Amazing Race Recap

Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

April 19, 2009

Maybe we can use some of this stuff to barter with cab drivers!

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Amazing Race fans, watch for our quiz, How Well Do You Know: The Amazing Race 14, to be published the morning after the series finale!

Previously on the Amazing Race, Mark & Michael got busted cheating. Twice. The end result is that they should have finished in fourth place by 50 minutes. Instead, they are in last place by three hours and ten minutes. A more accurate title for tonight's episode would be: "Everyone Knows Who's Getting Eliminated, So What's the Point?" The editors even know this, so they're advertising the show as "The Deaf Guy Gets Bitched Out".

The departure times are a lot less important this week than in most episodes. That's what happens when teams are leaving at brunch hour instead of at 4 a.m., with one team being an entire football game behind. Even so, here they are: Margie & Luke depart at 9:36 a.m. Their journey will take them to Guilin, China. Despite having a large advantage and knowing that no other team is likely to be able to get on the same first flight as them, it looks likely that there will be some bunching at the connecting flight, which isn't until 8:30 p.m. In fact, this does prove to be true as both Jaime & Cara and Victor & Tammy get that 8:30 connecting flight. The sisters, Jen & Kisha, are a half hour behind on the connecting flight, which leaves at 9:10 p.m. Who knows what flight the brothers are on, as the editors decline to show us their connecting flight's departure time. This is not a good sign for them. At this point, they could get private planes and a personal chauffeur to everything and it wouldn't matter. In fact, although we don't understand Mandarin, we think the ticket agents at the airport ask them, "Should we just go ahead and give you tickets back to America?"

It turns out that the earlier flight advantage is completely nullified when the 8:30 p.m. flight is delayed. This allows Jen & Kisha to jump ahead because their connecting flight leaves on time. We'll see if they can hold that lead.


Once in China, we are reminded that Victor & Tammy are Chinese and speak Mandarin, which would seem to be a pretty big advantage. And it's not like they sort of speak the language. They're quite fluent. Luke takes this opportunity to complain a little bit, as he wishes he and Margie could go to a place where everyone just spoke in American Sign Language. He thinks it's a little unfair that Victor & Tammy have this advantage over the rest of the teams.

As the teams rush to get their first clue from a hair salon, we're reminded that Jen & Kisha have a bit of bad blood with Margie & Luke. In the previous leg, Margie & Luke encouraged their cab driver to give bad directions to Jen & Kisha's driver. This caused the sisters to struggle a great deal on their way to a near last-place finish. Now, they're pissed and ready for revenge, but Luke is feeling the competitive juices flowing. When Luke & Jen run up to grab the first clue, they arrive at the box at almost the same time and Luke throws an elbow. Jen's reaction is to call him a "bitch". We debated about how this played out a bit. On the one hand, you have to remember that Luke is deaf and Jen does come up on him and hangs on his back a bit, which might have been startling to him since he can't hear her approach. Even so, the elbow that he throws here would get him ejected from an NBA game. No matter what, it's clear that these two teams totally have it in for each other at the moment. Kisha & Jen are ticked about the perceived "bitch" behavior, while Luke is pissed that Jen called him a bitch. It's all very schoolyard, really.

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