Amazing Race Recap: Smarter, Not Harder

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After my team (Joey and Meghan!) was eliminated last week, I was on the fence about continuing to watch Amazing Race.  After week’s episode, I’m so glad I decided to keep watching!  This was a great episode, and I decided on a new team to cheer on: the Globetrotters!  They make everything fun and are so kind to everyone they meet, like the kids in this episode.  Here’s what went on during this leg of the race:


The teams made their way to Prince Philip Park where the Roadblock was to jump on a bamboo trampoline and reach for the clue.  I would not have have volunteered for this one… I’ve got no ups.  Neither apparently does Cord, as it took him 37 jumps to reach his clue.

Two things happened in this episode to chance my mind about Brenchel.  The first of which happened here, when we found out Rachel’s been racing in pantyhose.  This made me giggle and for some reason endeared me to her a bit.

The clue led the teams to three flights to Kuala Lumpur.  The second flight ended up being so delayed that it landed roughly the same time as the third.


could you pour these from an arc of seven glasses?

could you pour these from an arc of seven glasses?

Once in Kuala Lumpur, racers could choose Mix Master or Master Mix.  Both of these detours seemed really cool, but really hard!  In Mix Master, the teams had to match a scratch rhythm like a DJ.  In Master Mix, they had to tour a pyramid of seven cocktails at once without letting the different liquids mix.  I would’ve gone Mix Master, and from the results, I think I would’ve been happy with that choice.

The second Brenchel moment comes here– it came down to Luke & Margie and Brendan & Rachel pouring cocktails.  Luke was so frustrated, and Brendan and Rachel gave him a major pep talk and encouraged him so much!  It made a huge difference to Luke, and a huge difference to me with regard to my opinion of this team.


The teams raced to Batu Caves, and here are the results:  (more…)


Amazing Race Recap: Welcome to the Jungle

this river made for one fun episode!

this river made for one fun episode!

So, the teams are finally leaving China!  They’re off the Malaysian Borneo and only two flights will get them there.  Brenchel completely loses their lead in traffic and ends up on flight number 2 with John & Jessica and Joey & Meghan, 3 hours behind the other six teams.

The first stop in Malaysia is Kiansom Waterfall, for the Road Block.  One teammate has to repel ten stories down the waterfall to retrieve the clue.  I would love to do this one!  Would you?

After the waterfall, teams have to built a raft and then are faced with a Detour: River Delivery or Run Through the Jungle.  In River Delivery, teams take produce on their rafts and deliver it to a chief midway down.  In Run Through the Jungle, teams raft all the way down without the stop and have to shoot blow darts at bird targets at the end.  I would’ve gone Run Through the Jungle. What would you have chosen?

“We’re like Huck Finn and Oliver Twist!” the blondes say when the see the raft task.  I hate them so much for saying this.  So, so much.

Dave and Connor, who chose River Delivery, accidently rafted all the way down and had to run back to make the delivery.

Leo and Jamal’s raft fell apart on the rapids, and the Cowboys passed them while they worked to reassemble.

Margie and Luke’s raft falls apart too; they have to use Margie’s shirt to tie it back together.

By the time the second plane lands, Joey and Meghan are still in last and make the fatal mistake of not making their taxi wait while they repel down the waterfall.

Group two has an equal amount of difficulty with the rafting.  I’m not sure how John and Jessica’s shoddy construction stayed together!  Brenchel’s fell apart at least twice.

The checkpoint for the end of this leg was Kota Kinabalu.  Here’s how the teams finished… (more…)