Amazing Race Recap

It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots

By Kim Hollis

March 9, 2009

We were eliminated? But we were younger, faster and more competitive!

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We go back to visit the stragglers in the race, and the stuntmen and father/son team finish the building task and realize that Amanda & Kris have already been U-Turned. They realize that this will be crushing news for the team, and there's also a strong likelihood that they're going to believe that either Mel & Mike or Mark & Michael are responsible. Amanda & Kris say that whoever U-Turned them is "shady", but that's just ludicrous. It's part of the game, and it's ridiculous not to use it strategically. You're in this thing for a million bucks and to not do whatever you can to eliminate another team is just silly. Granted, Margie & Luke used the U-Turn more to help some friends than for their own benefit, but in the process they do put themselves at an advantage.

Victor & Tammy arrive at the Pit Stop in third place, while Jaime does the bobsled task. Somehow, she unscrambles Chekhov's name despite claiming she doesn't know any Russian playwrights. This means that Margie & Luke come in fifth place, while the cheerleaders take sixth.

Mel & Mike and Mark & Michael arrive at the Roadblock at the same time, but the stuntman doesn't see all seven letters and has to go again. It hasn't been their best day, but at least the goofy music has stopped relentlessly pursuing them. Mel & Mike don't have much trouble with the task, though.

Amanda & Kris finish the stacking task and speculate that either Kisha & Jen or Christie & Jodi were responsible for forcing them to U-Turn. They think that Margie & Luke probably felt really badly when they saw their picture on the U-Turn sign. Suckers.


On a second go-round, Mark & Michael finish the Roadblock pretty easily and know right away that the Russian playwright is Chekhov. Kris isn't so lucky, as he apparently falls in the "never heard of 'em" category. He does figure it out eventually, and it's to Amanda & Kris's credit that they really do remain upbeat and united.

But wait! The editors decide to play with us a little bit as they show us that Mark & Michael don't have enough cash to pay their cab driver. They offer him up one of their watches, but realize it's of little value to him. He's wearing a Rolex. They then try to give him their jackets, but his expression clearly states, "What the hell am I going to do with tiny, child-sized jackets like yours?" He finally agrees to some cash from them, and they do in fact finish in eighth.

Sad music plays when Amanda & Kris arrive. And it's justified, because a truly nice team is in fact eliminated tonight. They talk about how happy they are as a couple and we're sad that a tough leg (and a young man's cheerleader crush) knocks them out of contention. Still, we can't help but think that Margie & Luke made the right call here. Amanda & Kris were strong competition. Getting them out of the race puts the mother/son team in a much better position.

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