The Amazing Race: Get it Done and Have Fun
By Daron Aldridge
May 10, 2017
Last week, it was “Viva l'Italia!” for the Amazing Race teams. Well…for six of the seven teams, at least. We saw the spiteful Ashton and her partner ‘Vanck’-uished from the race (I know you saw what I did there…don’t deny it). The oddest of this season’s attempt to create odd couples finally collapsed under the weight of a series of unfortunate legs and were sent home.
With that elimination, we are left with really only one heel on this race and if you don’t know who that is, then you haven’t been paying attention. Psst…it’s Brooke. Scott can be a bit grating but I blame Brooke for bringing out the worst in him.
Before ripping into the first clue, we see a conversation between Liz & Michael. The burly butcher is reduced to a puddle of tears as he is feeling very homesick and missing his daughter. Liz fills the shoes of the sympathetic teammate and talks him through it and they seem more focused on why they are in this race.
Team Fun was number one finally and still unnaturally bubbly. They open the next clue and find out they are going to…I mean…staying in ITALY! The teams will be leaving the home of George Clooney (aka Lake Como) and take a four-hour bus ride north to Venice. It’s not the traditional Race-clumping transportation but close, with three teams on one bus and three teams on another departing 30 minutes later.
And with the bus stop literally only walking distance from the pit stop, the order they leave will be the same breakdown on the buses. Becca & Floyd and Matt & Redmond are there first and have a quick conversation that gives a glimpse in the threat that the teams see in Mom/Dad team of Tara & Joey. Becca said the goal is to beat them “to the bottom,” which she says with a little more menace than you’d expect from the captain of Team Fun.
That’ll have to wait, because Tara & Joey are, of course, the last team on the first bus. That leaves Liz & Michael, Brooke (who expectedly complains about their placement) & Scott and London & Logan on the “party bus” as they dub it. NEWS FLASH…Brooke is actually carrying her own bag. This is notable because I’m pretty sure it hasn’t happened before.
Scott explains that he has found it difficult to be paired with a person who is constantly looking at the negative side. He says that when she starts down that path, he just goes “mute.” But if that was truly the case, then we would NEVER hear him speak.
It’s time to see if the teams will be putting the "nice" in Venice as the first bus rolls into town.
They are directed to go to the unbelievably scenic Piazza San Marco and get their next clue from a spazzino in green. If you speak Italian (like Tara), then you know that a spazzino is a street sweeper. You’d also be better prepared than all those in this race that are not Tara. Recognizing the need to capitalize on her geographic advantage, Team Fun and the dudes decide to just follow them to the next spot.