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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 8 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 18th 2011 7:15AM
Kent & Vyxsin, 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior (Austria)']

After a couple of weeks in India, 'TAR' shifted gears and climates by taking the teams to the snowy streets of Austria. But before they could get there, we had to be introduced to the book-end blatant product placement of the week, which also happened to be the prize for the team who won this leg of the race: a 2012 Ford Focus.

In fact, it was so integrated into the show, Phil Keoghan even gave them one of their clues from within the MyFord Touch System. It seemed like a pretty straightforward clue, but that didn't stop Gary and Mallory from missing the gist of it completely.

It was not a great start for the last parent-child team on the 'Race.' But it was the last romantically involved couple that would provide the most drama this week, as Kent and Vyxsin fought throughout the entire leg!



Once again, Jet and Cord set off on their own, and it led to them spending much of the episode alone. Considering the luck they've had, it seemed an unnecessary gamble to book a later flight, even if it was a straight flight. They were going on the possibility of a delay impacting the layover of the other five teams, but why not just get on the same flight with everyone else and trust in yourself to accelerate ahead?

This method meant that either they would maybe get ahead if there was some kind of delay, or they'd be 30 minutes behind the pack. I love the cowboys dearly, but sometimes I just don't understand their strategic thinking.

To their credit, though, they managed to catch up to the other teams and even pulled ahead of two of them by the time the Detour was done. This Detour was interesting in that it looked like one of the tasks was downright impossible. Three teams took on the "Quick & Easy Meal" which saw them attempting to finish a big meal in the 12 minutes it took a Ferris wheel to do one rotation. All three teams failed and had to switch to the other side, putting them automatically toward the bottom.

Jet & Cord, 'The Amazing Race'It was to Kisha and Jen's credit that they managed to do both Detour tasks and still came out ahead of the cowboys, or maybe it was just a testament of how far the boys were behind. The Detour forcing half the teams to do both tasks turned out to be a blessing for the boys, who relied on their strength in the Long Hard Walk challenge.

Kent, however, saw it as an opportunity to complain and whine far worse than Vyxsin has ever done. In fact, he's one of the whiniest and apparently physically weakest contestants we've ever had. I laughed out loud when he started whining "No!" because of a door.

What perhaps stunned me, though, is that he bitched and moaned his way to a second-place finish in that challenge, behind Zev and Justin, who had one hell of a smooth leg. They raced neck-and-neck with Flight Time and Big Easy throughout this leg, and they even came in first and second at the Pit Stop. Their only hiccup came when they took a wrong turn with the Freudian couch and went up extra flights of steps. But they quickly recovered.

The Road Block, which had teams perform the duties of a chimney sweep, was disappointingly easy as all they had to do was drop a weighted ball down a chimney three times. Basically, they finished in the order they arrived, with everyone taking about the same amount of time to do it. That makes it no more challenging than a Route Info grab at a Clue Box. You can do better than this, 'Race'!

Flight Time and Big Easy were first out of the Road Block, but some trouble on the roads led to a second-place finish. That gave the win for this leg to Zev and Justin, who not only won the cars, but pulled ahead of Gary and Mallory as the team who's won the most (now three) legs.

I was perhaps the most stunned by Kent and Vyxsin's success this leg, as their whining and fighting was driving me absolutely crazy. They were at each other's throats nonstop, and then they turned around and had their best leg ever in two times running the 'Race'? Vyxsin even suggested maybe they should fight all the time, to which I'd like to vote a vehement "NO"!

Gary & Mallory, 'The Amazing Race'The rest of the teams finished in the same order in which they came out of the Road Block, with Gary and Mallory coming in dead last -- they never recovered after having to double up on the Detour.

But Phil had good news: Another non-elimination leg meant they'd race another day. It also meant they will have a Speed Bump task to perform, which will give the cowboys some extra time to make more goofy decisions and possibly still avoid elimination.

FINISHING ORDER:
1) Zev/Justin
2) Flight Time/Big Easy
3) Kent/Vyxsin
4) Kisha/Jen
5) Jet/Cord
6) Gary/Mallory [non-elimination leg]

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

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Jana

I'm VERY disgusted about the Globetrotter peeing on the side of the building. I didn't want to watch that, if was extremely offensive and not a very American representation in another country. I feel like they should have been reprimanded and fined time due to that!!! What is wrong with the AR that they left that go??? If they were out in the country without a bathroom close, I would have understood (I still would not have wanted to watch it on camera tho) but to be in a city area, with obvious bathrooms available is a disgrace to the Globetrotter name, the AR and to America. I couldn't believe it and still don't!!! It ruined the whole show for me.

April 18 2011 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
devinmcmusters

That Globetrotter peed on an historic Austrian building. What a pig.

April 18 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

It was definitely dubious to choose a different flight. Maybe if the other teams were on multiple flights, but with all of them bunched together, it made no sense to break off and choose a different flight.

On another note, seriously, is Jackie no longer doing these recaps? She's one of the few reasons I'm still at this site after all of the "improvements"... I mean, yeah, you take away our Schnoop and console us with a ton of urban links off to the right. Oh joy.

April 18 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tostie

Why did every team stop to ask for directions when they had a navigation system right there in the car?!

April 18 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kelly

My guess is that it was disabled and they weren't allowed to used it. Using the navigation system would just be too easy!!

April 18 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M-D

The cars were imported from the USA for product placement purposes - each of the Ford Focuses (Ford Foci?) had Michigan manufacturer's plates and one of those oval "USA" stickers on the back. So my hunch is that even though the nav system was present and active, it probably wasn't loaded with maps of continental Europe.

My question with regard to the Fords was why they weren't using the Euro-spec version of the Focus, which is physically identical to the US version - the only answer I could come up with was that the Euro spec doesn't have the MyFord Touch system.

April 18 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
orfyyn

Did anyone else notice one of the Globetrotters peeing on the side of the library after the challenge?! He mentions that he has to go to the bathroom, then you get a quick shot of him standing outside going against the wall. Would of been hilarious to have a team kicked off the race because they got arrested urinating on a landmark!! LOL

April 18 2011 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kaylynn

I am sure that their fans would find them urinating on a landmark enduring.

April 18 2011 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sushi

yey.. go for zev and justin! i just watched this at http://eztvstream.com

April 18 2011 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
devinmcmusters

That new Focus looks sweet. But it's almost twice as expensive as the Focus I'm driving now...

April 18 2011 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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