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Latest Episode

24-5
Recaplet

All Sewn Up

Can’t Make Fish Bite - A leg is won in Sri Lanka, but lost in Kuala Lumpur.

03.23.2014 N/A

M. Giant

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

24-4
Recap

Like It or Lumpur It

Smarter, Not Harder - Teams have to either mix music or mix drinks, but some things just don't mix.

03.16.2014
03.21.2014
B-

M. Giant

24-3
Recap

Up the Creek

Welcome to the Jungle - The race sends its teams onto the rapids with rafts of their own construction. The results, predictably, are uneven.

03.09.2014
03.14.2014
B+

M. Giant

24-2
Recap

Opposites Repel

Baby Bear’s Soup - Even veterans can make rookie mistakes sometimes. Or all the time.

03.02.2014
03.07.2014
B

M. Giant

24-1
Recap

Mulligan Stew

Back in the Saddle - Some teams never change, and it costs one of them the race.

02.23.2014
02.28.2014
B

M. Giant

23-11
Recap

Finished

Amazing “Crazy” Race - Reversals, betrayals, excitement, and suspense fill one of the last legs of the race. Not the last leg, but you can't have everything.

12.08.2013
12.13.2013
B

M. Giant

23-10
Recap

They Are The Egg Men

Cobra in My Teeth - Some racers come out of their shells and others just yolk around in an egg-regiously hard-boiled l-egg (the egg puns were hard to ovoid, omelet-ing you know right now).

12.01.2013
12.06.2013
B-

M. Giant

23-9
Recap

Butting Heads

Part Like the Red Sea - One team falls out of the race, while another falls off its pedestal.

11.24.2013
12.01.2013
B-

M. Giant

23-8
Recap

Abu Dhabi Two

One Hot Camel - Even ninjas can have trouble surviving a leg where they have to do four tasks. Especially if they're not ninjas at all.

11.17.2013
11.22.2013
B

M. Giant

23-7
Recap

Unmosqued

Speed Dating is the Worst - In a leg that includes rappelling, race cars, and rhubarb, we prefer the moments when the racers have to walk slowly and speak quietly.

11.10.2013
11.15.2013
B

M. Giant

23-6
Recap

Fast Forward, Fall Back

Choir Boy at Heart - With a Fast Forward like this, who needs their cab stolen?

11.03.2013
11.08.2013
B

M. Giant

23-5
Recap

Pole to Pole

Gdansk Like No One’s Watching - In a leg that takes place in Gdańsk, challenges arise for racers who lack Polish.

10.27.2013
11.01.2013
B

M. Giant

23-4
Recap

Have You Driven a Fjord Lately?

Leverage - Racers visit Norway and find themselves in the midnight sun, the fish industry, the Arctic Ocean, some hard-nosed negotiations, and a pickup commercial.

10.20.2013
10.24.2013
A-

M. Giant

23-3
Recap

Lis-Bon Voyage

King Arthur Style - Eight teams run the third leg in Portugal. Too bad nine teams left Chile.

10.13.2013
10.18.2013
B-

M. Giant

23-2
Recap

Zip It, Bingo

Not Worth Their Salt - As the second leg travels through Chile, we learn a little more about why Tim has so much trouble getting along with Marie; it's because everyone does.

10.06.2013
10.11.2013
B-

M. Giant

23-1
Recap

Chile in the Air

We’re Not in Oklahoma No More - The 23rd season premiere features the usual heights of aerial thrills, as well as unusual lows of people not reading the clue.

09.29.2013
10.03.2013
B

M. Giant

22-11
Recap

D.C. Follies

Beacon of Hope - After twelve legs of racing around the world, it still comes down to which team is most on the ball.

05.05.2013
05.10.2013
B-

M. Giant

22-10
Recap

Not-So-Great Scots

Working Our Barrels Off - As the race hits Edinburgh, Scotland, it's all bagpipes, whiskey and haggis. Even Mike Myers gets a shout-out.

04.28.2013
05.02.2013
B

M. Giant

22-9
Recap

Bin Ein Berliner

The Ultimate Fun House - The racers visit a German city rich in history, almost all of which they are totally ignorant of.

04.21.2013
04.26.2013
B-

M. Giant

22-8
Recap

The Cheese Rolls Alone

My Cheese Is Out of Control - The show's return to Switzerland means a return to one of the country's greatest exports: the cheese-wheel challenge.

04.14.2013
04.18.2013
A+

M. Giant

22-7
Recap

So Near and Yet Safari

Be Safe and Don't Hit a Cow - In a leg mined with speed traps, crocodiles, and stubborn beasts of burden, it all comes down to animals that don't even move.

03.31.2013
04.05.2013
B-

M. Giant

22-6
Recap

The Gods Must Be in the Tub

Scorpion King Hunter - To run a leg in the Kalahari Desert, each team is joined by a trio of Bushmen. Culture shock ensues, but the Americans mostly recover.

03.24.2013
03.28.2013
B-

M. Giant

22-5
Recap

How Hanoi-ing

Your Tan Is Totally Cool - Jessica & John's allies are in the crosshairs, but another team shoots itself in the foot.

03.17.2013
03.21.2013
B-

M. Giant

22-4
Recap

Sequesterville Express

I Love Monkeys! - There's the world John lives in, and then there's reality.

03.10.2013
03.15.2013
A-

M. Giant

22-3
Recap

Limping to Victory

Like James Bond Again - In Phil's hometown, an injured racer refuses to give up…maybe.

03.03.2013
03.08.2013
B-

M. Giant

22-2
Recap

The Curse of the Red Pearl

Loose Lips Sink Ships - Two ocean-based Detour options mean that one water-averse team is sunk.

02.24.2013
02.28.2013
A-

M. Giant

22-1
Recap

Too Much of a Good Thing

Flipped Out - To anyone who has wished for a sunny afternoon on a tropical beach, The Amazing Race says to be careful what you wish for.

02.17.2013
02.22.2013
B

M. Giant

21-11
Recap

Run It Up the Pole and See Who Salutes

Escape Artists - In two hours of fighting, feeding, farming, foraging, flying, flailing, falling, and more feeding, it all comes down to the freaking flags.

12.09.2012
12.14.2012
A-

M. Giant

21-10
Recap

Tilting at Windmills -- Not

Not a Well-Rounded Athlete - On the Spanish island of Mallorca, teams face a Quixotic leg.

12.02.2012
12.06.2012
B

M. Giant

21-9
Recap

Franked Again

Fishy Kiss - Abbie and Ryan brave the Curse of Frankfurt, only to discover several other curses pointed at their heads.

11.25.2012
11.29.2012
B+

M. Giant

21-8
Recap

Something for Everyone

We Was Robbed - In an episode that features two Pit Stops, a penalty, a Speed Bump, an Express Pass, a lost passport, a wardrobe malfunction, a near-meltdown, rain and sunshine, the tasks are almost beside the point.

11.18.2012
11.20.2012
A

M. Giant

21-7
Recap

Russian Around

Off to See the Wizard - It's a challenging leg in Moscow. And that's just for the teams that can actually get there.

11.11.2012
11.14.2012
A-

M. Giant

21-6
Recap

Istanbul, Not Constantinople

Get Your Sexy On - Since when did eating an ice cream cone become so difficult?

11.04.2012
11.09.2012
B-

M. Giant

21-5
Recap

Chill Out, Freak

Unbalanced - It's another hot day of hard work in Dhaka, but the back of the pack is populated by those shortest on brainpower.

10.28.2012
11.01.2012
N/A

M. Giant

21-4
Recap

Smithing and Sewing

Funky Monkey - After doing bus repair in Bangladesh, some teams sew and some teams forge, but two racers get the stuffing beaten out of them.

10.21.2012
10.26.2012
B

M. Giant

21-3
Recap

Driven Mad

There's No Crying in Baseball - Directionally-challenged locals strike again, as even total racer incompetence and a U-Turn can't keep one lackluster team from beating another's clueless driver to the Pit Stop.

10.14.2012
10.18.2012
B-

M. Giant

21-2
Recap

To Surabaya With Love

Win Twins - While teams battle through four different activities of widely varying difficulty, the main variable is Indonesian taxi drivers.

10.07.2012
10.11.2012
B-

M. Giant

21-1
Recap

Double or Something

Shanghaied - Eleven all-new teams race for one chance to double their prize money at the end, and the first unlucky duo gets the axe.

09.30.2012
10.04.2012
B-

M. Giant

20-11
Recap

Stumbling Toward Ecstasy

It's a Great Place to Become a Millionaire - Although each of the final three teams make embarrassing blunders during the last leg, to the least humiliated team go the spoils.

05.06.2012
05.11.2012
B

M. Giant

20-10
Recap

Slow Forward

I Need Hair to Be Pretty - Time for the race's third Fast Forward, but there might as well have been two.

04.29.2012
05.04.2012
B-

M. Giant

20-9
Recap

Bollywood Travolta

Mark Down - A dance challenge proves to be the undoing of Team Kentucky -- nearly.

04.22.2012
04.27.2012
B

M. Giant

20-8
Recap

Do What U Said

Let Them Drink Their Haterade - The Double U-Turn has always strained relationships between teams, but this time it's because of who doesn't use it.

04.15.2012
04.20.2012
B-

M. Giant

20-7
Recap

The Gloves Come Off

I Didn't Make Her Cry - Teams really go after each other this week, at least until the racing starts.

04.08.2012
04.13.2012
C

M. Giant

20-6
Recap

Digging Out

This is Wicked Strange - Teams have to remove a magic apple from a carload of regular ones, men from coats of crude oil and themselves from a crashed helicopter simulator. But one team fails to dig out of last place.

03.25.2012
03.30.2012
B+

M. Giant

20-5
Recap

Bavarian Creamed

Bavaria or Bolivia? - In a leg that includes both beard curling and ice curling, one team loses by a whisker. Okay, a lot of whiskers.

03.18.2012
03.23.2012
B

M. Giant

20-4
Recap

Turin About

Not-So Gran Torino - One couple descends into bickering and backbiting, while another couple belly flops.

03.11.2012
03.16.2012
A-

M. Giant

20-3
Recap

All About the Melons

I Carried a Watermelon - In a leg that requires the stacking of fruit or the stringing of a harp and dancing with a bottle on one's head, some teams do all three and one does none of the above.

