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The Amazing Race 20, Episode 6: “Like In Rome, Do Like You’re In Azerberjistan”Page 2
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Dave can smell Phil’s cologne from the cab. Heh. When he’s not yelling at Rachel, he’s not a bad guy. Anyway, they’re obviously the first team to get to the mat, and they win product-placed cars. Rachel thinks they’ll be able to stay on top. By the way, only two teams to have won legs this season are Rachel B. & Dave and J.J. & Art. The other teams should be really nervous.
Vanessa watches Brendon do the Roadblock. Rachel R. says it was like he did an obstacle course in the water. Joey & Danny head to the training center, hoping another team is having problems. Cut to Vanessa telling us she’s not good with enclosed spaces or being underwater, so this Roadblock is a double whammy for her. I’m sure it also doesn’t help that she’s the only one doing it. At least J.J., Jamie, and Bopper got to work together.
When it’s time for Vanessa to get out of the helicopter, she… doesn’t. At least not at first. She’s not thrilled about having to go through a window, but she makes it. Joey & Danny arrive next, and as Joey gets ready for the Roadblock, Danny tells us it’s miserable to know they’re at the back of the pack.
Mark & Bopper, Art & J.J., Radon, and Nary & Jamie all reach the carpet shop at the same time. The clue there is a Detour. The choices are Apples and Oil. In Apples, teams search old cars full of apples to find one with a race flag. In Oil, teams go to a health center and clean up a guy who’s just bathed in oil. Radon, J.J. & Art, and Mark & Bopper opt for that one, but Jamie & Nary would rather look through the apples.
Joey tells us he used to be a lifeguard, so being underwater isn’t a big deal for him. He’s done with the Roadblock pretty quickly, leaving seemingly before Ralph & Vanessa reach the carpet shop. They’re not too observant and start searching through carpets even though the clues look to be in plain sight.
J.J. & Art meet their oil-bather, who looks very happy to be there. They’re shocked to see oil come out of a faucet instead of water. J.J. knows something about this sort of thing, as it was done in Rome: “Like in Rome, do like you’re in Azerberjistan.” Awesome. Just… awesome.
Jamie & Nary are at the apple cars. “Teachers love apples,” Jamie points out. Heh. They can feel the eyes of all the locals watching them. Bopper & Mark are next to Oil and get to cleaning. Radon’s next, and Rachel can’t believe the oil is real oil. Vanessa & Ralph finally find the clues, which really were right in front of them. They choose Apples. Mark & Bopper call over to J.J. & Art that they sound like they’re having too much fun. The guys can’t help but laugh over the task.
Some locals at Apples are snacking on the fruit, which I guess means a couple left for the teams to have to deal with. Vanessa climbs into a trunk to search, saying she hopes it’s the last time she’s in one. Back at Oil, Rachel remarks that she doesn’t think her bather minds that she’s bathing him. J.J. & Art are done and get to go to the Pit Stop. “We feel kind of violated,” J.J. tells us. How does he think the other guy feels? Art says that sometimes, when you want a million dollars, you just have to scrub a man’s junk. Well, they would know better than I would.
Mark & Bopper and Radon are done next, and chase Art & J.J. to the mat. The Border Patrol agents have no trouble finding Phil. They’re fine with coming in second since the Fast Forward was in play. Joey & Danny find the clue in the carpet shop and head to Apples. That’s definitely the slower task. One of the locals yells for the teams to search faster. Ralph can’t tell if he’s saying that or something about Vanessa’s “melons.” Wrong fruit, Ralph. Vanessa says the guy probably can’t see her melons, but she’s going commando. I guess that solves the dilemma of how much underwear to pack for the race.
In actual competition news, Jamie & Nary soon find a flagged apple and take off for the mat. Vanessa has flashbacks to the “watermelon avalanche” from a few weeks ago. Mark & Bopper and Radon arrive at the mat just seconds apart, checking in third and fourth. Brendon’s proud that they keep moving up in the rankings.
Joey & Danny think that being from the Big Apple might give them an advantage with the apples. Yeah, sure. Nary & Jamie are a little disappointed to be in fifth place, but at least they’re not still looking for a flagged apple. Actually, neither are Ralph & Vanessa, as they pluck one out. Ralph takes a bite before they get their clue. After they leave, Joey & Danny arrive, now the only team working on a Detour.
Vanessa & Ralph’s cab driver heads off to figure out where to go, and then seemingly disappears. Meanwhile (or so we’re led to believe), Joey & Danny find an apple with a flag. They note that they could still be in this – previously they went from tenth place to second, so anything’s possible. Vanessa & Ralph’s driver returns, so they’re also on their way to find Phil.
Of the two trailing teams, Ralph & Vanessa are first to find Phil. They’re in sixth place, which gets a “cheese and crackers” from Vanessa (the team’s swear-phrase of choice this week). They know they have a lot of room for improvement.
Danny & Joey straggle in and get eliminated. Aww, that’s harsh. They’re hurt that they were just starting to get better, but they’re happy they got to experience everything they did on the race. They’re happy to have made it six legs. I bet the other teams are pretty relieved to have them gone – they were definitely threats to win this whole thing.
Next week there’s no show because of the Country Music Awards, but in two weeks, it looks like Mark’s prediction comes true and the teams do go to Africa. Also, Vanessa and Rachel R. get really catty, to Nary’s amusement.
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