Amazing Race
The Esquire Interview, Part I

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Miss Alli: But I never get the whole begging-your-way-onto-a-plane thing.

Brennan: I know. I know. I don't know how it worked, all I know is it did work.

Miss Alli: How long did it take you to do the ping-pong? Was that the wrong choice?

Rob: You know, no, the ping-pong was definitely the right choice, and that's the joke of it. Yeah, we got our butts kicked, what was it, twenty-four to five? But when you think about it, how long does it take to play thirty points of ping-pong, when each point is maybe five, ten seconds?

Miss Alli: Especially when he's kicking your ass like that. It goes good and fast.

Rob: Yeah, yeah, exactly. We literally played that kid for maybe five minutes, and that was it, and we were out of there. Even though we got our butts kicked. I mean, that's a whole heck of a lot shorter than getting on a...what did they do, they got on a bus, they got on a motorcycle, and they got on a rickshaw. So it was definitely the right decision. And then we got Drew the next day on Rosie, saying, "Oh, you know, they took as long to play ping-pong as we did to do our rally, so..."

Miss Alli: [laughing] So that's your Drew impression?

Rob: Yeah.

Miss Alli: That kid was good. He warmed up on Frank, I think.

Rob: Man, Frank scared the crap out of that little kid.

Miss Alli: Is that what you think it was?

Rob: Yeah. I think Frank has pretty much copped to that. I mean, here's this monster guy Frank coming up, and the kid has probably never ever seen something like that in his life, so...there you go.

Miss Alli: So what was with the Taj Mahal? He showed it to you. He showed it to you, the Taj Mahal.

Rob: Oh, you mean during the Roadblock.

Miss Alli: Yes.

Rob: Yeah, you know, that was completely my fault. The funny thing is, you get so trained to want to move as quickly as you can. All you do is, when you get to the end of a task, you reach for the clue, grab it, read it, and move. Now he opened up this box, and the clue was sitting in it. I didn't think to look and see if there was anything else in the box. The funny thing is, I don't think any other team did, except for Joe and Bill.

Brennan: The other thing you've got to remember is, a lot of times when you would get a clue, they would somehow dress it up a little bit. You remember the famous Kevin line in Episode 2, where Drew goes, "What's this elephant?" and Kevin's like, "Oh, it's just a tchotchke." So there were little things lying around a lot of the time, so I think with Rob, what happened was he just got in there, and this guy opened up this box, and there was some little pretty thing next to it, but he didn't care. He just grabbed the piece of paper, turned around, and left. And that's why he missed it.

Miss Alli: It was interesting, somebody commented someplace -- I forget where I read this, but somebody commented that the clues got easier. At the beginning, they had that one for Victoria Falls that was like, "Smoke that thunders," and then by the end, they were like, "Go here." So they did seem to get a little bit easier.

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