My TV Addiction


Survivor Premiere

In case you missed this season’s twist one tribe is made up of 40+ year olds and the other with 30 and younger folks.  Initially they had everyone divided into two groups walking to Jeff but they weren’t divided into old and young yet.  Everyone assumed the group they walked in with was their tribe.  When they get to Jeff he tells them there is a necklace that will provide a huge advantage in the game to the tribe of the person who finds it.  They all take off running and I believe the girl’s name who finds the necklace is Brenda.  At first one of the older guys who thinks he is on her tribe is stoked until Jeff drops the bomb about the actual tribe makeups.

Then Jeff makes an offer.  Brenda’s tribe (the younguns) can keep the medallion and secret power or give it to the other tribe and instead get fishing gear and fire.  They go with the gear and fire.  At the younguns camp first impression is of Jud the “dumb blond” as he immediately steps on a hook or something, gets pinched by a crab and then looks like he is going to kill himself using the machete.  One of the guys nicknames Jud, Fabio.  Kelly B. tells everyone about her artificial leg and immediately becomes a target because no one wants to go against her in the final two.  She and one other girl get lucky while checking tree mail and get a clue to the location of the hidden immunity idol.  They can’t figure it out so they end up hiding it.

At the other camp Jimmy Johnson is becoming a target since he is a former NFL coach.  Wendy is an oddball and I personally find her voice annoying.

Immunity Challenge

They find out the medallion helps the tribe that holds it in challenges.  So for the immunity challenge the tribes need to form a conduit from the top of a platform to a bucket and one member will pour water down it until it fills up a larger bucket enough to release puzzle pieces.  Then four members need to assemble the puzzle.  If the older tribe uses the medallion they get a free bucket of water.  Jeff says it takes about 4-5 buckets to fill the large bucket so it’s a huge advantage.  But if they use it then they have to give the medallion to the other tribe.  They decide not to use it.

Throughout most of the challenge they are neck and neck but the youngsters manage to assemble their puzzle faster and win immunity.

The Scrambling

One of the guys, I think his name is Marty, wants to vote out Jimmy J. because he sees him as a threat because he’s a natural leader and could win the game.  Jimmy J. claims if he goes to the end no jury would give him the money and he’s here just for the adventure.  He tells one of the girls they need to keep the tribe strong and the two weakest members are himself and Wendy.

Tribal Council

Wendy kind of loses it at tribal council and starts babbling about why they should keep her but instead digs her own grave.  She ends up getting voted out unanimously.

My thoughts

No one initially stands out as the one I want to root for.  I don’t think Jimmy J. is going to last much longer and I feel bad for Kelly B. already having a target on her back.  Fabio looks like he might provide some amusement though.

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America’s Next Top Model September 14

The show opens up with the girls doing their first fashion show.  They had to do a Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show on a catwalk suspended 4 stories up in the air.  For the most part the girls did ok although you could tell a lot of them were freaked out.  Kasey couldn’t wear her glasses so everyone was worried about her but she did well.  I’m not sure why she doesn’t have contacts if she wants to model.  She must have known she couldn’t always be ale to wear her glasses.

Next they had a photo shoot where they had to come up with a word that they were bullied/teased with.  Things like queer, giant, etc.  They had this word painted on their bodies along with an empowering word.  I was amazed that Ann, who just looking at her looks awkward looked awesome when she is all done up.  The other girl that stood out to me was Annamaria due to her attitude and her thinness.  I don’t know how tall she is but she must be at least 5’9″ and she’s only 110lbs.  She even told Jay she’s “trying” to get lean.  When he told her she didn’t need to try to get lean she said she didn’t care what others thought.  She knows what she sees in the mirror.  I think her body is scary thin looking and the fact that she thinks she needs to get “leaner” makes me think she might be anorexic.  Her attitude is totally off-putting as she talks a bout how no one else is competition and she is all that.

Kayla is a lesbian and her word was Queer.  She got very emotional about having that written all over her body but she looked breathtaking!  Her empowering word was Free.

Let me pause and just say here thank goodness Nigel is on the judging panel!  I totally missed him in the premiere.  I don’t know if I could watch without him there.

