Seasons 12 and 13 of The Amazing Race Coming to DVD! WITH Elimination Stations!

Excellent news!

TV Shows on DVD reports today that seasons 12 and 13 of The Amazing Race are finally coming to DVD! And best of all, both sets will include Elimination Station, the special web series from that followed eliminated teams into Sequester. This will be the first time Elimination Station will be included on TAR DVDs and the first time TAR DVDs have had any special features since the non-manufacture-on-demand releases of seasons 1 and 7.

Now for some sorta-bad news. The on-demand DVDs have always had poor covers, but these TAR12 and TAR13 covers seem to have taken a step further! That neon purple on TAR12!

Still, it is awesome to continue getting TAR DVDs. There is no release date yet, but you can pre-order both sets now on

The Amazing Race 12 Marathon TODAY on Travel Channel

The Amazing Race 12 Marathon TODAY on Travel Channel
By LJDB, September 28, 2008

The Travel Channel will be airing an all-day marathon of The Amazing Race 12 leading up to the 13th season premiere on CBS.

The marathon begins at 9am ET/6am PT until 8pm ET/5pm PT.

And don’t miss the 13th season premiere of The Amazing Race on CBS at 8pm ET, immediately following 60 Minutes.

Travel Channel Acquires TAR12-14 Rebroadcast Rights

The Travel Channel has acquired the cable broadcast rights to the 12th, 13th, and 14th seasons of The Amazing Race.

The 12th season will air on Wednesdays at 8PM ET on The Travel Channel, beginning September 3rd. The network will then air the upcoming 13th and 14th seasons at a later date.

The 13th season premieres on CBS on Sunday, September 28th.

The Amazing Race is an iconic American television series that really taps into what exploration is all about—not only the incredible riches that the world has to offer travelers—but the incredible transformative powers that travel brings about in people,” Patrick Younge, Travel Channel’s president and general manager, said in a statement. “The Amazing Race is simply the best travel reality format in the world, and it will nicely complement our stable of popular travel offerings such as Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and Samantha Brown’s Passport series.”

The Travel Channel is the 3rd cable network to acquire rights to The Amazing Race. GSN currently holds the broadcast rights for first eight seasons, while Fox Reality Channel has the rights to air seasons 9 through 11.

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The Amazing Race 12 Season Wrap-up


The 12th season of The Amazing Race has come and gone.
A season that came earlier than expected, but later than it should have.

And it does seem like it was only yesterday that Viva Laughlin bet all their money and lost, since, with the exception of TAR8, season 12 had the shortest TAR race course ever. Before the season started, different places quoted executive producer Jonathan Littman saying that there would be no more non-elimination legs. But to everyone’s surprise, Kynt & Vyxsin were spared in Italy and we were introduced to a new part of the Race. More on that and the other twist later.

But first, after 11 seasons and a 5th consecutive Emmy win, The Amazing Race was still as fresh as ever. Unlike other shows that stay in the same studio or on the same island for an entire season, every episode of The Amazing Race feels new and fresh. Every season brings in a new set of teams, every episode brings us new destinations and tasks, but the simple formula of getting from point A to point B and completing various tasks along the way still works wonders for bringing an incredible assortment of feelings for viewers around the world.

While we’ve seen the Yield, the various Non-Elimination penalties, the Intersection, and the Fast Forward come and go, the Detour and the Road Block always serve as ways for the teams as well as us the viewer experience new people and cultures.

Within “the game” of The Amazing Race, we were introduced to the U-Turn and the Speed Bump.

The U-Turn, essentially replacing the Yield and basically doing the same thing, allowed one team to force another to go back and complete the other choice of the Detour they did not originally complete. I was never really against the Yield once I saw it in the Race, but I didn’t particularly like it either, especially when used only as a personal act of rivalry instead of a team fighting it out with another, and using the power to ensure they survive. I have no problem if a team is tied for last and they U-Turn a team right behind them. I know I’d do it.

And after letting teams saved by non-elims slide, taking away their money, then taking away all their money and possessions, and finally “marking” teams for elimination, TAR introduced the Speed Bump. A team saved by the non-elimination now has to complete an extra task in the next leg, which will show up anywhere and anytime. While it’s a step up from forcing teams to beg or be forced to wear the same clothes the rest of the Race, TAR will have to find better and equal tasks for future Speed Bumps. While a 10 second run through fireworks seems like huge fun, it’s definitely not as time consuming as calming yourself and doing yoga for a while.

So the two new elements of the Race were good and interesting, but definitely far from perfect. I’ve always held that TAR doesn’t really need new twists to make it more exciting whereas other shows have to pull tricks and change format to keep things interesting. Like I said, the destinations are enough to keep the show fresh.

The racecourse itself was good as well. We got to go to some beautiful new countries and experienced the guaranteed awesomeness of a leg in India. The legs were very well designed this season, and we had less pesky Hours of Operations to deal with which is always good. While TAR10 still has the most physically demanding Detours and Road Blocks ever, TAR12 seemed to have the most culturally involved Detours and Road Blocks ever. Lots more of the teams actually experiencing the different locations and cultures, which is always awesome.

I’ve always wanted to have more mentally challenging tasks though. If only they had the kinds of tasks they had on NBC’s late Treasure Hunters that required the teams to do more thinking. And we finally got that in probably the most challenging Road Block and final task ever. No arranging a totem pole of Race animals or arranging flags, teams actually had to figure out a puzzle complete with real live objects and animals from the last 11 legs. No question it was an amazing final task and really an amazing, exciting finale to an overall great season.

The Teams
As for the teams, we probably got the best elimination order ever for TAR. The most potentially annoying teams were eliminated early on and we were left with probably the best final 6 ever.

Ari & Staella… best first elimination ever. No need for a more annoying “Aaron & Arianne”-lite on the Race. Lorena & Jason, self-admitted struggling actors/models… meh, not sad they left when they did. Neither was I sad for the sort of smug, almost annoying Marianna & Julia, as seen on the Elimination Station. Definitely happy to see them go after seeing them in sequester.

Kate & Pat could’ve stayed a few more legs, but they just weren’t going to keep up with the rest of the teams, especially as the Race got more intense. And Shana & Jennifer seemed to channel a little of TAR10 Bama-ness. One level-headed, nice teammate and another louder, more aggressive teammate usually shutting down any suggestion made by the other. That lack of teamwork did them in.

Azaria & Hendekea seemed poised to coast through the Race… which is exactly why they didn’t. An air of overconfidence may have prevented them from sweating the small stuff that eventually cost them the Race. Strong Racers, petty mistakes that cost them.

TK & Rachel… I just honestly don’t like them. I don’t hate them, but I now kind of resent them for taking away precious time and a spot from a probably more interesting, more interested, and less judgmental team. I’ve always wanted for more “nice” teams, especially after TAR6’s incredible showcase of dysfunction. But we shouldn’t have to sacrifice enjoyment for “niceness. There have been plenty of “nice” teams in the past who were fun, exciting, energetic, and strong while still keeping their calm and stayed out of firing range of other teams. They barely offered anything of substance during the season. Nice teams in the past have had more to offer. Congratulations to them, I hope they use the money wisely, but they will still rank in the bottom of my winners list.

