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Review: The Amazing Race - Do it for the Hood! Do it for the Suburbs!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 26th 2009 12:34AM
Maria and Tiffany on their way in The Amazing Race
(S15E06) One of the many things I learned tonight on The Amazing Race is that Dubai is probably hotter than anyplace I really want to visit. Every team was sweating; every team was complaining. At least those teams who didn't have a clue about where the Persian Gulf is or whether it's a country in and of itself will remember it now. If nothing else but for the heat. Oh. And the way cool six-story water slide into shark infested waters. At least one team will really remember that water slide.

Since the Keri and Lance team got Philiminated last week, there's no team that totally irks me. Right now the Globetrotters, Big Easy and Flight Time, are my favorites. Perhaps it's because I like "Sweet Georgia Brown," I don't know. Tonight they weren't shining as brightly as they could have been because Big Easy didn't look for the obvious -- the time on the watch -- to open their briefcase. Hmmm... thinking of what the show does with music, they should have gone for the "Theme from Peter Gunn" while the teams were running around with the briefcases.

So, what did I learn tonight other than Dubai is way hot?
  • Sometimes a watch just tells the time.
  • If you're big enough, arms can do better than oars.
  • Basic math skills are great, but asking for a calculator can do wonders.
  • Hookahs are easier to smoke than to assemble.
  • When a team starts two hours before any other team and runs the leg well, they once again will come in long before the others arrive.
  • The striped hose on the hookah needs to match the striped base. (We weren't that picky about it back in my college days.)
  • You don't go on the show if you have any fears that are going to cost you the race. Too many other folks are trying to get on the show and work past their fears.
Although the Globetrotters muffed up the watch briefcase combination, they redeemed themselves by thinking to ask to borrow a calculator. Brian and Ericka struggled forever with the gold detour not realizing that it wouldn't hurt to ask. Leave it to Sam and Dan to pack one with them as they started out. I'm surprised that the poker gals, Maria and Tiffany, are still working with the boys and they're still thinking they're "hot." For a while they pondered that they might be gay, but now back to hot. Okay.

The strongest team at this time is definitely Megan and Cheyne. Now, I like them but I don't like them (if that makes any sense). I like that they're strong and seem to catch on well to get the job done each leg. I like that they don't argue. They seem like a nice couple. But, let's face it... they're a bit boring. I'd like to see them get behind a bit to see how they handle pressure.

We know Mika and Canaan don't handle pressure too well. Call me cold-hearted, but Mika should never have gone on the show if she's that panicky about both heights and water. The Amazing Race always has extreme heights and water challenges in it. What was she thinking? Sure, a lot of the racers have fears. However, almost every single one struggles to overcome them.

She just threw away the chance to win the million dollars. Although I thought Canaan became abusive when he almost shoved her down the water slide, in the end he was a lot kinder to her than I would have been. I'd find myself a new gal pal at that point. What do you think? How would you have reacted if you were Canaan?

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Would YOU go down that water slide?
No way!9 (1.9%)
I'd love it!205 (42.2%)
Only in a race for a million dollars163 (33.5%)
I want one in my backyard109 (22.4%)

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November 01 2009 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come on, people. Trash talking is classless? This is a competition. At some point the poker gals and brothers alliance will break apart. Will everyone lash out when one team stabs the other?

October 31 2009 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Folks seem to be confused as to who is Flight Time and who is Big Easy. Big Easy is the one who was over-thinking the watch task and the one who did was talking to Mika. Why are folks mad at Flight Time?!? He and Big Easy are not the same person and it seems like folks can't tell the difference between the two.

I think that Big Easy was doing some what he considered to be good natured trash talking- as athletes sometimes do. When they got there- Mika was not freaking out as the audience had seen her- but was just sitting and splashing water on her legs. It is likely that he had no idea that she had been squealing and screeching earlier- and if she was still squealling and wailing when the were up there- it is possible that he would not have teased her.

October 26 2009 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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David D

Yeah, but he kept at it even after Canaan wanted him to stop.

October 26 2009 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

was it just me or did Canaan went up behind her at one point and say something about the both of them going down? and the dude there said no.

October 26 2009 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry to be the lawyer here, guys, and I'm sure that I would have been seriously angry if I were Mika's partner too, but what Canaan did was assault, and illegal. Not only that, it was dangerous. Going down the slide -- not dangerous. Going down the slide because you were pushed? She could've hit her head on the way, or had a limb sticking out when she entered that tunnel, which would've shattered any body part sticking out at that speed.

Obviously, Mika has a phobia. Anyone who starts melting down and crying at the BOTTOM of a building has a serious problem with heights. I hate heights, hate glass elevators, and would have been a quivering mass of jelly at the top of that slide, but I wouldn't have been crying at the base of the Dubai tower. And I consider myself pretty phobic. Canaan MIGHT have gotten her to go down if he'd been patient and supportive instead of trying to throw her down. As soon as he did that, half her fear was that he would sneak up on her and do it again (which he tried, when he started to pry her hands off the bar, when I thought she might actually manage to let go). Basically, after that, he completely deserved the loss. (He claimed he wanted her to do it for her -- but that was clearly not truee -- she wouldn't have had the pride in herself for overcoming her fear if she only made it down the slide b/c Canaan did it by force. No, he just wanted the money. Not even guaranteed money. For that, he was willing to be unspeakably cruel to the woman he claims he loves.) And for Canaan to say to Phil that HE forgives HER? No, no, no! The question is, whether she forgives him for becoming abusive. And is he going to act that way again, next time she has a problem with something he really wants her to do? That scene was not a good sign for their future relationship.

