'The Amazing Race' - 'When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head' Recap
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 22nd 2010 12:10AM
(S16E02) 'The Amazing Race' is the reality television show that most viewers want to live vicariously through. After all, who really wants to be stuck in a house with strangers? Or eat bugs? Nope. We want adventure! A whirlwind trip through countries, cool challenges, a quick cultural dip into unfamiliar territories, and more. Sure, there's a million dollar prize at the end. But I think the show attracts some teams almost as much for the adventure of it all. However, teams caught up in the adventure sometimes take their eyes off the prize and face Philimination.
Alliances? You think you're on 'Survivor' or what?
We've seen alliances on the show before, but it's usually larger groups of teams and not by the second leg. Two different alliances formed tonight -- Joe/Heidi and Carol/Brandy, Jeff/Jordan and Caite/Brent. I don't think either of the alliances are going to be long term. Carol and Brandy come across as users. They mock the other teams, yet quickly latched onto Joe and Heidi for support. With the Jeff/Jordan and Caite/Brent alliance, I like to think of it as the Show Biz Buddies. Both teams are set a bit apart from the others, as they've been in the public eye before. They're probably going to last longer than the other alliance, but both teams are starting out quite strong.
Some smart thinking and some OOPS!
With the buses, the cowboys and the Show Biz Buddies were quick thinking enough to explore whether buses from other cities might arrive first at their desired destination. Bingo! They found accommodations in Temuco, which would get them in hours before the other teams!
Uh-oh. What the Show Biz Buddies didn't realize is that there are two bus terminals in that town. While the cowboys had a bus leaving a half-hour later, they knew the Buddies were in the wrong spot. And, the buddies ended up missing both buses! The cowboys, Jet and Cord, were a bit sneaky in not telling the Buddies. But it was a good move for them. Plus, no one for sure knew at the time that the cowboys knew about the other terminal. So they're golden with it.
Llamas, condors, cows, and chickens, oh my
These were fun challenges to watch, although llamas and even cows can get just a bit surly if they so desire. Obviously, so can condors. Since the teams had to be the condor, they don't really count. The detour with either dressing a llama or being a condor seemed to gather more llama-dressers. Now, had the condor bit really demanded that the teams in the wings really had to glide some, all of those teams would have been in hot cold water. It reminded me of the Red Bull Flugtag events except all the teams jumped and sunk. In Flugtag, some actually fly.
The cowboys, being around ranches, were a cinch for the cow-milking in the roadblock. But what really caught my attention was the blurring of cow butts. If memory serves, cow patties have actually been used in previous seasons in various challenges. But the cow making the patty? Oh, no way! The censors just can't allow that! Very odd rationale, don't you think? I mean, it happens! I'm glad Jordan of Jordan/Jeff wasn't the one doing the roadblock. I fear she'd still be looking for the kitchen.
The Pit Stop Order
1. Jet and Cord - each won a sailboat
2. Joe and Heidi
3. Carol and Brandy
4. Brent and Caite
5. Monique and Shawne
6. Jeff and Jordan
7. Steve and Allie
8. Dan and Jordan
9. Louie and Michael
10. Jody and Shannon -- Philiminated
A quick take on the teams
Jet and Cord -- Although they did a silly last week with the Brazilian money, they redeemed themselves this week. Loved the cowboy hat protectors.
Joe and Heidi -- I'm a bit ambivalent about this team. I want them to lose the alliance.
Carol and Brandy -- I wanted to like them, but one is really pretty mean-spirited and they don't seem to have the bond I thought they had.
Brent and Caite -- Oh, geez. I'm kind of liking them. I didn't want to like them. But I think they're a strong team.
Monique and Shawne -- These two seem really contradictory. They're girly-girly, yet one gets kicked in the face by a cow and shrugs it off.
Jeff and Jordan -- I liked them on 'Big Brother.' Jordan is still Jordan, though. It won't play on this show as well as it did in the house.
Steve and Allie -- We haven't seen a lot of them. I wonder if they're going to be dark horses in the race.
Dan and Jordan -- Well, they're entertaining, I guess. But who doesn't at least practice a stick-shift before going on the show?
Louie and Michael -- Gah! I expected better navigation from police detectives! They had the best line of the night -- "Drive it like you stole it."
Jody and Shannon -- What a sweet team! Although in great shape, Jody tended to care a bit more to smell the roses rather than do a breakneck speed race. She's tough, but she puttered about with the cows and singing to the llamas. What a wonderful experience for them, but they didn't have a real competitive edge.
Your thoughts on the teams?
|Jeff and Jordan||14 (4.7%)|
|Brent and Caite||10 (3.3%)|
|Cord and Jet||6 (2.0%)|
|Monique and Shawne||27 (9.0%)|
|Louie and Michael||104 (34.8%)|
|Dan and Jordan||75 (25.1%)|
|Brandy and Carol||51 (17.1%)|
|Joe and Heidi||2 (0.7%)|
|Steve and Allie||10 (3.3%)|
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