'The Amazing Race' - 'Anonymous?'
by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 29th 2010 12:20AM
(S16E07) Who'd be a better sponsor for the seventh episode of this season's 'The Amazing Race' than 7-Up? While I'm surprised there wasn't product placement throughout the show, it was certainly mentioned enough. And, now one team even has a lifetime supply of the beverage.
While it was a nice reprieve from the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, it makes me miss the old days when commercials were just in the commercials. What? You say I'm promoting products? Not so ... er, pass me that glass of 7-Up, please.
The dense shall remain dense while the bright get dimmer
Oh my. So many teams made so many mistakes tonight that it made an armchair warrior like myself feel so superior. After all, I wouldn't make such foolish mistakes, would I? Actually, I probably would if I lasted into the final six teams. I'd imagine the pressure of the race tends to mess with their common sense. At least one team seems to be getting more dense by the week, though.
Here are tonight's glaring team errors:
- Steve and Allie left their backpacks at the detour. Since they had their passports and money with them, they decided to just go on without them. In retrospect, I think they made a wise choice.That said, I hope Steve gets a shirt soon.
- Three teams left coconuts back at the start of the detour -- Caite and Brent, Jet and Cord, and Carol and Brandy.
- Michael and Louie might have accidentally broken their roadblock clue bottle, but they knew to bring it with them to the shore. Jet and Cord left their bottle on the boat, made it to the pit stop, then had to go back to retrieve it. They were so off their game this week!
- Anonymous. Enough said. Now I'm sure schools are teaching Nintendo and texting. Brent, it is indeed "unanimous." The words have vastly different meanings.
Yes, the infamous words of Colin in his meltdown on 'The Amazing Race 5' kept running through my mind as Brent and Caite battled with their reluctant ox. True, they weren't loose in a field with the ox, but it seemed broken nonetheless. I would think any team should be a bit leery of oxen as they tend to do what they want to do. But, then again, the other choice was dealing with a racing tortoise. Steve thought they were cool. He and Allie did well with theirs. It seems that the folks most impatient with any of the animals on the show often have the most trouble with them. Cases in point -- Brent and Caite with their ox, Brandy and Carol with their tortoise. Maybe the other teams have a tad more Dr. Doolittle in them, eh?
It seems that more than the ox is broken with Caite and Brent. It must have been a fluke that they started out so strong in the beginning of the season. I'm tired of them fussing at each other, Caite crying, Brent threatening to quit. Make them stop! Carol and Brandy are no better. I can't believe they've been finishing as well as they have with their lack of a relationship with each other. One of them blamed the other for leaving a coconut behind. Hey, at least Caite had it right ... why, it's just so unfair! Unfair that the other teams either accepted their screw-up or were careful not to leave a coconut behind.
The locale and the pit stop
One of the things I most enjoy about this show is the chance to peek in on other countries. Maybe I'm just as dense as Caite, but I wasn't familiar with Seychelles at all. I don't believe I've ever even heard of it. But ... wow. What stunning scenery! So many of the island paradises of the world have been trampled by mankind. Yet the whole area seemed pristine, gorgeous and so clean. I think their coconuts look like rocks, but I forgive them for that.
Steve and Allie, my fast-growing favorites, made it to first place at the welcome mat sans their backpacks. They won a dinner by the ocean, a massage, $7,000 each and all the 7-Up they can drink. I was happy for them -- they have the strongest bond of any parent/child team ever on the show. Jordan and Dan came in second. I'm warming to them a bit. Brent and Caite arrived third while Michael and Louie made it to fourth on their heels.
Jet and Cord, in the most miserable leg they've run, made it fifth but were sent back for the bottle clue, which enabled Carol and Brandy to slide into the fifth place slot. Thankfully, it was the second non-Philimination leg of the season, so the cowboys remain in the game. They need to get their mojo back. While I respect their mature and easy-going ways, I don't want to see them handle being eliminated before Brandy/Carol or Brent/Caite go. Giddy-up, cowboys! Get back on those horses!
|Yes, they just had a bad week||295 (50.8%)|
|No, I think they're in trouble||85 (14.6%)|
|I don't know I just don't want Carol and Brandy to beat them!||201 (34.6%)|