Actually, there was a moment when I thought the Globetrotter's taunts were possibly going to drive her to just DO it, but her time was up too soon.

October 26 2009 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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David D

Terrific argument. You ought to post this over at Entertainment Weekly, which is filled with comments that are amazingly cruel and heartless.

October 26 2009 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was thinking the same thing, that the globetrotters were going to get Mika to go down the slide to prove them wrong. I wondered if that might have been what they were trying to do, rather than trying to keep her from doing it, since they might not have known how close/far behind the next team they were and if they could cut off the wait time they might be in better shape, even sliding after the other two. I've known many that can only be motivated by defiance to criticism in similar situations - "spite ahead of fright". Yeah, I think it came across as trash-talking and it surprised me a bit, but I think it would have been a huge risk if Phil was a the bottom of the slide, instead of down the beach. The Trots might have motivated her the wrong direction if she would have responded by sliding - it was a big risk doing what they did. Also, the "swimmies" on Mika were probably the most hilarious thing I've seen on TAR, but her behavior, despite the phobia aspect, was one of the most pathetic things. I know some say "respect her phobia", but she chose to apply for the show, knowing full well that there is always at least one height-related challenges every season, and this one paled in comparison to every other one.

October 26 2009 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mika and Canaan were up there for 45 minutes. They had plenty of time to do the task. I don't blame the GT's for what they said. They were nicer about it than Canaan.

PS. I know they were were up there for 45 minutes because Mika and Canaan did an interview and confirmed it.

October 26 2009 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Puh-lease- the Globetrotters did nothing wrong! Mika had PLENTY of time to gather her courage & complete the task before the Globetrotters arrived. When they were bunched up, she then got 2 more minutes to complete it but just sat there splashing water on herself. As far as Canaan's comments to Big Easy - pot meet kettle. Have to wonder what Mika & Canaan were thinking when they signed up for the Race since she was a terrible competitor. During the hooka detour, she just sat there complaining about the heat while he assembled all of them. Glad they're gone.

October 26 2009 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess I am in the minority but I hate Cheyne. All he ever does is comment on how dumb and unable to control herself Megan is. He is so condescending every time she gets frustrated that he should get punched in the neck. Yes, she's whiney but he's no prince, either. Can't stand him. I only hope that when he hears himself on camera, he'll learn not to be such a jerk.

Canaan sure didn't show the supportive boyfriend side on the waterslide challenge - I was incredibly frustrated that Mika wouldn't go down but still can't condone trying to force her. Scary. After they watch this episode, she may be the one doing the breaking up.

October 26 2009 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 26 2009 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope he dropped her dumb ass like a hot potato... when he said that her life would change, she'd regret it, and that things would never be the same, I hope that meant he was gone... I certainly would've been.

You folks wanting to defend the phobia... wow... Rationalizing the irrational... it's easy to see how she gets by in the world, her hand is held at every step and she isn't forced to do what she doesn't want to do.

Canaan was trying to shover her down because he knew that's the only way she was going to go. Oh well... I'm glad they're gone.

Here's a bit of a personal clue, though... She's never gone down a water slide because it terrifies her... and she simply won't do it... Well... she and Canann have never had sex before. Wonder why.... Something tells me it isn't them being Christians as much as her being scared. I've dealt with that before, and it is what it is... but it's not something you can change.

Run away, boy... run away...

And as for Flight Time... grow up. They had a 2 minute window. She might have bucked herself up if if weren't for their psychological taunts. As stupid as Mika was for not going down a kid's water slide, Flight Time would've been equally stupid for not trying to stay in by freaking her out.

Did you notice the attendant at the top? He didn't seem too concerned with Mika's fit... in fact, he looked like he wanted to slap the bitch himself.....

But this week Pinky and the Brain definitely took over first emotionally for me... The dad is great, encouraging, and funny. The son is nice, respectful of his dad, and out for a good time. Great team.

Favorite line of the episode:

Pinky: "And then you put the, uh... tobacco in here."
The Brain: "Really? That's not what we used to call it..."

October 26 2009 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Spoken like an unsympathetic man. Really? Do you not understand a phobia is an irrational fear? Definition of phobia is ": an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation." There is a real chemical reaction in the body when phobias are brought forth and panic sets in. So try and get an education and try and understand. She may have had the best of intentions of facing her fears but was unable to at that time. It is a game, he shouldn't of acted the way he did, he was frustrated that is understand able but to actually try and force her down the slide is the wrong tact to take with a person with a phobia. What is going to happen when real stress of everyday situations hit? The sex reference is comparing apple to oranges. I don't think you truly will ever understand unless you have phobias or know anyone you care about that is affected by it. If she could chose to just get over it she would, for someone affected by a couple of phobias I wish I could just choose to make them go away, it affects all parts of your life. You showed real class anyway calling her a bitch, why I bother I don't know you never get it.

October 27 2009 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan Crump

I agree Mika should not be on the race with her "phobias", but I also lost a LOT of respect for the trash talking the Harlem Globetrotters did. I have loved them all along and they were just outright mean. They could have encouraged her to go, and if she didn't they could have been on the high road! If she did, they are physically faster and they could have slid down right after them, and while she was freaking out at the bottom they could have surpassed them and checked in ahead of them. There was no reason for that outright meanness! They better watch out for karma!

October 26 2009 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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