarious as always. I was surprised they actually aired the kiss between both of these teams. I had no problem with it, but wasn’t there all that drama with the Survivor gay couples? Kudos to TAR… simply the best J

Charla & Mirna are just crazy and hilarious. I don’t hate them at all. They are all kinds of awesome. They’re not hurting anyone… Mirna’s different reasonings and rationale are hilarious, but harmless.

And finally, Teri & Ian… the most awesomest, amazing team on All-Stars and maybe even ever. HOORAH! They just have to iron out the wrinkles though.


Overall, TARAS is running on all cylinders. I don’t know how any loyal TAR fan can say that this has not been amazing so far. If it continues like this, it will be one of the best, if not the best TAR seasons ever.

As of last night, TAR has guaranteed itself its 4th consecutive Emmy.

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

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 11-04

Eric: “I’m treating her pretty much like a guy, except she has nicer boobs.”

Danny: “I only snore when I drink excessively.”

Oswald: “If I were to stab you, I’d stab you right in the front.”

Danielle: “We’re going on a charter plane to go to Australia.”
Eric: “No, not Australia, Argentina! How can you charter to Australia? We’d have to stop for gas 8,000 times.”

Ian: “Guys? Do we have a full day layover here? Where we going partying?”

Oswald: “Maui, Maui!”
Danny: “Will you come with us?”
Phil: “That’s a whole ‘nother reality show.”

Flo & Zach: “I didn’t expect a retired couple could make it so far.”

Mirna: “Charla! Level 5! LEVEL 5!! On the treadmill! You can do it!”

Mirna: “See ya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya!”

TEAM RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 11-04
1. TERI & IAN
2. CHARLA & MIRNA
T3. JOE & BILL
T3. OSWALD & DANNY
T5. UCHENNA & JOYCE
T5. DUSTIN & KANDICE
GAP
7. ERIC & DANIELLE
GAP
8. ROB & AMBER

Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 3 – “I’m sorry I’m wearing a bathing suit. It is very weird, I know.”



EPISODE 11-03: I’M SORRY I’M WEARING A BATHING SUIT. IT IS VERY WEIRD, I KNOW

I thought this week was pretty exciting… not as awesome as last week’s best episode ever candidate, but still amazing. I do love that the legs have been so close.

The Leg
The teams make their way to the San Pedro de Atacama church in the middle of the night for their first clue.

We get a glimpse of classic Guido when Bill stands in front of Eric & Danielle’s SUV after Eric & Danielle take advantage of Bill asking for directions. Definitely reminiscent of the infamous Nancy-shoving airport incident, but the only difference is Eric & Danielle deserve the wrath of the Guidos.

Speaking of airport incidents, we had a few big moments. First, Uchenna & Joyce try to buy tickets for three other teams, but they only get to buy some for the Guidos. And with four teams on a earlier plane, the rest of the teams need some catch up.

Teri & Ian and Charla & Mirna hope to make standby tickets and both teams rush to the gate where we see Mirna try to nudge her way in while Teri & Ian are speaking to the agent. Teri & Ian won’t have it and we have a fun back and forth between the two.

In Puerto Montt, we have teams getting lost left and right. The teams head to the Road Block where they must catch and transport 80 live fish from one tank into another, which will reveal their next clue at the bottom of the tank.

Danielle freaks out at first, but learns how to use her boobs to complete the task. David and Mirna aren’t having much fun either.

After the Road Block, teams head to La Maquina where they will find their Detour, Vertical Limit or River Wild. None of the teams choose the 40 foot rock climb where they each have to obtain half of the clue. All the teams do the River Wild with white water rafting in strong, strong rapids.

Joe doesn’t write down the whole clue and he and Bill were lucky to find Charla & Mirna, otherwise, they would’ve wandered around a longer time. Meanwhile, Dustin & Kandice don’t find the Detour clue, and go straight to the River Wild Detour, oblivious to their mistake. David & Mary, however, take a wrong turn and later have to backtrack.

The white water rafting scenes were freakin’ exciting.

Rob & Amber, for some reason, get lucky once again and get first. Dustin & Kandice going back to find their missed clue didn’t hurt them in their placing one bit. And David & Mary’s mistake turned out to be costly, making them the third All-Star team eliminated.

