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'The Amazing Race' - 'They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 2nd 2010 11:10PM
Caite counts golden Buddhas on 'The Amazing Race'
(S16E11) Yikes, it's the penultimate episode of 'The Amazing Race' already? Where did the season go? But, thinking back, I barely remember some of the earliest departing teams. I would have predicted that two of the teams in the final four would be here due to their early successes on legs. The other two, not so much.

However, on this show, the final four means little. It's the final three who finish the race, win or lose. If the final four were the criteria, perhaps we'd have a season finale which lasts more than an hour. For a top Emmy-winning reality show, the hour season premiere and hour season finale just doesn't cut it with me. I want more!

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'The Amazing Race' - 'I Feel Like I'm In, Like, Sicily' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 25th 2010 11:35PM
(S16E10) With four teams remaining on 'The Amazing Race,' this season's almost a wrap. While the remaining teams aren't quite the teams I expected vying for the win, there's one aspect of the four teams which almost puts me in shock. There's only one woman left. That's a bit surprising in and of itself.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'Dumb Did Us In' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 11th 2010 11:54PM
The Amazing Race in Singapore
(S16E09) Yikes! I'm finding it hard to believe that we're down to five teams on 'The Amazing Race.' It seems like it just started a few weeks ago. Where has the season gone? The five remaining teams aren't necessarily the final five teams I would have predicted in the beginning. I really thought Steve and Allie or Joe and Heidi would have taken up a few of the last slots.

But both of those teams were Philiminated, so we're down to models, lesbians, cowboys, cops and young brothers, oh my. Well, the cowboys are brothers, too. Are the best teams still in the running? I can only say that since they haven't been eliminated, they deserve to be there. That doesn't mean I have to like them.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'You're Like Jason Bourne, Right?'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:02AM
Carol and Brandy lug incense on 'The Amazing Race'
(S16E08) Tonight will make or break this season's strongest team, Jet and Cord, on 'The Amazing Race.' I know some folks might say they aren't the strongest team as they came in last in the previous leg and were only saved by it being a non-Philimination leg. But I beg to differ. They definitely had a bad leg; they most certainly screwed up by not reading a clue. Even taking that into consideration, they're the strongest team. They seem to be up to almost every task thrown their way, and they work well together as a team. Can they overcome the speed bump and continue the race?

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'The Amazing Race' - 'Anonymous?'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 29th 2010 12:20AM
Brent and Caite transport coconuts on 'The Amazing Race'
(S16E07) Who'd be a better sponsor for the seventh episode of this season's 'The Amazing Race' than 7-Up? While I'm surprised there wasn't product placement throughout the show, it was certainly mentioned enough. And, now one team even has a lifetime supply of the beverage.

While it was a nice reprieve from the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, it makes me miss the old days when commercials were just in the commercials. What? You say I'm promoting products? Not so ... er, pass me that glass of 7-Up, please.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 15th 2010 1:08AM
Fighting the war on The Amazing Race
(S16E05) Brave soldiers marching as to war ... or maybe it's just a team from 'The Amazing Race' hoping to make the pit stop without interference from the Red Baron. The episode started off on a new and different note. After arriving at the last pit stop, the teams were taken to an undisclosed location. They didn't know; we didn't know. Mais oui, we all figured it out. It turned out that the lack of whereabouts knowledge wasn't what affected this leg. It was all about over confidence. That can end up biting you in the butt.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 8th 2010 1:08AM
The teams encounter an intersection on The Amazing Race
(S16E04) Ah, a tough decision -- 'The Amazing Race' or the start of the Academy Awards? Nah, not tough at all. If 'The Amazing Race' is on, I'm watching! I'm such an addict. I just can't get that rush of adrenalin, that perched-on-the-edge-of-my-seat excitement and more over the Oscars. With the Academy Awards, I don't have a team to cheer on, nor anyone to mock. I don't get that quick smack of cultural knowledge watching Hollywood glitz. Give me beer-drinking, bungee-jumping, bad taxi hacks, sauerkraut-eating, polka-playing, soccer ball kicking, strange metro systems, and teamwork (or the lack thereof). That's what I want for my Sunday evening. And, anyway, the best awards come late into the evening!

