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Friday, April 21, 2006

The Most Amazing Show on Television

Yeah, it's another Amazing Race post. I can't help myself! I really love the show.

It was so exciting to see the teams finish in a totally different order, with someone other than the Frats or the Hippies ending up in first place (and has an Old People team ever finished in first in the history of any leg of any Race? I can't remember such a time).

It was also interesting to see the Frats fall behind because of a pretty big blunder--trying to take a shortcut. They knew they were in third place, but because they are so used to finishing in first they decided to take a shortcut through some dirt road in the middle of nowhere, which didn't work out so well for them. Sure, you get a prize if you finish in first, but in the Race the real objective is to not end up last on any leg. The only time you have to finish first is on the last leg--I was surprised they took such a stupid chance. However, they are a team that really does not get annoyed with each other, which is good to see.

The Hippies, on the other hand, were not at fault for their last place finish. Rather, they just had some really bad luck (unless B.J had uncovered all sorts of underground stoves without realizing what they were). As Bailey and I were discussing yesterday, there have been a lot of needle in a haystack type clues this season. They don't take any real skill, just a lot of luck, to complete. It takes some of the fun out of watching the Race. Another friend of mine called this season an "embarassment" because the challenges haven't been...well...challenging. As she points out, she could have completed all of these challenges, and that's just not what she wants to see on the Race.

Regardless of the frustrations of sand sifting, the Race remains a truly entertaining hour of television. It will be interesting to see who is eliminated on the next leg, considering how crazy things have been for the last two weeks, placement-wise.

And the reason everyone reads this post, the current standings in the Amazing Pool. For most of us, it wasn't pretty:

Bailey: 9 points this week, 81 total (she's starting to run away with it!)
Diane: 3 points this week, 69 total
Red: 1 point this week, 63 total
Laura H: 4 points this week, 57 total
Laura I.W.: 1 point this week, 51 total

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Blogger Laura Holt said...

This was the first needle in a haystack challenge that not only depended entirely on luck but was really physically demanding that we've seen this season. It brought to mind painful memories of the Mormon sisters and their literal haystacks. It seemed so cruel!

But I agree with you Red, the Race is finally getting interesting!

4/21/2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

What happened to the Mormon sisters was so sad. I really thought that they could have won the entire Race that year, being the first female couple to do so. Alas, it wasn't a non-elimination leg that day.

What was so awful about that elimination was that they were out there with the haystacks so long that Phil actually had to come to them and tell them to stop. :(

4/21/2006 4:50 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

Yeah, Lena and Kristy. They were the best. I totally cried when Phil had to tell them they were eliminated.

There really have been way too many needle-in-the-haystack challenges this year. I like them once in a while because they throw in an element of randomness, but not every leg. I still love this show though. I'm just glad they switched it to 8 o'clock because it's too stressful to watch at 10.

4/21/2006 5:24 PM  

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