The Amazing Race Asia 2 episode 6 ranking

Sixth Episode



Episode Six: “Done!”

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Previously on TAR: Seven teams set off from New Zealand flew to Tokyo, Japan. Where they immediately raced rickshaws into the city centre. The cosplay challenge had teams matching the right girl with the right photograph. Henry & Terri continued to disagree and became lost along the way.

It was a rice paper paddle and a pool of fish that introduced teams to the art of Zen. But teams who chose to deliver the kimono were left frantically searching for the right location.

Spelling their next location using blocks of ice in below five degrees Celsius left teams with brain freeze.

Daichi & Sawaka flew ahead to the train station where they were level with the other teams waiting for a bullet train. In Fukuoka, it was a cab race to the “pit stop”.

Diane & Ann were the first to arrive only to be told they were still racing.

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Diane & Ann’s reaction to hearing they are still racing.

Seven teams still remain; who will be the next to be eliminated?

– Intro time.

– Diane reads the clue frantically. Allan Wu decodes it for us that teams need to take a taxi to the Hakata Port Ferry Terminal. They will catch a ferry to Busan, South Korea. Here they will find a clue outside of the ferry terminal in Busan.

TAR’s first visit to South Korea since TAR 4?

TAR’s ONLY visit to South Korea between TAR 4 and TAR 17?
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Oppa Busan Style!
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Heyyyyyyy, sexy racers!

Opp! Opp! Opp!

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!

– I cannot get over the gibberish that Diane utters when reading that clue.

– Diane & Ann hail a new cab. Marc & Rovilson jump on the mat to celebrate.

ALLAN: No time to celebrate here my friends!

You know what would have been funnier? If Marc & Rovilson do their typical ten minute showboating at the mat while all the other teams check in, and end up missing the ferry because they are still spinning on the mat.

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Even though I counted their official placings for this round in the order they arrived at the Fukuoka Train Station, Marc & Rovilson still finish second at the pyramid in Fukuoka anyway.

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You’ll always be second rate!

Well, except for rounds two, three, and four so far.

– So Allan puts an end to their celebration.
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Okay. Time to get serious now.

– Allan tells them there are no prizes this time except a clue.

Actually, that sucks for Diane & Ann. Marc & Rovilson earned a prize for each of the past two rounds, but here we are where they finally lose one when no prize just happens to be awarded.

– Marc does not want to step on anybody’s toes. They want to play a nice clean race.

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I guess being in the top two for all five rounds thus far gets boring after a while. They needed the mustaches to shake things up a bit.

– Rovilson wants to be proud of the way he raced at the end.

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I guess that pride does not conflict with hitting on fifteen year old Japanese women, but okay.

– Paula hits the mat next, but Allan shoves her aside because Natasha is slow. Adrian & Collin therefore slip ahead. They run away with the clue. Paula & Natasha are fourth. I am curious if Allan catches the same ferry as them.

– Natasha admits she can get hard-headed and impatient while Paula is calm and patient. Teams talk about this being a super leg and how they are amped but also tired. Daichi & Sawaka show up followed by Henry & Terri. Daichi & Sawaka’s advantage no longer exists.

– Pamela & Vanessa are last to the mat. Wow, even with the bullet train equalizer they still end up last at the mat. They barely beat Henry & Terri to the Tokyo Train Station at the end of last episode.

Seems like these two could be out very soon.

– The older teams, Henry & Terri and Diane & Ann, are the two teams who express wishing that the round was over more than anyone else. Diane & Ann are at the ferry terminal. We see a mad dash to flag taxis down to take the teams to the ferry terminal.

– Pamela informs us that it is 12:05pm and departs at 12:30pm. Diane compliments Marc & Rovilson’s rapid growth mustache.

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Or maybe she was really talking to the man who is right in front of her.

– Marc & Rovilson are wearing the mustaches because they want to disguise themselves in order to preserve their true identity from the other teams.

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Are they trying to break Mel & Mike’s record for most staged jokes on The Amazing Race?

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I know I am funnier than Marc & Rovilson.

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He thinks he is funnier than Marc & Rovilson.

– VANESSA: We’re trying to be more wise when it comes to clues. We always think too broad or too deep.

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Look at how hyped she is. Yet she does not realize that ‘too broad’ and ‘too deep’ contrast in terms of meaning.

– Daichi & Sawaka politely thank their taxi driver in a polite manner.

– Allan narrates that all seven teams are on a ferry to Busan, South Korea. A journey of 320 kilometres.

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Meanwhile three hundred and twenty kilometres north of Busan. . .

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Happy birthday to you. . .

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Screw happy birthday you worm, when do we eat cake?!

– Daichi & Sawaka did not expect to bond with other teams through the mutual racing experience. Now we’re in Busan. Needless to say all of the teams have a clue.

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The camera operator is smart enough to stay behind the post as all seven teams crowd a clue box.

– They read that they must travel by taxi to Jongro Taekwondo. They must kick through three boards each to receive their next clue.

Yep. Another trip to South Korea means an immediate return to a taekwondo academy. Allan lectures us on it being the national sport of self-defense.

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Break a hand–er, I mean break a leg.

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Anime characters doing taekwondo right outside of the facility?

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I wonder if they have any relation to super ninja boy anime characters Jack and Ryu?

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Well, you know who to call if you need a piece of wood cut into a 2 x 4 on short notice.

– Yep. Another mad scramble to hail taxis. This is going to be an expensive round for everybody. I sense the high population density of South Korean cities makes for expensive rides. One of the taxi drivers laughs at the frantic nature of Diane & Ann.

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Good times in Korea.

– Adrian & Collin think they are last. Vanessa tries to lecture Pamela about technique. So does Natasha. Sawaka tries her best to mime taekwondo as well.  Rovilson is scared by his driver not knowing where to go.

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Or it just looks like she is threatening to beat up the cab driver.

– Natasha yells at the driver asking what is holding up the line.

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Marc asking for directions at the only toll booth out of the area.
And what is with that pig-tailed apple on the dashboard?!

– Daichi gives up as he asks a driver to follow a taxi.

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Or “abandon us completely”. One of the two.

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Perhaps the driver knows about Busan traffic all too well that he knows he can stretch his legs and talk to the other drivers.

– So I looked up Busan on Wikipedia. It has a population of 3.59 million, is the second largest city in South Korea, and a population density of 4, 700 people living per square kilometre. It is comparable to that of Vancouver in terms of being a highly and densely populated seaport city.

