The Amazing Race Season 20 Recap
The Amazing Race Season 20 Recap
May 1, 2012
At 6:53 a.m., Blonde Rachel & Dave leave the pitstop for a temple via taxi. They read that their shoes must be removed before entering the temple, so I hope someone screws that up and is penalized. Why? Because I like when people overlook little details and Phil gets to burst their bubble. Why? Because I’m not exactly a nice person.
The married couple echo my thoughts expressed in the rankings that the only team that can beat them is themselves. They just have to not let their own issues stand in their way.
Just under 30 minutes after them is Big Brother. They acknowledge the other Rachel and her husband as the ones to beat and they need to not be too emotional. This is funny to hear them say since immediately before that they go on and one about how they just want Border Patrol and Anti-Big Brother out because they say mean things about them. Pretty sure just saying you shouldn’t be emotional won't keep it from happening.
Art & JJ are off the mat next and JJ lets us know that for the last couple of legs he has been battling a head cold. This is the reason why he claims that he isn’t as sharp, which I interpret as his excuse for them falling from grace after so many first place finishes. Vanessa & Ralph are the only a few minutes behind the guys but score a rickshaw quicker. They do acknowledge that a physical task for Vanessa could be their downfall.
So far all the teams have left, except Team Justified. In an unusual step, they check in with Bopper & Mark. Mark is laid out in bed with ‘near heat exhaustion’ and the onscreen prompt indicates that they are about three hours behind the other teams. Maybe the IV of fluid will help out but the fact that they appear to be staying in India doesn’t bode well for the guys because there will not be an airplane-assisted bunching of the teams.
Rachel & Dave get to the temple first and get their clue pointing them to a ‘mats and matting’ store. They acknowledge that there is a Fast Forward in play but they can’t use it again. That opens the door for Big Brother who is next on the scene to jump at the chance for the Fast Forward involving a traditional Indian ritual. It is reassuring to hear both of these teams acknowledge the need for reverence in the temple.
The Fast Forward awaits them at another temple. It looks like Big Brother will be the only ones to even attempt it because Vanessa & Ralph just disregard the clue and Border Patrol can’t. But if Big Brother backs out and Team Justified at least gives it a shot (which they should if they are that far behind), that could be their saving grace.
Brendon reads the Fast Forward head shaving instructions as a somber Rachel listens. Phil reminds the audience that the last time this Fast Forward was done, Uchenna & Joyce actually went on to win the race. I really like when the show ratchets up the risk involved with Fast Forwards, a la head shaving or tattoo getting, because there is lasting effect on the team. Unlike this season’s unloading a truck of hay or landing a toy helicopter on someone’s head.
Brendon confirms that he would have no problem with doing it. Cue the tears…Rachel admits to paying $500 for hair extensions. But to be fair, a million dollars could buy a lot of wigs and even more elaborate hair extensions. Taking a passive aggressive page from Blonde Rachel, Brendon says it’s her decision but when asked if he wants her to do it, he replies, “It’s your decision…whatever…if we’re out, we’re out then…(mumbling)” Given that this is within the first hour or less of the leg, that seems a bit overdramatic to me. I rarely-to-never defend Bad Rachel but Brendon was just being douche-y here.