THE AMAZING RACE: C-H-E-K-H-O-V - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


March 9, 2009 by  

You know when you have to be somewhere at a certain time and as you’re driving you hit every single solitary red light along the way? Times that by 100 and I’d imagine it would be the frustration that THE AMAZING RACE teams feel on a daily basis. A million dollars on the line and they get stuck behind a red light. Ugh.

Tonight’s tasks proved challenging for some of the teams. In Siberia, the detour gave the twosomes a choice between stacking logs and building/delivering/installing a window shutter. All the teams started off with the stacking of the wood but when their massive log piles became unstable and collapse some teams opted to go back and complete the other task. Mark & Michael struggled with directions again, and Mel & Mike fell behind trying to work with the brothers.

At the clue box after this task, teams were presented with the first ever “Blind U-Turn”. If a team is given a U-Turn they must go back and successfully complete the other task in the previous Detour before they can move on. In year’s past teams knew exactly who gave them a U-Turn. This often put a target on the back of those giving the U-Turn. But this year, the lack of anonymity helped to keep the team U-Turned guessing. Tonight it was Margie & Luke that U-Turned Amanda & Kris. But Amanda & Kris never suspected them, but rather blamed Kisha & Jen.

The roadblock was made up of two parts. The first required the chosen teammate to bobsled down a fast rail under four minutes while remembering the six letters they saw along the way. When they got off the bobsled they then had to use the letter’s to spell out the name of a Russian author – Chekhov. The teams that were familiar with the author quickly moved on, while others like Margie & Luke, struggled.

In the end it was the U-Turn that contributed to the Philimination of Amanda & Kris. They were so neck and neck with Mark & Michael and Mel & Mike that I think they could have caught up. Kudos to Margie & Luke – on U-Turning, and by default eliminating, one of the toughest, physically competitive team in the competition. Well done.

Here’s how the teams came on to the mat tonight.

  1. Christie & Jodi
  2. Kisha & Jen
  3. Tammy & Victor
  4. Margie & Luke
  5. Cara & Jamie
  6. Mel & Mike
  7. Mark & Michael

Next week the teams strip down to their skivvies for some light jogging in Siberia. That’s normal. Here’s to hoping they get some interesting challenges. My favorites are always the ones when they learn something real about the culture as a result of their tasks. There’s always a hint of education to the detours, but something with more cultural appeal would make me happy.

Still loving Mel & Mike and Margie & Luke. I liked this episode much more than last week’s, and I think it has to do wit the very small amount of screen time given to Tammy & Victor. Let’s keep it that way.


11 Responses to “THE AMAZING RACE: C-H-E-K-H-O-V”

  1. strunkette on March 9th, 2009 10:01 am

    Yeah, I’ve really become fans of Mel & Mike! I want them to go all the way. They just have such a great outlook on the race (better than any other team).

  2. Lisa (aka lmr) on March 9th, 2009 11:26 am

    I kept yelling at Margie on my TV – ‘finger spell, the judge won’t see’ of course it would appear she is much more ethical than I 😉

    I honestly like all the teams with the exception of T&V so am liking how no one team is dominating right now.

  3. Patty on March 9th, 2009 5:51 pm

    The best part of this cycle is that you never know who is going to be at the top or bottom! It’s great! It really does make it more exciting for the viewer. Cutting out the airport stuff and the split screens help too.

  4. Parina on March 10th, 2009 9:10 pm

    I think it’s funny that the teams eliminated so far have been couples (dating/married). I don’t think that’s happened before.

    This season is so great just because there isn’t really a for sure strong team right now. Everyone is pretty much fair game on whatever happens. I just hope that Mike and Mel/Margie and Luke make it very far since I’m rooting for them too!

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