The Teams
Rob & Amber… they definitely benefited from the mistakes of some other teams. They’re not bending the rules this time around (yet), but they’re high and mighty attitudes are still a big problem and a huge turn-off. I can only hope they suffer the biggest TAR fall from grace ever. 1st to 8th and Eliminated. I’d love that.

Teri & Ian… Come on guys!! Hump it! They need to step it up, they made some little mistakes, but those little mistakes might cost them in the future. Still… HOORAH!

Dustin & Kandice… they’re lucky their little oversight didn’t hurt them. Uchenna & Joyce seemed to have moved up a little. Oswald & Danny are very consistent.

The Guidos are even luckier than the BQs. They could have easily been eliminated this week had they not run into Charla & Mirna. We saw a little bit of classic Guido-lite this week.

Not so much overdramatics from Charla & Mirna this week, which is a shame. I thought their kidnapping of the guy was pretty funny.

Eric & Danielle… eh… Danielle is still not All-Star material.

And finally David & Mary… I still love ‘em. Them still good ‘ol people. I loved Mary being very energetic and determined at the Detour. God bless ‘em, they are still the realest people ever on TAR, and very luck to have Raced two times in a row. More power to them!


Overall, this episode was pretty awesome, very, very exciting. I loved the aerial shots of the teams driving around in the forest. Again, awesome cinematography and camerawork… as always. Editing was perfect, especially the pre-commercial break cliffhangers.

Just another amazing episode… All-Stars is shaping up to be one of the best TARs yet!

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

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 11-03

Oswald: “Danny and I, we are two Cubans who came to this country with nothing. Sweetheart, if you get in my way, I will run you over. However, we are not going to do out of maliciousness…”

Joe: “We do feel like the godfathers of tough competitors. We can be smart, we can be fast, we can be ruthless, there is no reason to minimize us just because we are two gay men living together.”

Eric: “Peace out cub scout.”

Teri: “Dustin and Kandice are strong racers.”
Ian: “They’re funny, they wiggle and jiggle around the world… that’s totally cool with me.”

Ian: “Do not intercede here!”

Ian: “You’re being rude!”
Mirna: “I took lessons from the king of rude… you!”

Bill: “Rob is not Jesus!”

Bill: “Better take them down into submission.”
Joe: “I’m the fish whisperer!”

Eric: “Just pick them up and put your boobs on it. Use your boobs! You got to use your boobs! Use your boobs!”

Oswald: “Be the fish! Become the fish!”

Mary: “David don’t never touch fish, he’s afraid of fish.”
David: “I’m from Kentucky, I’m not a water person period. Lakes, rivers, fishing, kayaking… I don’t never do none of it. This is something I’ve never liked… is fish.”

Oswald: “Promise me you’ll do more cardio.”

Mirna: “Welcome to Charla and Mirna’s world… it’s a scary one!”

Teri: “It was exciting to fall out of the boat.”

Oswald: “Charla’s going to be in love.”

Mary: “I can’t do a 40-foot rock climb!! Ug… God!”
Mary: “I’m not a thrills and chills kind of lady.”

Mary: “Hoo, I can’t swim and I was listening to that captain. If you don’t paddle, you fall in… and to me that’s die.”

Mary: “Charla’s shoes were in my tent. I’d love to meet ‘em and beat ‘em”

Mirna: “I’m sorry I’m wearing a bathing suit. It is very weird, I know.”

TEAM RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 11-03
1. TERI & IAN
T2. CHARLA & MIRNA
T2. DAVID & MARY
4. JOE & BILL
5. OSWALD & DANNY
6. UCHENNA & JOYCE
7. DUSTIN & KANDICE
GAP
8. ERIC & DANIELLE
GAP
9. ROB & AMBER

Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 2 – “It’s easy to make yourself beautiful with plastic surgery.”



EPISODE 11-02: BEAUTY IS SOMETIMES SKIN DEEP

This had to be one of the best episodes ever… at the very least, one of the most exciting.

