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by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 23rd 2009 2:00AM
Luke from The Amazing Race

(S14E02) Tonight was the kind of episode during which you realize why The Amazing Race keeps snagging those Emmy awards. As the adrenalin builds for me watching from my comfy chair, I can only imagine what a wonderful adventure it is for the teams. The whirlwind race around the globe only took 23 days to film yet has a good six months of action packed within. The teams run the gambit from traveling pros to some who have never even made it south of the border. The editing is superb. I can't say enough good things about the show. But I also can't get into spoilers before the jump.

While tonight's ending was a bit predictable, the journey on the way was worth the watch. The teams headed off to Germany. Surprisingly, the weakest team -- Linda and Steve -- managed to get on the earliest flight with most of the others, while Jodi and Christie and stuntmen bros Michael and Mark started the leg behind. Now, Michael and Mark are pretty well-suited for the race, so I wasn't all that worried about them catching up. Jodi and Christie, um ... er ... technically could be considered the weakest team as they came in last in the season premiere. But I consider Steve and Linda the weakest anyway. Tonight they proved me right.

I'm still getting a handle on the teams, but I still want to know them a bit better. This week, some did some things which irked me, others did things which made me smile.

  • I like that Steve treated Linda much better this week.
  • I don't like that Steve and Linda were so not good candidates for the race. The deck was stacked against them from the get go, but they had the adventure of their lives.
  • I like that although Mel White is a reverend and used to ghost write for Jerry Falwell, he didn't think it right to pray for divine intervention. Too many "religious" reality show contestants use their religion as a weapon, a crutch, and a way to feel superior over others. Kudos to Mel!
  • I like how Tammy and Victor's relationship was edited this week, even though next week's promo shows some cracks.
  • I don't like Victor's odd singsong accent when talking to locals. It's odd. He must stop.
  • I don't like the relationship, possibly due to stress, between sisters Kisha and Jen. I know it would be a pain to be on the race with my older sibling, but really ... cut it out, gals.
  • I liked it when either Kisha or Jen called Mark and Michael "mini-men." It's probably not politically correct of me to like it, but I snickered.
  • I like the relationship between brothers Mark and Michael. Maybe it's because they're closer in age, but they seem closer overall than any of the other siblings teams.
  • I like Margie and Luke. I just do. I mean both of them, too.
Tonight had both a Roadblock and a Detour (unlike last week). If not for divine intervention, Mel definitely would have been out of the race. Instead, he was the only racer to experience the para-glide down the mountain as the rest ran down thinking the wind wouldn't change. His reaction was such that I felt a bit like I had taken the trip.

In the Detour, I'm really not sure which task would be the most time-consuming. With tossing the pies, it was the luck of the draw. But I tried to ride a Segway once and they're not the easiest things when you're not faced with an obstacle course. Apparently, the pies were very good. So the teams choosing that task got their sugar rush in, too!

For the record, the Pit Stop order:
1. Tammy and Victor -- each won a hybrid go-cart
2. Mel and Mike
3. Amanda and Kris
4. Margie and Luke
5. Brad and Victoria
6. Jaime and Cara (14 hours after the first team)
7. Kisha and Jen
8. Mark and Michael
9. Jodi and Christie
10. Steve and Linda -- Philiminated

Although Steve and Linda were eliminated, blonds Jodi and Christie were so dumb (how dumb were they?) that they walked around with a hunk of wood forever instead of really reading a clue. If the show is predictable next week, buh-bye blonds. But Steve and Linda take the cake, as seen in the video below.