Kynt & Vyxsin could actually be an example of a “nice” team who is still interesting. Most of the time, their appearance was the least interesting part about them. They were fun and witty, Vyxsin was probably one of the stronger female racers we’ve had in a while, and they didn’t let their disagreements get in the way most of the time.

Nathan & Jennifer… the new MoJo (who is now happily married by the way). They took time apart from each other after the Race, but are now together and happy. The frustration and hectic Race will always get to any team. While MoJo’s outbursts were more at the Race in general and not directed at each other, Nate & Jen took their frustration from the Race out on each other and that ultimately got them eliminated in Japan. However, they should be applauded for their determination in placing first at least once. Jen’s plea to the siblings was really nothing, and just an example of their disappointment at always coming in 2nd.

Proving that teamwork is important, Ronald & Christina flew to the top when Ron controlled himself. After seeing a possibly amazing team in the first leg, we got a real taste (of Real Truth Flavor) in the 2nd. That flavor (and a hernia) served as huge hurdles for them to overcome, and together, they did. Ron has definitely grown during the Race, despite what some might say. We always saw him giving props to his daughter, but in the beginning, those props were overshadowed by his complaints about almost everything. When they finally got things to click starting in Croatia, they were on a roll. They were easily a strong contender for the million, but the Race caught up to them in the end. Still, they take away something that is more valuable than a million dollars, and to them, they probably hold their stronger relationship now even closer to their hearts than money ever could.

True underdogs, Donald & Nicolas, the Race’s first grandparent/grandchild team, really set the bar high for future “Gramps” teams and even parent/child teams (with Ron & Chris). While slugging along in the first half of the Race, the Fast Forward jump started them and they began to step it up to push them into the final 3. Applause for Nicolas and him literally carrying their team to the final 3, and more applause for Don who use his smarts (and smart mouth) to make up for anything he lacked physically. I was rooting for them, and definitely for Ron & Chris, not only because both were truly amazing teams for so many reasons, but also to show the world that you don’t have to be a young dating couple or young friends to win the Race. Again though, it must have been a great prize for them to take home the fact that they did make it that far.

So, as the teams wave goodbye from the Alaskan wilderness, a new Race is about to begin. Let’s all hope CBS doesn’t let The Amazing Race 13 sit around until the summer or even the fall, and also hope that we’ll be enjoying TAR14, TAR15, TAR16… in the future,

1. TAR3
2. TAR5
2. TAR8
4. TAR1
5. TAR11:AS
5. TAR12
7. TAR2
8. TAR10
9. TAR9
10. TAR6
11. TAR4
*huge gap*
12. TAR7

1. The Linz Family (TAR8)
2. Flo & Zach (TAR3)
3. Rob & Brennan (TAR1)
4. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
5. Chris & Alex (TAR2)
5. Chip & Kim (TAR5)
5. Tyler & James (TAR10)
8. TK & Rachel (TAR12)
9. Reichen & Chip (TAR4)
10. BJ & Tyler (TAR9)
11. Freddy & Kendra (TAR6)
12. Eric & Danielle (TAR11:AS)

THE WINNING TEAMS (With respect to the final 3)
Winning Team / Who I thought should have won
1. Uchenna & Joyce / Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
2. The Linz Family / The Linz Family (TAR8)
3. Rob & Brennan / Rob & Brennan or Frank & Margarita(TAR1)
4. Chris & Alex / Blake & Paige or Chris & Alex(TAR2)
5. Chip & Kim / Chip & Kim or Brandon & Nicole(TAR5)
6. Tyler & James / Tyler & James or Lyn & Karlyn(TAR10)
7. Flo & Zach / Teri & Ian or Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
8. Reichen & Chip / Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
9. Freddy & Kendra / Kris & Jon (TAR6)
10. BJ & Tyler / Eric & Jeremy or Ray & Yolanda(TAR9)
11. Eric & Danielle / Charla & Mirna or Dustin &Kandice (TAR11:AS)
12. TK & Rachel / Ronald & Christina or Don & Nicolas(TAR12)

1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3)
2. Charla & Mirna (TARAS)
2. Ronald & Christina (TAR12)
5. Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
6. Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
7. Dustin & Kandice (TARAS)
8. Eric & Jeremy (TAR9)
9. Nicolas & Donald (TAR12)
10. Frank & Margarita (TAR1)

THE BEST FINALE(regardless of winner)
1. TAR3
2. TAR12
3. TAR8
*4-9 almost even*
4. TAR5
5. TAR2
6. TAR1
7. TAR6
8. TAR11: AS
9. TAR9
10. TAR4
11. TAR10
12. TAR7

1. TAR3
2. TAR8
3. TAR5
4. TAR1
5. TAR11: AS
6. TAR2
6. TAR12
8. TAR10
8. TAR6
8. TAR4
11. TAR9
*gap* 12. TAR7

1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3/AS)
3. Ronald & Christina (TAR12)
4. Charla & Mirna (TAR5/AS)
5. The Linz Family (TAR8)
6. John Vito & Jill (TAR3/AS)
7. David & Margaretta (TAR1)
8. Don & Mary Jean (TAR6)
9. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
10. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
11. Erwin & Godwin (TAR10)

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. Jim & Marsha (TAR5)
10. Charla & Mirna (TAR5)
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1. Ronald & Christina
2. Nicolas & Donald
3. Kynt & Vyxsin
4. Nathan & Jennifer
5. Azaria & Hendekea
6. Kate & Pat
7. Shana & Jennifer
8. Lorena & Jason
9. Rachel & TK
10. Marianna & Julia
11. Ari & Staella

Recap: The Amazing Race 12, Episode 11 – “People don’t eat guts here do they?”


From Taipei, Taiwan, teams learn their next stop is the final destination city, Anchorage, Alaska. Once there, they must travel to 6th Avenue Outfitters to pick up a bag of supplies for the leg and their next clue.

With $392, the final three teams head out on their final leg for the million dollars.
They all take a China Airlines flight and touchdown on American soil, but not before Ronald & Christina gain access to the China Air lounge where they use the internet to find out more information about where they need to go in Anchorage.

Clever TAR editing (as if there is any other kind) has Ron & Chris going into the lounge and the doors closing just as the other two teams roll on past them on the people movers wondering and starting to worry about where the father and daughter are.

Anyway, in Alaska, Ron & Chris leave the airport first, followed by TK & Rachel and then Nicolas & Donald. While the other two teams grab their clue and supplies at the shop, Nick & Don leave their bag at the counter.

Their clue tells them to travel to Ship Creek Boat Launch along the waterfront. Ron & Chris maintain 1st and find the Detour.