Anyway, back to the stand out pictures.  Terra was one of the weaker ones to me.  Rhiana’s picture didn’t look that great to me but her look is really interesting.

During the judging Tyra talks to Annamaria about her body because she said in a lot of the pictures her body looks unhealthy.  The judges tell her healthy is better but I think it went in one ear and out the other.

Of all the girls photos I liked Ann the best.  She is the super tall, I think 6’2″, girl who has actually been told she’s too tall to be a model.

The Decision

The first girl called up and best photo is Ann.  Runner up for best photo is Kayla.  Annamaria and Terra are in the bottom two.  I think Terra will go home but Tyra will want to lecture Annamaria about her body.

Tyra tells Annamaria they are afraid of the message her body will send to teenage girls.  And I was wrong!  They send Annamaria home.  Annamaria says unless she gets told by multiple agencies she is too thin she’s not going to change because she likes her body.

My thoughts

I agree that Annamaria’s body type sends a bad message to young girls.  Even if she isn’t anorexic she looks it and I would hate girls to think they have to be that thin to be beautiful.  Ann is the only one that really stands out in my mind so far.  Kayla took a nice picture but she only really stuck with me due to her emotional photo shoot.  What did you think?


Big Brother September 8 Eviction and New HoH Competition

So I haven’t been writing about BB this season since I’ve only been somewhat invested in it.  There was the Brenden/Rachel drama which was actually kind of creepy.  Brenden seemed like stalker material.  Then there is the Brigade who are finally stepping up their game and ended up in the final four.  Here is who’s left in case you missed some episodes:

With three Brigade members left in the house it seems like they have the final three sewn up but Lane actually says that he wants himself, Britney and Hayden in the final three.  So Enzo may be in trouble.  Everyone is playing hard for the power of veto.  They all seem to have different strategies, Lane did not seem to have any clue how to even go about it.  I have to say at this point I am sort of rooting for Britney.  I haven’t liked her for the most part but the Brigade is just too cocky.  But unfortunately Hayden won the power of veto.

The Brigade finally tells Britney about their alliance and she is crushed.  I have to give Lane credit for feeling really bad about it and wanting to actually take her to the final three.  So as expected Enzo votes out Britney who leaves with class.  Even during her interview with Julie she says she forgave them all.

HoH Competition

They have to hold on to a rope and are pretty much bashed back and forth against padded walls.  The one who hangs on the longest automatically moves on to the third part of the HoH competition.  We find out who wins on Thursday and then sees part 2 of the competition.

Viewers do have a chance to vote for the player they would like to see win I think it was $20 or $25K dollars.


America’s Next Top Model Cycle 15

I watched the premiere at 3am while feeding my son so forgive me if I get anything wrong.  It looks like there are several changes to this season.  First off the prizes are different.  Instead of a Cover Girl contract the winner will be on the cover of Italian Vogue and they will get a contract with IMG Models.  Tyra also said they are focusing on finding a high fashion model instead of just a pretty girl.

The show opens up with the girls on a bus in assigned seats and when they arrive in Palm Springs Ms. J and Mr. Jay tell them the girl they sat next to is their direct competition.  It turns out they lumped the girls into categories like blondes, brunettes, strong bone structure, awkward girls, etc.

Of course there is always drama.  One girl told her roommate that the girl next to her on the bus said she didn’t really want to be there and her roommate then proceeds to tell all the girls putting her on the spot for gossiping.  Then a girl from West Virginia writes in her diary “Almost got stuck rooming with a black girl, eww.”  Someone read her diary and then went and told one of the black girls who then confronted her about it.  When Miss West Virginia went before Tyra it comes up again and Miss WV claimed she didn’t mean it as racist but there was one girl she didn’t get along with who was black and she didn’t know er name so that is what she wrote in her diary.  First off it is wrong to say something like that but it’s also wrong to go snooping in someones diary.

The girls arrive at a garden party with a lot of industry names and are told only 20 of them are invited and the others are being sent home.  Once they are down to the 20 Jay pairs them up with who he thinks is their direct competition and the pairs do a photo shoot together to see who outshines the other.  After this photo shoot only 14 will continue on in the competition.