To put it into perspective, Seoul’s Population density is 17, 000 people per square kilometre. Yikes.

– Rovilson brags about having the cab at the front of the line and being able to hold up everyone else as they ask for clear directions to Jongro Taekwondo. The added bonus is that it is impossible for other teams to drive around him.

ROVILSON: We will gladly hold up a line of traffic. Chaos, baby. The Amazing Race Asia.

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You can’t handle the chaos.
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It is official. Rovilson has gone through literally every woman on the planet Earth. Now it’s time to jump the fence.

– Commercial break.

– Everyone is beginning to scream at Rovilson. Rovilson yells back if Natasha’s taxi driver knows the location. Natasha is confident he does.

ROVILSON: We will gladly follow women in this race.

NATASHA: I am not sure that our cab driver knows where to go, we’re not trying to help other teams it is just a matter of advancing ourselves.

Well played.

– Pamela & Vanessa are concerned. So are Adrian & Collin. Daichi & Sawaka claim to be last place.

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And knowing Daichi & Sawaka’s reputation for being the most passive team ever when it comes to asking for directions, things are not looking good.

– Marc believes no one knows where to go. Ann proclaims her love for the cab driver who passes the other cars. He just laughs at Ann.

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She has picked herself up a Korean husband.

– Daichi tries to communicate with his driver.

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You gonna finish that?

– Rovilson comments on the car’s insane speed of their cab. Daichi borrows a cell phone to call a Japanese Help Line.

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Even better.

– Ann makes Taekwondo sounds.

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Natasha coaches Paula into visualizing the transfer of energy to her arms.

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Ah. Natasha leading a meditation circle on TAR. I never would have predicted that. Although I think six o’ clock elbows are illegal in Taekwondo.

– We cut back to Diane & Ann’s cab. Now Diane joins in on the sounds. She is really getting into it.

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Diane goes from Sweety Sweety into prep work to become Kicky Kicky.

– Vanessa starts making sounds too. I think all Korean cab drivers are scared.

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Daichi. Phone home.

– Paula thinks the challenge itself will be to get to the location. Diane comments that drivers here view red lights as optional like in China.
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So many red lights, but yet all are ignored. Now you know where the Asian driving stereotype comes from. Ann thinks every driver in Malaysia is a maniac, but blatantly ignoring red lights during long lines of traffic is a whole new level of bad driving.

– Terri comments that they are more focused today than ever before.

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Apparently focus is much more fatiguing than yelling because she looks like she is ready to fall asleep again.

– Vanessa pretends to do taekwondo but it sounds like she is vomiting instead. Sawaka is now on the phone. Vanessa mugs for the camera as she nods when the driver is talking on the phone.
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Nods. Yes. Yes I concur.

– Sawaka continues to find little success with her phone call.

SAWAKA: No, but it’s 1-7-1. It’s a specific number. . .Hello? . . .Hello? . . .Hello?

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Poor cell reception? What is this? Canada?

– Marc & Rovilson grab the ‘1’ tag at taekwondo. Adrian & Collin have ‘2’. Ann & Diane realize that their taxi driver drove way ahead of everyone else, but dropped off at the wrong facility. Vanessa does some sort of accent as she sings about cracking boards with taxis, and Pamela calls her out on it.

PAMELA: What accent is that?
VANESSA: I don’t know anymore.

– So we are at the Jongro Taekwondo facility. First they are instructed how to do a sidekick.

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The sidekick is no match for Minoki Ichihara!

– Collin explains that the timing difference between him and Marc & Rovilson is getting progressively closer. Marc is impressed with how quick Adrian & Collin were.

MARC: Wow. They are quick. They were only a couple of minutes behind us.

Wow. Marc is shocked when a team is even a couple minutes behind him? These guys are not much for given credit to other teams.

– We see Adrian & Collin unable to break a board. Marc & Rovilson succeed just like they do at everything except women.
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Chun Li would slaughter this challenge. Lightning kick! Hyahyahyahyahyah.

– Collin breaks a board. Adrian misses. It doesn’t matter as both teams finish quickly.
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I didn’t know Mr. Monopoly was into Taekwondo.

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Mr. Rovilsonopoly when he is kicked out of a strip club for getting too close to the dancers.

– They read that they must travel by taxi to the Jagalchi Market Golden Pig where they will find their next clue. Caution: Yield Ahead.
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I call him Midas.

ALLAN: The statue currently symbolizes the Chinese year of the Golden Pig which comes only once every six hundred years.

– We then get a montage of a bunch of random crap that apparently goes on during the year of the Golden Pig.

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A drum. . .

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An Australian Aboriginee hailing a taxi. . .

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Crowd doing the Karate Kid stance. . .

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Crowd taking a picture with what is no doubt a Sony HD Handycam. . .

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And fireworks.

ALLAN: It is believed to bring luck, wealth, and fertility.
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Fertility, eh? Rovilson suddenly has a chance.

– Marc and Adrian both swoop in to take Pamela & Vanessa’s cab as they exit. Marc asked through the back passenger door while Adrian asks through the front.

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Marc has to back away so that Pamela can exit the dang cab.

– Collin tells Adrian to go inside as he says that they got it first.

ROVILSON: You stole our cab! We’ll remember that!

How did they steal -your- cab?

a) Pamela & Vanessa were inside. It was really their cab.

b) You and Marc went after the cab the second it pulled up to the curb. Adrian was there with you in a virtual tie.

c) You were dumb enough to sneak through the back passenger door on the right rather than the front passenger door.

d) You backed away from the cab completely so that Pamela could get out.

How was it your cab? Please do tell.

– Adrian & Collin do not even react. Adrian probably could not care less what Marc & Rovilson would say about him, and Collin would hear none of it.
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Collin is having a fight over a cab, and Logan is laughing at him!

– Marc & Rovilson and their dumb mustaches get into a cab of their own. Pamela & Vanessa show up.

Want to know how wrong Pamela & Vanessa have been over these past three episodes?
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– Adrian signs to Collin about what happened behind him. Collin looks concerned.

ROVILSON: It’s a race but what I love about this race is that karma comes back to bite you in the butt.

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Tough to take seriously when a guy speaks wearing a fake mustache.

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Because she definitely received a dose of karma by the end. . .oh wait.

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A normal person’s assessment of what went down.

– Natasha realizes that they have been taken to the United Nations Centre.

Well, out of the 181 people there, I think a large percentage of them will speak English and put you into the right direction.

