Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 9 – The Ultimate Fun House
All teams are on the same train to Dresden, Germany. Right before 7am, Bates finds his bag has been stolen. But it’s okay since he has his passport with him.
Once in Dresden, teams must head to the Ministry of Finance where they’ll choose one of the brand new Ford Fusions.
Max & Katie get there first and find out they must answer three questions about their next destination by using the audible text message feature of the MyFord Touch system.
First question: Which U.S. president said ‘Tear down this wall.”? Max is embarrassed when he chooses JFK at first when the correct answer is Ronald Reagan, his favorite president.
Second question: To whom did President Reagan address it to? Mikhail Gorbachev
And final question, where did President Reagan say it? Brandenburg Gate in Berlin… their next Route Marker.
Joey & Meghan and Caroline & Jennifer are next, but have no idea. When they guess out of it, Anthony & Bates and Mona & Beth arrive. The country singers feel bad, but also proud for not waiting for the hockey bros.
They end up catching the girls anyway and the Bros soon take the lead, armed with the correct directions. But they run a yellow light, leaving the girls at the intersection and left to work on their own.
Max & Katie arrive at the Brandenburg Gate and open the next clue telling them to head to the Park Inn Hotel.
Joey & Meghan are a little bit behind in 2nd while Mona & Beth point Anthony & Bates to the cluebox, hoping they’ll be repaid fort their help.
Max & Katie stay in first and find out they must BASE fly 37 stories from the rooftop of the Park Inn Hotel to the ground below.
They do the jump and open the next clue to find the Detour. In Train Trials, teams head to the Deutsches Technikmuseum where they must use all the provided pieces to lay train tracks within a wooden platform. When a train is able to run one full circuit, they’ll get the next clue. In Font Follies, teams pick up to giant neon letters at Alexanderplatz and must deliver them to Buchstaben Museum in tact to receive their next clue.
Max & Katie choose Font Follies and maintain their lead while Joey & Meghan choose the trains. Caroline & Jennifer manage to meet up with Anthony & Bates and they both decide to do the letters, even though the country girls aren’t really excited about doing the Detour with a team that could beat them in a footrace.
Max & Katie deliver the letters and open the next clue telling them to travel to Salon zur wilden Renate for their next clue.
They enter a shady bar and are pointed to the clues revealing the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams needed to answer the question “Who said ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’?” (JFK) to gain entrance into a strange labyrinth which they must weave their way through to find “the white room” that contains the next clue.
Meanwhile, the lovebirds are looking for the museum when Anthony’s letter suddenly falls over and breaks. The bros stand around dumbfounded as the girls actually ask if it’s okay with them if they kept going. Anthony & Bates decide to switch to the trains.
Back at the Road Block, Katie is horrified by the crazy maze, but finds the clue and reunites with Max so they can head to the Pit Stop at Kurfürstendamm.
They step on the Mat and Phil officially checks them in as Team #1 and says they’ve each won a brand new 2013 Ford Fusion.
Joey & Meghan finish the trains on their 7th attempt while Mona & Beth deliver their letters with Caroline & Jennifer close behind.
While Joey & Meghan finish the Road Block, Mona & Beth have yet to arrive because they are lost. That allows Caroline & Jennifer to pass them, arriving at the Road Block first.
Joey & Meghan and Caroline & Jennifer end up Teams #2 and #3 respectively.
The hockey bros manage to catch up to Mona & Beth at the Road Block and Anthony and Beth work together inside the labyrinth.
They finish together and Anthony & Bates decide to just follow Mona & Beth and beat them in a footrace to the Mat. They do, but it turns out this is a non-elimination Leg.
Episode Thoughts This was a good, full episode. They actually had extra tasks! The quiz inside the Ford Fusions was a very good way to show off the car while still being challenging for the teams.
TAR did a nice little shoutout to President Reagan which should draw the complete opposite reaction the show drew after the Vietnam episodes. Hehe.
I always love night Legs. Seeing teams run around in the dark is always fun. It’s great for TAR to have made the letters Detour require the teams to run around on the streets. The train Detour was alright and the Road Block was insane, but nowhere near being the “top Road Block” in TAR history like Joey said. That is an overstatement of epic proportions there buddy.
The non-elimination Leg was not a surprise. And Phil definitely needs to come up with a new fakeout for the non-Elims.
Overall, one of the better Legs this season.
PIT START Bodmi Snowboard and Ski Schol Grindelwald, Switzerland
CONNECTIONS Basel, Switzerland Munich, Germany
ROUTE MARKERS Ministry of Finance Dresden, Germany
Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany
Park Inn Berlin Berlin
DETOUR Deutsches Technik Museum Berlin
Buchstaben Museum Berlin
ROAD BLOCK Salon zur wilden Renate Berlin
PIT STOP Kurfürstendamm Berlin, Germany
DEPARTURE Bodmi Snowboard and Ski Schol Grindelwald, Switzerland
Anthony & Bates 2:50am Mona & Beth 2:57am Max & Katie 3:01am Caroline & Jennifer 3:28am Joey & Meghan before 5:26am
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who wants to go trippin’? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
1st Max & Katie +2 2nd Joey & Meghan +3 3rd Caroline & Jennifer +1 4th Anthony & Bates -3 5th Mona & Beth -3
Max & Katie – An excellent Leg for them. They grabbed the lead and kept it the entire Leg. That’s the kind of Racing they need to do all the way to the end. And Max’s Republican-ness finally on the show too. =D
Caroline & Jennifer – They’re settling down and are Racing very consistently. While personality-wise they are pretty bland, their Racing is definitely making a good four-way Race for the final 3.
Mona & Beth – It would’ve been a solid Leg for them without their little go at the roundabout. They are still Racing well and are definitely in the mix, but they can’t be making the same mistake twice. And they need to keep from being frustrated too.
Bates & Anthony – Horrible Leg for them. They seemed aloof and lost the entire time. First with Caroline & Jennifer and then with Mona & Beth. Yeah, they’ll probably beat anyone in a footrace, but it really diminishes their strengths.
Joey & Meghan – “Top Road Block” in the history of The Amazing Race? Wow. Please, please, please, please be eliminated next. Thanks.
Quotes from Episode 22.09
Max: “Make sure you don’t bang it.”
Katie: “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Someone’s going to jump out and they’re going to get hurt.’ because I’m just gonna punch ’em.”
Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 8 – My Cheese is Out of Control
All teams are on the same flight to Zurich, Switzerland getting in at 2pm. At the airport, teams must find the conductor who hands them their next clue.
They must take a train to Grindelwald where they will wait for an alpine shepherd at the Kirche Grindelwald to hand them the next clue. At Bern Train Station, teams must transfer to a train to Interlaken. But Mona & Beth and Joey & Meghan are left behind and have to take another one.
The first train arrives in the middle of the night, but they find the shepherd won’t show up until 8:55am. All teams are caught up again as the shepherd arrives with the next clue telling them to take another train to Kleine Scheidegg.
Teams hoof it back to the train station, but on the way, Chuck gets testy with Wynona for being too slow.
But the teams are all on the same train anyway.
In Kleine Scheidigg, they must pick up a rescue companion at the Bellevue Hotel. They must now take their new friends to Jungfraujoch where they will deliver them to a rescue team before searching the Sphinx for their next clue.
Anthony helps the girls bring their scared dog onto the train and they’re off again.
The teams get off the train, deliver their dogs and get the next clue containing the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams must climb out on the north face of Mt. Eiger to pick-up their climbing partner, the Travelocity Roaming Gnome who also has their next clue.
Teams must now travel to Grindelwand Grund Station and listen for the Swiss Alphorn to find their next clue.
Bates & Anthony, Max & Katie, Mona & Beth and Caroline & Jennifer are off and manage to get on the next train that leaves before Chuck & Wynona and Joey & Meghan can finish the Road Block.
