Recap: The Amazing Race Australia, Episode 2.04 – “Don’t be a douche!”

The Amazing Race Australia 2, Episode 4

The Leg

Sticky & Sam are the first team to depart the Pit Stop, but Grant informs us that before heading off on the leg, teams must vote for who they want to receive a U-Turn this leg.  It’s no surprise, most teams vote for Paul & Steve.

Teams take a train back to Delhi and rush to the airport.  All teams except for Paul & Steve, Lucy & Emilia and Ross & Tarryn get tickets on the first flight on Emirates that gets into their next destination city, Dubai, at 6:10am.  The last three teams have to fly via Mumbai to get them into Dubai at 8:15am.

The first flight arrives and the teams head to the carpark to find their next clue waiting on the windshield of a row of Hondas.  They open up the clue to find the Detour.


For this Detour, teams will drive themselves to the Al Faqa Desert.
In Camel Dash, teams must ride a camel through a marked course, collecting four flags to exchange for their next clue.
In Dune Bash, teams ride a dune buggy along a 10km course.

Joseph & Grace are in first and they choose the dune buggy, but Grace accidentally knocks the gear into neutral and they get bogged down.  Meanwhile, Michelle & Jo give the camels a whirl, but the camel doesn’t want to cooperate so they switch.

A new dune buggy arrives for Joseph & Grace and they head to the finish line while Kym & Donna speed through the course.  Michelle & Jo on the other hand make a mistake and sink into the sand.  Sticky & Sam come driving by and they ask for help, but they tell them good luck and head off… only to get bogged down a couple of meters away.

As the last three teams finally arrive in Dubai, Shane & Andrew decide to switch from camels to dune buggy. James & Sarah finish the Detour while Sticky & Sam get bogged a second time.

After completing the Detour, teams must check-in at the U-Turn board before heading back to Dubai and making their way to the Wild Wadi Water Park.  There, they must ride a boogie board at the Wild Wadi Surf Machine, going at full blast, to grab a clue at the bottom of the waves.

Joseph & Grace stay out in front, but Kym & Donna get a flat tire.  They change the tire, but are already frustrated.  Joseph & Grace get to the Water Park and grab the next clue telling teams to head to the Meydan Racecourse where they must pick a winning horse before a race.  If they don’t pick a winning horse, they must wait for the next race to pick again.  If teams still don’t pick a winning horse after the last race, they will have to carry their partner 200 meters across the finish line to get the next clue.

Joseph & Grace’s horses lose the first race and they now must wait for the next one.  That allows Michelle & Jo to catch up.  After putting on their hair extensions for the races, they join Joseph & Grace… in losing the 2nd race as well.

Back in the desert, Paul & Steve see their faces on the U-Turn and begin the camel side of the Detour while Lucy & Emila slowly drive their dune buggy into sand pits.

James & Sarah arrive at the Racecourse and they too join Michelle & Jo and Joseph & Grace in picking the wrong horse.

Elsewhere in Dubai, Kym & Donna’s frustration comes to a head.  Kym pulls over the car and they complain about having no money (having spent it all on their tuk tuk in India?) and no maps and not knowing where to go.

At the Racecourse, Sticky & Sam and Andrew & Steve arrive.  Sticky & Sam, Joseph & Grace and James & Sarah choose Horse #8 and it wins.  They get the next clue telling teams to head to the Pit Stop at the Helipad on top of the Four Points Sheraton.  While Joseph & Grace’s car battery has drained thanks to leaving the lights on, James & Sarah and Sticky & Sam drive to the Pit Stop.

James & Sarah manage to get to the hotel first and step on the Mat to officially claim their win and a trip to New Zealand.  Sticky & Sam have to settle for 2nd while Joseph & Grace, after getting help from a man with jumper cables, finish 3rd.

Michelle & Jo leave the cops behind at the Racecourse after picking the winning horse.  Shane & Andrew lose in the last race of the day, so they have to piggyback the other across the finish line.  Michelle & Jo and Shane & Andrew finish 4th and 5th respectively.

Meanwhile, Lucy & Emilia get detained by the police after driving into the royal palace.  They are led to the station, but are released.  At the Racetrack, Ross carries Tarryn and Paul carries Steve across the finish line, but it’s Paul & Steve that finish 6th (much to their shock) while Ross & Tarryn finish 7th (also to their shock).

Lucy & Emilia have fun on the Racetrack and head to the Pit Stop to finish 8th.  Kym & Donna, however, are having no fun at all and are now sleeping by the side of the road when Grant comes out to eliminate them.

Episode Thoughts
A very full episode even without a Road Block.  Finally, some movement within the team placements.  The Detour was simple, but as always, anytime animals are on The Amazing Race, you’re sure of a good time.

The task at the Water Park is the kind of extra task that helps keep teams on their toes, and especially considering the teams getting lost (and apparently adverse to asking locals for directions) in Dubai, having more Route Markers helps stir up the competition.  The task at the Racetrack was pretty random though.  I sort of did not get the point, other than showing off (even more) how rich Dubai is.

It was really strange seeing so many teams not wanting to ask people for directions though, especially Kym & Donna ultimately giving up because they had no money to buy a map.  Huh?  I find it impossible for teams not to go into a hotel or gas station or like Shane & Andrew, ask a cop for directions.  Very odd.

And finally, the U-Turn voting.  It is definitely an interesting concept.  It is my first time seeing it play out even though I’ve heard of TAR Israel’s implementation of it for their second season.  It didn’t really ass that much drama since it was expected that Paul & Steve would be targeted.  I’d be very interested to see how it would play out on TARUS.  I certainly wouldn’t want to see it every leg though.

