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The Amazing Race Season 18

'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18 Finale Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 10:00AM
'The Amazing Race' season finale - 'This Is Where It Ends'['The Amazing Race' - 'This Is Where It Ends (Brazil and Florida)']

Last night was the two-hour finale of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.' In that span we went from four contestants to one winner, but who would it be? Based on your votes in our poll last week, you gave the edge to the likable Gary & Mallory, followed by Zev & Justin and Flight Time & Big Easy. These three teams were within 100 votes of each other.

Apparently, none of you thought Kisha and Jen stood a chance, giving them barely a third of the votes the other teams got. It doesn't look like the sisters were very popular.

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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.

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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 9 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 25th 2011 8:45AM
Gary and Mallory, 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'We're Good American People (Switzerland)']

Welcome to the friendliest edition of 'The Amazing Race' yet. With six teams remaining in the competition, everybody decided to hold hands and sing 'Kumbaya' across Lichtenstein. Where's that competitive drive?

It's as if one contestant would say, "I had a hard time with this one. Do you know the answer?"

"Well, we are racing for a million dollars, but why not," they'd get in response "Let me just tell you the answer to save you the trouble."

Really? Only one team got left out of the lovefest throughout this leg of the race, and I'll give you one hint. They've spent a good portion of the last two legs competing completely by themselves.

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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.

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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 7 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 11th 2011 8:30AM
Zev & Mallory, 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'You Don't Get Paid Unless You Win' (Varanasi, India)]

The game kept 'The Amazing Race' teams in India for one more leg, but moved them into a more spiritual realm with the shift in scenery from Kolkata to Varanasi. Along the Ganges River, Varanasi is a city where people live and come for religious and spiritual enlightenment.

It's also just as crowded, if not more so, than Kolkata, which made Zev incredibly uncomfortable. Not a lot is made of Zev's Asberger's Syndrome, but you know it has to have an impact on him in some of these situations. Nevertheless, he never really falters because of it. Mallory helped him out at one point with some earplugs to drown out the crowds.

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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 6 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 28th 2011 6:10AM
The 'Amazing Race' teams race through India.['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'I Feel Like a Monkey in a Circus Parade (Kolkata, India)']

Perhaps Ron and Christina felt comfortable in China, but no team ever feels familiar with the hustle and bustle of Kolkata, India. The entire city is always a sensory overload, as well as a population overload, when the teams from 'The Amazing Race' run through it.

The chaos of traffic and people make midtown Manhattan at rush hour look almost rural. If China was a culture shock for the teams, India was going to be a culture explosion. How did the teams fare? Read on.

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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!

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The Goths U-Turn the Cheerleaders on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 1:25AM
Double U-Turn on 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' (VIDEO)It's been a tough leg of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) for dating goth couple Kent and Vyxsin. Last week, they missed the only approved flight and then lost their passports. The flight snafu caused them to incur a 30-minute penalty at the next check-in.

Luckily, a train proved an equalizer and everyone caught back up. But with that penalty looming over them, the pair knew they had to consider the Double U-Turn coming up. And they had to deal with their bonehead move the last time they raced when they U-Turned a team that was ahead of them, rendering the move pointless.

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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.

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Kent and Vyxsin Struggle in China, Lose a Critical Item on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 14th 2011 1:31AM
Kent and Vyxsin, 'The Amazing Race'To be successful on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), we always hear about the importance of hard work, focus and luck. But we never hear enough about the importance of paying attention to the details.

That crucial facet of the game seemed to be completely lost on dating Goth couple Kent and Vyxsin from the moment the most recent leg kicked off. They immediately got lost on their way to the airport, missing a crucial flight. From that point on, they were playing catch-up.

They pulled to within one team, Zev and Justin, but another mishap has them on the brink of destruction. Headed to the next point on their trek, the pair realized they were missing their fanny pack after boarding a bus on a winding, narrow road.

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'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Season 18, Episode 3 Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 7th 2011 7:45AM
Maybe the Frog of Luck is smiling on 'The Amazing Race'['The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' - 'We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently (Japan)']

What's the absolute best thing about 'The Amazing Race'? Sure, there's the adrenalin rush as the teams race around the world. Yes, there's Phil's infamous eyebrow raise. You can cheer on your favorite teams and jeer at the ones who irk you.

But the best thing about the race is learning odd trivia about other countries as we peek into their cultures and traditions. Yep, now we can add the Frog of Luck into our everyday conversations. Life is good.

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