03.04.2012
03.08.2012
A-

M. Giant

20-2
Recap

Saw That Coming

You Know I'm Not as Smart as You - The only surprise this week is how few surprises there are.

02.26.2012
03.01.2012
B-

M. Giant

20-1
Recap

Into the Rough

Tears of a Clown - Yes, Brendon and Rachel are here, but don't worry -- there are plenty of other loud, obnoxious people on this race as well.

02.19.2012
02.24.2012
C+

M. Giant

19-12
Recap

Gone with the "1"

A Confederacy of Dunces - In the last leg, the final three struggle with high tech (a flight simulator), low-tech (a manual typewriter), and getting to the dump in between.

12.11.2011
12.15.2011
B-

M. Giant

19-11
Recap

Two Men, a Bad Plan, A Canal, Panama

Panama - The perennial stragglers come out on top, while the frontrunners prove themselves tin-eared.

12.04.2011
12.09.2011
B

M. Giant

19-10
Recap

Three Strikes and You're out (And It's About Time Somebody Was)

Drive - The third time is the opposite of the charm for one favorite team.

11.27.2011
12.01.2011
B-

M. Giant

19-9
Recap

Build Me Up, Buttercup

Muscles (and Other Things) in Brussels - The racers have to build with Legos, build a dramatic performance, and compete as bodybuilders. Alas, the episode fails to build to a satisfying conclusion.

11.20.2011
11.27.2011
B-

M. Giant

19-8
Recap

Rotten in the State

Super Shady - In Copenhagen, the Double U-Turn quadruples.

11.13.2011
11.18.2011
B

M. Giant

19-7
Recap

Go Jump in a Lake

Smooth Move - We thought Team Control would be the first team to figure out the right way to use the Express Pass, but they waste it for the dumbest reason yet.

11.06.2011
11.11.2011
B

M. Giant

19-6
Recap

Out in Africa

We Love Your Country Already, It Is Very Spacious - In Malawi, the racers smoke a tobacco challenge, some thread the needle, and all of them keep on trucking.

10.30.2011
11.06.2011
B-

M. Giant

19-5
Recap

Thai'ed Up

I Feel Like I'm In the Circus - Even traveling from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, the two-hundred-and-somethingth episode of this show is less repetitive and predictable than the second one of The Hangover

10.23.2011
10.28.2011
A

M. Giant

19-4
Recap

Phuket Again

"This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" - In a leg that takes place off Thailand, some racers are just off.

10.16.2011
10.21.2011
B+

M. Giant

19-3
Recap

Fare Competition

Don't Lay Down on Me Now - At least the outcome this week doesn't ride on whether people notice a sign. No, it's about how long it takes them to pay their cabdrivers.

10.09.2011
10.12.2011
B-

M. Giant

19-2
Recap

The Sprint of Our Life

Reading is Fundamental - Slow but literate wins the race.

10.02.2011
10.08.2011
B

M. Giant

19-1
Recap

Saved by the Tweet

Taipei it Forward - As the 19th Amazing Race begins, social media prevents one new team from experiencing the first-ever LAX Philimination.

09.25.2011
09.30.2011
B

M. Giant

18-11
Recap

Finished Business

This Is Where it Ends - Four teams fly down to Rio, three make it to Miami, and one pair of re-racers becomes half-millionaires.

05.08.2011
05.13.2011
B

M. Giant

18-10
Recap

Breaking the Mold

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen - Saving victims of avalanches and mountaineering accidents proves less stressful than making a gnome out of chocolate.

05.01.2011
05.04.2011
B

M. Giant

18-9
Recap

Just Fondue It

We're Good American People - Re-Racers travel the length of a country and do some bellhopping about, but the way to win is to get cheesy.

04.24.2011
04.25.2011
B+

M. Giant

18-8
Recap

The Couch Trip

"I Cannot Deal with Your Psycho Behavior" - Re-racers move Freud's furniture, sweep a Road Block, and Focus on winning.

04.17.2011
04.22.2011
B-

M. Giant

18-7
Recap

In the Crap

You Don't Get Paid Unless You Win - The re-racers continue to immerse themselves in Indian culture, and one immerses herself in something else.

04.10.2011
04.14.2011
B-

M. Giant

18-6
Recap

Oh, Snapple!

I Feel Like a Monkey in a Circus Parade - The Amazing Race throws a giant, product-placed tea party in the place where an episode would normally go.

03.27.2011
04.01.2011
C+

M. Giant

18-5
Recap

The Hip Bone's Connected to the What Now?

Don't Ruin the Basketball Game - Time penalties, a Double U-Turn, and do-it-yourself paleontology conspire to send one team packing.

03.20.2011
03.24.2011
B

M. Giant

18-4
Recap

Going, Going, Goths

This Is the Most Stupid Day Ever - Kent and Vyxsin have such a thoroughly terrible leg that the only thing that can save them is…well, it certainly won't be Kent and Vyxsin.

03.13.2011
03.17.2011
B

M. Giant

18-3
Recap

Playing Dirty

We Had a Lot of Evil Spirits Apparently - In Japan, the re-racers become medieval samurai, Shinto novices, and moving globs of mud.

03.06.2011
03.09.2011
B

M. Giant

18-2
Recap

Down Under Blunders

I Never Looked So Foolish in My Whole Entire Life - The Outback is pretty tough on the parents in the race, but not as tough as the U-Turn is.

02.27.2011
03.05.2011
B

M. Giant

18-1
Recap

Take Two

Do-Over Times Eleven - Phil says eleven teams are getting another chance to win the Amazing Race, but we all know that in fact, ten of them are getting another chance to lose it.

02.21.2011
02.25.2011
A-

M. Giant

17-12
Recap

Ladies First

Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race. - Phil is surrounded by women, but this time it's while he's at work.

12.12.2010
12.13.2010
B+

M. Giant

17-11
Recap

The Korean Four

Seoul of the Race - The final three teams race through Seoul, while the fourth team gets a much-deserved hosing.

12.05.2010
12.10.2010
B

M. Giant

17-10
Recap

Whine and Punishment

I Hate Chinese Food - One racer proves to be such a loser that he can't even lose.

11.28.2010
12.01.2010
C

M. Giant

17-9
Recap

Screw U -- and U, Too!

There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets - One of our least favorite boyfriends is out of the race. Only two to go!

11.21.2010
11.26.2010
N/A

M. Giant

17-8
Recap

Souk It

Ali Baba in a Suit - How exciting can it be when even the racers are sleeping through it?

11.14.2010
11.18.2010
B-

M. Giant

17-7
Recap

Cab Fair

I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong - The penalty is mightier than the sword.

11.07.2010
11.12.2010
B+

M. Giant

17-6
Recap

Eisenstein, Tchaikovsky, and Babushkas

Run, Babushka, Run - In Russia, race runs you!

10.31.2010
11.04.2010
A-

M. Giant

17-5
Recap

Norway

Tastes Like a Million Dollars - Have you driven a fjord lately?

10.24.2010
10.28.2010
B-

M. Giant

17-4
Recap

Run for the Border

Lapland of Luxury - Racers dogsled without sleds, snowmobile without engines, and pitch tents in the snow. Welcome to Sweden.

10.17.2010
10.20.2010
B

M. Giant

17-3
Recap

Back to School

In Phil We Trust - Racers stay in Ghana long enough to do three minutes of boxing training, take long taxi rides, and learn where Ghana is.

10.10.2010
10.14.2010
B

M. Giant

17-2
Recap

I'm Ghana Git You Sucka

A Kiss Saves the Day - Racers sell shades, tune TVs, and carry coffins, while Ghana makes them gaga.

10.03.2010
10.07.2010
B+

M. Giant

17-1
Recap

Melon Vs. Melon

They Don't Call It the Amazing Race for Nothin'! - Looks like another season of the same old problems with directions, cars, teamwork, and large ballistic fruit.

09.26.2010
09.27.2010
A-

M. Giant

16-12
Recap

Huger than Huge

Huger than Huge - This race is the Cowboys' to lose, the models come unglued, and Jordan's dream is fulfilled after he's covered in balls.

05.09.2010
05.13.2010
A-

M. Giant

16-11
Recap

Arhats Are Off

They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language - A second Shanghai leg turns into a pair of two-way races, but the winners of both aren't the teams you'd expect.

05.02.2010
05.05.2010
B+

M. Giant

16-10
Recap

Blow, Winds, Blow!

"I Feel Like I'm In, Like, Sicily" - Two Road Blocks and a poor man's Project Runway present challenges, but a dramatic elimination just isn't in the cards.

04.25.2010
04.28.2010
B

M. Giant

16-9
Recap

Screw U

Dumb Did Us In - You take the low road and we'll take the lower road, and see who gets to the Pit Stop before ye.

04.11.2010
04.14.2010
B+

M. Giant

16-8
Recap

Penang it All

You're Like Jason Bourne, Right? - Wade into the Malay as cabbies, traffic, and bad decisions do a lot more damage than any old Speed Bump.

04.04.2010
04.07.2010
B+

M. Giant

16-7
Recap

Can You Digue It?

Anonymous? - Hey, Steve and Allie can carry me banana (lesbians come, though some want them sent home).

03.28.2010
04.01.2010
B

M. Giant

16-6
Recap

Champagne-ful

Cathy Drone? - In a famous region of France, the wine may be sparkling, but the intelligence isn't.

03.21.2010
03.25.2010
A-

M. Giant

16-5
Recap

Curse You, Red Baron!

We're Fighting the Germans, Right? - A reenactment of the first world war is the backdrop for a few other battles, both between and among teams.

03.14.2010
03.17.2010
B

M. Giant

16-4
Recap

We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt

We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt - Louie and Michael finally get a clue, while Team Big Brother gets a lifesaving break on their second consecutive CBS reality show.

03.07.2010
03.11.2010
A-

M. Giant

16-3
Recap

…And the Horse That Rode in on You

Run Like Scalded Dogs! - The Cowboys are dealt a literal bad hand or two, but that's nothing compared to the other teams' problems with Detours, Road Blocks, directions, instructions, and their own digestive systems.

02.28.2010
03.02.2010
B

M. Giant

16-2
Recap

Learning Experiences

When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head - The race gets dangerous as the cows get kicking.

02.21.2010
02.23.2010
A-

M. Giant

16-1
Recap

Brainwave

Nanna Is Kickin' Your Butt - It's the first time we can remember the race starting with two penalties, a field Philimination, and a little light vandalism. Kind of early for killer fatigue, isn't it?

