The Amazing Race 12 episode 10 ranking

Tenth episode

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The oldest person ever to have a first place finish? Wait, two first place finishes? I’ve been winning rounds since before you stopped picking oceans of boogers from your mouth.

– Because the season finale is one hour, Phil will assess only the Final Three teams and why they have made it to the end. Therefore, that means I will once again assess the four remaining teams.

RONALD & CHRISTINA: The team struggled in the beginning due to Ronald being one of the least agreeable racers ever, and frequently blowing up at not only his daughter, but locals as well.

However, Christina groomed him into becoming a better person and more endearing to locals as well as his daughter. Add in a Zach Behr degree of patience for Christina and her persistence has paid off.

Ronald & Christina have finished consistently at the top for the past few legs, and are currently at the top of their game as they enter East Asia where Christina is not only familiar with Japanese, but also the language that is commonly spoken at the next location.

Ronald is the oldest person to ever win multiple legs within the same season of the race. The idea of a man in his late 50s dominating the race was unthinkable given the track record of racers over the age of 50 in this series.

NATE & JENN: After surviving a 10th place finish on the opening leg, Nate & Jenn have more than recovered. Their high-strung, type A, and over-the-top attitude propels them at full speed along the race course.

Unfortunately the inability to slow down each round has contributed to silly errors along the race course. However, their full-speed ahead attitude is what cancels out these mistakes. That is why they crave a first place finish because they have finished second place four times, and have never finished below fifth since the opening round.

NICOLAS & DONALD: They are perhaps the calmest and steadiest of all teams. Their position always lies in the middle of the pack or slightly above as they never fail to make a big mistake, but never take big gambles either.

Don’t let their slow path on the race paths fool you. Their sense of direction is great, and Nic rebounded from his early rudeness to locals by being a bit more friendly and being calm.

Nic’s ability to navigate and operate any vehicle has been critical as well as Don possessing old school talents that only a man in his 60s could learn. At this point, no other team in TAR history has ever entered the race with a bigger age gap within their own team.

Ever since Nic & Don took the Fast Forward in Italy, they have never even been close to elimination. Can we think of any other big moves that they have pulled during the race that helped them or hurt them? Nope.

In a game where the whole goal is to “not be last” for ninety percent of the race, Nic & Don certainly have mastered that strategy.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that Gramps packed lightly to help Nic out.

TK & RACHEL: They’re not as calm as teams keep boasting about. They get excited and cheer when they are ahead, but also bicker passive-aggressively when they are mad.

This couple is just short of being as cohesive as Kris & Jon from TAR 6. They found success early on in the race as Rachel bailed TK out of trouble in difficult tasks, and they had enough sense to convince locals to help them on a whim.

Compared to two other teams with elderly racers, and another team that is disabled on a communication level, TK & Rachel are easily the most well-rounded team with the least number of liabilities unless you force TK to tie a knot.

Surprisingly, they have been next-to-last or dead last since Croatia with the exception of post-equalizer in the Mumbai round.

This could be attributed to their great weakness in never being on the best flight. In fact, they have almost always ended up on the worst flights for the past six rounds. If TK & Rachel are more aggressive in airports, they could win this thing.

However, they enter penultimate leg with one of the biggest time deficits for a penultimate leg in TAR history. They will need to take risks and have a perfect run to stay alive.

Previously on TAR: Four teams took off from Mumbai, India and took off for Osaka, Japan. Ron returned to his overbearing ways. TK & Rachel gambled on an airline agent and ventured off on their own. Nic found himself picking up the load for his grandfather. And Nate & Jenn pushed hard for a first place finish. Ron made an effort to be one with the team, and father and daughter were the first to arrive. And after landing in Japan over three hours behind the other teams, TK & Rachel were the last to arrive.

Four teams remain. Who will be eliminated. . .tonight?

Yep. Phil finally said ‘tonight’. He decided to switch up the script from ‘next’ to ‘tonight’. Whoa. Somebody is off the handle. It only took him about nine seasons to do that.

– Intro time.

– Phil introduces us to Osaka. Let’s just say the first two buildings alone probably hold the population of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The city has three million people.

– Phil’s Questions: Can TK & Rachel come over a three hour deficit and a Speed Bump? And which of the four teams will make it into the Final Three and race for one million dollars?

– Ronald & Christina, who arrived first at 702pm, will depart at 702am. They read that they must travel by taxi to the building with a hole in it.

For the following route marker, they must find the street with the homeless man who was formerly an urban architect but has since lost his job.

– Once they find the holy building (a temple?), they must find the floating garden where they will find their next clue.

– It is the Umeda Sky Building. The Floating Garden is an observatory on the roof. Christina flags down a taxi. She likes how her dad has been treating her lately, and she knows he wants to go on an anger spree but then speaks calmly.

– 715am. Nate & Jenn depart. Wow. They lost a chunk of time at the end of last round attempting to flag down taxis. However, they seem to succeed quickly here. It’s Jenn’s birthday. No wonder they need to win the million. I have a feeling Nate is broke. Good luck finding a good enough gift for a cheerleader.

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Lies.

JENN: Nate and I are not playing Mr. Nice Jenn and Nate.

She wants to utter a reality TV cliche but doesn’t know how.

NATE: We’re going to explode and tear our shirts off and everybody’s gonna be like ‘whoaaaaa’.

Uh. . . .do we need to know about what you’re doing for Jenn’s birthday?

– Nate hopes to stay in Japan longer and maintain the three hour lead over TK & Rachel. He says in the cab that TK & Rachel are three hours behind. No idea how they were told that.

– 729am. A sprinkler turns on as Nic & Don check out of the pit stop. I assume it was a sprinkler because the audio is odd in the background.

– Donald wishes he could do more, but is doing all he can. Well, that’snot an initimidating confessional.

– All three teams show up to the Floating Garden and see it is not open until 1000am. Bummer. We speed by another two hours. Nate & Jenn run to ensure they enter the same elevator as Ronald & Christina. Jenn pulls out a few ‘gosh’es as it goes up.

– The four of them cheer in the elevator using the same sound as Bender’s fat folds when he becomes human.

I never expected to find it on YouTube. I was just looking for a screen cap of him human, but the fact somebody uploaded the clip is shocking.

– Nic & Don walk into an elevator alone. The first elevator opens. Nate is pissed that Jenn took off ahead of him. Jenn apologizes. She slowly walks up.

– Ronald & Christina and Nate & Jenn have the clue. They read that they must fly to Tapei, Taiwan.

To most of the world = Taiwan
To some Taiwanese = Republic of China
To diplomats working for the IOC and other international sporting committees = Chinese Taipei
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vasco da gama

To Portuguese, Dutch, and Spanish nationalists that want to revive their long-lost kingdoms = Formosa.

– When they land in Taiwan, they will take a taxi to Taipei Main Station.

– Nic asks Don if he is tired. He denies it. They have the clue. Nic instructs Don to take his bag off.

– Ronald was afraid they would have to jump off the building. So was Nate but he preferred the idea of staying inside Japan in order to preserve the head start over TK & Rachel.

– TK & Rachel begin at 1018am. Only thirty minutes behind now. They won’t quit.