I don’t have the names straight yet but there are a few of the quirky looking ones that I actually really liked after their photo shoot.  Some of the notables one that did not make it was Miss West Virginia went home.  The beauty pageant girl who pretty admitted to being a rich-b**ch went home and there was one girl who was against “consumerism”, wouldn’t pay for a hair cut, etc. (what was she doing on ANTM then?) who ended up going home.  We will have to see in coming episodes who stands out.

**One note, where was Nigel?!  I love me some Nigel.


Reality TV Recap

So here is my short recap on what I thought of the last episodes of Amazing Race, American Idol, The Biggest Loser, Survivor and America’s Next Top Model.

Amazing Race

Talk about a shocking week in reality TV.  I love the cowboys but after they came in last on the last leg I thought unless they got lucky with flights they were probably going to go home.  Not only did they not go home but they managed to come in first!  This was a first in Amazing Race history.  Where they really pulled ahead was when the teams had to choose between balancing these huge poles on their heads and run across a field or carry these large incense poles up over a 100 stairs.  The cowboys whipped out the balancing task with almost no problems and really pulled ahead as every other team had to haul the incense poles up the stairs.

The cops are starting to grow on me so I was fine with them staying.  The lesbians are still really irritating.  I hate their negative attitude.  The father/daughter team were the ones to go home which was sad but I was ok with it.  They were nice but nothing that really grabbed me.

Survivor

So not sure what is up with my DVR but it has not been recording Survivor for the past two weeks.  So both weeks I’ve only caught the last 15-20 minutes after putting my daughter to bed.  I don’t know how it happened but somehow Rob went home last week.  That seemed like the dumbest move the Villains could have made.  I don’t know if it was the thought that a merge was coming up or Russell just got tired of having Rob around and rallied up his alliance.  Either way it seemed like they took a stupid page out of the heroes book and went with alliance’s rather than thinking about winning the next week’s challenge.

So I have to admit I was not surprised to see the Villains lost again this week.  It looks like they had a physical immunity challenge and without Rob surprise, surprise, they lost.  I thought they might have woken up and realize the stupidity of their game play and vote out Courtney instead of another strong player but no they vote out Coach.  Yes, Coach is a nut case but physically he is much stronger than Courtney.  So unless next week is a merge or a puzzle immunity challenge then I see Villains going back to Tribal.

American Idol

Another shocking week in reality tv.  None of the singers really grabbed me this week but I was surprised when Mike and Andrew ended up in the bottom two.  Katie has improved but I still don’t see her at the caliber of the others and how Tim is still there is mind boggling.  When it came down to it I thought Andrew was going to go home since he hasn’t really had a great week since he sang Straight Up.  But nope, it was Michael.  No real surprise that the judges used their save to keep Mike in but now I’m wondering if all hell will break loose next week.  If anyone other than Tim and Katie go home next week it will be a shame.

The Biggest Loser

So if you missed last week’s episode two eliminated contestants are now back in the game.  Vicky, from the blue team, was voted back in by the other house guests because she never really had a chance to ever get in the house.  Melissa made it back in after finishing 1000 steps first.  I was so disappointed to see her back.  I hate her attitude.  She is all about game play instead of losing weight.

She just confirmed this in this week’s episode where Allison tells the contestants that at any point during the week they can try to weigh in and if they lost 2% of their body weight they win immunity.  You only get one chance and once someone does it that is it.  Melissa is talking about strategy and complaining how the other contestants aren’t thinking about the game.  If they were then they would have gotten rid of Sam last week.  Grrr, I wish she would just go home again.

In the end Sam won the immunity although with a 10lb weight loss I doubt he really needed it.  In the end Melissa ended up going home again.  Thank goodness!

America’s Next Top Model

I haven’t really gotten into this season and watch it with only half hearted interest which is why I haven’t really blogged about it before.  I had to give it a mention this week though because it was hilarious seeing the girls interact with Nigel.  They had a task where they had to try and break the ice with him playing the shy male model that they would have to shoot a steamy photo shoot with.  It was just so awkward to see all the girls with him.  Plus Nigel is such a hottie!


Amazing Race March 28

I was out last night and then my daughter was sick so I had to do some catch up on Amazing Race.  The teams were finally flying somewhere.  They were going to Seychelles and due to it being such a small place all teams ended up on the same flight.  Why couldn’t they have this when Jeff and Jordan were trying to catch up?

