The Amazing Race – Episode 2 – Bavaria
Because we only get to see one episode a week you don’t realise how intense The Amazing Race must be to compete in. You finish a challenge which can take up to 24 hours or sometimes more depending on where you are flying, and then you only get 12 hours to get any sleep. I reckon by the end of the first week the teams must be crazy with fatigue. I wonder if they take sleeping pills as their body clocks must be totally out of whack.
Tonight’s the teams had to fly to Munich, Germany, and then get to Ruhpolding to get their next clue. After the teams left the pit stop they asked their taxi drivers to use their mobile phones to book airline tickets. This confused me, as previously I am sure they have not been able to book tickets by phone or over the internet prior to getting to the airport. The rules must change all the time.
Margie and Luke, the mother and son deaf team, were first to leave the pitstop. They did not use a phone but managed to get on the first flight out which was the Swiss Air 7.10am flight. The short stuntmen who had been running third were not quite so lucky and were on the next flight leaving at 8.45am.
They had cars to drive from Munich to Ruhpolding. I am always surprised there is not more accidents when they are driving considering they are tired, stressed and have no idea where they are going.
Tammy and Victor, the asian brother and sister were first to get on the cable car.
At the top of the hill there was a roadblock called Whose ready to fly like an eagle?
One person from the team had to paraglide down the mountain. All well and good, except the wind was to strong to do so. The other option was to run down the mountain which would take an hour.
Tammy decided to run down.
Mel of the father/son gay team did not have the option of running down the hill as he had done his groin in and he knew he would not make it.
His son Mike was not looking happy. I loved the way they edited so it looked like once Mel started talking about God that some sort of divine intervention occurred and the wind dropped, and he went from last place to fifth.
The teams then had to get to Schonau Am Konigssee. At this stage Tammy and Victor were leading, with Margie and Luke coming in third. Margie was second off the mountain which was pretty good considering she was not second to start the run.
Linda the hillbilly woman took a wrong turn when walking down the hill and got completely lost arriving at a road. She kind of fell apart after that. She then got a lift back to the cable car place. I wonder how much assistance she had from the producers/camera men to get back into the race. I read in an exit interview that she sent four hours on the mountain.
At Schonau Am Konigssee it was Detour time:
Balancing Dolly – The contestants must ride a Segway along a 2 mile obstacle course; or
Austrian Folly – The contestants throw pies at a target which is their partners face until they get a pie with a cherry filling.
Tammy and Victor only threw about 8 cakes before they got the cherry filling, as did Kris and Adam. Luke and Margie were throwing them for ever,
The two black sisters had map problems they were lost twice in this episode, and they were getting on each others nerves.
Victor and Tammy finished the detour first and made their way to the pit stop at Schloss Hellbrun. Mel and Mike came in second.
Did anyone else notice they flashed up the time of 14 hours since the leg of the race started. I have never seen that before.
Back at the cake throwing tent, the flight attendants were trying to find the wood cutter. One of them tried to salvage the fact that they looked like complete bimbos when they finally found it by saying “we have got stop looking at things so literally.”
The Hillbillies were eliminated who collapsed in a heap of tears when they found out they were the last to get to the mat.
Here is an nterview with Steve and Linda here.