But overall a great leg, probably the most exciting one yet this season.

PIT STOP
Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort
Jaipur, India

CASH
$60

CONNECTIONS
Mumbai, India

DESTINATION CITY
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

DETOUR
Al Faqa Desert
Al Faqa, UAE

ROUTE MARKER
Wild Wadi Water Park
Dubai

Meydan Racecourse
Dubai

PIT STOP
Four Points by Sheraton Helipad
Dubai, UAE

DEPARTURE
Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort
Jaipur, India

Sticky & Sam 1:37pm
Ross & Tarryn 1:39pm
Michelle & Jo 1:44pm
Kym & Donna 2:10pm
Paul & Steve 2:12pm
Shane & Andrew 2:15pm
Joseph & Grace 2:17pm
James & Sarah 2:17pm
Lucy & Emilia 2:42pm

CAMEL BASH
Paul & Steve

DUNE DASH
Joseph & Grace
Kym & Donna
> Michelle & Jo
Sarah & James
Sticky & Sam
> Shane & Andrew
Paul & Steve
Tarryn & Ross
Lucy & Emilia

> or < indicates team switched Detours.

  TEAM

VOTE

Joseph & Grace

Paul & Steve

Michelle & Jo

Shane & Andrew

Sticky & Sam

Tarryn & Ross

Kym & Donna

Sarah & James

Sarah & James

Sarah & James

Shane & Andrew

Sarah & James

Sticky & Sam

Who did the Road Block?
There was no aired Road Block this leg.
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

2 Sticky Sticky & Sam Sam 0
1 Tarryn Tarryn & Ross Ross 1
2 Michelle Michelle & Jo Jo 0
2 Paul Paul & Steve Steve 0
1 Donna Kym & Donna Kym 1
1 Shane Shane & Andrew Andrew 1
1 Joseph Joseph & Grace Grace 1
1 Sarah Sarah & James James 1
0 Lucy Lucy & Emilia Emilia 2

2 Sue Sue & Teresa Teresa 0
0 Adam Adam & Dane Dane 0

PIT STOP
Four Points by Sheraton Helipad
Dubai, UAE

1st James & Sarah +7
2nd Sticky & Sam -1
3rd Joseph & Grace +4
4th Michelle & Jo -1
5th Shane & Andrew +1
6th Paul & Steve -1
7th Ross & Tarryn -5
8th Lucy & Emilia +1
DNF/Eliminated Kym & Donna  -5

Lucy & Emilia Lucy & Emilia – They are a riot!  Seriously, they are hilarious.  Not just them laughing at each other or their situations, but their next-to-last or technically last finishes are unprecedented.  Can they keep up this streak?  Is it even possible for them to be horrible Racers, but have just enough luck to stay in?  Too funny.
Sarah & James Sarah & James – They deliver.  Mostly Sarah though, but they bring the laughs and now they’ve won a leg.  They can definitely go far as long as they keep their cool.  Looks like they get back to bickering next leg, but this leg showed they have a lot of potential to be good Racers as well as be hilarious to watch.
Michelle & Jo Michelle & Jo – They’re chugging along and continuing to do quite well.  I don’t know about the hair extensions though.  They’ve got TAR20 Rachel Reilly beat on that one.  But they’re making a strong case for themselves.
Tarryn & Ross Tarryn & Ross – Like the other two teams that oddly didn’t want to ask for directions, I didn’t understand Tarryn & Ross basically throwing their hands up in the air while on the road.  They are an otherwise smart and solid team, so why would they let directions get under their skin?  Just so odd.
Sticky & Sam Sticky & Sam – I guess you could call it karma when they get bogged down after merely passing the twins at the Detour.  Or it was just amusing.  Nontheless, they continued Racing well and without any major mistakes.  A solid leg.
Shane & Andrew Shane & Andrew – They’re slowly settling into their bumbling cops personalities.  They’re still good guys, but they really need to step up their Race if they want to go far. 
Paul & Steve Paul & Steve – I’d have them as my favorite team of the leg after taking the U-Turn in stride and laughing at themselves for being U-Turned, but I can’t after their strange attitude while driving around threatening to quit.  What!?  I have a much bigger problem with Paul’s now 2nd time feeling frustrated and not in the Race than his stepping on other teams’ toes (though completely within Race rules).  
Joseph & Grace Joseph & Grace – They ran a solid leg, though my original thought of Grace being a strong competitor is completely gone now.  Plus, their reasoning for U-Turning Paul & Steve, because they don’t help others?  I can’t take that.  This is a competition.  Like Kym & Donna said, they don’t need to make friends here.
Donna & Kym Donna & Kym – They were doing alright until this leg.  Their negative attitude was so contrary to what they’ve shown so far.  And them basically quitting was out of nowhere.  I saw no reason why they couldn’t stop and ask for directions even with no money.  They truly just gave up and it always sucks when a team that doesn’t push it to the end, even if they are in last, takes away a spot from a team that would go all the way.
Quotes from Episode 2.04

Grace: “No more showing off, there’s no one to show off to.  There’s no hot girls around here, alright? … Well, there is one, but I’m your sister.  Doesn’t really work.”

Steve: “Come on buddy, we just need one more flag.  Don’t be a douche.”

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Recap: The Amazing Race Australia, Episode 2.03 – “I don’t really like to use my brain.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2, Episode 3

The Leg



During the Pit Stop, teams were taken by bus from Delhi to Jaipur where they’d start the third leg of the Race.  Teams must make their way to Red Elephant Temple.



