Argh! I don’t know what is going on with these contestants this season. Most of them can’t read the clues properly and even when they give the answer to the Roadblock, they muck it up. I don’t want to use the “dumber than a box of rocks” phrase, but damn they are earning it left and right.
This week, instead of getting on a plane and therefore having all the teams catch up to one another, they get on bikes. They wear cute safari hats/outfits and pedal through town. The only notable chance in placement was when Team OCD were sidelined by a bike malfunction. Cindy, of course, flips out and they fall to second to last. After a talking head that told us all about Cindy’s Amazing Race boot camp-language instruction, geography lessons, exercise training, you name it-I was sure they were goners. Everyone got their instructions to take a taxi to a restaurant and I was hopeful they would have to eat something gross. Unfortunately it was just a regular Detour.
DETOUR-Rice Field OR Grass Fed In Grass fed they had to get a full bag of grass, a couple sheep, and then head to a well where they filled a water trough. It was a bit tricky for some as they didn’t get their bags filled to the brim with grass and had to go back. Team snowboarders were first to the Detour and had to go back. That allowed Team Adventure to catch up. While getting water the Dad suggested they get more buckets. Unfortunately for them, it specifically stated in the rules they could only use two buckets. Team Snowboarders tried to tell them, “Read your clue, guys,” but they didn’t listen.
Team Twins and Team Showgirls were the only ones to initially pick Rice Field (planting 300 grasslings.) It seemed to be faster as they were done with their task pretty quickly. Team Ex-NFL had a Taxi of Doom and were late to the Detour. They started Grass Fed and then found out they didn’t fill their bags enough, but instead of going back they switched to Rice Field. The funniest part of the Detour was Team Old People Cathi’s inability to stay on her feet. Try more time on the Wii balance board. I’m sure your grandkids have one!
ROADBLOCK The teams arrive at Borobudur Temple which is beautiful. The clue says to count the Buddhas with four distinct hand positions. Team Adventure and Team Snowboarders are there alone and quickly team up. They understand right away that they need to have separate numbers for the four statues. They didn’t realize they needed to demonstrate the hand positions. It seemed obvious to me (how is the guy suppose to know which one you’re talking about?), but they struggled. Once they realized, they went back and got it fairly quickly. Team Adventurers arrived first so Team Snowboarders let them go first and then didn’t hurry to the Pit Stop. They actually stopped to tell Team Ex-NFL the entire answer. Now most teams that didn’t want to see their friends go would give them a hint, like…you have to demonstrate the four hand positions and have the number of each. Tommy actually takes the time to show hand positions and give them the exact numbers of each! You’d have thought that would give them a leg up, but Amani is too tired to do the Roadblock and Marcus didn’t pay attention when they were given the answer. While all this is going on the other teams are at the top of the temple.
You would think after the last leg’s debacle with not reading clues that they would get it together this time. All of the remaining teams were either counting all the Buddha statues together or counting every single statue on the temple. I believe one of the teams actually had the right total number of statues, but that wasn’t the task. Teams OCD, Twins, Annoying, and Who? (aka Boring-as-hell) finally teamed up to figure it out. They eventually got it and so did Team Showgirls and Team Ex-NFL, who also teamed up.
The major deciding factor for all teams was whether or not they paid their taxi. Most teams hadn’t paid so that they would have a taxi to the Pit Stop. Phil was feeling generous and the Pit Stop was actually on the grounds of the temple. Only Team Ex-NFL and Team Who?, who both had Taxis of Doom, didn’t have to go back to pay. It was a confusing race to see who could find their taxi and get them paid.
Team Showgirls were the last to arrive at the mat and were sent home. Phil had a mini counseling session with Kaylani and assured her her four year old would be proud. I’m not really sad to see them go.
Some random thoughts:
- I’m really starting to love Team Snowboarders. As they were pulling up to the temple and taking in their surroundings they were really appreciating everything. They asked about the customs and truly seem to be loving every minute of the race. They are definitely my favorites.
- Team Divorcee aka Boring-as-hell aka Who? are sooo boring. They need to get eliminated pronto.
- Team OCD always seems to be able to come back from a downfall really quickly. They are sure to be around for awhile.
- Team Adventure is starting to grow on me. I certainly don’t actively dislike them anymore.
Who is your favorite team and who is your most hated team? Do you want to have a counseling session with Phil? I know I do! COMMENTS!!!!!