The Leg
Even before the teams reached the airport, they had to traverse their way through the mud path. David & Mary had to tow Charla & Mirna out of the mud, and Kevin had to tow their car himself. Drew driving on while Kevin was still hooked up to the car was pretty funny.

It was very nice to see Rob & Amber on a delayed flight, sucks that Oswald & Danny were with them.

David & Mary seem to be at the center of lots of drama this season. This time it was Drew taking David & Mary’s bags out of the overhead in first class. David didn’t take that very well.

As the teams arrived in Santiago, Chile, they made their way to the Codelco office building where they took part in the first Road Block of the season.

In this Road Block, the team member had to find letters on and around a table of businessmen and then unscramble the letters to reveal their next destination. What they didn’t know was that the location was on one of the pictures on the wall. 

I really liked this Road Block.  It reminded me of the mishandled “Treasure Hunters” on NBC and how great some of their thinking tasks were.  TAR needs a lot more of those.

Teams arrive within minutes of each other. Uchenna and Eric who started first fall behind as other teams are able to find different ways of figuring out the clue… Chuquicamata.
Kandice looks at the picture with a Q, Bill actually put letters together, Mary wrote down all the names first and then saw that the men had “Q” written all over their papers. Drew meawhile overhears Mary tell the security guard.

The lead changes that happen throughout this episode start now. One thing I noticed was how the teams were freely giving information away to each other, no bitching around. I kind of liked that!

The teams Race through the Road Block and at the airport, Amber calls Rob on his stupid “stirring the pot.”

At Calama, Chile, the teams head to the Detour. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more exciting taxicab racing not in a TAR finale.

Phil, looking tiny standing next to the huge, huge trucks/machines. In By Hand, teams must tighten all the nuts and bolts on a huge tire. In By Machine, teams must use a “frontload” to pile dirt, with each team member taking a turn at the wheel.

Joe & Bill misunderstand the clue, and have to do a little extra work when Bill disagrees with Joe’s correct original understanding.

Charla and Mirna’s “step stool” exchange is about to enter my favorite TAR exchanges of all time.

Teams struggle through both detours. It is always amazing, and a rare sight, to see ALL of the teams at one place, performing a Road Block/Detour all at the same time. I think that definitely contributed a lot to the excitement.

On the way to the Pit Stop at the Valley of the Dead, the BQs and Charla & Mirna get into a confrontation when the BQs seem to not want to pay to follow the taxi and Charla & Mirna aren’t going to allow the driver to give the BQs directions. Later Charla & Mirna get dramatic and when the last few teams pass them, they’re on their way.

In the Valley of the Moon, teams must drive 40 Kmh until they get back on the highway where they can then drive 50 Kmh to the Pit Stop. Unfortunately for Kevin & Drew, they misunderstand the clue and believe that they must drive 40 Kmh the whole way, allowing for the other teams to pass them.

Meanwhile, other teams make a wrong turn, allowing for more lead changes. The passing seesaw between David & Mary, Charla & Mirna, and Teri & Ian was awesome. And Mary being absolutely infuriated by Charla & Mirna passing them was just great. Yes to David & Mary getting into it!

Rob & Amber, by whatever… whatever, finish first again with Oswald & Danny right behind. It was a close, close Race to the Mat with Kevin & Drew ultimately being Philiminated in one of the most difficult eliminations ever. Definitely one of the closest finishes by all teams ever I think since TAR3’s infamous “Heavegate,” “You must walk” Pit Stop.

Oh! And the Valley of the Moon and the Valley of the Dead looked beautiful. 

The Teams
Kevin & Drew had a tough, tough time these first two legs. They seemed to be the weakest, physically, but with the closeness of the teams this week, they might have survived. Still, the (original) Frats were great to see again, but the Race was just too much.

I can’t believed I cheered for Amber when she put Rob in his place when he tried to start trouble with Eric at the airport. And his speech afterwards was just unbelievably insane, almost Jonathan-level insane.

After this episode, I can see and remember why Eric may deserve to be TAR9’s All-Star representative. He and Jeremy were very competent and physically fit so they were able to dominate the entire Race. But Danielle still has no business on the Race, especially seeing the previews for next week.

Now for the rest, I love them all (or most of them).