Should Linda and Steve have ever been selected for the show?
Yes, everyone deserves a chance 72 (19.3%)
No, they weren't in shape for it184 (49.3%)
Sure, but you knew they wouldn't win95 (25.5%)
I wish they hadn't been eliminated22 (5.9%)


The Amazing Race' Photos
    THE AMAZING RACE 13 The 11 Teams competing in this Race around the world, will travel over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. THE AMAZING RACE 13 premieres Sunday, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Standing from Left: Ken and Tina, Mark and Bill, Aja and Ty, Anthony and Stephanie, Anita and Arthur, Dan and Andrew, Toni and Dallas, Marisa and Brooke; Sitting from Left: Terence and Sarah, Kelly, and Christy, and Nick and Starr. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Friends from Columbia, SC, Marisa Axelrod, left, a 22 year-old student and Brooke Jackson, a 24 year-old graphic designer, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Phil Keoghan hosts The Amazing Race, a race around the world spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Married, but separated couple, Ken Greene, a 51 year-old home-builder/ex-NFL, and Tina Greene, a 48 year-old President, BioPharmMed, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Best friends from Texas, Kelly Crabb, left, a 26 year-old pharmaceutical representative and Christy Cook, a 26 year-old business development, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Mother and son from Woodside, CA, Dallas Imbimbo, left, a 22 year-old student and Toni Imbimbo, a 51 year-old accounting consultant, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Friends from San Diego, CA, Mark Yturralde, left, a 41 year-old CFO of Comic Con, and Bill Kahler, a 42 year-old aid administrator, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Married couple from Eugene, OR, Anita Jones, a 63 year-old retired paralegal and Arthur Jones, a 60 year-old in playground maintenance, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Dating couple from Los Angeles, CA, Stephanie Kacandes, left, a 32 year-old financial saleswoman, and Anthony Marotta, a 32 year-old mortgage broker, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS THE AMAZING RACE 13 Long distance dating couple, Aja Benton, left, a 25 year-old makeup artist of Los Angeles, CA and Ty White, a 25 year-old banker of Southfield, MI, are one of the teams competing in this Race around the world, traveling over 30,000 miles, spanning five continents, with stops in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Moscow to name a few. Premieres Sunday, September 28, 2008. CBS

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Yeah, Tammy & Victor aren't looking like they're getting along anymore come next week!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPzLqxE0qWc

February 24 2009 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deebopalula

As soon as I saw Steve and Linda, I was reminded of David, the coalminer, and his wife, Mary, from Kentucky. They were on season 10 and finished a very respectable 6th place despite not being in the best shape and I don't think they had ever previously traveled outside the U.S. - maybe even outside of Kentucky. They were one of my all time favorite teams for their joyful enthusiasm, their genuine appreciation of everything they experienced and their willingness to be open to and embrace things, thoughts and people they had never encountered before.

Point being - you can't judge a book by its cover, hence my vote for "Yes, everyone deserves a chance".

February 23 2009 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Mel ghost-wrote for Jerry Falwell? I don't like Mel anymore.

February 23 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laura

thank god the crying rednecks were eliminated, I personally know of a couple that auditioned for this season and didnt make it on, although they were called back 3 times, steve and linda didnt have a brain cell between them and they shouldnt have been on there in the first place. I have never seen people cry so much over nothing!!!!

February 23 2009 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Kind of funny when talking with foreigners, someone, can't remember who said Ciao to the guy who stamped their piece of wood. They were in Austria/Germany not Italy.

February 23 2009 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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AlmondJoy

It was Linda and Steve.

February 24 2009 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robyn

OH, and my personal task selection criteria (if I would ever be a contestant) thiking tasks over any others, physical over food, food last over all tasks. Throwing pies is borderline, but they sure looked like they were having fun (except Luke).

February 23 2009 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robyn

I love that Jodi & Christe gloated on teh first show that they had an advantage becasue they were flight attendants, who knew flighty described them better. I predict they will be Philiminated next.
Don't you just love Phil's facial expressions when he is doing nothing but standing and waiting for a team, he would rather be ANYWHERE but chilling on a globe map in Bavaria!

February 23 2009 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Philip

"Divine intervention" has nothing to do with it - it's merely a coincidence. There's nothing miraculous about the wind dying down!

And I believe the "14 hours" thing that flashed on the screen before Jaime and Cara stepped on the mat said that it had been 14 hours since the leg started, not that they were checking in 14 hours after the first team...

February 23 2009 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

There is always a team that you scratch your head at as to why they are there.

February 23 2009 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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