NATASHA: We just want to break boards. Not solve world’s problems.

Maybe if you did not talk about ‘water’ around ‘boards’, you may have not been viewed as a member of the UN.

– Pamela & Vanessa both miss their first kick. They follow it up by each connecting with one to receive a clue. Marc & Rovilson discuss the Yield. They will probably decide on yielding Team Singapore because they are the only ones they feel will yield them.

Which we assume refers to Adrian & Collin.

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Oh yeah. Allan Wu explains the Yield since it has not been used in TAR since TAR: All Stars. One team can yield any other team, which forces the recipient to turn over an hourglass and wait for the sand to run out before they can continue racing.

– Adrian has no intention of yielding anybody. Paula & Natasha’s cab enters a building to ask for directions. They applaud him for running. Diane & Ann are running on the streets. Daichi & Sawaka are following Pamela & Vanessa. This is a mess. Henry & Terri are not far behind them. Paula screams at the driver to stop. Daichi & Sawaka stop too. Daichi tells his driver to wait.

– Paula & Natasha take ‘4’. Natasha breaks one board no problem. Paula does it too. The clue is theirs.

– Daichi & Sawaka take ‘5’. Sawaka nearly kicks through the board and into the instructor. Daichi needed three attempts.

He is as lazy as one of my brother in terms of expending energy.
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He stubbed his toe twice in the process.

– Henry & Terri take the ‘6’ tag. Paula & Natasha have a cab.

– Adrian & Collin are at the U-Turn–er, I mean Yield mat. They choose not to yield anybody. So time to open the clue. It is a Detour.

Slither or Deliver.

– In Slither, teams must fish two tokens from a tank of octopus to receive their next clue.

Is it octopuses or octopusi?

ALLAN: If slime and tentacles don’t faze a team, the token will soon be in their hands.

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You mean they only have to TOUCH the octopus rather than EAT the octopus? Damn them!
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– In Deliver, teams must deliver food to three addresses and return to the restaurant for their next clue.

Three addresses in Korean?! Unless you are an idiot, Slither is the way to go.

ALLAN: This will be even more of a challenge when teams discover that not all streets have names.

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The same type of street confusion as in Singapore thanks to you, Choa Chu Kang.

– Adrian has a brain and decides to Slither. Marc & Rovilson run on the streets to the Yield mat next. Adrian’s driver says that they should run to the place rather than go inside of the cab. Marc & Rovilson also Slither. Adrian & Collin are already at the tank.

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Apparently we do a CSI-like camera from the octopus’ point of view.

– Adrian has one. . .and the other. Yep. About ten seconds. Marc & Rovilson find a local who speaks English. Marc & Rovilson make fun of themselves for being blind when they see the octopus stall just down the road.

– Adrian & Collin read the clue. They must travel by taxi to Nurimaru APEC House and search the grounds for their next clue. Adrian & Collin get into a taxi.

Such a freakin’ quick Detour.

– Rovilson keeps repeating that he is reading as they near the stall. Paula & Natasha are worried about the Yield. They would not be surprised if the Chongs (Pamela & Vanessa) yielded them.

PAULA: We’ll kick their asses because we know how to kick now.

Something tells me the Chongs may be tougher to break than a thin piece of a wooden board.

– Diane yells at Ann to not waste time with people who lead them on with knowledge of the town. Marc suspects that teams will yield them even though it no longer matters for this round.

ROVILSON: Just because we are in the retarded luck zone.

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Speaking of retarded, can you get rid of that mustache already?

Oh, and not say the word ‘retarded’? Granted it is 2007 when this season was filmed, but we live in 2014 now. We have a new politically correct word for that now.

– Henry & Terri break the boards with their weight alone. Daichi & Sawaka are in a cab. Sawaka ‘oink oinks’ to her taxi driver to indicate she wants to see a pig statue.

HENRY: Take us to the pig statue.
DRIVER: You got it.
HENRY: Heh heh! Right on!

How are they not first with a cab driver like that?

– Ann & Diane are lost on the streets. A guy points out where they need to be, but it is not really helping. He walks with them.

– Marc & Rovilson have one coin. We sit through this for fifty seconds.

MARC: It’s like putting my hand down your pants.

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How would he know?

MARC: It’s not the octopus that freaked us out, it was their strong beaks. Octopus have really strong beaks.

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Even stronger than Kazooie’s?

– They must run out of footage for this leg because we see nothing happen for nearly a full minute. Daichi & Sawaka are in a cab. He draws a pig or writes it in ceramic letters. The driver seems even more confused. Paula & Natasha are in a lane next to Daichi & Sawaka.

– We see Marc pull out the first coin. Seriously, why do these guys get so much airtime?

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Because Daichi proving that Japanese and Korean languages are very different is much more entertaining.
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Seriously. I have had to sit through roughly two minutes of them looking for coins in real time. It is not as gruelling as rolling one hundred hay bales. Just two coins in a tank.

– Adrian signs to Collin without providing subtitles. Pamela & Vanessa decide to not Yield anybody. They are currently third.

– Marc & Rovilson have their clue. Pamela & Vanessa choose Slither. Ann & Diane are last to the Taekwondo place. They look like they have the correct stance.

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The Taekwondo instructor finds it worth the wait to fall into this threesome.

– ROVILSON: The Singaporeans got there ahead of us and had a change of heart.
MARC: Yeah, and maybe wanted to make up for stealing our cab.

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Just let it go!

– Pamela giggles and explains how funny it was to touch a tentacle. We see Vanessa grab the first coin in seconds. Or is it Pamela? I don’t know. And the next one.

– Ann & Diane finish Taekwondo. Diane hopes what has happened to them will happen to another team by the end of the round. Daichi & Sawaka think the Malaysian moms would Yield them.

– Daichi & Sawaka think the Malaysian Moms are ahead. Therefore, they choose NOT to yield. They gladly take the number ‘4’ at the Yield mat. Paula & Natasha enter a store to do their impression of a pig. The shopkeeper does not respond to their oinks.

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He said the same thing after his failed stand-up career.

– SAWAKA: It’s probably lots of tentacles and scoop and scoop coins. Let’s choose Deliver.


– Paula & Natasha find a local. Time to find the elusive pig. Henry & Terri meanwhile are fifth. They have not mentioned anything about yielding anyone. Guess what? They do yield someone. Who shall it be?

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HENRY: We choose to yield Magnum P.I.