Anyway, once there they had to take a helicopter to the next location.  The first three teams got to leave first and the rest left an hour later.  Caite and Brent actually managed to get on the helicopter first.  For their next task they had to choose between loading up a bunch of coconuts into an ox cart and drive it to another location or they could try and lead a tortoise using a banana to a finish line and then carry a bunch of bananas to another location for their clue.

Caite and Brent miss one coconut and have to go back.  Brent gets pissed and says he’s quitting but they eventually go back.  Ally and Steve do the tortoise quick but then going for their next clue they forget their back packs.  They decide to leave the packs behind rather than lose time going back for them since they have their passports on them.  Carol and Brandy  do the tortoise first but their tortoise wasn’t going in the direction they needed.  So they decide to switch to ox and cart and wind up in last place.  The cowboys do the ox and cart but also forget one coconut and have to go back.  Carol and Brandy also miss one coconut and as they are leaving in their cart it’s funny they make a comment that they can still catch up because someone has got to mess up.  Yes, that would have helped if they hadn’t messed up too.  On their way back to the coconuts the blond actually has the nerve to tell her partner “you” must have missed one of the coconuts.  Why couldn’t it have been her?

So I’m not a big fan of Caite and Brent but Carol and Brandy keep making these rude comments about Caite and Brent which is starting to irk me.  Caite and Brent aren’t the smartest but really give them a break.  Carol and Brandy have messed up just as much as Caite and Brent.

The next clue has them diving for bottles to get their next clue which directs them to a map to the next pit stop.

Steve and Ally end up team #1.  7-Up gives them massages, a chance to dine ocean side right now and then $7000 each.  Dan and Jordan are team #2.  Caite and Brent are team #3 with the cops as team #4.  They both agree they want Carol and Brandy out next although Brent says it’s anonymous instead of unanimous.  LOL.  The cowboys come in as team #5 but they didn’t look in their bottle to find the map to the pit stop.  They left the bottle on the boat so they need to go retrieve it, pull out the map and then check in.  So looks like Brandy and Carol might have a chance.  Dang it!  I want the cow boys to stay.  Hangs, head and groans.  Carol and Brandy are team #5.  Jet and Cord are the last team to arrive.  BUT…it’s a non-elimination leg.  Woo hoo!  So they have the speed bump next leg so guess we’ll see if they have a chance to catch up.  Hopefully they get lucky with flights or somewhere not opening until all teams arrive.


Reality TV Catch Up

Things have been crazy as we have been renovating our house and trying to get it ready to go on the market.  So I’ve fallen behind on my tv recaps.  So here are some quick thoughts on Survivor, Amazing Race and American Idol.

Survivor

Ok, the heroes tribe has got to be one of the dumbest tries I’ve seen in a long time.  They were so concerned about their alliance that they eliminated some of their strongest players early on instead of focusing on keeping the strong players so they can win immunity challenges.  First went Stephenie and then Tom.  The worst part about Tom going was James was injured and could barely walk and they still kept him.  What the heck?  The only move I agreed with was when JT switched his vote to get Cirie out.  She is definitely a tricky one down the line and no real physical or mental advantage.

The other sad thing about the heroes tribe is they just can’t win probably due to their dumb evictions and partly due to the fact that they can’t seem to solve puzzles.  Even in tonight’s episode both tribes go to tribal council.  One person from each tribe got individual immunity and then the two winners went head to head to win reward.  Candace won immunity which was surprising but then got her butt whipped by Rob so the heroes lost yet again.  I thought it was funny that the heroes couldn’t even win the rock-papers-scissors challenge to see which tribe would compete first.

Anyway, the heroes finally did a smart move and voted James out.  I’m not sure if it’s too late for them though.

On the villains side not much surprise.  Russell and Rob are head to head and thanks to Tyson Rob’s plan to get rid of Russell fails and to add insult to injury Tyson ends up going home because he didn’t stick to the plan.  I think Tyson is no great loss and the Villains still have the advantage.