The next clue tells teams to transfer four 50 lb blocks of cheese down the hill, a Switchback to TAR14’s classic, Emmy winning challenge. This time, they must use a traditional sled.
While Bates & Anthony are already rolling down the hill, Katie is holding up the line going up the hill.
The Hockey Bros already get the next clue telling them to head to the Pit Stop at Bodmi Snowboard and Ski School.
Bates & Anthony arrive on the Mat and notch another 1st place win. They get to go back to Bora Bora.
Back at the cheese, Joey & Meghan are starting down the hill, but Wynona is struggling up the hill at the rope.
Back at the Pit Stop, Mona & Beth finish 2nd with Max & Katie 3rd and Caroline & Jennifer in 4th.
Joey & Meghan deliver their cheese and head off. A local man tells them where to go walk. Meanwhile Chuck & Wynona decide to roll their cheese down the hill instead of using their sled. They get the cheese to the shed.
However, Chuck & Wynona hop into a taxi first and are off to the Pit Stop. They step on the Mat 5th, but Phil tells them they needed to use the sled to transfer the cheese. They now have a 30 minute penalty.
Joey & Meghan continue walking to the Pit Stop and manage to arrive at the Mat. Phil fakes them out and eventually tells them they are officially Team #5. Chuck & Wynona, standing right next to them, are now last and eliminated.
Episode Thoughts That was an alright episode. I must say, I do love Switchbacks and how they are great shoutouts to previous seasons (yes Bertram Van Munster, we DO remember The Amazing Race existed past a few years ago). But what made those moments classic the first time around (the TAR6 haybales, the TAR14 cheese roll) can’t easily be repeated and the Switchbacks often (if not all the time) are not as exciting or funny. That was definitely the case this time around. It was still fun to see them sliding down the hill, especially with all the snow. But it was nowhere near as hilarious and insane as the 11 team chaos of the (Emmy winning) TAR14 premiere.
The best part of the episode though was recognizing the streets of Grindelwald. Those streets were the site of some of the most memorable Racing ever on TAR care of season 3’s adventures. Even with the snow, I recognized the streets where Teri’s pants were falling down and the church Ken & Gerard made a turn at that resulted in one of the closest footraces ever with John Vito & Jill.
The stunning views of the mountaintops were incredible. The Road Block was pretty lame since they only had to walk over to the other window.
The rescue dogs were great. But the Leg design was odd. Too many trains and waiting to get on trains. For all of that, this should’ve been a non-elimination because someone could’ve easily gotten eliminated because they missed a train. Oh well.
PIT START Royal Tree Lodge Game Preserve Botswana
ROUTE MARKERS Zurich Airport Zurich, Switzerland
Kirche Grindelwald Grindelwald, Switzerland
Bellevue Hotel Bern, Switzerland
Sphinz Observatory at Jungfraujoch Valais, Switzerland
ROAD BLOCK The Eiger Bern, Switzerland
ROUTE MARKERS Grindelwald Grund Station Grindelwald , Switzerland
PIT STOP Bodmi Snowboard and Ski School Grindelwald, Switzerland
1st Bates & Anthony = 2nd Mona & Beth = 3rd Max & Katie +3 4th Caroline & Jennifer -1 5th Joey & Meghan = Eliminated Chuck & Wynona -2
Max & Katie – It was an alright Leg for them. Katie was a little slower than usual, but nothing big to report from them. It was actually an uneventful week for all the teams except for Chuck & Wynona.
Chuck & Wynona – And if only they didn’t roll their cheeses. Their back and forth was fun this entire Race and while Wynona has definitely stepped it up as the Race has gone along, this wasn’t the Leg for her. Even just a little bit more from her and they could’ve just survived. But tough luck.
Bates & Anthony – With continuing to solidify their position in the Race, they are also becoming less interesting (it usually works that way). And the mugging for the camera and all the talk of their flirtations with Caroline & Jennifer are really not interesting at all.
Caroline & Jennifer – They are Racing alright, but the only interesting thing about them is their relationship with the hockey bros and that itself isn’t all that enjoyable to watch.
Mona & Beth – Continuing to Race well. Nothing much else to say, though their I think everyone’s pretty much over this “us against the world” feeling they and Joey & Meghan continue to feel.
Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 7 – Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow
Teams must drive themselves to Boro Village. And it’s not a good start for Max & Katie who get lost just walking to their cars.
But it’s even worse for Caroline & Jennifer who get pulled over for speeding 96 kph in a 60 kph zone. They can’t sweet talk their way out of a ticket, so they have to go to the police station and pay 820 pula or about $100.
Bates & Anthony get to the clue box at Boro Village and find both the Fast Forward and the Road Block. They decide to go for the Fast Forward.
In this Fast Forward, they will have to stay up in waterskis for one mile in crocodile infested waters to receive the award.
Pam & Winnie arrive and are excited about the Fast Forward, but realize the guys have probably taken it so they move on to the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams must use a makoro, a traditional canoe, to transport two goats upstream to a goat pen and then return downstream to receive the next clue.
While Chuck & Wynona get started with the Road Block as well, Caroline & Jennifer are at the police station. But they don’t have any pula. So Jennifer asks a man to go change her money for her since the police won’t let Caroline out of the station.
Meanwhile, Max & Katie’s Leg gets worse when they too get pulled over, this time, Max goes 76.
Pam & Winnie are heading back downstream already. But Chuck & Wynona and Mona & Beth are struggling. Joey & Meghan, meanwhile, are struggling on the paved roads and still haven’t found the village.
Pam & Winnie get back to shore as Caroline & Jennifer set off. After the Road Block, teams must take a water taxi to the Royal Tree Lodge Game Preserve for their next clue.
That’s also the location of the Pit Stop and Bates & Anthony put their shorts back on before running to Phil at the Mat and claiming another first place win and $7500 each.
Back on the water, Chuck & Wynona are drifting right into Mona & Beth. Wynona tries to steer them away, but Beth pushes them off, which surprises Chuck & Wynona. “Roller derby on the water.”
Mona & Beth finally drop off their goats, but have trouble setting back off into the water, allowing Caroline & Jennifer to quickly drop off their goats and leave.
Max & Katie have paid their fine and are ready to continue Racing. Then Max backs up into a pole. They try to calm down and then realize they’re not in last when Joey & Meghan finally find their way and follow them to the Boro Village.
At the village, Max & Katie find their Speed Bump.
For their Speed Bump, Max & Katie must finish beading a skirt before taking part in a traditional seduction dance.
Downriver, Pam & Winnie arrive at the Detour. In Brains, teams will go on a horseback safari where they must spot and memories 10 different animals along the way. When they reach camp, they must place tiles representing each animal in the order they saw them to receive their next clue.
In Brawn, teams must load a sand sled with wood and guide donkeys who will pull the sled to a camp. Once they’ve delivered the wood, they’ll get the next clue.
Pam & Winnie choose Brawn. The other teams are close behind. Chuck & Wynona choose Brains while Caroline & Jennifer and Mona & Beth also choose Brawn.
Pam & Winnie’s donkeys aren’t moving at all, even when they pull them. Pressured by the other teams getting started, they decide to switch Detours.
That allows Mona & Beth and Caroline & Jennifer to finish the Detour then run to Phil where they officially check-in as Teams #2 and #3 respectively.
Chuck & Wynona finish the Detour as well and step on the Mat in 4th.
Pam & Winnie miss one animal and when they go to arrange their tiles, they are incorrect so they have to go all the way back to the beginning.
Joey & Meghan and Max & Katie battle it out for what they think is last, but Pam & Winnie getting it wrong on their 2nd attempt seals their fate. Joey & Meghan and Max & Katie see Phil and officially finish Teams 5 and 6.
Pam & Winnie switch back to the donkeys, get ones that move and run to the Mat in last and are eliminated.
Episode Thoughts A very busy episode even if the Leg design wasn’t all that great, especially for a non-elimination Leg.
The Road Block was great since it mixed two classic TAR tasks, paddling or rowing a boat and handling animals.
