Review: The Amazing Race - Do it for the Hood! Do it for the Suburbs!
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 26th 2009 12:34AM
(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.
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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|No way!||9 (1.9%)|
|I'd love it!||205 (42.2%)|
|Only in a race for a million dollars||163 (33.5%)|
|I want one in my backyard||109 (22.4%)|