In this Detour, teams have to choose between two common tasks by the fishermen in Alaska, Cut the Cod and Grab the Grab.
In Cut the Cod, teams have to use their supplies to cut through several 50 pound lean cod to find a miniature canister containing their next clue inside the fish.
In Grab the Crab, teams must jump into the hull of a boat filled with 500 live crabs, where they must search through them for one crab marked with race colors.

Ron & Chris choose Cut the Cod and Christina finds their clue in their first fish. Meanwhile, TK & Rachel are dropped off 5 minutes away from where they’re supposed to be, with Nick & Don right behind.

The next clue tells the teams to make their way 60 miles by taxi to a marked boat landing where they must take a high speed boat ride upriver to 20-Mile Glacier. The teams don’t know, however, that once there, they must climb the face of the glacier to obtain their clue at the top.

As Ron & Chris leave, they pass Nick & Don and then TK & Rachel on the road.

Once they get their clue, Nick & Don realize what they’ve forgotten and go back to the shop to get their gear. TK & Rachel choose the crabs and are practically pinched alive by them, prompting Rachel to want to switch Detours. But TK eventually finds one.

Nick & Don return to finish the cod Detour and try to catch up.

At the boat launch, Ron & Chris speed off to the glacier and while Ron speeds up the glacier, Chris has trouble. Coming up fast are both TK & Rachel and Nick & Don.

Once at the top, Ron & Chris get their next clue which tells them that they must take a breathtaking scenic helicopter ride to the Merrill Field and from there, a taxi to Goose Lake Park for their next clue.

At the park, Ron & Chris open the Road Block… possibly the most complex Road Block ever in 12 seasons of The Amazing Race.

In this Road Block, one team member is given 15 recognizable items from each leg of the Race. They must place 10 specific items on a stage that match 2 different requirements; First, they must have one item from each leg of the Race.
Second, of the 10 items, they must have:
-3 animals or animal by-products
-1 U-turn
-2 objects either at or brought to a Pit Stop
-2 items of transportation with wheels, 1 of which was used at a Detour
-1 item of transportation resembling the shape of a stick
Phil warns: “If it sounds easy, think again.” He says there are many possible ways to fulfill each requirement, but only one combination of 10 items that can fulfill both. Once they place the correct 10 items on stage, they must say “Done” and the clue box will open for them to get their next clue.
Also, the teams are not allowed to use pencil and pen for the Road Block.

As Christina gets started, we are shown a spectacularly edited and scored sequence of Ron & Chris along the racecourse with the correct answers: tandem bike from Ireland, a bike from the Netherlands, a coconut bowl of camel milk from Bingo, Burkina Faso, a chicken from Ouagadougou, the stilts from Lithuania, the traditional Croatian gun, the Blackberry from Italy, the Indian U-turn, a cleaning guy from Japan, and the tea cups and saucers from Taiwan.

The other two teams arrive as Rachel and Nicolas do the Road Block.

Chris gets all her 10 items on stage, and all but one is correct. She has the Irish donkey instead of the tandem bike.

Meanwhile, Rachel has three wrong items when she says “Done.” Nick has four incorrect items as he is doing his.

Chris is getting messed up with the “3 animals…” requirement as she keeps the donkey on and questions whether or not the human cleaning guy is considered an “animal.” As she tries to find out what’s wrong, she now has three incorrect items when she calls “Done” next.

Nick thinks the Croatian gun is useless while Rachel thinks the same of the pole she used at a Road Block.

As the three struggle to figure out the Road Block, their three teammates are standing waiting for one of them to finish.

Finally, someone finishes, and that person is Rachel. Their next clue tells them to find “Cook’s eye-view of the Sleeping Lady” which is a statue of Captain Cook at Resolution Park in Anchorage.

As TK & Rachel make their way to the statue, Christina, near tears, finishes and Ron says to not give up.

At the statue, TK & Rachel find the next clue telling them to find the Salmon Hooker for their next clue. Ron & Chris are close behind.

The next, and final clue, tells the teams to take a taxi to Girdwood Airport and run to the Finish Line.
It’s the final face-off between TK & Rachel and Ronald & Christina as their taxis make their way to the waiting teams and Phil at the Finish Line.

A taxi arrives and…

…it’s TK & Rachel arriving first to claim their million dollars. Ronald & Christina finish 2nd and Nicolas & Donald come running for 3rd.

The Teams
Well, I’ll get it out of the way. TK & Rachel. Quoting from my week 2 assessment of them, they “were kind of nonexistent again.” And they basically stayed that way the entire Race. Definitely not happy or okay with them winning. After running a barely competent Race while being uninterested and judgmental, I seriously can’t do anything but lump them in with Eric & Danielle and Freddy & Kendra at the bottom of TAR’s list of winners. It really pains me when I can find more redeeming qualities in E&D, F&K, and even BJ & Tyler than in TK & Rachel.

On the other hand, I have nothing but admiration for Nicolas & Donald and Ronald & Christina in overcoming so many hurdles that could have kept them out of the final 3.

As our first grandparent/child team, it was expected that they wouldn’t last long. Nicolas & Donald were either going to sadly say bye early like David & Margaretta or Don & Mary Jean or they were going to surprise everyone and at least come close to going all the way like Meredith & Gretchen. I am happy to applaud them for surpassing even the wildest expectations. A great mix of what makes a good Amazing Race team; wit, humor, a little drama, knowing when to step up, teamwork, and determination.

And Ronald & Christina, having to overcome hurdles within (Ronald’s attitude) and out of (his hernia) their control. They handled all of that pressure well and defied anyone’s expectations to not only make final 3, but do very well when they stepped it up and tried to solve their relationship problems. Once their teamwork got going and Ronald calmed down, they excelled, proven especially by their three 1st place finishes, including the two consecutive ones going into this final leg. Like Nick & Don, they too had a great balance of good TAR team qualities, and not only that, they also were able to strengthen their relationship and probably “win” more than what a million dollars could buy.

Episode Overall
Overall, this was probably the best TAR finale ever…

…until the last five or so minutes.

TAR really stepped it up with the final Road Block/task and was probably the best final task ever, even though I’ll probably resent it for a while. The Detour was great, and how awesome was it to have them in their final destination city for the entire leg.

My full Amazing Race 12 wrap-up later today J

Phil: “…teams without fast hands might find themselves in a pinch.”

Ronald: “How do you fillet these things? This is no easy task for a city slicker.”

Nicolas: “So you know where this is? Ship Creek Boat Launch.”
Taxi driver: “I’m a cab driver. I know stuff like that.”

Ronald: “Man, this is a lot of nasty guts. People don’t eat guts here do they?”

Donald: “He’s got a good memory. There’d be no sense in me doing this, I would… I’d be there for a —- year.”

Taxi Driver: *imitating Ian* “You got numbah one taxi drivah.”

Ronald: “You’re number one in my eye.”

Ronald: “I feel real grateful that even though I didn’t come up with the first place, but I come out with the first place in my daughter’s heart. And the fact that I’ve changed for the better.”