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'The Amazing Race' - 'When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 22nd 2010 12:10AM
The Amazing Race teams get serenaded in Chile
(S16E02) 'The Amazing Race' is the reality television show that most viewers want to live vicariously through. After all, who really wants to be stuck in a house with strangers? Or eat bugs? Nope. We want adventure! A whirlwind trip through countries, cool challenges, a quick cultural dip into unfamiliar territories, and more. Sure, there's a million dollar prize at the end. But I think the show attracts some teams almost as much for the adventure of it all. However, teams caught up in the adventure sometimes take their eyes off the prize and face Philimination.

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Review: The Amazing Race - It Starts With an F, That's All I'm Saying

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 30th 2009 12:01AM
Kafka-esque absurdity on The Amazing Race in Prague

(S15E11) Next week is the big season finale of The Amazing Race. But this week the last four teams have to battle it out for the prized final three slots racing for the finish line. So, you would think this is the time to put on the big boy (or girl) pants, step up to the plate, give it your all, and a thousand other corny trite sayings. Alas, one team tonight has a huge fail. Of all the legs to fall apart and go kerflooey, this one so near the finale is cruel indeed. Too bad, so sad.

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Review: The Amazing Race - We're Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:25AM
Sam and Dan take another team's taxi cab
(S15E10) I mentioned last week that the remaining teams on The Amazing Race are really feeling the pressure as they're getting closer to the win. Well, there were no fisticuffs, no elbowing, but there was an underhanded incident ... or two or three.

Unlike Survivor, this show doesn't depend on sneakiness or scheming. In the end, it's how well they run the race around the world, how well they read the clues, and how well they complete the tasks. While getting along with the other teams is always a good thing, there's no popularity vote at the finish line. But they are competing. Sometimes some sneakiness just sneaks on in.

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Review: The Amazing Race - We're Not Meant for the Swamp

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 16th 2009 12:50AM
The brothers and the Globetrotters sprint through the bog
(S15E09) Things got a bit down and dirty tonight on The Amazing Race. I'm talking more ways than one. As the promos for the episode showed, we had muddy bogs and a quasi-skirmish between two teams tonight. There are five teams left in the race at this time. Two of the teams are definitely vying for the alpha male rating on the show. And I'm not talking Brian and Ericka! Any previous alliances are gone in the wind as the teams try to get to the precious final three. Take no prisoners.

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Review: The Amazing Race - This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 9th 2009 1:47AM
Looking for a needle in a haystack on The Amazing Race
(S15E08) This week we revisited one of the toughest roadblocks ever on The Amazing Race. Back in season six, the same farm with the same roadblock did in one team. Kristy and Lena spent eight hours searching for a clue they never did find. Phil Keoghan came out to them after dark in the field and called an end to their search. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time the show has repeated a roadblock. And what a doozy to choose! While looking for a clue in a haystack is easier than looking for a needle, there are so many haystacks -- how would our five remaining teams fare? Read on.

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Review: The Amazing Race - Do it for the Hood! Do it for the Suburbs!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 26th 2009 12:34AM
Maria and Tiffany on their way in The Amazing Race
(S15E06) One of the many things I learned tonight on The Amazing Race is that Dubai is probably hotter than anyplace I really want to visit. Every team was sweating; every team was complaining. At least those teams who didn't have a clue about where the Persian Gulf is or whether it's a country in and of itself will remember it now. If nothing else but for the heat. Oh. And the way cool six-story water slide into shark infested waters. At least one team will really remember that water slide.

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Review: The Amazing Race - I'm Like Ricky Bobby

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 19th 2009 12:40AM
Flight Time Lang studies the map in Dubai on The Amazing Race
(S15E05) Once again in the NYC viewing area, The Amazing Race suffered a huge delay in airing due to football. Tonight, it started an hour and fifteen minutes late. And, after all of that, the Jets lost! It's a miracle this show keeps receiving Emmy awards when the CBS Sunday night schedule is so fickle due to every sport under the sun or inside a stadium. Speaking of sports ... who are the Brinkley Tigers on Flight Time's t-shirt? They can't be Christie Brinkley's ex-husbands, can they?

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The Amazing Race: Sean Penn Cambodia Here We Come

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 12th 2009 12:40AM
Monkey business at the TAR roadblock
(S15E04) You'll have to bear with me tonight. You see, I'm cranky. Yes, I'm cranky about tonight's episode of The Amazing Race. Perhaps I'd be a bit less cranky had the show started anywhere near on time. No, it's a Sunday show and here in the NYC viewing area, any sport played during the day can run over and delay the entire Sunday evening primetime line-up. On a night like tonight, delayed 45 minutes, it wreaks havoc with other shows I'd like to watch and my review writing time. But that's not the only reason I'm cranky.

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