The Amazing Race Seasons 16 and 17 Coming to DVD!

The DVD releases of The Amazing Race continue with seasons 16 and 17 now available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

No news of special features yet, but as with the most recent releases, these DVDs could very well include the Elimination Station videos featuring the eliminated teams in sequester.

There is also no release date yet, but you can now pre-order here:

Here are the DVD covers for the sets:

The Amazing Race 16 Season Wrap-up

The Amazing Race 16 Wrap-Up
Wow.  Even after 16 seasons, I am still amazed and grateful that The Amazing Race has finished another round-the-world adventure.  I just can’t help but look back to TAR2, TAR3, and TAR4 when the series’ future was very much in doubt.

But seven-eight years later, the series continues to grow  and buck the trend for long-running shows, not to mention a reality show.  The show definitely has things it needs to work on moving forward, but you just can’t beat a Race around the world.

Season 16, though still very much enjoyable, was definitely a little lackluster and at times uninspired.  There were memorable challenges like the World War II Detour in France, but most of the Detours and Road Blocks this season seemed very simple, many of them tasks that could have easily been completed in other cities around the world.

The funny thing is, despite the easy tasks, the teams still managed to find ways to screw up, which may say more about this season’s group of teams than the challenges themselves.

Cultural tasks and tasks that are inherent of their destination that leg, like the drums or ice cream selling in Singapore, or the whole cowboys and bandits theme in Argentina, are always best.  The Amazing Race prides itself on being a travel show just as much as a reality show, so rappelling into a wine cellar or counting chain links at the dock are more generic especially compared to the other stuff they did get to do.

The changes to the Leg structure, like having two Road Blocks in a leg, are small but interesting twists that add different dynamics to the Race.  It was such a shock to have the Road Block before the Detour for the first time in TAR4.  The accidental creation of double/superlegs was another.  Having two Road Blocks, though maybe a budget measure just as much as a freshening up move, is simple, yet throws teams and the viewers off guard.  How about two Detours next season?

I prefer those kinds of tweaks than having to add things like the Yield or the U-Turn that causes drama that is more annoying than interesting. 

Speaking of things TAR should work on, I didn’t notice it until this season, but for a while now we’ve had the Final Leg take place entirely in the End City, which is great.  The early seasons had maybe one task in the End City at most, many times just random clues after already completing Detours and Road Blocks in the original port of entries of either Alaska or Hawaii.

One of the criticisms with the TAR16 finale was how it was a straightforward leg that was decided by Dan & Jordan’s move on the airplane, not allowing other teams to maybe catch up and pass them.  But I actually think the leg provided many opportunities for things like that to happen.  With the Coit Tower Road Block, look no further than TAR5’s penultimate leg in the Philippines where Linda & Karen had a pretty comfortable lead over Colin & Christie, until they came to the ascender.  With physical tasks like that, teams can either fall behind or catch up easily.  The virtual task was another interesting crapshoot with the spinning clue a nice curveball.  Add to that the riddles instead of straightforward clues and the mercy of taxi drivers, by the time they got to the incredibly simple final task, there have been plenty of passing opportunities. 

And that’s one of the big things in this season, bunching points and equalizers, or the lack thereof.  In the past, everyone hated Hours of Operation, bunching points, plane and train equalizers.  But this season, it seemed like they were gravely necessary.  The France legs were especially horrible because if it weren’t for the U-Turn of Joe & Heidi, there wouldn’t have been any change in placements leg-to-leg.  The Legs were designed as very straightforward with tasks that did not allow for teams to catch up.  Legs like that actually made you appreciate those equalizers that many have hated for so long.  The Race is leg to leg so maybe some better Leg design in the next seasons can avoid the forced bunching, but also allow for teams to catch up or fall behind based on their actions and task performances.

There’s also discussion about the use of taxis in the Final Leg.  If taxis are a part of every other leg, what makes the Final Leg so different?  I know Bert & Co. are hesitant at having teams drive themselves in the Final Leg for fear of reckless, fast driving in the heat of being this close to a million dollars.  That’s a valid concern, there were times in this finale where Jet & Cord were running into San Francisco traffic.  

Overall, this was an okay season. Phil mentioned at the start that this would be a “difficult” and “demanding” Race.  It was far from it.  I enjoyed it but wished it had a little more.  The teams were less than exciting and the stunt casting is really not necessary.  I definitely believe in Dan & Jordan as winners and that actually helps boost the season in my book.