– Ronald & Christina hail a cab. So do Nate & Jenn.

CHRISTINA: Nate & Jenn had a lot of luck in Japan last leg.

This is coming from the person who is lucky enough to speak the local language fluently. You really don’t know the definition of luck, do you Christina?

– NIC: We were last to leave as always. This leg of the race we’re going to be aggressive. We’ve been playing the game like bitches so far and so is everyone else. There’s no competitors left. It’s a bunch of pansies.

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Aggressive.

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Where did all of this anger come from? Nobody has gone so hard in their confessionals yet.

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He’s like a Caucasian male from the suburbs of North America who listened to too much DMX in his youth.

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WHAT?!

See, even Tyler Denk’s mom was exposed to all of the DMX music that her son listened to growing up.

– TK & Rachel show up.

TK: What’s a Floating Garden?

They go down a path that leads into a garden that is not floating in the slightest.

– Ronald & Christina assess their competition in the cab.

CHRISTINA: I think my dad and I are a smarter team than Nate & Jenn and Nic & Don.

– NATE: Jenn and I know nothing about Taiwan except that Thai food is pretty good.

JENN: We’re going in there cold-blinded.
NATE: I have a couple of Thai friends.

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This moment in stupidity has been brought to you by the letter ‘H’.

And you know what makes it even better? Nate described the city in the exact same manner that Ronald would. He could only describe it by food.

Incidentally, what is Thai food? Lots of rice dishes? I’ve never been to a Thai restaurant.

– TK & Rachel enter the building. Rachel protests thinking it is silly for a garden to be in a building but TK insists to go up. They see the 1000am hours of operation. They are in the elevator. Rachel is passive-aggressive.

– Nic & Don head to Japan Air.

– Nate & Jenn and Ronald & Christina see a 100pm flight with EVA Air.

– Nic & Don have a 135pm flight. They assume TK & Rachel won’t get on it.

– TK dismisses Rachel’s protests and is annoyed with why she is worrying. Jenn emphasizes that she needs to be on the 100pm flight.

– RACHEL: This can’t be right. It said nothing about an observatory.
TK: We can cry about it or we can just keep looking. Did you see anything?
RACHEL: I’m not crying.

So they walk around the observatory, but completely miss something:

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Bickering gets you nowhere.

– There is uncertainty to the 100pm flight. Christina makes her first strong play to pull a dirty move. Her and Ronald are confirmed to be on the flight. Christina makes a move ripped right out of the Book of Flo–use a foreign language to your advantage to screw over others in the airport.

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O no she di’int.

– The lady obliges and tells Nate & Jenn that there are no seats anymore right after she accepts Christina’s request.

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JENN: You can’t listen to them. Christina, you sure you didn’t say anything to them?

Heh. Jenn catches on quick.

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“I swear I didn’t say anything! That’s only a mouse tail hanging out of my mouth!”

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She can’t listen to them! I know they said something!

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Go ahead bitch, I dare you to say I did it. Go on. Do it! What? Can’t figure out the language? That’s what I thought. This moment of you being outplayed is brought to you by the letters H, S, and U.

– Lady says there are no more seats. Nate asks if there are other flights. It triggers a fight because Jenn hated that Nate was mildly interrupting a conversation where Jenn wasn’t even thinking about other flights.

JENN: I can’t believe you’re being this mean to me on my birthday.

Hey, you know what I got for my 22nd birthday, Jenn? Fries and a veggie burger. Nothin’ else. No presents. You get to be on a TV show scoring a free trip to Taiwan. So shut your trap.

– Nate refuses to get into a fight with her.

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Nate’s bandana changes colour depending on his mood.

– TK sees the clue. He is stunned that they missed it. Rachel attributes it to them freaking out. Although being calm hasn’t worked for them either lately.

TK: The freakout factor is unbelievable.

Funny thing is that neither of them have raised their voices during the whole exchange.

– Christina isn’t afraid or guilty of the move she pulled. She says her and her dad aren’t afraid to play dumb.

CHRISTINA: I’ll take the edge for me and my dad. And he’ll just be quiet and play mum.
RONALD: Yes, I’ll play bum.

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He’ll play bum? Maybe he said he’d play bum because he saw Kylie Minogue in the airport and was too busy thinking about telling her that she has boogers hanging out of her nose because he is the real truth flavour.

– The 100pm plane takes off. TK hopes for a direct flight.

– Nate & Jenn and Nic & Don board the 125pm flight. Nate hopes TK & Rachel have a much later flight. Well, that just directly counters what TK & Rachel said before them.

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With that ribbon-like bandana in her hair and the way her teeth are positioned, Jenn looks like she is praying to her Fairy Chipmunk Godmother that TK & Rachel don’t make the flight.

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Aren’t you two a little young to be godmothers? Oh, you’re godlessmothers. My mistake.

– The 125pm flight indeed takes off without TK & Rachel.

– 251pm. Ronald & Christina land. Christina understands teams are right on their tail.

– 305pm. Second flight lands. Remind me that from Osaka to Taipei is very rapideaux. Nate & Jenn and Nic & Don both hit up the Money Exchange Counter to exchange their money. Given that teams were on a flight instantly to Taiwan this round, this is probably the first chance they have to exchange their funds.

– Remember that all teams must go through Immigration upon entering a new country in the race. It is rarely shown because it rarely has an impact on the standings, and typically is too time-consuming to present in 38 minutes of edited footage on TV.

Do you want to watch several minutes each week of teams patiently waiting in Immigration? Unless Flo starts crying because Zach won’t cut in front of people?

Indeed. Neither do I.

– Immigration lines aren’t that long at 300pm, eh?

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Well, in a country that is not far from China and Japan where single businesspersons litter their respective nations, a small secondary economic power barely offshore likely hosts thousands of them per day.

– Jenn is worried. Nate calms her down by stating there is plenty of time. Until. . .

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I believe that is Rachel’s equalizer dance. And wow, she is flexible.

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Maybe she should’ve done the Speed Bump task from a couple rounds ago.

– TK & Rachel celebrate as they enter the Immigration line before Nate & Jenn. Jenn feels sick.

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And somehow TK exchanged Rachel with Parvati Shallow right on the spot.

– All three teams appear to be sizing each other up. A lot of “it’s on” and “someone’s going home” and “it’s a true race”.

– Ronald & Christina have the clue. They read they must travel by high speed rail to the city of Taichung.
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Wait, there’s other cities besides Taipei in Chinese Formosa? I thought it occupied the whole island!

Once in Taichung, teams must travel by taxi to the town of Jiji.

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Hey Jiji! You could spread this town on bread because this round is so fun tonight! The town is shimmering with love! Although I hear the town could be a rollicking frolicking bore.
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Too bad nobody in that town is not thinking of me. The town must then be gay tonight, oh so gay tonight. . .Okay, that’s enough.

– Once inside of Jiji (!), they must find Aerobics Jump. Wow. I wonder what they’ll be doing.

– Nate & Jenn are second into a cab. She says blood is boiling inside of her. TK & Rachel are next into a cab. Rachel explains she understands why Jenn is mad but says she isn’t trying to screw up their race in a malicious fashion.

– Rachel is a good sport. As for Jenn?