Oswald & Danny are quietly doing an outstanding job so far. No mistakes, other than the delayed flight which was out of their hands anyway. Joe & Bill, meanwhile, have definitely toned themselves down, though I hope that doesn’t affect them in the Race. Uchenna & Joyce were okay.

Dustin & Kandice are still blah. I didn’t care for their altercation with Charla & Mirna, if only because they were just as wrong as Charla & Mirna was in wanting to get info without paying.

Meanwhile, Charla & Mirna have taken their dramatics to another level. And I can’t say I hate it. Its harmless drama and that’s all fine. Their intensity is appreciated, and again, that stool exchange is almost as classic as Teri & Ian’s “pants” exchange”

Teri & Ian are still my absolute favorites. I was so afraid for them the entire episode. But they pulled it out. I hope they don’t make anymore big mistakes.

And David & Mary. I can’t wait to see their ruthlessness and cunningness in the coming episodes. No more friends for Mary, she’s in it to win!

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

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 11-02

Eric: “Don’t break your ankles. Don’t roll down the hill… like Humpty.”
Danielle: “Humpty?”
Eric “Off the wall? … Humpty Dumbass.”

Joe: “Who says gay men can’t drive?”
Bill: “Good job.”
Joe: “It’s gay four-wheelin’.”

Mirna: “Ooo… it might be chilly in Chile.”

Bill: “ …grab a shower when we get there?”
Joe: “I hope so! … You need one!”

Charla: “I need a step stool.”
Mirna: “Charla, I don’t have time for a step stool, please”
Charla: “I CAN’T REACH IT!”
Mirna: “There is no step stool.”
Charla: “THIS is a step stool!”

Danny: “Look at these nails! My manicurist would be so angry with me if she knew what I was doing today.”

Danny: “I think I was a man in a previous life.”

Charla: “Beauty is sometimes skin deep. Its easy to make yourself beautiful with plastic surgery. But to have a pure heart and to have morals is not easy to make up.”
*cue BQ evil laugh*

*Admiring the Valley of the Moon*
Danny: “I’m dirty, I stink , I’m tired… but this? This is killer.”
Oswald, crying: “Oh my God, I feel like such a bitch.”

Mirna: “GO! GO! What’s your problem? You drive like a girl?”
Mirna: “Clueless! At least if you knew where you were going, you could do your little maneuvers.”
Charla: “That’s fine, I’ll hold it.”

TEAM RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 11-02
1. TERI & IAN
TIES
2. CHARLA & MIRNA
2. JOE & BILL
2. DAVID & MARY
5. OSWALD & DANNY
6. KEVIN & DREW
7. UCHENNA & JOYCE
8. DUSTIN & KANDICE
GAP
9. ERIC & DANIELLE
GAP
10. ROB & AMBER

Recap: The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars, Episode 1 – “I’m touching poop right now.”



EPISODE 11-01: I TOLD YOU LESS MARTINIS AND MORE CARDIO

And the All-Stars are off! The 11th season of The Amazing Race begins with some of the best, most memorable teams ever.

The Leg
We start off with teams in speed boats led by some group of acrobats I guess… maybe gymnasts… or cheerleaders… anyway, we get the 11 all-star teams introduced by Phil.

Then they all Race to the airport where we get David & Mary booking tickets on the slower flight and then being very sneaky with lying to the BQs and telling Teri & Ian to go to American Airlines. Hee… go David & Mary!

Once in Ecuador, the teams Race to the Plaza de San Francisco where we see Drew slip and fall. He stays on the ground for a little bit, but Kevin tells him to get up and back into the taxi. Drew thinks he’s dislocated his shoulder, but its fine later on.

The teams spend the night at Pim’s Restaurant and, in groups, depart 15 minutes apart the next morning.

They must make their way to the North Entrance of Cotopaxi National Park.

Lots of place changing all over the episode, and Charla & Mirna and John Vito & Jill get lost and are taken to the South Entrance which is considerably farther to the Detour than if they entered through the North Entrance.

For the Detour, teams had to choose between “Wrangle it” or “Recover It.” Rob & Amber first do Recover It where they must find three items to put on a military uniform, but quit that (heh… they love quitting tasks) and do Wangle It where they must cut the nails and mane of a horse.

