The Amazing Race All-Stars Episode 10
We're Trying to Make Love, Not War
By Reagen Sulewski
April 30, 2007
Oswald & Danny attempt to hand off their first place tickets on Air Malaysia to them, which leads to another Battle Royale at the ticket counter. The Air Malaysia ticket agent is having none of this (hello, security?), although Mirna appears to think she can jump the line through yelling. Ooh, the drama. Eventually both Dustin & Kandice and Charla & Mirna are confirmed on the flight, making the whole yelling match moot, yet revealing. At one point Dustin threatens to make a beauty queen sandwich out of Mirna, which is alluring albeit baffling.
The odd people out are Eric & Danielle, who miss out on both flights, losing their spot while trying to change over money. They should have been ahead of Charla & Mirna, but them's the breaks when you don't stay in line. Mirna wheels Charla over to the gate on the baggage cart (a surreal sight if there ever was one), and the next two teams are on their way. With visions of Uchenna & Joyce's miserable elimination in their heads, Eric & Danielle then search for another flight to Hong Kong, finding one that gets them in several hours behind.
It's almost halfway into the episode and we're finally getting ready to see our first task. Oswald & Danny bargain down with their cab driver when reaching Hong Kong, saving them valuable funds. In their clue, they find the second Fast Forward of the race, which definitely comes in handy for them – although they're well ahead of the pack, this could save them a ton of money in cab fares, and the like. But wait, you say, didn't they already take a Fast Forward? I thought they did as well, taking one in Poland when teamed up with Uchenna & Joyce. Apparently, this doesn't count, which seems to be more evidence that the producers planned out this race while drunk, or at the very least, have stopped caring.
The Fast Forward is located at Hong Kong's old airport, and involves them participating in a movie stunt sequence. What they don't know is, it's a fairly involved driving sequence, and will have them go through a crash. Obviously they're not trying to kill them, but they're definitely trying to see if they can intimidate a team out of taking the Fast Forward.
The second group of teams has now landed, and we're treated to the second surreal Charla transportation moment of the day, as she pops out her wheelie shoes and glides across the airport being dragged by Mirna. I'm pretty sure she's convinced that Charla is a toy of some sort. Dustin & Kandice are in hot pursuit, though without wheelie shoes, they're truly sunk.
Charla & Mirna pass on the Fast Forward, which then leads them to choose from the Detour options, which involves them either climbing a bamboo ladder while masked kung fu fighters do battle around them (Best. Detour. Ever!) or trying to match a Chinese character sign. Not only is that a needle in a haystack challenge, it's one in a foreign language. It seems truly hellish. Both teams decide initially to go for the Kung Fu Detour, but Mirna is having second thoughts about Charla's ability to perform it, and they tell their cabbie to turn around. Indecision! Always the mark of a great racing team.