Amazing Race’s Gary and Matt: We Don’t Feel Like We Lost

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The Amazing Race, Gary and Matt | Photo Credits: Monty Brinton/CBS

Father and son Gary and Matt Tomljenovich might have made the final four of The Amazing Race if not for a Speed Bump and getting tripped up by vocabulary. (Note to Matt: a “candelabra” is not an Estonian man downing beer). The partners, ages 47 and 22, say they were actually better than they looked on TV. “They made it seem like we took a while at the Roadblock, but we didn’t,” Gary tells TVGuide.com. “Once he figured out what a candelabra was, we got out of there pretty quick. We actually made up time when we got to the mat.” By how much did they miss a semifinal spot? Find out below — and see what team they worked alongside.


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The ‘Amazing Race’ just keeps going… and going… Season 15 premieres September 27th

The Emmy award-winning reality television competition is on for another season with same host from Season 1, Phil Keoghan. Begun in 2001, what’s behind the staying power of this game of wit, strength, mind, agility and endurance lie on its exciting and competitive challenges; and a right mix of contestants with attitude and personality.

The Amazing Race features several teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world and a shot at a one million dollars prize.

From the CBS press release:

The Amazing Race 15 will premiere with a special two-hour broadcast on Sunday, September 27 at 8PM ET/PT. Beginning October 4, The Amazing Race will serve as the lead-in for Three Rivers, a new scripted drama that will air in the Sundays at 9PM ET/PT timeslot.

Last September, The Amazing Race continued its Annual Primetime Emmy Awards dominance when it captured the Outstanding Reality-competition Program award for the sixth year in a row — making it the only show to win the award since the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences first created the category in 2002.

The win raised The Amazing Race’s Emmy award total to 11 since it was first eligible in 2002, however it represented the only win out of the six nominations the show had received for last year’s awards. Overall, The Amazing Race has received 26 nominations since it premiered in 2001.

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Catching up with the Amazing Race Season 14, the Final 3. Asian Sibling Lawyers for the Win!

THE AMAZING RACE 14

After 12 episodes, 3 continents, 9 countries, 20 cities and 40 thousand miles of distance traveled, Amazing Race Season 14 concludes with new winners!

After 11 teams of two race around the world with one team eliminated each end of the leg, the finale has come down to three competing teams: A team of siblings/lawyers, mother and son and friends/former NFL cheerleaders.

They need more than physical strength to win. More importantly they need the mental agility to cope with both pressure and stress in performing the tasks and challenges in stored for them. In the end, Tammy and Victor were Victorious winning the coveted 1 million dollars prize!

Who were the Top 3 Teams?

THE AMAZING RACE 14Tammy and Victor: 4 times in number 1 position out of 10 legs (5 for the win!)

This duo of brother and sister seem to have everything going right for them. They’re smart, highly competitive and young enough to tackle any physical challenge that is thrown at them. Early on, they already showed that they could win the race. However, we’ve never liked them from day one. They remind us of ken and Tina of Season 13 whom we also dislike as soon as we saw them. Yet can’t seem to get rid of them! Ken and Tina managed to come in second last season.

Why we dislike them: We don’t like Victor’s know-it-all, smart-aleck attitude and pity Tammy for putting up with him. Victor places his sister in more challenges and criticizes her for her mistakes. If you know too much why don’t you do the task yourself?! Our favorite episode is that of Episode 3 where Victor took the lead, stubbornly won’t listen to Tammy that almost cost them early eliminations (we can only wish!). He sure was humbled by that episode.

The trip to China was clearly an advantage to the two because they could speak the language. They breezed through it all while others struggle. Thumbs down to Amazing Race for a poor planning, or were they thinking Tammy and Victor would have long been gone before the China race?

luke_margieLuke and Margie: 3 times in number 1 position out of 10 legs

This mother and son tandem is an inspiration to people with hearing disabilities. Luke was born deaf and his mother has been his ears to the outside world. They are in the competition to prove that any impairment shouldn’t hinder one from trying bigger experiences and challenges in life.

We really liked them in earlier episodes until Luke’s nastier side started to show. We can’t blame Luke for U-turning Amanda and Kris in Leg 4. They were obviously the stronger contender but did Luke really have to do that knowing that they were just ahead of everybody else and won’t be eliminated anyway? We didn’t think so. The u-turn cost Amanda and Kris the race. They were booted out of the competition after coming in last.