HENRY: Those guys have already been first place lots of times, so thirty minutes is not gonna hurt them.

THEN WHY USE IT?! The strategy behind the Yield is to save yourself from elimination, or use it to eliminate a team you know is behind you. The absolute last thing to do is to not only use it against a team who you think is ahead of you, but use it so its effects will do nothing.

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What were they thinking?!
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Did they copy the Yield strategy from Kynt & Vyxsin?

– Henry & Terri immediately choose Slither. A task that takes seconds. Instead of searching for addresses in a city that is one of the most densely populated cities in the first world.

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Their decision to choose this Detour is making my head hurt.

– Paula & Natasha show up to the Yield mat and grab the ‘6’ tag. They are amazed to see Henry & Terri officially Yielding Marc & Rovilson. Both admit their confusion regarding the decision.

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Yeah. At least you know that mustache is real.

– Natasha takes her shirt off on screen as she opts to do Slither.

HENRY: It’s gonna be so easy to reach in by hand.

Yeah, Henry pretty much sums up all you do in this task.

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Look at how small that freakin’ tank is.

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You would think this Detour task is more suited for Minute to Win It.

– Henry & Terri tell us that Terri used to play with octopus in a tank as a childhood past time.

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What is wrong with Terri? She has been smiling more this round than all of the other rounds combined. She has not snapped once this round either. It is like she is trying to kill Henry with kindness.

– Henry cannot see the second coin. Yeah, no need to be misleading. This error shouldbe resolved within the next twenty seconds.

– Daichi & Sawaka exit the market to search for the first address.

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I think walking up these steps before even beginning the task takes longer than the other Detour option. They just wanted to be polite by not letting a Detour option go unused.

– Natasha keeps saying “oh my god” over and over. After a couple screams, even on the background of Henry’s audio, both her and Henry find each of their coins. Both teams have the clue.

– Daichi & Sawaka continue to deal with the locals. Daichi convinces Sawaka to return to the market and switch Detour options because they have not found a single address. Sawaka’s defense?

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Oh c’mon. Stop being such an octopussy and go put your hand in the tank!

– Natasha was grossed out by putting her hand into a tank of squid. Both of them agree that Henry & Terri’s decision to Yield Marc & Rovilson was stupid.

– Diane & Ann oinks in her cab to signal they want to go to the pig statue.
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I love how every team has resorted to oinking because they know that is the sound a pig makes.

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Thank goodness they do not have to go to a fox statue because no one knows what sound a fox makes.

– Daichi & Sawaka are at the tanks. Diane & Ann are last to the pig statue. They instantly choose Slither. Daichi & Sawaka have their clue. I should note when Daichi first puts his hand in that it sounds like somebody is screaming in the background.

– Adrian & Collin ask for directions along with their cab driver on the street but it turns into a heated screaming match. It sounds like they are saying “you can’t handle the truth” really fast to one another.

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Isn’t there already enough conflict in South Korea?

– Marc & Rovilson enter the APEC House and are pointed to the clue on the grounds by a worker there. Slightly suspicious. Diane & Ann have both coins. They seem to be only a couple of minutes behind Daichi & Sawaka. Diane & Ann talk about the Yield decision that puzzles them too.

ANN: Henry & Terri yielded Marc & Rovilson for thirteen minutes if I’m not mistaken. Even with these thirteen minutes, we are still last if I’m not mistaken.

It took me a second to realize that she must have been saying ‘fifteen’ as opposed to ‘thirteen’. Ann’s accent is one of the tougher ones to understand now that Singaporean Sophie & French Born Aurelia are gone.

– Marc & Rovilson open up a clue. It’s a Roadblock.
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First impression:

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Whatever you do, don’t choose Hayden.

– Teams must travel by taxi to Yongdusan Park. There they must find a gatekeeper.

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He looks like Willard 2.0 and will undoubtedly inspire the immunity idol for Survivor: Korea.

– The gatekeeper will give them a key that will unlock only one of the padlocks. Only then will they receive their next clue.

ALLAN: If they break the key, they will have to start over again.

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Pssst. Really don’t choose Hayden.

– Marc is doing the Roadblock. Adrian & Collin hop an unnecessary gate. Adrian is doing the Roadblock.

ROVILSON: An Asian man yelling at us is not good.

What about an African man?

– Pamela & Vanessa frantically yell at locals. Daichi & Sawaka see Henry & Terri pass them. Diane claims she passed Daichi because she saw him in another cab on the road. It’s a scramble, folks.

– Pamela & Vanessa describe a guard who ordered them to move because the gate was locked for the night.

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That seemed a little tooooo easy. Why hadn’t teams been doing this every time that there has been an Hours of Operation sign posted? It could make the race go by a lot faster.

After pulling coins out of a small tank, it is no surprise to the teams that this situation had an easy solution.

PAMELA: No police catch? No police catch?

That makes sense in zero languages.

– Pamela & Vanessa have the clue. Pamela decides to do the Roadblock. Particularly after Vanessa’s meltdown in the icebar last round.
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– PAMELA: I thought I would do it this time because I have bad keys to open the locks and am good at that.

– Henry & Terri are told they are at the APEC House but think it is a trick.

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And will we EVER know the meaning behind the number 27?
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It is a number that comes up very often in my life. I was voted out in Pearl Islands on day 27, I thought I would win Survivor: 27, I lost my virginity to my future wife Laura at the age of 27. . .

– The guard tells Paula & Natasha to climb over the gate. I assume this was not part of the production deal, because it seems odd that they specifically tell teams to hop a fence onto the grounds of the APEC House.

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That guard is about an inch away from pulling a Rovilson on Natasha.

– Terri yells for the first time all round. She yelled “let’s go!”

HENRY: I really wish there was a sign that said A-P-C on it.

Yes, because we need to look for the APC House.

– Paula & Natasha have the clue.

PAULA: Who has the patience?
NATASHA: Patience?
PAULA: Okay, I’ll do it.

Strong teamwork.

– Paula asks for directions from multiple drivers that they need to head to the Bridge of Love.
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Saying that you are a young woman who needs to be shown where the “bridge of love” is at the middle of the night may give the wrong impression.

– Henry has the clue. Terri volunteers that she has patience. Wow. They have directions instantly. Paula & Natasha finally have directions too. Daichi & Sawaka are still in a cab.
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Yeah, because you guys were so willing to put your hand into a tank of octopus or transport food to an address.

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Better answer.