02.14.2010
02.16.2010
A-

M. Giant

Mondo Extra

9 1/2 Teams

TARcon XV - How many Amazing Racers can fit into one individual's personal space? The answer is truly amazing.

07.24.2014
12.10.2009
N/A

M. Giant

15-11
Recap

What Happens in Vegas

Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound - The racers meet a fake Elvis, an even faker Wayne Newton (even though it's the actual Wayne Newton), and their own very real limitations in a casino crawl that starts with a literal crawl down a casino.

12.06.2009
12.10.2009
A

M. Giant

15-10
Recap

Kafka'ed Up

It Starts With an F, That's All I'm Saying - Big Easy gets hung up on a word that begins with F, which brings to mind any number of other words that start with the same letter.

11.29.2009
12.04.2009
A-

M. Giant

15-9
Recap

Czech it Out

We're Not Working with Anybody, Ever, Anymore! - Every team gets in a feud with another team, but you won't believe who doesn't get Philiminated.

11.22.2009
11.28.2009
B

M. Giant

15-8
Recap

Light a Candle, Don't Curse the Dimness

We're Not Meant for the Swamp - Teams argue, fall down, are poor archers, and get lost, but the truly deadly obstacle in this leg proves to be the word "candelabra."

11.15.2009
11.19.2009
N/A

M. Giant

15-7
Recap

Hay Fever

This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life - The race rolls the dice again, if "dice" means "giant circular hay bales that Kristy and Lena still see in their nightmares."

11.09.2009
11.12.2009
A

M. Giant

15-6
Recap

Wooden Shoe Like to Play Some Golf?

This Is Not My Finest Hour - Sam and Dan are Holland some ass, Brian and Ericka learn to never say Nether, and Maria and Tiffany are given a Dutch rub.

11.01.2009
11.05.2009
B+

M. Giant

15-5
Recap

Hell in High Water

Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs! - The Dubai adventures continue as teams wander out of their comfort zones: the poker chicks to the front of the pack, the Globetrotters into questionable ethical territory, and Team Nashville out of their minds.

10.25.2009
10.28.2009
B

M. Giant

15-4
Recap

Lanced

I'm Like Ricky Bobby - A glittering city on the Persian Gulf is where a least favorite team says good-bai.

10.18.2009
10.21.2009
A-

M. Giant

15-3
Recap

Passport to Defeat

Sean Penn Cambodia Here We Come - It's a tightly contested leg throughout, until the loss of a passport takes one team from first place to Philimination in record time.

10.11.2009
10.14.2009
C+

M. Giant

15-2
Recap

Break It Down

It Was Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars - Can anyone put a stop to Lance's boorish behavior? Nineteen other racers (including his partner) come close.

10.04.2009
10.08.2009
B

M. Giant

15-1
Recap

Have You Herd?

They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street - All the teams survive not only a Japanese game show, but also Tokyo traffic, the first Pit Stop, and a whole lot of Mekong mud. All of them, that is, except the team that never leaves the Starting Line.

09.27.2009
10.02.2009
B+

M. Giant

14-12
Recap

Maui, Owie!

This Is How You Lose a Million Dollars - It's a heartbreaker for two of the final three teams, but one comes out on top -- even without bottoms.

05.10.2009
05.14.2009
A

M. Giant

Mondo Extra

3 Continents, 9 Countries, 40,000 Miles, and One New York Bar

TARcon XIV - In which M. Giant and the Racers rub shoulders -- literally, because there's no room to do otherwise.

07.24.2014
05.13.2009
N/A

M. Giant

14-11
Recap

The Squid and the Fail

He Made Me Look Like Alice Cooper - Tammy and Victor slip up on a Mandarin-speaking task, but that's not nearly as embarrassing as what happens when Jen hits two different pit stops in absolutely the wrong order.

05.03.2009
05.06.2009
A-

M. Giant

14-10
Recap

Gratuitous Footage

Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This - Four Racers are treated to the pedicure from Hell.

04.26.2009
04.29.2009
B+

M. Giant

14-9
Recap

Never Get In a Shouting Match with a Deaf Guy

Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death - In China, Team Family Law's facility with the local language gets upstaged by a lot of bitching.

04.19.2009
04.23.2009
B+

M. Giant

14-8
Recap

One Day in Bangkok Makes Two Short Men Grumble

Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant - One day in Bangkok makes two short men stumble; they leave their backpacks 'cause they just don't see. One makes decisions while the other grumbles. They use possessions when the cabs ain't free. And they just racked up another penalty.

04.12.2009
04.15.2009
A

M. Giant

14-7
Recap

The Phuket List

Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla??? - Margie collapses, the Stuntmen are penalized, the sisters fail to multitask, the cheerleaders lose their minds, and Tammy listens to Victor, but none of it's enough to save our favorite team.

03.29.2009
04.01.2009
B

M. Giant

14-6
Recap

Slumdog Would-Be Millionaires

Alright, Guys, We're At War! - The Flight Attendants finally stop circling the drain, and the Stuntmen are way too happy about taking over their orbit.

03.22.2009
03.25.2009
A-

M. Giant

14-5
Recap

Si-bare-ia

She's a Little Scared of Stick, but I Think She'll Be Okay! - We get to see another leg in Siberia -- and then sixteen more, counting Phil's.

03.15.2009
03.18.2009
B+

M. Giant

14-4
Recap

Sent to Siberia

It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots - Siberia already has a lot of negative connotations, but for one team, it will also be the place where they were U-Turned and Philiminated.

03.08.2009
03.10.2009
A-

M. Giant

14-3
Recap

Gypsies, Vamps, and Beams

I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard! - Tasks built around Romany nomads, Vlad the Impaler, and gymnastics tell us pretty clearly that we're in Romania this week.

03.01.2009
03.04.2009
A-

M. Giant

14-2
Recap

Solving for Pie

Your Target Is Your Partner's Face - The season's second episode brings back the winning combination of high-altitude leaps of faith with embarrassing food-related challenges.

02.22.2009
02.25.2009
A-

M. Giant

14-1
Recap

Nice Rack

Don't Let a Cheese Hit Me - An obnoxious team is eliminated first for once -- one of the many signs that this is a new Amazing Race.

02.15.2009
02.18.2009
A

M. Giant

13-11
Recap

Out On a Limb

You Look Like Peter Pan - Nick and Starr fly to victory, Ken and Tina get un-separated, and Dan and Andrew do what Dan and Andrew do.

12.07.2008
12.12.2008
A

M. Giant

13-10
Recap

Knocked Out of the Park

You're Gonna Get Me Killed - What would a team do if they lost the Amazing Purse that contained all their money and passports? Not win, that's for damn sure.

11.30.2008
12.05.2008
A

M. Giant

13-9
Recap

That Is Studly

That Is Studly - The Frat Boys blow most of their money replacing lost shoes, waffle between Detour options, and take a long time to stiff their Russian cab driver. Did they know it was a non-elimination leg, or were they just being themselves? Oh, and the other teams, blah blah blah.

11.23.2008
11.28.2008
B+

M. Giant

13-8
Recap

Cultural Ignorant Americans Make Little Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

I'm Like an Angry Cow - Five teams race through the home of Borat, as Terence throws his chances of winning down the well.

11.16.2008
11.20.2008
A

M. Giant

13-7
Recap

Those Who Red the Clue and Those Who Blue It

My Nose Is On Fire - An early Road Block colors the entire episode and results in a whole spectrum of potential homepage titles. (Rejected examples: Do or Dye, Pigments of Their Imagination, The Human Stains, Holi Crap, and What's Up with Hue.)

11.09.2008
11.11.2008
A

M. Giant

13-6
Recap

Press For Success

Please Hold While I Singe My Skull - India-based legs are legendary for their unique challenges: the language barriers, the crowds, the heat, the confusion, the widespread poverty, the tangled streets and alleys. This time it all comes down to who can iron the fastest.

11.02.2008
11.06.2008
A-

M. Giant

13-5
Recap

Look Back in Angkor. Wat?

Do It Like a Madman - The famous temple reasserts its status as the international symbol for Cambodia. So step off, Maddox Jolie.

10.26.2008
10.30.2008
B

M. Giant

13-4
Recap

Auckland and Uncomfortable

I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand? - Ask not for whom the Belles -- oops, did we just give it away?

10.19.2008
10.23.2008
B

M. Giant

13-3
Recap

Shazam!

Did You Push My Sports Bra Off the Ledge? - Ken is Captain Marvel in the wrestling ring, but Mark's comic-book geekery doesn't translate to real-world results.

10.12.2008
10.16.2008
A-

M. Giant

13-2
Recap

Taxiing Their Patience

Do You Like American Candy? - A primer on all the ways you can be stupid when it comes to taxi cabs.

10.05.2008
10.09.2008
B+

M. Giant

13-1
Recap

Philimination, Where Is Thy Sting?

Bees Are Much Calmer Than All This! - The thirteenth batch of racers goes to Brazil in an hour full of ups and downs.

09.28.2008
10.03.2008
A-

M. Giant

12-11
Recap

Hippie Pretty

The Final Push - The last leg takes the teams to Alaska, where Chris and Ron stay in the lead until a startlingly complex Roadblock allows TK and Rachel to pass them and take the crown. Better luck next time, Mean Dad.

01.19.2008
01.26.2008
A

Miss Alli

12-10
Recap

Ta-Pie In The Face

Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy To See You - Jen and Nate are still arguing as the teams head to Taiwan. With four teams left and three reasonably cool ones, the odds are really not very good that we're going to see -- hey, look at that!

01.12.2008
01.19.2008
A

Miss Alli

12-9
Recap

Flowers And Robots

I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak On Us - TK and Rachel separate from the pack, and it's nothing but bad news for them. Meanwhile, Don learns to operate a robot, and Ron makes it most of the way through a leg without being a total jerk. Hooray!

01.05.2008
01.12.2008
B+

Miss Alli

12-8
Recap

Philimination And Philimination Accessories

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something! - The final five teams go to India, where there's less trauma than usual as they try putting up posters, stringing flowers, and dragging tanks of propane. After blowing a U-Turn and misreading some directions, Kent and Vixen hit the bricks. Hey, at least the makeup routine can be fully restored.