1. TAR3
2. TAR5
3. TAR8
4. TAR1
5. TAR2
6. TAR4
6. TAR6
6. TAR11:AS
6. TAR12

6. TAR16
11. TAR10
12. TAR14
13. TAR15
14. TAR13
15. TAR9
*huge gap*
16. TAR7

(regardless of winner)
1. TAR3
2. TAR12
3. TAR8
4. TAR5
5. TAR2
6. TAR1
7. TAR16
8. TAR15
9. TAR14
10. TAR6
11. TAR11: AS
12. TAR9
13. TAR13
14. TAR4
15. TAR10
16. TAR7

1. TAR3
2. TAR8
3. TAR5
4. TAR1
5. TAR11: AS
6. TAR2
6. TAR12
8. TAR6
8. TAR4
10. TAR16
11. TAR15
12. TAR14
13. TAR13
14. TAR10
15. TAR9
16. TAR7

1. Kris & Jon (TAR6)
2. Teri & Ian (TAR3/AS)
3. Ronald & Christina (TAR12)
4. Charla & Mirna (TAR5/AS)
5. Dan & Jordan (TAR16)
6. The Linz Family (TAR8)
7. John Vito & Jill (TAR3/AS)
8. David & Margaretta (TAR1)
9. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
10. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
11. Erwin & Godwin (TAR10)
12. Brian & Ericka (TAR15)

1. Teri & Ian (TARAS)
2. John Vito & Jill (TAR3)
3. The Gaghan Family (TAR8)
4. Linda & Karen (TAR5)
5. Meredith & Gretchen (TAR7)
6. Charla & Mirna (TAR5)
7. Joseph & Monica (TAR9)
8. Jim & Marsha (TAR5)
9. Mel & Mike (TAR14)
10. The Paolo Family (TAR8)
11. Zev & Justin (TAR15)
12. Toni & Dallas (TAR13)
13. Steve & Allie (TAR16)

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)
11. Ken & Tina (TAR13)
12. Brian & Ericka (TAR15)
13. Sam & Dan (TAR15)

WINNERS (subjective; as a team)
1. Dan & Jordan (TAR16)
2. The Linz Family (TAR8)
3. Flo & Zach (TAR3)
4. Rob & Brennan (TAR1)
5. Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
6. Chris & Alex (TAR2)
6. Chip & Kim (TAR5)
6. Tammy & Victor (TAR14)
9. Meghan & Cheyne (TAR15)
9. Tyler & James (TAR10)
9. Nick & Starr (TAR13)
12. Reichen & Chip (TAR4)
13. Freddy & Kendra (TAR6)
14. BJ & Tyler (TAR9)
15. TK & Rachel (TAR12)
16. Eric & Danielle (TAR11:AS)

WINNERS (with respect to final 3)
      Winning Team
         Who I wanted to win
1. Dan & Jordan
        Dan & Jordan (TAR16)
2. Uchenna & Joyce
        Uchenna & Joyce (TAR7)
3. The Linz Family
        The Linz Family (TAR8)
4. Tammy & Victor
     Tammy & Victor (TAR14)
5. Rob & Brennan
       Rob & Brennan or Frank & Margarita (TAR1)
6. Chris & Alex
       Blake & Paige or Chris & Alex (TAR2)
7. Chip & Kim
       Chip & Kim or Brandon & Nicole (TAR5)
8. Tyler & James
       Tyler & James or Lyn & Karlyn (TAR10)
9. Flo & Zach
       Teri & Ian or Ken & Gerard (TAR3)
10. Meghan & Cheyne
       Brian & Ericka (TAR15)
11. Nick & Starr
       Nick & Starr or Ken & Tina (TAR13)
12. Reichen & Chip
       Kelly & Jon (TAR4)
13. Freddy & Kendra
       Kris & Jon (TAR6)
14. BJ & Tyler
       Eric & Jeremy or Ray & Yolanda (TAR9)
15. Eric & Danielle
       Charla & Mirna or Dustin &Kandice (TAR11:AS)
16. TK & Rachel
       Ronald & Christina or Don & Nicolas (TAR12)
My Final Subjective Team Rankings