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Not so much. How does TK react to the idea of dreads being yanked out of his head?

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– Ronald & Christina have their tickets and request a timetable. Such a good student, Christina. Ronald is impressed that the train leaves right on time.

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I don’t know whether to find this mildly offensive or not.

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Juelz does clockwork too. Although I think the women only showed up for this video shoot because they misheard him when he told them what the music video would be. CLockwork, ladies. Clockwork.

If only clock work could be this fun. And if I ever wind up with that job, please shoot me. Make it fast.

– Nate & Jenn have the clue. Then TK & Rachel who initially went inside the high speed rail before seeing the clue outside. The clue was right outside the rail station. They really could have made it further away. Nic & Don have the clue and barely make the second train. All three teams are on the train.

– Ronald & Christina have a cab. The second train enters Taichung. TK & Rachel have a cab followed by Nicolas & Donald then Nate & Jenn bringing up the rear. They’re all clustered together considering they branded the parking lot as “Taxi City”.

– Christina apparently speaks fluent Mandarin to the locals too. The advantage continues.

– Ronald & Christina have the clue.

CHRISTINA: Roadblock–who’s ready to go for a tricky ride?

After the Osaka roadblock last round, I doubt Christina isn’t interested in doing another one that involves motor vehicles. Ronald volunteers.

– In this roadblock, teams will go on the wildest ride of their life.

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Minus a mustache ride, of course.

– They will go inside of a Jeep that is driven by a professional stunt driver. So they go up a ramp.

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My sister’s 1988 Micra would roll back down.

– Once on the ramp, the Jeep will rock back and forth as the ramp turns into a Teeter-Totter twenty-five feet above the ground. Yeah, I’d need a puke bag for that. I can’t even handle playground swings anymore.

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Then they will enter this amphibious car that will go underwater before re-appearing on the surface. They must hold their breath while it is underwater for 17 seconds. Once completed they will receive their clue.

– Ronald doesn’t like heights according to Christina.

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Miyagi does not do well soaring like eagle.

– Nic says he hates that TK & Rachel made up all this time. He wants to shave TK’s beard off.

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Gramps? I’m trash-talkin? You proud?

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Not the beard too!

– Jenn asks her driver to ensure he understands. The driver looks at it and says nothing.

– Ronald is on the teeter-totter. Now done. His hernia moved with the gravity. Now he is submerged. Christina advises him to hold his breath. He is finished and has the clue. They read to travel by high speed rail back to Taipei and head to GK Teahouse. Here they must order tea. Once the tea has been consumed, the clue will be revealed at the bottom of the cup.

– Christina asks her taxi driver if they could make the 716pm train. She has the timetable in hand. The driver responds that she could make the next train which is at 736pm.

– TK & Rachel have the clue. Rachel is doing it. Nic & Don park at the building first bu they are slow to pay fare. Nate is doing it followed by Donald.

– We see Rachel do it. She giggles the whole time.

JENN: Holy schnikies!

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Apparently her and Katie from Mole 2 both like to quote Chris Farley.

– Rachel is finished the task, but she sees a Speed Bump at the end. They must ride by taxi to a nearby field one mile away in He-Ping where they must take part in a traditional Chinese ritual performed annually during the Lantern Festival. First they must put on a safety suit before running through a gauntlet of fireworks which are aimed right at them.

A gauntlet? Didn’t know that word was in Phil’s non-video gaming vocabulary.

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Now you see it?

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Now you don’t.

– They will then be doused with water per tradition. Afterwards they will receive their next clue.

– Nate finishes the task. Second place is theirs once again. Donald hopes the brakes work on the vehicle during the teeter-totter portion. He succeeds at holding his breath. Suddenly it’s night time. I anticipate an equalizer.

– Ronald & Christina board a 736pm train.

– TK & Rachel run through the inward exploding fireworks.

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Not good for Millie’s asthma.

– They describe it as a war zone before taking the clue. Nate & Jenn talk about how both teams are behind them and wish to be on a train twenty minutes ahead.

TK: Well, if we get eliminated today at least we went out with a bang.

For once this is literal in reality TV.

– Nate & Jenn aggressively pursue 736pm tickets. Nic & Don walk to the counter. It’s 731pm.

– The agent says it is 731pm and thus too late to sell 736pm tickets to Nate & Jenn. 800pm is the earliest. Jenn begs. If only she had candles nearby to blow and make a birthday wish. Nic & Don creep up. They also beg to be on the 736pm. No dice. The computer system has spoken.

– Suspense is built. Both teams pray that TK & Rachel don’t make the train. TK’s clip from the Italy leg where he says “we may be completely out of the race” is uttered.

– TK & Rachel show up at the station. The train comes. They were told earlier when they entered the station the first time that buying directly from the machine is faster than going to the counter.

– TK is pumped to see the other two teams. They celebrate.

TK: Seeing Nic’s big head around the corner is the most fired up I have been all race.

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Dare you to say that again.

– Nic tells Jenn that TK & Rachel are on the train.

JENN: Oh my gawwwwsh.

– TK & Rachel brag they did all of that work to keep em in the race.

– Jenn doesn’t understand because she claims to work so hard.

JEN: TK & Rachel just suck off.

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– Nic & Don sit right behind. Don asks if they want to blow some kisses. Nic & Don greet TK & Rachel and tell them how Jenn is whining that she works hard while claiming TK & Rachel do nothing.

– Jenn hates that she sweats while TK & Rachel are mellow and low-key. She doesn’t seem to grasp that being sweaty and uptight is her own strategy to run the race while being calm is equally effective.

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Jenn’s attempt at mimicking being mellow. Yeah, she’s not very good at it. And are those devil horns coming out of her bandana?

JENN (still acting mellow): We’re just gonna walk up here and win the race.

– TK (to NIC & DON): People think because me and Rachel not fighting and not freaking out all the time is us not caring.

– Don responds it’s because they are worried about being eliminated and that they are all in the same boat except Ronald & Christina.

– Ronald & Christina show up at the teahouse and blow on the hot tea as they try to drink it.

– The second train enters. All three teams have a cab. Nic & Don’s cab deviates from the other two teams. Uh oh. Precarious position in a busy city when everybody is out on the town.

– Nate & Jenn are alongside TK & Rachel’s cab. The cabby prepares to honk to give TK & Rachel’s cab directions but Nate & Jenn pull his arm away and tell him to keep driving. The driver goes ahead of TK & Rachel’s cab.

JENN: And it’s my birthday. So we want this so bad.

– Ronald & Christina drink the tea. Christina sounds out the words on the bottom of the cup.

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I wonder if the cup says “Made in Here”?

– They must go to Gong Guan Night Market. Ah, so the night time portion of the round in Taipei was intentional. Once in the market they must find a clown to receive their next clue.

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Now that is creepy.

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A prime addition to Aaryn’s Clownie collection.

– Christina knew every word except ‘clown’. She figures it out after asking a local. All three teams still on their way to the teahouse.

NATE: It’s a freakin’ nail biter!

– Ronald & Christina have their clue. Detour. Fire or Earth.

