Welcome back, Racefans.. While you were watching Bravo trash and learning the results of some silly awards, I was watching The Amazing Race and writing this here recap for youse.. Above is a chart showing standings and who has done what in the way of roadblocks. Each team must do the same amount by the end of the race. Jet better get his act together before he ends up being forced to do something he doesn’t want to. Big Easy couldn’t do one of the roadblocks because he was too big for the ride. I guess everyone else is currently even. Brenchel came in last but were not eliminated and will have to do a speedbump in this leg (5) of the race. This is where we left off last week and it will be the start of leg 5 as teams make their way to Sri Lanka..
Columbo, Sri Lanka that is. There are two ways to get there by plane. One is a direct route the other has a 30 minute layover in Singapore but if everything goes right, can actually get there before the direct flight. Any guesses what happened? I’ll save you the suspense. All teams made that direct flight except the last two to leave, Brenchel and Margie/Luke (it’s their third time on the race btw). Brenchel chose to risk making the 30 minute transfer in Singapore, while Margie chose to try and get on standby for the direct flight.. Any guesses now? Brenchel is now in first place (but still have to do a speedbump somewhere) while Margie and Luke are spending the night at the airport and will be something like 10 hours behind the other teams in Sri Lanka (Who arrive at midnight, it’s surmountable).. Brenchel nearly missed the connection though but didn’t.
So, on arrival teams have gotten their clue and they have to make a stop and get blessed by the local priest at Gangaramaya Temple for their next clue. We hear for the second time in the episode about the harrowing experience of Dave rupturing his tendon only this time it’s added that the last time they were blessed on the race is where it happened. Brenden has studied some Hindu stuff so he kind of appreciates this… Since the temple didn’t open til the morning, 5:45am so teams are equalized here. See? Told you Margie and Luke still had a chance but Brenchel’s lucky lead, is now blown. All except Margie and Luke started at the temple at the same time. Once they get their blessings, It involves a train ride to Galle followed by a tuk tuk ride that is a little more than crazy.. About this time, Margie and Luke are leaving Malaysia on their morning flight. Once teams get to the end of this wild ride, they are at Coconut Grove where they get a detour. Fishing pole or Spin Control.
Fishing Pole, teams must sit on top of these sticks with what looks like an upside down figure 4 as a seat, catch some fish with a stick and a string, just like the locals do, put them in a bag and deliver them to the fish master, 2 per team. Spin control teams have to do some sort of traditional dance.. The spin control dance isn’t that difficult but the hard part is keeping those plates spinning on top of those sticks while they do it. surfers started out fishing but switched to the dance. Last time they switched tasks was on their first season and they were eliminated with dumbass holding an express pass. Let’s suffice it to say that all teams got through their chosen tasks without anyone getting hurt or mamed. I hope this is the last time we have to hear about Dave’s damn torn tendon but somehow I don’t think it is.
The next clue is a roadblock. On from each team has to become a seamstress and has to properly sew together a precut shirt. Jet, Conner, Brendon, Leo, Big Easy, Jessica, one of the blondes, does the task and they are all there about the same time. This is also the location for the speedbump for Brenchel. THEY must complete silk screening the SriLanken flag on 15 T Shirts, and get it right, dammit.. For everyone, Once inspector 32 says the shirts are properly sewn, they must then get an iron on logo that tells them where their next destination is (the pit stop). While team members were sewing, Flight Time took it upon himself to entertain the troops. I don’t care who you are or what you think of Basketball, if you can’t watch the Globetrotters make absolute fools of their opponents and get a kick out of it, you don’t know how to have fun.
The final destination of the leg is the Columbo Rrowing Club. I suspect something left over from British colonization. First to arrive are Dave and Conner, each winning $5k.. Better than some stale trip IMO. Blondes are second, Cowboys are third.. Brenchel nearly comes in dead last again but take 7th. 8th and eliminated, Margie and Luke. I assume they did all the tasks, we weren’t shown any of that really from the time they left the airport. Better luck on the 4th try. See you next week. (All photos in this race recap come from either CBS or from online travel guides – MTH)
RHOA Ep19 by Ramonacoaster
So we are back to the Apollo confrontation and the lawyer walks in and asks why her husband is talking to Kenya. Kandi feebly suggests “turtle time” to help the lawyer forget what she is seeing. The lawyer sits down with them to ask what is going on. Apollo tells her they are talking to let bygones be bygones. Nene and Porsha walk in because they were probably woken up in the middle of night by production who told them something is about to go down and they rushed to check out the drama. The lawyer then decides she wants to go to bed because she is upset and exhausted. She calls Kenya a black single female. Nene is trying to get her to stay to stir up more drama for the show but her pleading didn’t work. Kenya in her TH admits she made a mistake communicating with Apollo via text. Kenya feels there is some resolution. I think Apollo just dug himself a bigger hole.
