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'The Amazing Race' - 'We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 8th 2010 1:08AM
The teams encounter an intersection on The Amazing Race
(S16E04) Ah, a tough decision -- 'The Amazing Race' or the start of the Academy Awards? Nah, not tough at all. If 'The Amazing Race' is on, I'm watching! I'm such an addict. I just can't get that rush of adrenalin, that perched-on-the-edge-of-my-seat excitement and more over the Oscars. With the Academy Awards, I don't have a team to cheer on, nor anyone to mock. I don't get that quick smack of cultural knowledge watching Hollywood glitz. Give me beer-drinking, bungee-jumping, bad taxi hacks, sauerkraut-eating, polka-playing, soccer ball kicking, strange metro systems, and teamwork (or the lack thereof). That's what I want for my Sunday evening. And, anyway, the best awards come late into the evening!

The teams got away from Cowboy Country, so we had the chance to see how Super Team Jet and Cord work together out of their element. Even though they're a bit country in a world that's a bit rock-n-roll, they held onto their hats and got on amazingly well. It's so refreshing to see a team from the country life that are not outright inept bumpkins as many previous teams on the race. They're naive, inexperienced with life in the fast lane and in big cities. But they get along together well and are willing to really give their best. Kudos to them!

But the best team showing tonight was Louie and Michael, the detectives. I wanted to like them, but they were so off their game the first few episodes that I feared they'd be gone by now. Instead, they worked together using each others' strengths to get by. Perhaps tonight's challenges were easier for them to fare well. Nonetheless, they did it.

The teams jetted off to Germany this week, all starting out once again on almost an even keel. Landing in Frankfurt, they faced the first (and probably last) Intersection of the season -- a roadblock in which two teams had to work together with one member from each participating. This was a good one, a 150-foot bungee jump! About the only person who had real issues was Brandy, teamed up with Dan. Dan was tremendously supportive as she fussed and freaked. I still don't see either of those teams winning this, do you?

After the bungee in Frankfurt, it was off to Hamburg. Well, now I'm getting hungry for fast food all of a sudden. Uh-oh, detour! Sauerkraut or Soccer? I know I'd gag, but I suck at soccer, too. Most of the teams had difficulties with one or the other and a few even switched tasks. Not the detectives! Nope, Michael inhaled the sauerkraut! Jordan of Jeff and Jordan (not to be confused with Dan and male Jordan) barely ate a bite, so they switched. The soccer detour didn't look all that easy -- Joe already had a sore knee and it really looked like Caite may have blown her groin muscle or something!

Completing the detour, they headed to the red light district of Hamburg and stepped into Beatles history. Well, not immediately. They first had to drink a big boot of beer. Here's where the detectives continued to shine. Previously, Michael ate most of the sauerkraut, as Louie couldn't stomach it. This time, Louie drank most of the beer because Michael doesn't like beer. Had I drunk most of the beer ... um, I couldn't be writing this. Then came the Beatles history; the pit stop was in the club where the Beatles first played in Hamburg. A Beatles tribute band played, and Phil Keoghan was dressed appropriately Beatles-era-ish.

For those keeping track, the pit stop order:
1. Louie and Michael -- each won a $5,000 Discover gift card
2. Steve and Allie
3. Joe and Heidi
4. Jet and Cord
5. Carol and Brandy
6. Dan and Jordan
7. Caite and Brent
8. Jeff and Jordan

Thankfully, since I enjoy Jeff and Jordan, this week was a non-Philimination leg. They lucked out, but I don't know if they'll be able to overcome the speed bump they'll encounter next week. They're not the strongest team on the show. I'm still thinking Steve and Allie are dark horses in the race. They keep coming up near the top, yet we see little of them in action. Caite and Brent, originally quite strong, seem to be deteriorating.

Last minute randomness from tonight's episode
I got a kick out of the cowboy keeping his hat on for the bungee jump. "A good hat never comes off." I guess, when you think about it, the hats make it through rodeos. Maybe a bungee jump isn't such a challenge for a really good hat. Then there was the "Sauerkraut Polka." I never knew. I think I like the music better than the food! And, what's with Brent thinking Caite can figure out subways in Germany because she once lived in New York for a while? Heck, even in New York, if you go off your beaten subway path, you have to look at the maps and make sure you catch the right train!

What team do you want out next?
Dan and Jordan27 (6.3%)
Jordan and Jeff41 (9.5%)
Steve and Allie6 (1.4%)
Brent and Caite65 (15.1%)
Jet and Cord9 (2.1%)
Brandy and Carol238 (55.3%)
Joe and Heidi29 (6.7%)
Louie and Michael15 (3.5%)

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Sir Yuck-Yuck

now only if that sauerkraut would have been cookie dough, right Jordan ?

March 11 2010 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The cowboys are my fav team -- i didn't like them that much in the first episode, but thereafter they've been superb, smart and funny --

March 09 2010 at 3:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I'm confused about something. How did the cowboys (1st place last week) and the detectives (last place last week) get to their first leg practically together? And no departure times were shown this week except for the cowboys. Weird.

March 08 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joyce N.'s comment

The detectives took a cab from the bungee jump, the cowboys took the train/subway, which was the time killer. All the people ahead of the cowboys took cabs. The, the cowboys just slowed down on the beer drinking. They aren't drinkers, and one hated beer.

March 08 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it a coincidence Jeff and Jordan came in last and it was a non elimination round? I cant help but feel producers were going to give them another chance no matter what.. I know, I know it's impossible to put together spur-of-the-moment speed bump.. But it seems like Jeff and Jordan always seem to catch breaks just like in their season of Big Brother. I enjoy watching them though. Hilarious.

I would have loved to see how the Cowboys got so far back in the pack. I minute they were with the Cops in first then they were bringing up the rear with no explanation.

Steve and Allie seem like a fun team.. too bad they never show them ever.. I forgot they were on the show until they popped up this episode.

March 08 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Val's comment

They took the train to the bar instead of the much faster taxi.

March 08 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The one thing I hate about it when a team is spared, they make it damn near impossible for them to make up ground on the other teams. Bye bye Jeff & Jordan.

Did Catie really have to make those "bitter beer faces"?

March 08 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think the lesbians are a real couple. They never show any affection towards each other. Probably a casting director suggested they pretend to be a couple....

March 08 2010 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wait, the cowboy kept his hat on during the jump? Seriously? I find it funny they put plastic covering over thier hats. I understand when they were doing the water tasks or the rain in Chile, but now in Germany?

March 08 2010 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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