In Fire, teams head to Zhongzheng Park (yeah, I had to look up the spelling) and participate in a ‘mystical’ Chinese ritual. First they must write messages of good or bad luck on lanterns. They must burn “sprit money” (Chinese Taipei’s version of Monopoly money) under the lanterns which fill them with hot air and send them into the sky and carry their messages to the skies above. Once they have released TWENTY lanterns into the air, they will receive their clue.

Twenty lanterns sounds like a lot.

In Earth, teams make their way to a Youth Park and find a marked area to participate in a local ritual that reduces stress–running on a 220 foot course on barefoot that is made of jagged stone. Once they reach the man with the gong, they will run back 220 feet to the starting point. When both players have completed the course, they will receive their next clue.
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What? Dinner is not served! This gong was stolen from the set of Survivor: Borneo. All this means is that the pain in your ears now outweighs the pain in your feet.
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Kelly & Christy would love walking barefoot on jagged rocks.

– Ronald & Christina choose to walk.

– Nic & Don are second at the tea house. Nic finds the tea disgusting. What did you expect? It’s tea. He tells gramps to drink it fast. Meanwhile Jenn is yelling loudly at her cab driver. TK & Rachel have their eyes peeled.

–  TK & Rachel’s cab passes Nate & Jenn’s cab on the street. Rachel can see them yelling through the window as they drive by. Nate is indeed yelling.

– Nic is told to search for a night market and look for a happy clown. They walk.

– TK & Rachel sit at the teahouse. Rachel says she cannot drink it because it will burn her mouth. Rules state they can start walking outside as they drink it. So that’s what they do. They drink the tea outside. Rachel assumes she will not be able to taste again. Nate & Jenn show up at the teahouse and see TK & Rachel done with their cups outside. TK & Rachel begin finding a translator.

– Nate & Jenn are inside the teahouse. They drink it and have the translation already.

– Ronald & Christina show up to the park. Christina runs ahead of Ronald, but since Ronald has calloused feet, Christina changes who leads after a few steps. She yells in pain but he finds it soothing. Ronald instructs her to think of it as a massage as she compares it to piranhas.

– TK & Rachel have a successful translation and a guide who walks with them.

– WOMAN: A cow. C-O-W.
NATE: Do you know where we can find it?
JENN: Wait, wait ,wait. A cow. Like moooo?
NATE: Red nose and paint?
WOMAN: Yeah, red nose and paint.
JENN: OH! A CLOWN!

I hate to say this, but Nate was rather sharp at recognizing the local’s poor English right away.

– Ronald & Christina have their clue. They read they must take a taxi to Chiang Kai-Sek Palace. This is the pit stop.

PHIL: This is a monument to the late president of the Republic of China.

Oh for god’s sake, pick a name, people!

– RONALD: We are one.
CHRISTINA: We’re actually two.
CHRISTINA (confessional): It  was a Freudian slip. We started out as two very independent people who wanted to lead but now we are merged into one team.

Christina really elaborated on a random quote that was uttered during the leg.

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Indeed they are one. Why? Because they are family. Therefore, they are one.

Or maybe it’s just crap that we have refused to question since Lion King 2.

– Don sees the clown if he is the happy guy. They decide to do Earth. TK & Rachel have the clue. Earth for them too. Nate & Jenn continue running the streets until they see the clown. Earth as well.

– Everybody is asking for directions. The local tells Nate & Jenn to take the subway because traffic is bad. The other two teams have cabs to the Youth Park.

– Nate asks Jenn why not take a cab. However, Jenn has taken the local’s word as gospel. They enter the subway. The agent tells them they must go to Ximen Station and then switch onto a bus. Nate asks her to ask him if a cab will be faster. Jenn turns it down and just wants to start moving.

– Nic thinks he is doing a good job. TK is stressed inside the cab. Nate & Jenn see the buses. But Nate still thinks a cab is faster. However he changes his mind and sees a bus lane. Then he tells her to wait. Jenn freaks out and instructs him to make a decision. Nate is pissed because he thinks she is acting as if he never makes decisions. So they argue on the street for a minute.

JENN: You need to make the decisions right now. You are the man. PLEASE!

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And you’re the woman, so be quiet.

– Nate doesn’t make a decision but instead takes the time to yell at Jenn that all she does is freak out. They start swearing.

NATE: You’re the one who got us in this mess. You were the one who said SUBWAY SUBWAY SUBWAY!

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Well it’s better than f—ing Quiznos!

– So Nate and Jenn argue on the streets about Nate being upset as to the meaning of decisions and why Jenn freaks out, and blame each other for everything. Jenn reminds Nate a decision is needed to be made. It seems like a no-brainer. I took public transit three hours per day for four years while going to university. It nearly tripled the amount of time to travel by car covering the same route.

Many teams have fallen to taking a bus instead of a taxi.

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Okay, maybe these two were the only ones dumb enough to do it.

– Nate & Jenn have consistently finished second.  They are competitive. Both know that a cab is needed to go to Youth Park, but Jenn delegates the decision to Nate who was opposed to the bus ride in the first place. So logic dictates they will clear their heads and Nate flags down a cab?

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And what the f— is Comanche Moon?

– NATE: I can’t believe you.
JENN: You can’t believe me what? I didn’t do anything.
NATE: You’re such a poor teammate.
JENN: Thanks a lot for ruining my frickin’ birthday. All I asked was for you to not fight with me.
NATE: You make it impossible not to.
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Ask Nate to not fight with you? That was your birthday wish. It should have been a more reasonable wish in life like “Give me a 1-in-3 chance of winning a million dollars”.
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Yeah. Who knew that could be a reasonable wish in life?

– Ronald & Christina find the palace and see the pit stop greeter. They say ‘I love you’ to one another.
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I wonder if she’ll be the pit stop greeter?

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But instead we get the woman who appeared as the female villain from Rush Hour 2.

FIRST: RONALD & CHRISTINA

– Phil congratulates on their 1-in-3 shot at a million bucks. They have each won a 5-night trip to the town of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. Ronald points out that they are famous for pancakes.

– Ultra luxurious hotels. Massages, spaaaas, and snorkelling. Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of TAR prizes. Phil comments that he has never seen them so happy.

taiwan phil

How is a 60-year-old man with a hernia finishing first in three out of the past six legs. . .

– Ronald is happy that Christina has shown him the ropes to be a better person while Christina has never been so proud to be his daughter. Awe.

– TK & Rachel see people running in the distance. They run right behind Nic & Don. TK coaches Rachel that the faster they go the less it hurts. In a surprise to no one, TK & Rachel have outrun Nic & Don by a few feet. Both teams have their clues. Neither team has seen Nate & Jenn.

– Donald pulls out a Tony Paolo “sonofab—-” as Nate & Jenn find a cab before them. Suddenly Nate & Jenn show up to the park and start running. Jenn finds it easy. Probably because her feet have aged ten years on the race.

– TK & Rachel abandon the cab right away because the driver does not speak English. Nic & Don have yet to find a cab.

– Jenn coaches Nate to be light on their toes and not think about it.

– TK & Rachel fail to find anyone to speak English. Nic & Don run up to a street corner because they see a cab there. Nate & Jenn are at the halfway point of the course.

taiwan nate yell

The yell sounds exactly like Rick Sanchez voluntarily being shot by a tazer.

