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Review: The Amazing Race - We're Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:25AM
Sam and Dan take another team's taxi cab
(S15E10) I mentioned last week that the remaining teams on The Amazing Race are really feeling the pressure as they're getting closer to the win. Well, there were no fisticuffs, no elbowing, but there was an underhanded incident ... or two or three.

Unlike Survivor, this show doesn't depend on sneakiness or scheming. In the end, it's how well they run the race around the world, how well they read the clues, and how well they complete the tasks. While getting along with the other teams is always a good thing, there's no popularity vote at the finish line. But they are competing. Sometimes some sneakiness just sneaks on in.

We're down to four teams which means we're just about finished with the season. The remaining teams are a bit of what I've expected all along, perhaps with the exception of Brian and Ericka. I'm not all that keen on Cheyne and Megan, but I'll begrudgingly admit they're good at this. I guess I just don't like their smugness. I believe that's more Cheyne than Megan. She upped herself in my ranking tonight when she didn't want to just run off and leave the Globetrotters rudely when they saw a cab. Sure, Cheyne was right to go for the cab. But she was right that they could have done it more politely. She was also right that the Globetrotters would hold it against Cheyne.

Sam and Dan were a bit off their game tonight. When they capsized their kayak for about the 135th time, I kept wondering why they didn't switch to the aerial task in the detour. While taking Brian and Ericka's taxi cab definitely saved them time, that was a way underhanded thing to do. I was hoping the cabbie would refuse, even though I'm not rooting for a Brian and Ericka win. Of course, under pressure, the brothers are snapping at each other again. It's a wonder that all parents don't have to be institutionalized due to the bickering of their children.

I still like Flight Time and Big Easy. Yeah, Flight Time got a bit underhanded with Cheyne and Megan tonight when he deliberately slowed them down by climbing down from the aerial task slower. But, had Cheyne not gone on about him holding them up and planted the seed, he wouldn't have done it. I think I like the Globetrotters mainly because they're entertaining. The scenes at the Estates Theater were a hoot with Flight Time singing and performing ballet (kind of, sort of) as Big Easy growled at Don Giovanni every time he laughed at him. Need I mention what a good sport Don Giovanni was throughout the whole task?

Brian and Ericka are an interesting team. He's like the tortoise in "The Tortoise and the Hare." He keeps going on with a deliberate purpose while Ericka tends to freak out, get snappy, and provide the show with all kinds of new episode titles. He comes across as the most decent person left in the race. She's more along the lines of Megan, but less capable with tasks. It wouldn't surprise me if they finish last next week when we all know that the final three are the ones in the finale. They were only saved by the non-Philimination tonight.

Once again I marveled as the leg showed me around the wonderful country city of Prague and its people. Now, I know it's a city. But the brothers didn't! The Estates Theater was truly a wonder and the architecture was amazing. I love traveling vicariously through the show. On another note, I noticed the people seemed a bit frightened when the teams raced by them. That was interesting, as it usually seems that the locals know what's going on with the filming. Did you see the reactions?

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Will Ericka and Brian make it to the final three?
Yes, they're determined.68 (23.8%)
No, not gonna happen.218 (76.2%)

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I'm friends with a young lady who knows Cheyne and Meghan. Apparently they are all meeting at local hangout and watching TAR together on Thursday nights. Here's what my friend posted on FB tonight about the duo and the gathering:
They have some really fun personalities and are even MORE adorable together in person! During the commercials they were telling stories of what happened behind the scenes...

November 25 2009 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul J. Taylor

I'd love to travel vicariously through this show, but all the sights do is frustrate me and remind me that the show isn't in high definition.

November 24 2009 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh. I can't stand the brothers. Dirty play is one thing, but it's the bickering! I can't stand it.
I'm rooting for the Globetrotters or Megan and Cheyne. Erica and Brian are fine, although her beauty queen attitude a few times has rubbed me the wrong way, but they just don't have it in them to win this - they should have been out a few times. The only reason they're still in this race is because the poker girls were faced with 2 challenges they just couldn't do.

November 23 2009 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I am now rooting for Cheyne and Meghan. The brothers have crunched my last nerve with their bickering although i didn't find it a big deal with the cab stealing thing. Brian and Ericka have totally turned me off. The Globetrotters, with one of them physically knocking down one brother and then threatening open season on them, plus slowing down C & M purposely, just smells of angry sportsmanship. If anyone had tried to slow them down the same way, I strongly suspect one of the GB would have knocked them off the ladder and then tried to blame it on the "other" guy. They arew slowly destroying my take on the wholesome Globetrotter persona.

November 23 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rooting for Cheynne and Meghan. They are the best racers of the bunch and I don't think what Cheynne did was rude at all. Now the brothers stealing cabs and the Globetrotters knocking people over ... That's another story. Of course it would be a nice story if Team Yellow surprised everyone with a big underdog win. Unlikely yes, but also an intriguing thought!

November 23 2009 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Brian reads the clue to Ericka about someone with patience to search for the miniature violin and he says Ericka should do it. What are you crazy? She has no patience.
I too would have stolen their cab. It's a game and you are trying to win $1million. You can't be nice and expect to win.

November 23 2009 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to davidm3825's comment

Brian would be doing all their detours then.

November 23 2009 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

I voted

Yes, they're determined.

and who knows, if the father and son team of Gary & Matt can have a 5 minute sauna as a speed bump than maybe Brian & Ericka might have a drink/eat your milk and cookies type speed bump ;o)

November 23 2009 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Sir Yuck-Yuck's comment

Speaking of U Turns. Has there been one this season?

November 23 2009 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Globetrotters all the way!

November 23 2009 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really feel vindicated for actively disliking the brothers. They are right now my least favorite team. A bit of rudeness and chicanery is one thing and is to be expected but bribing and taking someone's cab feels like a 30-minute penalty type move to me. The short stuntguys got a penalty for messing with the tools last season. I think messing with others tranportation is a similar offense. Cheyne was rude yes but it didn't directly have any impact on the GBs.

I love the GBs FTW but Megan/Cheyne are very strong and look unbeatable right now.

Friends have been to Prague and reported how gorgeous it is and wow, it is.

November 23 2009 at 7:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lisa's comment

I disagree - though I also dislike the brothers, taking a cab is pure strategy and an awesome way to win. The world is the setting for the race so of course that should be part of it. I think the strategy should be to make sure your cab waits for you - messing with the tools last season is different, as that was a challenge specifically set up by the producers. I'm surprised more teams don't do this. It would be a bad idea to do it a lot only from the standpoint of the U-Turn and how being a hated team can be a disadvantage, but I say, if the opportunity presents itself and you need it, take the cab.

However, being a fan, I wouldn't have on this leg - anyone who's watched every season would know this was going to be elimination :)

November 23 2009 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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