Daniel & Jordan Dan & Jordan – Seeing a superfan like Jordan, a real TAR fan win the Race is just awesome and fulfilling.  They were a team I’ve been rooting for from the beginning, every leg hoping and wishing they’d step it up and really show their strengths.  But it seems their strategy of being under the radar and just making sure to avoid elimination each leg worked as they stepped up tenfold in the final, most important leg.  They also give hope to real people who apply for TAR, that it’s not just scouted and recruited teams that do well.  Great winners and I am absolutely ecstatic they won.
Steve & Allie Steve & Allie – They were fun, especially Steve’s dunkeness.  Ever since TAR12’s Ron & Christina, I’ve wanted a parent-child team to do well on the Race.  They had a great opportunity and looked like a team to beat, but it only takes one wrong turn to cost you the Race.  They were a team with lots of potential, it was too bad they were out that early.
Jody & Shannon Jody & Shannon – Nice people, but they just couldn’t keep up with the other teams.  They also didn’t have a sense of urgency in the Race which can definitely hurt.  Hopefully this won’t be the last time we have a grandparent-grandchild team on the Race though.
Monique & Shawne Monique & Shawne – They always kept their spirits up which is a big plus on the Race.  And they could’ve been able to stick around, but they had a really bad leg in Argentina.  A nice team.
Dana & Adrian Dana & Adrian – They were good people, but what a tough way to go out and on the first leg too.  I think they would’ve lasted only a few legs anyway, but they gave it a good go.
Jordan & Jeff Jordan & Jeff – I hated Jeff and Jordan during Big Brother.  And I hated that they were cast for TAR16.  But I did warm up to them on the Race even if they weren’t good Raceers.  Another stunt casting move that ended up not helping the show at all.
Carol & Brandy Carol & Brandy – They were definitely very snobbish and high maintenance, plus they were a typical bickering couple.  But when they put all that aside, they Raced very well and could have easily made it further.  They may be no better than Caite, but at least they had their head in the game and never took things personal until they got U-Turned.  
Joe & Heidi Joe & Heidi – Joe has a brash and seemingly tactless personality and that won’t get you friends on the Race, which ended up being their demise at the hands of a U-Turn.  They were competitive, but the social aspect of the Race is definitely something you should stay aware of while focusing on the competition and physical aspects more.
Brent & Caite Brent & Caite – They started the Race with the potential to actually prove people wrong.  They ended up showing that they were just like any past bickering couple.  And their fued with Carol & Brandy was really just very lame and annoying as presented on the show.  Many times they would just fall forward into the next leg.  Too many mistakes, they were lucky to have survived to the final 3.  The stunt casting of Caite though is just really something TAR should avoid.
Louie & Michael Louie & Michael – Really did not like them.  They were overconfident, smug, and annoying.  They were not funny and just seemed like shady people the entire Race.  So sad they made it to the final four.
Jet & Cord Jet & Cord – I started the Race thinking they were a little smug and arrogant.  They started doing very well, and it would go away, but then randomly pop back up at different points in the Race, including that pouch throwing at the Mat in Seychelles.  They had magic powers that let them do well enough to pass other teams, but they didn’t have that magic in the last Leg.
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Jordan Lives His Dream and Dan Grows to Love the Race in their Post-Race Interviews

Jordan Lives His Dream and Dan Grows to Love the Race in their Post-Race Interviews

Dan & Jordan tell The Advocate about the most difficult and most fun memories the Race.

TVSquad asks the brothers what they’ll do with the money.

Dan & Jordan reaffirm how invested they really were in the Race to TV Guide.

Dan explains to Reality News Online about him losing it in the cab in Shanghai

Dan & Jordan tell the LA Times about their relationship and the drama on the Race

Reality TV World has the brothers go into the detail about the line-cutting in Shanghai

And finally, in the Advocate and Reality TV World interviews, Dan & Jordan relate how Jet may have had a problem with Jordan being gay.

Recap: The Amazing Race 16, Episode 12 – Huger Than Huge!

Episode 16.12 – Huger Than Huge!

The Leg

This is it!  The final leg of the 16th season of The Amazing Race begins.  Brent & Caite get their clue first telling them to fly to the final destination city, San Francisco, California.  Once there, teams will make their way to Battery Godfrey in the Presidio, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, for their next clue.

Jet & Cord set off next and the two teams meet at the airport since ticketing opens at 10:45am.  Looks like a TAR-induced Hours of Operation.  Dan & Jordan get to catch up, and as the two teams are laying on the floor of the airport, Jordan decides to put his backpack behind Brent & Caite’s right next to where Cord is laying.

When the counter opens, Jordan assumes the spot behind Brent & Caite, cutting in front of Jet & Cord.  The cowboys say it’s gloves off now. 

On the plane, Dan & Jordan aren’t done making critical moves.  They ask a stewardess if they can sit in First Class, which would allow them to leave the plane first, and they do.

Dan & Jordan run out of SFO first and tell their cab driver to get them to the Presidio.  Brent & Caite are second and Jet & Cord are last.

The brothers get to the cluebox and open their next clue, revealing a riddle:
I was built in 1933.  I’m 210 feet tall.  My insides are lined with murals painted by 26 different artists.  What am I?  When you know, go to me to and search for your next clue.

Teams will have to figure out the riddle is talking about Coit Tower on top of Telegraph Hill and it is there where they’ll find their next clue.  Dan & Jordan stop at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge by the gift shop to ask a biker who tells them Coit Tower.

Brent & Caite arrive in the Presidio but their driver has no idea where to go, allowing Jet & Cord to get to the clue first and then pass them on the road.  Caite calls their driver a “dumbass” and they are upset he doesn’t speak English.

Dan & Jordan are still out in front and get to Coit Tower to find the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will have to use an ascender to pull themselves up to the archways of Coit Tower where they will grab their clue before getting lowered back down.

Dan decides to do the Road Block and gets high up before the cowboys arrive and Brent & Caite finally get to the first clue. 

Dan grabs the clue and heads back down.  Teams will now have to find the Yoda Fountain, a statue of the Yoda from Star Wars located in front of Lucasfilm headquarters back in the Presidio.