I saw this Anderson Cooper clip when it originally aired. It’s my favourite one.

– Nate & Jenn run the second half.

– TK & Rachel successfully hire a cab. Nic & Don have an ideal situation.

taiwan nic taxi

Well, at least you can ask both cabs simultaneously. One of them is bound to know.

– TK doesn’t want to see Nic & Don leave. Neither taxi knows the place where Nic & Don want to go.

– Nate & Jenn have the clue. Nic & Don are in a cab. Nate & Jenn are shown getting inside one right after. All three teams pray they will not bite the dust.

taiwan jenn 5

Say it a third time and Clownie appears.

– TK & Rachel identify the palace.

SECOND: TK & RACHEL

– They are ecstatic. Phil is impressed that they have yet another big celebration. Both are excited and insist they tried their hardest all day.

– Nic & Don hate the red lights. They view Nate & Jenn as their only hope. Both teams see the palace. Suspense is built. So who takes the last spot in the finale?

taiwan nic bag

I can’t remember somebody entering the pit stop mat carrying both bags.

THIRD: NIC & DON

– Nic & Don are relieved. Don says their only goal was to not be the first team eliminated before switching to aiming for the Final Three.

LAST: NATE & JENN

PHIL: Nate & Jenn. . .you are the last team to arrive.
NATE: Oh ffffudge.
MY SISTER: LOL. Who says fudge?

– They are eliminated. They talk about fighting and wanted to win more than anything. Jenn says they have learned a lot about each other and the relationship.

taiwan nate jenn talk

We get a very rare scene in TAR history. Sad and sarcastic piano music plays as if it is an episode of Big Brother. One of my brothers still makes fun of this exchange to this day.

JENN: We killed our relationship on the way. We weren’t strong enough to heal it and finish the race. We just freakin killed ourselves during it, Nate.
NATE (crying): I know, Jenn!
JENN: And we didn’t even focus on our relationship. All we cared about was the race.
NATE (crying harder and sobbing for a couple seconds): Gosh. . .darnit.
NATE & JENN: . . . .
Nothing left to do. What’s the solution?

taiwan nate jenn hug

Pick up and bear hug for several seconds!

MY BROTHERS & SISTER: What. . .the. . .f— did we just watch? “We only cared about the race, Logan!” God. They’re so dramatic. Fudge. Gosh darnit!

Next Time on TAR: After nearly 30, 000 miles, it all comes down to this: While TK &  Rachel are feeling pinched in the Detour, Don comes down on Nic over a mixup. And Ron watches his daughter hang on for dear life. It’s the season finale you won’t wanna miss. Who will cross the finish line first and claim the one million dollars?

Confessional count

RONALD.CHRISTINA 3.8
NICOLAS.DONALD 6.3
NATHAN.JENNIFER 5.6
TK.RACHEL 7.3

Rank the Teams

1) Azaria & Hendekea

Out of the bottom six teams, this was a no-brainer. They were hilarious, engaging, likable, charismatic, smart, athletic, both had aggressive personalities, and a surprisingly complicated relationship as siblings. They dominated at many aspects of the race, but surprisingly had a couple of flaws in terms of communication.

Azaria’s image of himself as being ten times better than this sister at everything was a surprising storyline to notice during this re-watch. Hendekea was without question the smarter and stronger racer. I would want her as my race partner if I ever played. Except for maybe Eric or Jeremy.

Much like Lorena & Jason, this team was viewed as a team guaranteed to be in the Final Three. The two biggest upsets up to this point.

By this point it was established that competitive reality TV could have more than one all-star season in each franchise. Or multiple seasons with returning players at the very least. A return of Azaria & Hendekea was inevitable in the eyes of the whole audience.

Why?

Their elimination had major “Unfinished Business”. Put on last flight because they were assigned business class when they specifically asked for economy? The flights also happened to be leaving so early that they didn’t have enough time to swap? Oh, and what about the fact that the Dubrovnik leg seemed to take no more than ninety minutes total once in town, therefore making it impossible to catch up?

Lastly, what about the fact that they didn’t hit a non-elimination round after FIVE consecutive eliminations?

That is the epitome of bad luck after having a 2.4 pit stop average after five rounds including a victory in sixty percent of all rounds up to that point.

The only way they shouldn’t be invited back for another all-star is if one of them died or becomes unable to physically move. Seriously.

2) Kynt & Vyxsin

Everybody hated Shana & Jennifer for using their U-Turn, but for some reason Kynt & Vyxsin are praised for using theirs.

That’s the type of popularity they wielded during their run on TAR 12.

Kynt applied for Survivor originally, but I guess TAR was a better fit because then he could keep his makeup and crazy outfits all intact. Plus Vyxsin is much more engaging out of the two of them. In fact, Vyxsin is a very strong racer in contrast to Kynt. Kynt’s skills are a bit more limited.

They were probably picked for looks alone, but they ended up being very good speakers and narrators all season. Plus they didn’t make too many working relationships with other racers which made them a bit of a loner, and thus have their own unique storyline.

It didn’t hurt that they had as many goth references prepared in advance and were ready to use them right from the opening minute. That made them unique alone after 22 seasons.

Dynamic, popular, respectful, not too serious, likable, unique, and the super over the top wardrobe? Yeah. They’re probably the most likely married couple to return for a potential all-star. I expect them and Azaria & Hendekea to make a second appearance.

Tied for 3rd) Lorena & Jason

They have to be one of the most likable dating couples to ever race. Jason’s relaxed and beast-like skills in every task was fun to watch for the couple rounds where he did well.

The team’s Achilles heel was definitely Lorena’s contrasting quality of being the most nervous and overwhelmed wreck who could not keep herself together. She always recovered in interviews and was very nice to everyone, but things like camel milking or deviating from map directions just did not settle well with her ability to function. And it’s the very reason for their shocking early exit.

At least they get to be in the record books for being the first team to be U-Turned.

And they will rank fairly high in the “Unfairly Screwed Over” section of the TAR roundtable discussion.

Overall, a very likable and amusing team to watch for four rounds. They received a surprisingly high level of airtime during their short stint.

Tied for 3rd) Nathan & Jennifer

There is no shortage of bickering young couples in the TAR universe. In fact, it seems to be the norm in America based on what TAR has taught us.

But what bickering couple is told by producers that they swear so much that they are reduced to saying “Gosh!” and “Fudge!” all the time?

The people everyone loved to hate this season. Perhaps the only reasons they are remotely likable is because they are reasonably self-aware, referenced Borat, came up with some of the most ridiculous quotes ever that always make you laugh, Jenn being eliminated on her birthday, and the fact they never got what they wanted most–a first place finish.

It is only fitting that a couple, regardless of always being at the top of the pack every round, ends up going home because of their bickering. Usually teams who fight a lot can attribute it to other reasons such as bad luck, but Nate & Jenn were truly gone because of their bickering.

Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone, thank you for taking the standard of the bickering young couple to a new standard.
5) Shana & Jennifer

The perfect combo to run together. It was like if Pinky & Brain went on TAR together. One makes all of the decisions, possesses all of the brilliance, and always scheming to do her best to take over the race and win it single-handedly–meanwhile, she is with a partner who is a complete doofus and cannot do anything remotely cruel but has zero intellectual ability.

