I dislike the U-Turn because it’s somewhat unfair. It puts people in a huge disadvantage, especially this episode with a heavy lifting task and two of the three teams having only women. Then again, it shows the true character of the people playing the game. Those that U-Turn are not really great players. Why? Because you have to create a disadvantage to win. You can’t win on your own merits, so it’s cheating within the rules. Yes it’s part of the game, but not all parts of a game are needed to win.
They all went to Bangladesh.
Chad and Stephanie talked abut using the U-Turn on Nat and Kat. He doesn’t want to be beaten by two women. It’s a mentality that is infused in the same greasy thought as Brooke and Claire later on when they find out that they’ve been U-Turned by Jill and Thomas. Brooke was like well why would a man do that to a woman. This coming from a woman that is trying to prove that they can do everything men can do and be the first two women team to win on Amazing Race. You can’t do that if you can’t play by the same rules as everyone else.
On the flights to Bangladesh Jill and Thomas find an earlier flight that would get them to the city by 5am. No other team gets on their flight or arrives even close to that time.
Nick and Vicki find a flight that arrives just a few hours after Jill and Thomas. The funny thing about that was they barely got the tickets before Brooke and Claire. Just seconds.
Everyone else is on the same flight (even though Nat and Kat tried to circumvent in hopes of getting their earlier) to arrive in Bangladesh at noon.
There is something wrong with Thomas. He talks to Jill as if she’s dumb and she lets him. It’s not as abrasive as what Nick does to Vicki. Nevertheless, when Jill didn’t know what extremities meant he repeated with your arms and legs. That’s fine if you didn’t know she wouldn’t understand that word, it’s not fine when you do know that she wouldn’t understand that word and use it. It’s as if he’s subtly pointing out he’s smarter because he went to a prestigious school and she didn’t. I’m not vouching for her stating she’s much smarter than he thinks, I’m stating he’s creating a room for her to stand in and not allowing her much room to grow. Schooling doesn’t always mean smarter. I know those that have schooling who are socially retarded.
The first thing the teams have to do when they get to Bangladesh is press sugarcane to get juice and then drink the juice. According to Nick, it tastes like sweet grass. That doesn’t sound too appealing.
The Detour is between Balance Meals -- delivering meals and Balance Bricks -- transporting 100 bricks from one location to another.
Jill and Thomas decide to do the balance bricks. They are the only team that decides to do the bricks. On the rickshaw they squeeze past busses. No white lines to drive within. It can get scary. However, if I were there, I’d just trust that these people know what they’re doing and enjoy the ride…or at least try to enjoy the ride.
After finishing the task, they head to the Double U-Turn and put up Brooke and Claire. Then Thomas condescendingly states, “Sorry.” Okay, if you really were sorry you wouldn’t have done it at all. Simple. As. That. They go on to Road Block where they have to put a rickshaw together. Jill does it quickly until she can’t figure out why the man says she’s not done. The chain wasn’t on right. They are sweating up a storm. Just watching them sweat made me feel hot.
When Nick and Vicki arrive, Nick complains about the body odors he encounters. He complains a lot. I would be like him on the race, except my complaining is funnier. After finishing the drinking of the sweet grass, as Nick said, they choose to do balance meals where they work together as if they read each other minds. They delivered food on a boat to a ship in a shipping yard. They never have worked so gracefully together.
While Nick and Vicki are almost done with their Detour and Jill is almost done with her Road Block the other three teams arrive and started running like mad man and women.
Chad and Stephanie still wanted to U-turn Nat and Kat, but they first have to get there.
Jill still at the Road block because she had grave difficulty realizing that the chain was not on correctly. I don’t know how long it took her, but this is one of the reasons why I don’t think they can win the entire race. They head off to the Pit Stop.
Vicki complains that the food smells like poop as they finish their Detour. She also wonders why anyone would swim in that dirty brown water.
The three remaining teams all decide to do the balance meals.
