- Jason and Amy – Dating
Chester and Ephraim – NFL– Eliminated leg 3
- Leo and Jamal – Afghanimals (Cousins from Afghanistan)
Rowan and Shane – Queens (of Bingo)– Eliminated leg 2
Hoskote and Naina – Father and daughter– Eliminated leg 1
- Ally and Ashley – Ice girls (LA Kings Ice Crew)
Brandon and Adam – Hippies– Eliminated leg 4/5
- Nicole and Travis – ER Doctors (married)
- Tim and Danny – Okies (from Oklahoma)
- Tim and Marie – Divorced (two of the most annoying people on the planet)
- Nicole and Kim – Baseball wives (married to MLB players)
- And of course, Phil Keoghan – The host or just, Phil
Hello race fans.. I am moving the Amazing Race recaps to Thursday mornings due to all the Bravo shows in the first part of the week. I don’t want to sound petty but it’s kind of pointless to mix the two. So, for the rest of the seasons, you will get both CBS shows (TAR and Survivor) on the same day, Thursday.
Last week, we said goodbye to The Beards. Divorced gave up that second express pass to ER and used their own to skip past the detour. I think that was a silly thing to do and I am sure it will bite them in the butt.
This week, we’re off to Austria by train. It doesn’t matter who starts first, they are all on the same second connecting train. The IceGanimals were on a second train out of Poland and when they caught up with the others in Warsaw, the geranimals were asked about u turning the beards. They lied about doing it. I don’t really see the point of lying about it but, whatever. They are going to Vienna and have to find their way to the national opera house. Once they get there they have to find this guy who will take them and give them their next clue..
That clue, is a detour and it also contains a fast forward. For those who do not know, the fast forward will let them blow off the entire leg and go directly to the pit stop, once they complete a task. Only the first team to complete the task can use the fast forward. We’ll get to what the task is in a moment. The detour is Light Brigade or Mascaraed. Most teams chose mascaraed so we’ll discuss that one first. Both of the detours have to be completed at the place shown to the left here. I’m not even going to attempt the name of that theater.. If you want to try it, good luck.. There is a ballroom here with a bunch of couples doing a waltz. The object here is for each team to put on a set of masks and find the couple who are wearing identical masks. The picture here is only one of the masks. Dating and ER decide to attempt the fast forward but when ER sees that Dating will get their first, they decide to don the masks instead. BTW, the fast forward is weather dependent. So all but ER take on the mask task. I’ll save you the suspense.. They all get through it. The fast forward task is they have to bungee jump off of this thing, the Donaurturn.. I thought I heard Phil say it was a 500 foot jump. When Jason and Amy (dating) get there, the wind has really picked up and the guide says no, not going to happen. They beat around the bush trying to decide to wait and see if the wind dies down but eventually they go back to the mask task and do complete it, about the same time as the others it seems, from the edit.
The next clue tells them to go to the Wiener Sängerknaben for their next clue. This happens to be the home of the Vienna Boy’s Choir, which has existed since 1498. The clue is a roadblock and what do you suppose that roadblock is? You guessed it, one from each team has to sing for their next clue. Not only do they have to sing, they have to do it correctly, relatively in pitch, proper pronunciation, and in proper time. Most people can’t get Happy Birthday right, so this ought to be fun. The tune they have to solo on, is Die Forelle by Franz Schubert.. Once they do that, the choir master will give them their next clue. Jamal, Ally, Travis, D(ivorced)Tim, Nicky, Amy, and O(kie)Tim do the task. Travis has a slight advantage because he’s musically inclined, Nicky’s father is Czech (which makes her Czech as well) and he speaks German. Must have been eastern block before the wall came down. The others have a rough time with it, especially Okie Tim. He can’t get it right to save his own life. BTW each team was able to choose a coach to help them learn the song.. I think Tim picked the wrong one. It takes him 5 or 6 tries to get it even close. It took Ally, 3, and the rest, got it in 2 except Nicky and Amy who got in one try.