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1. Ronald & Christina
2. Nicolas & Donald
3. Rachel & TK

Recap: The Amazing Race 12, Episode 10 – “I wanna rip those dreads out of his head.”


The penultimate leg of the 12th season of The Amazing Race begins as 1st place Ronald & Christina get their $374 and read their clue, telling them to “Travel by taxi to the building with a hole in it. Then find the Floating Garden.”

The building is the Umeda Sky Building, and The Floating Garden is an observatory at the top, which is where they have to search for their next clue.

Nathan & Jennifer (who is having a birthday) and Nicolas & Donald arrive and unluckily for them, they all learn the observatory doesn’t open until 10:00AM. Luckily for TK & Rachel, their three hour deficit is almost erased.

Once they finally are able to get to the top, they find out their next destination is Taipei, Taiwan. Once there, they will taxi their way to Taipei Main Station for their next clue.

18 minutes later, TK & Rachel leave the mat, as the rest of the teams head to the airport.
Rachel doubts TK about going up into the building and once they are up there, they walk right past the clue.

At the airport, Ron & Chris get the last tickets on a 1:00pm flight on Eva Air and Chris tells the ticket agent to tell other teams the flight is full. That leaves Nate & Jen to take a 1:15pm China Air flight with Nick & Don.

Ron & Chris arrive at 2:51pm with the 2nd flight arriving at 3:05pm. While Nick & Don are waiting in the Immigration line and Nate & Jen exchange money, TK & Rachel high kick into the picture and it’s a three-way Race.

With their next clue, teams must now take a high speed train to Taichung and the town of Jiji and find Acrobatics Jeep for their next clue.

There, Ron & Chris find the Road Block, “Who’s ready to go for a tricky ride?”
In this Road Block, they must become a passenger in a car, driven by a professional stunt driver, that will rock back and forth on a teeter-totter. Then they will hold their breath for 17 seconds as they ride in a jeep underwater. “If they are still alive when it’s over,” Phil says, they can get their next clue.

Ron finishes the Road Block and gets the clue telling them to take the train back to Taipei and head to the GK Teahouse where they will have to order a cup of tea, which they will have to drink to reveal their next clue at the bottom.

Ron & Chris head to the train station and make the 7:16pm train while the other teams all arrive at the Road Block, which Rachel, Nathan, and Don complete.

However, TK & Rachel find the Speed Bump.
In this Speed Bump,TK & Rachel have to travel 1 mile and complete a traditional Chinese ritual where they must put on safety suits and run through a barrage of firecrackers aimed directly at them. Then they will be doused with water and then return to Acrobatics Jeep for their next clue.

Nate & Jen and Nick & Don are not able to buy tickets for the 7:36pm train, so they have to take the 8:00pm train which TK & Rachel make.

Back in Taipei, Ron & Chris head to the teahouse and get their next clue which is at the bottom of the cup and written in Chinese. The clue tells them to head to Gong Guan Night Market where a clown will give them their next clue.

The clown’s clue tells them about their Detour, Fire or Earth.
In Fire, teams must write messages of luck, good or bad, on laterns, burn spirit money under them, which will fill them with hot air and lift them to the spirits above. After making 20 of them fly up into the sky, they will get their next clue.
In Earth, teams walk down and back a 224 foot path of jagged stones, which, according to tradition, reduces stress. Afterwards, they get their next clue.

Ron & Chris do Earth as the other teams arrive at the teahouse. Nick & Don finish their tea first, while TK & Rachel take theirs to go and Nate & Jen find a friend in the teahouse.

After finishing the Road Block, Ron & Chris head to the Pit Stop, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Plaza, where they place 1st for the second leg in a row.

The three teams decide on Earth.
A local tells Nate & Jen it’s better to take the subway and then a bus instead of a taxi, which Nate doubts but Jen is insistent on.

TK & Rachel flow their way to 2nd place and Nick & Don take the final spot in the Race to the finish line.

Nate & Jen end the leg in tears as their quest to be 1st is over.

The Teams
TK & Rachel overcome their three hour deficit with nothing they did on their own, and complete an easy, quick Speed Bump. Just saying. I am not against nice teams. It’s great that they are nice to each other and mostly nice (when not standing on a moral pedestal being judgmental ) to the other teams, but they just aren’t good Racers; with wealth of very simple mistakes all along the way, all with an unexcited and unenthused demeanor as they travel the world. I would definitely be less than thrilled if they win. It would be an unfulfilling end to what has been one of the better seasons of TAR for me.

Nathan & Jennifer ‘s intensity got the better of them. I think the comparison to TAR9’s MoJo is definitely fitting now that they finish 4th. At the beginning, I did see them as the 2nd coming of Monica & Joseph (who are happily married now! Congrats!), a team that explodes under pressure but still loves each other. However, Nate & Jen were definitely more explosive since MoJo’s blow ups were more concentrated on the situation at hand than with each other. One thing to commend Nate & Jen on however, is their drive and determination to place 1st and they’ve done very well with their own physical (and sometimes mental) strengths. I think they could’ve definitely done better if they calmed down (not becoming monotones though), but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Meanwhile, for all of their predecessors, it is justice as the first parent/child and grandparent/child two-person teams ever to reach the final leg Ronald & Christina and Nicolas & Donald went from underdogs to contenders, despite what Nick said about playing like bitches and pansies.

Nicolas & Donald have overcome a lot, and have fought not only obstacles in the Race, but their own speed bumps as both have experienced fatigue on the Race, while Nick literally carries their team forward. What he doesn’t contribute physically, Don makes up for it in other ways, which is definitely one of the reasons why there are racing for the million. The right amount of teamwork, having fun along the way, and a growing determination to make it to the end all make them a worthy final 3 team.

And Ronald & Christina who not only had to overcome their own physical setbacks (hernias aren’t pretty), they had their relationship to work on. As Ron grew to realize his outbursts, especially with his daughter, weren’t helping their team, he changed course and they finished 1st two times in a row. Like Nick & Don, teamwork, enjoying the Race, and the drive to finish 1st got them past the other teams to enable them to Race to the finish line. It is great to see family teams make it far, and I hope Ron & Chris (and Nick & Don) take it all the way.

I’ll have to say that non-eliminations have both their pluses and minuses. Yes, it might save a team that had bad luck in a leg or save your favorites, but it definitely does not help the other teams who weren’t last. Especially because equalizers, whether they be Hours of Operation or a pesky flight, will always be in the next leg. And you never know when you’ll be leaving the Pit Stop in the middle of the night or perfectly in daylight.

And the only danger with Speed Bumps is that some may be quicker and simpler than others…

Regardless, it was a great Road Block, a great Detour, and the tasks throughout the leg (except for the waiting 3 hours instead of being handed a clue telling them going to Taiwan) were a nice way for the teams to get around and experience Taipei.

