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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 4 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 14th 2011 5:45AM
Yakking in China on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'This is the Most Stupid Day Ever (Lijiang, China)']

This is shaping up to be a rather odd season of 'The Amazing Race.' Mind you, not quite as odd as that ill-fated (and I hope they never entertain the notion again) "family edition" some years back. That was annoying odd. This season is just plain unusual odd.

It's not just that all the teams are folks who didn't win before. It's technically not even an "all stars" season as some of the teams didn't make it all that far at all or made horrendously stupid errors resulting in their previous eliminations. It's odd for some of the things they're doing this season.

Okay, we're in the fourth episode. In the first episode, the teams stopped at the Pit Stop, received a placement order, then continued the leg. Thus, no one was eliminated. Now, a mere three episodes later, they're doing the same thing!

It's enough to make you dazed and confused, eh? When is a leg not a leg in this race? Does a Philimination make it a leg, or just a Pit Stop order with someone winning a trip make it a leg? Or is it not a leg at all? Are they doing this to stretch out the season more, yet not have more than the standard three non-elimination legs? Maybe the goal is to air the show through May sweeps instead of the usual mid-May finale.

I realize I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, but I'm finding this perplexing. Perhaps, like Zev, I like order in my life (and television shows). What are your thoughts about the latest "to be continued" bit?

Back to the race itself, the teams were off to China. Now, China is the home of the bad blood between Kisha/Jen and Margie/Luke. While rivalry can be cool, that past brouhaha was just plain ugly. Thankfully, it wasn't repeated in this latest China leg.

Since we're left in a cliffhanger, the biggest news of the night was the almost complete breakdown of Vyxsin. What was up with that? First she "navigated" them over three hours out of the way and they missed their mandatory flight. Although they definitely suffered their self-imposed time penalty by so royally screwing up, it's unknown if they'll also receive another penalty if and when they hit the Pit Stop.

Then, during the Roadblock, Vyxsin continued her meltdown as she worked herself into some sort of panic attack while searching for the Chinese zodiac characters. It's amazing that Kent actually handled her meltdown well. He's matured a lot since their last season. She, on the other hand, seems to have regressed.

Although they fared better in the race itself, Ron and Christina suffered a role reversal disorder in the leg. It's as if Christina became the parent and Ron her child. Slapping his hand as he kept reaching for candy (and some sort of live cooking fish), she was the one in charge. He's now even more of a whiny fussbudget.

All of the other teams worked well together. Even though Zev had real issues with the Roadblock and Justin was probably freaking inside, he kept his cool and was respectful of Zev. Once Zev realized he had two goats and needed a horse, they got through there.

The moment in the race tonight which had me laughing out loud was when the Globetrotters, not knowing their own Chinese zodiac signs kept trying them all -- "I'm a goat ... snake ... horse!"

In a whirlwind of activity in the Detour and final task, somehow Margie and Luke got the lead. They're not getting that much airtime this season. With the exception of Margie getting winded in the high altitude mountain endeavors, it's like all of a sudden they were leading the pack. Well, good for them.

So, this is where we stand:

- Luke and Margie won the leg.
- It's "To Be Continued ... "
- Zev and Justin were still doing the Detour.
- Kent and Vyxsin, on the way to the Detour, realized they have to turn back for their lost fannypack (which contains their money and passports).
- Kent and Vyxsin might face a penalty for not taking the mandatory flight.
- All of the teams passed through the Pit Stop except for Zev/Justin and Kent/Vyxsin.
- The yaks were most definitely cool.

What's going to happen next? Stay tuned!

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

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It's never good to be the object of the first cubicle interview seen on an episode... particularly when it showcases how well you've been doing and leaving us with the notion, "Now Zev just needs to do his thing and we're golden."

That's like asking to be philiminated... and that's what was shown for Justin and Zev at the top of last night, which doesn't bode well for them.

Ron is amazingly annoying... and it was funny to see Margie in the back of the car grunting at Luke... man I can't stand that team... I wish they were gone, Jackie!!!

March 14 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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