Jill and Thomas are, of course, first. They did the smartest thing which was find an earlier flight instead of eat like Chad and Stephanie, but the more fun and entertaining team of the two is Chad and Stephanie. Jill and Thomas are a lot boring. Congrats to them. They won a Mastercard gift card for $15,000. If I were to give them a percentage on winning the entire thing, I’d say they have a 25% chance of winning. With out U-Turns and earlier flights on accident, they don’t have much going for them.
One reason why Chad and Stephanie lose this leg is that their rickshaw man went the wrong way. Actually, I think that is the only reason…a major reason. They got lost a lot this leg.
Nick and Vicki make it to the U-Turn and Vicki decided that they wouldn’t U-Turn anyone. She wanted to be nice. I think that nice mentality will help, because those that don’t U-Turn tend to do better than those that do. That’s not good enough since their track record isn’t that great and I’d give them a 15% chance of winning. They argue too much, he’s too negative to allow thinking, and blocks out all the good things, they could accomplish such as working in sync as they did with the food task.
Nat and Kat arrive first to deliver food.
Brooke and Claire arrive next.
Chad and Stephanie are lost.
At the Road Block Nick decides to fix the rickshaw because the growing up with bike thing reigns supreme. However, he had trouble like Jill, not realizing that there’s a chain and it needs to be fixed.
Nat and Kat get through the task quickly using their ingenuity. They arrive at the U-Turn and as if they knew of Chad and Stephanie’s pick, decided to U-Turn Chad and Stephanie. The terrible thing about this isn’t that they did it, but that Nat said they had to. They didn’t have to. Had they not done it Claire and Brooke would have went home giving them a greater chance of being the first woman team to win.
Chad and Stephanie start to get irritated at one another because of the heat and the frustration of losing their lead they had going into this leg.
Nick and Vicki are team number 2.
Brooke and Claire get annoyed that they have to go and do the other task. They start with the bricks where Brooke speeds ahead of Claire and Claire begs her to slow down because she felt sick. During this leg their stress with one another shows and proves that they can’t be the woman team to win over Nat and Kat. I think their chance is lower than Jill and Thomas, but only by five percent. Make them have a 20% chance of winning.
Chad and Stephanie continue to wonder like lost sheep as if that’s what they always were this entire game.
Nat fixes the rickshaw and compares it to putting Ikea furniture together.
Brooke and Claire go slower and slower with the bricks and Chad and Stephanie continue to meander lost. By the time Chad and Stephanie are hauling the bricks, Brooke and Claire are off to do the rickshaw. On the way to the rickshaw Claire complains about how she’s being treated, more reason why they can’t win. Brooke’s hindsight saw her being less empathetic toward Claire’s lack of ability. Hindsight doesn’t, however, win races. If that’s how you are in the moment, prepare to lose.
At the rickshaw there’s Nat, Brooke and Stephanie all working hard. Chad spouts some angry words at Nat over what she can’t do because of her degree. She proceeded to state that the U-Turn wasn’t personal when it was personal. You can’t do something like that and act like it wasn’t personal. If it was logical then the smart thing would have been to not U-Turn anyone and watch as you end up being the only women team and not have hostility where it wasn’t necessary. Nat does say sorry for what she decided to do, but the unnecessary damage was done. Their beef should have always been with Brooke and Claire. If they truly want to be the only woman team standing and win, they can’t have another on their tail. Moreover, if you can’t handle the hostility of a team catching up mad for the U-Turn then don’t do it.
Brooke had trouble with the bell and Stephanie had trouble with the seat. Brooke finished first and moments later Stephanie finished.
Nat and Kat are team number 3. I believe they have 40% chance of winning the entire race and being the first woman team to win the Amazing Race. Making Jill and Thomas too stupid to realize that they were the real threat. Oh and they had no regrets over using the U-Turn. Yes, they will...looking at Nat’s face when Kat said that proved it.
Chad and Stephanie as well as Brooke and Claire ran to the Pit Stop…who’ll get there? Brook and Claire are still in the race team number 4.
Chad and Stephanie team number 5. They were eliminated. I don’t want Nat and Kat to win, but they have the greatest chance of winning. I would have liked them more if they didn’t U-Turn and lie.
Chad said that he was going away without the million dollars, but the best prize…Stephanie. Awww. He grew a lot this race, that’s for sure.
Until next time…