Next week is the finale! Let’s hope TAR13 comes sooner rather than later!

Nathan: “We’re like the Incredible Hulk. All of a sudden we’re just gonna explode and tear our shirts off and just, everyone’s like ‘Woah!’and like ‘Watch out for Jen & Nate’.”

Nicolas: “On this leg of the Race, we’re going to be aggressive, we’ve been playing the game like bitches so far, and so has everyone else. No competitors are left. It’s a bunch of pansies in the game.”

(Christina: “I think my dad and I are a smarter team than Nate & Jen and Nick & Don.”)
Nathan: “Jen and I know absolutely nothing about Taiwan, except… we think Thai food is pretty good.”
(Ronald: “No, they’re… these guys are smart.”)
Jennifer: “We’re going in there cold-blinded.”
Nathan: “I have a couple of Thai friends.”

Jennifer: “Holy schnikeys!”

Jennifer: “I wanna rip those dreads out of his head.”

Nicolas: “I’m pretty disappointed that TK & Rachel made up all this time, I really want to shave his beard off.”

Ronald: “I think my callus feet over those stones helped a lot.”

Donald: “We started out on the idea, gee, let’s not be the first team eliminated because our family’s gonna watch this, we’re going to look like a couple of schmucks, you know.”

Phil: “You are the last team to arrive”
Nate: “Ffffudge.”










Photobucket: XangaTheAmazingRaceCaps – Episode 10

1. Ronald & Christina
2. Nathan & Jennifer
2. Nicolas & Donald
4. Rachel & TK

Recap: The Amazing Race 12, Episode 9 – “I’m just an old fart that runs on emotions.”


Probably one of the best episodes ever… until…

The Leg
With 414 more dollars in their pockets, the teams learn they are leaving India and heading to Osaka, Japan.

TK & Rachel find a 6:55pm flight that connects through New Delhi and Beijing (cue: *RATTLESNAKE ‘OOPS’ EFFECT*) while the other three teams find an 8:30pm flight that connects only through Hong Kong (complete with Phil’s emphasis).

TK & Rachel arrive in New Delhi and they show TK concerned about their position.
In Japan, a flight arrives at 2:30pm and it’s the three teams.

The teams take taxis to Kishiwata Castle. On the way, they try to figure out if TK & Rachel are ahead of them or behind them. Ron settles on them being behind them, while Nic thinks they’ve gone to Osaka, India.

At the castle, they search the grounds for the clue, which tells them to travel to JR Kandosen Noda Station where they must search for the station’s cleaning man for the next clue.

Nate & Jen comment on how there are no signs in English (Nate: “That’s why we’re not drivin’, babe.”), while Ron & Chris talk about all the streets being one-way with Christina saying “I’m never driving in Japan.” (cue: *GONG*)

Lo and behold, the clue at the station tells them about the Road Block, “Who’s the Backseat Driver?”

In this Road Block the teams must become a taxi driver and drive a Japanese couple to an address that is given to them. However, the address, which tells them to go to the Osaka Centre Post Office, is written in Japanese. They can not invite a local to lead them or ride with them nor can they ask the couple for help with directions. After they drop off the couple at the right address, they will hand them their next clue and then they must head back to their partners at the station before opening it.

Jen starts first, followed by Christina and the Nicolas.

Jen can’t figure out the address.
Meanwhile, Ron & Chris decide Chris will do the Road Block because of her knowledge of Japanese, but then they regret that decision when they find out she has to drive when apparently she is bad at directions. Then she can’t find out how to work the car.

They all have trouble navigating the streets and getting directions, all the while the couple in the backseat laughs and makes funny faces at their funny American drivers.They finish in the same order, though one final turn is the biggest hurdle of the Road Block as Nic has the most trouble.

Reunited with their teammates, teams must now travel to Kita-Modo Temple for their next clue.

As Nicolas tries to find his way back to the station, TK & Rachel finally arrive in Japan and Nicolas & Jen and Ronald & Christina are on their way to the temple.

Nate & Jen arrive first and find the Detour.
In this Detour, teams have to choose between Sense of Touch or Sense of Smell.
In Sense of Touch, teams head to the Shimojima Building where they must use miniature robots controlled by cell phones to play soccer and score two goals against two robotic defenders.
In Sense of Smell, teams head to the Saera Flower Shop, one that only sells artificial flowers, where they must used only their sense of smell to find one REAL flower among the fakes, the only one that will obviously have a smell.

Nate & Jen and Ron & Chris choose Sense of Smell.
Meanwhile, Nicolas finally makes his way back to the station and they are on their way.

Nate & Jen unwittingly find the flower shop with Ron & Chris right behind them.
Nicolas & Donald choose Sense of Touch and take a little while trying to figure out how to maneuver the little robots, Donald having a particularly harder time. (“I don’t even own a computer!”)

Nate & Jen find a real flower first and they sneak out to make their way to the Pit Stop at Tempozan Park. Ron & Chris are right behind them, but they find a taxi first.Nicolas & Donald finish playing soccer and they are right there in it.

All the while, we see TK & Rachel in a taxi, though with the sky considerably darker than when the other teams are outside.

Ronald & Christina arrive at the mat and Phil tells them they are First! Not only that, they won an environmentally friendly electric vehicle. First a catamaran and now an electric vehicle!

Nate & Jen are disappointed, as they are 2nd again. And Nicolas & Donald hang in for 3rd.

Meanwhile, TK & Rachel are last and far behind. We hear what sounds like their goodbye messages as we see them finish their tasks. They head to the Pit Stop…and lucky for them, this is a non-elimination leg, though Phil says they are three hours behind the other teams, and they will have to face a Speed Bump in the next leg.

The Teams
Well, everyone knows how I feel about TK & Rachel (lol), so needless to say I was disappointed in the ending. I was already sure that this was a non-elimination, though I did get my hopes up with that clever editing (those uber-clever TAR editors strike again!)… but alas they’re still in it. I have to admit, they didn’t get on my nerves as much this episode… but that’s probably because they were in it all of 2 minutes.

Nicolas & Donald are chugging along. Now that they are in the final 4, it’s really everyone’s Race to lose, including them. They have just as good a shot as anyone else, but fatigue could be their worse enemies. We’ve seen numerous times throughout the Race, either Donald not being able to keep up or Nicolas’ tiring of carrying the weight (sometimes literally) of the team. If they win, all the more deserving because of everything they’ve had to go through.

Nate & Jen provided more laughs again this week. The mood swings from kissy-kissy to “You pushed me!” (*vague flashes of Jonathan & Victoria*) were more funny than anything, and even after the leg, they were still in good spirits as we saw them with Jen laughing at Nate’s incorrect prediction about their fate.

And I am definitely happy for Ron & Chris who place 1st again! Yay! Also again, Ron acknowledges his failings and other than his frustration of their being dropped off far from where they were supposed to and arguing about the difference between a direct and nonstop flight, he was all right this leg. I would love to see them and Nic & Don racing for the million together.