Amazing Race

I was so bummed out by the latest episode.  I was rooting for Jeff and Jordan.  Jordan just cracked me up by how blonde she behaved.  One of my favorite parts was when they had to find a statue of Joan of Arc and she said wasn’t that the guy with all the animals?

Sadly once they came in last once I knew it was over unless they flew somewhere and they managed to catch up on a flight.  Unfortunately the past two legs have just been driving and no real tough tasks so they just never had a chance to really make up their 2 hour deficit.  They did manage to catch up with Caite and Brent who were in last place just before the pit stop but Caite and Brent finished first.

The worst part for me is I dislike the cops and I hate that they came in first the past couple legs and are so cocky now.  I am also not a fan of the lesbians.  The brunette (I think it’s Brandy) is such a downer.  She is always whining and complaining.  With Jeff and Jordan out I’m rooting for either Jet and Cord, Steve and Allie or Dan and Jordan.

One of my favorite moments in the last episode was Steve using duct tape to repair their car.  He said his wife tossed the tape into their bags saying duct tape can fix anything.  Boy was she right.  I think they would have been in danger of going home if they needed to get a replacement car.

American Idol

So I haven’t been impressed with this season so far.  I’ve liked Crystal pretty much every week.  I like Lee but he really needs to develop some stage presence.   I like Casey and thought he did extremely well last night.  Siobhan always seems to do pretty well but mainly because she can hit some insane notes.  The ones I don’t understand how they are still there are Tim Urban and Katie Stevens.  They are total karaoke singers.  Paige was also horrible last night.  Anyway, I don’t really feel strongly about who wins this season so far.


Amazing Race March 7

Jet and Cord are the first to depart at 10:57pm.  Make your way to Hamburg, Germany (hey, we have an office there!).  Teams must race on foot to find a certain street to search for their next clue.  They find a travel agency and get tickets for 11:10am so they figure they will all be on the same flight.

Aww, it’s so sweet.  Turns out Dan doesn’t like traveling but Jordan told him it would mean the world to him if they ran this race together so Dan did it for him.  Turns out the teams get various connections.  Jet and Cord and the cops arrive first.  Carol and Brandy and Dan and Jordan get in next.  They are racing to make the train to Hamburg but can’t find their track and miss the train.  Either Carol or Brandy starts crying.  I haven’t figured out which one is which yet.  So Joe and Heidi, Brent and Caite and Jeff and Jordan catch up to them.

Jet and Cord arrive at the clue box first and it turns out to be an intersection.  This means they have to join forces with another team to complete the task.  They call over the cops so they have a team to partner with.

Road Block

They must make their way by train to Hamburg Harbor and perform 150 foot bungee jump together.  Joe and Heidi pair up with Steve and Allie.  They meet a guy who shows them the way.  Dan and Jordan and Carol and randy join up.  Jordan and Jeff and Brent and Caite team up.  Jordan and Caite do the task.  Turns out they get on the wrong train.

LOL. The cowboy didn’t want to remove his hat for the jump.  Amazingly it does stay on.  Did he glue it to his head?  Joe and Allie get there next.  Dan and Brandy are next.   Ummm, Brandy watches Joe and Allie and says oh my god it’s upside down.  Yes, it is a bungee jump!  The look on Brandy’s face made me worry she was going to have a heart attack as they fell.  Caite and Jordan show up in last place.

Find the Kaiser Wilhem statue to get their next clue.  They are no longer intersected.  The cops take a taxi and the cowboys take the metro.

Detour

The cops show up first.

Soccer or Sauerkraut

Soccer-teams makes their way to a stadium and from the penalty mark have to hit 5 targets.

Sauerkraut- they have to eat a plate full of sauerkraut while a band plays the sauerkraut polka.  They must finish before the song finishes.  If they don’t then they have to start all over.

The cops arrive first and choose sauerkraut.  Ugh, I’ve never tried sauerkraut but not sure I could eat that plateful.  Michael and Louie have no problem.

Teams now have to go to Haifisch Bar and finish a boot of beer.  Hmmm, another problem since I don’t drink beer.

Jet and Cord, Joe and Heidi and Steve and Allie all show up at the detour at the same time.  They all choose soccer.  Ugh, someone tells Jeff and Jordan and Caite and Brent to take the train instead of a cab so guess they are taking the slow way.

