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Review: The Amazing Race - It Starts With an F, That's All I'm Saying

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 30th 2009 12:01AM
Kafka-esque absurdity on The Amazing Race in Prague

(S15E11) Next week is the big season finale of The Amazing Race. But this week the last four teams have to battle it out for the prized final three slots racing for the finish line. So, you would think this is the time to put on the big boy (or girl) pants, step up to the plate, give it your all, and a thousand other corny trite sayings. Alas, one team tonight has a huge fail. Of all the legs to fall apart and go kerflooey, this one so near the finale is cruel indeed. Too bad, so sad.
I realized a few things tonight about Megan and Cheyne. Although he's a bit cocky and she's a bit shrieky at times, I think what bugs me the most about them is the monopolizing the leads. Perhaps it reminds me of the popular kids back in high school who always seemed to get everything. They are a good team, but their winning so many legs tends to make me pick them apart more. I begrudgingly admit that if they win it all, they'll deserve it. They've run the race the best so far.

However, I guess I'm a share the wealth kind of person. I don't like to see one person, one team, one group win all the time. It takes the suspense out of things. Tonight was no exception to the rule for most of the season. Megan and Cheyne started ahead of the others and took another first place win. I'm not saying they didn't deserve it. They didn't bicker like their closest competitors, Sam and Dan. That's a plus in my book.

I so couldn't believe the massive fail on the part of the Globetrotters. One of the things I enjoy so much about this show is that it often has an intelligence about it that you don't see on other reality shows. For example, the Globetrotters fail tonight was something which a person with the knowledge of Franz Kafka's works and the fact that he was from Prague should have been a cinch.

None of the teams seemed to understand the absurdity of Kafka-esque in the roadblock. But then again, a mix of the letters in "Franz" to spell a word doesn't seem that tough. One vowel, four consonants, not so hard. To take a four-hour penalty is to blow the entire race. I enjoyed watching Big Easy and Flight Time, but they threw the towel in on this one.

Both Megan and Cheyne and Sam and Dan chose to do the legend part of the detour. That inspired me to check out more on golems and what they're all about. Hmm. Big Brother never gets me researching! I think I should probably pass on researching absinthe from Ericka and Brian's speed bump, as with the lager they chose for the detour. I did enough researching of things alcoholic decades ago.

Right now, as far as who I'd like for the win, I'd have to say Brian alone. Ericka gets all kind of snappy (although I liked some of her attitude with drunk hecklers tonight). The brothers fight too much and annoy me. Megan and Cheyne win too much and tend to annoy me. So, on that basis, Brian should come in alone over the finish line next week. He's calm, reasonable, honest... why, he's like a Boy Scout! Who do you want for the win?

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Nancy Martin

I so wanted the Globetrotters to win this.....they were the only team who truly respected each other. The brothers are disgusting the way they treat each other. I can just imagine their parents watching this.

I'm so over this season already. Now that I know that Jordan and Jeff from BB11 are going to be on the next season, it's all I can think about.

November 30 2009 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I turned it off when I saw Big Easy was going to take the Penalty.. There was no point even watching the episode.. Really disappointed in the Globetrotters wanted them to win..

I want any team except the brothers to win..

November 30 2009 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll second the comment about Jackie... She's the best they have!

November 30 2009 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jackie, thank you again for a wonderful write-up. I hope TV Squad realizes they have a winner in you.

That said, I liked the GT, but am glad they are out before the final three. They make a lot of money and the challange was why they were in the competition. They accomplished that goal.

Megan and Cheyne (or whoever) are very good and will probably win. I didn't think anyone could take the Whiner of the Year title from Megan, but the brothers managed to do it. I am just not a fan of this group. They may be terrific in person, but his lazy, whimpy ways (letting her push around those hay bales) turned me against him. Her whining turned me against her.

I started out as a fan of the brothers, but am no longer. I had noticed they broke their dummy. and was surprised it passed inspection. The past few shows they have managed to get on my last nerve.

I would pull for a Brian win, but even he is married to his partner Erica, I will still root for that team. Let's face it, the man has the patience of Job with her. He has earned the win. I don't think they argue any more than most married couples, especially when one is such a laid back, unexicitable person. Sometimes that in itself can be hard to deal with. He solved the puzzle pretty fast, didn't he.

All of that said, I could never do a reality show (well except if they had a shopper one). I can not lie, cheat, mislead and steal. It just isn't in my moral character.... even if it is a game.

November 30 2009 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

The tape didn't exactly show them kissing. Too dark to tell but they were very close and she did pull her arm away quickly. But neither of them acted as if they'd been caught at anything and Brian acted very normal towards Ericka. Who knows?

Cheyne and Meghan had won 6 out of 11 1st place finishes as of last night and did it all fair and square as far as I could see. I believe they deserve to win this.

NEVER thought the GT's would end up quitters.

November 30 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So bummed at the GTs, hoped that they would pull it out, but once Brian got the answer, they were done for. Sorry that BE gave up, this was one that FT should have taken. Anyone but the brothers, I want them to totally flame out and come in 3rd. Brian and Erica (even thought she is whiny) for the win, then Megan and Cheyne,

November 30 2009 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The person in all this I feel badly for is Flight Time... Man, did he choose a moron as a teammate or what? Can't read a watch, spends 3 hours doing 120 possible letter combinations, narrowed down to 24 FOR HIM, and he just gives up...

Also, was it just me, or did every other team seem to write down their letters? When Megan was going through and assigning animals to the letters, she said she wasn't allowed to write them down... in EVERY subsequent sequence with other teams hearing letters, they pause, reach for their clue and pen, and the camera cut. What's up with that? I think they were all cheating.

And regarding Sam and Dan... it's not that they act like spoiled children... it's that they act like brothers and flamers. Bad combo.

November 30 2009 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was the same GT who messed up the time/combination challenge and the F-R-A-N-Z puzzle. It was painful to watch last night, I really like the GTs, and hoped they would beat either The Bros or Ericka/Brian, I think Ericka belongs with the GTs in the brains dept. Remember her counting bells, it's COUNTING!

November 30 2009 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hated what Sam/Dan did, because it's damn low even by their standards. BUT they did a smart thing indeed because guess what, they took out the team they wanted to take out from seemingly day one. They were greatly helped by Big Easy's major choke. In that situation, taking the 4hr penalty is nothing but foolish. Don't care if they're the nicest guys ever, because that was just a stupid decision.

I've said this since Mika/Canaan left, but I'm fine with whoever wins this competition even the brothers. But I'm actively rooting for Brian/Ericka. I've started to get less annoyed by Ericka's shrillness maybe because Brian is SO good at staying calm and deflecting it or maybe it's because the brothers have reached such new heights of shrillness that Ericka's by comparison doesn't seem too bad. Plus they are THE underdog team that should've been out like three times already.

November 30 2009 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So frustrated at the Globetrotters for taking the penalty. They knew the first letter and had to rearrage the next four? That means there's only 24 possible combinations. Only TWENTY FOUR. Would have taken them 4 hours to fill out a darn form 24 times? UGH.

At this point I'm apathetic and just want Megan and Cheyne to beat everyone by 24 hours and win. I hate the bickering brothers and I do not like Erica more than Megyne.

November 30 2009 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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