All the teams do Wrangle It and then proceed to run up to the Pit Stop.

Kevin & Drew and John Vito & Jill were the last two teams and the original Frats blow out their tire and drive on just the rim all the way to the task.

And then John Vito & Jill became the first All-Star team to be Philiminated.

The Teams
Okay… John Vito & Jill. I absolutely loved them in TAR3. They are the original Kris & Jon (or are Kris & Jon, JVJ v2.0?) They were strong, good looking, nice, sweet… they were just awesome. So it is very sad to see them be the first out of All-Stars when a few of the other teams shouldn’t be on All-Stars in the first place. They were done in by bad navigation again… which sucks because they are definitely a capable team. They are still one of my favorite teams ever. I was shocked when I first found out they broke up, but I am so happy to see them say they grew closer being back on the Race.

Continuing the TAR3 love… I was cheering when I heard the first “HOORAH!” of the season. Teri & Ian are just awesome. Definitely one of my favorite teams ever. Still being the oldest team to ever make the Final 3 is a big accomplishment. And after 4 years, they’ve still got it.

Charla & Mirna are still their same ol’ selves. I would’ve wanted them to do a little better though. Come on Charla! (and Mirna)

The Guidos, Joe & Bill seem to have lost their evilness. This isn’t the same Joe & Bill that pushed Nancy out of the way in the airport. And while it would be great to see the scheming Guidos again, the first TAR villains, it will be interesting to see them as “gay grandpas” (as they put it).

Kevin & Drew… man, they looked like TAR5’s Marshall and Lance out there. I hope they don’t fall the same way they did. They are one of the teams that really need to step it up.

David & Mary are still good ol’ people. I love them being starstruck, I always love Racers who are actually TAR fans. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them Race without an alliance.

Oswald & Danny are still as funny as they were in TAR2, if not more so. They did very well this episode, I think they will go very far if they keep it up.

Uchenna & Joyce… eh, they’re just there. I don’t really know why they are there though. Great, great people, good winners, but there are better teams out there.

Dustin & Kandice… another blah team. I doubt they can be as dominant as they were in TAR10, especially racing against veterans.

Rob & Amber… ugh… so Rob says they had to drag their asses back for the Race? Well excuse me sir, there are whole lot of other teams who would easily pack up their bags and go . And Amber needs to get off her high horse. Her whole every team wants to Race against us line was just so high and mighty, even Linda Weaver (TAR8) would tell her to get over herself.  I did love that they only got a trip instead of the usual $20,000 for first in the first leg.

And Eric & Danielle, a team that shouldn’t even be on All-Stars. Why are they there again? Yeah Eric & Jeremy were pretty dominant, but to pair Eric with Danielle, who was part of one of the worst TAR teams ever? If TAR was going to ignore a season, TAR9 should’ve been more snub-worthy than TAR4, TAR6, or TAR8.

Overall, it was a good premiere. I wish it was longer though. The episode felt rushed and lacking a lot of stuff. There are a lot of clips at CBS.com that could’ve very well made the episode.

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

QUOTES FROM EPISODE 11-01

Teri: “So what did you think of the boat?”
Ian: “Oh the boat was cool. It was like ‘Miami Vice,’ felt like we were chasing drug dealers in the 80s again.”

Drew: “Did you see everyone pass me? I looked like an idiot.”
Kevin: “Yeah you do… you do.”

Oswald: “You’re doing great! You’re awesome!”
Danny: “Keep stroking me… I like it.”

Danny (to Rob & Amber): “I heard you guys have your own cable channel… with a bunch of shows on them.”

Teri: “That’s Mirna and Schmirna. Isn’t that nice how we all come with names. Do we have a name?”
Ian: “I hope we’re the big kahunas.”

Oswald: “My face is going through menopause.”

Mirna: “Mas rapido, rapido! This is too little bit rapido!”

Oswald: “We know of Rob and Amber because obviously, well, we live on this planet.”

John Vito: “I’ve had enough of Rob and Amber and I think America may have also.”

Joe: “It seems that maybe the people from Race 10 aren’t tired yet. No Gutsy Grannies here.”