The Detour was good too, though the donkey side of the Detour should’ve definitely been a Road Block or at least a task all teams had to perform. Everyone but Chuck & Wynona did, but it’s definitely a task that would produce the best TV if it was required of all teams. Just a note for the future. =]
But the donkeys were definitely not as epic as TAR12 and the police drama far from TAR5’s classic moment. Still, an overall solid Leg.
PIT START Meno A Kwena Safari Camp Botswana
ROAD BLOCK Boro Village Maun, Botswana
DETOUR & PIT STOP Royal Tree Lodge Game Preserve Botswana
DEPARTURE Meno A Kwena Safari Camp Botswana
Bates & Anthony 5:39am Pam & Winnie 6;11am Chuck & Wynona 6:17am Joey & Meghan 6:23am Caroline & Jennifer 6:28am Mona & Beth 6:37am Max & Katie 6:49am
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Bates & Anthony used the Fast Forward.
Who did the Road Block? Who wants to go up a creek without a paddle? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
Pamela & Winnie– Well that was horrible. Definitely a horrible way to go out and really, they didn’t have to put themselves in that situation. It was all on them and despite their early struggles with it, it wasn’t driving directions that did them in. Damn, that sucks. They otherwise would’ve had another great finish. Sad to see them go. They were great Racers who were a lot of fun too. Unfinished Business/All-Stars 2 please!
Max & Katie – Well that was an absolute mess of a Leg for them… and so much fun to watch. Seriously, I don’t understand how they were introduced as the villains at the beginning of the season because they’ve really been just a fun, awesome bickering couple. Light on the bickering, more on the fun and awesome. Hopefully they can get back on track next Leg.
Chuck & Wynona – An alright Leg for them. Wynona struggled on the boat, but they got through it fine and they did excellently at the Detour where Pam & Winnie did not… twice. They are definitely not out of the Race yet and could definitely surprise and get themselves farther than anyone would’ve expected.
Bates & Anthony – Definitely continuing to solidify their position in the Race. They are Racing well, but their mugging for the camera, especially Bates’ is quickly growing old. I’m sure a lof of gals and guys enjoyed Bates in his underwear, but let’s not make that a regular thing on the Race, yeah?
Mona & Beth – A very strong Leg for them. They have experienced some stumbles, but have been quietly getting themselves through the Race and are helping to make this season a wide open field.
Caroline & Jennifer – Much kudos to them. We don’t know how long it took them at the police station, but even so, they finished the Road Block and Detour very fast and maybe even showed their competitive spirit for the first time this Race.
Joey & Meghan – Please, please be eliminated next. Thanks.
Quotes from Episode 22.07
Max: “Stupid.” Katie: “You are stupid.” Max: “I know.”
Wynona: “There’s just a smell about Africa, it just smells like a big bowl of dung.”
Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 6 – Scorpion King Hunter
It’s time to leave Vietnam (probably to the joy of many non-Amazing Race viewers out there).
Teams open their clue telling them only to head to Maun in the Kalahari Desert. They need to figure out that they have to fly to Botswana to be allowed to enter the travel agency where they’ll book tickets out of Hanoi.
Pam & Winnie and Max & Katie both check the internets at a nearby hotel, while Mona & Beth borrow some locals’ cellphone. At the travel agency, Caroline & Jennifer say they’re going to Kenya, but the guard says no.
Max & Katie mouth the correct answer to them and they are let in. They do the same for Bates & Anthony. Chuck & Wynona go through a list of countries before finally getting Botswana.
All teams are on the same flight. At the airport, there’s some friendly confrontation between the U-Turn participants before their attention turns to getting on the first charter flight out of Maun to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
Once in Maun, it’s a mad dash to Mack Air. Lovebirds Caroline & Jennifer and Bates & Anthony get on the 9am flight. Max & Katie and Joey & Meghan are on the 9:15am flight and Mona & Beth, Chuck & Wynona and Pam & Winnie are on the last flight at 9:30am.
The flirty teams continue their flirtations during the breathtaking flight, while Max & Katie wish they could enjoy the flight with any other team but Meghan & Joey. The last flight chuckles at Chuck saying “This where The Lion King was made, right here.”
Once the teams arrive at the Makgadikgadi Pans, they open their first clue telling them to drive down Old Xhumaga Road and follow the marked route to the next clue.
Down the road, they see a big group of locals waiting for them and their next clues stuffed in jars, the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will team up with three Bushmen who will show them how to hunt for scorpions by digging in the ground. Once they’ve caught a scorpion and placed it in a jar, the Bushmen will lead them to the next clue.
All the teams catch up as Bates finishes first with Caroline close behind. Teams will invite their three Bushmen into the back of their SUVs and continue down Old Xhumaga Road.
The next cluebox contains the Detour.
In this Detour, teams will learn one of two chores common to the Bushmen’s everyday life.
In Fire, teams will learn how to make fire using two sticks, zebra manure and grass. Once they’ve made fire and lit the pipe of an elder Bushman, they’ll get the next clue.
In Fowl, teams will learn how to set a trap for a Guinea Fowl. After constructing the clever device using sticks and strings, teams will pretend to be a Guinea Fowl and trigger the trap to receive the next clue.
Bates & Anthony and Caroline & Jennifer choose Fire. On the way to their stations, teams will learn different animal calls and signals from the Bushmen, which they must imitate as they go.
Max & Katie, Mona & Beth, and Joey & Meghan also choose Fire as Bates & Anthony finish and walk to the Pit Stop at Meno A Kwena Safari Camp.
Phil officially checks them in as Team #1 and gives them their trip to Phuket, Thailand.
While the Fire teams are struggling, Pam & Winnie and Chuck & Wynona, bringing up the rear, choose Fowl and both of them manage to quickly construct the snare and head off.
Pam & Winnie secure 2nd place while Chuck & Wynona are excited to be 3rd.
The other teams finally decide to switch Detours with Max & Katie the last to do so.
Joey & Meghan take 4th, Caroline & Jennifer finish 5th and Mona & Beth step on the Mat 6th.
That leaves Max & Katie who are last, but thankfully for them, it is a non-elimination Leg.
So first off, while I still don’t think The Amazing Race had anything to apologize for, it is nice that they addressed it. And hopefully, with that, this whole brouhaha will come to a close.
Apparently, this was a Route Marker at the Hair of the Dog Bar in Hanoi according to CBS press photos:
But it was probably edited out, the less Vietnam, the better I guess. Which is a shame. TAR hasn’t gone to bars or clubs much, but when they have, they’ve been pretty fun. (“A prostitute would know where the disco is!” – Mirna, TAR5)
I do hope that this whole controversy doesn’t change the way TAR chooses locations, in that, I hope they don’t shy away from possibly difficult places. I think we need to be exposed to good and bad, easy and difficult places. That’s what The Amazing Race is about. Showing us places, people and cultures we would never see otherwise.
Anyway… this was a good episode to follow last week’s good episode. The Road Block started out fun, but kinda dragged a little. The saving grace of it being the awesome Bushmen. The Detour was great though and it was awesome to see Pam & Winnie and Chuck & Wynona pass everyone else by choosing the Detour I would’ve thought was the harder one too.
I do wish they did a little more other than the Road Block and Detour, but hopefully they make up for it next week. The animal calls was fun though. And African Legs have usually been visually stunning and culturally awesome. This was no different.
And next week… DONKEYS!!!!!!! Yay!
National Museum of Vietnamese History Hanoi, Vietnam
Johannesburg, South Africa
Mack Air Muan
Xhumaga Airstrip Lounge Hanoi
Old Xhumaga Road Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Old Xhumaga Road Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Meno A Kwena Safari Camp Botswana
National Museum of Vietnamese History Hanoi, Vietnam
Pam & Winnie 10:40pm
Max & Katie 11:34pm
Mona & Beth 11:37pm
Bates & Anthony 11:39pm
Caroline & Jennifer 11:46pm
Joey & Meghan 12:47pm
Chuck & Wynona 3:26am
> > > >
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who wants to make a new friend? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
Pamela & Winnie – Oh man, I was definitely worried for them. Not only did they end up on the last flight, but they had to drive themselves. As they’ve shown in recent Legs, they aren’t so great with directions and self-driving. But they made the smart decision at the Detour and thank goodness. So they managed to pick themselves up when they were in danger. That should bode well. I hope.