Until the twisted ending, I thought this was one of the best episodes ever. As always, it was exciting and thrilling, but also as always, the locations play a huge part of the episode and going back to Japan was great. The Road Block and Detour were awesome, and how cool were those robots?!?! Soccer, ninja moves, and even able to applaud… I want one of those, of course with the matching cell phone.

And the taxi Road Block was genius. Original and fun.

Plus some great funny moments again this week:
-Ron & Don sharing their snack.
-Nate “listening” to Jen.
-Nate’s We’ll be last flub.
-The poor wheezing, but smiling taxi driver. Hope he’s okay and doesn’t really have a medical problem!
-Don’s high-falutin expressions.

As for the ending, it was expected. I kept hope, but oh well. Hehe… only one more episode left until the finale!! That makes me sad. If CBS really didn’t give the greenlight early enough (They could be secretly running TAR13 as we speak! *crosses fingers*), we might have to wait until late Summer or even the Fall for TAR13!

Ronald: “Oh, Osaka, Japan… land of Sushi.”

Nathan: “I actually had a fantasy the other night. We were running to the finish line, and anyone who was in front of us, I was going to throw my bag at their legs and hopefully they fall and us run past them.”

Ronald: “I paid him good money just to walk more?!?!”

Ronald: “I’m just an old fart that runs on emotions.”

Donald: “Anything’s possible on the Race.”
Nicolas: “That’s so cliché.”

Nicolas: “I wonder if Ron & Chris speak Japanese.”
Donald: “Yeah, I wouldn’t doubt that they speak Japanese. She’s at some big ‘falutin’ college and everything like that…”
Nicolas: “‘Falutin college’?”
Donald: “Yeah, Princeton buddy!”

Christina: “First off, I don’t have a car! I use public transportation, so this is ridiculous that I’m doing this.”

Christina: “I don’t think Japanese helps much. Driving skills helps more.”

Nicolas: “It’s easier to land a plane than to drive in Osaka.”

Jennifer: “The streets were very confusing and then there was this last little angled street where this station was at…”
Nathan: “I’m sorry… It’s hard for me to pay attention right now when he’s driving… sorry.”
Nathan: “Nah, I’m listening to everything you’re saying, it’s hard to, uh… you know what I’m saying.”
Jennifer: “No, I don’t.”

Taxi driver wheezes
Christina: “Are you okay? Is he okay?”
Ronald: “Is he having a heart attack or something?”
Christina: “Yeah, it sounds like his health is not the best.”
Ronald: “I j
ust hope he doesn’t croak on us.”
Jennifer: “We decided to do sense of smell, because I freakin’ have the nose of a bloodhound.”

Jennifer: “We were just sniffing, sniffing, sniffing, and I was looking up and I was like… seeing all these colorful flowers, I thought I was hallucinating, like in a Pink Floyd music video or something.”

Nathan: “The best team is going to finish last and that’s Jen and I.”
Jen: “Going to finish last!?!?!”
Nathan: “I mean finish the last leg first.”

Nathan: “Holy schnikeys.”










Photobucket: XangaTheAmazingRaceCaps – Episode 9

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

1. Ronald & Christina
2. Nathan & Jennifer
2. Nicolas & Donald
4. Rachel & TK

Recap: The Amazing Race 12, Episode 8 – “It’s a hernia buster.”


The craziest leg so far this season, and probably one of the most hectic legs ever. Definitely non-stop excitement the entire episode.

The Leg
Leaving Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy, teams find out their next destination is Mumbai, India.
Looks like the teams were definitely all over the place last week as their departure times were almost an hour apart from each other.

Nicolas & Donald and Ronald & Christina purchase/reserve tickets before heading to the airport.
As Team Gramps head to a hotel for some sleep, the rest of the teams head to the airport and wait for it to open at 4:30am, at which time Jen pushes past TK & Rachel to find out ticketing doesn’t open until 5:30.

The other teams look on as Nic & Don and Ron & Chris get in line at the check-in for Air France for a flight that will get them into Mumbai at 10:35pm. The Goths find a flight that arrives at 1am.
Nate & Jen manage tickets on the 10:35 flight, but Kynt & Vyxsin have to settle for 10:50 while TK & Rachel take a flight arriving at 1am. Kynt & Vyxsin put on a little performance for TK & Rachel.

The first three teams are delayed in Paris and Kynt & Vyxsin arrive at 10:30pm. The three eventually arrive 35 minutes later.

All the teams get to Mumbai but Hours of Operation strike for the first significant time this season as the teams wait for the newspaper stand to open at 6am. Here they need to buy a copy of the Times of India (Tuesday, July 24, 2007 edition!) to find their next clue in a small corner ad.

That little clue tells the teams to travel by rickshaw to Chauhan Alteration Tailors where the shop owner will give them their next clue.

Kynt & Vyxsin find it first followed by Ronald & Christina, TK & Rachel, and Nic & Donald. Nate & Jen have trouble with a pesky dog distracting them the entire time.

The constant place changing in the episode is just getting started as Nic & Donald arrive at the tailor’s first where they find the Speed Bump and the Detour.

In this Detour, teams have to choose between Paste ‘Em or Thread ‘Em.
In Paste ‘Em, teams must use the provided supplies to properly paste a 6 panel Bollywood movie poster onto the wall.
In Thread ‘Em, they must create a traditional wedding garland made of 108 flowers in alternating colors and then deliver it to a bridegroom nearby.

They and Ron & Chris choose Paste ‘Em. TK & Rachel do Thread ‘Em, as does Nate & Jen after finally finding the clue later.
Kynt & Vyxsin find their Speed Bump, where they must perform a series of complex yoga poses. Afterwards they choose Thread ‘Em.

Ron & Chris, who arrived at the Detour first, are having trouble in a series of unfortunate events, which allows Nic & Don to pass them and move into 1st. They find out they must travel to Kabutar Khana for their next clue and the 2nd U-Turn of the Race.

Ron & Chris mess up one piece, and while in fairness to them, the guy did say the rest was okay at first, everything got messed up when they had to shift the one piece.

TK & Rachel finish their Detour and get to the clue first. Meanwhile, Ron & Chris catch up to Nicolas & Donald. The clue tells them to go to a propane gas depot, Bharatgas Colaba Gas Service for their next clue, a Road Block.

In this Road Block, they must load carts with 6 tanks of propane gas and deliver three tanks to two addresses where they must take a receipt and take both the order slips and the receipts back to the Bharatgas.

With TK & Rachel in traffic they arrive 3rd after Nicolas & Donald (who are 1st) and Ronald & Christina. Nicolas, TK, and Ronald do the Road Block.

Back at the flowers, Nate & Jen finally finish and are confused as to whom they give the garland to, eventually finding out they do not just hold their arms out or give it to an elephant. Kynt & Vyxsin are right behind them and they both head to the next clue.