As Cord starts climbing, Brent & Caite get some help with the riddle, while Dan & Jordan get to Yoda where a bunch of stormtroopers and a couple of Darth Vaders are waiting to lead them inside the Letterman Digital Arts Center where they’ll get to work with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic special effects.  One team member will put on a motion capture suit and head into a soundstage. Their teammate will guide them through several levels of a virtual world to their next clue. 

Jordan gets into the suit and Dan guides.  They try to get the hang of it as Jet & Cord arrive.  Jet is the searcher and Cord guides and before Jet is ready to start, Cord decides to try and mess up Dan & Jordan by yelling out random directions.

Brent & Caite get to Coit Tower and Brent ascends and they’re off.

Dan & Jordan finish and get their next clue, but it’s spinning around virtual Jordan.  Dan tries to figure out how to see it clearly, but Jordan is now in Jet’s way who can’t move without bumping into Jordan.

Dan figures out that if Jordan spins around, the words slow down as they spin together.  Jet slowly steps forward just enough until they get to the next level.  Dan gets the whole clue, telling them about Tonga. 

Teams will now make their way to the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel, one of the first Tiki bars in the country, where they’ll find their next clue.

Dan & Jordan head back to their taxi and Brent & Caite are just arriving.  They decide to have Brent guide and Caite search.

Cord tries to figure out what’s going on with the flying words as Dan & Jordan arrive at the Tonga Room.  They find three trunks.  Teams will each have to take a trunk and looking at the sticker on top, take them to the Great American Music Hall on foot.

Dan & Jordan get directions and head to the streets as both Jet & Cord and Brent & Caite finish writing down their clues and are just seconds apart.  BUT!  Brent & Caite left their pouch inside!!

Dan & Jordan are running along the hills of San Francisco and get to the Great American Music Hall while Jet & Cord are just leaving the Fairmont.

Dan & Jordan open their next clue which gives them their final task.  Teams will open their trunks and find 11 psychedelic posters, eight of them represent the eliminated teams and three of them the non-elimination legs.  Teams must put the posters in the correct elimination/non-elimination order and if correct, will be handed their final clue. 

Jordan is so excited because being a huge Amazing Race fan, he knew that most of the seasons featured memory tasks in the final leg.  So he had written down the elimination order.  They quickly put the posters up and are handed their final clue… another riddle… “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, to find the finish line, jump over to _______.”

Dan, as he mentioned earlier, being a sports fan knows immediately it is Candlestick Park. They take down their posters before leaving and run outside to try and find a taxi (in downtown San Francisco!  Good luck with that!).

The cowboys arrive at the Music Hall and get started.  

But it’s all Dan & Jordan and they walk through the Niners helmet and cross the Finish Line to claim the $1 Million grand prize.  Dan is so happy to have made his little brother’s ultimate dream come true.  

The cowboys finish 2nd.  And Brent & Caite finish 3rd. 
Caite is very happy to have proven that she isn’t dumb, which Carol & Brandy scoff at.  Phil tells Caite they aren’t happy and Brandy lets her have it.  Kind of.  She’s just upset they got U-Turned when they should’ve U-Turned a stronger team, Caite takes the high road and says maybe they should’ve been nicer to people.  

Moving on, the teams congratulate each other.  For some reason, Mike & Louie and Jeff & Jordan get a chance to speak, but the final word goes to Jordan who says when he and his brother team up, they can do anything.

Episode Thoughts
I must say, as a finale, this was a great episode.  I think being in San Francisco helped.  It was great seeing the city and compared to the TAR2 and TARAS finales in San Francisco, so much better in showing it off.

Ascending the Coit Tower was very cool.  The task at Lucasfilm/Industrial Light and Magic was very very cool.  Imagine getting your own Star Wars character!

The clue at the end, as well as the riddles, was very interesting and new for an Amazing Race finale too which was good.  The show should stop feeding the teams the clues. 

What a great coincidence TAR decided to feature the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel.  It is currently in danger of being demolished and lost forever as the hotel is planning to replace it with a huge ballroom, and that a Tiki Bar doesn’t fit with the Fairmont’s high-end-ness.  Save the Tonga Room!

The final memory task was pretty easy, but it was great to have back.  No chips counting this time!  And finally the Finish Line at Candlestick Park.  Great choice!  I hadn’t thought of it before.

Now back in China, Jordan probably didn’t have to cut in line.  But Dan & Jordan’s move on the airplane was perfectly fine and a genius move.  There’s nothing against asking to sit in First Class as long as they paid for Economy seats.  And while it got them out of the airport first, Dan & Jordan maintained their lead pretty convincingly throughout the leg. 