Then there was this scuffle with Kisha and Jen in Episode 9. Watching the clip over and over, it clearly shows the whole thing was started by Luke! Kudos to CBS for an unbiased recap of what happened.

Ok so Luke reacted on impulse by almost hitting Jen in the face. He jabbed his elbow towards Jen and the shocked Jen also reacted on impulse by exclaiming “Bitch!” Luke’s move was in fact dirty and he shouldn’t get away with it just because he is deaf! Jen was reacting to Luke’s awful move. What follows was even more ridiculous as Margie tries to defend her son!

They use Luke’s disability to get sympathy as Margie accuses Kisha and Jen of making fun of her son! Margie rants on giving an unsolicited and self-righteous speech. Kisha and Jen even offer their apology but the mother and son wouldn’t hear of it.

We believe Kisha and Jen handled themselves respectably and would have loved to have seen them in the final three except that we were also rooting for Cara and Jaime.

THE AMAZING RACE 14Cara and Jaime: 2 times in number 2 position out of 10 legs, never won a leg

The brunette NFL cheerleaders are clearly the underdog among the final three. They never won a leg and have always been the middle of the pack sometimes even at the bottom.

We like the two because they are very determined yet try not to step into the other team’s shoes unlike the other players. They do have a lot of tension between them during challenges but they make it work out for them in the end.

We didn’t think they would make it in the finale. There hasn’t been an all-woman winner in the Amazing Race and it would have been sweet victory for them to make history.

The winning edge:

“TAMMY & VICTOR WIN After getting off to a smashing start, mother and son Margie & Luke seemed to have victory within their grasp until Luke hit the Roadblock. Luke became frustrated as he watched his lead disappear as Victor surpassed him and, along with his sister, claimed the title of winner of THE AMAZING RACE 14.”

Luke and Margie had a very wide lead going into the last challenge. They really looked like they were going to win it with the confident Luke just breezing throught the memory challenge, one right answer at a time… until Victor arrived and then Jaime.  The two were closing in and Luke just lost it. He panics and couldn’t think straight. Victor finished first and that right there sealed the deal as the next stop WAS the last and final stop.

Tammy and Victor while not our favorite were the team to beat from the very beginning. They earned the prize and we’re happy for them! Congratulations!

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12/08 Amazing Race 2008 Final: Which Pair Is Worth A Million??

Tonight’s race came down to two couples. It could have gone either way. You have to watch the show to get the tension out of it, our narration couldn’t do it justice. Suffice it to say, Ken & Tina won, second place that is. Nick and Star took the purse. The Frat boys were never in the race.

It was very close with lead changes at every turn, and it kept us on edge throughout.

Congrats to Nick & Star. They took more first place finishes than any other team in Amazing Race history and to win the last race was only fitting. They deserved it.

You our dear readers are right again on this one! Thanks for participating on our poll. See you next season!

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11/30 Amazing Race, The Setup For the Grand Finale

The race last week had the Frat Boys finishing last.  Luckily for them, it was not an elimination round, but the bad news was they would have an extra task to execute (a speed bump) this week.  The first place team last week was Toni & Dallas so they got to start first.

Today’s race was through Moscow.  There were no planes, just taxis, trains and buses, which makes for a more exciting show.

First, they had to scramble for cabs to get to a submarine and find an actor that was in The Hunt for Red October.  Toni & Dallas broke out to the early lead, but by the time they made the submarine, Nick & Starr and Ken & Tina had caught up.  They were all basically neck and neck.

The Frat boys looked hopeless, well behind the pack.

They had to travel to a park and count statues to get a number, which, if correct, would get them their next clue.  The number of statues lined up with the page number of a book they would receive if they got the number right.  Each time they guessed wrong, they had to wait another ten minutes before they could guess again.

This was where Nick & Starr really took a nice lead.    They got the number correct right away and Nick found the book store pronto.  Dallas got to the book store second, but he was hopeless with the number.  Tina caught up and she didn’t have the number right either.  She eventually deduced the number and helped Dallas out even though he was on the other team.  Something Ken would scold her for later.

The Frat boys were still behind, but Dallas had lost a huge amount of time.  Still, the frat boys got a cab driver that didn’t know where he was going and took them to the wrong park.  They were really looking like toast.