There, Kynt & Vyxsin decide to exercise the U-Turn and conclude that Nicolas & Donald are behind them. Nate & Jen, who were going to U-Turn Kynt & Vyxsin are relieved, and frankly surprised.

At the Road Block, Ronald tries to get some local help from a man who says he’d guide him, but instead wanted a ride around the block. Nicolas, meanwhile, is having a hard time with the tanks as TK forces three at a time up the stairs.

TK finishes first, and he and Rachel head to the Pit Stop, Bandra Fort. Nicolas is next and they are on their way, but Nic is feeling like he’s going to pass out. They pull over for him to throw up, but take 2nd.
Meanwhile, Ronald & Christina are 3rd done and 3rd for the leg.

Now it’s a Race between Kynt & Vyxsin and Nathan & Jennifer.
Kynt and Jen decide to do the Road Block, and Vyxsin realizes their U-Turn mistake.

Kynt crashes into things before finding out where the break is, while Jen delivers her first batch of tanks but doesn’t take her receipt.

Kynt and Jen meet up at one of the addresses, and Kynt loads the elevator first with Jen left in the lobby to wait. With Kynt on the 2nd floor, Jen decides to wait instead of lugging the tanks to her address on the 5th floor, but the gate is open on the 2nd, so she can’t use the elevator.

When yelling for someone to close the door doesn’t work, Jen runs up to the 2nd floor to close it herself so she can complete her final delivery. The kind lady asks “You forget something?” and Jen realizes her mistake.
Meanwhile, Kynt makes his own mistake by leaving the order slip with the customers.

Nate & Jen get wrong info and run to the Pit Stop going on directions given to them, but they find a dead end and the frustration sets in. Kynt runs back to his deliveries to get the slips back before getting the clue.

Eventually, Nathan & Jennifer are the final team in the final 4, while Kynt & Vyxsin are Philiminated.

The Teams
Sad to see Kynt & Vyxsin go. They started off very strong, especially because of Vyxsin who might be one of the toughest female racers in a while. They overcame the Speed Bump, but other bad luck and costly mistakes ended the Race for them. I was definitely weary of their potentially annoying gimmick early on, but they grew on me and definitely deserved to be in the Final 4.

I’d definitely swap them in for TK & Rachel who continues to rub me the wrong way. I don’t see how they can’t be cool, calm, and collected, yet still be worthwhile Racers who aren’t boring and might as well be invisible. One must only look to Races past to see nice, non-bickering couples who were still fun and interesting to watch.

I am still convinced Nathan & Jennifer are more comic relief than annoying couple. They realize they are annoying and as evidenced by their little flower back and forth, their arguments are comprised more of comebacks, which is an art form in and of itself. Plus their “Gosh” and “God bless it”s still kill me.

Nicolas & Donald seem to be rolling along. I still don’t think they’ve stepped it up enough to win, but they’ve stepped it up enough to get by each leg at least.

And Ronald & Christina… Ronald acknowledged his shortcomings and big mouth both before and after the leg, so I can accept the heat of the moment frustration setting in. Still, the Race will be a good way for them to strengthen their relationship, and hopefully get them all way to the Finish Line.

My favorite episode of the season so far, despite the elimination. Nonstop, edge of your seat action, with every team battling their own hurdles throughout the leg.

The Speed Bump is a good non-elimination penalty. Better than the taking away of money and belongings, and better than waiting 30 minutes at the mat since it at least gives the teams something to do and shows us a lot more of the destination they are at in that week.

Plus, I like the U-Turn and the Yield, as long as they are used in the right way. Of course it would be nice to see a team you hate get slapped with one of those, but if a team is fighting in last place (like Shana & Jennifer and Kynt & Vyxsin were), using the U-Turn is a fair way to get yourself some breathing room, since using it does not mean guaranteed safety. Just like a Fast Forward does not guarantee 1st.

Seems like India has always been a great setting for awesome TAR episodes. Jen’s elephant encounter reminded me of Queen Gretchen’s ride atop a “bad elephant” in TAR7, with poor Meredith pushing it all the way through.

Awesome season so far.

The random editing hilarity of the episode…
-After Kynt’s comment about Vyxsin’s contorting, they cut to the Yogi watching her intently.
-In the taxi after the Detour, a still Ronald says “Let’s take it one step at a time,” and then flicks his arm up to fill ‘er up with water.
-Nate and Jen’s various reactions throughout the episode to each other and their various dillemas, especially their comeback-filled discussion at the flower Detour.


Ronald: “We are excited to come to this lovely city of the Renaissance. We hope that this is the Renaissance of me, of a new man, to make my daughter feel proud.”

Jennifer: “Oh my FREAKING gosh!”

Ronald: “Don’t be so cheap with the paste!”

Kynt: “The moves were getting harder and harder, but hey, any chance to see Vyxsin twisting, turning, and contorting her body was always a highlight for me, and I think was a highlight for the instructor as well.”

Jennifer: “Who knows, [Kynt & Vyxsin] could’ve already been done with the speed bump. They have some kind of supernatural powers or something.”

Christina: “I was trying to give you a stool!”
Ronald: “Yeah, but it busted!”

Kynt: “Vyxsin, look how dark the interior of our cab is.”
Vyxsin: “I know, it’s very cozy, its like being in a coffin.”

Nathan: *picks up the completed part of the garland* “Look at this, what is that?!? That is terrible!”
Jennifer: *waves it off* “I don’t know, I didn’t even mean to do that.”
Nathan: “I don’t understand how you can’t do this Jen, you’re a girl.”
Jennifer: “I didn’t understand how you couldn’t row a boat. You’re a guy.”
Nathan: “Jen! You know me, every guy rows boats every day.”
Jennifer: “Well you know me, you don’t see me sewing every day.”

Jennifer: “Anytime you do a low blow to me, I’ll do a low blow right back to you.”
Nathan: “Exactly, exactly. That’s how you work.”
Jennifer: “You don’t have to bring up my freakin’ sexuality that I’m a girl do you?”
Nathan: “Saying you can’t thread a needle, that’s such a low blow isn’t it?”
Jennifer: “The tone of your voice is making me absolutely sick.”

Nicolas: “Carrying and navigating is my forte with this team.”
Donald: “And I handle little stuff and try to look good as I’m doing it.”

Ronald: “It’s a hernia buster.”

Nathan: “How could Kynt & Vyxsin, like…”
Jennifer: “Honestly, they have witch powers or something…”

Phil: “Well, I would have to give you the award for the Most Fashionable Couple ever on The Amazing Race.”
Kynt: “YES!! At least we won something.”
Vyxsin: “Yay! We won something.”











Photobucket: XangaTheAmazingRaceCaps – Episode 8

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

1. Ronald & Christina
2. Nathan & Jennifer
2. Nicolas & Donald
2. Kynt & Vyxsin
5. Rachel & TK

Recap: The Amazing Race 12, Episode 7 – “Now you just want to fart around…”


Wow, it’s been a while since the last new episode huh? What a nice Holiday treat to have TAR back J

The Leg
We last left our teams in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Teams learn they must now take a bus to the port city of Split, Croatia where they will then take a ferry across the Adriatic Sea to Ancona, Italy where they will find their next clue.