The Carol & Brandy vs Caite showdown at Candlestick was pretty boring actually.  It could’ve had a lot more sparks, but oh well.  Nice for Caite to not get angry back, but really both teams have their faults and annoying traits.  Caite even moreso.  It was still definitely a first for The Amazing Race.  I was expecting to see Joe blow up at Mike & Louie at the Finish Line.  Maybe on Elimination Station.

So overall, a good finale, definitely better than a couple we’ve had in recent years.   
Leg Twelve Itinerary
Riverside Promenade
(Bīnjiāng Dà Dào)
Shanghai, China

San Francisco, California

Battery Godfrey
Presidio of San Francisco

Coit Tower
San Francisco

Letterman Digital Arts Center/
Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic
Presidio of San Francisco

Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel
San Francisco

Great American Music Hall
San Francisco

Candlestick Park
San Francisco, California

Departure Times
Riverside Promenade
(Bīnjiāng Dà Dào)
Shanghai, China
Brent & Caite 2:37am
Jet & Cord 3:11am
Dan & Jordan 6:00am

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

 There was no Detour this week.

Road Block Count
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

Climb Coit Tower
6 Dan Jordan 5
6 Jet Cord 6
7 Brent Caite 5

6 Louie Michael 5
4 Carol Brandy 4
4 Steve Allie 3
2 Jordan Jeff 3
2 Joe Heidi 2
1 Monique Shawne 2
1 Jody Shannon 1
0 Dana Adrian 0

Order of Finish
1st Dan & Jordan /
2nd Jet & Cord =
3rd Brent & Caite /

My Subjective Team Rankings for Leg 12

Daniel & Jordan Dan & Jordan – Well, they said their plan was to not get eliminated and make it to the final 3.  They did.  They said they would turn up the heat, give it 150% in the final leg.  They did.  Dan said he’d make his brother’s dream come true.  He did.  They stepped it up when they really needed it.  The cutting in line wasn’t necessary, but they ran an otherwise very strong final leg.  Genius thinking and no mistakes, no time waste. 
Jet & Cord Jet & Cord – The cowboys have been known to come from behind and with how close they were to Dan & Jordan, they should’ve been able to overtake them, but at Coit Tower and Lucasfilm, tasks they would’ve usually sped through, they didn’t deliver.  They had a big shot to pass the brothers and they’ve done more than that in the past.  It looks like their Cowboy magic wore off.
Brent & Caite Brent & Caite – It was a horrible leg for them and pretty much in line with how they’ve Raced throughout the whole season.  They got a bad taxi, but the dumbass comments and hissyfits weren’t going to help.  Couple that with the dumb mistake of leaving their money and stuff behind, it just wasn’t a good day for them. 
Quotes from Episode 16-12

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‘Amazing Race’ host promises ‘tense’ finish

‘Amazing Race’ host promises ‘tense’ finish

By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES – Caite Upton is headed in the right direction on “The Amazing Race.”

The former Miss Teen South Carolina, who infamously flubbed a 2007 pageant question involving maps, and her boyfriend, Brent Horne, are among the three remaining teams competing Sunday for the CBS reality series’ $1 million grand prize. The often bickering dating duo experienced a rough start on the around-the-world race but have managed to avoid elimination.

“I think one of the most exciting things is that Brent and Catie are still there in contention, against the odds,” said host Phil Keoghan. “Right from the very beginning, I don’t think the other teams saw them being at the end. Catie has really taken a leadership role and really driven this team. I think she’s really been the dominant factor for their team.”

Upton and Horne are racing against pairs of brothers: Daniel and Jordan Pious, the distinctively different siblings from Barrington, R.I., and Jet and Cord McCoy, the seemingly unstoppable cowboys, from Tupelo, Okla. The McCoys, who came in first place during the last episode, unprecedentedly went from the bottom to top spot on the 16th season’s eighth leg.

“Without a doubt, Jet and Cord have been the cool cucumbers throughout this race,” said Keoghan. “There was only once when they were rattled, in the Seychelles when I had to send them for a map out in the water. Even then, they weren’t really rattled. They went out there and did what they had to do. I think, as cowboys, they’re just used to the pressure.”

After making stops in such countries as Chile, Germany and Malaysia, Keoghan said the final leg will take the teams from Singapore to San Francisco where the racers will have a high-tech encounter at the visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic. They’ll also continue “The Amazing Race” finale tradition of having their memories of the race tested.

“The thing about the last leg,” he said, “is we really want to make it as fair as possible for all the teams.”

Keoghan, who was at the finish line when the show was filmed late last year, would not reveal the winner, of course, but he does believe that the show’s fans are rooting for the beloved professional bull riders to win and that the ending isn’t necessarily happy for everyone. Keoghan foreshadowed that Upton and Horne are confronted by another team at the mat.

“This season,” he teased, “we have a very tense finish.”

Recap: The Amazing Race 16, Episode 11 – “So people you can go screw yourself.”