This is the type of pairings you always want to see in TAR at least once per season. We get to witness Shana’s frustration as Jennifer holds her back every round except for round two where Shana completes every task in a solo manner. Unfortunately Shana would be drained by Jennifer’s inability to strategize that Shana would grow frustrated in the fifth leg to the point that she was making slip-ups herself as well.

Plus Shana “dated” Ryan Seacrest several times. Yet no one knew who she was prior to the race. I for one find that fact highly amusing.

6) Kate & Pat

Much like Pat & Brenda, Peggy & Claire, and Lisa & Joni, the significantly older and non-athletically built all-female team crashes hard very early in the race.

This is a very likable team that received a ton of pre-season hype for being Lesbian Ministers. You can see why it’s not controversial in their town is because they are both outstanding people.

They are Ministers who never brought God into the race. They understand God has zero investment in The Amazing Race. Sorry Uchenna & Joyce.

They showed some life in their second/final leg of the race, but there just wasn’t enough airtime to give them the proper treatment. They were good for reactions to the conflict of other teams.

Unfortunately they never had the opportunity to do much more than that.

And did you know Pat is sixteen years older than Kate? It is probably one of the biggest age discrepancies for a dating and/or married couple in the history of TAR.

Come to think of it, I can’t think of a time when TAR casts in this atrociously poor demographic after this season.

Shame. They just need to cast the strongest team they find in this demographic regardless of their lacklustre personality. Just take the dang risk.

7) Ari & Staella

Surprisingly, they don’t speak much in the premiere. It’s more of other teams talking about them, and Nate & Jennifer occupying a huge amount of airtime. Their edit was shoved to the side for most of the episode.

Those one-episode storylines in reality TV when players assume they will take the game down but get knocked out 45 minutes later (or early on when you’re 15 minutes away from your house) is always a great way to see contestants go down. It’s the reason why you like to tune into reality TV in the first place– because of the characters.

Karma and/or donkeys: 1 Ari & Staella: 0

8) Marianna & Julia

Somehow Marianna & Julia will be re-shown in a Switchback task in TAR 22 over five years after their under-the-radar journey on the race was complete.

Their only relationships in the race seemed to be with Nic & Don and Lorena & Jason.

They couldn’t navigate themselves much like Meredith & Maria. Marianna excelled at ditch vaulting to keep them past the second leg was the peak of their abilities.

No matter how many equalizers there were during the first three rounds, these two always magically found themselves between 7th to last in a matter of minutes.

They were nice enough people. Too nice to the point that they were responsible for eliminating themselves from the race due to helping a desperate Lorena get out of a hopeless situation, and also responsible for Donald ditching Viagra.

Their legacy will forever be that they attributed to Donald’s character edit.

And after this re-watch, they will be primarily known to me as having the Shivering Sister. That’s one of the funnier things in TAR that are tough to catch on your first viewing.

Rank the Legs:

1) Dubrovnik, Croatia -> Florence, Italy (Awesome round even though it is a non-elimination. The reveal of the Speed Bump was an intriguing and buzz-worthy twist.

The leg was very long. Teams were forced to drive themselves for 220 miles in a country with relatively high density population. This made navigation tested moreso than any other leg this season which was awesome. Their stamina was finally tested.

Plus the ferry ride to Italy looked like a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I liked the Fast Forward task. No more hair-cutting which made producers look creative for once. Instead teams had to permanently mark their body for the first time in TAR history. So that was neat.

The Roadblock was simple unless you’re TK, but the contraption was very Vinci-like and fit in with the adventurous aspect of the race.

As for the Detour? The Invention task was super cool. It was like watching Treasure Hunters. Tradition could have been less subjective in terms of judging.

Add in TK & Rachel’s and Kynt & Vyxsin’s one-uppsmanship in terms of mistakes on the race and you have a near perfect round of TAR. Add in the errors that other teams couldn’t avoid making and this race truly looks like anybody’s game.

Oh, and did I mention how much the casual audience cheered that there was only two non-elimination rounds?

Such a great round.)

2) LA -> Tony Clifden, Ireland (One of the funniest TAR episodes ever. From the starting line where Nic & Don stalled the rolling of the credits, to Ari’s infamous proclamation, teams taking several wrong turns, funny trips, funny falls, ironic quotes, inappropriate insults, and the word ‘bitch’ being used in about a hundred different ways, this was a very memorable opener.

The tandem bike was neat. The ‘sign up for X charter that leaves in the morning’ continued, and you know you can expect entertainment when high-strung teams are required to lead donkeys. Production has learned that the best way to eliminate a mean-spirited and/or crazy team is to give them a donkey. Look at Jonathan &Victoria.

Ari & Staella are the perfect first boots for this season. They came into the game thinking they were 150 to 200 percent certain they would win, but alienated themselves so early on that they were stuck all alone to complete the task and eliminated in the blink of an eye. I admire their ability to take their elimination rather well.)

3) Mumbai, India -> Osaka, Japan (The editing in the episode was perfect. I was floored that this round was a non-elimination even though I knew it had to be this round or the next round. Dang editors tricking me.

The tasks were very creative. In TAR 10 they made teams get a driver’s license in India, but it seemed like they were ridiculously lenient. For this revamp in Osaka they made the task much more independent, racked up the difficulty by making them navigate to an address and back, and put them in the downtown district of one of the busiest first world streets in the world.

So awesome. The only thing I could ask for is to include a stick shift for the task.

We understand why teams were never allowed to drive themselves to the route markers outside of that task. I’d fear for their lives.

The Detour was excellent. It didn’t even feel like a needle in the haystack because teams had to rely entirely on a sense of smell which had never been tested before. I must admit the other option was much cooler–robot soccer using cell phones? In 2008? I didn’t even know you could do that!

I wonder if anybody has won a college scholarship so they could play robot soccer professionally?

The interactions between all of the teams were great, and the airport scramble was intriguing enough due to TK & Rachel’s major error.

There hasn’t been a bad leg since the fourth round when they did a linear exploration of Burkina Faso.)

4) Florence, Italy -> Mumbai, India (For being the first city to experience being re-visited in full length in the TAR franchise. . .producers did a very good job to make it different from the last visit. In fact, there is no way to tell it was re-visited unless I was directly told it was Mumbai.

The fight for flights was fun even though it ultimately didn’t matter, and the equalizer’s timing during the day was very reasonable.

This trip to Mumbai was MUCH easier overall compared to TAR 4’s Mumbai round, so that is a shame knowing they could have made the city a much more draining experience for teams. I guess they didn’t want Vyxsin, Jenn, Rachel, and Christina to be groped. Can you imagine Ronald’s experience? Everyone on that train would be dead.

Every task except for the roadblock was relatively new and creative. The garland looked like it could have been frustrating to learn initially and the poster task was hilarious to watch Ronald suffer through it and not fully understand it. The crushed cardboard crate is downright funny.

Teams shuffled very frequently throughout the course of the day which is something that is not seen on TAR to such an extreme.