– Daichi & Sawaka run into Paula & Natasha. Natasha tells Daichi & Sawaka where to go because they want the “desperate housewives” out of the race.

Everybody aligning against Diane & Ann reminds me of the pointless mass alliance against Derek & Drew. Like, how are Diane & Ann threats if all of you have agreed to not share information with them anymore?
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Yep. All three bottom teams are in the same shot with their taxis here. And it all comes down to pure luck. Lovely!

– Daichi & Sawaka are told to go ‘straight’. That’s it. Diane asks if there is a secret door. Ann thinks it is the more logical option known as a locked door.

ANN: We don’t want to be behind the Japanese team, Diane. Come.

Why? Are they gassy?

– Ann stumbles upon a tennis court. She knows it is wrong.

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Koreans do love their tennis matches!

– ANN: We pretend we have got it so the Japanese come. That’s the only way we can get them to come up and waste some time.

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Diane may be Sweety Sweety, but Ann is Sneaky Sneaky.

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Apparently the directions of “go down then straight” was too difficult for Daichi & Sawaka.

– Marc & Rovilson ask their driver to wait ten to fifteen minutes. The driver complies.

Fifteen minutes? Uh yeah. They know they are lying to their taxi driver.

– Before I finish typing that out, Marc has the key.

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Marc appears to work the first of about a hundred locks.

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peter griffin done


If they attribute it to karmic retribution for Adrian & Collin stealing their cab, I have the right to shoot them.

ROVILSON: We’ve gone beyond dumb luck. It is retarded luck now. A whole new category of luck.

– Marc reads that they must head to the Beomeosa Temple. It is also one of the oldest temples, and sacred to hundreds of monks.It is a 1, 400 year old Buddhist Temple.

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A Buddhist Temple, eh? This ceremony seems nice.

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Wait, what is she doing?

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She couldn’t check into the pit stop because it felt like worship. I hope this round is a non-elimination.

– Diane & Ann run down a hill saying aloud that they have the clue. Sawaka’s instinct is to follow. Daichi’s suggestion?
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shawn martha stewart apprentice

Shawn from Martha Stewart’s Apprentice says you should fake it until you make it. So the strategy is sound. Although Shawn goes out in 14th or 13th place during the show.
Wait, why am I thinking of Martha Stewart’s Apprentice? It is not like it is ever relevant to the TAR franchise.
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Ah. Right. Need I play more?

– Ann & Diane catch on that Daichi did not fall for it.

– Adrian begins his quest with the locks.

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I hear that key unlocks the Pearly Gates.

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Heh. But Phoenix Wright pun aside, those ridiculous padlocks with only one long repetitive path to solve them is reminding me much of the Psyche Lock game in Phoenix Wright.

All you need is a Nagatama and the process can move much faster.

Let’s hit the music while Adrian works!

– Sawaka yells at Daichi that she really wants to go over to the steps. Daichi is upset.

DAICHI: They wouldn’t have said ‘we have to go to the airport’ or things like that if they really found something.

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Sawaka really is a weak member. She can never get directions, she is naive enough to fall for this trap, she thought that delivering food to unknown addresses in a foreign country would be easier than sticking your hand into a tank, and all she can do is hum her own tune in the background.

And since when did Daichi emerge as the strength of the team? Remember back when I made fun of him for his laziness? Maybe Daichi’s calm attitude was the right approach all along.

– Commercial break.

– Sawaka asks Daichi why they would lie. Daichi says ‘why not’. We see Diane & Ann hop a gate.

– Adrian has the lock. There are probably less than one hundred locks on the wall.

– Diane & Ann have the clue. Ann is doing the Roadblock. Daichi & Sawaka hop a gate too and see the last clue inside. Daichi volunteers for the Roadblock.

– Paula & Natasha have no idea what her driver said. Daichi tells Sawaka in the cab that everyone knows Ann & Diane are sneaky.

– Beomeosa Temple.

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Brett Money’s older brother welcomes you.

Guess who is team number one?

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They really need to switch up their celebration routine.

– They go for a loud high five in the temple.

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That will wake a Buddhist up!

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Rovilson shushes the process, and opts for a handshake instead.

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Ditch the mustaches already!

I should note Marc & Rovilson have finished first in four out of six rounds, and finished second in two out of six rounds. They are identical to how Eric & Jeremy stood after six rounds of TAR 9.

– Allan also talks in a hushed voice. I suppose all teams were wanred in the clue.


Collin had a loud celebration. Nah, just kidding.

– Pamela begins the Roadblock task. Not as much luck as others. We see her do the whole task in real time. This is as easy as TAR 8: Family Edition tasks.

– Henry & Terri pass by an outgoing taxi containing Pamela & Vanessa. Pamela & Vanessa both yell to go fast. The driver responds somehow which triggers an apology from Vanessa.

– Paula & Natasha are in a party taxi as they dance and sing with their driver.

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Look! I made Korean Pinocchio!

– They are all laughing hysterically. Henry & Terri exit the cab. Pamela & Vanessa are told they are a 25 minute drive from the pit stop.

HENRY: Do your thang, girl! Do your thang!

Yeah. Opening locks is a thang.

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Pop it unlock it exchange it like birthday cake.

– Terri does a random system initially but switches to doing one lock at a time. She has it. Again, we see it in real time. I guess showing teams in taxis all round is not very exciting.

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See how much fun a race can be when you do not pout on the ground?

– Paula begins unlocking the lock. It takes a bit longer. She complains she has a key stick.
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Music is back on.

– Ann is taking a few minutes to close her eyes and take a few deep breaths. Daichi is having a staring contest with something he sees from the passenger window.

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He really is determined.

– Paula has the key. Hoo-ray. It being stuck meant it was the correct lock. Away they go in fifth.

NATASHA (to driver): Thank you, Mr. Kim!

– Their driver is named Mr. Kim?

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No matter what TV show you are watching, the lone Korean representation will have the last name ‘Kim’. It is not just limited to Gilmore Girls.

– Ann shows up at the Roadblock. She has yet to get the key. Daichi & Sawaka supposedly show up, but Ann already unlocks a lock and has the key. They are gone and are not even in the same shot as Daichi. Of course we see him get it seconds later. Ann comments on a traffic jam in the cab.

– Sawaka reads the clue really fast.

– Now it is one big taxi race. The only funny part is Paula & Natasha’s driver who has really wide eyes and always seems excited.

