by pat howard

THE AMAZING RACE | 14×02: “Your Target is Your Partner’s Face”

In The Amazing Race on February 24, 2009 at 10:57 am

See how efficiently the Amazing Editors dispatched this round of airline musical chairs? This is the sort of streamlining we’ve been promised on this fourteenth race around the world. On the other hand, I’ve been vicariously running this race long enough now to be able to parse various clues in the editing and jump to reliable conclusions about the outcome of events and races to the mat.

For example, the first time we saw Steve & Linda, I could tell from their demeanor and comments that they were on track for Philimination. And up on that mountain, where Mel’s groin injury forced him to wait out strong winds for a chance to paraglide, rather than taking a one-hour hike down to the bottom, he and Mike were too overly concerned about their fates to actually have been in danger; they ultimately finished second. Props to minister Mel, though, for refusing to pray for divine intervention in something so frivilous as a race. Past ‘religious’ racers have been all too quick to invoke almighty assistance.

The pies vs. segways detour was a classic luck vs. skill choice. Margie and Luke, my hands-down favorite team, proved that sometimes you just stand there, hip-deep in pie. But plenty of other poor decisions (Mark & Michael’s airline laxitude, Linda’s getting lost on the mountain, and Christie & Jodi’s frat-boy level cluelessness) worked out in Margie & Luke’s favor, as they placed fourth. Cool challenges this week, but maybe the next episode is a little less predictable?

BONUS | Full episodes are finally available online


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