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The Amazing Race 9, Episode 5 Insider Clips: Double D Disasterby Heathyr Ford -- 04/04/2006
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Another Weaver-free episode of The Amazing Race (yes, I am STILL celebrating after all this time)! I’m also exhausted, having been away at a board, so I’m going to make this recap as brief as I can. All that driving and hobnobbing makes me tired, and I want to take a nap!
The Dish: Team Frat pops some wheelies in the wheelchairs as they catch up on all the scoop with Team Hippie and Team Redneck. They let everyone know that the girls (Team Double D of course) barely missed getting eliminated by five minutes, and that Wanda & Desiree were ousted. Tyler jokes that it’ll be Team Frat and Team Double D, but Team Frat quickly says no. It’s obvious to them (and indeed to us all) that the girls don’t have what it takes to get them up there.
Big Boobs =/ Big Brains: Yes, the girls are quickly falling apart. Sweet and amusing as hell, absolutely, probably quite smart under normal circumstances too. However, in the context of the race, One D & Other D have pretty much lost it by the time they get to Italy. In this clip, they drive with their hazards on (drive badly, I might add) and then figure everyone is honking at them because they are hated (due to driving badly). Then, in a fit of inspiration, they suddenly realize that they are, get this, driving. With. The. Trunk. Open. Yes, the honks were to get their attention, and they ignored them in embarrassment. It takes some serious talent to drive a hatchback with the trunk open and not notice it.
Things Could Be Worse: Double D’s chat in the car about how they could win it if stupid things didn’t happen. Seriously? You mean, if you didn’t keep making bad decisions, you could win? Wow.
Let ‘em Have It: Double D’s are at the Yield bemoaning their circumstances. The girls do try to build themselves up and not let it get to them, but their exhaustion in the race is evident at this point. This is the ugliest (and I don’t mean physically, people) I’ve seen them (not that it’s very ugly), so you can tell the stress is really getting to them.Big Payoff: BJ & Tyler are in the airport. Tyler walks, but BJ rolls around in a wheelchair. They are glad they got the ticket but Lake & Michelle were not able to. Team Redneck just wasn’t up to snuff on the internet like Team Hippie. BJ remarks he uses it more than he talks to people (if it weren’t for work, I could say the same thing!).
Ya Gotta Have Friends: BJ & Tyler chat it up with some other travelers while Michelle looks oddly on. No clue why, but she does. The boys discover some swimmers with their manager and a musician (or maybe the manager belongs to the musician, but I don’t think so). Tyler used to live somewhere one of them is from, it sounds like. Team Stoner exclaims that you have some athletes, a musician, and some hippies, the circle of life.
Destined To Be Together: I suddenly want to go all grade school and say 2Good 2B 4Gotten as Team Frat & Team Hippie decide they were destined to be racing together up front. Eric is obviously pissed at himself for not thinking of using the internet to find tickets. This is one of those clues that those “Team Frat opponents” out there should see to realize that the boys are actually serious and good competitors, not just idiots looking for a nice piece of you-know-what!
The Mountain Man: Ray & Yolanda talk about liking Lake & Michelle. They consider Team Redneck to be good competitors, but Yolanda does find Lake a bit crazy. She likens him to a mountain man who shoots you when you walk by his property in the wilderness and goes off about you doing so. Heh. Ray hopes they knock out one of the top dogs somehow, but he’s going to settle for knocking anyone out but him and Yo. Ray mentions that it will take him 3 years to earn a million so he needs that money. Yeah, whatever, dude.
Catching Up: Dave & Lori are in the airport trying to get tickets and run into Eric & Jeremy for the first time since Russia. They quickly fill each other in on the details of their escapades, such as the trips won, etc. Eric & Jeremy ask if they won anything with the gnome and seem genuinely upset no one else got something from the gnome.
A Day At The Races: Eric & Jeremy spend their lead racing in wheelchairs in the airport. This must be entertaining for the crew. Not as entertaining as say filming Survivor wherein swimsuits and buffs are constantly falling off, but still.
No Threat: I dislike Frankenberry more and more each episode. They walk by clueboxes multiple times (in multiple countries now!) and they whine all the time about being eliminated and how “this is it.” I keep expecting Redd Foxx’s ghost to bitch them out for stealing his thunder. Anyway, the team that keeps screwing up and isn’t that great to begin with starts dissing Lake & Michelle. Fran explains that Team Redneck is not that great (got a mirror anywhere?). Fran also makes a point that they have helped Team Redneck multiple times, but it’s a one-way street, and they get nothing in return, so no more help. Now see this, this I can understand. This makes sense. It also explains why she was all “get out of here” at the ticket counter. She was rude, but how can you nicely tell someone to get away? Anyway, some valid points, but Frankenberry is “not all that” either so they should just shush.
Battle Scars: Mojo and Team Nerd compare bruises from the various competitions. Apparently dancing took its toll on Joseph’s legs. Heh.
Wrong Way: The Rednecks weren’t the only team to run up the wrong way at the roadblock. Hours before them, Mojo did the same thing, still arriving at the mat second. Phil does his eyebrow and his pause then reminds them they have to go back and do the roadblock. They look befuddled then kick into gear and run off.
Parental Substitutes: BJ & Tyler explain that Fran & Barry are like substitute parents for them. They put it this way: You know those friends you had in high school with the cool parents who made you feel at home and worried about you like they were your parents, without the nazi oppressorism you associated with your parents because you were an immature twat? Frankenberry are those people. Heh.1 2 Next-->
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