At the soccer I don’t know if I could even kick that far.  Joe is saying how his knee is bothering him so he’s having a rough time.  Steve and Allie already hit two of the targets.  Steve is ripping it up and finishes with no problem.  Joe and Heidi can’t hit any target so they switch tasks.  They leave as the cowboys arrive.  I’m impressed by the cowboys.  They are doing pretty well.  They finish third.

Caite and Brent do soccer.  Jeff and Jordan do the sauerkraut.  Jeff and Jordan are afraid their taxi is lost.    Man, don’t get eliminated!  Joe and Heidi arrive at the sauerkraut.  They down it!  Brandy and Carol arrive next.  Brandy is shoveling it in but Carol is taking these small, dainty bites but they finish.

Dan and Jordan arrive at the soccer and finish without a problem.

Jordan and Jeff finally find the sauerkraut place. Man, they need to eat faster.  They are taking small bites and drinking water.  I have my doubts if they will finish.  Caite and Brent get to the soccer.  Turns out Caite’s played soccer since she was 5 and does well.  Jeff and Jordan give up on the sauerkraut and switched to soccer.    Uh oh!  Caite is in pain every time she kicks.  Still she gets 3 of the 5 shots.  Dang it!  Jeff and Jordan are going to be eliminated.

Haifisch Bar

Louie downs most of the beer.  Next they have to go to Beatles-Platz and find a bar that is the pit stop of this leg of the race.  Steve is so excited to drink the beer.  He chugs the whole thing himself.  Allie does the last sip.  Turns out the cowboys haven’t drank before.  Heidi is doing pretty well but Joe is struggling.  He can’t even read the clue when they get it and makes Heidi read it out loud.  The cowboys are still working on the beer when Carol and Brandy show up.  When they finish Jet says he never, ever wants another beer in his life.  Dan and Jordan seem to do pretty well.  Brent has to go outside and throw up while drinking.  Man if that counts I would down the beer and throw it up afterwards.  Jeff downs the beer.

Pit Stop

Michael and Louie are team #1!  They win a discover gift card worth $5000 each.  I swear Louie is drunk from the beer.

Steve and Allie are team #2.  Joe and Heidi are team #3.  Jet and Cord are team #4.  Carol and Brandy are team #5.  Dan and Jordan are team #6 and Jordan seems drunk as well.  Caite and Brent are team #7.  Jeff and Jordan are the last team to arrive.  Yes!  It’s a non-elimination leg.  They get a speed bump which I think teams have a hard time surviving but there is still hope!


Amazing Race 2/22

Leaving the Pit Stop

Jeff and Jordan are first to leave at 3:21am.  Teams must travel by bus to Santiago and then 500+ miles to Puerto Vares (sp?).  Then take a boat and climb to Mirador for their next clue.  THeir taxi driver looks a little clueless at first but gets them to the bus station and find it doesn’t open until 5am.

Brandy and Carol decide to align with Joe and Heidi while they are waiting for the bus to leave.  In Santiago Joe and Heidi hold a spot for Carol and Brandy and that ticks off the other teams.  The four of them get tickets on the earliest bus and of course it sells out.  So they are on the 530pm bus and a bunch of other teams are on the 745pm bus.  The grandmother and daughter catch a 9pm bus.  The cowboys get advice to catch a bus to Temuco and then connect to Puerto Vares.  Caite and Brent and Jeff and Jordan also seem to get the same bus.  In Temuco the cowboys have a 7pm bus and the other four have a 630 bus.  It turns out Jeff and Jordan and Brett and Caite are at the wrong terminal to catch their bus.  The cowboys found out but didn’t tell them.   So by time they get to the terminal they miss their bus.  They decide to try and make the cowboys 7pm bus but they miss it.  Turns out there are no more buses to Puerto Varas or anywhere else that night.  The next bus isn’t until 1am.

Jeff and Cord are the first teams to Puerto Varas.  They drive to Petrohue but find it the marked path doesn’t open until 73am.  Joe and Heidi and Brandy and Carol are next to arrive.  Then Jeff and Jordan and Brent and Caite.  At 730 am Jet and Cord are still the only ones at the trail and get on the boat.  It’s so cute, they each have these little hat protectors for their cowboy hats.  Ugh, the boat ride looks brutal.  I would so be sea sick.