The episode was primarily focused on the storyline of “Will Kynt & Vyxsin Survive the Speed Bump?”. The outcome was that they didn’t, but the Speed Bump had nothing to do with it. Kynt & Vyxsin created a first-time blunder by yielding/U-Turning a team that was already ahead of them, and thanks to Mrs. Ladak saving Jenn a good twenty minutes to ensure she beat Kynt & Vyxsin to the mat with Nate.

Nic’s exhaustion will stand out too. Overall, I can’t really complain. The Speed Bump was very fitting and was very fair.

Just wish Mrs. Ladak didn’t end the round on a sour note.)

5) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso -> Vilnius, Lithuania (This leg was extremely smooth. Teams spent the first 17 minutes of the 43 minute episode strategizing for flights which will become a rarer and rarer aspect of the race. In fact this is the first time since the middle of TAR 11 that flights have truly mattered.

I liked that teams had to drive themselves around the capital and navigate the relatively crowded and narrow streets. The tasks were all fine. Jenn counting the posts is one of the most underrated moments in the TAR franchise because it is tough to believe that somebody could develop such a horrid counting system.

The roadblock was great on paper, but producers failed to understand that splitting everyone down into four final locations was a big mistake. Why? Because the teams that were assigned the hair salon took the longest of all teams while the restaurant was quick to find. Hopefully TAR producers revise this if they attempt a task like this in the future.

The Detour was fine. In fact it was really inspired as teams counted amidst a hectic festival or would have to learn stilts which have a steep learning curve. That did not seem like a pleasant Detour. Although I question if counting pickets in a picket fence is an activity in Lithuania midsummer festivals. Plus those costumes may be the most ridiculous things I have ever seen.

And much like Burkina Faso, there was too many ‘follow the marked path’ to clue boxes and the pit stop once they reached the outskirts of town. It seemed too easy.

The only way this leg could be better is if Jennifer’s lack of proficiency with a stick shift led to the bus hitting her car, thus forcing producers to -only- cast teams who can use a stick.)

6) Osaka, Japan -> Taipei, Chinese Taipei/Taiwan/Republic of China/Formosa (If it weren’t for who got eliminated and the editing of the episode, it would be lower.

Think about it. What were the tasks? Sitting in a car where the most challenging thing was holding your breath for seventeen seconds? Running a 220-foot course on jagged rocks? Virtually no skill involved and definitely cannot spread out the teams.

Mix in the fact that teams relied entirely on taxi, and 75% of teams were always equalized on the subway before each route marker, and suddenly you have an artificial close finish.

The only part that involved any skill was figuring out the best flight and avoiding the Money Exchange Counter right when you enter Taipei. Ronald & Christina successfully blocked everyone else from being on the best flight, and ended up with an approximately 24 minute lead for the whole round.

There was very little room for error–and somehow Nate & Jenn made every error possible. For starters, Nate & Jenn didn’t bother with the Immigration line because they didn’t think the next flight with TK & Rachel wouldn’t land in the airport for quite a while. Moments later they found themselves behind TK & Rachel in the Immigration line.

Oh, and their bickering reached new heights to the point that they decided riding on a bus to the Detour was the best option.

Factor in the fact it was Jenn’s birthday when her and Nate are eliminated makes up for the fact that this round didn’t have the most impressive design.

The Speed Bump seemed like it didn’t take more than six or seven minutes total, and that is including driving time.

7) Ransdorp, Netherlands -> Bingo, Burkina Faso (I think this beats the Dutch leg in the previous round because it is a new country, and they spend time in a town called ‘Bingo’. It is surprisingly not a retirement town.

The camel milking task, while requires a great amount of skill, may be controversial due to the fact that not all camels are equal and some may have more milk than others  This unfairly led some of the teams down the bottom of the pack while others rose to the top.

The number of marked paths was frustrating as a viewer because it made teams travel in packs together and follow the first team to spot a marker. That’s what happens when every route marker is within a two mile radius.

Lorena’s freakout may be one of the season’s highlights. Ronald’s hernia was referenced a bit much for a single episode. Between the train ride and the moonlight dancing, we had a lot of character development for each team. Every team benefited from this character development with the exception of Shana & Jennifer who did not particularly enjoy being in West Africa.

The school task was a TAR first. It was creative and had a ton of skill involved. Personally I think ten words was too easy and should have been bumped up to fifteen given the fact they could make multiple guesses.

The leg was unique and had a good concept on paper, but its shortcomings can all be explained by the screencap of five teams huddling around the pit stop mat.

Good, fun, and creative leg overall, but definitely could be re-worked in the future to make it more well-rounded.)

8) Vilnius, Lithuania -> Dubrovnik, Croatia (One of many rounds this season that seemed too easy and had virtually zero navigation.

In fact, I only place it this high because Dubrovnik is perhaps the best location they have ever visited in Europe.

The tasks were neat on paper but were too easy in execution. Plus teams didn’t travel more than about six or seven miles the whole round. Super lazy.

This leg is also saved by some of the best strategy involving airport and airline scrambles. For once, booking a flight quickly and making fast decisions was critical to finish this leg early enough.

I could have ranked this leg lower simply due to Azaria & Hendekea’s premature exit from the season.)

9) Clifden, Ireland -> Ransdorp, Netherlands (I wish this round required more teamwork. The only way you had to have teamwork is if you chose the biking option for the Detour.

It was a short distance for teams to travel, and the whole task seemed to take no more than four to five hours in round two. I will give points for the ditch vaulting for being amusing even if it could be done in five seconds.

The round was completely character-driven. Everybody played in their necessary roles and made the round a treat to watch them play.)

10) Bingo, Burkina Faso -> Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (This leg is the worst of the first four episodes for one reason:

It was too easy.

Both Detour options didn’t even seem challenging whatsoever. None of the teams ever said during the Detour “Wow, this is difficult and/or frustrating!” for either task.

The roadblock was a neat change in difficulty. Teams trying to figure out how to balance the bikes before embarking to find a market stall a mile away  allowed for interaction with locals and needing several skills to complete the task quickly. It was the only time teams struggled for the whole episode. Vyxsin, Rachel, and Shana all experienced setbacks.

The most annoying thing about the leg is that it is the first time I can recall that a team starts out a round less than two hours behind everyone else, and U-Turned to only be put twenty minutes further behind, that they weren’t given a chance to give up. All of the tasks combined didn’t seem to take more than an hour to complete.

Therefore, Lorena & Jason were screwed over. If this were TAR Asia, or virtually any TAR season, a bus or a plane or a train would have simply clumped them in with several other teams. But for whatever reason, this leg was stuck to pre-determined taxis on an extremely linear race course. There wasn’t much variance in how you can accomplish anything this round.

And the “Imma come at you bro” drama that was promoted for virtually the whole episode had zero pay-off. Why not just pretend like Lorena & Jason aren’t there to trick the viewers into thinking TK & Rachel are last like they do in previous years? Reminding us of Lorena & Jason’s presence only made the episode drag for the whole hour.

And that dancing task needed to be significantly re-worked. I can’t get over its lazy format.

Plus Vyxsin’s tears were a bit too over-the-top for the camera. That same image of the kids gathering in front of the camera was really beating the viewer over the head.

In short, this leg was lazy.)

