Filed under: Recaps & Reviews
You'll have to help me out a little here, readers. Give me a week or two and I'll start recapping the race properly for you, but right now I'm mid-move and my brain is a fog of boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape.
So here's a quick rundown of the season premiere and the teams that will be accompanying us along this journey--some longer than others--and you'll have to fill in the blanks by commenting a lot below. It's easy, it's free, it's painless, it's fun, and I promise to comment back.
Meghan/Cheyne: One of many dating couples this season, they are the blondest and possibly the tallest of them all. So far they seem to be adequate racers, winning the first leg, and are not overly grating...
Maria/Tiffany: ...Neither of which can be said about these two. These lying professional poker players grate and considering their last-place finish at the first mat (a non-elimination leg, to everyone's surprise), their competence has not been proven yet.
Marcy/Ron: Dating. Older. Met on the internet. Marcy also grates.
Lance/Keri: Man, we were so close to ditching these two at the starting line, but no such luck. (It's not all bad--at least the Harley-ridin' yoga teachers won't be around to bore me with their zen anymore.) They're dating or maybe engaged (who can keep track?), and Lance is a lawyer and he wants you to know that he is as stereotypical as lawyers come; boy, does he want you to know it.
Flight Time/Big Easy: The Harlem Globetrotters are called Herbert and Nathaniel on the CBS website. HERBERT! Yes. Everyone loves them and wants to help them because they wear their Harlem Globetrotters shirts everywhere. I... am not immune to the power of a Globetrotter.
Gary/Matt: Father/son team rebuilding their relationship. Despite Matt's pink hair and how much they talk about being from Montana, where hey, things are different from in Tokyo, who knew!, they seem normal and nice, and they (perhaps surprisingly) won the second leg, so good on them.
Garrett/Jessica: The requisite couple using the race as a catalyst for their relationship (on and off for something like seven years). They're gone already, so... hopefully that helps them figure out that if they haven't figured it out yet, they're probably not going to figure it out at all.
Brian/Ericka: Former Miss America and her hubby. They both seem a little on the Type A side, but so am I, so I can't really fault them for wanting to do well.
Eric/Lisa: Aforementioned Harley-ridin' yoga teachers. Ditched before the start line, so let's speak of them no further.
Sam/Dan: Gay brothers who are also hot. Well, one of them is, but I don't know who is who yet, so I can't say which one. They believe in the power of their heterosexual vibes enough to woo the ladies on the poker team, at any rate.
Zev/Justin: Zev has Asperger's; Justin does not. I find them rather entertaining.
Mika/Canaan: Dating Nashville country singer/songwriter types, yet surprisingly they are not as annoying (yet) as that or their names might foretell. Except for how the show is milking their virgin status to death, much like Chuck and Millie. Why is this even news? MOVE ON.
LA to Tokyo. Japanese game show. Wasabi bombs (*shudder*). Ushering large groups of Japanese tourists in large visors through the crowded streets (so... not unlike Vancouver, then). Non-elimination leg.
Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Torrential rains. Bunching at the first challenge. Speed Bump for the non-eliminated lying poker players. Mud. Ducks. Yelling. Will losing the race nudge Garrett & Jessica closer to marriage? Probably not.
Next week: I forget. Too much packing tape.
And now my old house, the one we are moving out of, has flooded. Humour me with some comments here, people.
Ok so I missed a bunch of things because I was unpacking. But I agree that the virginity thing was annoying. Like it totally seemed like the producers were eggin him on like: "Say that thing about being 'sexually pure' again!" Dude. I do not care.
Also I kind of love the Harlem Globetrotters. HERBERT, indeed! I'm going to name my first born HERBERT.
Although I don't really like the poker players, you have to admit they did a great job passing the Speed Bump and NOT finishing last. So far I like Meghan and Cheyne and hope they continue to do well. And I do like Zev and Justin. I haven't decided about the others yet- too early in the game.
The poker players annoy me, but I agree that they did a good job, and I find them entertaining. They are somehow simultaneously vapid and sly.
Sorry to hear about your house Ariana! I thought it was humorous how the poker players were hell bent on lying about what they did, until someone recognized them at the airport, and then their egos totally got in the way and they were eating up the attention. Who would believe those girls worked with the homeless or whatever their ly was. Also love the Globetrotters!!! And loved the Wasabi Bombs, really enjoyed that!!!!