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The Amazing Race All-Stars: "If I were in town, I would ask for your number"

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 2nd 2007 7:22AM
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(S11E07/S11E08) It's a double-leg through Poland this week, but we guessed that last week when we learned that tonight's episode would be two hours long.

I was wondering how the producers were going to even out the race after the huge time discrepancy last week. The final teams arrived 16 hours after first place Mirna & Charla. It turns out that time discrepancy couldn't be made up and things just kept getting worse for the bottom two teams until the second leg when the teams came to an Intersection.

This week, the teams visited Warsaw, Auschwitz concentration camp, and Krakow, Poland. The trip to Auschwitz was incredibly depressing and I thought it was handled well enough by the producers. Obviously, it would've been in horrible taste to have them do any sort of challenge there.

Oswald & Danny [2 & 1]: I just adore this team. They don't get uptight (hell, they stopped for fruit last week) no matter how crazy things get for them. Their patience is amazing and I'd love to see them win. I just don't know if they're competitive enough to do it.

Uchenna & Joyce [3 & 1]: I felt their frustration through this entire episode for these two. They missed a flight and then went to the wrong location for their clue. Luckily, Joyce had some piano training and was able to quickly tune the piano, putting them ahead of Charla & Mirna. It was great to see them team up with Oswald & Danny for the fast forward and get a major lead in this race. They're a couple of lost souls and I hope they find what they're looking for, even if it's probably not on the race.

Charla & Mirna [4 & 4]: I think Mirna's horrible personality finally caught up with her in Poland. She was blaming the Polish for being intolerant of Charla, but I think Mirna's rude, in-your-face attitude put people off. She even angered the pianists at the piano challenge when she barely listened to directions and then kept playing that annoying note (fitting, right?) and nearly drove away the taxi drivers at the very end of the episode. I always thought she was wrong to blame Charla for being behind, but Charla really was a hinderance today. She was so slow and spacey at the sausage-eating challenge! Of course, Mirna took it way overboard and over-bitched out Charla. Out of guilt, Charla had to do the final challenge as a "Knight in Shining Armor" and she had a rough time but she did it with Mirna yelling at her the entire time.

Eric & Danielle [5 & 5]: Oh, Danielle. You're not so smart. She's Polish, but she doesn't know what country Warsaw is in? It was only a matter of time before these two started fighting and Zanzibar was where it happened! I have to admit that I laughed pretty hard when Dustin threw up and he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, Miss California!"

Joe & Bill [6 & ELIMINATED]: This should be called "The episode where Joe loses his mind". He ran out on a tarmac in Nairobi to try to flag down the plane that he was missing? He's lucky that security isn't as uptight there as it is in America where he'd be in Guantanamo Bay by now. These two were out of their minds for both legs. They were completely desperate to get ahead of Eric & Danielle, so they were freaking out at every single thing. And they never read directions! I won't miss these two.

Dustin & Kandice [1 & 3]: I don't like how these girls bullied the travel agent in Mozambique into hanging up the phone on Uchenna & Joyce. Then, they acted like Mirna was the rude one (okay, she is, but everyone was an ugly American in this situation). Still, I was rooting for them when they tuned that piano because these girls really had their game on this week. Their good luck didn't last for long, though, when they got stuck at an Intersection at Krakow and ended up paired with Charla & Mirna (ugh).

Pet peeve: No one knows the difference between "angle" and "angel".

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I like the beauty queens. I'm rooting for them all the way. This is funny, too, coming from me, because I hated them in their original season. But this time around, I guess I have more respect for the way that they race. Usually it's really intelligently and they're pleasant, they don't yell at each other... but they manage to get into just enough of a rivalry with the other teams to make it interesting.

I thought it was actually quite impressive that they were able to get the travel agent to hang up on Uchenna and Joyce. They were customers sitting in the office, and Uchenna and Joyce were trying to take a short cut by calling over the phone. It made sense to me that the travel agent should help them first. And I didn't think they were rude to the travel agents at all... Charla and Mirna, on the other hand... it embarrasses me to watch them on this show.

Charla and Mirna (particularly Mirna) are so abrasive and rude, they give all Americans a bad name in other countries. I don't understand why Mirna constantly has to speak to people A) by yelling at them, B) RIGHT in their faces, and C) with some WEIRD accent and broken English. Ugh! I can't wait for these two to get kicked off.

I also thought the Auschwitz thing was handled very well. When the clue first came about telling them to go there, I couldn't imagine what challenge they could possibly do there that wasn't going to disrespect the tragedy that happened there. I was glad to see that it was really just a stop for a moment of reflection.

And for Judy, who is "fighting the incorrect view that concentration camps are polish"... I can't imagine that would be a difficult task. I mean, how many people out there DON'T know that Auschwitz was run by the Nazis? Give me a break.

April 05 2007 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This war it's called Gitmo.

April 02 2007 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

True that ...

April 02 2007 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think its worth noting that the guidos probably would not have been eliminated if the combined team of them and eric and danielle didnt try to do the bakery task (or if danielle had just been initially willing to do the eating task). always hard to know with the editing but seems like their inability to find the bakery and have to backtrack to the eating task was a half hours worth of time.

April 02 2007 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Japanese internment camps were bad but don't compare them to the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. They aren't even close.

April 02 2007 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess other than when we talk about the concentration camps that we had here in the US ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_internment

April 02 2007 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Only an idiot would not associate Auschwitz or any concentration camp with the Nazis.

April 02 2007 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was interesting to see the couples that have come from some sort of discrimination in their lives to be touched by Auschwitz, but Eric and Danielle, and Dustin and Kandice were not shown to be moved by it.

April 02 2007 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know what this show is about, but "Poland" caught my eye since it is the country of half my ancestry and which I just visited last September. I noticed the mention of Auschwitz as well. It would be better if it had been called Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. People too often forget that Poland was occupied by the German Nazis during World War II (I'm half German too). Along with thousands of other Americans of Polish descent, I am fighting the incorrect view that concentrations camps were Polish.

April 02 2007 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I realize that this might make me seem a little insensitive, but I don't think I've laughed this hard in quite a while. I kept rewinding and re-watching the scene with Charla leading the horse along in her mini-armor. On my TiVo, she must have fallen on her face forty times. TiVo ... $200, Tissues for wiping tears ... $0.50, Watching a three-foot tall bowlegged "knight" taking repeated face plants into the concrete ... priceless!

April 02 2007 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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