Dan and Jordan have trouble driving stick shift.  It turns out he forgot to turn off the emergency brake.

Detour

Jet and Cord are there first.  They have to choose Llama adoration or Condor consternation.

Llama adoration they have to dress a llama up with a blanket and scarf for a traditional festival. 

Condor Consternation-teams must dress as birds with feet and 16foot wings.  They then have to take flight and try to soar to the location of the clue.

Jet and Cord choose Llama adoration.  Carol and Brandy and Joe and Heidi also choose llama.  Brent and Caite choose condor.  Jeff and Jordan choose to fly.  The father/daughter choose condor.  The undercover cops choose llama.  The lawyers choose llama.

The grandmother/granddaughter arrive on the last bus but the brothers get lost so there may still be hope.  LOL.  When the brothers have to reverse they can’t figure out how to go reverse in a stick shift so one gets out and pushes the car backwards.  Jody and Shannon are definitely keeping a positive attitude even in last place.

At the llamas Jet and Cord have no problem and finish quickly.  They joke about being the llama whisperer.  LOL. The llama Joe and Heidi choose starts spitting at Heidi and then another one kicks Joe.  They finally find one lying down and finish up.  Then Brandy and Carol finish.  The lawyers arrive after the cops but finish first.  I think the earlier teams might have it easier since I figure the more teams in the coral the more agitated the llamas would get.

At the condors Brent and Caite take off running and go splat in the water.  They say it is freezing but they get the clue.  Jeff and Jordan finish 5th.  Jody and Shannon finish last but not sure how far behind the brothers they were.

Route Info

Teams now need to drive to Onces Bellavista Farm to search for their next clue.

Roadblock

Teams have to race around a farm collecting the 5 fresh ingredients needed to make a German delicacy.  They have to actually milk a cow to get the milk.  Cord has no problem and said he’s actually milked a cow before.  They finish with no problem.  Heidi and Carol work together.  The cow Carol is trying to milk ends up kicking her hand and the one next to Heidi either pees or poops next to her while she is milking.   Ugh, while Caite is waiting for Brent to finish she spits.  I find that so gross when guys do it and it’s even worse seeing a woman doing it.

LOL. Jeff ends up doing the task since apparently Jordan doesn’t even know what a baker’s dozen is.  The cops end up passing the farm.  So the brothers move up to 8th place.  Jody and Shannon move up to 9th place.  I don’t know what happens to the cop but he slips on something in the kitchen.  Uh oh, Shannon was almost done milking and she gets kicked in the head and has to start all over.  She is moving so slow the cop passes her by.  Jody definitely should have done this one.

Pit stop

Teams now have to drive to Gruta De La Virgen.  This park is the pitstop for this leg of the race.  Jet and Cord are team #1.  They each win a sailboat.

Joe and Heidi are team #2, Carol and Brandy are team #3.  Brent and Caite are team #4.  I can’t tell but Jeff and Jordan might be lost.  They run into the cops when they stop for directions to the pit stop.  Turns out the cops went about 19 miles past the farm.  Monique and Shawn are team #5.  Darn it, Jeff and Jordan.  They end up team #6.  At least they are still in.  Steve and Allie are team #7.  Dan and Jordan are team #8.  Michael and Louie are team #9.  Jody and Shannon are the last team to arrive and have been eliminated from the race.

I was impressed with the cowboys although a little surprised they didn’t mention about the bus terminal thing to the other teams.  I thought they would be too nice and that might hurt them.  Glad that Jeff and Jordan are still in.  The more I see of Carol Brandy including the short clip they showed for next week’s episode makes me like them less and less.  I would be happy to see them go.  I have my doubts about the cops.  They seem to mess up an awful lot so unless they straighten that out I don’t see them lasting long.


Amazing Race Premiere

It’s I believe the 16tth season and they start off in LA.