Max & Katie – Max was treading into John territory a little with his slight stubbornness at the Detour. And it would’ve almost been too late if it wasn’t a non-elimination Leg. Otherwise, it was an okay Leg for them. I’ll give Katie a pass with her “stink” comments. Definitely not as offensive as Kendra’s “breeding” comments. (Now talk about offensive!) I still think they’re Racing much better now than in the beginning though.
Chuck & Wynona – They were getting a great edit at the beginning of the episode so them finishing 3rd was not a surprise. And it was great to see them do well. I’d love to see them Racing on an equal playing field without the plane times. They might just be able to hang around the other teams. Also great to see Wynona do well with the Road Block. And nice to see the Road Block rule is still in place.
Bates & Anthony – They’re quietly solidifying their spot in the Race. They’ve been trailing the last few Legs, but it doesn’t take much for them to get right back in it. I think they’re the kind of team that will only get eliminated if they make a huge mistake. And that’s not impossible. But they’re doing very well.
Mona & Beth – A quiet Leg from them. Okay, Race-wise. And nothing much on the drama side of things. It looks like Joey & Meghan are taking the brunt of the heat from the other teams. Which could actually bode well for Mona & Beth, allowing them to just sneak right past everyone else.
Caroline & Jennifer – An equally quiet Leg from them. They’re doing okay Race-wise too. Their flirtations with Bates & Anthony are meh. (Definitely no Zach-Flo-Drew drama-level stuff.) But also nothing to really say they are easy fodder to be the next ones out. A sleeper team maybe.
Joey & Meghan – Please be eliminated next. Thanks.
Quotes from Episode 22.06
Pam: “If they take it personally, then…” Winnie: “They’re stupid.”
Wynona: “So it was ‘Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Chuck and Wynona gotta go’?”
Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 5 – Your Tan is Totally Cool
The clue tells teams to fly to Hanoi, Vietnam. At the travel agency, Dave & Connor tell Pam & Winnie and Max & Katie that this is the end of the road for them and will eliminate themselves in Vietnam as Dave needs surgery soon.
The other two teams are sad, but their attention quickly returns to the Race. There’s a Double U-Turn coming up and both Max & Katie and Pam & Winnie agree not to target each other and instead work to break up the alliance of Joey & Meghan, Mona & Beth and the now late Jessica & John.
Dave & Connor, Pam & Winnie and Max & Katie get on a flight via Singapore getting them into Hanoi at 6pm while everyone else is on a flight through Kuala Lumpur getting in at 9:35pm.
Pam & Winnie and Max & Katie arrive in Hanoi and taxi it over to the Rap Cong Nhan Theater at Gallery 42 for their next clue. But, HOURS OF OPERATION! The theater closes at 6pm and it is 7:34pm. They head to the nearby Hotel Des Artistes to stay for the night, while also bonding and making fun of John.
The other teams soon arrive. First, they ask about Dave & Connor, but Pam & Winnie and Max & Katie pretend they don’t know about them quitting the Race. Then Mona & Beth and Joey & Meghan tell Pam & Winnie and Max & Katie that it was Jessica & John who were eliminated without using their Express Pass.
Max laughs about John’s idiocy, annoying the alliance members who now have Max & Katie and Pam & Winnie on their hit list.
Next morning, Dave & Connor head immediately to the Pit Stop, the Vietnam National Museum of History. They step on the Mat, tearily tell Phil that they will not be continuing on and Phil officially eliminates them.
The theater opens at 9am and it’s only 7:30, but Caroline & Jennifer and Pam & Winnie decide to stake their place in line at the door. Discussing the U-Turn, they both agree it’s either Joey & Meghan or Mona & Beth. And when Max & Katie, Anthony & Bates and Chuck & Wynona join them, they all make sure it’s them against the “John and Jessica minion group.”
The doors open and the teams hurry in to the find the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams will watch a performance of a patriotic Vietnamese song. At the end, the dancers will reveal a celebrated quote in Vietnamese, translated to “Glory to our young generation.” They must memorize the Vietnamese quote without taking any notes and head to the next room where they will have 5 minutes to find it on a political poster. When they have their poster has the correct quote, they’ll receive the next clue.
The teams settle in and watch the performance expressing the beauty of Vietnam’s Socialist past, present and future. The performance wraps up and teams hurry to the next room where they realize this isn’t as easy as they thought it would be. Teams pull posters off the strings and bring them to the Vietnamese One Direction singer, but they’re wrong, usually a letter or a word off.
Pam is the only one who gets it in the first five minute break and she and Winnie are off while the others have to sit through another performance before being given another opportunity.
Chuck, Jennifer and Katie are the next ones to finish the Road Block with Meghan, Beth and Anthony having to go through another round.
Pam & Winnie make their way to Cong Vien Thong Nhat where they will take part in the traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance, the Mua Sap before receiving their next clue.
After joining the dance, they open the clue up to reveal the Detour. In Make Your Move, teams head to the Temple of Literature where they will refer to a Chinese chess board and choose four pieces which they must match by color and shape to a human counterpart which they will then place along with a staff on the corresponding position on a lifesize chess board.
In Make You Meal, teams will pick up two empty baskets and two baskets of chickens before navigate through the market gathering all the ingredients on a shopping list needed to make Pho. After the ingredients are weighed and approved, they must prepare two bowls of Pho to the satisfaction of the chef before receiving the next clue.
Pam & Winnie choose chess, but get the thumbs down on their first try. Max & Katei choose Pho. They get a local to help translate the English shopping list to Vietnamese and to speak to the local vendors selling the veggies.
They head to the weigh station, but they don’t have enough peppers and basil.
As the other teams arrive at the Temple of Literature, Pam & Winnie finish the Detour and head to the B-52 Memorial for the next clue.
Chuck & Wynona choose the Pho Detour, but in addition to leaving the chickens behind, they get lost trying to find the market that is supposed to be nearby.
Pam & Winnie get the B-52 and find the U-Turn board. They decide to U-Turn Joey & Meghan as promised and open up the next clue pointing them to the Pit Stop at the National Museum of History.
They step on the Mat and Phil officially checks them in as Team #1. They win a trip to Whistler in Canada.
Max & Katie head back to the cooking stations and get the approval of the chef while Bates & Anthony and Joey & Meghan finish the chess. Chuck & Wynona, meanwhile, are still lost and Wynona is ready to start singing some Kelly Clarkson after Chuck taking them in circles.
Joey & Meghan get to the U-Turn, see their faces and decide to U-Turn Chuck & Wynona. They think the other teams are dumb for running with the hockey players since they feel like the hockey players are going to just destroy them all.
Mona & Beth and Caroline & Jennifer struggle at the Detour while Joey & Meghan get started buying the ingredients with Chuck & Wynona finally at the right market.
Chuck & Wynona realize they need chickens so they have to go all the way back to the basket point.
Max & Katie, Mona & Beth, Bates & Anthony and Caroline & Jennifer all check-in at the Mat 2nd through 5th respectively.
After their own mistakes, Joey & Meghan finish the Pho and head back to the B-52, leaving Chuck & Wynona behind. They head to the Pit Stop and officially finish 6th.
Chuck & Wynona see they’ve been U-Turned and go do the chess Detour before heading to see Phil who tells them they are last, but since Dave & Connor have withdrawn from the Race, they are Team #7 and still in the Race.