Michelle & Jo arrive at the Temple first and receive the Road Block clue.


In this Road Block, teams make their way to Bharat Driving and Maintenance School where they will learn about Indian road signs and regulations (or lack thereof) before going on a practical driving test on the streets of Jaipur to a marketplace.  If they pass the test, they’ll receive their next clue.



Michelle and Sticky pass their tests (though a tuk-tuk crashed in Sticky on the way) and they receive their next clue.  Teams must load 75 clay pots onto an ox-driven cart and deliver them to marked stalls at the other end of the market to exchange for their next clue.  However, if they break more than 15 pots, they will receive a 15 minute penalty to be served at the drop off point.

As Michelle & Jo and Sticky & Sam try to hold on to their lead, the others navigate Jaipur’s chaotic streets.  Kym and Paul have a little staredown at a stoplight and Shane almost runs over a dog while Sarah has fun tooting her horn the entire way.



Michelle & Jo and Sticky & Sam get going with their carts but quickly their pots come crashing down.  Arriving at the marked stalls, they are told they’ve broken too many pots, and they wait out their penalty.

Sue & Teresa haven’t even finished loading their cart when some of their pots fall off.  Ross & Tarryn drop a couple on the way as well.  Kym & Donna start, but their cart comes a little too close to Paul who’s waiting for Steve to finish learning how to drive the ox, causing a bunch of Kym & Donna’s pots to fall off.



Back at the drop off point, Michelle & Jo and Sticky & Sam are handed their next clues and reveal a 2nd Road Block.


In this Road Block, teams head to Panna Meena ka Kund, an ancient stepwell near Amber Fort.  They must figure out how to get to a waiting guru by using a combination of 41 steps down and 10 steps up.  Only when they’ve reached the guru using the correct combination of steps will they receive their next clue.



Sticky & Sam arrive at the well first and Sticky gets the right combination on his 2nd attempt.  They get the clue telling them to head to the Pit Stop at Nahargarh Fort and the buds officially check-in first for the second leg in a row and win an entertainment showcase worth $5000.

Michelle and Tarryn start the Road Block at the same time, but it is Tarryn that finishes first.  She and Ross head to Pit Stop to finish 2nd. 

As Shane & Andrew and Joseph & Grace finish the pots, Sarah gets her ass grabbed by a kid while other kids knock pots off of Lucy & Emilia’s cart.



Michelle & Jo finish the Road Block and head to the Pit Stop to finish 3rd.  Back at the Road Block, Sue is struggling as Donna and Paul arrive.  Paul, acknowledging he has to back up his talk, gets it in his first attempt.  But Donna is right behind him and they Race to the Pit Stop.  Kym & Donna’s tuk-tuk driver passes “the buffheads” allowing them to check-in 4th with Paul & Steve officially 5th.

Sue continues struggling as Shane & Andrew, Joseph & Grace, and James & Sarah are in and out of there and head to the Pit Stop to check-in 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively.  That leaves Lucy & Emilia, again in last, hoping to catch up.



And they do.  Emilia manages to finish the Road Block before Sue and they head to the Pit Stop.  Sue finally gets it as well and it’s a maybe Race to the Mat.

But it’s Lucy & Emilia who check-in 9th, saved again while Sue & Teresa are eliminated.



Episode Thoughts
What’s this I see?  American leg design!?!  This was the most linear leg TARAu has had this season and considering there was apparently an unaired Detour this leg, you know it’s bad leg design when team positions are pretty much unchanged if it wasn’t for  Sue’s stumbling at the Road Block.

I think it would’ve been better (and more deliciously chaotic) if they had the Pit Start in Delhi and used the charter bus as an equalizer instead of transporting the teams to Jaipur during the Pit Stop.

The tasks made up for the leg design at least.  The pots tasks was a lot more fun than the TAR20 watermelon Detour.  The driving Road Block was great for getting the teams into the chaos if Indian streets and the 2nd Road Block was visually awesome and mentally challenging for the teams, which is a great combination.

Another solid episode for TARAu.



PIT STOP
Qutub Minar
Delhi, India

DEPARTURE
Shiv Villas
Jaipur, India

CASH
$35

ROUTE MARKER
Red Elephant Temple
Jaipur, India

ROAD BLOCK #1
Bhurat Driving & Maintenance School
Jaipur, India

ROUTE MARKER
Jaipur Market
Jaipur, India

ROAD BLOCK #2
Panna Meena ka Kund
Jaipur, India

PIT STOP
Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort
Jaipur, India



DEPARTURE
Shiv Vilas
Jaipur, India

Sticky & Sam 9:00am
Michelle & Jo 9:02am
Sue & Teresa 9:36am
Ross & Tarryn 9:36am
Paul & Steve 9:39am
Kym & Donna 9:40am
Shane & Andrew 9:46am
Joseph & Grace 9:54am
James & Sarah 9:54am
Lucy & Emilia 10:04am




THERE WAS
Sue & Teresa
Tarryn & Ross
Kym & Donna
Lucy & Emilia
Paul & Steve

NO DETOUR
Sticky & Sam
Sarah & James
Joseph & Grace
Michelle & Jo
Shane & Andrew

> or < indicates team switched Detours.