The Teams

Brent and Katie-dating models

Jet and Cord-brothers from Oklahoma (cowboys)

Steve and Allie-father and daughter

Dan and Jordan-brothers, one’s gay and the other’s not

Dana and Adrian-high school sweet hearts married 17 years

Jordan and Jeff-dating long distance (met in Big Brother house, I can’t believe they are still together!  I foresee Jordan crying a lot)

Jodie and Shannon-grandmother and grand-daughter, both triatheletes

Louie and Michael-under cover detectives

Monique and Shawn-best friends and attorneys

Joe and Heidi-married parents

Carol and Brandy-dating gay couple

Teams have their first clue and have to use public transportation to get to the airport.  The first 3 teams to the airport get on the first flight.  The rest are on a flight that leaves an hour later.

Clue: Fly to Santiago, Chile

LOL.  The two black women are running and one of them goes “oohh, black person go ask them directions”.  A bunch of teams make the metro and the next group get their and find out the next train isn’t for 20 minutes.   There are 3 or 4 teams on a bus.  Jeff and Jordan, Dana and Adrian and the two attorneys make the first flight.  Turns out there is a problem with the plane for the first flight!  Uh oh.  Dana and Adrian rebook on the Miami flight that everyone else is on.  Then the other two teams also rebook.  So now everyone is on the same flight.

When they land they need to scramble for buses to go another 60 miles to another city.  Once there they need to make their way to their next clue. 4 teams make the first bus at 12:15.  LOL. The Oklahoma brothers exchanged all their money to Brazilian money so they can’t use it in Chile.  So they and 2 other teams make the 12:30 bus.  The rest are on the 12:20 bus.

Roadblock

Who has the balance of a cat and courage of a lion?  Cable walking-teams must balance 120 feet above the ground and cross the distance the length of a football field.

Jordan does it for their team.  Miss Teen USA does it for her team.  Joe’s on the line, Allie is on the line, Dan is on the line, Brandy is on the line.  Shawn is on the line.

Miss Teen USA finishes first.  Teams have to take this cable car thing down the hill to get to their next clue.  Jordan and Jeff finish second.  Oops, the Miss Teen USA team walk down instead of taking the finicular or whatever the cable car thing is called.

Adrian falls completely off his line.  The safety specialist comes out and says he can take him back or he can try to make it back up.  He ends up having to be pulled back to the beginning.  Dang, he has to start all over.  Adrian ends up being the last one.

Clue: Time to paint the town

Teams must choose 4 cans of pain and supplies.  Carry them up a steep incline and find the house matching their paint color.  They have to paint the house to finish the task.

Jordan and Jeff find their house first.  They finish first.  Brent and Caite (Miss Teen USA) finish next.  LOL.  Steve and Allie end up in someone’s house and start painting their walls.  The guys there are like “I don’t know what these people are doing here” but they don’t seem to speak English.  The guys there are just standing their laughing.  They finish painting and ask the guys for a clue and the guy just shrugs.  Dan and Jordan drop one of their paint brushes and can’t find it.  The cops don’t find their house and start painting some wall with graffiti.

Teams must make their way on foot to a 90 year old chalet, the pit stop for this leg of the race.

Jordan and Jeff are team #1!  They win a trip for 2 to Vancouver.

Brett and Caite are the second team to arrive but since they walked down the hill instead of taking that cable car thing they get a 30 minute penalty.  Monique and Shawne are team #2.  Jet and Cord go from last to team #3.  Dan and Jordan are the fourth to arrive but due to the lost paint brush they incur a 15 minute penalty.  Steve and Allie are team #4 and Joe and Heidi are team #5.  Guess Steve and Allie found the right house.  Carol and Brandy are team #6.   Brett and Caite are team #7.  The brothers are team #8.  Caite says technically they are team #2 (yes, because you cheated by not following the clue!)  The cops are team #9.

In the mean time Adrian fell again.

Jody and Shannon are team #10.  Adrian and Dana are eliminated from the race.

My thoughts

I was shocked to see Jordan and Jeff on this season.  I didn’t know about that before the premiere and am actually shocked that they are still together.  I foresee Jordan having a break down at some point.  The Miss Teen USA team surprised me by doing as well as they did other than misreading one of the clues.    I can’t help but like the cowboys right now.  They are so naive it’s cute.  Not getting good vibes from the lesbian couple so far.  Louie and Michael’s cockiness at the beginning also rubbed me the wrong way.