The Amazing Race All-Stars Recap
By Daron Aldridge
May 9, 2011
Kisha & Jen have adopted my earlier attitude that the last leg is the only one you should really be focused on getting first. And the Globetrotters just want to bring home the win. The guys even check their backpacks, so they won’t be weighed down.
Everyone is on the same flight and darting from the terminal to the cab stand. The Globetrotters and sisters are the first ones out, while Gary & Mallory flounder a bit.
At the harbor, the last Roadblock awaits them. The teams have to use a fork lift to dry dock a boat. It seems straightforward, but this would be a daunting task. Flight Time and Kisha elect to do it for their teams. Where are Gary & Mallory, you may ask? Well, someone had to draw the short cab straw. Their cabbie is a proud man, who doesn’t want to admit he’s lost and needs help.
Flight’s experience using a forklift at Walmart in his pre-Globetrotters days has paid off with completing the dry dock Roadblock first. Kisha is right behind them as they head for Key Largo.
Gary & Mallory get on the right path and hopefully, they can switch out their cabbie while Gary works on the Roadblock.
As they approach Key Largo, Flight Time instructs their cabbie to take the money and get gas while they are at the task but to come back. If he actually follows through with this, this is a brilliant but untested strategy. Key Largo holds another clue with a new Roadblock. Big Easy is on deck for this one and it involves donning a "bob suit" (or personal submarine) and searching through treasure chests for a clue.
The distance between Easy and Jen is gone as both start the Roadblock at the same time. Gary finishes up his dry dock Roadblock and Mallory estimates that they are about 25 minutes behind the others. That number will likely increase because they are sticking with their crappy cabbie.
Meanwhile, Easy has got the clue and they have to find Mile Marker 29 but uh oh…their cab hasn’t returned from his gas-getting errand, so they take off running down the street looking for another one. Jen has also found her underwater clue and still only minutes separate them but in the opposite direction with the girls now in first place.
At mile marker 29, Kisha & Jen get their mile marker clue, which instructs them to mimic Jesus (my words not the clue’s wording) and walk across a shallow stretch of ocean to Horseshoe Island to find the tallest tree and their next clue. This must be the scavenger hunt portion of the leg. Of all the notable landmarks in the city of Miami and surrounding areas, the teams now get to visit…a mobile home park!?! The Amazing Race is now glamorizing the retiree-trailer park lifestyle.
The teams have to haul a small trailer to a lot and set it up exactly like in the picture provided for reference. Mother Nature has decided to level the playing field by kicking up the wind. This has allowed Gary & Mallory to make it to the task while the others are still there for the first time this leg. Kisha & Jen strike out on their initial inspection because it didn’t match exactly (they were missing some items on their picnic table). It seems as if this task based upon tedium has replaced the usual race memory test that punctuates the race’s final leg. This bums me out a bit.
Fortunately for the girls, Flight & Easy are having just as much trouble with getting the right placements on the picnic table. Kisha finally notices their mistake and corrects it. They are the first ones heading to the finish line.
The Globetrotters inspect the girls’ handiwork to see where they were lacking and notice the picnic table is the trouble spot. With that they on their way and on the heels of Kisha & Jen. Gary & Mallory are pretty much nonfactors at this point. I stand by the conclusion that they were done in by an ignorant cabbie. As Gary put it earlier, “He lives here and doesn’t know where anything is.” Bad luck for them means less competition for the others.
At the ominous Seven Mile Bridge, the sisters each jump on a bicycle/tricycle combo and start pedaling…all…seven…miles. Even though Flight Time & Big Easy aren’t too far behind, they can’t overcome the distance on what is more long distance race than a sprint to the finish line.
Battling through the wind and fatigue, the official winners of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business are Kisha & Jen, who become only the second all female team to win. The Globetrotters take second but acknowledge that the girls were the most consistent team out there and they never faltered.
Congratulations to Kisha & Jen and thanks to The Amazing Race for another entertaining season. May your mantle welcome another Emmy into your home.