Dating was the last to arrive and as the wives are leaving, they go to get in a cab but realize it belongs to dating because their bags are in it. They cannot remove another teams bags to steal a cab. The driver however, can and he does. They still go get another cab though. Divorced is the next to finish and seek a cab. Guess which cab they jumped into? They were hoping they could pin stealing the cab on someone else but we will see it doesn’t quite work that way. BTW, them getting into the now empty cab, is allowed by the rules of the game so technically they didn’t do anything wrong. With Divorced long gone, Amy finishes the song and as they come out, they see their bags laying there and the space where the cab was, empty. Nothing to do about it but go get another. Amy promises to flip the bitch switch when she finds out who stole their cab. Teams are now to go to the Schonbrunn Palace where they have to find their next clue by searching the labyrinth. All of the teams eventually get there. Some have trouble navigating the maze. Hint people, keep your hand on a wall at all times. same wall, same hand. You will eventually get out of it. Divorced gets a little help from the local kids.. The clue they find at the end tells them to go to the next pit stop at the Gloriette which is way over yonder on top of the hill so here is where the race is, for last place.
ER takes first place in this leg and they win a trip to somewhere. Didn’t catch where, it doesn’t matter to me.. When Dating arrived at the palace, they noticed who stole their cab and Amy is Pizzissed. Not too surprisingly, The two teams get to the mat at the same time. Divorced is checked in before dating but both are safely sill in the race. An argument breaks out between Amy and Marie and Phil hasn’t seen anything like this since Rachel and Vanessa. They spend a couple minutes standing there arguing and I couldn’t help but feel bad for the austrian lady who was standing there with Phil. Pretty shitty behavior on both their parts but Marie and her slave were clearly the cause of this fight. That is, if you consider steeling a cab, dirty play in a race for a million dollars. The last ones to arrive due to inability to sing, Okies. At one point the choir director told him it was ‘terrible’ (it was).
That’s about it this week Racefans.. Now, on to Survivor.
Welcome back, Castaways.. Last week, in a bid to spare Vytas the embarrassment of being blindsided, LauraB ran her mouth about the women’s plan to get rid of him. Oh yes, the third best thing happened at RI. Kat was sent packing perminantly. The women then sent LauraB to the island of misfit survivors. Let’s see what happens this week, shall we?
At the Galang camp, Vytas is promising the women the world as he assures them that he is team Galang first, he can get Aras on board (sure he can). We can tell from the edit that what is about to happen, is the merge. TH Vytas pretty much confirms that he’s blowing smoke up these women’s butts about staying Galang strong. They seem to be biting, hook line and sinker.
That same night, Laura B arrives at RI.. Both LauraM and John thought it was going to be Vytas, should have been Vytas but here is LauraB. She tells them that she warned him in front of the others, she doesn’t get why she’s there instead, and OMG,. I hope this woman isn’t really that stupid. Either way, she’s bitter about being voted out, she doesn’t get it… Umm Okay..
I’m more interested in who will come back to the game. Laura M, Laura B, or John. The next morning the RI residents get their tree mail and they learn one of them will re-enter the game, the other two will go home. This is a good old endurance challenge. A good old pole dance. These types of games usually work against the muscle bound. They are too bulky for holding or even repeatedly pulling their own weight. They also work against those on the slightly curvy side.. I’m not saying John is particularly muscular or that LauraB is particularly pudgy, but, I think the advantage goes to Laura M, who is more, petite. That is her on the center post. Let’s not forget that it is hot, likely humid, and people sweat and get slippery. There are small shallow notch rings carved in the poles where contestants may be able to put their feet for help. For John, who like me, is sporting canal boats, these are of little help even after he kicks off his shoes in hopes of having more control, with his socks. He’sl the first one out. If any part of them touches the ground, they are finished. Laura M is glued to the post and not budging. In fact, at one point, she one hands it so she can brush her hair out of her face. Laura B is sliding down the pole now and eventually has to jump or fall off. Laura M wins and gets to reenter the game. She is also given a clue to do with as she chooses, she burns it just like everyone else has. Hold on kids, this isn’t over. Drop your buffs, it’s time for the merge. Nice clean pretty purple buffs are passed out. When the combined tribe gets back to camp, they have the traditional get together meal.
