Monday, October 16, 2006

New 'Race' Rules a Croc

Even though last night's episode of The Amazing Race had its thrilling moments, I knew it was going to be a non-elimination round because the final moments weren't thrilling enough to be elimination. When this edition of Race first began, Phil told us and the racers to expect the unexpected this season, and last night's episode included a big surprise. Gone is the rule that coming in last on a non-elim leg means that you have to give up all of your possessions and money. And in its place, a new "Marked for Elimination" rule that, on paper, sounds like the last team from this leg will be eliminated next one. We'll have to see how it plays out in practice. Team Kentucky came in last, so now they are "Marked for Elimination." This means that they have to finish in first place next leg (an almost impossible feat considering that this team has never finished first). If they don't land in first, then they incur a 30-minute time penalty. Things aren't looking too good for Team Kentucky, but you never know with The Amazing Race. Here are some entertaining moments from last night:

*There is a silent problem that is sweeping India with no help in sight. In addition to the extreme poverty and overcrowded-ness that plague the populous nation, there is a sad and tragic issue: Homeless cows! Thanks to Kimberly, we're all aware of this latest world problem. This isn't the first time that Kimberly that brought important animal issues to the forefront. Several episodes back, she taught us all about horses and how they have a mind of their own. Most important, she made us all aware that when riding a horse, you should duck when a branch gets in the way.

*That driving lesson Roadblock sounded a lot harder than it looked. It seemed like even when the teams made a mistake, they still passed. The classroom portion was a lot easier as well. The streets of India are sheer craziness, though! There's no way I would have wanted to drive through them.

*The airport shuffle was so intense and frustrating and I wasn't even one of the teams! I thought the Cho brothers, Rob/Kimberly and the models had really scored a huge coup when their travel agents found the flight that got them into India at 9:30 a.m. Then, Team Kentucky and Team Alabama got seats on the earlier flight as well. One problem -- neither team had confirmed seats on the second leg of the flight. But, no fear because these sort of situations always work out on The Amazing Race. Whoops! Team Kentucky didn't get on the second flight! They're so doomed! Meanwhile, the beauty queens and Peter/Sarah found an earlier second flight after arriving in Bangkok, so they ended up getting into India at 7:50 a.m. Boo!

*As I alluded to above, I'm now despising Peter/Sarah and the beauty queens. With Peter/Sarah it's really just him, but I don't like either of the beauty queens. Both teams are conniving and ruthless. Peter's smug attitude at the bus stop had me wanting to smack that obnoxious look off of his face.

Team Kentucky were very fortunate because they landed in last on this edition's first non-elim round, but they have a tough road ahead of them. They seemed to be quite a bit behind the other teams, but we all know that there are usually plenty of opportunities to catch up on this show. What did you think about last night's episode? How do you feel about the new non-elim rules? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. The photo in this edition is courtesy of cbs.com.


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1 comment:

suekola44 said...

I like the new non-elimination rules. I don't think a 30-minute penalty is that devastating. I think most of the teams left could pull it off. I just don't know about team Kentucky managing it.