Despite leaving within a 5 hour difference in the morning, all teams take the same ferry and arrive in Ancona at 9:40 that evening.

Upon arriving, they search and find their clue telling them to drive themselves 200 miles to the town of Empoli and find an airfield for the next clue. They’ve also been given a Blackberry, on which they will receive a message sometime during their drive.

Nathan & Jennifer get directions telling them to go through Flori. TK & Rachel go through Rome. And the other three teams drive through Bologna, which is apparently the bad way since we get the “WRONG!” rattle sound effect so many times.

TK & Rachel leave their clue at the cafe, have a “breakdown,” but drive back and get the clue from a lady who kept it in her purse.

As the teams are on the highway, they receive a message from their families back home. Ron & Chris get one from Steph, her sister and his daughter, Nate & Jen get one from Nate’s parents, Kynt & Vyxsin get one from Vyxsin’s parents, TK & Rachel from TK’s parents, and Nicolas & Donald from Donald’s son.

Afterwards, Nate & Jen are smooth driving the whole way through while the three Bologna teams get caught up in traffic when the road is closed. Ron & Chris and Kynt & Vyxsin go through a real life detour while Nic & Don sit and wait for the road to open at 6am.

Nate & Jen arrive first at the marker in Empoli, which opens at 7am. The sun rises and TK & Rachel arrive 2nd.

Nicolas & Donald get to go on the just opened road, while Ronald commends Christina on her great navigation skills. Kynt & Vyxsin, however, get frustrated.

It’s a Road Block. They must fly above the beautiful countryside in an Ultralight and search for the name of their next destination, Vinci. However, they have 30 minutes until they have to land and refuel before they can go back up into the air.

Also in this clue, they find a fast forward, the only one of the Race, according to Phil (which is not true because there was actually a FF in Lithuania which no one took). This Fast Forward has the teams getting the letters “FF” tattooed on each of their bodies. However they are only told they must take part in a ‘local seafaring tradition,’ which is getting a tattoo. Jennifer wants to do the FF, but Nate doesn’t want to which upsets Jen. TK & Rachel pass also.

Ronald & Christina arrive 3rd and Nicolas & Donald are right behind them but decide on the Fast Forward. Ron & Chris run around trying to find the numbers, and Rachel gives us her moral judgment on the father and daughter team.

Nathan finishes the Road Block first, while TK finds nothing as Christina goes into the air.

The next clue tells them to drive to Vinci where they must find the birthplace of Da Vinci for their next clue.

Meanwhile, Nicolas & Donald are shocked to learn they have to get a tattoo for the Fast Forward, but they do it. Donald comments “At least it’s not the one where they shave their hair off,” which shows they really are TAR fans! Yay! They get the clue telling them to go to the Pit Stop at the Boboli Gardens in Florence. They are first.

Back at the airfield, Christina finds Vinci first and they are off while TK has another 30 minutes up.

Nathan & Jennifer find the next clue and the Detour, Invention or Tradition. In Invention, teams choose a replica of a centuries-old crane designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, assemble it and use it to lift up a large stone one foot off the ground. Afterwards, they place a mirror underneath and read the clue under the stone. In Tradition, teams head to the Plaza Guido Masi where they learn a traditional local flag routine. After they execute the routine, they will be given a flag with their next destination.

Nate & Jen choose Tradition, and after having a little trouble, Nate listens to Jen and they finish it. They are Team #2.

Back at the Detour, TK is still having trouble as Kynt & Vyxsin finally catch up. Vyxsin finishes before TK and they head off as he struggles.

Ronald & Christina also choose Tradition at the Road Block, and after executing the routine, head to the Pit Stop to place 3rd.

Kynt & Vyxsin are getting themselves lost as their frustration sets in; Vyxsin speeds down a narrow road causing Kynt to frantically tell her to stop the car. After deciding the Invention Detour was too hard, to top all off, their car becomes inoperable so they run to the Tradition Detour expecting the replacement car to be there when they get back.

Meanwhile, TK & Rachel complete the Invention Detour being in last place and they head off only to get a flat tire.

It’s a race between 4th and 5th with possible Philimination looming, but TK & Rachel edge out the Goths for 4th. Phil did not look very happy when they arrived 4th.

Kynt & Vyxsin arrive last… and surprisingly this is the first of two non-elimination legs in the Race. (Betram tricked us!) Instead of money/possession taking or a ‘mark for elimination,’ Phil lets them know about the new twist.

Sometime during the next leg, Kynt & Vyxsin will encounter a Speed Bump. That will require them, and only them, to complete the assigned task. And they won’t know when or where it will appear. This could essentially cost them precious time, so we’ll see it next week.

The Teams
Ronald & Christina had an all right leg again this week. A little taste of crazy Ron again, but it looks like he goes all out with some “familiar behavior” (as Phil puts it) next week. I really hope that won’t affect them much.

Nicolas & Donald are starting to step it up. Getting the tattoo was definitely a tough decision to make, but they’re going to have to maintain the momentum next leg. It would be nice to see them going to final 3.

Sad to see Kynt & Vyxsin get so frustrated and have a bad leg. I really want to see them make final 4.

I still think Nathan & Jennnifer are harmless, but I actually thought Jen is slowly starting to annoy me. I’d definitely rather see them in the final 4 than…

TK & Rachel. I find them so unlikeable. I don’t really think they are nice, just monotone and mellowed out (obviously) all the time. And we’ve had perfectly fun, interesting, and dramatic “nice” teams in the past, so why are they not any of those things? Plus, I really don’t care for their judgmental attitudes towards the other teams. First TK expressing his moral view on Shana & Jennifer’s perfectly reasonable U-Turn usage and now Rachel’s moral view on Ronald. Phil looked pretty unhappy when they arrived at the mat. I should like them, I’ve been calling for more “Kris and Jon”s for a loooong time now, but… I have no idea.

It was a great episode, very exciting, and of course we’ll get the Speed Bump next week, a new twist. Plus, the Italian countryside looks beautiful!

Ronald: “I don’t speak any Italian for you. ‘Prego’… something, means ‘Please’ I think.”
Christina: “Isn’t Prego… a spaghetti sauce?”

Christina: “Kynt & Vyxsin, its like a performance every time I see them.”
Ronald: “Like Kabuki theatre.”

Nathan: “Holy shnickeys. It’s a stickey!”

Ronald: “Now you just want to fart around…”

Ronald: “I might’ve peed in my pants on that one.”

Nathan: “Jen, you bastard!”

EPISODE CAPS UP NOW @ Amazing Race 12/Episode 7/


1. Ronald & Christina
2. Nathan & Jennifer
2. Nicolas & Donald
2. Kynt & Vyxsin
5. Rachel & TK