Joe: “I told you they’re really tough competition. Everybody underestimates them because he’s crochety and old looking.”

Oswald: “We chose to do ‘Wrangle’ because I’ve always wanted a career in beauty. So if I can cut the nails of a horse, I can sure cut someone’s hair and give them a manicure.”

Teri: “You are the first team to arrive.”
Ian (laughing): “That would be a miracle of God.”
*looks up to the sky*
Ian: “Are you listening?”

*Some driver honks their horn*
Jill: “Oh give it up.”

Danielle: “I’m touching poop right now.”

Mary (about Charla): “Look at her! She’s beautiful!”

Charla: “Well, we’re not last… and we’ll beat [David & Mary] in a footrace.”
Mirna: “Yeah right.”

Mirna: “Wrangle is going to require holding down a wild horse.”
Charla: “That’s fine, I’ll hold it.”

TEAM RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 11-01
1. TERI & IAN
2. JOHN VITO & JILL
3. CHARLA & MIRNA
4. JOE & BILL
5. DAVID & MARY
6. OSWALD & DANNY
7. KEVIN & DREW
8. UCHENNA & JOYCE
9. DUSTIN & KANDICE
GAP
10. ERIC & DANIELLE
GAP
11. ROB & AMBER

The Amazing Race (11) All-Stars Premeires Tonight!

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Ten seasons in the making and it is finally here.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars premieres TONIGHT at 8PM/7c on CBS!

While I’m almost over the including and excluding of certain teams, I am pumped that TAR is back once again… and for its 11th season!!


Anyway, here are my pre-Race rankings for teams, based solely on whether I like them or not. Ranked from favoritest to least-favoritest

TERI & IAN
1. Teri & Ian (TAR3)
The most awesome team ever! “HOORAH!”
JOHN VITO & JILL
2. John Vito & Jill (TAR3)
Well, I love them in TAR3… and if we can’t have Kris & Jon, they’re the next best thing.
CHALRA & MIRNA
3. Charla & Mirna (TAR5)
Not one of my favorite teams of all time, but Charla is awesome and Mirna is hilarious. Watch out Phil!
JOE & BILL
4. Joe & Bill (TAR1)
I absolutely hated the Guidos in season 1, but I’d love for Joe & Bill to show the newer Racers a thing or two.
DAVID & MARY
5. David & Mary (TAR10)
They are just good ‘ol people.
KEVIN & DREW
6. Kevin & Drew (TAR1)
The original frats… Gotta love ’em.
OSWALD & DANNY
7. Oswald & Danny (TAR2)
We’ll see if they’ll be focused on shopping this time around!
UCHENNA & JOYCE
8. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
I don’t hate them, but not the best team.
DUSTIN & KANDICE
9. Dustin & Kandice (TAR10)
I grew to tolerate the BQs, but one season of them is enough!! Tian & Jaree and Lena & Kristy are much more awesome-r than them.
ERIC & DANIELLE
10. Eric & Danielle (TAR9)
Why? x100
ROB & AMBER
11. Rob & Amber (TAR7)
Ugh. x1000


Should have been on:
Kris & Jon (TAR6)
The best team ever to compete on the Race.
Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
The funniest team ever on the Race.
Bill & Tammy Gaghan (TAR8)
The best married parents ever after Teri & Ian.
DJ & Marion Paolo (TAR8)
She wanted to go to New Zealand!
Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
No representative from TAR4 and TAR8 is blasphemy already… but no Kelly & Jon? That is wrong!

TEAM RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 11-01
1. TERI & IAN
2. JOHN VITO & JILL
3. CHARLA & MIRNA
4. JOE & BILL
5. DAVID & MARY
6. KEVIN & DREW
7. OSWALD & DANNY
8. UCHENNA & JOYCE
9. DUSTIN & KANDICE
10. ERIC & DANIELLE
11. ROB & AMBER

The Most Emotional Amazing Race Moments

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.

The Top 10 Most Amazing (Race) Finishes

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 All-Stars Premieres Sunday, February 18th!

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.

An Amazing Race All-Star Rant:

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.


CBS Greenlights The Amazing Race 11

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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.