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Review: The Amazing Race - This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 9th 2009 1:47AM
Looking for a needle in a haystack on The Amazing Race
(S15E08) This week we revisited one of the toughest roadblocks ever on The Amazing Race. Back in season six, the same farm with the same roadblock did in one team. Kristy and Lena spent eight hours searching for a clue they never did find. Phil Keoghan came out to them after dark in the field and called an end to their search. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time the show has repeated a roadblock. And what a doozy to choose! While looking for a clue in a haystack is easier than looking for a needle, there are so many haystacks -- how would our five remaining teams fare? Read on.

As the race goes on, even the stronger teams are breaking down a bit. There are only two teams who haven't really had a tiff yet -- Gary and Matt and the Globetrotters. I don't know if that's why those two teams are my personal favorites on the show, but it does make a team much easier to watch when they genuinely work together and don't bicker. Ericka and Brian aren't so bad, but I'm distracted counting how many times they remind us that they're a biracial couple each episode. I suppose I might appreciate that a bit more if I were blind.

On the not-a-roadblock, one member of each team had to go on a way cool ride in an amusement park in Sweden. Since every person saw the arrow clue in its 15-second window of visibility, I'd say the task had to be easy. If water-wing Mika hadn't quit over the six-story water slide, this 23-story drop would have done her in. But her man Canaan would have done the task for her ... unlike what Cheyne did to Megan in tonight's real roadblock.

When it came time for the detour, it was a given that every team would rather blow something up rather than translate a clue from the Viking alphabet. Heck, the show could have even not had that detour set up, as they should have known that blowing stuff up is much more fun. As a result, I wasn't too impressed with the detour. Plus, it was the start of the Megan/Cheyne sniping at each other.

Megan fusses, whines, and then bosses. Cheyne ignores her. And so it goes. It's too bad. They were such a strong team in the beginning of the race and they seem to be falling apart more on a personal level as the stress gets to them. Now, I'm sure they'll remain a couple and all. They're not a horrible team. But they're starting to get on my nerves.

When it came to reliving the haystack roadblock, I was shocked that Cheyne just let Megan do it. Sure, she was snippy. But just looking at the size of those haystacks and knowing he had so much more strength, how could he do that? He did it for spite, I say! The hay bales also did in brothers Sam and Dan. I think that Sam would have punched Dan had he not been trying to find a clue in a haystack. But they're brothers. Something, at least for me, is different when it comes to sibling rivalry than it is when dating couples argue.

While I also thought Matt should go for the hay bales instead of his father, he had a good point. Both Matt and Gary know farms and have worked around hay. A lot of the issue with the roadblock is that there were only seven clues hidden in the 186 bales of hay. So the team member not only had to have raw strength, but luck of the pick played just as big a role in succeeding.

In the end, I was glad it was a non-elimination leg. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Matt and Gary just yet. It would have also been on the verge of extreme cruelty to let Gary work those bales for that long and then Philiminate him. I was pleased that Flight Time and Big Easy got a first place finish on Flight Time's birthday. I just hope all the teams kick some Megan and Cheyne butt next week in the leg. They've irked me; they can leave.

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What team do you want out next?
Brian and Ericka153 (34.9%)
Flight Time and Big Easy49 (11.2%)
Megan and Cheyne149 (34.0%)
Matt and Gary19 (4.3%)
Sam and Dan68 (15.5%)

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nisesmith

The Cheyne thing bugged me too. How could he look at those hay bales and let his girlfriend do the challenge? I too think he did it for spite. What a jerk.

November 12 2009 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Yes, they arrived and were greeted with a cool reception. The others don't seem to like them much. That early-on lie about working for a charity seems to be a part of it.

November 10 2009 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edward

Have they started to keep the other teams on as dummy teams yet? I bet the poker girls are still traveling with them. Anyone know if they showed up at the Elimination Station?

November 10 2009 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WhatI

Also glad to see that it wasn't an elimination leg - there's been far too many (previous) tasks that rely on luck, like the hay bales, to finish quickly on TAR. I'm surprised they did this one again, but I'm pretty sure we'll see something on the next leg that will bring Matt and Gary even with the others again. They had to plan for the possibility of the last team finishing alot more than an hour behind the others, so I think M&G will be safe, minus the extra task they will be doing.

November 09 2009 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Megan and Cheyne get on my nerves too, but so does Erika. Brian tries hard to be patient with her but she is also a nagger and complainer. Either of those couples can go. The brothers sibling rivalry was over the top last night but they did make up sincerely and quickly.

So glad father and son have another shot.

November 09 2009 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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