The Amazing Race Recap
Gorilla? Gorilla? Gorilla?
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
March 29, 2009
The Detour has teams choose between either pumping up the wheel on a rickshaw and then pulling a teammate through the streets to a park or going to a boat and hefting up some barrels and filling them with water. Mark & Michael actually do something fairly tricksy here, as they put all of the repair equipment in one box in an effort to make the challenge more difficult for the teams that are behind them. In fact, this action causes the other teams to *miss* the repair portion of the challenge entirely, for some reason. The stunt men also decide that they'll have their cab driver lead them to the park with the next clue, especially since they're paying him regardless. Along with Mark & Michael, Victor & Tammy, Jaime & Cara and Margie & Luke choose the rickshaw challenge. Kisha & Jen select the fish stacking, and presumably Mel & Mike are doing the same now that they have finally found their clue at the herb shop. Once teams finish these challenges, they are to go to the Pit Stop.
Remember what we said about Mark & Michael being tricksy? Yeah, about that. The stuntmen arrive at the Pit Stop in first place, but are informed by Phil that they will incur two 30 minute penalties. The first is for tampering with the repair equipment and hiding it from the other teams (oops!) and the second is for paying their cab driver to help them (oops again!). Seriously, though, you couldn't expect these guys to actually win this leg that easily! Their bumbling had to come into play at some point. They're master bumblers, after all. They've had the goofy music in past episodes to prove it and their favorite movie is The Pink Panther. They think it's autobiographical.
If we were Victor & Tammy, we'd mail them a box of wrenches and bicycle pumps as a thank you/gloat gift. Mark & Michael's error(s) mean that the brother/sister team is able to finish in first place (again), and they are awarded a trip to Oahu. The best part is that Mark & Michael only had about fourminutes of penalty time left. Ha ha ha!
And then, with a minute left on their penalty clock, Jaime & Cara arrive at the Pit Stop mat. This means that Mark & Michael are team number three. As you can probably surmise from the information we've given you here, the top three teams have less than five minutes dividing them. Margie & Luke aren't too far behind, either.
Speaking of Margie & Luke, Margie is in terrible shape. After commenting that Thailand is the hottest place she's ever been, she begs for water when she arrives at the Pit Stop. What does this mean? It means that it takes Phil as long as possible to sign that they have finished in fourth place, which allows Margie to go deeper into her heat stroke. In fact, she all but passes out once he tells them their placement, and it's a pretty scary situation. It allows us to be irritated with someone besides the stuntmen for a couple of moments.
We go back to the boat where Kisha & Jen and Mel & Mike are battling for fifth place, but frankly we don't care. We really just want to know that Margie's okay. Kisha & Jen finish the task first and there is some editing to try to make us think that Mel & Mike aren't the last place team, but we aren't buying it. At least the father/son team kept up some great spirits in their journey to the end. Their positive attitude was refreshing, but they were still annoying.
Meanwhile, as far as we know, Margie is dead. They never bothered to show us what happened after her scary incident. It's okay, though. We're informed that The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show will pre-empt The Amazing Race next week, leaving us to wonder about her welfare for awhile. The good news for us is that it keeps us from having to watch Mark & Michael be stupid for 14 whole days! God bless you, Rascal Flatts.