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AIRING DATE: March 18, 2012
If you love racing, you’ll surely love The Amazing Race. You have to remember that this race is based on how quick and smart you are. The road blocks are set away in advance before the race even starts, so the staff does not know who is coming in on the next leg. So, you really believed that they are setting up the detours and road blocks as the racers are racing. Well, you must be kidding. This takes months of planning and visiting other countries and finding out what the racers can and cannot do. After all, it wouldn’t be The Amazing Race if it was set up to cater to the racers, they receive amazing benefits and gifts as it is. All these being said, keep your butt out there and be able to watch March 18’s episode, watch The Amazing Race Season 20 Episode 5 online.
The Amazing Race. Its formula is just amazing. The procedure is brilliant in its simplicity. Create a bunch of teams of two people, with each team having a pre-existing and floridly complicated relationship, and then give a free rein to them on the world. They then stagger about the globe in an covetous fury, screeching things like abracadabra at puzzled cabbies, regardless of what language the driver might speak. So, we are in the fifth episode of the 20th season. So, what do we have in here? Well, the remaining teams continue on the fifth leg of the race. Indeed, everything in the show conveys movement. And you’ve got to go with the flow. The opening is almost concussive. Images fly at us, and then push away in a vertiginous free-fall, making us feel like we’re being slung across the globe at an incredible and uncontrollable velocity. And this is making us fanatically elevated. So, just hold your breath and watch The Amazing Race Season 20 Episode 5: Uglier Than A Mud Rail Fence online.
‘The Amazing Race’ will celebrate its 20th global adventure when it premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).
‘Undercover Boss’ which premieres Sunday, Jan. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), relocates to Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on Feb. 17, following three original Sunday broadcasts.
The freshman drama ‘A Gifted Man’ will move to Friday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) also on Feb. 17. ‘CSI: NY’ will return to the time period on Friday, March 30 after ‘A Gifted Man’ completes its season run.
CBS Friday, Effective Feb. 17
8:00-9:00 PM UNDERCOVER BOSS (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM A GIFTED MAN (Time Period Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS
CBS Friday, Effective March 30
8:00-9:00 PM UNDERCOVER BOSS
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: NY
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS
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Last week, despite all the hustling and bustling about the busy streets of Bangkok, the challenges that involved riding elephants and disassembling and reassembling Thai spirit houses, the order in which the teams finished all came down to choosing the right cab driver and being able to keep cash in one’s pocket. Ex-NFL star Marcus and his wife Amani was able to beat the traffic and surge into first place, while twin sisters Liz and Marie, flat broke and forced to beg for transportation, hit the mat in last place and were finally (mercifully) eliminated. Seven teams remain.
Starting Line – the M.R. Kukrit Heritage House in Bangkok, where the teams checked in at the end of Leg Five. The first clue told them to make their way 5,000 miles across the Indian Ocean to the town of Lilongwe in the country of Malawi, Africa, and from there to find Gate 7 of the Limbe Tobacco company, where their next clue awaited. All teams ended up on the same plane, with connecting flights through both Singapore and Johannesburg.
This is TAR’s first trip to Malawi, a tiny, landlocked, democratic country in the southeastern portion of Africa, nestled snugly in between Mozambique and Zambia. Home to roughly 14 million people, it is also among the world’s least developed countries, with a low life expectancy and a high infant mortality rate. One of its chief industries is tobacco, which probably explains why the show chose tobacco as the basis for its first challenge.
Clue Box #1 was a Roadblock. It entailed one team member putting on a workman’s uniform and transporting ten 200-pound bales of tobacco leaves through a warehouse to a designated drop-off zone, using only a hand-cart that could carry only one bag at a time. Plus, the warehouse was built like a maze, full of workmen pushing carts around who were not too particular about whether you got to where you were going quickly or not. It’s probably just as well that all the all-girl teams were already eliminated, because those bales were incredibly heavy, and every single coed team, unsurprisingly, had the male member perform this task. Once the ten bales were delivered, they received their next clue, which told them to find the Memorial Tower and search for the next Clue Box.
Clue #2 was also a Detour. The choices: All Sewn Up or Not Grown Up. In the former, teams would go to a local tailor shop, choose a customer, and then use manual sewing machines to finish the customer’s suit in order to receive their next clue. In the latter, teams headed to Lilongwe LEA School where they had to use provided materials (cardboard boxes, nails, string, bottle caps) to build toy trucks for the kids. Once the truck was satisfactorily kid-tested, teams received their next clue.
Most of the teams chose the school option, and I don’t have to tell you how freakin’ adorable African schoolchildren are. Conversely, the tailor shop was hard to find, set as it was in a crowded marketplace with a huge clutch of locals ever-present. Add to that the fact that the sewing machines looked like they were from the 19th century… Not surprisingly, the three teams that chose the sewing machine option were the ones that came in last this leg.
After completing the Detour, all teams were to perform one more task: to find the R-K Furniture Shop in the town of Ntchisi, and transport two hand-crafted wooden beds to Leg Six’s Pit Stop, Kumbali Village. Thankfully, the teams didn’t have to carry the heavy beds the whole way, as local transportation was allowed to be used. The beds themselves turned out to be useful as well, as all of the teams were to be used for an overnight stay in the village.
Below is the order the contestants finished in, along with some of their more interesting moments.
#1. Andy and Tommy – No team in recent memory has had a bigger combination of smart racing and lucky breaks than the snowboarders. After starting off in the middle of the pack, they surged through the Roadblock and the Detour, passed Jeremy and Sandy by taking a flatbed truck that might have been meant for them, and were then awarded first place because of a mistake by Justin and Jennifer. This is their fourth win in the last five legs, and their prize is another awesome trip, to a private island in the British Virgin Islands. Damn, what a sweet reward.
