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The Amazing Race – Prague

Tyler and Nathan the two male models have been running a strong race, however with news the next stop on The Amazing Race Australia was going to be Amsterdam, the other teams must have been hoping they might stop in a cafe.

All the teams got on the same plane, but Dave and Kelly and the father and son team were smart enough to take the train into the city to get to the applebol stand first. Didn’t the other teams realise in a city where bicycle is king, that easing car traffic flow is not a priority.

I did laugh at Dave saying “he would take one for the team” if the Roadblock was in the red light district. When is Kelly going to do a Roadblock? She is going to be left with them all at the back end of the race.

And I didn’t laugh at Chris still being vile to Anastasia. The Sunday papers reported yesterday that this couple had broken up but had been told to say they were still together by publicity as it was a better for the show. I hope the rumour is true.

However it was a short stop in Amsterdam, they ate two donuts each and their next clue was telling them to get on the train to Prague. The first four teams got couchettes to sleep in. The other teams had to sit for the 12 hour journey.

Dave and Kelly, Luke and Jeff, the cowboys, and Chris and Anastasia got the benefit of this. I am surprised Mel didn’t scream at Alana as they were the fourth to arrive at the doughnut stall but the last to leave. As Alana kept on gagging on it.

The first clue in Prague was to find the “holey” statue on the bridge. For some teams the spelling of “holey” was there was a hole in the statue, so Mel and Alana, Nathan and Tyler, and Chris and Anastasia were the first to get the clues for the detour.

Luke and Jeff, the farmers and the female models went on a wild goose chase. With Jeff emphatically saying that “holey” was how holy was spelt in the Old Testament.

The choice was between chivalry and delivery – either dress up as a knight and looking around the square for a person with a key to then pass up to a princess on a balcony or delivery – deliver a small child to a hotel to get your next clue.

Most people did delivery and for the girls Mel and Alana it was very difficult as the carriages were quite heavy.

Sam and Renae had the shits with Jeff and Luke as they thought they had sent them the wrong way. Luke denied this and I tend to believe him.

At the Roadblock which was an archery challenge Nathan nailed it and it meant him and Tyler were first to the pitstop again. These guys are unstoppable. Second to the pitstop was Chris and Anastasia.

Unfortunately for Mel and Alana they were the last to arrive and were eliminated. Mel thought it was  good time for them to go as Alana was now standing on her own two feet.

 

6 comments

1 AnonyMousse { 06.20.11 at 10:45 pm }

That ‘stay in the dungeon’ quote in the pitstop clue tricked me into thinking it would be a non-elimination round. We must be due for one soon – next week or the week after at the latest, probably.

The expression on the guard’s face after he’d told the girls exactly which statue had the clue in it and they walked off in the opposite direction made the entire episode worthwhile.

I suspect Mel found her supportive side as soon as she realised that her sister would be holding a missile weapon in her hand for the last challenge – fear can sometimes work as well as respect in sibling relationships. The in-game bonus of getting $50 travel money if you hit the bullseye was also a curious in-game advantage I hadn’t seen before.

2 littlepetal { 06.20.11 at 11:24 pm }

LOL when the models were in Prague and couldn’t understand what the policeman was telling them then said I don’t speak Dutch!!!!

3 PollyB { 06.21.11 at 7:15 am }

Love, loving, loving this show. Except for Chris & Anastasia, every team is good value, I don’t care who wins.

4 Culinary Boner { 06.21.11 at 10:58 am }

Holey shit, Batman

5 AJ { 06.21.11 at 4:53 pm }

Nice to see Chris not yelling at Anastasia during the challenges, although there seemed to be some tension during the bow and arrow challenge when Anastasia was directing Chris based on her experience as an archer in grade 5!

I hope the all-boy teams stop dominating all the legs. It’s getting repetitive seeing the model boys and cowboys finish in the top 3 in each and every challenge (or at least it seems that they do).

And I find it odd that they’ve been to a couple of countries for a single (relatively minor) challenge before immediately having to go somewhere else. Sure, some countries are close together but it almost seems like a deliberate tactic to increase the ongoing tally of countries visited and/or to exhaust the teams to ensure that they provide the “best” dramatics for the cameras. Then again, the US Amazing Race has “double legs” which are probably just as bad if not worse.

6 AnonyMousse { 06.21.11 at 8:16 pm }

AJ – it’s quite possible that they’ve included some countries just to pique the viewers interest. An interview with the producer here: http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2011/06/amazing-reputation-opens-doors-for-the-race.html Quote below:

The route for the show was developed after talks with Seven programmer Tim Worner and Head of Production Brad Lyons. McKay says he kept asking himself which destinations would excite Australians.

“The world is a big place, but I also had a route for Series Two in the back of my mind, so we just talked with Brad and Tim about the sort of places that we would all like to go.”

Does that mean a second season is official?

“No, not really but I am an optimist!” he laughs.