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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 5 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 21st 2011 7:20AM
Build-a-dinosaur workshop on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'Don't Ruin the Basketball Game (Kunming, China)']

"Wait ... what do dinosaurs have to do with ruining basketball games?" you ask.

Well, if you were running 'The Amazing Race' with a couple of Harlem Globetrotters, it might be to your advantage to have a dinosaur take your place in a quick pick-up game. Right? That's what it was all about tonight -- dinosaurs on the basketball court. Or, I could be leading you all astray. Read on!

Thankfully, the show's producers didn't decide to continue the "to be continued" leg tonight and we actually had a finished leg. For me, it was quite a satisfying finish, but perhaps not for everyone. At least one team might be a bit unhappy about it.

When we last left the teams, Kent and Vyxsin were in a kerfuffle about their missing fanny pack. Since it contained their passports as well as their money, they had no choice. Even though they were already the last team, they had to go back to retrieve the bag.

It seems that this turn of events might have been enough for them to kick their race into gear. With Vyxsin's extreme meltdowns last week, I was ready for them to go. After watching them in action this week, not so much. I was actually happier to see another team bite the Philimination.

They received a 30-minute penalty at the Pit Stop, but they were the only ones who knew about it heading into the second part of the leg. Since it wasn't a non-elimination leg, they didn't have to face any extra tasks. But that's still quite a chunk of time to make up when you're already behind the pack. That is, unless there's a bunch-up point. And yes, there was!

Making a wise decision not to share the penalty news, Kent and Vyxsin joined all the other teams on a train ride. Interesting trains they have there -- three bunks high. Once again Zev and Justin cracked me up with their comments about how the murderers on the train won't go for the high bunks! Those two and the Globetrotters are the comedy relief for the season.

Ron and Christina are somewhat comedic, but definitely in a different vein. They're more of a "shake your head and sigh aloud" comedy. What the heck is going on with Ron? He was gruff in his previous season; now he's a bewildered fussbudget who likes food way too much.

There were lessons to be learned in this leg. First and foremost, teams shouldn't depend on following other teams. Kisha/Jen and Zev/Justin decided to team up with and follow Ron and Christina. After all, they speak Chinese and surely they were the team in charge! Er, no. They went to an entirely wrong place, thus allowing other teams to snag the lead.

Other lessons learned this leg:

- Give your dolls nicknames and you'll zap through the memory task. Just ask the Globetrotters!

- Two cowboys can't beat two Globetrotters at basketball.

- Sometimes you have to U-turn people right to their face. That was Kent's doing and probably one of the best decisions he could have made.

- Sometimes karma can come back to bite you, Cara and Jaime. True, they might not have realized that Flight Time and Big Easy were already running last, but still.

- Not all golden arches are McDonalds.

- If you have the Express Pass and need it, use it. But try not to screw up and let another team beat you to the Pit Stop.

- Redheads are mean. What? As a redhead, I must stress only some redheads are mean.

- Their names are Cara and Jaime.

With the exception of the dolls and the theater in the Detour, it was a bit disappointing that the other tasks weren't all that culturally related. Putting solar tubes up on a building? Erecting a dinosaur? While the latter was cool, it didn't provide the usual glimpse into the people and the culture.

However, the end made everything all worthwhile. Jet and Cord scored first place while Cara and Jaime were Philiminated. They were rude and played the role of the Ugly Americans (although they are both indeed pretty women) in their previous season. There wasn't much character development this time around.

What do you think? Did you want them gone, too? Or is there another team you want gone more? Tell us in comments!

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

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The cowboys' golden image was a little tainted after their first season. Despite being shown as practically perfect in every way in editing, Dan & Jordan (the winners of that season) have mentioned in interviews that they were kind of terrible sometimes when the cameras weren't rolling regarding Jordan's sexuality (or was it Dan? I get them confused). Regardless, there are no teams this season I actively hate, and most I sort of like in one way or another, so it's a win all around as far as I'm concerned.

March 21 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also liked that this was a completed leg. Glad the cowboys came in first (although I've heard some whisperings that Gladd doesn't like them--not sure what underlies that). Am I right that Zev and Justin are autistic (not artistic)? If so, aren't they supposed to be smart about directions and putting puzzles together? Or, am I wrong or stereotyping?
The most resilient team usually wins. As an older person, I hate to say, but it's hard to keep up with the youngsters (anyone under 45). So, I'm betting on the cowboys--or the Globetrotters.

March 21 2011 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jackie Schnoop

Zev has Asperger's Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. Justin is his friend, no autism. I think the pressure put on the racers also affects puzzle-solving. And, if they decide to follow a team who are going the wrong way, that's on them for not thinking for themselves or getting directions for themselves. I'm personally cheering on Zev and Justin because Zev sometimes cracks me up and they work well together.

March 21 2011 at 6:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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