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The Amazing Race – Crying Is For Bitches

the-amazing-race-4-4 I love when The Amazing Race is in Africa. This show is 200% better when elephants are sauntering by. The episode kicked off with teams leaving the reserve and heading to a village called Boro.

There was some drama early on when the blondies were pulled over for speeding. What happens when you get a ticket on The Amazing Race? Well, if you can’t sweet talk your way out of it then you have to go to the police station and pay up. Bummer! I guess a team had to get caught for speeding eventually on this show. Kudos to the Botswana po-po for sticking to their guns and being the sterotype police who are sweet-talked by some pretty girls.

The girls ran into more trouble when they discovered that they couldn’t pay the ticket with US Dollars. They relied on the kindness of a stranger to help them out, and it actually worked. Karma!

Max and Katie also got stuck with a speeding ticket, and they had a TAR Speed Bump to contend with as well. Then, leaving the police station, Max backed into a pole. Rough leg for those two. Meanwhile, Team YouTube got so lost that they ended up tied in last place with Max and Katie.

Water Ski

The Amazing Race – Crying Is For Bitches The hockey bros, who were in first place, went for the Fast Forward this week. They had to water ski down a river, and did it successfully despite some concerns. (One bro had tried it before and failed.) They came in first place again. These dudes might win the whole race.

I laughed when Pam and Winnie arrived at the clue box, excitedly gasped “Fast Forward!” and then immediately said “No, we can’t do it”, knowing that whatever team had already arrived would have gone for it. Smart, though excitable, girls. I liked how they really soaked up the pretty scenery and appreciated it – I think Pam and Winnie are my favorite team this season.

Road Block

amazing-race-pam-winnie-boat-455x255 For the Road Block, the teams had to paddle a boat through a sort of swampy river, with two goats on board. They were kind of adorable. I would have tried to get them to sing a Taylor Swift song with me. (If you haven’t seen the goat remix of Taylor Swift’s song “Trouble” before, it’s worth clicking that link.)

Some teams struggled with the paddling, and I was kind of hoping Chuck and Winona would fall in. They’re so negative and snide, I really dislike them. I find them (specifically, Winona) snarky, but never in a funny or clever way. Just in a sour way.

Speed Bump

Once Max and Katie had their traffic violation sorted, they had to do a quick dance as their Speed Bump. It didn’t take very long, but they were in last place.

Detour – Brains vs. Brawn

In Brains, teams had to go on a horseback safari and then correctly choose pictures of animal cutouts they’d seen, In Brawn, teams had to stack firewood on a sleigh and use a carrot on a stick (seriously!) to get the donkey to deliver it. I would have gone Brains, because I think horses are easier to control than donkeys. A lot of the teams chose Brawn, and some had trouble getting the donkeys to move. Pam and Winnie bailed pretty quickly, while the country girls and roller derby moms actually didn’t do too badly. Beth and Mona finished second, and Caroline and Jennifer finished third – pretty surprising considering their dramatic start to the leg.

It was funny that Chuck and Winona, of all people, went for Brains. Chuck identified one of the animals as a kudu, which I’d never heard of but is indeed a type of antelope that lives in Africa. They actually kind of rocked the challenge, but it took longer than the donkey option. They finished fourth. I don’t like them, but they did well this leg.

Pam and Winnie messed up Brains twice, and decided to switch back to Brawn. By the time they made that decision, the two last-place teams had finished up the Detour. They’d been neck-and-neck in the challenge, and it was a close footrace to the mat. Megan and Joey got there a little faster, but because Pam and Winnie had screwed up, both teams were still in the race.

It’s too bad, because I really liked Pam and Winnie. I don’t know who I’ll root for now. The hockey bros? The roller derby moms? We haven’t seen much from them, personality-wise. They were eliminated with happy faces.

I probably liked this episode most of any so far. The location can’t be beat, the challenges were decent, and the results were surprising. Glad that the season finally delivered! What did you guys think?

The Amazing Race – Crying Is For Bitches

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