Who did the Road Block?
Who is a fast learner?
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

1 Michelle Michelle & Jo Jo 0 
1 Sticky Sticky & Sam Sam 0
1 Sue Sue & Teresa Teresa 0 
0 Tarryn Tarryn & Ross Ross 1 
1 Paul Paul & Steve Steve 0 
0 Donna Kym & Donna Kym 1 
1 Shane Shane & Andrew Andrew 0 
1 Sarah Sarah & James James 0 
0 Lucy Lucy & Emilia Emilia 1 
0 Joseph Joseph & Grace Grace 1 


0 Adam Adam & Dane Dane 0 



Who is the Stairmaster?
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

2 Sticky Sticky & Sam Sam 0
1 Tarryn Tarryn & Ross Ross 1 
2 Michelle Michelle & Jo Jo 0 
2 Paul Paul & Steve Steve 0 
1 Donna Kym & Donna Kym 1 
1 Shane Shane & Andrew Andrew 1 
1 Joseph Joseph & Grace Grace 1 
1 Sarah Sarah & James James 1 
0 Lucy Lucy & Emilia Emilia 2 
2 Sue Sue & Teresa Teresa 0 


0 Adam Adam & Dane Dane 0 



PIT STOP
Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort
Jaipur, India

1st Sticky & Sam =
2nd Ross & Tarryn +2
3rd Michelle & Jo -1
4th Kym & Donna  +2
5th Paul & Steve =
6th Shane & Andrew +1
7th Joseph & Grace +1
8th James & Sarah +1
9th Lucy & Emilia  +1
Eliminated Sue & Teresa -7





Paul & Steve Paul & Steve – They’re actually loosening up a little and picking themselves more.  Good on Paul for finally backing up his words and I have to side with him on the backpack brushing-gate at the task.  They may do anything to win, but they haven’t cheated as Kym & Donna would like to think.
Lucy & Emilia Lucy & Emilia – Another hilarious leg from them and they again get saved from elimination.  I don’t know if I want them to keep it up like this or actually step up and Race.  It’s nice to see they are having fun though.
Sue & Teresa Sue & Teresa – A sad way for them to go.  They had run two great legs and they were doing very well this leg until Sue’s collapse at the Road Block.  It’s a shame because their aura spray could’ve gone much further in the Race.  They stayed positive throughout though and they were otherwise a good team.
Sarah & James Sarah & James – Sarah’s hilarious.  She has no problem pointing out her assets and botox-infused face and doesn’t seem to mind being laughed at.  Strangely enough though, she and James have been running a good Race in terms of getting tasks done without problems, but for some reason, they can’t get themselves out of the middle of the pack.  Maybe it’s their taxi troubles or their little spats, but they’ve gone something in them that could mean they go far.
Sticky & Sam Sticky & Sam – A great and pretty easy leg for them.  They are definitely setting themselves up nicely for a strong run.  They’re enjoying themselves and avoid mistakes.  Let’s see if they can keep it up. 
Tarryn & Ross Tarryn & Ross – An alright leg for them this leg.  Quiet, but solid performance from them.  Hope to see more from their personalities though and maybe a little more on their father-daughter dynamic that we saw in the last two legs.
Michelle & Jo Michelle & Jo – They’re continuing to be a very strong team.  They have what it takes to go far, but they also need to avoid letting frustration get the better of them.  They’ve run a good Race so far and still have the potential for a lot more.
Shane & Andrew Shane & Andrew – Another so-so leg from the cops.  They’re flying under the radar, no question.  They do well in tasks, like James & Sarah, but are never able to get themselves up in the rankings.  We’ll see how they do in the next legs. 
Donna & Kym Donna & Kym – The “buffheads” may be cocky and loud, but if anything, their pots breaking on Paul’s backpack was their fault.  I don’t think they’re as mean-spirited as they like to think Paul & Steve are, but they might want to concentrate on the Race more rather than on what Paul & Steve “may” be doing to screw them over. 
Joseph & Grace Joseph & Grace – An okay leg from them.  Sarah showed a little more of her feisty side this leg and it should be interesting to see if that’ll come out more in the future.  Nothing spectacular from them yet though.


Quotes from Episode 2.03

Sticky: “I’d say there’s going to be elephants there.’
Sam: “Red ones?!”

Sarah: “Plan of attack: Use your boozies to stall the other driver.”

Michelle: “I was a grandma Indian driver.”

Grace: “I don’t really like to use my brain.”

Sarah: “I’m tellin’ ya, thank God for Botox, that’s all I can say, because my whole face would be going like, this right now.  So, it makes me look quite thrilled and happy and…”
James: “Surprised.”





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Recap: The Amazing Race Australia, Episode 2.02 – “He’s as useless as tits on a bull.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2, Episode 2

The Leg

It’s past midnight and teams set off from Misibis Bay in the Philippines.  They hop on a Jeepney to take them to the Philippine Airlines terminal at Manila International Airport where they must buy tickets to Delhi, India,

While waiting at the gate, James and Sarah get into a fight because he doesn’t want to buy her a Coke.

All teams are on the same PAL flight and they arrive in India past midnight.  They head to the Route Marker at a 10,000 year old well, the Agrasen ki Baoili, but Hours of Operation!  It opens at 9am. 

Once inside the building, teams must search among dozens of Indian Mystic for a turban with “CORRECT” printed inside.  If the turban is blank, they must wrap it back on the man’s head before moving to the next one.

Sticky & Sam luck out on their first try, finding the turban they need immediately and they exchange it for the next clue, the Detour.


In this Detour, teams will be dealing with India’s most sacred animal.
In Pull, teams must take turns milking a cow to collect half a liter of milk in an aluminum bowl.  The first team member must fill to the first marked line in the bowl and the second would fill up to the top line.  They’ll exchange the bowl for their next clue.
In Poo, teams must use their hands to mold cow poop and hay into 50 fuel bricks and dry them on a wall to receive their next clue.