Episode 16.11 – They Don’t Even Understand Their Own Language

The Leg
Jet & Cord set off from the Pit Stop first, at 8:02am and are given a clue that tells them only to make their way to the Garden Bridge which locals know as Wàibáidù Qiáo.  Cord relates the time a few years ago when he got hoofed in the head by a horse and Jet was by his side through it all.

Brent & Caite leave next and Caite talks about getting negative comments every single day about her Miss Teen USA flop.

Both teams each ask dozens of people who have no idea what the Garden Bridge is.  Brent & Caite get luck when a tech savvy young woman uses her mobile phone to Google search the internet and find out they need to go to Wàibáidù Qiáo.  

They get to the cluebox and the next clue that tells them to make their way to Longhua Temple by transportation other than taxi.

Jet & Cord get in a taxi who eventually knows where he’s going, while Dan & Jordan wander around for two hours and decide to wait for the cops because they have no idea where to go, reasoning they will stick with the cops until the Speed Bump where they’ll be able to pass them.  Heh.

While Brent & Caite take a bus, Jet & Cord are told to take a train so they run to the station supposedly 1km away. 

Meanwhile, Den & Jordan and the cops try to spot the bridge by looking around their surroundings. They spot two coats in the middle of a road and think that’s the clue.  Wrong.

They finally think to call a translation service that lets the taxi drivers know where to go, but only to Mike and Louie’s cab.  Dan & Jordan’s cab driver has to follow them, yet he apparently doesn’t understand what “follow” means which frustrates (that’s an understatement) the brothers.

Brent & Caite arrive at Longhua Temple and find the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will have to count all the gold statues in the Arhat Hall of the temple, which included hundreds of small buddhas.  If they got the right number, 523, they’ll get their next clue.  If not, they will have to wait 10 minutes before being able to make another guess.

Caite goes for it and makes two wrong guesses before the cowboys arrive.  They walk right past sitting Brent as they look for the clue, but once they get start, Jet finishes counting first and gets it right with Caite right behind with her final guess.

They both get the next clue telling them to choose one of the marked sidecar motorcycles outside and have them take them to the Yuyuan Gardens for their next clue.

Jet & Cord get to the cluebox first to find the Detour, Pork Chops or Pork Dumplings.
In Pork Chops, teams will make their way to the Art Stone store and search the shelves of elaborate stamps, or chops, for one that has the pictures of a pig and their names on them.
In Pork Dumplings, teams head to a restaurant, pick up ten orders of dumplings, and deliver them.

Jet & Cord choose Pork Chops.  Brent & Caite arrive soon after, but Brent needs to go pee really really badly.  Caite doesn’t want to stop looking just so he can pee, but he can’t concentrate if he doesn’t go.  Since team members can never be more than a couple of feet away from each other at all times outside of a task that requires them to, Brent can’t go on his own, yet Caite won’t stop.  They eventually go when Brent just stands in the middle of the store.

At the Road Block, Dan gets started as Michael & Louie find their incredibly easy Speed Bump.  For this Speed Bump all they have to do is walk three feet and each toss a coin in a large incense burner.

That’s all.

They finish in a minute, but after Dan gets his number right, Louie gets his wrong.  He gets it on 2nd try.

At the Detour, Brent & Caite and Jet & Cord finish at the same time and get the clue telling them to go to the Pit Stop,. The Riverside Promenade.

Jet & Cord get a taxi first, but Brent & Caite get to the Mat first and are being greeted by Bao Xishun, the world’s talletst man.  They win a trip to the Spanish coast.  Jet & Cord take 2nd, but more importantly, both teams are in the final three.

Dan & Jordan get to the Detour first and Louie & Michael are close behind.  The brothers finish first though and get themselves out of there and to the Pit Stop where they finish 3rd and are the last teami in the final leg.Louie & Michael are finally eliminated.

Episode Thoughts
This week was very interesting.  First, I can’t believe Dan & Jordan waited 2 hours for Louie & Michael. Did they really not find anyone who could tell them about the Garden Bridge in TWO hours?

Dan & Jordan’s strategy of sticking with the cops and passing them at the Speed Bump was lazy, yet clever IF the Speed Bump wasn’t so horrible.  It might have been the worst Speed Bump ever.  Not the task itself, because that was actually something they could’ve had all the teams do.  But because it was right next to the Speed Bump and Road Block clue AND it was more than easy.  Past Speed Bumps, though simple, at least had teams travel a distance to it.  This week, it was three feet away from the cluebox AND the Road Block.  It was pointless.

The Road Block itself was easy as well but it was a nice cultural task.  The Detour was standard TAR.  I wish they’d do more tasks that actually had them interacting with the locals though.  Getting holed up in a shop isn’t really interacting with anything but stamps, in this case.

