Monday, April 20, 2009

The Amazing Race – Recap & Review – Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death (China)

The Amazing Race
Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death (China)

Original Air Date: April 19, 2009

Rachel – Sr Managing Editor

For the record, and since I’m sure people will be picking sides, I’m on Team Margie & Luke. Actually, I’m more on Team Complete Misunderstanding, but that isn’t one of the choices. How about Team Let’s Just Move On? No? OK. Team Margie & Luke.

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  1. Kisha & Jenn [Sisters]: OK, so Jenn and Luke were practically beating each other up to whole leg, and I really think both were at fault, but I am leaning to the side that thinks that Kisha & Jenn just need to stop talking. So there’s pushing and shoving at the route marker? So what? It’s a race! You can’t complain about bad sportsmanship if you’re doing the EXACT SAME THING. Needless to say, the sisters came 1st and had an all-out shouting match with Margie & Luke. Yes, it was a misunderstanding, but you don’t have to be jerks about it (Kisha, I’m looking at YOU.)

    Tammy & Victor [Siblings/Lawyers]: It’s cool to know Chinese when you’re in China, huh? I thought for sure they would come in 1st, but a foot-race will get you ever time. It was also cool when, during the Road Block of training birds to retrieve fish, Tammy realized that the birds probably only spoke Chinese, so she continued encouraging the fowl in their native tongue. Ha! They arrived at the Pit Stop in 2nd.

    Margie & Luke [Mother/Son]: I can understand the frustration, but I think Luke needs to take his mom’s advice and forget about the whole fight with Jenn and move on. And because he wouldn’t let it go, it did turn into a colossal misunderstanding. Margie thought Kisha & Jenn we’re laughing at Luke because he’s Deaf, but I really don’t think they were (yes, they were being jerks, but not for the reasons Margie assumed). They were just smug because they got to the mat first. Fight aside, the mother/son team ran a good race, practically tying for first, even thought on the books it’ll read as 3rd.

    Cara & Jaime [Former NFL Cheerleaders]: These two have a low tolerance for foreigners… even though, technically, THEY are the foreigners. Language barriers drive them crazy and they tend to act like “ugly Americans” on ever turn. They chose the dancing portion of the Detour and got frustrated because no one spoke English. Hello? You’re in a foreign country… why should they cater to your chosen language? They got to Phil in 4th, with one of the best lines of the night: “There were 5 teams running this leg, right?”

    Mark & Michael [Brothers/Stuntmen]: Four hours behind the other teams and facing a Speed Bump for coming in dead last, the brothers didn’t really have a chance. And I am totally OK with that.

    What do YOU think? Whose side are you on? Who will go home next? Give us your Two Cents… We’ll pay CBS for a race-centric episode, not a drama one.

  2. Sorry — I am SO not team Margie & Luke. Margie coddles Luke and he is a whiny baby. Remember when he wanted to quit the Chekov challenge, asking his mommy to help him (which she couldn't)? Or the time she did all the teeth because he couldn't stomach it? She goaded him by fueling the feud with comments in the car and then played the deaf card at the mat — even though Luke said he was playing the game to show that deaf people could do whatever non-def people could do.

    Another thing — what difference did one or two seconds make getting the instructions when the brothers were so far behind, no other team could even think they'd be eliminated. That's taking competitiveness too far — and I mean that for both teams involved.

    Frankly, after Mike & Mel left, there's really no one likable to root for anymore.

  3. I agree about the Mike & Mel thing... I SO wanted them to win.

    And I'll admit, I'm rooting for Margie & Luke because of a bias... I worked for the National Theatre of the Deaf for several years, have many Deaf friends, and know the hell that their lives can be in a world that is not very helpful.

    Now, Soap Box aside, I really do think that the whole thing was just a gigantic misunderstanding because of miscommunication and the stresses of the race. I think Margie's reaction at the mat was uncalled for, but I also think Kisha and Jenn were partly to blame. If you ask me, it was all blown TOTALLY out of proportion.

    Like I said at the beginning of the review, if there is a Team Complete Misunderstanding or a Team Let’s Just Move On, THATS the team I'm REALLY on.


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