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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 2 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:00AM
A hopping good time on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'I've Never Looked So Foolish in My Whole Entire Life (Outback)']

Instead of such a lengthy episode title, perhaps Zev's quote, "Ow! My tail!" would have been more fitting for last night's episode of 'The Amazing Race.'

We last left our teams with Jet and Cord caught in a cliffhanger. As Phil didn't specify that all of the teams would continue racing, there was a chance we'd say goodbye to Jet and Cord, the Cowboys.

Well, of course all teams continued racing. Yes, it was indeed a Pit Stop, but the leg wasn't over. That doesn't mean the Cowboys had an easy time of it. They were still trying to figure out they were "between the devil and the deep blue sea" for what seemed like forever and were shocked to find they were actually still in the race.

In Sydney, the teams had to find "Sail to Stop" without really having a clue what it actually is. It's a sculpture at the town hall. From there, it was back to the ol' two flights routine with first come, first aboard.

For years, we saw very little in the way of alliances on this show. Now they abound. Zev/Justin work with Jen/Kisha, Cara/Jaime work with Margie/Luke and on and on. Yet nobody helped the Cowboys when they were stranded before the Pit Stop. Is that because they're all a bit wary of them? Perhaps they figure they're more equally matched with other teams?

There are some teams everyone seems to like -- Mel and Mike, for example. Mel had severe leg cramps to the point where Mike said, "I don't want to kill you!" All of the other teams nearby seemed concerned for his well-being. Other than true compassion, could it also hinge a bit on Mel's age? After all, the other teams probably don't view Mel and Mike as big competitors with a chance for the win.

Now, that would be a fine upset ... a Mel and Mike season win. Chances of it happening are nil, but it would make for an amazing finish!

So, early in the show, three teams were in severe straits -- Mel and Mike, Jet and Cord, and Amanda and Kris. The last team still had to face a self-imposed U-Turn during the leg and perform both tasks of the Detour.

While some teams had issues, others just sailed through the leg. Zev and Justin nailed every challenge, as did Jen and Kisha. Even the Globetrotters, not known for being great at puzzling matters, proved strong.

On the other hand, many teams faltered at the bottom of the pack. Both father and daughter teams -- Gary/Mallory and Ron/Christina -- lost pace as the Cowboys managed to surge forward to the front once again. I'm not surprised. I'm not calling them the alpha male team for nothing.

But it was Amanda and Kris who faced the biggest challenge. Had Ron not been such a fussbudget and disorganized, there wouldn't have been any competition for the last place spot. Kris and Amanda had to complete both Detour tasks, then got lost (as did some other teams) in the "Roo'd Awakening" task. Amanda and Kris have now been Philiminated twice due to U-Turns, not a record anyone wants.

One of the coolest things about this show are the peeks into the local culture. The Detour had two Aboriginal-related tasks, both accompanied by locals and a man playing a didgeridoo. The other task just prior to the Pit Stop clue was a hoot! I want a pair of bouncy kangaroo shoes!

A few random notes:

- Zev and Justin won the leg and a Cancun vacation. Is that safe?
- Why is Kent "Kent" this season when he was "Kynt" in his previous season?
- What was with Kent demanding Vyxsin get children for the dance? I was happy he was so wrong about it!
- Zev continues to make me laugh. What a great representative for the Asperger's community! He's witty and he really races well, too.
- Justin: "Zev can do this one. He's artistic." Zev: "Autistic, too!"
- Luke seemed to resemble the Luke we knew before. The dude gets frustrated way too easily.
- Kent knew the chemistry symbols in the one clue right away. No one else did.

Did the right team get the elimination? What team do you want out next?

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

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General Kenobi

Maybe if the entire cast wasn't from like 4 seasons they wouldn't have natural alliances from their previous season to rely on.

And it's not too early to push you for Big Brother... if we wait until it's time, we could find out they've replaced you on that like they did on Survivor... No thanks! We want our Jackie!!!!!

February 28 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it a bit unfair that some teams help others although I understand why. Still, that could come back to bite them in the rear if on a future leg, those other teams fail to reciprocate. Glad the cowboys made it through. joyn

February 28 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He Kent because before the race his father died and he changed his name to honour him...

i read that somewhere, anyway great recap!

February 28 2011 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jackie Schnoop

Thank you for the kind words and for the information about his name. It does make sense. I'm sure he was named "Kent" not "Kynt" when he was born.

February 28 2011 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jackie I love your perspective on reality shows. Great write-up as always.
I hope you keep writing reviews for TV Squad. I'm ready for a summer of Big Brother with you.

February 28 2011 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jackie Schnoop

Thank you, Margo. It's a little early to be thinking 'Big Brother,' but I hope to be covering it again!

February 28 2011 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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