Next week is the Finish Line! And since it was pretty obvious from the preview, I can say without spoiling… YAY for San Francisco!
Leg Eleven Itinerary
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
Shanghai, China


Garden Bridge
(Wàibáidù Qiáo)

Longhua Temple

Yuyuan Garden

Riverside Promenade
(Bīnjiāng Dà Dào)
Shanghai, China

Departure Times
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
Shanghai, China
Jet & Cord 8:02am
Brent & Caite 8:36am
Dan & Jordan 8:53am
Louie & Michael 11:00am

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion




Road Block Count
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

Who thinks they can sum up Buddha?
6 Jet Cord 5
6 Brent Caite 5
5 Dan Jordan 5
6 Louie Michael 5

4 Carol Brandy 4
4 Steve Allie 3
2 Jordan Jeff 3
2 Joe Heidi 2
1 Monique Shawne 2
1 Jody Shannon 1
0 Dana Adrian 0

Order of Finish
1st Brent & Caite /
2nd Jet & Cord /
3rd Dan & Jordan =
Eliminated Louie & Michael =

My Subjective Team Rankings for Leg 11

Daniel & Jordan Dan & Jordan – I’d love for them to win, I really would, but I can’t see it happening.  They haven’t stepped it up all Race long, and despite them insisting their strategy was to avoid elimination, there have been times when it seems like they just waited for luck to push them along.  I hope they really show up next week, but I’m sadly doubtful.
Jet & Cord Jet & Cord – It really is their Race to lose at this point.  But anything goes in the final leg.  You never know what will happen.  While I won’t say they’ve been consistent this Race, they have Raced very well and if they are on their A-game, then they will have no problem winning.
Brent & Caite Brent & Caite – They had potential, but mostly, they’ve fallen forward this entire Race.  And now they’re in the final leg.  While I don’t think she’s proven her detractors wrong (she had a shot at the beginning), they may win if they get lucky and the other two teams do not. 
Louie & Michael Louie & Michael – Why couldn’t they have been eliminated sooner?
Quotes from Episode 16-11
Caite: “Obviously, I know how to read maps because I’m pretty damn good at knowing where we are and where we’re going… in China!  So people you can go screw yourself.”

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Donald Trump Sourgrapes About His Emmy Losses by Bashing The Amazing Race

Donald Trump Sourgrapes About His Emmy Losses by Bashing The Amazing Race

Hollywood Reporter’s Randee Dawn reports on Donald Trump’s strong words against The Amazing Race‘s Emmy dominance in the Reality-Competition Category saying the series doesn’t deserve to win, and only does because it knows hot to politic. 

Trump attributes the Emmy ratings decline to the repeat wins of The Amazing Race and that the Emmys have lost their credibility because of the wins.

He also recounts his experience at the 2004 Emmys:
“I was standing up to go down there and pick up the Emmy,” he says. “Incredible. It’s a joke. If the Emmys want their ratings back, they have to pick shows that deserve it.”

He is no doubt referring to his own show, The Apprentice which has itself declined and floundered since its breakout premiere season. 

Personally, I think this is all laughable.  Jeff Probst wanting The Amazing Race to take itself out of the competition is one thing, but Trump resorting to bashing and discrediting the (well-deserved!) Emmy wins of The Amazing Race is pathetic.

It is clear that even The Amazing Race at its worst still tops many if not all reality-competition programs at their best.  The Amazing Race, a race around the world with all its logistics and planning necessary, will always trump (pardon the pun) a celebrity dancing show, amateur singing, cooking, fashion design, and especially a show about Donald Trump.

Recap: The Amazing Race 16, Episode 10 – I Feel Like We’re in, Like, Sicily

Episode 16.10 – I Feel Like We’re in, Like, Sicily

The Leg
Dan & Jordan open the first clue of the leg telling them to fly to Shanghai, China.  Once there, they’ll make their way to the nearby village of Zhujaijiao where waiting boats will take them to their next clue.

Dan & Jordan act like normal brothers.  Caite is so proud of herself.  Jet misses his wife and 17 month old baby while Cord misses his new fiancé.  Louie & Michael are old.

All the teams get on the same flight to Shanghai at 12:55am, but once they touch down, it all comes down to the right taxi and Jet & Cord and Brent & Caite get the right ones, while Dan & Jordan and Louie & Michael get lost together.

The two leading teams get to Zhujaijiao and take the boats to their clue, the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will make noodles by hand.  They’ll watch a demonstration and then make enough noodles to weigh 1 kilo.  When they get enough, the world’s shortest man, Pingping, will hand them their next clue.  

The last two teams catch up, but Jet uses the cowboy magic to finish fast and they are off to Shangahi’s fashion district, Taikang Lu, where they’ll find their next clue.

Jet & Cord find the cluebox and the clue telling them to head into the fashion house where they will choose a model and find all the clothes and accessories in a sketch which they will hand to the model to change into.  If they have all the correct clothes, they’ll get their next clue.

Brent & Caite and Louie & Michael finish the Road Block and head to the fashion district, but Jet & Cord finish the task before they arrive and get the next clue telling them to make their way to Hongkou football Stadium.  Jordan still at the Road Block gets frustrated, but Dan encourages him until he finishes.  They’re off.