Team Averages

Bulls—
Bilal & Sa’eed N/A
— F minus–
12th Debra & Steve 12.0
12th Gina & Sylvia 12.0
11th Ari & Staella 11.0
11th John Vito & Jill All Stars 11.0
11th Vipul & Arti 11.0
11th John & Scott 11.0
11th Ryan & Chuck 11.0
11th Team Seinfeld/Avi & Joe 11.0
11th Dennis & Erika 11.0
11th Deidre & Hilary 11.0
11th Matt & Ana 11.0
10th Lisa & Joni 10.0
10th Kevin & Drew All Stars 10.0
10th A Black Family 10.0
— F +–
10th Megan & Heidi 9.5 (Wow. They sucked.)
10th Kate & Pat 9.0
9th David & Mary All Stars 9.0
9th Peggy & Claire 9.0
10th Meredith & Maria 9.0
10th Dennis & Andrew 9.0 FF
9th Marianna & Julia 8.33
10th Russell & Cindy 8.33
8th Don & Mary Jean 8.2
10th Kellie & Jamie 8.0
10th Kim & Leslie 8.0
8th Danielle & Dani 7.8 – Yielded
9th Jim & Marsha 7.33
8th Aiello Family 7.0
–D minus–
8th Tom & Terry 7.0
8th Dave & Margaretta 7.0
9th Lena & Kristy 7.0
10th Hope & Norm 7.0
9th Rogers Family 6.5
8th Susan & Patrick 6.5
6th Lenny & Karyn 6.43
9th Wanda & Desiree 6.25
7th Paul & Amie 6.2
8th Steve & Dave 6.2 FF
6th David &Mary 6.13 FF
–D+–
10th Ernie & Jeena 6.0
11th Amanda & Chris 6.0
6th Andre & Damon 5.86
7th Dave & Lori 5.83
5th Kami & Karli 5.8
8th Michael & Kathy 5.8
7th Cyndi & Russell 5.8
7th Shana & Jennifer 5.8 Used U-Turn
9th Heather & Eve 5.75
5th Nancy & Emily 5.67
6th Gaghan Family 5.5
10th Alison & Donny 5.5
6th Tian & Jaree 5.43 FF
8th Sahil & Prashant 5.4 FF
–C minus–
4th Meredith & Gretchen 5.36
7th Monica & Sheree 5.33 FF
7th Marshall & Lance 5.33
9th Debbie & Bianca 5.33
7th Gus & Hera 5.29
6th Joe & Bill All Stars 5.25
8th Bob & Joyce 5.25
8th Lorena & Jason 5.25 U-Turned
7th Silver & Gold 5.17
7th Ray & Deana – 5.0 FF
7th Melody & Sharon 5.0
9th Steve & Josh 5.0 – FF
9th Pat & Brenda 5.0 – FF
5th Fran & Barry 4.89
6th Howard & Sahran 4.88
–C + —
3rd Lyn & Karlyn 4.85 – Yielded
5th John Vito & Jill 4.8 – FF
7th Teri & Ian All Stars 4.83
7th Schroeder Family 4.75
6th Lake & Michelle 4.71 – Used Yield
6th Brian & Greg 4.71
5th Erwin & Godwin 4.70
3rd Adam & Rebecca 4.69 FF and Used Yield and Yielded
9th Duke & Lauren 4.67
5th Lori & Bolo 4.6 – FF
2nd Teri & Ian 4.53 – FF
5th Uchenna & Joyce All Stars 4.33 – FF
8th Shola & Doyin 4.25 – FF
–B minus–
3rd Ray & Yolanda 4.23
4th Linda & Karen 4.17
3rd Charla & Mirna All Stars 4.15
6th Mary & Peach 4.14 (Two failed FF attempts.)
5th Paolo Family 4.13 FF and Used Yield
5th Lynn & Alex 4.11
5th Andy & Laura 4.00 – Yielded
3rd David & Jeff 4.00 – FF
4th Oswald & Danny 4.00 – FF
5th Gary & Dave 3.89 – FF
2nd Kelly & Jon 3.85
1st Zabrina & Joe Jer 3.77
2nd Sandy & Francesca 3.77 – Used Yield
4th Jon & Al 3.73
6th Charla & Mirna 3.71
–B+–
3rd Blake & Paige 3.69 – FF
5th Millie & Chuck 3.67 FF
5th Kynt & Vyxsin 3.63 Used Yield
1st Eric & Danielle All Stars 3.62 – Yielded Twice
4th Mardy & Marsio 3.58 FF
6th Jonathan & Victoria 3.56
4th Joseph & Monica 3.50 – Yielded
3rd Andrew & Syeon 3.46
1st Freddy & Kendra 3.46 – Used Yield and Yielded
4th Nathan & Jennifer 3.40 – Never finished in 1st
1st Chris & Alex 3.38 – FF
1st Chip & Kim 3.38 – Used Yield
4th Kevin & Drew 3.36 – FF
3rd Brandon & Nicole 3.31
4th Godlewski Family 3.18
4th Dustin & Kandice 3.17 – Used Yield
–A minus–
7th Peter & Sarah 3.17
9th Aubrey & Jacqueline 3.17
3rd Weaver Family 3.15 – Yielded Twice
1st Reichen & DK 3.15 – FF
1st Uchenna & Joyce 3.15 FF
4th Derek & Drew 3.10 – FF
2nd Rob & Kim 3.08 – FF
3rd Ron & Kelly 3.00 – Yielded
6th Azaria & Hendekea 3.00
4th Hayden & Aaron 2.92
2nd Dustin & Kandice All Stars 2.92 – Used Yield
2nd Bransen Family 2.85
1st Linz Family 2.77 – Used Yield
3rd Joe & Bill 2.76 – FF
–BEST OF THE BEST–
8th Rob & Amber All Stars 2.75 – Used Yield
1st Flo & Zach 2.69 – FF
3rd Ken & Gerard 2.69 – FF
4th Oswald & Danny All Stars 2.67 FF x2 and Used Yield
2nd Colin & Christie 2.54 – FF and Yielded
2nd Tara & Wil 2.53 – FF
1st Rob & Brennan – 2.46 FF
1st BJ & Tyler – 2.46 FF and Used Yield
1st Tyler & James – 2.38 FF
2nd Frank & Margarita 2.38 – FF
2nd Kris & Jon 2.38
2nd Rob & Amber 2.31
2nd Eric & Jeremy 1.69 FF

Combined Team Averages (Repeats Only)

11 legs David & Mary 6.91 FF
11 legs John Vito & Jill 5.36 FF
18 legs Danielle 4.78
19 legs Teri & Ian 4.63 FF
13 legs Kevin & Drew 4.38 FF
20 legs Charla & Mirna 4.00 None
21 legs Joe & Bill 3.71 FF
22 legs Uchenna & Joyce 3.64 FF x2
*31 legs Eric & Danielle 3.48 FF
23 legs Oswald & Danny 3.30 FF x3!
25 legs Dustin & Kandice 3.04 None
26 legs Eric 2.65 FF
17 legs Rob & Amber 2.41 None

* I determined Eric & Danielle’s average in this last section by adding up all of their individual points from TAR 9, then adding up their total points in All Stars and dividing it by 31.

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