Sticky & Sam choose Pull and on their way to Jabbar and Laallu’s Dairy, while stuck in traffic, two guys dressed as girls approach them and take a liking to Sam.  He enjoyed it, he says.  Meanwhile, Shane & Andrew’s rickshaw driver takes them the wrong way, so they get into another rickshaw without paying the first driver.  They end up having two rickshaws heading o the Detour.

At the Detour, Sticky & Sam have trouble with their excitable cow while Ross watches Tarryn get frustrated.  Back at the turbans, only Paul & Stave and Michelle & Jo are left.

While Sue & Teresa speed through the Detour, Stick & Sam have to switch and join Lucy & Emilia over at the Poo side of the Detour.  After running into and then ditching the cops on the way, Paul & Steve also get into the poop.

After the Detour, teams head to the Old Fort where they’ll take part in a Bollywood production.  First, they must learn then perform a choreographed Bollywood dance route.  Then, both team members will act out a scene together in Hindi.  When the director is satisfied, he’ll give them their next clue.

Sticky & Sam pass Lucy & Emilia at the Poo Detour and they inadvertently help Paul & Steve pass them as well.  On the other side, Michelle & Jo fight off their cow peeing and pooping while milking her.

Most of the teams are at the Bollywood set or on their way.  And while arriving sixth there, Sticky & Sam are the first ones to finish, but Sue & Teresa are right behind them.  They head to the Pit Stop at the Qutub Minar.  Meanwhile, Michele & Jo shoot up from 7th to 3rd on the strength of their cheerleading background and Adam & Dane, Kym & Donna and Ross & Tarryn finish as well.

Sticky & Sam officially hop on the Mat first and Grant gives them a trip to the 2012 Japan Moto GP, worth $10,000.  Michelle & Jo pass Sue & Teresa and they finish 2nd.

After the Bollywood task, Adam & Dane struggle with having zero money to get them to the Pit Stop.  Ross & Tarryn offer to help and buy them train tickets, but they find there is no direct train to the Qutub Minar.  With no money for two rickshaws, Ross & Tarryn have to go on without the cousins.

Desperate, Adam & Dane meet a mother and son to whom they sell their brand new shoes, a shirt and a pair of thongs (sandals in American English, hehe) for 4000 rupees. 

Sue & Teresa just beat Ross & Tarryn to the Mat and they finish 3rd and 4th respectively.  Paul & Steve take 5th and Kym & Donna finish 6th.

Adam & Dane head to the Mat, but Grant breaks the bad news.  They broke the Race rules by selling their personal belongings, so they now have to wait out a 30 minute penalty.

Shane & Andrew, who left Bollywood last, arrive to officially check-in as Team #7.  Joseph & Grace step on the Mat in 8th and James & Sarah take 9th.  With three minutes left on their penalty, Lucy & Emilia come running in and just escape elimination again by checking-in 10th.

Unfortunately for Adam & Dane, that means they are last and eliminated.

Episode Thoughts
India always delivers for TAR, right?  It was no different here.  A crazy leg that saw teams go from last to first and first to last and everywhere in between.  That’s the kind of competition that’s been missing in TARUS.  Teams were really competing with each other, side by side and not hours apart. 

The tasks definitely helped with that and again, leg design was a huge part of it too.  They only went to three different locations, plus the Pit Stop, but they each had tasks that challenged the teams and required them to really focus on what was going on.  India’s awesomeness also threw in a few great wrinkles into the teams’ Races all for one great leg.

PIT STOP
Mosboron Beach
Misibis Bay, Albay, Philippines

CASH
$50

DESTINATION CITY
Delhi, India

ROUTE MARKER
Agrasen ki Baoli
Delhi, India

DETOUR
Jabbar and Laallu’s Dairy
Bhalswa Jahangir Pur, Dehli

ROUTE MARKER
Old Fort
Delhi, India

PIT STOP
Qutub Minar
Delhi, India

DEPARTURE
Mosboron Beach
Misibis Bay, Albay, Philippines

Ross & Tarryn 12:58am
Kym & Donna 1:01am
James & Sarah 1:08am
Sue & Teresa 1:11am
Sticky & Sam 1:15am
Joseph & Grace 1:25am
Michelle & Jo 1:31am
Shane & Andrew 1:57am
Adam & Dane 2:30am
Paul & Steve 2:34am
Lucy & Emilia 3:39am

PULL
Sue & Teresa
Tarryn & Ross
Kym & Donna
Sarah & James
Adam & Dane
Joseph & Grace
Michelle & Jo
Shane & Andrew

POO
> Sticky & Sam
Paul & Steve
Lucy & Emilia

> or < indicates team switched Detours.

Who did the Road Block?
There was no Road Block on this leg.
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block


0 Sticky Sticky & Sam Sam 0
0 Shane Shane & Andrew Andrew 0 
0 Sue Sue & Teresa Teresa 0 
0 Sarah Sarah & James James 0 
0 Tarryn Tarryn & Ross Ross 0 
0 Paul Paul & Steve Steve 0 
0 Michelle Michelle & Jo Jo 0 
0 Lucy Lucy & Emilia Emilia 0 
0 Adam Adam & Dane Dane 0 
0 Joseph Joseph & Grace Grace 0 
0 Donna Kym & Donna Kym 0 

PIT STOP
Qutub Minar
Delhi, India

1st Sticky & Sam +4
2nd Michelle & Jo +5
3rd Sue & Teresa  +1
4th Ross & Tarryn  -3
5th Paul & Steve +5
6th Kym & Donna -4
7th Shane & Andrew +1
8th Joseph & Grace  -2
9th James & Sarah  -6
10th Lucy & Emilia +1
Eliminated Adam & Dane -2

