This episode of The Amazing Race began with all of the teams waiting around together, which meant a lot of gossip and catiness. Dave and Connor chose to leave the race because of Dave’s injury – a completely respectable, wise decision – but Pam and Winnie let the other teams think that they were still racing, so everyone would think a team was behind them. I thought that was a smart move, and a lie that was strategic without being too mean or targeted towards one team. Max rubbed a lot of the teams the wrong way when he started mocking John and Jessica after finding out they’d gotten eliminated with an Express Pass in their fannypack.
The elimination of John and Jessica weirdly put a target on the backs of their pals – team YouTube and team Roller Derby. The alliances among teams have developed in a bizarre way this season – in what way are the roller derby moms a threat right now?
Roadblock – Political Arts
For the Roadblock, one team member first had to watch a very bubblegum pop performance of a song about Vietnamese communism. It felt like something out of The Producers – an Asian take on “Springtime For Hitler”. Then they had to find a political poster that matched a Vietnamese phrase displayed during the show. It wasn’t on stage for long, was not in English and they couldn’t take notes, so I thought it seemed pretty challenging.
Pam was the first to get it, and didn’t have to sit through a second performance. Most of the others got it after the second performance, but Megan (YouTube) stayed behind to help Beth (Roller Derby). Sigh. Guys. Come on!
Detour – Make Your Move vs. Make Your Meal
For the Detour, teams had to choose between playing a large version of Chinese chess, or making the classic Vietnamese dish pho. Even though the Chinese characters on the chess pieces could be confusing, I would have gone for it – pho is complicated and I thought it sounded more time consuming.
Pam and Winnie again finished first – they got quite lucky this round. Pam had an advantage in the Roadblock because she works in art, and both girls were already familiar with Chinese chess. It was a good leg for them, and they finished in first place.
Max and Katie came in second, Mona and Beth in third, Bates and Anthony in fourth, and Caroline and Jennifer in fifth.
Pam and Winnie got to the double U-turn first, and stuck to alliance lines by U-turning Team YouTube. Luckily for Megan and Joey, they got to the U-turn pretty early and were able to U-turn someone else as well. They went the smart route and picked the team most likely to be behind them – Chuck and Winona.
Team Mullet was already having a hard time with their first Detour. They couldn’t find the market to buy ingredients for pho, and while Chuck tried to get them back on track Winona stood around and whined. Teamwork! Unfortunately for them, they’d also forgotten to take the baskets of chickens when they began the challenge.
They had to run back, and Team YouTube finished their second Detour before Chuck and Winona had ever returned with the chickens for their first Detour. They weren’t even aware they’d been U-turned yet and Joey and Megan were already on their way to the pit stop. They were safe, but…so were Chuck and Winona. Are you kidding me? WHAT is the point of having a double U-turn if no one is getting eliminated? It was because Dave and Connor withdrew, but that’s still total bull. What a waste of my time.