Episode Thoughts Another great episode. I must admit, the premiere was pretty lackluster for me, but this season has definitely gotten better and better by the episode. Last week’s was the best and this week was pretty close. Great tasks and great competition with a little bit of drama and a great destination. Yay for the extra task with the Vietnamese tinikling. I thought that was cool. I had no idea Vietnam also had a bamboo dance like that. Nice to find commonalities between cultures.
But, yeah. There’s definitely some VERY strong feelings about tonight’s Leg on the internets.
Now first, that Road Block. I was shocked when the subtitles started appearing during the performance. A song about the virtues of socialism! Insanity!
The Road Block itself was great. Having to memorize things always produces great tasks on TAR. And even more so when it’s in another language.
But yeah, I must say I was pretty shocked that TAR would feature such an overtly patriotic song about socialism. But at the same time, that they would feature a song like that and how overt and straightforward it was (the performance) was hilarious.
Now, I’m a conservative Filipino-American. I’m a conservative that thinks Obama’s a big commie and that all the “mainstream media” is out to get the Republican party. I have great respect for the military and veterans and understand very well what they have to go through (just seeing the struggle of Filipino veterans alone is plenty, let alone the lack of care and services as well as what they have to go through on the battlefield).
But I saw nothing wrong with this episode. I absolutely do not believe The Amazing Race was promoting socialism and communism, nor do I believe this episode was a slap in the face and incredibly offensive to veterans and the military. No, I don’t think TAR was being un-American by staging a Leg in Vietnam, nor do I think there is anything to apologize for.
If anything, TAR was actually making fun of communism and socialism and showing just how brainwashed people could be.
Of course, the Vietnam War was and is a painful memory. An incredibly horrific time for the US and for everyone involved. But to say TAR tonight did anything but present a country’s people and culture and expose the teams to that country’s people and culture is misguided and an overreaction.
I absolutely understand how the Vietnam War brings up painful memories for millions of people, but The Amazing Race did not make light of the sacrifices made by Americans during that time. I don’t think TAR belittled or disrespected veterans and soldiers at all, and that definitely would never be their intention.
To say that simply being in Vietnam was offensive would mean TAR shouldn’t go to Japan or the Philippines or Russia any more. No Germany or China or any former Soviet country. Anywhere Americans were killed in war or communism and socialism was and is the pervading social system.
No longer should TAR include songs of local origin or discuss history of a country that might not be the most positive or happy in nature.
Whether it’s casual fans or series-long fans of The Amazing Race, I’d like to point out The Amazing Race 3. Two of TAR’s best Legs of all time took place on TAR3 in Vietnam. There were many reasons, but one of them was seeing Vietnam War veteran Ian (of Teri & Ian) and his experience returning there for the first time. He was hesitant and uncomfortable at first, looking back at a painful memory, having lost comrades and thinking about the toll on American lives the War took. But once he got there and the teams experienced Vietnam, it was an eye opening experience for both him and the viewers. Ian would never forget the horrors of the Vietnam War, but he also appreciated and was amazed at how far the country had come since then. Seeing the people happy and welcoming, the beautiful scenery and landscapes of farms and bustling cities that were warzones decades before.
Boy, does that feel so distant now.
PIT START Uluwatu Surf Beach Uluwatu, Indonesia
CONNECTIONS Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Singapore
DESTINATION CITY Hanoi, Vietnam
ROAD BLOCK Rap Cong Nhan Theater at Gallery 42 Hanoi
ROUTE MARKER Cong Vien Thong Nhat Hanoi
DETOUR Temple of Literature Hanoi
Ngoc Son Temple and Market in Hoan Kiem District Hanoi
ROUTE MARKER Downed B-52 at Hun Tiep Lake Hanoi
PIT STOP National Museum of Vietnamese History Hanoi, Vietnam
DEPARTURE Uluwatu Surf Beach Uluwatu, Indonesia
Dave & Connor 5:01am Pam & Winnie 5:21am Max & Katie 5:25am Caroline & Jennifer 7:20am Joey & Meghan 9:06am Mona & Beth 9:12am Bates & Anthony 9:14am Chuck & Wynona 9:23am
MAKE YOUR MOVE
MAKE YOUR MEAL
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who’s ready to take in the sights and sounds of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
PIT STOP National Museum of Vietnamese History Hanoi, Vietnam
1st Pam & Winnie +1 2nd Max & Katie +1 3rd Mona & Beth +3 4th Bates & Anthony +3 5th Caroline & Jennifer -1 6th Joey & Meghan -1 7th Chuck & Wynona +1 Eliminated/Withdrawn Dave & Connor -7
Pamela & Winnie – Yay! Finally, they show what they’re really capable of. An excellent Leg for them. They took the lead and kept it the entire Leg. They’ve proven they can excel at tasks. But their navigation skills are still lacking, so I hope that won’t be their downfall and that they’ll be able to overcome that one weakness because they can be a very strong team.
Max & Katie – Another great Leg for them. They are definitely stepping it up. I still don’t think they’re at all the villains of the season. They aren’t even a crazy dysfunctional couple. But they’ve managed to shake off their rough start and have really been running on all cylinders these last few Legs. Momentum is with them.
David & Connor – It was sad to see them go, but no one had a choice. They’ve proven so much in the short time they were on the Race and have shown that they have more than what it takes to do well and maybe even make it to the end. A great run sidelined by an unlucky injury.
Chuck & Wynona – They are getting by with the skin of their teeth. Yet, they are fun to watch. They may not be Dave & Mary or Bopper & Mark, but they’re still good ol’ country folk. They’ve been testy with each other, but they’ve also enjoyed the Race, so that is nice. Plus, Wynona was about to start singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All.” Bonus points for that!
Bates & Anthony – While the Jessica & John “minion” alliance pegged them to be the biggest threats in the Race, I really don’t see it. Sure, they are strong and smart and have done relatively well, but they haven’t really dominated. Especially these last two Legs, they’ve been running in the back of the pack and by their own decisions too. They definitely have a shot at making it far, but they aren’t really an overwhelming threat.
Mona & Beth – I like them, but they’re definitely not that exciting. They’re definitely no Bowling Moms. But their alliance with Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan is definitely a strike against them from me. It was an unnecessary alliance against the hockey players and now they’ve gotten themselves into a position that has the other teams against them. So much for that.
Caroline & Jennifer – They’ve had a lot of trouble keeping it together during tasks. That’s not a good sign for them moving forward. The other teams certainly have a lot more going for them, but you can’t count them out just yet.
Joey & Meghan – Their U-Turn was well deserved. Especially after seeing their John-instilled-obsession with the hockey bros and their annoyance at people speaking the truth about John’s idiocy. Plus, their grating and annoying playing up to the camera. They do this shtick on YouTube? Eeek.
Quotes from Episode 22.05
Max: “We’re not doin’ you.” Winnie: “Yeah, we’re not going to do each other.”
Winnie: “We need human beings.”
Wynona: “You gotta wait, I got a wide load!”
Phil: “Feeling super confident right now?” Winnie: “Never want to feel super confident because that’s when you let your guard down. You can ask John.”
Vietnamese vendor: “Look at that Westerner selling chickens!”
Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 4 – I Like Monkeys
Phil hands Dave & Connor the next clue and asks if they’re going to keep going. Dave says he’s not giving up, so they open the next clue telling teams to fly to Bali, Indonesia.
After Chuck & Wynona get the relieving news that while last, they’re still Racing, teams hurry to travel agencies and the airport.
Pam & Winnie, Dave & Connor, Max & Katie, and Caroline & Jennifer manage to get onto the first flight connecting through Perth arriving in Bali at 8:35am.
The other teams are on two flights that are supposed to arrive in Bali at 12:05pm. But Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan find an earlier flight in Kuala Lumpur getting them into Bali at 10:35am.
The first flight arrives and teams must make their way to the Monkey Forest. There, they will take a coconut and place it where a monkey will go to it, open it and reveal their clue.
All four teams get to the park at the same time and place their coconuts for the monkeys to go at it. Dave & Connor and Pam & Winnie’s monkeys bust open their coconuts first, revealing a little canister inside with the Detour.
