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The Amazing Race recap: Vintage Fun

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Amazing Race Brian Ericka
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The Amazing Race

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
26
run date:
03/08/01
Producer:
Jerry Bruckheimer
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Reality TV

Every so often there is a moment so shocking on Amazing Race that it causes me to rewind and re-evaluate everything I’ve thought to be true. That miraculous occurrence happened this week when Meghan decided she was going to become a sneaky, tricky player. ”Do you want to just tell everyone we found a Praga and it’s a black hat…?” she asked Cheyne after finding out on the computer that the Praga mentioned in their clue is a vintage car. What? Does Malibu Skipper (sorry, Barbie would never wear those boyish shorts) have the soul of the devil? Or perhaps Boston Rob? I got excited. This could get good, with teams left searching for a black hat while Meghan and Cheyne twirled their evil mustaches all the way to Phil and the finish mat. Well, the shocking moment turned out to be nothing at all, with the front-running but dreadfully dull team abandoning the sinister plot and going back to their nice ‘n bland ways. ”We’re so funny!” Meghan exclaimed. (Key: Funny = boring? Funny = blond? Funny = laughing our way to the bank when we win this race in 3 weeks?)

But maybe the memo went out that there was a moratorium on dirty tricks. Both the brothers and the Globetrotters seemed to have been given a talking-to by the producers. After last week’s not-so-veiled threats of playing dirty, this week these two teams steered clear of each other. ”Everything’s cool.…It’s all good!” said Big Easy. Damn. Sometimes a good elbow jab can make an episode — or at least a flight across Europe — more interesting.

Indeed, no limbs went violent as all of the teams managed to make it to Prague in the Czech Republic without a hitch. Sam seemed to prove he’d gotten all the brains in the family when Dan asked, ”Do they speak Spanish there?” That is, until Sam proved stupidity runs in DNA by later commenting, ”Prague? It’s a country.” Just a question: When you apply for the Amazing Race, don’t you have to have the most basic grasp of map skills? Because I don’t think Prague is exactly a random, small town in the middle of a remote island in the Indian Ocean. Doesn’t anyone who knows anything about traveling to Europe know that Prague is one of the world’s great cities?

Of course, getting to the center of Prague to find the Praga vintage car proved to be another story entirely. The brothers, Globetrotters, and our non-deceptive Meghan and Cheyne found it without a hitch. (The brothers, incidentally, insisted on following Meghan and Cheyne to the clue box, the very thing they criticized the Globetrotters for doing to them. ”Thank God we saw Cheyne and Meghan…we would’ve been there forever trying to find it,” a completely non-self-aware Sam said). Brian and Ericka, on the other hand, decided that they would take travel tips from some shlub they met on the airplane. So while the rest of the teams took taxis, Miss America and her goateed husband decided to take what seemed like every mode of transportation ever invented to get to the subway. Now, I’m all for subways, but not when you have to take a bus to get to them. Kind of defeats the purpose of traveling without traffic if you have to sit in traffic to get to the place where you don’t have to sit in traffic, no?

In the end, everyone made it to the roadblock, Kayaky Troja, where teams had to choose between an aerial ropes course or a human-made white water kayaking course. Malibu Ken and Barbie made it through in impressive time, along with Flight Time. Big Easy, on the other hand, proved to be more Big than Easy, with his 260 lbs. dragging the rope down so low it was practically submerged. While Big was struggling, Flight Time was getting on Cheyne’s last spikey-haired nerve by climbing down from the ropes course tower too slowly. I love how calm Flight Time remains as everyone around him melts down. The redder Cheyne’s face got, the more relaxed Flight Time seemed to get. But both teams decided to work together to find a cab until Cheyne grabbed one going by without even a nod of acknowledgment that he was blowing them off. ”You’re being rude! You’re being rude!” Meghan chided him. (Key: Rude = good game playing? Rude = almost as obnoxious as I was at the airport this morning? Rude = blond?)

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