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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 2 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:10AM
Selling sunglasses on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race' - 'A Kiss Saves the Day']

Last week we dipped our toes in to feel how the water was in the latest season of 'The Amazing Race.' It was our first look at the teams and the last glance we'd have of one team. While the new "Express Pass" was introduced, we didn't see the standard Roadblock and Detour.

This week we cannonballed right into the action. We're talking Roadblock, Detour, crazy cabbies and locals galore! The pressure is on the teams. Who will be eliminated next?

Please note that Phil Keoghan's been untrustworthy for the last few seasons. It used to be that when he said "may be eliminated," it was a clue that we were watching a non-elimination leg. Nowadays, he uses the word "may" most of the time in clues. The only time you can really count on anything is when he says "will be eliminated." Whatever, we all know that the first non-elimination leg is a few weeks away.

The teams went from one culture to a definitely extremely different one tonight as they left the Eastnor Castle and flew off to Accra, Ghana. While I feel a bit Vicki-ish as I'd never heard of Accra, at least I did know Ghana is in Africa. What really surprised me was the fact that English seems to be the main language. I peeked into Ghana on the Internet to find that Accra is huge, and parts of it are indeed very modern. But the racers didn't go to those parts!

We're still getting a handle on the teams. The Princeton dudes need to stop being nice. I mean it. If they keep waiting for other teams, most of whom would leave them behind in a moment, they're going to find themselves hitting that mat last. It's one thing to work a bit with other teams, but you do not wait to leave the pit stop just to travel with them.

Luckily for them, all the teams were on a single flight heading to Ghana. They had their first culture shock as beggars approached their cars. Even the cabbies were telling the teams not to give money. The only one who did give money was Andie -- it's a wonder her car wasn't totally mobbed.

The roads, conditions of the taxi cabs (which included broken windshields) and the general atmosphere was similar to the times we've seen the teams off the beaten path in impoverished areas of India. Yet the locals in cosmopolitan Accra had money to buy sunglasses from the teams in the Roadblock, and some also seemed very familiar with hip-hop and Hollywood.

From what we saw, many people haven't made the move to either cable or digital television. Oh my ... shades of the old television at my grandparents' house! Snow, wait, move the antenna this way a bit! Yep, the Detour had the racers either installing a TV antenna on a marked house, or carrying coffins to the coffin showroom. After seeing the coffins, it no longer seemed odd that some guy was buried in his Cadillac. Again, I turned to the Internet: This coffin business does indeed exist. I think I want a cat. What kind of coffin would you order?

If Chad was humbled a bit more this week, we didn't really see it. If Vicki & Nick were outlandishly dumb this week, we missed it. What we did see was that certain teams who had seemed so on the ball last week, faced struggles this week. Jill & Thomas, Nat & Kat ... both teams had issues. Nick & Vicki and Gary & Mallory trailed, but I didn't expect wonders from them.

Brook & Claire were the early leaders and maintained their lead throughout, coming in first at the Pit Stop. They won a Hawaiian vacation, too! Team birth mom and daughter, Andie & Jenna, arrived last at the Pit Stop and were Philiminated. Personally, I think that's the best thing that could happen to them. The teams eliminated early basically go on a vacation for a month. That would be so much better for them to get to know each other, don't you think?

'The Amazing Race' airs Sun., 8PM ET on CBS.

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I do think the birthmother/daughter team will be better off spending some time together in a vacation-like atmosphere. I wish them all the best.

I was glad to see the teams play differently this week and have the finishing order switch up. It's just more fun when one team doesn't dominate.

It was also awesome to go to someplace brand new. I'll bet Accra was new to us, and it was good for all of us to see another way of life.

October 04 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A big screen TV coffin, of course!

October 04 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Couchtime With Jill

I think this is going to be a good season. I'm putting my money on Team Volleyball as the team to beat. I'd love for them to win since there hasn't been an all-female team win yet. Great episode too - loved the location, interesting challenges. Check out my full review here: http://bit.ly/ajEqFW

October 04 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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