– Pamela & Vanessa have a conflict over telling the driver to go faster just in case he misunderstands them. Vanessa was pro-tell him and Pamela is anti-tell him. Both of them agree to tell him once Henry & Terri and Paula & Natasha show up alongside them.

– All three cabs seem to pull up at the same time.


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It’s good!

– They even have a mild mannered reaction.

ALLAN: Top three now? Good to hear, good to see smiles on you two. Go get some rest and we’ll see you again soon.

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I know we are just going to be best friends when this is all over.

– The trick is to get Henry & Terri really tired with a To Be Continued leg because they will have so little energy to the point that the yelling stops.


– They bow upon finishing fourth.

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Domo arigat–oh wait, that was this morning. What is the Korean greeting anyway?

– Pamela & Vanessa exhale greatly afterwards. Pamela is uttering something like ‘dang’ under her breath.
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Allan Wu impersonates her reaction.

– Allan asks why they thought they were third. Slow taxi driver. Allan quickly says ‘great job’ as he asks them off of the mat.

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Fifth place goddesses.

– They bid farewell to Allan Wu in the cheesiest way possible.

– Absolutely no suspense for who is sixth.


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You upset the gods by finishing first at the end of last round. You could have stuck with being third, but chose to bite the apple. Now you must pay by finishing sixth this round.

ALLAN: Great job you two.



– Last to arrive. The three non-eliminations will be saved down the road.
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You can pinpoint the exact moment where Sawaka’s heart breaks.

– Allan lies saying how much we will hate to see them go. Sawaka starts crying. Daichi & Sawaka both bow and thank Allan politely.

– Sawaka sings us a solo into the credits.

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Terri Reed is still in the race, so instead we have to have hear the Skinny Lady singing.

SAWAKA: It’s hard to say goodbye,
A single sun rise up
It’s probably how life goes
In this crazy amazing race
It’s hard to say say goodbye
A single sun now re-born
We’ll cherish all of the memories
And friendship that we made
In This Amazing Race

Again, some of Sawaka’s English is hard to understand, but I think this is a good interpretation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to Eamon for correcting some of the lyrics. He understands the Japanese-English tongue better than I do.

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This solo that nobody wanted to hear was backed up by Caltex and Sony, apparently.

Next Time on TAR: While the race is heading south in terms of quality, we head north to Seoul where hopefully things pick up. But with three non-eliminations to go in the next four episodes, will all momentum to the race come to a stall?



Team Averages

Bilal & Sa’eed N/A
— F minus–
12th Debra & Steve 12.0
12th Gina & Sylvia 12.0
11th Preston & Jennifer 11.0
11th Anita & Arthur 11.0
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 Edwin & Monica 10.0 (Only team to finish last for the first two rounds of the race.)
10th Lisa & Joni 10.0
10th Kevin & Drew All Stars 10.0
10th A Black Family 10.0
— F +–
10th Anthony & Stephanie 9.5 (Why them?????)
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
8th Marisa & Brooke 7.75 – Sucked.
9th Jim & Marsha 7.33
8th Aiello Family 7.0
8th Singaporean Sophie & French Born Aurelia 7.0 (French Born Aurelia sadly does not know the English words for ‘team averages’. :/)
–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 Brett & Kinar 6.33
9th Wanda & Desiree 6.25
7th Aja & Cabbie 6.2
7th Paul & Amie 6.2
8th Steve & Dave 6.2 FF
6th David &Mary 6.13 FF
10th Ernie & Jeena 6.0
11th Amanda & Chris 6.0
6th Andre & Damon 5.86
7th Daichi & Sawaka 5.83
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
3rd Andrew & Dan 5.18
7th Silver & Gold 5.17
6th Kelly & Christy 5.14
7th Ray & Deana – 5.0 FF
7th Melody & Sharon 5.0
9th Steve & Josh 5.0 – FF
9th Pat & Brenda 5.0 – FF
9th Mark & Bill 5.0 – Wah.
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
3rd Nicolas & Donald 4.18 FF and U-Turned
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
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
2nd Ronald & Christina 3.45
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
5th Terence & Sarah 3.25
1st TK & Rachel 3.18
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
4thToni & Dallas 3.10 Still in Russia
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
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 Ken & Tina 2.64 FF
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 Nick & Starr 2.45 FF
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.

Rank the Teams:

1) Singaporean Sophie & French Born Aurelia

If it was Singaporean Sophie and her sister, then she would be ranked at the bottom.

Thank goodness that she made the tres tres tres wise decision of having French Born Aurelia as her teammate.

Ah yes. French Born Aurelia. Ex-roommate of Singaporean Sophie who recently reunited shortly before coming on the race.

Singaporean Sophie always picked on French Born Aurelia for not being able to do much and clueless to her surroundings.

The thing is that they were both mutually useless. Once they had to drive themselves they were done. They had troubles with a stick shift and could not even fill a gas tank. Heck, the gas tank comedic routine cost them about thirty minutes of time. That’s not even counting their emergency stop to ensure they screwed the cap on all the way.

There was this je ne sais quois feeling when French Born Aurelia was presented on screen that attracted viewers to her. She was a French model being put on a race around the world.

In other words, a six foot tall 95 pound woman with large earrings had to depend on herself to do many tasks which required a lot of physical strength and mental agility. There was also practical knowledge which her and Singaporean Sophie just could not grasp.

Also, French Born Aurelia has the smallest English vocabulary of anyone to ever compete on The Amazing Race Asia. She was confused about what certain words meant when her partner treated her as an idiot for not knowing every single word in the dictionary.

It is tragic that we lost French Born Aurelia after just four episodes. She had so much promise. But given that her and Singaporean Sophie’s abilities were rather limited, this is probably where they should have finished.

But god. Four rounds in a season with five non-elimination rounds? I wish all five non-eliminations came in the beginning just so we were guaranteed six episodes of French Born Aurelia’s antics.



2) Brett & Kinaryoshih

So Kinaryoshih, or better known as Kinar, is famous? Really? To keep up the metropolitan image, she raced with her boyfriend Brett Money.

Brett Money was a nice guy who happened to be a bit amusing. Besides being too eager to explain to Kinar what an aphrodisiac was, such as balut and lumb, he looked a lot like Joseph Gordon Levitt.

His three biggest goals on the race were to be good to Kinar, have fun, and never quit. Note that winning nor a cutthroat game was ever on his mind.

Kinaryoshih, who earned the suffix to her name by thinking she had to ride the back of an animal, was notorious for her screeching and that funny accent of hers.

