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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 7 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 8th 2010 9:00AM
Clowning around on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race' - 'I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong']

No clowning around here, it's high time to change this show's Sunday night time-slot to another night where it won't constantly be delayed by football! Here on the East Coast the show was delayed by more than an hour. DVRs get confused and writers get antsy.

It could be worse. We could be David Caruso fans.

Tonight's episode of 'The Amazing Race' was perplexing and not just because of the delay. Sure, it was entertaining. Don't get me wrong. It's never not entertaining. Read on for the skinny!

To get the perplexing bits out of the way first ...

1. Read the clues. Follow the clues. That can't be stressed enough, season to season, leg to leg. Michael and Kevin, this is specifically directed at you. Chad and Stephanie also need to learn the lesson. However, since Chad is so irksome, it might be best they don't read the clues!

2. Um ... speed bump? Nick and Vicki were saved in the non-elimination leg last week. They faced no extra challenge? Perhaps there was one and it just didn't get air time. But there should have been some reference to it. If there was no speed bump at all, we deserve to know why. Paging Phil Keoghan! What's up with that?

Now that those bits are out of the way, we'll get into the action. The teams didn't make it out of Russia this week, but it was all worthwhile solely for the circus Detour choices. The teams had a choice between balancing spinning plates or learning a traditional song on accordions. Both tasks were challenging enough, but add annoying clown chaos and it makes things all that more difficult.

Nat and Kat are definitely more cerebral players than most. They went for the accordions and immediately decided to code the finger moves. While Chad and Stephanie later decided to do the same, it wasn't done as quickly into things as they had attempted plates first. Most of the teams opted for the plate spinning, giving Nick his first opportunity of the evening to yell out, "Dumbass!" In either task, the teams had to wear huge clown noses. Gary couldn't see his accordion keys around his nose.

Then came disaster. With directions reading that the mystery continues, the teams had specific directions that they could neither take a taxi nor pay one to lead them to the next clue. They could ask locals for directions. This was the beginning of the end for Kevin and Michael. They took a taxi. Brook and Claire were following them, also in a taxi, but realized their mistake. They headed back and went on foot, but couldn't give the father and son team a heads' up.

Even though the one task for a clue was something they've done before on the show -- going up high and spotting a clue to the next destination -- it had a new twist. Instead of looking about the ground from the tower, there was a small model of the building right up there on a ledge. No one noticed it right away. Alas, it gave Chad more reason to berate his perceived-to-be-lesser partner, Stephanie. I was quite shock dumb as a box of rocks Nick noticed it so quickly and even thought to lie to other teams.

Then came the Roadblock -- Gorodki, basically throwing a bat at stacked pieces of wood to knock them all out of the set perimeter. It really didn't look that difficult. You'd think someone would get the hang of the bat throw after a few tries. Michael did horrible. Of course, this was with us knowing they'd face a penalty for the cab snafu.

Wrong -- they had two penalties. One was for having a taxi lead them, the other for taking a cab. Chad and Stephanie, vying for that next-to-last place against Michael and Kevin, had to run back for their bags, then face their own single penalty for taking a taxi. Clues, folks, clues. Read 'em or weep. Goodbye, Michael and Kevin. Hopefully Chad and Stephanie will follow you soon.

Nat and Kat's early lead continued through the leg, once again garnering them a first place finish. Gary and Mallory continue to surprise me, as do Nick and Vicki. I didn't think either of them would still be in it. Brook and Claire grow on me more each week. I'm getting a kick out of the "kiss count" and they're generally upbeat about things. This season could very well give us our first winning female team. As long as Chad and Stephanie don't win, I'll be happy.

'The Amazing Race' airs Sundays at 8PM ET on CBS.

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I thought it was very sad when Stephanie said Chad was getting better and they were getting closer to each other. Uhm, if that's better then I sure don't want to see how he treats her back home!

I'm always amazed that in their hurry some people forget to read the clues thoroughly. It's kind of important ... along with knowing how to drive a stick shift and making fire. What? Wrong game?

November 08 2010 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There has to be something wrong with Kevin that a 59 year old can't do simple tasks. Why would Kevin let him do anything. They were the second team to arrive and had they finished as fast as the first team they could have served out their hour penalty and still had enough time to finish before the last teams.

November 08 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Another odd thing. Only some of the teams times (upon leaving the pit stop at start of the show) were shown. I realize they don't show them anymore when the teams are about to "bunch up" at airports or whatever, but, when they're not? Just thought that was odd too.

Kevin, like Katie and Rachel, needs to just let go of the fact that they lost. At Elimination Station, he's still moaning and groaning. I liked this team a lot but am a little disappointed with Kevin's reaction.

November 08 2010 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joyce N.'s comment

Being disappointed in a loss is not wrong. It should feel bad to lose. If it doesn't then why the heck would you want to win or even compete. And Kevin has been great this whole race. He has understood what his father can/can't do and tailored their detour choices to that. He has been encouraging also, telling the father he could do the bowling task even when Michael thought he couldn't.

I think their mistake was Kevin doing the Babushka task last episode. Michael would have managed that one fine so the road block count would have been 3/3 and then kevin could have done this one and hopefully overcome the penalty.

But hindsight is always 20/20, especially since they don't know what the road block task is before choosing who does it.

November 08 2010 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was wondering about the speed bump, too. Seems like the show should have referenced it somehow.

Stephanie should say no to the proposal.

November 08 2010 at 11:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They usually tell us when something has happened in production to cause a change to the race. It was very odd that there was no speed bump or mention as to why there was none... very strange.

I also really hope Kevin feels like an ass for the way he treated his dad throughout the race. Total impatience... and yet his inability to read is what cost them their chance in the game. Sweet irony.

November 08 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've heard there was a screwup last week in the music challenge and that's why there wasn't a speed bump.

November 08 2010 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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