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The Amazing Race Recap

Gorilla? Gorilla? Gorilla?

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

March 29, 2009

Yes, we still want to throttle the one on the right for Nacho Libre.

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The show takes this opportunity to remind us how vile Jaime & Cara can be. First, they belittle everyone on the planet who has the audacity to speak a language other than English, then Jaime decides that she will teach their cab driver, Sak, what a "race" means. To her, a foreigner driving a taxi could not possibly understand such high level concepts. We're a little bit disappointed that she doesn't break out a portable DVD player and show him The Fast and the Furious, just to clarify.

Tammy & Victor's taxi situation is quite a bit better. Their driver's name is Mr. Bandit, who presumably has a long way to go and a short time to get there. Mel & Mike, meanwhile, have a fair amount of trouble even hailing a cab.

Answering our earlier questions, absolutely no teams are able to guess the clue on their own, so they're forced to turn to the locals to determine where they might find a gorilla. We're a bit disappointed no one directs them to a government building. All of the teams except Mel & Mike learn that the zoo is their destination, while the father/son team is headed off on their own to some beach, hoping beyond hope that they've made the right call.

Once at the zoo, teams must have their photo taken with a tiger, then they are instructed to go lay on the ground while elephants walk and squat over them. Amusingly, the tiger trainer is missing an arm, which a few of the teams notice with some consternation.




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Having watched Bachelor Party too many times, we can't help but bust out laughing as one of the elephants in the elephant show makes Michael his girlfriend. It serves him right for presenting. The video is sooooooo much worse than that vastly overrated wardrobe malfunction. It's like a real-life furry convention. We fully expect Kevin Smith to use this in his next film.

As all the teams are shown completing the task, a quick edit verifies that Mel & Mike are still lost. We think they're as much as an hour behind already and will have to work hard to avoid elimination, presuming this isn't a useless non-elimination round. We're not really sure how they got in this predicament. They saw the other teams headed to the zoo and chose to go the other way. Even if the other teams turned out to be wrong, they would have guaranteed that they'd be with the pack.

With this task completed, teams must make their way to a herb shop, where they have to choose random drawers of herbs in hopes that their next clue will be there. There's an element of memory involved, as it's important to keep track of which numbered drawer has already been selected. Karma is in full effect during this Price Is Right-esque game. Jaime's ill will for all foreigners gets her into trouble when she starts screaming at the man in charge of the store, demonstrating no composure whatsoever as she berates him. This causes the man to be paranoid about making sure he picks the correct drawer for her. She wanted him to be more decisive, but her behavior has led to the opposite effect. Despite being the first team to arrive at the herb shop, they are the fifth team to find their clue, getting passed (in order) by Mark & Michael, Kisha & Jen, Margie & Luke and then Tammy & Victor. Through no skill of their own, Mel & Mike have just shaved a few minutes out of their time deficit.


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