Jet & Cord get to the stadium and find the cluebox.  Surprise, surprise!  It’s a 2nd Road Block, the first time there’s even been two Road Blocks in a non-superdoubleleg. 
For this Road Block, the team member who did not complete the first one will have to assemble a large puzzle cut into 96 different pieces using a picture for reference.  Once they’ve assembled the puzzle, they’ll then had the pieces to a waiting crowd in the stands who will flip the cards over and reveal the seat number in the stadium where they’ll find their next clue.

Brent & Caite fly through the fashion task and catch up to the cowboys at the stadium.  Louie & Michael and Dan & Jordan are neck and neck at the fashion task as they switch their models’ stockings and finish.

All four teams are at the stadium now and are working on the puzzle. Brent and Cord are almost finished with theirs until the wind comes and blows their pieces away.  They recover, but Jet pulls ahead.  He hands the crowd the pieces, they flip them over and the cowboys are off with their clue telling them to head to the Pit Stop via subway, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.  They have no problems getting to Phil and checking in first.  They win a trip to Alaska.
Brent & Caite finish 2nd and Dan & Jordan take 3rd. Louie & Michael go into the night and finish last, but no surprise, it’s a non elimination leg.

Episode Thoughts
It was a good leg.  The double Road Block is a nice twist, though probably budget-related, still it was a nice curveball to throw the Racers.  Now let’s get a double Detour leg next season!

I wish the wind did a little more havoc on the puzzles though so it could’ve been more fun, but it is always great when you get crowds of locals involved in tasks.  

It was no surprise that this was a non-elimination leg to avoid a Speed Bump in the final leg.  Maybe next season, have the last non-elim with 5 teams left?

But it was a fun leg for Shanghai itself.
Leg Ten Itinerary
Marina Barrage

Shanghai, China


Fashion House at Taikang Lu

Hongkou Football Stadium

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
Shanghai, China

Departure Times
Marina Barrage
Dan & Jordan 4:47pm
Brent & Caite 6:18pm
Jet & Cord 7:04pm
Louie & Michael 7:35pm

Who Did the Detour?
In order of completion

 There was no Detour this Leg.

Road Block Count
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

First Road Block: Who wants to get their hands on some extra dough?
5 Jet Cord 4
5 Brent Caite 4
5 Louie Michael 4
3 Dan Jordan 5

Second Road Block: Assemble Puzzle
5 Jet Cord 5
6 Brent Caite 4
5 Louie Michael 5
4 Dan Jordan 5

4 Carol Brandy 4
4 Steve Allie 3
2 Jordan Jeff 3
2 Joe Heidi 2
1 Monique Shawne 2
1 Jody Shannon 1
0 Dana Adrian 0

Order of Finish
1st Jet & Cord/
2nd Brent & Caite =
3rd Dan & Jordan /
4th Louie & Michael =

My Subjective Team Rankings for Leg 10

Daniel & Jordan Dan & Jordan – They’re very iffy.  I still love them and hope they win, but their emotions could get the best of them.  Did you catch Dan’s seizure or whatever that was in the preview?  They really have to step it up next week otherwise they’ll lose their chance at the million.
* GAP*
Jet & Cord Jet & Cord – They are just amazing.  Their magical cowboy powers were back in full force this week.  A clean leg for them and it seems to be their Race to lose at this point. 
Brent & Caite Brent & Caite – She seems to love making fun of her tiara now.
Louie & Michael Louie & Michael – …
Quotes from Episode 16-10
Jet: “It was a pretty place, I mean, it was neat, kind of tranquil.”
Cord: “Tranquil?!”
Jet: “Tranquil.”
Cord: “What is that?”
Jet: “Like peaceful, calm, tranquil.”
Cord: “It was tranquil?”
Jet: “Um-hmm.”
Cord: “Oh, like tranquility?”
Jet: “Yeah.”
Cord: “Tranquil.  Wow.  Whew.  Write that down!”

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REMINDER! No New Amazing Race This Sunday!

REMINDER! No New Amazing Race This Sunday!

Just a friendly, though sad reminder.  There will be no new episode of The Amazing Race on Sunday due to CBS’ presentation of the Academy of Country Music Awards.  The Amazing Race returns on Sunday, April 25th!

The Amazing Race Improves Compared to Last Year

The Amazing Race Improves Compared to Last Year

The Live Feed reports The Amazing Race is one of a handful of shows that have improved this season compared to last season.  TAR’s viewers have held up for the current season even without the benefit of NFL Overruns, and Episode 7, “Anonymous?” had the most viewers and adults 25-54 rating since the November 4, 2007 episode of The Amazing Race 12, as well as the best numbers in adults 18-49 since the January 6, 2008 episode of the same season.

Now CBS, how’s about picking up an 18th season in addition to Fall’s 17th season?  Hmm?