Nick & Starr already got to the next park with a woman with a pony that had their clue.  They were so far out in front that only disaster could have prevented them from winning.

Dallas was now in third and looking to get back to his mother.  But then he made what could turn out to be a fatal blunder.  He had to take a cab back to meet his mother and left the passports and all their money in the cab.  They were left with no money and no passports.  They had to plead for help to get enough money to take the rides.  They also didn’t read the directions and took a train when they were supposed to take a cab to save money. That wasn’t the correct way to do things.  They were in third still, but the frat boys caught up.  Then another major blow, Dallas and Toni had to go back because they didn’t take a cab.  They would have to beg for more money and hope the speed bump the boys had to perform (a dance with a Russian dance troop) would keep them in the race.

At this point they had to take the subway or the bus to get across town and back. Only Nick & Starr chose the train.   We won’t get into too many details about the train and bus ride, but after it was done, due to jumping the wrong bus, Ken & Tina fell behind the Frat Boys, who had performed their speed bump and were in 2nd place.

Well, Nick & Starr were already finishing while the rest were still riding around on the buses.

The final leg wasn’t all that interesting, but the Frat Boys, despite the speed bump and being behind most of the race came in second.  Ken & Tina had a mild setback at the end, and had to run back and get a missed clue, but still managed third.

The lost money had been fatal to Dallas & his mom.  They didn’t even make the finish and were eliminated.

Next week is the finale.  Winner takes all!!



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11/16 Amazing Race Results: Instructions? What Instructions?

This week was rather interesting, but the usual “everybody catches up to everyone else” scenario played out.  Despite head starts and varying arrival times on flights from India to Kazakhstan, the couples all ended up waiting for a chicken farm to open as one after another caught up.

Once the farm opened, two teams had the option of a “fast forward”.  The two teams that grabbed the chance were Nick & Star and Terence & Sarah.  Unfortunately for Terence, they would be subjected to eating a horrible concoction of sheep parts and he is a vegetarian.  This was a gargantuan error.  He could not finish the meat and the team had to return to the beginning.

Those that didn’t take the shortcut had to find a golden egg in a stinky house of thousands of chickens.  But they all mustered it one at a time.

They then had to dress as cows and walk through the city and drink milk out of a glass at a milk stand.  On the bottom of the glass was information as to where to find the next clue.

Ken & Tina made the milk stall first and were in great shape to finish 2nd at least, and Tina downed the milk.  But they then made a major blunder.  They didn’t read the directions they had been given that told them the clue was on the bottom of the glass.  When Tina finished, she thought there would be an envelope, but there was no envelope (because the clue was on the bottom of the glass) so off they went searching for another milk bar thinking they had the wrong one.

Toni and Dallas were next and drank their milk and READ THE DIRECTIONS, so saw the clue on the bottom of the glass.

Ken & Tina had to loop back and get the milk clue and fell behind a bit.  But they were still ahead of the Frat Boys and Terence the vegetarian with Sarah.

They were supposed to walk to the meat market in the costume and get some meat.  But once again, Ken & Tina did not read the instructions and returned the costume first.  They were supposed to wear the costume to the meat market.

As Toni & Dallas retrieved their meat, and departed for the final stop, they saw Ken & Tina and told them they had to wear the outfit.  Ken & Tina had to circle back once again and get their cow outfit again.

Toni & Dallas went on to the final stop.  Ken & Tina got their meat next.  The Frat boys in the meantime got their cow outfit and scampered around looking for the milk shop.

Terence and Sarah got their cow outfit and started their search, but were solidly in last place thanks to Terence’s preference for vegetables.  The Frat boys made it, got their milk and their meat and looked in good shape, but didn’t read THEIR instructions.  They were supposed to walk to their final destination and instead took a cab.  They reached the finish but were forced to walk back on foot to the milk stand and come back.  This added suspense as Terence & Sarah got their milk and meat and followed their instructions to a T.

The teams finished in this order, and note number 1…again!  Nick & Star were done before many others even got started with their Cow costumes.

