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'The Amazing Race' Season 17, Episode 11 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 6th 2010 6:00AM
I'm surrounded by ninjas! Want a kiss?['The Amazing Race' - 'I'm Surrounded by Ninjas!']

If the moon is truly in the seventh house and Jupiter is definitely aligned with Mars, if all that is good is right with the world ... then we all know that it's time for Nick and Vicki to leave 'The Amazing Race.' If Vicki could switch out partners at this late date, that would be fine, but Nick must go.

But, this show isn't always that predictable. Reality shows often don't go quite the way the fans want them to go. True, it would take a miracle for Nick and Vicki to overcome both a six-hour penalty and a Speed Bump, but you never know.

Yeah, right. Like they could pull that off! Of course they were Philiminated! Not only were they six hours behind and facing the Speed Bump, they missed the first flight out to the next destination. The other three teams were on a flight to Seoul, South Korea, at 12:25AM. Nick and Vicki caught a flight about nine hours later. Much too late in the race, Nick decided to be the good guy and roll with the flow.

So this leg ended up being a race between the other three teams, all more deserving of the win. At least they're not quitters like Nick was last week. Due to all being on the same flight, they all started out even once again. Once the teams hit South Korea, it was off to the DMZ (demilitarized zone). Say what? Isn't that just a bit dangerous?

Why, yes it is. However, the element of danger seemed to give the teams an adrenalin boost, something that they all needed to keep plugging along. While Jill and Thomas tend to be the top dogs, Nat and Kat are more of a thinking team. They actually got a tourist to buy them a travel book of South Korea in the airport. Smart women, those doctors!

My personal favorites still in the race, Brook and Claire, let me down a bit this week. Yes, I'd still like them to win, but they made the epic 'TAR' mistake of not reading the clue. Argh! Come on, really? Perhaps their minds have turned to mush with the whirlwind race. Whatever the reason, they took a taxi at one point instead of walking or taking the subway as directed by the clue. Although they also bickered a bit later on, it wasn't anything like the Nick or Thomas insults while sniping, so that's forgiven. But, for gosh sakes, read the damn clue!

Tonight was just about everything you'd expect in a leg -- bad taxi drivers, a lack of English both spoken and written on signs, and some way cool challenges. Whitewater rafting is always a fun challenge. Perhaps it's not all that challenging with all the gear and guides, but the teams really enjoy it and it gets their spirits up every time.

The "finding this in a sea of that" aspect of the Roadblock -- finding a specific headband on one of 200 soldiers doing taekwondo -- added yet another neat dimension. While those are never easy to do, this one added a bit of danger. I hope that Nick got bopped by one of them if he did it. Actually, they weren't really shown much throughout the leg because they were so far behind. They apparently washed tanks as their Speed Bump on the military base.

Surprisingly, everyone took the speed-skating selection on the Detour, even those who had never skated. This is where Claire and Brook had their cross words. Claire was reluctant to skate, Brook wanted to skate, Claire got all passive-aggressive about it, and then it turned out just fine. What wasn't just fine was that they took a cab. Jill, in particular, was very suspicious about how they got ahead and she'd soon know.

We can't know for certain if Brook and Claire would have won the leg had they not taken the cab and received a 30-minute penalty. Jill and Thomas ended up dazed and confused going into the last clue, plus had cab problems. But Brook and Claire wouldn't have hit the Detour as quickly as they did.

That's all water under the raft now. Jill and Thomas ended up with the win for this leg as Brook and Claire sat out their penalty time. Nat and Kat came in third. Nick and Vicki were Philiminated. All is good with the world. My personal vote for the best line of the night was Vicki claiming that she thought it was admirable that she made it through to that point without killing Nick. Now, that would have been good TV!

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

We're down to the wire. Will an all-female team win 'The Amazing Race'?
Yes! Nat and Kat have it in the bag!143 (32.2%)
Nope! Jill and Thomas for the win!54 (12.2%)
Yep, Brook and Claire will take home the million!91 (20.5%)
This one is too closely matched to tell.156 (35.1%)

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So, if only Nick had stuck with that challenge on the boat looking for that number, even up to 4+ more hours, they would've been in the race, at least on the same plane as the others... what a douche.

I really hope Brooke and Claire win. I enjoy their high spirits most of the time.

December 07 2010 at 2:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Brook/Claire would have had a good shot at taking first still without the taxi mistake. It looked as if Nat/Kat just missed the train. So Brook/Claire would have certainly made the ride, and still made it to the Rink around the same time. Then they would only have been about 3 laps behind or so.

December 06 2010 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Margaret Evans

Brook and Claire were at the stadium with Nat and Kat. So it wasn't like they were way in front of Nat and Kat. They were also arguing about which Detour they would do and wasted time when they at least should have been running to the train. We even saw Nat and Kat high tail it out of the stadium while Brook and Claire were walking. I doubt they would have made the train Nat and Kat missed.

December 08 2010 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what, no love for brooke and claire?

December 06 2010 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Phil can't say enough that there could be a first time win for an all female team. I think they will throw something in so Jill and Thomas don't win. You see how they didn't have a strong male team on the show this year? That's because everytime they do, they win.

December 06 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want one of the lesbian couples to win it!

December 06 2010 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ugh, because they are a all female team, they are automatically lesbians? Would you say the same if it was a all male team?

I am hoping that Nat and Kat win. They have played the game fairly and it would be great if a smart team actually won.

December 06 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

That was a great episode. So glad that Nick is finally gone and agree that Vicki is admirable for not axing him somewhere along the trip.

Looking forward to the finale. I don't have a particular fave team but it would be great to finally have a female team finally win.

December 06 2010 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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