Nene and Porsha wants to know what is going on. Apollo says he didn’t have problems with Kenya and his wife expected him to stop talking to Kenya because she hated her. The women are trying to explain to her that he has to stand by his wife. She is the one he has to sleep with at night. Seriously, he needs to grow a brain and stay away from Kenya because there will always be the issue of fidelity hanging over his head. He still doesn’t understand what he did wrong. You can’t get along with a person your wife hates. If your wife hates someone, you can’t be their friend. It’s in the marriage handbook.
Apollo leaves to check on his wife and finds his wife outside their room without a key to the door. Apollo wants to know why she left and the lawyer said she wants to go to bed. He turns around to go back to the group. There is still the issue that his wife doesn’t have the key to the room. Go get a key Apollo. Your wife has to go to the bathroom. Get a key! Now! Don’t send someone. Go to the front desk and get a key. This guy is dumb.
The next day Kenya wants Miss Lawrence to get into the water with her and Miss Lawrence feels like he is in a Sade commercial.
Apollo brings his wife a rose but it’s really a lily and says he has stretched his medulla oblongata. He’d be dead if he did that. Stupid. The lawyer is studying for her test. The lawyer asks why he would entertain a friendship with Kenya when she has tried to destroy their family. The lawyer thinks it is disrespectful for him to speak to Kenya. The lawyer thinks she should arm her husband with Raid to keep the black widow spider Kenya away. Apollo then asks what romantic thing they could do for her birthday. She don’t know what to say.
Cynthia and Peter roll up on Kenya and Miss Lawrence on the beach. Cynthia looks smokin’. Miss Lawrence thinks Kenya and Apollo are like Mr & Mrs Smith. They have Brangelina chemistry. Kenya doesn’t trust ex cons. They discuss last night’s events. Kenya thinks she could get a lot of other men than focus on Apollo.
Later that night Kandi helps Apollo put together a surprise birthday party for his wife. Apollo escorts his wife to the party blindfolded and they yell surprise before she has time to pull the blindfold off. They put the blindfold her again so she can hit the piñata. It helps to visualize Kenya being the piñata. The piñata explodes and out comes the condoms. The poor cake got creamed with force of the explosion. Hope no condoms land on it. Apollo makes a speech that falls dead after all he thanks her for is their two lovely boys. Weird.
The next day everyone splits up to do there own activities – going to the pool, a boat ride except for the lawyer and Apollo who didn’t leave their room. Instead they try different chocolates. Later on that night Kenya assign the cast into seating arrangements in beanbag chairs in order to recreate Pillow Talk night. Peter yells “the one you effed up?” Kenya wants to make this Pillow Talk a success. She starts asking questions that seems to want to create more drama. When Nene and Porsha get into it about Porsha’s ignorance because she thinks older men have sex in a slower way, Peter butts in and Nene doesn’t like that he gets into women’s issues. Then Nene attacks Kandi for being ignorant about women having sex in their forties. Todd doesn’t like Nene’s delivery. Nene cannot take constructive criticism very well. The next question is what constitutes cheating. Miss Lawrence feels cheating happens in the heart and that all men cheat. The conversation turns to Apollo. Apollo says all people cheat and that men should wear condoms. Thus the condoms in the piñata? There he is digging a deeper hole. The lawyer feels if you cheat then you shouldn’t get married and that Apollo doesn’t know what he is talking about.
Kenya then decides to dismiss the men so that the women talk amongst themselves. Miss Lawrence says he feels weird being in a room with a group of guys. It probably doesn’t happen to often. The men talk at the same time the women are. Peter says he was looking after Apollo like a big brother when Kenya wanted to address him. Apollo feels that his wife needs to trust him to act in a mature fashion. Todd is looking pretty doubtful about the mature part. Gregg then addresses Peter and tells him if Peter gets up in Nene’s face again he is going to have to showdown with him. Peter and Gregg then raise their voices. Peter thinks he has a right to say what he wants. Gregg is ready to defend his wife. They both puff their chest out until Todd tries to split them apart.
Kenya asks Nene what happened between her and Marlo. Nene wants to shut down the conversation. Kenya thinks Marlo and Nene are no longer friends because Marlo is friendly with Kenya. Kenya then changes conversation towards the lawyer. The lawyer has asked Kenya not to speak to her husband and wonders if she should smack the dog sh-t out of her when she saw her speaking to her husband that night. Kenya says that is not going to happen. Kenya says the lawyer should not interfere in the friendship between Kenya and Apollo. Hello! There will be no relationship between Kenya and Apollo and the lawyer is within her rights to request Apollo not to talk to Kenya. Kenya tells the lawyer to keep her name out of their marriage regardless of what problems they have in their marriage. Porsha interferes and Kenya brings up she was Kordell’s beard and she was never really in a real marriage which is why she should have no opinion. Shouting ensues. The lawyer tells Kenya to stay away from her husband when they hear shouting between the men and they run to see what is going on.
Peter tells the ladies what Gregg and he were arguing about. Gregg didn’t like how Peter confronted Nene during the charity night. Nene starts shouting at Peter that he should stay out of the women’s business. In her TH, she states she likes Peter and not Patricia. Nene starts calling Peter a bitch. This argument will definitely strain the relationship between Nene and Cynthia.
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