The Amazing Race 13, Episode 5
Do It Like a Madman
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
October 26, 2008
With everyone with the exception of Andrew & Dan and Aja & Ty all bunched together, we get ten minutes of slow truck chases and boat races. What we learn from this is that Michael Bay movies are every bit as inherently dishonest as Michael Cera/Jonah Hill films. There is no real excitement, just a lot of dirt and splashing. Still, Terence & Sarah wind up being unlucky as their boat tears up, dropping them from first to fourth place. Sarah does not handle it well.
Once again, creative editing indicates that Aja & Ty are still in this thing, but we secretly suspect that they have fallen a year behind. Also, they somehow wind up in Mexico.
The leading teams are arriving at the floating restaurant, which gets them to the detour. They must choose between a scavenger hunt of three items or a fishing task. Ken & Tina select the scavenger hunt, while Toni & Dallas and Nick & Starr go fishing. Terence & Sarah see Ken & Tina finding one of the clues, and follow suit. Kelly & Christy also see Ken & Tina at the basketball court, and randomly walk in and shooting baskets before realizing that they should put off their hoop dreams long enough to find the clue. This allows Andrew & Dan to pass a team for quite possibly the first time this episode, if not ever. Team Superbad chooses fishing, while the Mean Girls do the scavenger hunt. There's an argument about which one is quicker, but in the end, the best fishermen, Nick & Starr, leave in first place, with Ken & Tina and Toni & Dallas close behind. Despite the boat troubles, Terence & Sarah wind up pretty close to the other teams.
Nick & Starr arrive at the Roadblock, which has one team member try to find a single room in the largest religious structure in the world. Nick performs the task for his team, and is followed into the massive temple area by Tina and Dallas. Terence is the choice for their duo. Nick is the first to find the next clue, and is instructed to go to the Bayon Temple, where they will search the grounds for the clue that will lead them to the Pit Stop.
Toni & Dallas are next out, while Tina walks right past the clues and gets more lost in the process. Eventually, she does find it just before Christy gets help going to the spot and helps her team to get out ahead of the football player and his blonde wife.
We cut over to Nick & Starr, who end Ken & Tina's two episode reign in first place as they arrive at the Pit Stop. They win a trip for two to St. John. Toni & Dallas are second, while Terence & Sarah are team #3. Because Christy & Kelly get lost while searching for the Pit Stop, Ken & Tina are able to get back ahead of them for fourth place. Tina, who was surprisingly likable in this episode, matter-of-factly admits it's her fault. She seems to be finding peace during the course of this race, which we think is historically unprecedented during the course of this show.
Christy & Kelly are stunned to find that they are Team #5, and appear to consider clubbing Phil to death with their backpacks. There's lots of false drama as we build up to the end, but obviously Andrew & Dan wind up in sixth place. However, if they had not made that middle plane, they'd probably be gone tonight. Even though they managed to stave off elimination, they still managed to bring great shame to the Arizona State Sun Devils and Alpha Epsilon Pi.
This means that Aja & Ty are last in. We knew their fate was sealed ten minutes into the episode, making much of this pointless. The good news is that they seemed to get along a lot better this week. They've been eliminated from the race, and Ty states that he plans to move to Los Angeles to be closer to Aja. They have nothing but good things to say about each other.
After the episode is over, Phil ominously adds in a voice over that Terence & Sarah have received a 30 minute penalty for the traffic citation. It will be applied at the start of the next episode. The producers of The Amazing Race hope this staves off an international incident with New Zealand.
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