The Amazing Race: Back in Business/Moment of Truth
April 18, 2015 10:02 AM - Season 26, Episode 7 - Subscribe

6 teams race from Monaco to Mamibia on a race around the world.

This was a 2 leg, 2 hour extravaga --- oh, heck, it was two episodes CBS is treating as 1.

Leg 7: 6 Teams raced from Monte Carlo to Namibia

This episode featured bush planes, people driving right by the salt lick, second guessing, grass huts, key confusion, tracking elephants, lots of video of gorgeous animals, rock climbing, beautifully patterned dogs, one racer's obsession with the pulchritude of their pilot, limited spots at the detour, dancing and cheering, a flat tire, and loooooooots of complaining.

Phil does not get run over. It is a non-elimination leg.

Leg 8: 6 Teams race within Namibia

This leg featured hopes of skydiving dashed, running in deserts, sand skiing, a rescue box, yet another cool speed bump, a nail in the tire, "pick an animal to bring with you", smoothing roads, sledding, an oasis, and the Roaming Gnome everywhere.

The express pass was used. Zebras kicked some dudes.

One team was eliminated.
posted by julen (7 comments total)
You would have thought the show learned from the ill-fated family edition that theme seasons get in the way of the fundamental race, but noooooo. Dating couples is one bad idea, but blind date couples is just amping up the worse.

"What if we had all young folks on the teams? And they were telegenic? And no one would complain about unfair casting for race events!" I imagine some suits suggesting as they look over the contract to renew the show. "Gosh, that'd be great. Wouldn't it. WOULDN'T IT? "

Gosh, I'm cranky.
posted by julen at 10:07 AM on April 18, 2015

All I'm saying is if Dr. Dude doesn't murder Nurse Bitchyface in her sleep,, it will be a miracle.

The elimination of the Olympians demonstrates one of the reasons I am still drawn into this show - - fortunes turn on a dime even when you think something is a lock, and one bad day or a stupid move gets you eliminated or saved for another day.
posted by briank at 12:07 PM on April 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

I don't drive; never have. Yet even I know that if you're planning on going on TAR, you should learn how to drive a stick. That's all I have to say about this season, other than that CBS is obviously trying to kill this show by letting it languish in Friday night.
posted by kaybdc at 7:08 PM on April 18, 2015

Haley and Blair have turned into a brother and sister bickering in the back of the station wagon, and I love it. It's a lot more functional and playful a relationship than the one they had at the beginning of the race, and I like them both the better for it.

Poor Olympians. I think KF just gave them a really bad time - lots of wandering aimlessly in the desert, getting entranced by zebras, flat tires, surliness...even good teams can be beaten by exhaustion or a few poor choices.
posted by PussKillian at 9:21 PM on April 18, 2015

I'm not sure if they're telegraphing it somehow, but this was the second non-elimination leg that I totally saw coming (and that was before I realized that it was a double episode). Both teams saved by non-elimination legs have gone home immediately thereafter this season. That's kind of a bummer; I like when they make a comeback.
posted by Weeping_angel at 12:47 AM on April 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

"That's so Africaaaaaaaa...." Oof.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:24 AM on April 20, 2015

Given that they didn't choose their partners, I think Blair and Jelani should get to team up and enter the race again together. They would be a fun team to watch.

That said, "intense female lectures her male partner" is still a refreshing change of pace from the usual "alpha male screams at his girlfriend" we've seen so many times before.
posted by Gary at 1:31 PM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

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