12.29.2007
01.05.2008
B-

Miss Alli

12-7
Recap

None Of The Teams Have A Way...

This Is Forever, Now - ...with B-O-L-O-G-N-A. Three teams get dud directions to Florence and end up driving all night, and it's kind of an exhausting leg. After setbacks both in and out of their control, TK and Rachel make it to the mat ahead of Kent and Vixen, who aren't eliminated, but are in some real trouble now.

12.22.2007
12.27.2007
A

Couch Baron

12-6
Recap

Faltering Economy

Cherry On Top Of The Sundae That's Already Melted - The teams head from Lithuania to Croatia, and one team learns that you always, always check your tickets, because "walk" doesn't mean "take a taxi," and "fly" doesn't mean "business class."

12.08.2007
12.14.2007
B-

Miss Alli

12-5
Recap

Stilt-ifying

We've Really Burned Bridges, For Sure - Everybody goes to Lithuania, where carrying baskets and walking on stilts turn out to be really easy, compared to some people's experiences with counting.

12.01.2007
12.08.2007
B+

Miss Alli

12-4
Recap

You Can Dance If You Want To

Let's Name Our Chicken Phil - In Burkina Faso, the teams choose between dancing and mining, and then there are more animals involved, if you can believe it. Jason and Lorena take their final bows, and they go off into a future of being totally doomed, if we're being honest.

11.24.2007
12.01.2007
B+

Miss Alli

12-3
Recap

Camel Kicks And Milk

Please, Lord, Give Me Milk - In Burkina Faso, the teams try out a little camel-milking, test out their language skills, and try to pronounce "Ouagadougou." Yeah, good luck with that.

11.17.2007
11.24.2007
B

Miss Alli

12-2
Recap

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

I've Become The Archie Bunker Of The Home - Amsterdam involves less pot and fewer hookers than you might think, but there's plenty of mud, and there are certainly plenty of bicycles.

11.10.2007
11.17.2007
N/A

Miss Alli

12-1
Recap

Smack That Ass

Donkeys Have Souls, Too - In Ireland, the teams deal with biking, getting directions, and managing stubborn pack animals. Yay!

11.03.2007
11.10.2007
A

Miss Alli

12-1
Extra

The Nine Best Episodes Ever

The Nine Best Episodes Ever - You've heard about the Emmy wins and the All-Star round and Rob and Amber, but can you name the nine best Amazing Race episodes of all time? We can.

10.27.2007
10.28.2007
N/A

Miss Alli

11-12
Recap

The Pill Of Victory

Low To The Ground, That's My Technique - Honolulu and San Francisco, and then Eric and Pink win the season they've tried to pass off as "All-Stars." I swear, I'm not kidding.

05.05.2007
05.11.2007
D+

Miss Alli

11-11
Recap

Have Guam, Will Travel

Oh My God, The Teletubbies Go To War - The teams go to Guam, where they visit a couple of military installations and do a little navigating and hard labor. Danny and Oswald are eliminated, and the final three looks...kind of grim, actually.

04.28.2007
05.03.2007
B-

Miss Alli

11-10
Recap

Macau, Right In The Kisser

Good Doing Business With You - Danny and Oswald sell their Yield, which causes them more morality-related angst than Donald Rumsfeld has ever spared for tortured detainees. Eric and Pink unmark themselves, and Danny and Oswald finish last, but are not eliminated.

04.21.2007
04.27.2007
B

Miss Alli

11-9
Recap

Laundry And Kicking

We Are Trying To Make Love, Not War - A leg in Hong Kong shows a distressingly narrow view of this particular location, and Eric and Pink aren't even eliminated, even though they're last. All in all, not a very satisfying episode.

04.14.2007
04.19.2007
C-

Miss Alli

11-8
Recap

Hey, Guys, Wait Up

The Way You Look, Yeah - Everybody goes to Malaysia! Well, except for Uchenna and Joyce. I mean, they go eventually, but by the time they get there, all the bike-riding and cookie-eating is over.

04.07.2007
04.13.2007
B

Miss Alli

11-7
Recap

Knight Of The Sausages

If I Were In Town, I Would Ask For Your Number - Warsaw, Auschwitz, bagels, sausages, and Mirna haranguing an armor-clad Charla. What more could you possibly want? Well, Team Guido gets booted, so that's the bad part.

03.31.2007
04.06.2007
B

Miss Alli

11-6
Recap

I Got A Cab At Zanzibar

We're Going To Trade You For Food Now - Teams play airport shuffle forever, and with the help of some very mysterious "weather," they are bunched and anti-bunched and spread across many hours. Charla and Mirna snag another victory, while Ian and Teri and their hats go home.

03.24.2007
03.31.2007
B-

Miss Alli

11-5
Recap

The Big Mozambique

You Need To Watch Your Jokes, Guy - Rats are complicit in a whirl around Mozambique, in which Uchenna and Joyce come in last, but avoid elimination.

03.17.2007
03.24.2007
B-

Miss Alli

11-4
Recap

Over Before It Even Staah-ted

No Babies On The Race - This week, Rob and Amber do almost everything wrong, and while not everything they do wrong really matters, everything is enough to land them in last place and send them home.

03.10.2007
03.12.2007
B-

Miss Alli

11-3
Recap

Clueless, On Several Fronts

I'm Sorry I'm Wearing A Bathing Suit. It Is Very Weird, I Know - A whole bunch of teams make mistakes this week, but Mary and David's navigation error trumps all the other ones, and they finally go home. Good job, Chile!

03.03.2007
03.09.2007
B-

Miss Alli

11-2
Recap

Mirna Goes-o Nutso

Beauty Is Sometimes Skin Deep - In Chile, the race involves a lot of driving, and the teams are not brilliant with the navigation. After a mind-bending Roadblock and a strength-testing Detour, Kevin and Drew are eliminated, which at least means that Drew can lie down. Yeesh.

02.24.2007
03.02.2007
B-

Miss Alli

11-1
Recap

When Guido Met Mirna

I Told You Less Martinis And More Cardio - The very odd experience that is the All-Star Race begins. You will be shocked to hear that Rob and Amber run away with the leg and John Vito and Jill get lost a lot.

02.17.2007
02.23.2007
B+

Miss Alli

10-13
Recap

Go Overdogs!

Say Your Deepest Prayers Ever - Another season, another whirlwind trip back to the United States. The teams run neck and neck as the producers intend, right up until the *lyns miss the flight to New York. From there, Tyler and James battle it out on the ground with Rob and Kimberly, and the models emerge victorious.

12.09.2006
12.15.2006
A

Miss Alli

10-12
Recap

Barcelona Killed The Beauty Queens

Dude, I'm Such A Hot Giant Chick Right Now! - In Barcelona, an awesomely weird Detour sends Rob and Kim into a spectacular meltdown and sends the BQs home. So the final three looks…really not like you might have expected.

12.02.2006
12.08.2006
B+

Miss Alli

10-11
Recap

The Beauty Of Coming In Last

We Just Won't Die, Like Roaches - Dustin and Kandice make a few mistakes this week (none of which is Yielding Lyn and Karlyn), and after getting out of the first two without a scratch, they run into a problem with the last one, and it dumps them in last place. It's non-elimination, though, so they're not done yet.

11.25.2006
12.01.2006
B-

Miss Alli

10-10
Recap

Finish Last = Nice Guys?

Lookin' Like A Blue-Haired Lady On A Sunday Drive - The *wins continue to wait (and wait) for the *lyns at various points during the race, until they wait once too often and find themselves Philiminated. At least they don't have to live with the shame of competition.

11.18.2006
11.24.2006
B

Miss Alli

10-9
Recap

Finland, Finland, Finland

Being Polite Sucks Sometimes - A trip to Finland turns into the first half of a two-parter, but not before we get to see some family members and some mud.

11.11.2006
11.17.2006
B-

Miss Alli

10-8
Recap

The Longest Philimination

He Can't Swim, But He Can Eat Cow Lips - The teams island-hop to Madagascar, where they run into a weird Detour in which they have to work in teams of two teams (really!), then a rubber-stamping Roadblock. Dave and Mary manage to sneak in ahead of the *lyns, but last week's NEL penalty does them in.

11.04.2006
11.10.2006
B-

Miss Alli

10-7
Recap

More-WHAT-ee-us?

I Wonder If This Is Going To Make My Fingers Pickle - The teams head to Mauritius and hunt around in some piles of salt, but mostly, they get lost a lot. The "Six Pack" alliance is stuck in the back, and Mary and Dave come in last again. Still? Not out of it. They are lasting a long time for people who aren't racing very well.

10.28.2006
11.03.2006
B-

Miss Alli

10-6
Recap

Kuwait Of The World

Maybe Steven Seagal Will See Me And Want Me To Be In One Of His Movies - Kuwait is apparently a very tough place to navigate, because this episode contains an awful lot of driving around looking out of windows and despairing. Dave and Mary escape their non-elimination penalty, and Peter and Sarah are eliminated, at which point she punts him. Thank goodness.

10.21.2006
10.27.2006
B

Miss Alli

10-5
Recap

What A Croc

I Covered His Mouth, Oh My Gosh! - India brings its usual combination of unusual roadside attractions, local smells, interesting tasks, and the separation of the graceful and the graceless. The season-long game of Name Peter's Personality Disorder continues.

10.14.2006
10.20.2006
B

Miss Alli

10-4
Recap

Buoy Oh Buoy

I Know Phil, Little Ol' Gorgeous Thing! - A water-based leg in Vietnam does in Tom and Terry, who have trouble moving a sampan and don't find dragging the boat manually to be a perfect solution. Go figure.

10.07.2006
10.13.2006
B+

Miss Alli

10-3
Recap

Birdcages, Flowers, And John McCain

Oh, Wow! It's Like One Of Those Things You See On TV! - The race heads for Vietnam, where the teams sell flowers to the locals and learn a little about getting dirty and fuel sources. Duke and Lauren have navigation problems and wind up behind, and when Terry and Tom's karmic smack isn't quite hard enough, Duke and Lauren are Philiminated. Sniff.

09.30.2006
10.06.2006
B

Miss Alli

10-2
Recap

Pom-Pom And Bad Circumstance

Can Horses Smell Fear? - Jamie and Kellie are booted at the end of a topsy-turvy leg that's all about navigation, persistence, aim, remaining calm around animals, folding, and scooping up water with your shoe. Really!