For this Detour, teams will deal with two natural resources essential to daily life in Bali. In Sandy Bottom, teams head to the Ayung River where they will collect sand underwater before transporting it uphill 200 yards to the brickmaker. Once they’ve filled a container to the designated line, they’ll get the next clue. In Fruity Top, teams will prepare an elaborate religious offering of fruit known as a Gebogan. After being approved, they will join a procession to the temple with a woman carrying the offering on her head before the teams take it back and set it on a Panggung to be blessed by a Priest who will hand them the next clue.
All four choose Fruity Top.
As the teams start setting up their Gebogans, Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan head to the Monkey Forest while the last flight arrives. But while Mona & Beth and Chuck & Wynona are already with the monkeys, Bates & Anthony’s taxi driver gets them lost and now in last place.
Back at the temple, Pam & Winnie join the procession first with Dave & Connor close behind. Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer head out before any other teams arrive.
Jessica & John are dropped off at what they think is the right place. They walk into someone’s home and sees the man making little things with flowers which they assume is the offering. The homeowner smiles, confusingly, as Jessica & John reread their clue, realizing they need to wear sarongs and take off their shoes. It’s not until their driver tells them they’re at the wrong place that they leave.
Joey & Meghan, Chuck & Wynona and Anthony & Bates also choose Fruity Top while Mona & Beth decide to do Sandy Bottom.
Meanwhile, the first four teams head to the next Route Marker at Uluwatu Surf Beach where they find the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams head to a surf shop where they must find one surfboard with an image of something they’ve encountered in the Race so far. In this case, the Tahitian Priest who gave them a blessing in Bora Bora. They must then search for the Pit Stop and pick up their partner along the way. They can only be checked in if they have the right surfboard.
Winnie finds the right surfboard and heads back just as she runs into Connor who is just arriving at the surf shop.
Winnie has no idea where to go and returns to the surf shop and asks Connor if he’s seen Phil. She offers to work together, but she and Pam would go first and them 2nd. He says no, but then sneaks a peek at her board.
That allows Dave & Connor to pass the girls, step on the Mat 1st and secure the win plus $5000 each. Pam & Winnie have to settle for 2nd while Max & Katie take 3rd.
Back at the Detour, Mona & Beth take care of the sand, no problem. But at the Temple, Jessica & John are struggling and get denied one time before they dismantle their Gebogan and start over. When Joey & Meghan get the okay for theirs, Jessica suggest they use the Express Pass, but John says no though he doubts they’re even on the right track. They decide to just switch Detours while Chuck & Wynona and Anthony & Bates move along.
Caroline picks up a surfboard that says “Bali” on it and she takes it to Jennifer and Phil, but it’s incorrect, so she has go all the way back. She tries a surfboard with surfers on it, but it’s wrong again. Caroline asks if she can cry while Joey & Meghan get dropped off at the wrong beach and Mona & Beth say how exhausted they are.
Caroline finally gets the correct surfboard on 3rd try and they go back to Phil. He asks them if they have any idea who the guy on the surfboard is. They don’t. But it doesn’t matter because they’re still 4th.
Jessica & John arrive at the Sandy Bottom Road Block. John still doesn’t want to use the Express Pass.
At the Road Block, Chuck takes a surfboard of a woman with fruits. He then gets lost on the way to Phil even though Wynona sees him coming.
That allows Joey & Meghan to get to the Mat and officially check-in 5th. Mona & Beth, right next to them, have the wrong surfboard, but their alliance member Joey shows them the correct one.
Bates has the correct surfboard, but has no idea where to go. Chuck runs into Mona running back and asks what she did wrong. She says nothing. When Mona returns with the right one, they go check-in officially at Team #6. Chuck & Wynona come running in behind them with the wrong board and Phil sends them back. He asks Mona & Beth if they didn’t want to tell them the right answer, they say no.
Jessica & John finally arrive at the Road Block and they decide against the Express Pass. Bad decision. Bates & Anthony and Chuck & Wynona finish 7th and 8th respectively.
Jessica realizes they are last. John suddenly runs up to her without a surfboard saying he hasn’t found anything and wants to go to another surf shop or some nonsense. Phil and the Greeter are watching from the Mat.
Jessica doesn’t know what to say. John returns with a surfboard, they head to Phil who tells them it is incorrect.
“I wanna look at these boards.” “You’re not allowed to look at these boards.”
After an hour and 15 minutes, John finally finds the correct surfboard. But Phil wastes no time in telling them that they are last and eliminated.
Phil notes they are the first team to ever be eliminated with an unused Express Pass. John says feeling regret at this point and looking back doesn’t make sense to him. “Really?” Phil asks.
“The simple truth is, I don’t need a million dollars.”
Jessica and John walk into the darkness. Phil and the Greeter…
Episode Thoughts Well, this is definitely the best episode of the season and maybe one of the best episodes in a while. It was exciting, busy, great tasks, beautiful location and historic meltdowns.
First of all, the Detour and Road Block were great. Both sides of the Detour were great cultural/local tasks that really highlighted the destination this week. It must have been an amazing experience to take part in that Hindu ritual. The sand Detour is definitely reminiscent of the TAR6 salt Road Block in Senegal, which is why I think it would’ve been better as a Road Block here too instead. It was a lot of work, but quick work and it would’ve produced a lot of fun I think.
In turn, the surfboards could’ve been an extra task since, while simple, teams still couldn’t get the right one. Maybe have a lot more surfboards and a smaller picture. The monkey task at the beginning of the Leg was also fun, but also great showing off what Indonesia has to offer.
But the biggest moment of the episode is definitely Jessica & John’s stunning elimination. And even more so, what can only be described as an odd and awkward meltdown at the Mat by John. Him not even thinking about the Express Pass all Leg long was bad enough, but his strange defense at the Mat was just hilarious and stunning to watch. The reaction from Phil the entire time was just incredible. And the “Oy vey!” just summed it all up.
I mean, Phil’s utter disgust was unmistakable. And we all know Phil’s a good guy. But damn, he was absolutely baffled and annoyed at the Mat right there.
Emmy episode this year? I’d say this would be a pretty good candidate.
PIT START Terrace Downs Windwhistle, New Zealand
CONNECTIONS Perth, Australia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Singapore
DESTINATION CITY Bali, Indonesia
ROUTE MARKER Ubud Monkey Forest Ubud, Indonesia
DETOUR Ayung River Gang Bucu
Pura Desa Puseh Temple Batuan, Indonesia
ROAD BLOCK Ketut’s Surf Board Shop Uluwatu, Indonesia
PIT STOP Uluwatu Surf Beach Uluwatu, Indonesia
DEPARTURE Terrace Downs Windwhistle, New Zealand
Dave & Connor Jessica & John Bates & Anthony Pam & Winnie Joey & Meghan Caroline & Jennifer Mona & Beth Max & Katie Chuck & Wynona
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who’s ready to get totally tubular and be worked in a way-gnarly challenge? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
2 Pamela Winnie3 1 Dave Connor4 2Max Katie 3 3Caroline Jennifer 2 3Joey Meghan 2 3Mona Beth 2 3Bates Anthony 2 4Chuck Wynona 1 2 Jessica John3
PIT STOP Uluwatu Surf Beach Uluwatu, Indonesia
1st Dave & Connor = 2nd Pam & Winnie +2 3rd Max & Katie +5 4th Caroline & Jennifer +2 5th Joey & Meghan = 6th Mona & Beth +1 7th Bates & Anthony -4 8th Chuck & Wynona +1 Eliminated Jessica & John -7
Pamela & Winnie – It’s great to see them Racing a little harder. That little stumble at the end cost them a first place finish, but as long as they keep stepping it up, they have a good shot.
Max & Katie – A good Leg for them. They got themselves to the front and stayed there. And despite how TAR decided to introduce them in the first Leg, they’re turning out to be a calm and collected team. Dare I say, likeable and nice? I do dare!
