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The Amazing Race Unfinished Business – Episode 2 – Off To The Outback

Watching the first two episodes of the latest season of The Amazing Race has really shown me how gruelling the race is.

The teams flew overnight from LA headed off to do a roadblock at Manly Aquarium, then sprinted to Shelly Beach, thinking they may finally get a rest. But no they were told they were still racing  and it went on for another day and night before they hit the real pitstop.

The episode started with the Cowboys still trying to work out the puzzle, and the other teams were of looking for the Spirit of Sailing. This clue was pretty obscure and as a Sydney sider I had no idea what it was. However I don’t have problems with the clues being cryptic in the age where the teams just stop anyone with an iphone on the street.

What was hilarious was that some of the teams thought Sydney cab drivers might have known where the clue was. Little did they know they would be lucky if the cab driver knew how to get them back into the city.

However I had no sympathy for Gary and Mallory running around like headless chickens – the first thing you would do would be to find someone with internet access. Maybe they thought Australia was a bit third world.

In an interview with Kris and Amanda they reveal they were asking people with iphones but the search was a few pages in.

After teams finally found the anchor in Town Hall they signed on for two different flights with Rex Airlines to Broken Hill, at 6.00am and 6.30am in the morning. Then it was off to the airport to sleep. The cowboys finally caught up.

At Broken Hill they grabbed cars, Ron had difficulty driving on the left side of the road.

Then it was to the detour it was a choice between spiritual world and natural world. All teams did spiritual world where they had to copy an indigenous motif and then dance on top of it. Kris and Amanda had to do both detours and it looked like the other one was much quicker.

Zev and Justin (one of my favourite teams) were first out of the detour. As Justin said  “Zev can do this one. He’s artistic.” Zev responded “Autistic, too!”

The dancing confused Kent and Vyksin who grabbed the aboriginal kids and danced around their art work not on it. They finally GOT it.

Christina who appeared to be having father issues again with Ron. Does he really want to be there? Once it gets too difficult he kind of loses it. Anyway their stuff up did make it look like it was close at the end.

The next challenge was to go to the Magpie Football Club where I thought it was going to be an AFL or Rugby League challenge, but they were to dress up as kangaroos and bounce towards there next clue. If you have ever been to Broken Hill you will know it is hot, so this would not have been too much fun.

Also does anyone live there? There were no cars on the road or people. It was like a ghost town.

Then it was figuring out the clue of their destination by a periodic table. Go figure that Kent was the only one who knew the elements Mercury and Bimuth. As he said he finally got to use his A in Chemistry.

The clue took to the cross section of those two streets. Where strangely enough their cars were waiting for them to drive straight to the pitstop. Hmmm suspicious.

Anyway Zev and Justin were first to the pit stop, with the harlem globetrotters and the cowboys in close pursuit. Kisha and Jen were the first all girl team to arrive.

Phil appears to have stopped the one eyebrow lift, but has replaced it with a salacious remark to the cheerleader team on the mat. He said “these are the best looking kangaroos he had seen”. Kisha and Jen when watching this episode must have been thrilled.

I wasn’t too disappointed when I learnt Kris and Amanda were eliminated.  But Ron needs to stop the racism on Mallory, with his scathing she doesn’t know where she is going. Well she did and ran into the pit stop way before them. Also he could do with a dose of Mallory’s enthusiasm.

Also in this exit interview with Kris and Amanda they reveal they were between 3-5 minutes behind.

On the website they have Phil Keoghan’s video diary, and it does reveal how much on the fly they are to stay ahead of the teams.

Because his plane was late landing in Sydney, he had to go back to Oceanworld after the pitstop on Shelly Beach to film the roadblock intro. He also had to wash his hair on the beach before heading off again.

However Rex Airlines won’t be happy with his diary, as the episode showed the teams flying out on Rex (obviously sponsored), however it showed Phil and crew flying back on Qantas.


1 Wurstsemmel { 03.07.11 at 6:02 pm }

While the idea of doing TAR is exciting, I’d much rather be up the pointy end with Phil, raised eyebrow or no, rather than squeezed, sleep-deprived in economy.

2 Reality Raver { 03.08.11 at 11:33 am }

Oh Wursts I would much prefer to be at the pointy end with Phil, however in the US they have phil’s video blog and seeing him dry his hair out the window like a dog does kill the libido a bit.

3 Izobel2 { 03.10.11 at 10:06 am }

I re-watched this ep with my husband as he grew up in Broken Hill. We were there in Dec, I would’ve loved to see the couples racing around the streets. You’re right RR, it’s a bit of a ghost town these days. Not like the “good old days” so my father in law tells me!

4 Injera { 03.11.11 at 8:50 pm }

Raver, I’m glad you thought the clue was obscure. So did we, but the editing seemed to show that a lot of (local) people were able to answer it when asked! Not sorry that Kris and Amanda went, but Ron had better pull his head in.

Loved the roo suits!

Count me in for a party in the pointy end with Phil, labrador hair or not.

5 sourkraut { 03.14.11 at 1:43 pm }

What is a “pointy end of Pill”?