#2. Justin and Jennifer – Being African-American and a special ed teacher, this was a particularly meaningful leg for Jennifer, who seems to have truly mellowed since a really belligerent start. They actually were the first team to hit the mat, but they were told by Phil that they neglected to pay the truck driver that helped them transport their beds, and so they had to go back and settle up before they could be checked in. It only cost them one spot, but that still has to suck.
#3. Jeremy and Sandy – Most Roadblocks usually have some locals that are filmed, sitting off to the side, laughing hysterically as the silly Americans try to do something they do every day and fail miserably, but Jeremy made his way through the tobacco warehouse with a big ol’ grin on his face, while scads of men in workmen’s garb hollered. I’m not sure if the hollering was encouragement, ridicule or some choreographed dance number, but it was fun to watch (you just know it was their first time on American TV). Jeremy was actually the first one to finish that task.
#4. Laurence and Zac – I thought that young Zac would be the one to do the tobacco challenge, but it was Laurence instead who did it, and he seemed to be the one most physically unable to do it. I mean, I know he’s an athlete, but yachting is less about being fast than it is about being strong, and Laurence is not a lightweight, if you know what I mean. He brightened during the school challenge, stating that he wished he could have spent more time with the kids.
#5. Ernie and Cindy – Not much to report about this group, as they were in the middle of the pack from start to finish. No major blow-ups, no meltdowns, nothing really memorable, save perhaps one image of the couple hanging for dear life onto a speeding truck that they used to transport their bed to the village. While most of the trucks that were used were large enough to accommodate both beds and racers, Ernie and Cindy’s wasn’t, and Cindy commented that she had never felt “less safe” in her whole life. They made it to the mat without incident, though.
#6. Bill and Cathi – I certainly never thought this team would make it past six legs, and my admiration for their stamina keeps on growing, a stamina that was demonstrated by Bill in the tobacco warehouse, on a task that would have surely sent me to the emergency room. As farmers, they made note of how scenic and spacious Africa was, and made a point of mentioning it as soon as they landed. Plus, they’re just so polite and positive to everyone (and not in that annoying way), it’s impossible not to like them. I still wonder if they have it in them to go all the way to the end, though.
#7. Amani and Marcus – They were very stoked to go to Africa, a place they’d never been before. One of the best moments of the season came as Marcus, the last one to finish up the tobacco challenge, was followed out of the building by the multitude of workers, shouting encouragements and well-wishes at him and Amani. Damn, you gotta love Africa for the energy alone. Sadly, the leg didn’t turn out well for them. They, along with Bill and Cathi, were the last teams out of the airport, and they got stuck behind a slow procession of cars celebrating someone’s engagement (Mazel tov!), so it was clear that last place would come down to one of them. Unfortunate karma for the two teams that finished 1-2 in the last leg.
On top of that, they chose the sewing challenge and were well in last place when their cab broke down and they had to get another one, a situation that ruffled even Marcus’s usually ebullient feathers. Amani was tearful when they checked in, but Phil spared them from elimination because this was yet ANOTHER non-elimination leg. That makes three in only six legs (although one of the others sent two teams home). With only six episodes left, I have to believe that there will not be any more second chances. I hope Amani and Marcus come through it.
Next week: More Malawi. Bikes, boats, automobiles. Jeremy and Sandy start to melt down, and Amani and Marcus struggle to overcome a crippling Speed Bump.
Watch a sneak peek of the upcoming episode of The Amazing Race 16 Episode 4 “We Are No Longer In The Bible Belt” (Germany) which airs Sunday March 7 2010 on the CBS Television Network.
Episode Synopsis: THE AMAZING RACE 16 Episode 4 “We Are No Longer In The Bible Belt” (Germany) – Racers must navigate an unfamiliar and confusing train system without their teammates, take a dive over Hamburg and reunite for a nausea-inducing lesson in German gastronomy, on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, March 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is host.
Check out promotional photos of The Amazing Race 16
Episode 3 “Run Like Scalded Dogs! (Argentina)” which aired Sunday Feb. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The Amazing Race 16 Episode 3 “Run Like Scalded Dogs! (Argentina)” – The nine remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Gruta de la Virgen in Puerto Varas, Chile and head to Argentina where one detour consists of carrying a wooden horse through a Polo Training Field and hitting a ball inside the goal in order to receive the next clue and a Road Block where one teammate must use a lariat to lasso a wooden target in order to receive their next clue.
Check out the promotional photos of The Amazing Race 16 Episode 1 titled “Nana is kickin’ your butt (Chile)” airing Sunday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Synopsis: THE AMAZING RACE 16 Episode 1 “Nana is kickin’ your butt (Chile)” – Eleven Teams (from LtoR: Louis and Michael, Carol and Brandy, Joe and Heidi, Monique and Shawne) start off by navigating through the congested streets of Los Angeles and, for the first time ever, must rely solely on public transportation to make their way to LAX on THE AMAZING RACE, premiering Sunday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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Watch a sneak peek of THE AMAZING RACE 15 Episode 10 “We’re Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore! (Czech Republic)” airing this Sunday November 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Episode Synopsis: THE AMAZING RACE 15 Episode 10 “We’re Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore! (Czech Republic)” – Tempers flare when one team goes back on their word and a Team spirals into last place when their taxi is stolen by another Team, on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, Nov. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is the host.