Sticky & Sam Sticky & Sam – They’re definitely setting themselves up for a great run on the Race.  If they can keep it up, they’ll be big contenders for the final leg.  And yes, we know Sticky is missing an arm. lol  
Lucy & Emilia Lucy & Emilia – They’re fun and hilarious.  They are definitely enjoying the Race, but they aren’t necessarily Racing that well.  And that’s fine for them.  Finishing last, technically, again, is funny, but maybe it’s time for them to get serious now and try to get themselves out of literally, last place.
Tarryn & Ross Tarryn & Ross – Looks like Tarryn quickly getting frustrated could be a problem for them.  Hopefully it’s not, but Ross was level headed enough to keep her focused.  Otherwise, it was a solid leg for them and they’ve been doing very well so far.
Michelle & Jo Michelle & Jo – They’re running a solid Race so far and they certainly have the makings of a team that can make a strong run to the final leg.  A better performance than the first leg, so they should definitely keep up the momentum.
Paul & Steve Paul & Steve – They improved their position this leg, but they still seem to be lacking a lot.  Their “buffheads” personality isn’t that annoying, especially since they don’t really have anything to be cocky about yet.
Sue & Teresa Sue & Teresa – A third place finish for them.  They’ve been quietly doing very well.  The aura spray must be working.  But they’re done well so far, keeping calm under pressure and doing the tasks with minimal fuss.  They could surprise.
Sarah & James Sarah & James – Not a particularly good leg for them, Race-wise, but it was fun to watch.  From their fight over Coke in Manila to Sarah’s frantic decision making, they’re hilarious.  Hope they provide more fireworks in the next legs.
Donna & Kym Donna & Kym – An okay leg from them and a little quieter from them too.  Should be interesting to see how far they can go.  
Shane & Andrew Shane & Andrew – Not a very good leg for them again.  They might easily be in danger in the next legs if they don’t step it up.  They’re good natured and nice guys, but they really have to get their Race going. 
Adam & Dane Adam & Dane – Well that’s definitely not how I expected them to go out.  A tough position for them to be in, but it was a fatal decision.  I felt like they hadn’t Raced to their fullest yet and now they won’t get the chance.  Too bad.
Joseph & Grace Joseph & Grace – Grace seemed like a strong competitor last week, but she literally cried over spilled milk this leg.  They also stayed at the bottom of the pack, so they better step it up next leg.
Quotes from Episode 2.02

Lucy: “We need for you to go very bilis.  As bilis as bilisiby possible.”

Emilia: “We’re chooising guys based on whether or not they’re smiling.  Which doesn’t really help because they’re all smiling.”
Lucy: “We only picked good looking ones.”
Emilia: “And that’s why they were smiling, cuz they were smiling in a ‘Hey, you know I’m good looking,’ kind of way.’

Sarah: “He’s as useless as tits on a bull.”

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Recap: The Amazing Race Australia 2, Episode 1 – “Don’t need more friends. Always need more money.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2, Episode 1

The Leg

Grant Bowler welcomes us to the new season and introduces the eleven teams being flown by seaplanes over Sydney Harbor:
Shane & Andrew – Friends and cops.
Michelle & Jo – Cheerleader twins who work at an airline.
Sticky & Sam – Flatmates, Sticky was born without his left arm.
James & Sarah – On-again/off-again couple (uh oh!), he’s 23, she’s 32.
Adam & Dane – Cousins.
Sue & Teresa – Hairdressers who believe in karma.
Ross & Tarryn – Athletic father and daughter, he used to play Australian football.
Lucy & Emilia – Schoolteacher sisters.
Kym & Donna – Newly engaged.
Joseph & Grace – Brother and sister.
Paul & Steve – Workmates.  Paul is very confident.

Grant welcomes the teams.  He tells them there’s 12 legs on the Race and the winners will be claiming that $250,000.  Grant warns them the Race this time around will be longer, more challenging and that their decisions will be more critical.  He also teases the first leg Pit Stop prize.

“The world awaits.  Good luck.  Race hard, Race safe… GO!”

The teams run to the first clue on their backpacks.  They must take a boat from next to the Sydney Opera House across the harbor to Barangaroo Wharf where they must choose a marked Honda CR-Z that’s been parked in by 24 black Hondas.  They must figure out how to get the CR-Zs out of the carpark by only driving cars in straight lines, forwards or backwards.  Once they drive their marked car out of the lot, they’ll get their next clue.

As teams run to the boats, Sarah explains her hybrid running heels she calls “hunners.”  She isn’t going to wear some flat running shoes on the Race.

Shane & Andrew and Paul & Steve are the first teams to get in boats and the first to arrive at the parking lot.  As Shane & Andrew wait to ask Adam & Dane to work with them, Paul & Steve easily get their car out and open their next clue.

Teams must now fly to Manila (woohoo) in the Philippines (“the most densely populated city in the world” – You can say that again!).  Once there, they must take a taxi to Quiapo and search among the food vendors for a marked stall where they’ll receive their next clue.

Paul & Steve head to the airport followed closely by Michelle & Jo and Sticky & Sam, but the flatmates go the opposite direction of the twins who are from Sydney and work at an airline.  Back at the docks, Sue & Teresa explain their aura cleansing spray that helps them overcome stressful situations. 

As the hairdressers trail in last, Michelle & Jo arrive at the airport first and learn at the Philippine Airlines counter that the flight at 12:10pm has been delayed, allowing all the other teams to get on it.