They did extremely well in the Philippines, but for some reason they could not find anything in New Zealand. In addition they never did well at any of the tasks. They may have found a clue box in Hong Kong first, but after that they were sixth or lower for the remainder of the round.

In fact, they were so far behind at the end of the Auckland round that the other Detour option closed well after all teams had finished the Detour, and had an additional two tasks to go. Obviously production did not want to wait for them twelve hours after everyone else was done, and guided them to the pit stop to eliminate them.

I assume this was done because they could not even read a map to find their own way to each route marker.

Other than that, not much to say about this young Indonesian couple. They were nice. Provided a few laughs. And not the most skilled team this race has seen.

P.S. After her time on TAR Asia 2, Kinaryoshih won an award for playing a sister-cum-manager in a film with fellow famous Indonesian actress named Titi Kamal.

P.P.S. Kinaryoshih is famous in Indonesia to the point that her and Brett Money secretly married in Australia in 2011. Right before marriage Money had converted to Islam. They have a son named Jamal.

P.P.P.S. Just kidding. The child’s name is Steven.

3) Daichi & Sawaka

Daichi & Sawaka have a subtle complexity to them. If you cannot remember, Daichi got married in Mexico without telling Sawaka or their parents because “he did not believe it was important”.

Daichi reminded me of one of my brothers Adam simply because I could see the high powered intellect, but the laziness and slow pace that went along with it.

Sawaka had a lot of energy at the start of the race, but her reluctance to do anything on her own such as ask for directions or accept the conniving nature of the race really set her back. I think Daichi & Sawaka may be contenders for the worst at asking for directions.

The only time these two did well was when they visited Japan for one round. Obviously they finished first unofficially, and as soon as they hit South Korea they fell back to the lower rungs like they always do.

I would say this was the perfect round for Daichi & Sawaka to be eliminated. I thought they would go in eighth or ninth, and thus find their seventh place finish an upset. Passivity and introvert nature are not good qualities for a race.

And apparently they led the counter-alliance against Diane & Ann. They refused to use a Yield because they thought Diane & Ann were ahead of them. That proved to be a fatal error as Henry & Terri decided to Yield Marc & Rovilson.

Did they do anything memorable in this race outside of being passive or Daichi’s initial fear of heights? Outside of being Japanese, there is nothing too special about them.

Sawaka is the only racer in TAR history who had her own solo backed by the credits music band as the episode came to an end. An odd honour for a racer to receive.

And no, Sony never signed her.

4) Edwin & Monica

Wow. It actually happened. A team managed to finish last on the first leg, but the second leg as well. As of the beginning of 2014, this has never happened again.

Does that mean they are by default the worst team ever because they could not beat a single team for the opening two rounds?

No. Remember that in the American franchise, teams are almost always bunched together into one or two flights for the second round of play. This is why we occasionally see a team go from first to last or from the back to the front in the opening rounds of play.

Without an equalizer you could say that Edwin & Monica could have done better than other teams in round two simply based on time to complete the tasks, but finished last because their surplus was not enough to climb out of last. The only bottom-feeders along with them were Henry & Terri, and Henry & Terri knew their hometown well in addition to having a Detour that fit in with their skillset.

Furthermore, Edwin & Monica never had the chance to drive themselves. For all we know other teams suck at driving a stick while Edwin may be a master at it. They could have very well lived and died by the taxi and bus drivers in the opening two rounds.

Other teams who have been eliminated suffered from not knowing how to talk to locals politely. Edwin & Monica were never rude to others that they met.

I would say that the only sub-par elements of their game in the first two rounds is that Monica has atrocious cardio. She is one of the skinniest racers ever, and could not even keep up with Edwin who carried everyone’s bags. Both rounds involved a lot of running which meant Monica’s speed could have easily dropped them thirty minutes in the process.

They had a tough time navigating themselves with running on the streets. That is how they fell to last right away. Stuck on the streets of Singapore as they could not adjust their way of thinking with only minutes into the race. They easily lost a couple hours right there.

Add in a Detour at the end of round two where Monica had no idea how to put a bike together, and suddenly you see why it is not much of a surprise that they wound up last in back-to-back rounds.

Monica may have a case as the slowest racer ever, but Edwin not so much as he did well with his Roadblock, made the right decisions, and could move well for carrying twice as many bags as a typical team member.

Personally, from the first fourteen seasons of TAR, I would still have Meredith & Maria, Don & Mary Jean, or John & Scott as the nominations for worst racers ever.

Rank the Legs:

1) Singapore, Singapore -> Manila, Philippines

This was ten times better than the opening round from TAR Asia 1.

Go-karting and descending a mall is replaced by eating balut, flying to another country, no equalizers, and a wicked 181 metre high tower traverse. I should also note that the teams are a bit more compelling and more extraverted than the crowd gathered for the first season. No Sahil & Prashants or Sahrans.

The only slight con is that Marc & Rovilson occupied more than a quarter of the airtime while the first place team, Pamela & Vanessa, were shown half as much as them.

Oh, and the tricky non-elimination in the opening round for the second season in a row was a nice fakeout by production. We also see the introduction of the TAR 10/11 non-elimination penalty being introduced to the East.

2) Manila, Philippines -> Auckland, New Zealand

You know what’s left out of this description? The side trip to Hong Kong for one task before heading to Auckland. In Hong Kong they went to a pier before going to a bank where teams spent two to three hours counting coins and notes.

Everybody was on the same flight to Hong Kong. But guess what? After the task, everyone was on the same flight to Auckland. Hong Kong had zero bearing on the round.

However, these lame equalizers were made up by teams having to drive themselves around Auckland. In addition, there was SIX destinations around Auckland that teams visited. One of these tasks was a gruelling Detour, a jump off a bridge, using a Sony Cybershot through a heritage site, visiting a winery, going through a haunted house, and lastly finishing in a haunted forest.

Teams appeared to finish from first to last about eight to ten hours apart. Well, the last place team, Brett & Kinar, was ordered to skip -two- tasks in order to check in at the mat. And they could not even blame it on a late flight because everyone shared the same one.

Seeing Pamela & Vanessa collide with another civilian vehicle is extremely rare for the franchise. Usually teams wipe out in their own vehicle, sometimes smash into an object, or get charged with speeding. But seeing a civilian car crash right into them? The last time I can recall that happening is during the Cancun round of TAR 3 with the bus.