David & Connor – Another impressive Leg for them. They got a little lucky at the end, but even finishing 2nd would’ve been a huge accomplishment. It should be interesting to see how much further they can go. They’ve been very solid and as long as Dave can keep going, they’re good
Chuck & Wynona – Not a very good Leg for them, but they did enough to stay in the Race. So far, they’ve done okay with no big mistakes, but something like Chuck’s little detour at the end before the Mat is not something they will want to repeat.
Bates & Anthony – They fell behind a lot at the start of the Leg and weren’t able to really pull themselves out of danger without getting lucky at the end. After a great start in the first three Legs, this was definitely not the right direction for them to go in. But that doesn’t mean they can’t recover.
Mona & Beth – Maybe not the best decision to go with the more physical task, but they did well and benefited from a tricky Road Block right before the Pit Stop. Looks like they aren’t making very many friends so that should definitely be very interesting.
Caroline & Jennifer – Breaking down at the Road Block and not being very aware of what’s happened in the Race is definitely not a good sign for them. They’d be absolutely dead in a final memory task on the last Leg, but they barely got through to Leg 5 with such poor memory. Definitely not a good Leg for them.
Jessica & John – Phil’s “Oy vey” at the Mat says it all. Jessica actually seems fine and great, but John’s “descent into insanity” as one poster at Sucks put it was amazing, hilarious and shocking to watch. What in the world was that? As if his reluctance to using the Express Pass wasn’t enough, his little defense at the Mat to Phil made it 10x worse. Unbelievable. Definitely a historic moment on TAR. But for all the wrong reasons.
Joey & Meghan – Think they couldn’t get any more annoying? Just watch them with the monkeys. Like nails on a chalkboard. Maybe Joey much more than Meghan, but she’s complicit in his annoying behavior.
Quotes from Episode 22.04
Winnie: “He better not, like, poo in our face.”
Jennifer: “Her flying squirrel died of loneliness cuz it was in her bra the whole time. She kept it in her bra and it died of loneliness.”
Max: “He’s scratching his butt and taking a drink. Looks like me in the morning when I wake up.”
Caroline: “We love us a dancing, priest and everything with religion.”
Recap: The Amazing Race 22, Episode 3 – Like James Bond Again
Dave & Connor see a doctor at the Pit Stop who gives Dave crutches and tells them they need to see a specialist in Papeete.
The Race must continue though and teams open the first clue telling them to fly to Phil’s hometown, Christchurch, New Zealand.
After all that “sucking up” in the 2nd Leg, Jessica & John decide to stay true to their word anyway and give the Express Pass to the father and son, especially now that they’re injured and not really a threat.
At the Bora Bora airport, John decides hockey brothers Anthony & Bates are their #1 competition and they must get them out at all costs.
Teams fly to Papeete, but the next flight to Auckland is 8am the next day. While teams wait at the airport, Dave & Connor go to the hospital where they find he’s torn a muscle and his Achilles tendon. They get him a boot and join the others at the airport where everyone cheers.
Spending the night at the airport, Jessica & John form an alliance with Joey & Meghan and Mona & Beth and make it their collective priority to knock out Anthony & Bates who are having fun sleeping with Caroline & Jen.
It’s morning and all teams are the on the same flight to Auckland . Pam & Winnie, who were in last, get on the first flight to Christchurch.
Once there, teams hop into a Ford Focus and drive themselves to Rakaia River Gorge. There, they must pull a number for a jetboat leaving the next morning.
Pam & Winnie get lost, again allowing Dave & Connor to arrive first. The other teams arrive and they must all camp out for the night.
It’s 6am and teams hop onto their respective jetboats to drive themselves to the next clue.
Dave & Connor open it up and find the Detour. For both, teams must drive an ATV to the start. In Rev It Up, each team member gets behind the wheel of a modified vintage car and must navigate an obstacle course in less than 83 seconds, combined. In Reel It In, teams must go fishing and each team member must catch one fish at least 12 inches long.
Dave & Connor head to Rev It Up, but realize Dave can’t drive a stick shift with his boot, so they switch to the fish. All other teams except Chuck & Wynona choose Rev It Up.
While the teams are figuring out the cars, fish aren’t biting onto Dave & Connor’s lines so they decide to use the Express Pass.
After a few attempts, Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan finish the Detour. While Katie laughs about Max turning out to be the “albatross” of their team in this task, the others teams arrive and get started.
Teams return to their Ford Focuses and must now drive to Mount Hutt Station for their next clue.
Dave & Connor maintain their lead as they open the clue for the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams take part in a traditional New Zealand completion known as a Shemozzle Race. First, teams put on shorts and a burlap sack then make their way through an obstacle course where they’ll get covered in molasses while maneuvering inside a chicken coop, crawl through a tunnel, covering themselves in chicken feathers then go down a water slide into a pool of manure all while collecting eggs along the way. Once they’ve collected 12 unbroken eggs, they’ll get the next clue.
Connor, of course, sets out on the course and manages to finish just as the next team arrives.
The father and son must now drive themselves to the Pit Stop, Terrace Downs.
They get to the Mat and Phil introduces them to Tim the Dog before officially checking them in as Team #1 and telling them they’ve won a trip to Bangkok.
Phil asks them if they can continue on in the Race and they consider maybe this is the end of the road for them. But Phil pulls a clue from his back pocket and tells them the Race continues now.
Episode Thoughts A much better episode than the first two. Not that Bora Bora wasn’t breathtaking, but the competition was definitely on this Leg. Everyone bunching up, teams moving ahead, teams falling behind.
The airport/Dave’s injury drama that took up half the episode was actually fun and interesting. The Detour was basic TAR, but it wasn’t so simple that teams were in and out like they usually are. The Road Block was definitely fun and all the tasks were great to show off New Zealand.
The TBC wasn’t much of a surprise, but it definitely adds to the drama with Dave & Connor. Best of the three episodes so far this season and first time I was really excited.
PIT START Motu Tapu Bora Bora
CONNECTIONS Papeete, Tahiti Auckland, New Zealand
DESTINATION CITY Christchurch, New Zealand
ROUTE MARKER/DETOUR Rakaia River Gorge Windwhistle, New Zeland
ROAD BLOCK Mount Hutt Station Metheven, New Zealand
PIT STOP Terrace Downs Windwhistle, New Zealand
DEPARTURE Motu Tapu Bora Bora
Bates & Anthony 8:54am Dave & Connor 8:55am Jessica & John 8:56am Joey & Meghan 9:00am Chuck & Wynona 9:01am Mona & Beth 9:06am Caroline & Jennifer 10:49am Max & Katie 11:08am Pam & Winnie 11:48am
REV IT UP
FISH IT OUT >ε
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who wants to keep their Race from going to the dogs? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
1 Dave Connor3 2 Jessica John2 2 Pamela Winnie2 2 Caroline Jennifer 2 3Chuck Wynona 1 2 Joey Meghan2 2Mona Beth 2 2Bates Anthony 2 1 Max Katie3
PIT STOP Terrace Downs Windwhistle, New Zealand
1st Dave & Connor +1
David & Connor – Definitely much kudos to them for not only pushing forward, but winning the Leg. It was definitely their episode and seeing them continue Racing even if just to win one Leg was great. It’d be nice to see them go far in the Race, but I don’t know how much longer they can with Dave’s foot like that. When other teams have quit for far less, it is great to see a team be determined and strong enough to move forward in spite of the circumstances.
Chuck & Wynona – Not the best Leg for them and a little more subdued too. They didn’t even show Wynona being all goofy running out of the plane in Auckland as was posted on YouTube by local TAR fans. =( Hope they can work on being a little more aware of the other teams though so they can’t get left behind because they’ve been alright completing tasks.
