Amazing Race
It's Hammer Time

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Goodbye, honeys

Commercials. Get your meat from a plastic bag. It's really a lot tastier that way.

More of Taraweasel's FF adventures. They run. It's pretty much like this: "AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!" Get the picture? Oh, I'm so glad. Tara thinks it was "like escaping prison." Um, huh? Anyway, they reach the bottom and get the clue that sends them to the Warbirds hangar at an airfield in South Auckland. They have to start, of course, by climbing out of the giant hole they just ran down into.

The Teeth want to keep their lead, get past elimination, whatever. They find the caves. "Ohhhhh, we're going in caaaves," Paige says. I think I liked her better when she never talked. They start suiting up in blue jumpsuits. I think the contestants have to wear more uniforms this year than last year, don't they? It's like the fashion show at the end of Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

Cha-Cha-Cha, with Boston right on their tails, approaches the caves. "Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go," Alex says inventively.

Blake, complete with flashlight helmet, is receiving instructions. As he and Paige head for the cave, the other two teams are arriving, so their famous lead wound up being practically nothing. Cha-Cha-Cha and Boston get their blue suits and white boots on, and they basically look pretty ready for either cave exploration or a Devo video. Alex comments that he and Chris need to pick up some time, just as Chris takes a minute to figure out that when one puts on a helmet with a light on it, the light goes in the front. Good, Chris. [Eye roll.]

Elsewhere, Tara and the Weasel ascend out of the dormant volcano. He is, as he has been all day, wearing the Horrible Hat. It couldn't have fallen off during the scree run and blown away in the breeze? Of course not. It's the best supporting character this show has right now, I guess. In their 4x4, Tara talks about how they're going to find their way, and Wil says, "Oh, we'll find it. You don't take out Tara -- [critical comedy pause] -- at Mount Tarawera." Okay, that was funny. Actually, the way he said it, it was quite funny. Especially because she's wearing this hideously sour expression. Just for this fifteen seconds, I had a really good time with them. She voices over that this race represents the nicest Wil has ever been to her, and the meanest she's ever been to Wil. Nice appeal to the crowd, hon, and I think we all know he's even nastier than you are, but I'm not buying it. I also have to point out that I chose to use exactly none of the copious available Tara/Tarawera jokes in this recap. Don't say I never did anything nice for you.

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