3) Rotorua, New Zealand -> “Tokyo”, Japan

The fifth round of the game but only our second equalizer as teams head to Tokyo.

It is no secret that I love visits to Japan. In the future, we will see numerous TAR visits to Tokyo where every appearance involves a MXC-inspired gameshow.

But this is back during the TAR 9, 12, and TAR Asia 2 days where we never reduced ourselves to that.

And for two visits to Japan already in the books, every task was brand new. Cosplay? Icebar puzzle? Navigating the confusing metro streets at night using trains, taxis, and your own two feet?

And this was all immediately landing in Tokyo after a nine thousand kilometre trip from New Zealand. Just look at a map to appreciate the distance.

Yes, because this race is exclusive to contestants from Oceania and Asia, a team is bound to have an advantage. This time it was an advantage for the slow-moving Daichi & Sawaka.

Much like BJ & Tyler in TAR 9, and Ronald & Christina in TAR 12, they suddenly found themselves dominating the round as they could communicate well with every local as all other teams became increasingly confused and frustrated.

I don’t understand the song about cherry blossoms other than that they needed to work in some more product placement.

As for the fact that it was a classic To Be Continued leg where nobody is punished for coming in last, and the fact that this pit stop was located 1, 1000 kilometres away from the previous route marker, AND that it was an equalizer for all seven teams to ensure the standings came down to a taxi ride. . .well, this is where the rating for the episode drops.

In fact, having an equalizer for all teams after the final route marker but before checking into the pit stop is absurd to the point that I do not recognize their placements. Instead, I consider the order in which teams arrived at the Tokyo bullet train station as the true end of the round.

The trek through Tokyo would be Daichi & Sawaka’s lone shining moment for the race. Somehow the only other thing they knew how to do was to be near the bottom of the pack and indirectly ask locals on the street for help.

4) Manila, Philippines -> Manila, Philippines

What I loved about this round? There were no equalizers. Well, there was buses that left every fifteen minutes, but nearly every team had their own bus multiple times during the leg.

I think it is even more important this happened because the previous round was a non-elimination. So how you finished on the first leg carried over directly to this second round.

I must say this has to be the most forgettable trip to an orphanage in the history of TAR. In fact anytime you integrate product placement into a round will certainly make it an unmemorable task. And when it is the same product placement in the form of Caltex, you get a lot of snoozers.

Although if it were not for Caltex’s heavy advertising, TAR Asia may never exist in the first place.

Heading out to Pila and directing an animal that I never heard of before was definitely a treat. It is tough to go to a location that the “real” TAR has been to before, but find unique things to do.

That Roadblock seemed rather difficult, come to think of it.

I approve of the Detour. Do a task that will have a small variant in how long it will take compared to a high risk-high reward option made for a great dilemma. Do you chance it on hoping you can fix a bike quickly or do you sort through 250 pairs of shoes?

The insight into the public transportation of the Philippines, and truly understanding the how common the sight of jeepneys are in Manila, produced an interesting bit of info for viewers during the episode.

I would say that dropping boxes off at the orphanage should have been more difficult to navigate, but after seeing what happened with Pamela & Vanessa, may be it was difficult enough.

Lastly, seeing Edwin & Monica finish dead last in each of the first two legs is a highlight for the franchise. Granted there was no equalizer to make it as two distinct last place finishes, but still funny to think about when it comes to the TAR franchise.

And the round needed more carabao.

5) Auckland, New Zealand -> Rotorua, New Zealand

This leg was awesome.

No equalizer. Check.

Teams forcing to drive themselves rather than take taxis. Check.

Random Caltex appearance. Check.

Terri being crazier than her usual self. Check.

TAR 5 sledging. Check.

TAR 5 Hell’s Gate mud bath. Check.

Agrojets. Check.

An elimination? Check.

So what’s wrong with the episode?

Because French Born Aurelia was eliminated due to starting this round over eight hours behind all other teams. Her and Singaporean Sophie were out before the leg even began.

Words cannot describe how tragic it is to lose her by the end of round four.

A tough Detour where teams had to either weave or play with sticks.

6) Fukuoka, Japan -> Busan, South Korea

This may be one of the worst rounds of TAR ever designed. Remember Paula’s quote during the episode?

PAULA: The real challenge is getting to the challenge rather than the challenge itself. . .

That about sums up this round.

Slither Detour and the Padlock Roadblock were shown in REAL TIME for EVERY team. That is absolutely ridiculous when you see that seven teams are still in the game. Most challenges take twenty minutes to two hours. But both of these tasks took no more than a minute for each team.

The only task not shown in real time was Taekwondo, and we saw most teams do each individual kick. We just didn’t get to see the reset between each time the instructor grabbed a new board.

Ninety percent of this round was spent in a taxi and it certainly showed. Henry & Terri kept their cool which meant that nothing exciting happened in a taxi. Nobody was super lost. The only reason you may think that is because the round was so short that losing thirty minutes to a bad cab is extreme given the length of the round.

I cannot get over the fact that each task took no more than three minutes. In fact Marc & Rovilson completed every task in SECONDS. Family Edition never went to that extreme.

If your tasks are easier and shorter than a round of Family Edition, then you are insulting the intelligence of other teams.

black family

Even Austin Black Family would have blown through the Taekwondo task, the Slither Detour, and the padlocks.

The seventh place team should have been eliminated in Tokyo, and this round should have been the non-elimination.

If Henry & Terri Yielded any team behind them, that team would undoubtedly be gone. No way that Daichi & Sawaka lost by more than ten minutes.

Daichi & Sawaka seemed to switch Detour options almost right away. I doubt they lost more than ten minutes.

Yeah, Sawaka’s Detour option combined with being tricked by Diane & Ann single-handedly sent her and her brother home.

Perhaps the only memorable highlights from this episode is that Marc & Rovilson finished first for the fourth time in six episodes, and keeping up with Eric & Jeremy’s team average ratio of 1.33 after six rounds. The seventh round is when Eric & Jeremy fell to fourth. So Marc & Rovilson may take the lead.

I have nothing else to say. My episode blog probably makes the episode far more entertaining to read than it is to watch. I found myself getting bored because of how obvious it was that there was very little usable footage. I would not be surprised if they forced Marc & Rovilson to put on the fake mustaches to distract viewers from the fact that was going on.

So here it is. A contender for the worst episode in series history. No, franchise history. What a waste of an awesome location.

P.S. Yes, Sawaka really did sing for 45 seconds as the episode faded into credits.

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