The teams arrive in Manila and realize they have to wait in line for a taxi.  Michelle & Jo decide to head upstairs to the Departure level of the terminal and they grab a taxi that’s just dropped off a passenger, putting them in first place. 

The twins arrive at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo and open their clue.  Teams must eat eight of the infamous Balut, boiled duck egg embryos, to receive their next clue.

Michelle & Jo immediately struggle as Ross & Tarryn, Kym & Donna and Paul & Steve arrive.  Steve and half-Filipino Paul, otherwise known as “the buffheads” by Kym & Donna, finish their eggs first to get the next clue. 

Teams must head to a bus terminal in Cubao to sign up for one of three charter buses leaving half-an-hour apart to Daraga at the base of the Mayon Volcano where they’ll search for a snake charmer to receive their next clue.

Shane & Andrew, Joseph & Grace and Adam & Dane arrive next.  Grace has no problem downing most of their share of Balut, while Dane has to make up for Adam immediately gagging on his first.

Meanwhile, Sticky & Sam get confused and ripped off by their cab driver, paying him P2000 when a taxi ride from the airport to Quiapo should only be a few hundred pesos, as Lucy & Emilia show by paying their cabbie P341.  The friends now have no money.

Next to leave, Kym & Donna, Joseph & Grace, Shane & Andrew, and Adam & Dane as James & Sarah and Sue & Teresa arrive last.  But Lucy & Emila, Sue & Teresa, and James & Sarah finish and get going, leaving Michelle & Jo, who arrived first now alone in Quiapo and last.

Sticky & Sam approach James & Sarah to ask for 20 bucks, but Sarah hurries James into the cab.  Sticky & Sam then see a Jeepney with “Cubao” on it and ask the driver who lets them get on for free.

Michelle & Jo are still in Quiapo as the first bus carrying Paul & Steve, Kym & Donna and Adam & Dane leaves the terminal at 12:30am.  The twins finally finish eating as Bus #2 leaves at 1am carrying Joseph & Grace, Tarryn & Ross, Lucy & Emilia and penniless Sticky & Sam.  Shane & Andrew’s taxi driver takes a “shortcut” and they and Michelle & Jo just make the last bus at 1:30am with Teresa & Sue and Sarah & James.

It’s morning and the first bus arrives at the Casagawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay where they find the Detour.


In this Detour, teams will take part in two events that usually take place during the annual Ibalong Festival.
In Jig, teams must dress up in traditional costumes and learn a traditional Ibalong dance which they must perform for a group of judges who will give them their next clue if they pass.
In Pig, teams play a traditional fiesta game called “Agawan Baboy” or “Catch the Oily Pig” in which they enter a mud pit and must catch two pigs each and deliver them to a nearby pen.

Paul & Steve and Adam & Dane choose Pig while Donna & Kym choose Jig.  Turns out the pigs are the faster Detour and the guys finish as Donna & Kym switch over.  The 2nd bus arrives and all three teams choose Pig. 

After the Detour, teams must travel by marked Jeepney to Luyang Beach on Misibis Bay for their next clue.  Adam & Dane and Paul & Steve maintain their leads as they open the clue telling teams to build themselves a raft using the provided bamboo, rope and water jugs to enable them to paddle their way to the Pit Stop on Mosboron Beach.

The last bus arrives at the Detour.  Shane & Andrew and James & Sarah choose Pig, while Sue & Teresa and Michelle & Jo choose Jig.

As Sarah catches her last pig with her butt in the air, Michelle & Jo continue getting thumbs down from the judges, so they decide to switch.  Once they finish, Sue & Teresa are left alone at the Detour.  Not wanting to give up on the Jig, they take out their aura spray which appears to work as the judges finally hand over the clue.

While Paul & Steve are on their second attempt and Kym & Donna set off with their first, Adam & Dane are just meters away from the Pit Stop.  But their raft sinks before they arrive so they have to go all the way back to the beach. 

As Paul & Steve sink again, Tarryn & Ross manage to pass Kym & Donna just before they arrive at the beach allowing them to officially check-in first.  They win $10,000 from Swisse, but they also win the first ever… Salvage Pass.

Grant explains the Salvage Pass can be used to give them an extra one-hour headstart  on the next leg or they can use it to save the team that arrives last on this leg from elimination.  He’ll call them back when the last team arrives for their decision.

Kym & Donna arrive 2nd with James & Sarah in 3rd and Sue & Teresa going from last to 4th.  Sticky & Sam claim 5th, Joseph & Grace arrive 6th and Michelle & Jo take #7.  Coppers Shane & Andrew are Team #8 and Grant laughs as he checks-in Adam & Dane as Team #9.

That leaves Paul & Steve and Lucy & Emilia.  Paul says they should quit, but Steve refuses.  The sisters reread their clue and realize they can ask for help so they approach a guy on the beach to help them build the raft. 

Lucy & Emilia set off and Paul & Steve approach the same guys to help them.  Darkness falls as Paul & Steve catch up to Lucy & Emilia in the water allowing them to step on Mat in 10th place.

Grant gives Lucy & Emilia the bad news first, that they’re the last team.  But he calls in Tarryn & Ross and they decide to save the sisters and bring 11 teams into the 2nd leg.

Episode Thoughts
The Amazing Race Australia is back!  And so is the déjà vu!

It’s a foregone conclusion that TARAu will be recycling bits and pieces if not whole legs from TARA or other TAR editions, but again, it manages to make everything seem new and fresh and just as, if not more, exciting than the original.
First of all, a great cast.  Seriously, can TARUS grab the TARAu casting people.  This is two seasons now of great teams.  A great mix of interesting personalities and Race-wise, a pretty level playing field, but still very competitive.  