1. Nick & Star
2. Toni & Dallas
3. Ken & Tina
4. Andrew & Dan
5. Terence & Sarah

Terence & Sarah are done. They were eliminated.  Terence could not eat the meat concoction, and had he been able to, they would not have been eliminated.  The mistake was choosing to take the short cut and eat the food.  You can’t be picky about what this show will throw at you in a short cut!!   It would be the most costly mistake of his life.  Doubling back cost them the race.  Down to 4 teams now.

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11/09 Season 13 Amazing Race Results: Five Teams Remain!

The Amazing race was to be in New Delhi, India.  There would be no plane rides today.  It was purely a race.

The game started out with a game that seemed somewhat dangerous, but it appeared everyone survived.  They were supposed to participate in a holi festival.  The people get peppered with colored powder as they climb a ladder to get their clue.  Some did come out an absolute mess though.

If you remember from last week, our least favorite team, Ken & Tina, that had repeatedly finished first prior to last week, finished last.  They lucked out thought, and it wasn’t an elimination round.  However, this week, they got a penalty involving a Speed Bump.  That is tough to overcome.

Nick and Starr broke out first and had to choose between two tasks named “bleary eyed” and “teary eyed”.  The contestants have to look for numbers strung along in the town.  In “teary eyed”, they have to carry two bags of peppers one mile to a store to crush the peppers, which are hot chilis, making the task a bit daunting.

Nick & Starr and Dallas & Toni hooked up and partnered to get it done.  Clever at this stage of the game.  Terrence & Sarah were the only ones to take Bleary Eyed.

As their speed bump, Ken & Tina had to serve everyone on the street water until no one wanted any more.  They did it but they were apparently in last place and stuck in traffic trying to get back to get their next clue.  They were a mess and upset about traffic, but trying to keep their cool.

Nick & Starr pushed on and finished first and won a vacation to Kauai.    We like their energy.  Toni and Dallas came in 2nd.  Their cooperation helped.  The Frat Boys were stressed and tried to get help, but the Divorcees were in no mood for it because they felt it was every man for themselves.  But they were both ahead of Ken & Tina and a pairing could have saved them both.

Ken & Tina moved past their speed bump and searched for numbers.  They unbelievably picked them up faster than anyone and left the Frat Boys and Divorcees behind.

In the meantime, the only team to take teary eyed, Terrence & Sarah, stormed in to position 3.

Ken & Tina overcame their speed bump to take fifth place.

The Frat Boys took next to last.

And the divorcees, Kelly and Christy that didn’t want to partner with the Frat Boys, well, they finished last, and this was an elimination week.  Their mistake cost them the race. Bye.


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10/12 Season 13 Amazing Race Results: Nerds Don’t Rule

The teams have to make their way to La Paz Bolivia. As usual, they are all tied at the Airport and leave on two separate planes. The group gets to sleep on a street in Bolivia. Love these high budget shows.

The teams try to recruit local help to figure out the game. They start scrounging some newly delivered newspapers to find a clue. There is an ad for a hat shop that shows them where to go. All the people have to do is follow the first team that figures it out. D’uh.

But they all insist on staring at the paper trying to figure it out after the first team, the nerds have distanced themselves from the pack.

Everyone slowly figures it out and jumps a cab. Traffic is absurdly heavy for some. And others breeze through. Reminds us of New York!

They hit a detour. Musical March or Bumpy Ride. In one case they have to form a marching band and march to their clue. The other is to take a ride on wooden bicycles down a bumpy street. We would choose the latter. It just sounds easy. Rattling, but easy.

The nerds have fallen behind and are winded, now in 3rd place. The altitude is getting to them.

The bikes look fun, but shaky. There are a couple of diggers. Natalie looks hurt!

They all survive and have to go to a number of silly things including fake wrestling. This actually gets an audience. They learn how to fake wrestle and go through a stupid charade.

We won’t bore you with the silliness of everyone. But the first team was once again our least favorite. Ken and Tina. Ugh. They get a 7 night trip to Mexico. And they get a chance to sail in an America’s cup match race.

The rest of the teams in order.

Toni and Dallas

Terence and Sarah

Marisa and Brooke

The nerds made a mistake and took a taxi when they were instructed to go by foot. And despite it all, they are not in front.

Aja & Tye

Nick & Starr

The nerds arrive but incur a 30 minute penalty. That is practically a death sentence.

Kelly & Christy finish last, but they beat the 30 minutes.

The nerds are eliminated. Mark and Bill go home.