09.23.2006
09.29.2006
A

Miss Alli

10-1
Recap

Two For The Price Of One

Real Fast! Quack, Quack! - The race kicks off and goes in a westerly direction this time, heading first to China, where the Muslim friends and the Indian couple are eliminated in the very first episode. Diversity, like fame, is fleeting.

09.16.2006
09.22.2006
A

Miss Alli

9-12
Recap

And unicorns danced!

5 Continents…10 Countries…And More than 59 Thousand Miles! - In what the show clearly finds to be the most feel-good ending ever, BJ and Tyler grab a victory based on one task after being soundly thrashed in approximately 4,000 other tasks. That does feel good. Please, sir, may I have another?

05.16.2006
05.22.2006
C-

Miss Alli

9-11
Recap

Babes In Thailand

I Think This Monkey Likes Me! - BJ and Tyler get free clothes from the overly generous, win the Fast Forward, come in first, and get rid of MoJo, their least favorite team. Quite a week.

05.09.2006
05.15.2006
B-

Miss Alli

9-10
Recap

Enjoying the glory of Darwin

Man, They Should Have Used Fake Names - In Australia, MoJo are blamed for a cab-canceling stunt by Eric and Jeremy, and they wind up getting hit with a Yield. Nevertheless, they avoid last place in a mad dash to the finish, and BJ and Tyler have to be saved by another non-elimination round.

05.02.2006
05.08.2006
B+

Miss Alli

9-9
Recap

For whatever it's Perth

Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil? - Australia! There is no riding of kangaroos or throwing of boomerangs (yet), but there is plenty of prison-breaking and breathless battles against beach erosion. In the end, Fran and Barry make their exit, leaving some dudes and some bickering couples to fight it out for the million.

04.25.2006
05.01.2006
B

Miss Alli

9-8
Recap

Bulletproof Hippies

Here Comes The Bedouin! - In Oman, the teams cope with stubborn camels, cartoon maps, and concealed meat. As it must, it turns out to be a non-elimination, which means that the shift in the universe where Eric and Jeremy and BJ and Tyler wind up on the bottom of the pack has absolutely no meaning.

04.18.2006
04.24.2006
B-

Miss Alli

9-7
Recap

Greece, Lightning

Herculean Effort For Some Herculean Dudes - It rains and storms for most of the leg as the teams hang around in Rome for a short time before heading to Athens. Tune in for bungee jumping, track and field, a team scramble, and the Philimination of Lake and Michelle.

04.11.2006
04.17.2006
B

Miss Alli

9-6
Recap

The many fish of Italy

Sleep Deprivation Is Really Starting To Irritate Me - A dull leg runs around Sicily, and the teams kind of drive around and carry stuff and throw a ball, and then it's over and Dave and Lori are Philiminated. How unsatisfying.

04.04.2006
04.10.2006
C+

Miss Alli

9-5
Recap

Italians Dressing

Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class In High School - Well, if they were dressing, they'd leave their laundry all over the place, which is vaguely relevant to this week's jaunt across Italy. Marvel as Danielle and Dani fight it out with Ray and Yolanda for last place but, after being Yielded by Lake and Michelle, the former team receives its overdue walking papers.

03.27.2006
04.02.2006
B-

Miss Alli

9-4
Recap

I Wonder As I Wanda

It's Not Over Until The Phil Sings - From Moscow to Germany, teams struggle with navigation, closed flights, and silly costumes. Lots of mugging, lots of luck, and the unwelcome elimination of Wanda and Desiree make for a ho-hum episode, fast cars or no fast cars.

03.20.2006
03.26.2006
B-

Miss Alli

9-3
Recap

Drivers, divers, and dolls

I'm In Russia, Playing With Dolls - In Moscow, teams confront their fear of water, their fear of little dolls, and their fear of losing their luggage. They do not, however, confront a pit stop.

03.13.2006
03.19.2006
B

Miss Alli

9-2
Recap

Sugar, sugar

I'm Filthy And I Love It - This week, the jaunt through Brazil continues as the teams try a rappel down a huge apartment building and a sugar-water Detour, and in the end, to no one's surprise, Lisa and Joni go home.

03.06.2006
03.11.2006
B+

Miss Alli

9-1
Recap

Brazil nuts

Here We Go, Baby, Off To Win A Million Bucks - We're off again, from Denver to Brazil. No bunching, no "choose a departure time," just "get there as fast as you can." What could be better?

02.27.2006
03.04.2006
A

Miss Alli

8-11
Recap

Canada, dry

25 Days, 50 Cities, And More Than 600 Consecutive Hours As A Family… - The ho-hum Family Edition comes to a ho-hum, could-have-been-worse end when the Linzes best the Weavers and Bransens to win a million dollars. The geography nod is pretty cool, though.

12.12.2005
12.18.2005
B-

Miss Alli

8-10
Recap

Even pink girls get the blues

The Family Christmas Card - A trip through the Wild West leaves the teams dashing for the first elimination in weeks, and the axe falls on the Godlewskis, who argue themselves right out of the race. Sad, but weirdly inevitable.

12.05.2005
12.11.2005
C-

Miss Alli

8-9
Recap

In my beautiful (and slow) balloon

Don't Talk To Me Like I Was An Animal Or Something - The teams explore Utah and Wyoming, and wait around to see Old Faithful erupt. It's about that exciting, and in the end, it's not even the end, because it's To Be Continued.

11.28.2005
12.04.2005
C-

Miss Alli

8-8
Recap

The agony of non-defeat

How's That Face Feel? - The most disappointing non-elimination ever occurs when the Weavers race horribly, are Yielded, give up, and still get to stay. They even get a pep talk from Phil. Gross. In other news: Utah.

11.21.2005
11.27.2005
C+

Miss Alli

8-7
Recap

Double your "pleasure," double your zzzzz…

You Look Ridiculous - Having spent a couple of episodes outside the United States, it's clearly time to come back, so it's off to Arizona to ride go-karts and bail out sinking boats and ultimately say goodbye to the Paolos. And the Weavers just keep getting worse.

11.07.2005
11.13.2005
C+

Miss Alli

8-6
Recap

What's the matter with Florida?

I'm Sick Of Doing Stuff I Can't Do - This is the week when nobody likes the Weavers. The Paolos don't like them, the Godlewskis don't like them, the Linzes sure as hell don't like them, and the Bransens...are still kind of just there. Despite all that bad mojo, it's not the Weavers but the charming Gaghans who take the fall. It was inevitable, but...sigh.

10.31.2005
11.06.2005
C+

Miss Alli

8-5
Recap

A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Whatever

We're Getting Out Of The Country, Girls - The teams head out of the country for the first time, sort of meandering around Panama letting luck have its way with them. The Paolos take advantage of the Fast Forward, but the Godlewskis can't take advantage of a baseball Roadblock, so they wind up mugged by Phil for everything they have other than the twenty pairs of underwear they have on.

10.24.2005
10.30.2005
C+

Miss Alli

8-4
Recap

Sawing logs, indeed

Think Like An Office Chair - A jaunt through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana takes the teams bike-riding, card-playing, and sponsor-hunting. It's about as exciting as it sounds.

10.17.2005
10.22.2005
C

Miss Alli

8-3
Recap

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Go

I Don't Kiss, I Make Out! - A largely random Philimination of the likable Aiellos "highlights" a boring episode that involves mostly "drive here" and "walk there" and Waffle House and AOL and booooo!

10.10.2005
10.15.2005
C-

Miss Alli

8-2
Recap

Antebellum? I hardly even know 'em!

How Do We Know We Aren't Going To Get Shot? - The teams trek to Washington, D.C. and then to Virginia this week as they study up on reflecting pools, the Civil War, and the difference between a couple of concepts we like to call "east" and "west."

10.03.2005
10.08.2005
B

Miss Alli

8-1
Recap

On The Road Again

Go Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them! - A bunch of SUVs, the open road, and forty people. It's the recipe for the weirdest race ever, and whatever you think of the concept, you'll likely sniffle at the pit stop elimination of an eight-year-old. Yikes.

09.26.2005
09.30.2005
B+

Miss Alli

7-12
Extra

Money for nothing, and your wedding for free

Rob And Amber Get Married - You've seen them, and you've either loved them or hated them or been indifferent to them, and there's a good chance you're good and tired of them. So here's two more hours! Eat it!

05.23.2005
06.09.2005
B-

Miss Alli

7-11
Recap

Thanks a bunch

Five Continents, 25 Cities, and More Than 40,000 Miles - A jaunt through Jamaica and Puerto Rico brings the teams to Miami, where the usual final-leg machinations bring it down to the usual final-leg taxi ride, and Uchenna and Joyce -- having benefited from the best and most unlikely string of luck and bunching in the history of the show -- manage a nice victory for themselves. She did give her hair for the cause, after all.

05.09.2005
05.15.2005
B-

Miss Alli

7-10
Recap

Where-wolves of London

The Devil Made Me Do It - The race moves along to England, where Rob and Amber and Ron and Kelly fight it out for first place and Joyce and Uchenna and Gretchen and Meredith struggle to stay in the game. Ultimately, Meredith and Gretchen run out of luck, and it's time to say goodbye to a couple of nice, if loud, individuals.

05.02.2005
05.08.2005
B+

Miss Alli

7-9
Recap

Happy Turkey Day

We Got A Gnome! We Got A Gnome! - The teams head to Istanbul, where a surprised Uchenna and Joyce and Gretchen and Meredith find themselves a couple of hours ahead of a karma-slapped Rob and Amber and Ron and Kelly. It's non-elimination, fortunately for a certain responsibility-shirking POW.

04.25.2005
04.30.2005
B

Miss Alli

7-8
Recap

Bald ambition

We Have A Bad Elephant - An elephant-pushing Detour and a camel-whupping Roadblock take a back seat to the poetry of head-shaving as the race continues across India. Get a tissue, y'all, because Joyce is bald. At least we get to bid farewell to Alex and Lynn, so there's something to feel happy about.

04.18.2005
04.24.2005
B

Miss Alli

7-7
Recap

Tea, totally

Mow 'Em Down Like Grass - In India, the teams tackle a patience-testing Roadblock and a rather chaotic Detour that sends them around like the donut-cart guy at your office. In the end, all is "To Be Continued," so how's that for anticlimactic?

