The seven remaining teams leave the beautiful island country of New Zealand and travel 5,600 miles to Cambodia's fastest growing city, Siem Reap. But with the difference in start times ranging up to eight hours can this race be a close one? Will one player's constant shouting of "faster, faster" ultimately slow her and her pussycat down? Traveling via trucks and boats and planes, this is one competition where you can always expect the unexpected.
The race begins at 6:03am with Ken and Tina taking an estimated three-hour drive to the Auckland airport. Leaving over two hours later plus losing time for getting pulled over for speeding (doing 117km in a 100km zone, or roughly driving 73mph in a 62mph zone) are Terence and Sarah who luck out and, to Tina's dismay, also board the earlier plane out. What's really amazing is how this first flight leaves over four hours before the next flight and all teams, except Aja and Ty, catch up during a layover at Singapore Airport.
Sarah seems to jinx the team this week when her urgent cries of "faster, faster…" seem to have an opposite affect. Not only are they stopped on their way to the airport, but also while sailing to the Detour when the motor on their boat is smoking and requires maintenance. They're working hard to stay ahead and might have come in first this week if not for the delays.
The heat has been rising between the frat brats and Andrew says it's the turning point of their relationship. Kelly and Christy have taken to calling them "Dandrew" but since Andrew isn't feeling the love I don't think he would be fond of blending the names so for his sake I'll continue to refer to them as An/Dan. They're unfocused and Dan's nagging and name-calling doesn't help. During the first challenge, when teams were to use a hand pump to fill a truck's gas tank with 25 liters of fuel, An/Dan can't get it started and Dan resorts to saying Andrew pumps like a baby. They seem to speak Ken's language when he puts it in perspective telling them: "there's no trick boys, it's like pulling the zipper down and watching it flow."
Kelly/Christy were on a roll this week. They passed up An/Dan several times and then, perhaps unwittingly, tried to psych out Dallas saying his hair reminded them of Teen Wolf and referred to Toni as Wolf Mother. But during the Village Life Detour, when teams were to pick up a set of teeth from the dentist, a doll from the tailor and a basketball to make a basket shot, I had to laugh when the divorcees cringed thinking they had to take a woman's teeth from her mouth.
Toni and Dallas create the best vibe and it's almost inspiring to watch them. Entering the Siem Reap Harbor and seeing the floating village, Dallas rightfully declares, "it's like Waterworld!" The Village Work Detour challenged teams to head to the fishing grounds, wade in the brown water and search for numerous fishing traps. When Dallas gets a yucky look on his face, his mom says "Oh Dal, it's just mud." They spend double time in it when they bring a tube back without fish and have to go back. Though the difficulty of the tasks doesn't look taxing for her, Toni decides to "work smarter not harder". It showed as this team placed second for a second time.
With her arm intact after last week's Blo Kart accident, Starr blows their early lead when stopping the truck to check if they're going the right way. She got her answer when three teams pass them up. But ultimately it doesn't make much difference.
Arriving at the ancient temple in Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world, An/Dan dubs this Road Block location "the original Playboy mansion." Nick is the first to find the chamber of echoes, thump his chest and make it vibrate throughout. It's very cool. Tina is lost in the maze and even walks through the chamber. As the other teams enter the temple, Nick hides the stone clue under his shirt without offering help and skips out. I don't think anyone can fault Nick for wanting to get ahead and win but he has a way about him that seems sneakier than this season's teams. But this gave Bro/Sis an advantage when meeting Phil Keoghan before the others for the first time since the first leg.
Aja/Ty were the last team to leave New Zealand and were never able to catch up. When they arrive in Cambodia, Aja gave us an idea of what the temperature was when she remarks it's “hotter than Satan's toenail up in here.” Aja admits that she gets excited when she's near Ty but feels he isn't forthcoming with affection. The best he could say on-camera was he would "never trade Aja in for a Porsche…or anything like that." I liked them individually, but if this couple remains together, Ty will have to work on his analogies.
· Because they were stopped for speeding, Ter/Sar will incur a 30-minute start-time penalty next week.
· Tina mentioned they were given $98 for this leg of the race. Did Terence have to use his money to pay for a ticket or was he let go with a warning?
· Is it just me or do you think Sarah could impersonate Sarah Palin for Halloween?
· It was amazing to hear a number of players ask where Cambodia is.
Since the launch of our new and improved website, there were a few technical problems that prohibited me from adding comments to the blog during the past week. Our Online Video Guide offers clips of The Amazing Race but some have a limited shelf life, like the one I wanted to point out.
Still, I was still able to find it. So if you're interested in catchinganother glimpseof Phil's dad, check out this four-minute clip for The Amazing Race 13 – Phil's Video Diary: New Zealand. You'll see a celebration of Phil's dad's birthday (they never mention him by name) with a Bastard –burger, that is – served with a yummy order ofkumara fries all the while avoiding beet root from falling out of a Doofer. It's a cultural extravaganza that will put a smile on your face!
I was also told that a direct link to the TAR blog would show up in the recap list with the other program titles soon.
The seven remaining teams leave the beautiful island country of New Zealand and travel 5,600 miles to Cambodia's fastest growing city, Siem Reap. But with the difference in start times ranging up to eight hours can this race be a close one? Will one player's constant shouting of "faster, faster" ultimately slow her and her pussycat down? Traveling via trucks and boats and planes, this is one competition where you can always expect the unexpected...