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 Amazing Race was much moreinteresting this evening. Some personalities started to come out and we started to have teams we liked and disliked. That makes for a more entertaining competition.
The show begins based on last week’s finishes. The leaders get to start first. But as is the case in almost all Amazing Race episodes, who starts first means nothing? Why? Because they all eventually have to hop a plane to somewhere, and there are rarely planes available to go exactly where you want to go when you need them.
The teams begin in Salvadore, Brazil. Where they ended last week. Nick and Star get to depart at 4:07 AM. The teams have to fly to Porteleza Brazil. The key, of course, is they have to fly. And one by one at different times, everyone scrambles for the airport.
Ken and Tina get to go next, followed by Terence and Sarah. Mark and Bill were next. They tried to play out some drama by having the people speak of their relationships, but it was just filler.
Now, as you would expect, Nick and Star arrived at the airport first. But guess what? The next flight was hours away. Ken and Tina catch up and they all scramble to find a faster way out. By the time they do, they find a 6:45 flight, but it is full. They get on a waiting list with Ken and Tina now in the lead negotiating.
What we found out here is that Tina is narcissistic. The airline notified everyone that they had a larger plane than planned. Tina somehow thought she was the one responsible for the choice of the airline. They had rolled out that bigger plane just for her pruned and painted on eyebrows! Hardly.
Of course, now everyone caught up and everyone got on the plane. They were actually arguing over who got the seats closer to the front. That was what happened to the lead, it was gone. This very silly saga repeats almost every week. We think it would be much more fair if the flight were not part of the issue. If the teams have to fly they should fly and resume where they left off (with appropriate time gaps). But the drama may be lost as the leading team expands its lead, so they have to keep on causing ties to give the weaker teams a chance.
Ken and Tina somehow ended up behind Terence and Sarah. Things happen funny on airlines. But Tina informed Terence and Sarah that they wouldn’t have even gotten on the flight if she hadn’t arranged it. This was stupid on Tina’s part. If it didn’t get arranged (by the airline with a larger plane), Tina wouldn’t have a seat either. The fact that it was got everybody seats. We hate narcissism. And we hate husbands that endorse it in their partners acting the hero. Terence stood up to Tina because he did not believe it. Neither did we. Ted said he didn’t care and tried to act the tough guy. He swore and was rude. We do not like Ted. We know had we been in Terence’s situation, we would have told him simply to go to heck.
They kissed and made up though and got on the plane. Then everyone scrambled for cabs off the plane. Some got lost in the airport so some made it out faster than others. Terence and Sarah made it out first, which we appreciated after Terence’s run in with Ted and Tina. In this episode, we decided we want Ted gone. We don’t like him, he cheats on his wife and he cheats in life.
First to the clue box was Terence and Sarah. They had to grab a Dune Buggy to drive up the beach. One by one the teams had to get in the Dune Buggies and boogie up the beach. At the end of the Dune Buggy run, a detour got laid out. Beach it, to roll boats to the sea. The alternative was Docket, which was to find a container in a shipyard after finding it in a database on a computer.
Almost everyone chose the boats. But it was difficult. The nerds took the Docket, but were alone. The scramble was tough, and as usual, at this phase, it was hard to see who is in front. All you get are people bickering with each other.
We watch one by one the folks getting the boats to the water. We could see them flashing quickly who was in what place, but we weren’t sure it meant much.
They had to confront a wall with a ton of foreign language destinations and advertisements and had to pick out their next destination. Mark and Bill were right apparently in choosing the Docket, because they were in first although we never saw them actually find their container. They found their destination on the wall first and got their next clue.
Why someone didn’t just follow them to the cab and follow them we don’t know. Tina somehow caught up and was next to guess. And it turned into a cab race. Kelly and Christy let their cab go when they got their clue and realized they still needed a cab. D’oh.
We were disappointed that Ken and Tina made it first. They won an off-road vehicle. We were disappointed because we don’t like Ken after his posturing at the airport. The nerds got there second. Mark and Bill lost by a hair. The rest in order:
3. Terence & Sarah
4. Aja & Ty
5. Toni & Dallas
6. Nick & Star
7. Kelly & Christy
8. Andrew & Dan
9. Marisa & Brooke
10. Anthony & Stephanie
That makes Anthony and Stephanie dead last. And they were eliminated.
It is a bit early in the competition to say much, other than introduce the contestants. Believe it or not, they already eliminated one of the teams, an elderly couple that certainly looked like they would not last long. This is the list of players in reverse order of their first week finish.
Anita and Arthur
An elderly couple still living in the 60s, when they were likely middle aged. They didn’t look like they would survive a week. They didn’t. Nuff said.
Marisa and Brooke
They remind us of the blonde’s last year. Preppy, cute, but not as nasty…yet.
Anthony and Stephanie
A couple looking for competition to make them a team. He’s a mortgage broker, she’s a financial saleswoman. We figure if they don’t win, the sub-prime mortgage crisis, they will be broke.
Aja and Ty
A chance to start their marriage with a bang. She is stunning, he is handsome, but are they competitive enough?
Andrew and Dan
Animal house comes to mind. These guys would be the freshmen. Goofy looking, out of shape, and more at home on a couch.
Toni and Dallas
This is a Mother and her Son. Cute names. Cute personalities. Family values.
Kelly and Christy
Supposedly, both Kelly & Cristy just went through bitter divorces. We will see if their marriage as friends lasts out the competition.
Mark and Bill
Proud of their nerd badge, they collect comic books. They seem OK.
Terence and Sarah
He coaches runners and is quite athletic, but he also sells real estate. She has an MBA. Interesting mix.
Ken and Tina
He cheated, they separated, they are hoping the competition will bring them back together.
Nick and Starr
Nick and Star are brother and sister. Sounds similar to Toni and Dallas, but with the sibling rivalry edge. Hoping for some insults and digs from this pair, but they looked great this week.