04.11.2005
04.16.2005
B

Miss Alli

7-6
Recap

Moving forward at a good clip

They Saved The Eyeball - We take a brief moment between legs to enjoy a clip show, in which we get a relatively small amount of new footage and a fairly hefty amount of old footage. You've been dying to relive the Meatblock, haven't you?

04.05.2005
04.10.2005
B-

Miss Alli

7-6
Recap

Animal magnetism

Houston, We Have An Elephant - It's wildlife week on The Amazing Race, as the teams interact with goats, giraffes, elephants, ostriches, cows, little pig-like things, and, in Ron and Kelly's case, the vultures now circling their relationship.

04.04.2005
04.07.2005
B+

Miss Alli

7-5
Recap

Head wounds and foot races

I've Been Wanting A Face Lift For A Long Time - First, Gretchen gets herself a nice walking-wounded appearance, and then she and Meredith lose all their money and their stuff at a non-elimination mat. Then the most satisfying ending of all time comes along as Brian and Greg...well, you really have to see it.

03.28.2005
04.03.2005
A

Miss Alli

7-4
Recap

Horses, horses, horses, horses

What A Gaucho You Are - In Argentina, the teams try out their equestrian skills, then head to Buenos Aires for a little boating and navigating. Rob and Amber annoy everyone by...winning, again, while Susan and Patrick learn that sometimes defeatism really is its own "reward."

03.21.2005
03.26.2005
B

Miss Alli

7-3
Recap

The one with all the eating

Do You Need Some Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation? - The race moves to Argentina, with some getting there faster than others, and after a straightforward bike/boat Detour, we reach the voluminous-eating Roadblock that gives Rob a chance to show off his maneuvering skills, and results in the welcome Philimination of Debbie and Bianca.

03.14.2005
03.18.2005
B+

Miss Alli

7-2
Recap

Chile con queso

The Whole Country Hates Me - The whirlwind tour of South America continues as the teams head for Santiago, Chile. A challenging Detour involving groceries and literacy rounds out a satisfying episode that sees the departure of Megan and Heidi. You won't miss them.

03.07.2005
03.12.2005
B+

Miss Alli

7-1
Recap

Peru-ff beyond a reasonable doubt

Courteous? This Is A Race! - We're off again, and...hey, not everyone is hateworthy, and there are hardly any giant men dragging whiny chicks around! There's something vaguely familiar about this show. I used to be in love with one just like it.

02.28.2005
03.06.2005
A

Miss Alli

6-13
Extra

The bar is still open

TARcon 6: Twenty Things - Welcome to TARcon 6, where the oogy Freddy/Kendra victory is washed from our minds by a lovely collection of racers, from the tall to the...even taller.

02.07.2005
02.20.2005
A

Miss Alli

6-12
Recap

Back to the (sucking) Windy City

4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles - After a final stop in China where Hayden quits and Aaron proposes to her, the remaining three teams head for Honolulu and then Chicago, where Kris and Jon, having been screwed by a ticket agent, lose the race to Freddy and the odious Kendra. It's fitting, somehow.

02.07.2005
02.13.2005
C+

Miss Alli

6-11
Recap

Like Madonna and Sean Penn, only more tiresome

You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate - In Shanghai, the final four teams race around with buildings and bricks and whatnot, and Kris and Jon get every slow cab driver in the city to take them on various Rides of Futility. Fortunately, Hornio finishes last; unfortunately, it is non-elimination.

01.31.2005
02.05.2005
B-

Miss Alli

6-10
Recap

A farewell to arms

It Always Comes Down To The Details - Really, really big arms, that is. A jaunt through Sri Lanka ends in disaster for Lori and Bolo when they fall victim to the dreaded Failure To Read The Clue. Sad, really.

01.24.2005
01.30.2005
B-

Miss Alli

6-9
Recap

Taking out the trash

Are There Instructions On Donkey-Handling? - Ethiopia brings mud, donkeys, medallions, and the merciful end of Jonathan and Victoria. God, FINALLY.

01.17.2005
01.21.2005
C+

Miss Alli

6-8
Recap

Rotten to the Corsica

Tell My Mom I Love Her - Corsica brings grape-stomping and wall-climbing. And more arguing from Jonathan and Victoria. And more twitting around from El Hornio. And more bitching from Hayden. And more of Kris being the coolest chick on the block. None of this should come as a surprise to you at this point.

01.10.2005
01.16.2005
C

Miss Alli

6-7
Recap

Soup to nuts

One Of You, I'm Gonna Break In Half - Budapest continues to challenge the teams as Lori and Bolo recover, Gus and Hera fall behind, and Jon shows off his bod. Oh, and Jonathan and Victoria are still total freaks.

01.03.2005
01.09.2005
C

Miss Alli

6-6
Recap

Over And Over, They'll Be A Fool For You

Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie - Because the effort to become a Burnett show isn't quite obvious enough yet, we are now subjected to a Burnett-like clip show in which, as usual, there is primarily a lot of stuff we've already seen and rehashed a number of times. Not to make it sound less than exciting.

12.27.2004
01.02.2005
B-

Miss Alli

6-6
Recap

The Best Pest Is A Budapest

They Probably Should Have Some Counseling - Jonathan is still making himself unpopular among the world's cab drivers, but at least there is no pushing or shoving. Kendra gripes, Hayden can't drive, and all the chicks are bungee-jumping.

12.20.2004
12.27.2004
B

Miss Alli

6-5
Recap

Hysterical Landmarks

Quit Following Us - Jonathan and Kendra reach new lows, but the race itself is all about history this week. As in, "The teams visit some powerful reminders of dark periods in." As in, "The team that has been alive for the greatest percentage of." As in, "Is."

12.13.2004
12.17.2004
B-

M. Giant

6-4
Recap

Go Fish

What If It Isn't Sanitary? - In Senegal, the teams are confronted with fish, salt, and ferries. After showing off their muscles -- and in some cases their capacity for nausea -- the teams cruise into the pit stop, and although Don and MJ struggle for another week, they find the glorious non-elimination waiting.

12.06.2004
12.12.2004
B+

Miss Alli

6-3
Recap

Bale out

Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science - After navigating well, competently handling the more difficult Detour option, and getting to the Roadblock in third place, Lena and Kristy fall on very, very hard times and are eliminated. Sigh. This season is already sad.

11.29.2004
12.04.2004
B+

Miss Alli

6-2
Recap

A Few Leaders And A Bunch Of Oslo-Rans

I'm Not His Wife — He Doesn't Need To Scream At Me - The race moves to Norway, where heights, navigation, and a tricky Detour make for a complicated leg. Meredith and Maria also can't drive stick, which is a pretty good metaphor for their poor performance generally. They get booted, which seems fair.

11.22.2004
11.27.2004
B+

Miss Alli

6-1
Recap

Aaaand they're off! Again!

The Game's Afoot - Welcome back to racing, people, and to a two-hour opening extravaganza featuring Chicago, Iceland, arguing, diesel, and lots and lots of models.

11.15.2004
11.20.2004
A

Miss Alli

5-14
Extra

The Philiminaterview

The Phil Keoghan Interview - The Emmy, the race, the new show, and why his cars keep getting impounded. It's all here.

10.07.2004
10.07.2004
A

Miss Alli

5-13
Extra

Open Bars and Big TVs

TARcon 5: Twenty Things - It's a party, it's a madhouse, it's an institution. Step inside TARcon 5 and feel the love. And the drunkenness.

09.20.2004
10.04.2004
A

Miss Alli

5-12
Recap

United, We Fly Standby

You've Just Made Me A Millionaire - In the first half of the finale, Linda and Karen almost pull out a victory over Colin and Christie, but then...they don't, and they are eliminated. And then it's the race to the finish, where baggage regulations and speedy taxi drivers make all the difference. Dare anyone hope for a truly satisfying conclusion?

09.20.2004
09.26.2004
A

Miss Alli

5-11
Recap

You gotta dance with the ox that brung ya

It's Okay, Run Them Over! - In New Zealand and in the Philippines, Colin is an ass in any language and culture. When he and Christie fall momentarily behind at just the wrong moment, they find themselves victims of the dreaded Yield, and, totally unable to cope with falling out of first place, they collapse utterly. Only an unexpected non-elimination saves them from departing the Race entirely. Darn.

09.13.2004
09.18.2004
A+

Miss Alli

5-10
Recap

Barbarians at Hell's Gate

If They're Screwing The Helmet To My Head, It Can't Be Good - This week's jaunt to New Zealand takes the teams past the Yield sign to a dirty and foamy Detour, followed by the opportunity to have a ball on some rolling hills. In the end, the Twinkies' luck finally runs out, and we are down to the final four.

09.06.2004
09.10.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-9
Recap

Only God Can Make A Brick

If You're Gonna Whine, Just Shut Up! - Or so it appears as the teams begin this season's tour of India with a glance at masonry and unfamiliar good-luck rituals. Wait, has Jack Chick heard about this?

08.30.2004
09.04.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-8
Recap

Officer, we're not with him

I'm Going To Jail - The rest of the teams cringe as Colin mouths off to Tanzanian law enforcement, and the Twinkies land at the back of the pack but are saved from Philimination. Sigh.

08.23.2004
08.29.2004
B-

Miss Alli

5-7
Recap

How egg-stremely satisfying

Are You Sure This Is Safe? - After frolicking around Tanzania for a while, the teams wind up in an egg-eating contest that results in the overdue elimination of Mirna and Charla. Wave goodbye.

08.16.2004
08.22.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-6
Recap

Hello, I must be quitting

Why Can't We Get a Camel? - The teams trek across Egypt and experience the local fauna. A donkey ride, a wrestling match with a bunch of sheep, and the hunt for the elusive ancient beetle (or possibly sword) highlight the trip to Luxor. And then Marshall and Lance quit, and no one cares.

08.09.2004
08.15.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-5
Recap

Suck Like An Egyptian

Are You Good At Puzzles? - A couple of teams really ratchet up the performance problems this week, particularly the Twinkies, who think that puzzle pieces are included with clues for no reason whatsoever. The Bowling Moms drag across the finish line last after early problems with flights, but they are not Philiminated. They are, however, broke.

08.02.2004
08.08.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-4
Recap

Champagne wishes and caviar [bleeeaaaargh]

Who Says Pageant Girls Don't Eat? - A long and arduous leg takes the teams from Argentina to Russia, where they enjoy booze, sports, and the opportunity to confront their inner demons, provided their inner demons smell like fish eggs. Yuck.