Pamela & Winnie – They started the Leg off great getting on that first flight to Christchurch, but eek at more navigation troubles. I hope that won’t be their downfall, because they too are otherwise solid Racers. They did manage to get themselves to the Road Block no problem, jumping up a few spots in front of other teams, so hopefully the navigation problems are not going to be a regular occurence.
Mona & Beth – A much quieter Leg for them. But they did get themselves into an alliance. Not sure how that’ll work out for them since I think they can do well on their own. I still hope they can show a little more personality and them having more fun on the Race though because it seems like they are, but TAR hasn’t showed much of it.
Bates & Anthony – An okay Leg for them. But the fact that there’s a growing uprising against them, either means they’re out soon or they’re going to go far and outlast them. Should be interesting to see if they can keep their good momentum.
Max & Katie – A rough Leg for them, but still fun to watch. After two episodes of being set up as some diabolical, Romber-like team, this episode made them seem more like a fun, bickering couple. And I enjoyed it. If they can mix that with some real scheming and strong competing, then they could be a rootable team yet.
Caroline & Jennifer – A quiet Leg for them. They started out slow, but managed to make up some big time at the Road Block. I’d like to see them step it up a little more though, I think they have potential.
Jessica & John – Max & Katie were being set-up to be the team to love to hate, but Jessica & John are quickly slipping into that mold. They’re starting to really overplay and that’s not a good thing. All that wanting other teams to suck up to them amounted to nothing and this whole “Hockey player hunt” could backfire on them quick. We’ll see.
Joey & Meghan – Wow, I don’t know if a team has grated as much as these two have in just three episodes. They aren’t funny or cute or fun and instead are trying too hard and playing up to the camera too much.
Quotes from Episode 22.03
Caroline: “We are moving in the right direction, which is down to #1″
Bates: “It only took us two nights to get them into bed.”
The 2nd Leg begins as teams must take a water taxi to the Hilton resort at Motu Toopua Nui where they will search the grounds for a wedding chapel. After receiving a blessing from the priest, they’ll get the next clue.
The taxis don’t depart until 7:30am, so the other teams except the penalty-carrying Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer catch up. Before leaving, David & Connor talk to Jessica & John about the Express Pass, but the couple, not wanting to commit, says if someone out of their alliance finds out about the pact, the deal is off.
The teams head off to the resort.
David & Connor find the priest first and open up the clue to reveal the Detour. In Pick a Pearl, teams head to a pearl farm where they must retrieve lines of oysters underwater and open them up until they find two red pearls. In Take a Trunk, teams put on a diving helmet to walk along the ocean floor to retrieve a trunk which they must take an umbrella. Then, after emptying the contents of the trunk, they must set-up an underwater picnic to receive their next clue.
All teams except Beth & Mona choose Pick a Pearl. But David & Connor do not pick up their supplies before hopping onto their water taxi, so they must go all the way back from the Detour location while everyone else gets started.
Idries & Jamil consider taking a penalty because they don’t want to get in the water. Meanwhile, the others are breezing through and Meghan & Joey, Jessica & John, Bates & Anthony and even Dave & Connor are already exchanging their pearls for the next clue.
Teams must now take a jetski to the island of Motu Tapu using a provided little map. As they head off, Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer start their Leg and decide to do Take a Trunk together.
Pam & Winnie are leave the twins alone at the Detour, but end up getting lost on their jet skis as the other teams arrive at the next Clue Box and find the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams must walk on stilts and use them to kick a coconut 35 yards across the beach.
Once they finish the Road Block, it’s a foot race to the Pit Stop. The first two done are Bates & Anthony and Dave & Connor and they run to the Mat, but Dave injures himself, saying he ruptured his Achilles.
He continues on to the Mat with Bates & Anthony claiming 1st and a trip to London, Dave & Connor take 2nd, and Jessica & John finish 3rd.
There’s another (unnecessary) footrace as Joey & Meghan feel the need to outrun Chuck & Wynona. The finish 4th and 5th respectively with Beth & Mona in 6th.
Idries & Jamil decide to switch Detours even though they are now in last place. Pam & Winnie get to the Road Block, but Max & Katie and Caroline & Jennifer catch up.
The country singers manage to finish first of the three and step on the Mat 7th. Max & Katie take 8th and Pam & Winnie just escape elimination by taking 9th.
That leaves Idries & Jamil in last and eliminated.
Episode Thoughts Another solid episode. A simple Leg, but good tasks that definitely showed off the beauty of Bora Bora and French Polynesia.
Not much to say really. A good episode even with no drama and relatively simple tasks in a beautiful place.
PIT START Motu Cafe Bora Bora, French Polynesia
ROUTE MARKER Hilton Bora Bora Nui Moto Toopua
DETOUR Povai Bay Bora Bora
ROAD BLOCKS Motu Tapu Bora Bora
PIT STOP Motu Tapu Bora Bora
DEPARTURE Motu Cafe Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Jessica & John 2:56am Teams #s 2-8 before 7:30am Max & Katie 9:14am Caroline & Jennifer 9:15am
PICK A PEARL
TAKE A TRUNK
In order of completion > or < indicates team switched Detours.
Who did the Road Block? Who”s a well balanced individual? In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block
1 Bates Anthony2 1 Dave Connor2 2Jessica John 1 2Chuck Wynonna 1 2Joey Meghan 1 1 Mona Beth2 2Caroline Jennifer 1 1 Max Katie2 2Pamela Winnie 1 1 Idries Jamil2
PIT STOP Moto Tapu Bora Bora, French Polynesia
1st Bates & Anthony +1 2nd Dave & Connor +1 3rd Jessica & John -2 4th Joey & Meghan +2 5th Chuck & Wynona +2 6th Mona & Beth -1 7th Caroline & Jennifer +3 8th Max & Katie +1 9th Pam & Winnie -5 Eliminated Idries & Jamil -2
Chuck & Wynonna – A solid Leg for them. They definitely seem like nice, good ol’ country folk that TAR loves. And they’ve been fun to watch so far. Definitely hope they can tough it out and go far in the Race.
Pamela & Winnie – They really escaped elimination this Leg. Their horrible navigation would’ve been their fatal mistake had the doctors not completely wasted their time at the Detour. They definitely have to step it up now, but an equalizer on the next Leg could easily bring them back into the pack.
Mona & Beth – A good Leg for them. They are definitely continuing the Bowling Moms vibe and seem to be a solid team. Here’s to them continuing to do well.
Bates & Anthony – A very good Leg for them and it looks like they might be nice guys with a sense of humor. Couple that with a strong Race and they might be a nice team to root for.
David & Connor – Their rough start to the Leg may have been the bad omen. While they rocked the Detour and were able to catch up despite having to go back to the last Route Marker, that injury at the end doesn’t look good. David, while solid, has had trouble keeping up at times and that’s only going to get worse with an injured foot.
Max & Katie – An alright Leg for them. They had some luck this Leg, but they definitely still have much to prove. With a likely airport equalizer next Leg, it’ll be their time to prove they have the skills to back up their competitive attitude.
Caroline & Jennifer – They definitely showed a much better Race this Leg. They were able to step it up and not be defeated even with their penalty and being in last. If they can keep it up, then they might just make it far.
Jessica & John – They’re okay. Nothing much from them this Leg. What’s not good though is they don’t really show any signs that they’ll grow a stronger personality anytime soon. Their “we want to play the game” stuff doesn’t really come off as believable.
Joey & Meghan – They’re slowly starting to grate. Don’t know if I can find myself rooting for them even if I don’t completely dislike them. Especially with them running past Chuck & Wynona even if they weren’t fighting for last.
Idries & Jamil – Well, kudos to them eventually not quitting, but they sure took a long time to decide not to. They might have even been able to survive if they had decided to switch earlier instead of just standing around worrying about water. Anyway, based on what they showed this week and last week, it didn’t seem like they’d be long for TAR anyway.
Quotes from Episode 22.02
Meghan: “We’re not going to whore ourselves out to them.”
Bates: “Even with our brains, two are better than one.”