So where are we at? We have 3 couples in the game and 5 individuals. Laura and Cierra, Tina and Katie, Vytas and Aras. Do we believe that any of the pre merge alliances will last the first tribal council? The answer is they won’t likely make it to the first tribal coucil.. There is already chatter of a 6 vs 5, a 7 vs 4.. Now, Tyson feels the need to take the info he got from Caleb after the mix up and go find the hidden idol. That’s exactly what he does. He finds it. He isn’t stupid enough to believe it gives him a lock in the game, it just gives him an edge if he needs it. He will only share that he has it if it somehow benefits him.
It’s time for the first individual challenge. Probst ushers them in and they they are playing memory matchup. Each player has a cube with images on each side and Probst will show them a series of drawings. The players must then repeat back the sequence. There are 6 sides to each cube 6 separate images, and Probst shows them one at a time. He then calls for them to repeat back the sequence, one at a time. On the first one, everyone gets it. On the second, Monica is out. The puzzle queen messed up a memory challenge.. What happened? Third round, Caleb and Katie are out. As Katie is walking away, somebody says Loser. Who said it and to whom? Next round, Tyson and Tina are out. Next item, Heyden is out. Final item, everyone gets it right. That leaves, Laura, Cierra, Aras, Vytas, and Gervace for the next game. Now it’s 7 items and there are repeats. This comes down to Vytas vs Aras and Vytas wins the necklace. It looks like the brothers may be unbeatable.
Pre Tribal Chatter
I am not going to get too deep into this, it is a case of it really doesn’t matter. Tyson hasn’t let go of the idea of getting rid of Aras, King Aras, Lord Aras.. Everyone believes that someone has the idol. It could be Aras, it could be Laura, and plans are hatched for split votes to flush it out. By the time they go to tribal, I am too confused to care anymore who said what. Worth noting, along with the new buffs, the tribe has a new name, Kasama. Off to tribal council..
The players join Probst around the fire and the Probsting begins. It comes up that while Laura is newly back in the game, the one returning is usually the first one gone. Probst knows she is a target. It is also noted about the possible alliances, and people belonging to multiple alliances, which some do. You have 3 full couples there which, if they all banded together, could easily pick off the individuals, 5 of them, one by one. I think of they were smart, that’s exactly what they would do. Get rid of the 5 of them and then the two mother daughter teams, bump off the brothers and then, fight it out amongst themselves. Remember, I am voting for Laura M to win. RI is still in play and there is no jury yet. Could also have men vs women.. That is a 6-5 balance currently. Probst is of course assuming, that there will be only a two way split of some sort as are many of the castaways. One thing is for certain, there will be no tie votes tonight. Someone is getting voted off. Let’s see who. Time to vote..
We see Katie write down Cierra’s name, Gervace write down Aras, and Aras write down Laura. We don’t see the others. Probst collects the votes and orders them for the reading. He polls for the idol, Tyson doesn’t say anything so the votes get read. It at first comes down to two each for Cierra, Laura, and Aras. Look to the right to see who got the 7th, 8th, and 9th votes. 5 is enough when someone strays from the plan. Blindside! Aras will be the first new inhabitant of redemption island.
Here is how the voting played out and has played out..
Note all who voted for Aras. Next week kiddies, Tyson catches heat as Vytas figures out what Tyson has done to his brother.. A 7 person alliance can’t last long and it will soon split into subgroups. Remember last week, Tyson was spinning a possible final 5. He’s definitely playing the game though, I would still like to see Laura win. We’ll see what happens. See you next week my friends..
SAMCRO recap here
In case you are wondering.. I’ve decided to give you these game show recaps on the same day because the front of the week is too Bravo heavy. I hope you don’t mind me doing it that way but it makes more sense to me – MTH
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