07.26.2004
08.01.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-3
Recap

Going, Going, Gondola

I Got Electrocuted! - Stuck in the mud, baffled by airline ticketing, and bellyaching only partly because of chocolate, the teams make their way across Argentina. In spite of their spunky attitude, Jim and Marsha cannot overcome early mistakes, and they are forced to take their hobbled selves back home.

07.19.2004
07.25.2004
B+

Miss Alli

5-2
Recap

Tango and Cash

It Turned Ugly Just Now - These are only two of the issues facing the teams in this week of critical decisions. The Detour is harder to read than most, the Roadblock is entertaining, and we learn again that you take the taxi, not the bus. Ferries and cemeteries and mysterious men round out the week's highlights.

07.12.2004
07.17.2004
A

Miss Alli

5-1
Recap

I'm a Guay? No, Uruguay!

Clearly, I'm More Intelligent Than You - The fifth race kicks off with a jaunt to Uruguay and a day full of meat, boats, and gambling. And it's not even Mardi Gras. Join the party -- it's still an awful lot of fun.

07.05.2004
07.11.2004
B

Miss Alli

4-14
Extra

Kisses, Coronas, and clowns

TARcon 4: Twenty More Things - Another season finale, another New York party. Five hundred people. Thirty-five racers. Phil. Bert and Elise. Assorted reality stragglers. Quite a lot of flash photography. Join us -- there's no use calling it crazy now.

08.20.2003
09.03.2003
A

Miss Alli

4-13
Recap

Phoenix Is the New New York

It's Like Adam Building His First House! - The teams take a final leap from Australia to Hawaii, and then to Phoenix for the finish. Team Who falls out of the picture, leaving Jon and Kelly and the Chipsters to smash, crash, and dash their way to the finish line. In the end, it's the Chipsters taking first place in the most anticlimactic finale ever. They're lucky it's a good show, because it's not much of an ending.

08.20.2003
08.27.2003
B

Miss Alli

4-12
Recap

The program gets a little buggy

He's A Few Ticks Away From Having A Heart Attack! - In Australia, there are crocodiles, sheep, and horses. Dive into the local fauna in this second-to-last leg, and stay to watch a guy run over his partner's foot, another guy roll his vehicle, and two guys vying for first place in the white t-shirt contest.

08.13.2003
08.18.2003
B+

Miss Alli

4-11
Recap

"Drive to the pit stop," my foot

Such A Nice Pheromone Smell To You; Just Makes Me Want To Stay Close to You - The race heads for Brisbane and a nice set of tasks, including a gutsy rappel and an underwater walk with sharks. But the real action is in flight planning and clue-reading, both of which cause substantial difficulties for otherwise competent teams.

08.06.2003
08.13.2003
B+

Miss Alli

4-10
Recap

My brilliant Korea

That's Me. That's My Face. Just Hit My Face. Hit My Face! - A heart-thumping succession of tasks, including an icy dive, a choice between live food and martial arts, and quite a bit of taxi maneuvering, take the Final Four across South Korea. Don't expect an elimination, though -- just a lot of squirming.

07.30.2003
08.06.2003
A

Miss Alli

4-9
Recap

To sleep, perchance to scream

We're Not At Charm School Learning How To Be A Gentleman, We're Racing - Millie and Chuck need a nap. Kelly and Jon need a mediator. David and Jeff need a guide dog. Furthermore, you never know what might happen when orangutans get involved. Throw in a hard-fought race to the finish, and it's a leg you won't soon forget.

07.23.2003
07.26.2003
A+

Miss Alli

4-8
Recap

He ain't heavy, he's my lobster

The Princess Reminded Me Of My Grandmother. She Was Very Old But Still Very, Very With It - Malaysia beckons, so after a complex airport shuffle and a lesson in sacrificing sleep, the teams take on a good luck blessing, choose between fish and shellfish, and make like William Tell.

07.16.2003
07.23.2003
A

Miss Alli

4-7
Recap

Pains, trains, and automobiles

We're Going Down The Wrong Side Of The Freeway…And The Lights Are Off! - Taxicab karma, train endurance, petty mole-hating, and the stubbornness of live chickens come into play as the teams continue getting dirty in various parts of India. May we suggest the first-class upgrade?

07.09.2003
07.16.2003
B+

Miss Alli

4-6
Recap

Societal fabric softener

I Could Never Have Been Prepared For What I'm Looking At Right Now - Bring on the culture shock and dirty laundry, because we're departing Europe and heading for India. There, we explore the film industry, the perils of public transportation, and the importance of proper fish identification.

07.02.2003
07.09.2003
A+

Miss Alli

4-5
Recap

In the manure to which you've become accustomed

You Are Just Deliberately Trying To Make Us Lose! - Windmills, poop, cheese, and wooden shoes -- now I ask you, what more does a jaunt through Holland need in order to be successful?

06.25.2003
06.29.2003
A

Miss Alli

4-4
Recap

Barbarians at the gate

Check Your Tires Because…Oh God, You Never Know What'll Happen! - A Kelly/Millie feud, the mental errors of the Chipsters, Josh's decision to boldly go where no one else is going, and a big old fight about line-jumping provide the drama as we zip around France.

06.18.2003
06.25.2003
B

Miss Alli

4-3
Recap

Don't Bite on the Beethoven

I Wasn't Even Going To Touch You Until You Slammed My Head Backwards! - In Vienna, it's a week of classical music, sewers, train follies, champagne glasses, and yelling. Lots and lots of yelling.

06.11.2003
06.13.2003
A

Miss Alli

4-2
Recap

We Open in Venice

It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come, First Served. And We're Bigger. - Okay, we actually open in Cortina, but we wind up in Venice. Do gondoliers actually sing? What constitutes "traditional Venetian garb"? Is it worth giving your intestines to obtain the Fast Forward? A tightly contested leg in Italy offers some answers.

06.04.2003
06.09.2003
A

Miss Alli

4-1
Recap

Again with the racing

Cheaters Never Win — And They Cheated! - It's time to get started, and this time we've got clowns, models, virgins, air traffic controllers, and more guys named Steve than we know what to do with. Airports, snow, and feats of daring await, so it's time to hit the road again.

05.28.2003
05.31.2003
A

Miss Alli

3-14
Extra

Who's the loud girl in the red?

TARCon 3: The Con Continues To Grow - Oh, that's just the recapper. Don't mind her, she's a little strange. The point is that we had another party. Be there or be square.

12.17.2002
01.10.2003
A

Miss Alli

3-13
Recap

It's the end of the world as we know it

They're Slithering To The Finish Line Like The Rest Of Us, Part II - As the teams make their way from Vietnam to Seattle for the big finale, it's all about planes, trains, and automobiles. Will Flo get her comeuppance? Will Teri and Ian stop arguing? Will Ken and Gerard give in to Killer Fatigue? I'll give you a hint: You sort of don't want to know.

12.17.2002
01.02.2003
B+

Miss Alli

3-12
Recap

I'll stop the world and melt down with you

They're Slithering To The Finish Line Like The Rest Of Us, Part I - In Vietnam, Flo doesn't want to ride the train. Or paddle the boat. Or ride the bikes. Or quit whining. She must be stopped.

12.17.2002
12.26.2002
B+

Miss Alli

3-11
Recap

Ferry dusted

Don't Try To Play The Moralist Now! - We're in Vietnam, where Flo whines nonstop from the beginning of the leg to the end, and where Ian suddenly finds a few things to smile about. Rain, fruit, bikes, and a critical ferry ride lead to the elimination of the lovely Derek and Drew.

12.10.2002
12.16.2002
A+

Miss Alli

3-10
Recap

Shut up and Singapore

Why Did You Have To Take Your Pants Off?!, Part II - The race moves from Europe to Asia, and Flo moves from merely annoying to truly unbearable. Two great big fountains and one perplexing celebrity mark the way to Singapore, where it's nothing but heartbreak on the Philimination mat.

12.03.2002
12.13.2002
B

Miss Alli

3-9
Recap

Everything Flo's downhill from here

Why Did You Have To Take Your Pants Off?!, Part I - Wow, Flo is annoying. Annoying in the gorge, annoying on the car train, annoying with the goats, annoying with the bike, and mind-bendingly annoying on the trip to the steamship. How is she not eliminated?

12.03.2002
12.10.2002
B

Miss Alli

3-8
Recap

Zach and Jill went up the hill

This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down! - And so did everybody else. There's a big waterfall, a complex Detour involving money and trees, a difficult Roadblock involving fruit and violence, and a long climb in the Alps. And Ian and Teri? Still suck.

11.26.2002
11.30.2002
A

Miss Alli

3-7
Recap

Flights of fancy, flats of fate

I'm Supposed To Be Indebted To Her For The Rest Of The Race?! - Mastering the Morocco airports and navigating the Austrian streets are the keys to success this week as the racers tear around Europe. There's bobsledding, there's surfing, and there's sleeping at an inopportune moment. And nothing is more tense than sleeping.

11.19.2002
11.22.2002
A

Miss Alli

3-6
Recap

Weeping and whaling

I'm A Much Better Liar Than You Are - Team Aahab takes a powder at the close of this leg that also features horses, digging in the sand, rugs, snails, local corruption, and a jackass who treats his wife like dirt.

11.12.2002
11.16.2002
A

Miss Alli

3-5
Recap

Don't read 'em and weep

What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off A Cliff? - Flo wigs out on a cliff, Aaron cries by the side of the road, Teri gives Ian some much-needed advice, Gerard offers just the right sweet encouragement, and Michael and Kathy take it a little too easy on the road to Morocco.

10.29.2002
11.02.2002
A

Miss Alli

3-4
Recap

These bootings are made for taking a taxi

Did You See How I Stopped It? With My Face - Teams race from Scotland to Portugal, spend a fair amount of time walking, transport alcohol, and confront any dodgeball demons they may be harboring from childhood.

10.22.2002
10.25.2002
A+

Miss Alli

3-3
Recap

Tanks for the memories

You Always Just Forget About Me! - It's Transportation Showcase Week, as airline booking challenges, tandem bikes, charter buses, boats with poles, limousines, tanks, and the ever-present taxis cooperate to get the teams from Cancun to Scotland. Oh, and there is still lots of pointless pettiness to go around.

