The Amazing Race Season 17, Episode 9

There’s a Lot of Nuts and Bullets

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

November 22, 2010

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Previously on Amazing Race, we had a very boring episode overall despite an engagement and some minor blowups. Since we’re filling in for Daron tonight, we’ll go ahead and say that this season of The Amazing Race seems to be suffering from the same problem that Survivor does – there’s just no one to root for. We suppose that doctors Nat & Kat can have our vote of confidence. Kiss of death activated.

P.S. We don’t mean to sound bitter, but we’re sitting at home watching The Amazing Race while Daron and his family are at a place billed as The Happiest on Earth. Just wait until Phil Keoghan steps out from behind a corner and tells you about your Speed Bump, Mr. Aldridge.

Our teams are starting this leg in Muscat, Oman, with Chad & Stephanie out of the gate first at 11:10 a.m. They might have overslept last time, but not this week. You’d think with being newly engaged that it might have been the other way around. Our bold prediction: they’re about to join the Mile High Club.

Their clue instructs them that they will be heading to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Once there, they will proceed by plane to Sundarban Square Supermarket, which appears to be some sort of outdoor Sam’s Club. They will then have to use a press, which will squeeze sugarcane into a mug of juice. One of the teammates will have to drink the juice before they can receive their next clue.

Chad & Stephanie note that they know there is a double U-Turn coming up, and say that they have agreed that they will choose to penalize Nat & Kat, who are indeed probably the strongest threat in our opinion.


Next out are Jill & Thomas, who believe that they are the most threatening team and think that Chad & Stephanie would almost certainly U-Turn them given the opportunity. How cute. Of course, then in third place we have the tattooed bikers Nick & Vicki, who also belive…ha. No, they don’t. Obviously, they have to be dumbfounded that they’re still in this thing. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

Upon arriving at the airport, Chad & Stephanie head straight to a travel agent to book the earliest possible flight. Jill & Thomas walk into the agency shortly thereafter, so we know the teams are pretty closely knotted.

Team HSN Brook & Claire are next out, two and a half hours or so behind Chad & Stephanie. One thing we are learning by watching them as the race goes on is that makeup is very important for Jewelry Television hosts. They’re followed by Nat & Kat in last place. While Jill & Thomas beg for an earlier flight than noon, Chad & Stephanie decide they’d rather just go get a cheeseburger and a blizzard.

Nat & Kat have decided that they will fly to Dubai and see what they can find when they arrive at that airport. Jill & Thomas’s perseverance has paid off, as they have found a flight that will leave at 5 a.m. instead of the noon that the three other teams are on. They celebrate, which clues in Team HSN that there is an earlier flight. It doesn’t matter, though, because they got the only seats available. That might just be a million dollar cheeseburger and blizzard combo for Chad & Stephanie. What a bitch of an exchange rate.

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