Second, the Philippines!! Woohoo! Great seeing the Philippines on TAR again.  I wish TARUS would go back, it’s been 15 seasons since the classic TAR5 episodes.  Even though this first leg reused the TARA4 Balut task and Jig or Pig Detour, it somehow seemed a lot more fun.  And lol at Balut being the gross out Filipino food.  They need to do this task and the Jig or Pig tak on TARUS too.  But how about trying some chocolate meat eh?  The raft building task was a simple concept as well, but provided great drama before the Pit Stop.
Plus TARAu again visually, just looks fresher and newer than TARUS has looked; the opening credits, the graphics… just all fresh.  A great premiere episode and a great way to start TARAu2. 

STARTING LINE
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney, Australia

CASH
$60

ROUTE MARKER
Bangaroo Wharf
Sydney, Australia

DESTINATION CITY
Manila, Philippines

ROUTE MARKER
Plaza Miranda, Quiapo
Manila

DETOUR
Cagsawa Ruins
Daraga, Albay

ROUTE MARKER
Luyang Beach
Misibis Bay, Albay

PIT STOP
Mosboron Beach
Misibis Bay, Albay, Philippines

PIG
Paul & Steve
Adam & Dane
Kym & Donna <
Sticky & Sam
Tarryn & Ross
Joseph & Grace
Lucy & Emilia
Shane & Andrew
Sarah & James
Michelle & Jo <

JIG
Sue & Teresa

> or < indicates team switched Detours.

Who did the Road Block?
There was no Road Block on this leg.
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block

0 Sticky Sticky & Sam Sam 0
0 Shane Shane & Andrew Andrew 0 
0 Sue Sue & Teresa Teresa 0 
0 Sarah Sarah & James James 0 
0 Tarryn Tarryn & Ross Ross 0 
0 Paul Paul & Steve Steve 0 
0 Michelle Michelle & Jo Jo 0 
0 Lucy Lucy & Emilia Emilia 0 
0 Adam Adam & Dane Dane 0 
0 Joseph Joseph & Grace Grace 0 
0 Donna Kym & Donna Kym 0 

PIT STOP
Mosboron Beach
Misibis Bay, Philippines

1st Ross & Tarryn
2nd Kym & Donna
3rd James & Sarah
4th Sue & Teresa
5th Sticky & Sam
6th Joseph & Grace
7th Michelle & Jo
8th Shane & Andrew
9th Adam & Dane
10th Paul & Steve
11th Lucy & Emilia

Tarryn & Ross Tarryn & Ross – A great leg for them and a promising start to their Race.  A lot of potential to join the list of TAR’s great parent-child teams if they can keep the momentum.  Their decision to use the Salvage Pass was actually a good one.  Their one-hour lead would’ve probably been negated next leg anyway, so why not get a team in their good graces now.
Lucy & Emilia Lucy & Emilia – They’re fun.  And apparently lucky.  I don’t know if they will be able to keep up with other teams, but they are fun to watch.  Not as fun as the Big W ladies of last season, but should provide some laughs along the way.
Sticky & Sam Sticky & Sam – A solid team.  Sticky easily proved his arm wouldn’t be a hindrance to him and Sam.  They managed to overcome what could’ve been a disaster after getting ripped off by their cabbie (Manila y’all!) and always found a way to catch up when falling behind.  
Michelle & Jo Michelle & Jo – They are definitely an interesting team.  They seem to have the smarts, but just falter at the various tasks.  Michelle’s (or was it Jo?) putting her hands up in a “I don’t get it!” way at the pig Detour isn’t a good sign if they don’t step it up in future legs.  
Donna & Kym Donna & Kym – Well, already a lot more likeable than Dave & Kelly at the very least.  But they seem like a fun couple in their own right.  Very resourceful and a chance to do very well I feel like.  
Paul & Steve Paul & Steve – They may be “buffheads,” but that doesn’t automatically mean they are dominant alpha males as evidenced by their collapse at the raft task.  Paul wanting to just give up was interesting considering his cockiness at the start of the Race.  Steve seems to be the more level headed of the two while Paul the louder, more outspoken one.
Sue & Teresa Sue & Teresa – I was weary of the aura spray at first, but as the leg went on they grew on me.  And them finishing well helped.  They might surprise and go far in the Race.
Shane & Andrew Shane & Andrew – An okay performance from them.  A rocky start to their Race, but they seemed to pick it up towards the end.  Should be interesting to see how their police experience can help them in the Race.
Sarah & James Sarah & James – Hilarious.  I have a feeling Sarah will be providing a lot of entertainment this season.  From her “hunners” to mooning the poor locals, plus the potential for her and James to blow up at each other, I think they’ll be a fun team.  Not only that, they managed to finish 3rd (!) after being on the last bus.  That’s a good comeback.
Adam & Dane Adam & Dane – Like the “buffheads,” you’d expect these cousins to be strong alpha males, but they were pretty lackluster the entire leg.  The tasks this leg were relatively simple, but they had trouble with all of them.  That doesn’t bode well.
Joseph & Grace Joseph & Grace – It should be interesting to see how interesting these siblings will be.  It’d be nice to see that typical sibling back and forth but also see them Race well.  Grace seems like a strong competitor though.
Quotes from Episode 2.01

Donna: “We’re here to win.  We got enough friends, we’re old you know.  Don’t need more friends.  Always need more money.”

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