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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 10 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2011 11:30AM
Zev, 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'['The Amazing Race' - 'Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen (Switzerland)']

Next week is the two-hour finale! Of the five remaining teams, I can safely admit that the team I want gone the most right now is Kent and Vyxsin. If I have to listen to one more leg of Kent whining and them fighting, I might go find them wherever they're at right now and show them what it feels like.

In their previous race, I was pretty frustrated with Kisha and Jen as I thought they showed some poor sportsmanship, but they've been much more low-key this time around. The same can be said for the Globetrotters, but maybe those two things are related. There seems to be an obvious attraction there.

But the record for quietest racers has to go to Gary and Mallory. Their strategy seems to be to just keep their heads down, and get the work done. Mallory, of course, spends every chance she can find gawking and laughing, but that's what we want to see. This is an extraordinary opportunity, and I love it when I see the joy on their faces at where they're at and what they find themselves doing.

This week, teams found themselves making chocolate gnomes and performing search and rescue operations in the Swiss mountains. How can that not be awesome?

The Detour was the "Search and Rescue" aspect of it, which saw teams choosing between finding and digging out a training dummy, or rappelling into a crevasse and rescuing a man "trapped" there. Like two of the teams, I totally underestimated how difficult the digging task would be.

I wonder if that's a regional thing. People who experience snowpacks up north probably know good and well how difficult it can be to dig several feet down into it, whereas those of us who don't experience that are thinking, what's a little snow? I've shoveled my driveway and it's never been that difficult!

Shows what little I know. I loved how both teams tore their dummies in half during the rescue. In my book, ripping someone's legs off doesn't necessarily constitute a successful rescue, but neither team was penalized for it.

The "Rescue" teams all finished before the two "Search" teams. Poor Zev and Justin started off in first and wound up in the rear thanks to their struggles on this challenge, while Gary and Mallory found themselves in fourth.

Those two positions didn't change at the next challenge, which seemed to be about equally time-consuming for all team members. It was a pretty neat experience, though, seeing how such intricate chocolates are made.

When I saw them sticking their gnome halves in the freezer haphazardly, I knew someone was going to get theirs mixed up. I'm not sure why no one was keeping better track of this, or why no one could deduce which halves were which. Do they not have Sharpies in Switzerland? A couple of initials or a mark of some sort would have saved Vyxsin from having to cry some more, and I've seen enough of that to last a lifetime.

I don't know if she cheated or not, as Big Easy claimed, but Vyxsin did get done first. That we don't know what happened or who was at fault is pretty irritating in a game where such things should have consequences. Tampering with another team's project in a challenge has to be a race no-no.

Kent and Vyxsin may have gotten out of the Road Block first, but they forgot the cardinal rule of 'The Amazing Race.' READ THE CLUE! Read it thoroughly and digest every word.

Words like "on foot" can be very important. I was laughing, though, when despite being the first ones out of the Road Block, and the only ones to use a cab, they still got beat out by two teams. Two teams that were properly "on foot."

Then, proving himself to be a horrible competitor, Kent proceeded to blame Vyxsin for misreading the clue after Phil called them for taking a taxi and gave them a 30-minute penalty. It was a disgusting display of petty childishness, made even more shocking by Vyxsin's declaration that she had the best partner in the whole race later. Really? You do? Wow.

Kent and Vyxsin's mistake cost them the race. It was also a tremendous gift to Zev and Justin (should we give some credit to the lucky hat Justin's sister knitted him?), who now get to skate into next week's finale after a disastrous dig on the mountain. Flight Time and Big Easy slowly surged throughout the leg for an impressive "worst-to-first" finish, followed by their 'Race' girlfriends.


1) Flight Time & Big Easy
2) Kisha & Jen
3) Kent & Vyxsin (30-minute penalty)
3) Gary & Mallory
4) Zev & Justin
5) Kent & Vyxsin (Philiminated!)

Who do you think will win 'The Amazing Race'?
Flight Time and Big Easy1133 (27.6%)
Kisha and Jen409 (9.9%)
Gary and Mallory1349 (32.8%)
Zev and Justin1221 (29.7%)

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

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It definitely wasn't Vyxsin, as they specifically showed her putting her mold on the bottom, then showing Flight Time picking that one up... I don't know who took his, but it wasn't her, as she was very truthful about where she put hers and that that was the one he had... I agree there should've been some penalty of screwing with another team's mold like that...

That said, I'm really glad these co-dependent weirdos are gone... They can take his pansy ass crying and blaming childishness and her delusional self-importance and be gone for good this time.

May 02 2011 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Trotters are just mean-spirited bullies. and Kynt does not deserve an angle like Vyxsin.

May 02 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good riddance to Kent!

May 02 2011 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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