Review: The Amazing Race - We're Not Meant for the Swamp
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:50AM
(S15E09) Things got a bit down and dirty tonight on The Amazing Race. I'm talking more ways than one. As the promos for the episode showed, we had muddy bogs and a quasi-skirmish between two teams tonight. There are five teams left in the race at this time. Two of the teams are definitely vying for the alpha male rating on the show. And I'm not talking Brian and Ericka! Any previous alliances are gone in the wind as the teams try to get to the precious final three. Take no prisoners.
I'm saddened that Gary and Matt were Philiminated tonight. Both Sam and Dan and the Globetrotters seem to have a chip on their shoulders, while Gary and Matt were just your basic Joes on the race. Sure, a basic Joe with pink hair, but it happens. They ended up doing themselves in rather than the speed bump from last week's non-Philimination getting to them. Unless it took them ages to get to the speed bump, it was only a five-minute sauna. Since all the teams started out even from the ferry, that's not a huge chunk of time.
Matt, perhaps not the brightest candle on the cake, didn't know the word "candelabra" or, at the very least, he didn't read it phonetically well. Once he finally figured it out, he tried to do a rubbing on the clue. Now, he can't be totally faulted for that, as one of the Globetrotters did the same thing. I do have some issue with the clue Matt got -- the word "pink" was "pik" and was the word "garden" even there? The lack of garden visible in the clue cost them more time trying to get into the tower. Sigh.
Megan and Cheyne redeemed themselves a bit this week. She didn't whine as much and they made it to first place. Hurrah for them ... I guess. I mean, it's admirable and all, but there's something about them which irks me. It's like they seem to feel entitled or something. I did have to chuckle when they won a sauna instead of a trip. The other couple, Brian and Ericka, didn't get a lot of airtime tonight. I don't really think they have what it takes to win it all.
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Well, I re-watched the take-down on the planks a half dozen times. It looks to me like my boy Flight Time, in an effort to pull down one of the brothers, fell down himself first and dragged the brother with him. Oh, that's not right. I guess the brothers deserved to place before the bros. I just kept wondering how swampy it could be right there (it didn't look too bad) and thought the Globetrotters should have sprinted a straight line instead of using the plank path.
Once again I have to give The Amazing Race credit for making me curious to know more about a location or culture. This time it's the Brotherhood of the Blackheads. They should have one in New Jersey, I say.
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|The brothers! One of them elbowed a Globetrotter!||40 (12.3%)|
|Flight Time! He pulled down Sam or Dan ... one of them.||141 (43.5%)|
|Neither team. It was an accident.||143 (44.1%)|