10.15.2002
10.20.2002
A+

Miss Alli

3-2
Recap

Double-Tall Double-Short Crappuccino

This Seems Like The Path Straight To Hell! - Aaron and Arianne and Flo and Zach continue to bug, as several other teams begin the slow path to rehabilitation. We've got jet skis, kayaks, dolphins, ferries, topless chicks, ill-fitting life jackets, and horrifying bus accidents. Okay, the bus accident isn't that horrifying.

10.08.2002
10.14.2002
A

Miss Alli

3-1
Recap

Once more, with feeling

What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open? - We're off to a fine start as the annoying, the dimwitted, the strangely appealing, and the just plain weird go winging off from Miami to Mexico City in search of a million dollars.

10.01.2002
10.06.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-14
Extra

Twenty Things About TARcon

TARcon2: New York City - You remember last year's TARcon? How out of control it was? Yeah, that party was a sewing circle compared to the insanity that ensued at the Manhattan Chili Company on the night of the TAR 2 finale. Read all about it, if you dare.

05.28.2002
05.28.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-13
Recap

Can you buy a neck for a million bucks?

Follow That Plane!, Part II - At the end of the road, it's not quite as much about rooting for anyone in particular as it is about making sure it's anyone but Wil and Tara. Anyone else. Really. Really. Oh, and if I tell you that this episode features balls of ice, what exactly will you make of that?

05.14.2002
05.24.2002
A+

Miss Alli

2-12
Recap

Clueless, in every sense of the word

Follow That Plane!, Part I - In the first half of the finale, the contestants explore Hawaii. Plastic pineapples, sugar cane fields, and map-reading are the order of the day.

05.14.2002
05.20.2002
A+

Miss Alli

2-11
Recap

Goodbye, honeys

It's Hammer Time - A driving-heavy leg tests the teams' endurance and map-reading skills as they continue exploring New Zealand. Tune in for lots of helmets, lots of jumpsuits, and the fondest of farewells to the darling Cha-Cha-Cha.

05.07.2002
05.10.2002
B+

Miss Alli

2-10
Recap

Contestants do get woolly, 'cause of all the stress

Ready To Lose Our Lives - Enjoy the bungee jumping, sheep-herding, tractor trailers, subterfuge, counter-subterfuge, and anti-counter-subterfuge as the contestants progress from Australia to New Zealand. There's no elimination, but there is a lot of screaming.

04.30.2002
05.04.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-9
Recap

Dorks on Golf

I'm Not A Miner! No, You're An Idiot!, Part II - In Sydney, climb a great big bridge or eat a meat pie, depending on your personal preference. Then try to get in front in the outback, where golf, opals, and boomerangs await. Oh -- and good night, Gary and Dave.

04.23.2002
04.30.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-8
Recap

Shop Till You Drop

I'm Not A Miner! No, You're An Idiot!, Part I - Carry a lion, steer a dragon, read the damn Roadblock directions, and you'll be just fine. Hong Kong to Sydney, party of ten. Well, eleven, counting Phil.

04.23.2002
04.27.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-7
Recap

Peach Wobbler

I'm Gonna Throw Up On Phil's Shoes - Gary changes some flight reservations, Wil takes off his hat, Chris loses a studly battle, Dave gets good news about his face, and Peach runs out of steam. Join us in Hong Kong.

04.16.2002
04.23.2002
B+

Miss Alli

2-6
Recap

There's nothing like a clean elephant

I'm Gonna Take His Girl - The Amazing Race continues its love affair with Thailand as the racers try a little shopping and a whole lot of train riding, and make like Huck Finn, except with more bamboo.

04.09.2002
04.13.2002
B-

Miss Alli

2-5
Recap

Thai one on

Welcome To The World Of Being Human - The teams race through Bangkok, making offerings to their ancestors and trying to solve the longstanding debate regarding the merits of taxis versus tuk-tuks.

04.02.2002
04.07.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-4
Recap

Sex, booze, and the general dealer

This Game Is About Minutes - The teams act like idiots at a winery, fight for taxis, slide down a sand dune, and buy wooden animals. Wil is rude, Chris has no respect for personal space, and Danny's foot hurts. Will the excitement never stop?

03.26.2002
03.30.2002
B

Miss Alli

2-3
Recap

I'm leaving on a jet plane...if I can find one

My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off! - Getting flights from Brazil to South Africa isn't easy, and you really don't want to go by way of New York. Dancing, fish, and a roasted sheep's head are prominently featured along the road from jungle to wine.

03.19.2002
03.23.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-2
Recap

Come on baby, let's do the twist

Help Me, I'm American - Begging, buses, and boats. Feathers, foot injuries, and the Fast Forward. Unpredictable transportation and other mysteries lead to a genuinely suspenseful trek across Brazil.

03.12.2002
03.15.2002
A

Miss Alli

2-1
Recap

It'll be just like starting over

The World Is Waiting: Go! - As the new race begins, Wil sucks. The twins look alike, the grandmas find a raisin, Blake's teeth cause temporary blindness, and I don't know which Bostonian is which.

03.10.2002
03.12.2002
B+

Miss Alli

1-18
Extra

Out with the frying pan, in with lots of cosmetics

The Guido Interview, Part II - The glory of matching outfits, editing prowess, and lots and lots of sweet, sweet love. No, really. Join us for even more with Team Guido.

01.28.2002
01.28.2002
N/A

Miss Alli

1-17
Extra

That was no flying wedge! That was just a very special hug!

The Guido Interview, Part I - Team Guido shoots the breeze with TWoP about other contestants, other reality shows, controversies they have known and loved, and lots of other good stuff, in the first of two installments.

01.25.2002
01.25.2002
N/A

Miss Alli

1-16
Extra

We fought the law, and the law won

The Esquire Interview, Part II - Won us over, that is. Straight talk from the TAR winners on editing, Ugly Americanism, turning points, and the fine folks right here at MBTV.

01.21.2002
01.21.2002
N/A

Miss Alli

1-15
Extra

Team Esquire, Unbound

The Esquire Interview, Part I - We've got lawyers. They've got money. They won. We talked. It's all here.

01.18.2002
01.18.2002
N/A

Miss Alli

1-14
Extra

I had this dream where I hugged Loud Pushy Frank

The Amazing Race Finale “Con” In New York City - What would happen if you put reality show contestants, forum posters, the recapper, lots of noise, a big TV, and some alcohol in one room? The TARcon, that's what. Read all about it.

01.04.2002
01.04.2002
N/A

Miss Alli

1-13
Recap

End of the line

Race To The Finish, Part II - In the finale, slow dogs, cold water, and the care and feeding of cab drivers all play a part in the thrilling conclusion. Join us at the finish line, won't you?

12.12.2001
12.18.2001
A+

Miss Alli

1-12
Recap

The beginning of the end, my friends

Race To The Finish, Part I - As we approach the end of the race, there's no more eliminating, just trying to get there before everybody else. Snow, ice, business class, driving, directions, cabins, and wrinkled clothing all present their own unique brands of challenge on this week's episode.

12.04.2001
12.07.2001
A

Miss Alli

1-11
Recap

Triumph of the Bill

Fight To The Last Minute - The race moves to China, where the challenges of eating chicken feet and playing ping-pong take a backseat to the challenges of digesting the most tense and upsetting final fifteen minutes we've suffered through yet. Damn you, Bruckheimer.

11.27.2001
11.30.2001
A

Miss Alli

1-10
Recap

Climb, Paddle, Swim

To The Physical and Mental Limit - This bifurcated episode features thirty minutes of Esquire and Danza climbing, paddling, and swimming, followed by thirty minutes of Guidos and Frats climbing, paddling, and swimming. It's all about the anti-bunching, baby.

11.20.2001
11.21.2001
B+

Miss Alli

1-9
Recap

Coulda had 'em

The Unexpected Twist - Momily almost recovers beautifully. Guido almost gets eliminated. Rob almost wears a shirt for the entire episode. Frank almost goes all Loud and Pushy again. Phil almost has a Phunction.

11.13.2001
11.16.2001
A

Miss Alli

1-8
Recap

Thank you, wise man

Competition To The Fullest - It's all about rats and making the train, baby.

10.30.2001
11.02.2001
A

Miss Alli

1-7
Recap

Thank You India, Thank You Providence

Triumph And Loss - Momily melts down in India, while Frank and Margarita FF their way to the biggest lead yet. Team Kenny gets the boot, and Lenny individually gets the boot as well.

10.23.2001
10.27.2001
B

Miss Alli

1-6
Recap

The Guidos are evil

Whatever It Takes To Win - No, really. They're evil. They're not funny anymore. They're evil. They push Nancy. They lie to Lenny and Karyn (like those two don't have enough problems). They lie to themselves. They walk like geeks. I detest them. I deeeeee-test them.

10.16.2001
10.19.2001
A

Miss Alli

1-5
Recap

I'd walk a mile for a Camel

Desert Storm - Ride a camel, use a walkie-talkie, and just try not to throw up. Those are the keys to this week's episode, which requires us to bid a fond adios to Team Cockroach.

10.09.2001
10.13.2001
B+

Miss Alli

1-4
Recap

Personal Dynamics A-Go-Go

Colossal Showdown - Everybody hates Team Guido. Everybody loves Dave and Margaretta. Lenny and Karyn hate each other. Kevin and Drew love Nancy and Emily. Actually, roving mobs of young men all love Emily. Man, it's Melrose Race!

10.02.2001
10.06.2001
B+

Miss Alli

1-3
Recap

Tea and Treachery

Home For Some - Paris contains Ferris wheels and tea shops. Team Guido used to live there -- have they mentioned that? Crawling in the sewer, train follies, and two pendulums for the price of one, all in this episode.

09.25.2001
09.28.2001
B

Miss Alli

1-2
Recap

I hate Paris in the springtime...

Divide And Conquer - Alliances. Bitter hatred. The Eiffel Tower. People are seriously stupid, and somebody actually falls down. Karyn is mean to Lenny. Adios to a couple of really rotten sports, and even more love for Drew and Kev.

09.18.2001
09.20.2001
B+

Miss Alli

1-1
Recap

Swing, you fat bastard!

The Race Begins - This pilot, shockingly enough, has the potential to reinvigorate the reality genre. No, really. Whatever feelings of hope or dread those inspire in you, take a moment to wallow in them.

09.04.2001
09.06.2001
B+

Miss Alli

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